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Pan-European Access for man. SME on tech. services for clean production through a Network of premier KET Technology Centres with one stop shop access incl. EEN and discourse with policy makers on RIS3

Project description

Key enabling technologies to assist SMEs in clean production

Clean production processes play a critical role in the new industrial revolution. Therefore, key enabling technologies (KETs) and clean production are pivotal in enhancing the innovation capacity of European manufacturing SMEs. The EU-funded KET4CleanProduction project aims to provide European SMEs with access to technology services for clean production and facilitate cross-border collaboration to address their specific needs in clean production technologies. Through a network of top-notch KET Technology Centres (KET TCs) and the involvement of innovation consultants from the local Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), SMEs will benefit from one-stop access to multi-KET infrastructures and services for transnational collaboration. This project will establish 12 premier KET TCs and 7 EENs as part of an open innovation ecosystem to assist SMEs in identifying their specific technology requirements.


A multi-KET (key enabling technologies) approach is most beneficiary for SME in regard to increase in productivitiy, efficiency and market shares. To enable a Pan-European Access for SME on technology services for clean production, a network of premier KET Technology Centres with facilitated one stop shop access, offering SME multi-ket infrastructures and services across borders on pan-european level is generated, involving innovation consultants from the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) being local = at the doorstep of EU`s manufacturing SMEs.

Due to the disparity of KET TC in EU28, KET4CleanProduction (KET4CP) enables also a discourse with policy makers on RIS3 and the potential of cross-border collaboration to cover specific SME needs for clean production technologies.
KET4CP starts with 12-premier KET TC and 7 EEN as an open innovation ecosystem, with a one stop shop access. KET facilitators support the SME in identifying their specific technology challenge for clean production, propose services and technologies based on innovation potential + need analysis. The fast, flexible services focus on the SME´s business case.
After a pilot phase with 20 SME innovation projects/micro grants, the network is scaled up adding 17 KET TC and 21 EEN members, to reach a critical mass of CP technology deployment in SME.

Targeted actions stimulate initial requests of >120 SME from > 10 EU MS and a total of 70 SME micro grant projects with min. 140 KET TC. 2 MEUR third party financing go to SME in total. 50 % are targeted for low to modest innovator regions.
KET4CP delivers standard procedures / tools for KET TC transnational collaboration and joint service/shared infrastructure, based on business model scenarios stimulating KET TC to collaborate and share clients. KET4CP creates a sustainable platform, a win-win situation for all stakeholders with a high potential for scale up. The aim for 2022 is to have 100 KET TC and 180 EEN members with 1000 SME inquiries p.a.

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Net EU contribution
€ 2 615 500,00
Leuschnerstrasse 43
70176 Stuttgart

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Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00

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