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BENE Innovation Internationalisation services 2019

Project description

An innovation boost for Brussels SMEs

SMEs in the Brussels Capital Region will receive an innovation capacity boost. The EU-funded BENEI2 2019 project will provide innovation services to two groups of SMEs. The first includes the beneficiaries of Horizon 2020’s SME Instrument, Fast Track to Innovation, and Future and Emerging Technologies - Open programmes. The second group includes SMEs with a high potential for growth and internationalisation. Both will be part of the Enterprise Europe Brussels services. The selection process will consider the innovation needs of each of the two groups. Overall, the project will seek to create the conditions that ensure SMEs become more competitive and impact the regional economy.


The project aims at offering specific innovation services to 2 different groups of SMEs based in the Brussels Capital Region:

- the SME-I / FTI / FET Open beneficiaries on the one side, and
- the SMEs having a high potential for growth and internationalisation by the enhancement of their innovation management capacity on the other side.

These services will be an integral part of the Enterprise Europe Brussels services and will be provided in the frame of a sounded client's journey approach, in lin with the company's life cycle.

Although for the SME-I / FTI / FET Open beneficiaries the proposer depends on the number of successful SME granted and notified by EASME, a funnel approach will be adopted for both groups of SMEs in order to have an upstream estimation and selection of the SME potential existing in the region.

This funnel and selective approach will also take into consideration the permeable frontiers which divide one SME group from the other, in the light of the innovation needs and capacities existing at a given time of the SME lifecycle.

The service provision for Group 2 will be ensured via a structure process, relying on a contest approach, SME pre-selection, set-up according to a predefined methodology, which relies on ad-hoc tools (and based on 9 criteria) and methodologies, designed with the aim to select only those SMEs with capacity, clear intent and ambition to benefit from the innovation management assessment.

In function of the score obtained in the different criteria, the SME will be selected (or not) to benefit from the innovation management capacity assessment held with one of two retained tools, both complaint to EU standard CEN/TS 16555-1 “Innovation management system”.
The BENEI2 2019 proposal addresses the obstacles which hinder SME from being more competitive, from growing and creating jobs, thus having a real impact in the regional economy.



Net EU contribution
€ 35 472,00
Chaussee de charleroi 110
1060 Bruxelles / brussel

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Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Activity type
Other funding
€ 8 868,00

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