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EEN Innovation Support Services for SMEs in North West Italy

Project description

Assisting Enterprise Europe Network to assist SMEs

SMEs are the bedrock of Europe’s economy. Representing more than 99 % of European businesses, SMEs create the most jobs. Supporting SME innovation is, therefore, considered a crucial step in maximising Europe’s potential for growth. In this context, the EU-funded ALPS INN3 project will develop a customised service provision based on key account management for SMEs and scaleups in north-west Italy. It aims to upgrade the EU support methodology for Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) staff and update the internal operational manual for a harmonised service within the EEN ALPS consortium. As a result, project work will enhance innovation capacity, lead to job creation and open up access to new markets.


The project, whose geographical coverage will be North-West Italy (3 regions : Piemonte Liguria and Valle d’Aosta) aims at providing and upgrading a specific framework service for supporting SMEs in the innovation management capacity . The
service will be directed to SMEs with international growth potential via product, process service and or business model innovation- with gaps regarding innovation management.
In particular, the action will focus on the following specific objectives:
1. Fine tuning of a Key Account Management based customised service provision directed to:
a. SMEs /Scale ups international growth, including participation to European programs
b. SMEs Innovation capacity enhancement and innovation projects implementation, job creation and new market access
c. SMEs Innovation results exploitation
4. Integration of the service within local business innovation support delivered, EEN specific service official embedding
within the regional innovation ecosystem
5. Advisory skill enhancement: ALPS EEN personnel, assisting the experts in this Action, will increase expertise and
competences, providing high level advisory on innovation management
6. Upgrading a EU shared support methodology for EEN staff, which could be adopted for profitably supporting other local
7. Contribution to the enhancement of a visible and well identified Coach/EEN experts community at EU level
8. Updating the operational internal manual/chart for a harmonized service within the EEN ALPS Consortium and contribution to definition of a common EEN operational manual


Net EU contribution
€ 36 986,25
Via Carlo Alberto 16
10123 Torino

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Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 36 986,25

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