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Innovation capacity building in Ukrainian SMEs and enhancing cooperation with European SMEs

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - EEN-Ukraine (Innovation capacity building in Ukrainian SMEs and enhancing cooperation with European SMEs)

Reporting period: 2019-01-01 to 2019-12-31

The KAM services help start-ups receive the advice for scale-up of their companies and entry to new markets, IEMC services help to be companies more innovative.
Ukrainian SMEs got new opportunities due to the HORIZON2020 Program and our EEN-Ukraine Consortium to develop their innovation potential and open new world markets. KAM and EIMC services are the best ways for these.
During the implementation of this Project Partners of EEN-Ukraine Consortium encouraged and hand-hold SMEs to become more innovative throughout the "client journey". Sharing the results of our research and our Network partners helped businesses trigger new ideas. We also assist companies to collaborate within clusters on different innovation-related activities which eventually lead to wider access to innovative technology, helping them face global competition challenges more effectively. We paid sensitive attention to the implementation of the principle for identifying target EEN customers and proposed for them the suitable EEN services because the main result of EEN services is a satisfied customer. During the providing the innovation EIMC and KAM services under the H2020 Project we proposed for clients other EEN services, such as participation in EEN Brokerage/company mission events, information days/trainings, EEN profiles preparation and etc. In such a way we guaranteed the integration of the SMEs served under H2020 into COSME services. The 'hub and spoke' model helped us to design EEN services around a client/company, ensuring that the Network makes the best use of the resources it has and works better together with our clients to use and share services across the Network on the one hand, and across the local and/or EU ecosystem on the other.
Summarizing the results of the EEN-Ukraine Consortium in 2019, according to the plan it was foreseen in total 58 services, all of which were successfully done. So, EEN-Ukraine Consortium reached all planned indicators in 2019.
Ukrainian SMEs got new opportunities due to the HORIZON2020 Program and our EEN-Ukraine Consortium provides them EIMC and KAM services to develop their innovation potential and open new world markets. The KAM and EIMC services are the best ways for these. Based on all results obtained for 2019 and the previous period 2017-2018, EEN-Ukraine Consortium can confidently say that it is on the right realization path to its Implementation strategy. The consortium’s Implementation Strategy is fully and confidently moving towards its goals. It held a lot of Information events throughout Ukraine. Thereby, a large number of business connections were established. The EEN-Ukraine Consortium employees took part in different training courses at the European Innovation Management Academy. The EEN-Ukraine Consortium created and posted on its website a video training about EIMC/KAM services. The video and other planned activities helped in the promotion of the EEN tools and the H2020 program among SMEs. During the report period Partners of Consortium EEN-Ukraine very close cooperated with different stakeholders, representatives of different Ministries, for example: took part in development Innovation strategy of Ukraine, co-organized "Festival of Innovation" with start-ups and spin-offs; organized International Conference NANO and International event "Innovation", which gathered more than 400 participants from about 25 countries the world over. Also, the EEN-Ukraine Consortium created a 5-minute video tutorial about the possibilities of KAM and EIMC services.
During the implementation of this Project Partners of EEN-Ukraine Consortium encouraged and hand-hold SMEs to become more innovative throughout the "client journey". Sharing the results of our research and our Network partners helped businesses trigger new ideas. We also assist companies to collaborate within clusters on different innovation-related activities which eventually lead to wider access to innovative technology, helping them face global competition challenges more effectively. We paid sensitive attention to the implementation of the principle for identifying target EEN customers and proposed for them the suitable EEN services because the main result of EEN services is a satisfied customer. During the providing the innovation EIMC and KAM services under the H2020 Project we proposed for clients other EEN services, such as participation in EEN Brokerage/company mission events, information days/trainings, EEN profiles preparation and etc. In such a way we guaranteed the integration of the SMEs served under H2020 into COSME services. The 'hub and spoke' model helped us to design EEN services around a client/company, ensuring that the Network makes the best use of the resources it has and works better together with our clients to use and share services across the Network on the one hand, and across the local and/or EU ecosystem on the other.

Summarizing the results of the EEN-Ukraine Consortium, according to the plan it was foreseen in total 58 services, all of which was successfully done. So, EEN-Ukraine Consortium reached all planned indicators in 2019.
The third-year the EEN-Ukraine Consortium has the opportunity to offer KAM and EIMC services for Ukrainian SMEs. During the 2019 year, all specialists who were involved in the project from EEN-Ukraine Consortium have been trained in the European Innovation Management Academy. The services have been presented in Ukraine since 2017, so representatives of the EEN-Ukraine Consortium continue promoting them during information campaign in order to bring new opportunities for Ukrainian SMEs. For this purpose, representatives of the EEN-Ukraine Consortium have developed a plan of information activities in all regions of Ukraine. During the events, the Consortium's employees, as speakers, provided information about the KAM and EIMC services opportunities for representatives of SMEs in different regions of Ukraine. Also, the EEN-Ukraine Consortium created a 5-minute video tutorial about the possibilities of KAM and EIMC services. The video you can find following the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=lsOxWdl6ntw&feature=emb_logo It used as an additional instrument for Ukrainian SMEs to understand more details about the services. During the 2019 year, four Partners of the EEN-Ukraine Consortium provided 55 EIMC and 3 KAM services for Ukrainian SMEs and reached 100% of planned indicators. According to the plan it was foreseen in total 58 services (6 KAM and 52 EIMC services), but the Consortium has redistributed services between partners because only 3 KAM services were done. So, in total in the 2019 year, EEN-Ukraine Consortium reached all planned indicators and provided 58 services (55 EIMC and 3 KAM services).
According to the feedbacks from Ukrainian SMEs which used KAM and EIMC services, it was a great step for them in a way of professional development in the field of innovation management. They got the vision of a coherent image of the company based on innovative projects, systematization of the process of collecting feedback from customers, establishing close cooperation with the local and external partners, identify strong and weak company points, etc.
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