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INnovation CApacity of Mediterranean Enterpises

Project description

Innovative practices for Mediterranean SMEs

Innovation is a key driver of productivity and long-term growth. For small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the more innovative they are, the more productive they can become. However, SMEs are generally less innovative than large enterprises. The EU-funded INCAME_2 project will assist SMEs in the Mediterranean to tap into their full innovation potential. The focus will be on steering the SMEs to look at their internationalisation, knowledge and R&D capabilities, competitiveness and growth. Specifically, the project will assist SMEs to adopt, implement and deploy an innovation management system. It will deliver service packages to some 200 SMEs benefiting from the EIC Pilot as well as services for enhancing their innovation management capacity (EIMC).

Objective

The project aims to enhance SMEs’ competitiveness and innovation processes management and to improve the regional
innovation environment, increasing the efficiency and the effectiveness of investments in research, development and
innovation. The project partners will operate in the regions under the EEN BRIDGeconomies consortium: Abruzzo,
Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Molise, Puglia and Sicilia. The overall objective of the project is helping SMEs to adopt,
implement and deploy an innovation management system.
The project has two main specific objectives, structured in 2 Work Packages:
WP1) SMEs beneficiaries of the EIC Pilot (Key Account Manager) ;
WP2) SMEs with innovation potential (EEN Innovation Expert) .
To reach such specific objectives, during the period covered by the action, the project partnership intends to deliver seven /
ten days service packages to a number of 201 SMEs, benefiting from EIC Pilot and services for
enhancing their innovation management capacities (EIMC).
Project partners intend to implement these actions since SMEs play a crucial role in reaching the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy and notably the Innovation Union. SMEs are key drivers of innovation serving as an important conduit for knowledge spill-overs. Tapping the full innovation potential of SMEs requires efficient support mechanisms. The focus needs to be oriented to impact on SMEs, looking at their internationalisation, their knowledge and R&D capabilities, competitiveness and growth.

Coordinator

S. I. IMPRESA (SERVIZI INTEGRATI IMPRESA)
Net EU contribution
€ 41 433,75
Address
VIA SANT'ASPRENO 2
80133 NAPOLI
Italy

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Region
Sud Campania Napoli
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
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Total cost
€ 41 433,75

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