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

Project description

Increasing innovation capacities of Ukrainian SMEs

SMEs in Ukraine play a significant role in the growth of the national economy. The EU-funded EEN-Ukraine project intends to increase innovation potential and innovation management skills within Ukrainian SMEs all over the country. The project’s key objective is to assist companies with potential for international growth through product, process, service or business model support. The EEN-Ukraine consortium will encourage SMEs to participate in Horizon 2020 SME Instrument and COSME programmes and provide Key Account Management and Enhancing Innovation Management Capacity services for beneficiaries of the H2020 European Innovation Council pilot. The project’s strategy is to identify weaknesses in the innovation capacities and find ways to increase the innovation potential of organisations lacking professional support.

Objective

The overall/general objective of this proposal is to increase innovation potential and innovation management skills within
SMEs in the all regions of Ukraine and to assist SMEs with potential for international growth via product, process, service or
business model support. The project will follow a defined methodology to help regional businesses to increase their
innovation capacity, to innovate profitably and also to successfully implement their innovative ideas on the competitive
market. The EEN-Ukraine Consortium intends to enhance innovation capacity of SMEs by encouragement their participation
in Horizon 2020 projects and provision of KAM and EIMC services for SME beneficiaries of the H2020 European Innovation Council pilot. The secondary target group will be R&D organisations that will benefit from EEN services as well. The specific objectives for reaching the overall / general objective are as follows:
- promote and support SMEs from Ukraine in participation on the H2020 SME Instrument and COSME programmes;
- identify weaknesses in the innovation capacities of the beneficiary that hinder the realization of growth opportunities and of
the full commercial potential of SME Instrument participants;
- identify suitable coaches to address the identified weaknesses and moderating the coach-client relationship;
- increase the innovation potential of SMEs lacking professional support in the field of innovation management;
- help SMEs to select the most appropriate coach;
- explain and sell the benefits of the SME Instrument's coaching service to potential beneficiaries;
- facilitate the SME- coach relationship and ensure the effective teamwork and co-operation between the SME;
- secure close cooperation links between the Consortium and the H2020 National Contact Point, regional stakeholders and
other business and research support institutions;
- accompany the beneficiary through the SME instrument project;
- make the innovation system of Ukrainian SME more effective.

Coordinator

INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS OF NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE OF UKRAINE
Net EU contribution
€ 70 000,00
Total cost
€ 70 000,00

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