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Key Account Management process in EIC pilot activities (Accelerator, FTI/FET-open projects) and enhancing the INnOvation management capacities of SMEs (KAMINO-3)

Project description

Strengthening SME participation in the H2020 funding programme

Europe’s entrepreneurs are continually evolving to keep up with global competition in a fast-paced economy and the advent of new technological advances. This means small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are adapting their products and services as well as their organisational and business models. In recent years, Horizon 2020 has helped develop an SME innovation ecosystem. The EU-funded KAMINO-3 project will boost the participation of European SMEs in Horizon 2020, especially in the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot activities (Accelerator, Fast Track to Innovation (FTI)/Future and Emerging Technologies (FTE) open projects). KAMINO-3 will work to stimulate innovation capacities and processes by assessing the situation and identifying gaps and bottlenecks. The project also aims to support applicants for Horizon 2002 EIC pilot activities with assessments, advice and consultations.


The project aims at boosting the participation of European SMEs in the largest research and innovation funding programme of the EU, H 2020, especially in the EIC pilot activities (Accelerator, FTI/ FET open projects) and as a second at enhancing the innovation management capacities of high innovative SMEs. Furthermore, new SME relevant challenges of the HORIZON Europe Programme (2021-27) will be taken into consideration.
Implementation activities are organized in two work packages (WP):
Within WP1 Key Account Management (KAM), the project will accompany beneficiaries of the EIC pilot activities (Accelerator, FTI/FET-open projects) in the implementation of their project activities and to initiate a coaching for them.
In WP 2 Enhancing Innovation Management Capacity process (EIMC), the project activities should result in significant higher innovation management capacities of SMEs. Therefore, the innovation capacities and processes, innovation strategies and internal organizations as well as their relations with innovation partners will have to be assessed. For this, the partners will apply proven assessment tools. Identified gaps and bottlenecks in the innovation management capacities will be discussed and measures and action plans to overcome them will be defined by the EEN consultants jointly with the SME.

KAMINO-3 contains an assistance package for successful applicants in EIC pilot activities (Accelerator, FTI/FET-open projects) of H2020 and delivers assessments, advice and consultations to support SME to strengthen their innovation management capacities. Three EEN partners –ATI Kueste GmbH, Steinbeis-Forschungszentrum and Technologiepark Warnemünde GmbH – work on the mentioned activities. The IHK zu Rostock– will formally act as coordinator but will not implement any tasks.
Potential candidates will be acquired by various sources. For the KAM-process they will be nominated by the European Commission through a special evaluation process. The consortium EEN M-V plans to perform 15 assessment service packages, both KAM and EIMC, in 2020-21.


Net EU contribution
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Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Rostock, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
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