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Establishing Services Enhancing the Innovation Management Capacity of SMEs in the Enterprise Europe Network

Objective

A lack of innovation management capacity represents an important barrier to creating economic impact from innovation activities in SMEs. The Horizon 2020 Work Programme “Innovation in SMEs” therefore foresees support services for SMEs via the Enterprise Europe Network addressing this specific issue.
The Austrian consortium will support SMEs in addressing factors hindering successful innovation cycles. Activities will be targeted at (1) providing substantial consulting and support services in the form of key account management (KAM) to beneficiaries of the Horizon 2020 SME instrument and at (2) enhancing the innovation management capacity (EIMC) of SMEs.
Services will be provided in close cooperation and coordination with the National Contact Points and major regional and national stakeholders, guaranteeing a holistic approach and a high quality of services.
(1) Within the frame of the SME instrument, partners will conduct company assessments, identify weaknesses in the SMEs’ innovation strategies and subsequently help SMEs to assign professional coaches. These coaches will then jointly develop a coaching plan with the SME and address these weaknesses. This process will be facilitated and accompanied by the Enterprise Europe Network expert. Further support (e.g. the link to additional financial resources) will be provided and the SME thereby receives a vital consulting service free of charge throughout the SME instrument project.
(2) In addition to the SME instrument, the partners will directly support a selected number of high-potential SMEs in improving their innovation management. This will be achieved through targeted innovation management consulting by senior staff members of the consortium. Thereby, SMEs in need of this specific type of consulting will be reached, which may not benefit from the H2020 SME instrument while still showing a high potential for successful market introduction of innovations and international growth.

Call for proposal

H2020-Adhoc-2014-20
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Coordinator

WIRTSCHAFTSKAMMER OSTERREICH
Address
Wiedner Hauptstrasse 63
1045 Wien
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 0

Participants (10)

OSTERREICHISCHE FORSCHUNGSFORDERUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
EU contribution
€ 170 000
Address
Sensengasse 1
1090 Wien
Activity type
Other
WIRTSCHAFTSKAMMER OBEROESTERREICH
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Hessenplatz 3
4020 Linz
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
BUSINESS UPPER AUSTRIA - OO WIRTSCHAFTSAGENTUR GMBH
EU contribution
€ 59 198
Address
Hafenstrasse 47-51
4020 Linz
Activity type
Other
INNOVATIONS UND TECHNOLOGIETRANSFER SALZBURG GMBH
EU contribution
€ 11 504,63
Address
Suedtiroler Platz 11
5020 Salzburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ICS INTERNATIONALISIERUNGSCENTER STEIERMARK GMBH
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Lindweg 33
8010 Graz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STEIRISCHE WIRTSCHAFTSFORDERUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
EU contribution
€ 49 553
Address
Nikolaiplatz 2
8020 Graz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WIRTSCHAFTSKAMMER KARNTEN - CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF CARINTHIA
EU contribution
€ 66 600
Address
Europaplatz 1
9021 Klagenfurt
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
WIRTSCHAFTSKAMMER TIROL
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Wilhelm-greil-strasse 7
6020 Innsbruck
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
STANDORTAGENTUR TIROL GMBH
EU contribution
€ 51 680
Address
Ing Etzel Strasse 17
6020 Innsbruck
Activity type
Other
WIRTSCHAFTSKAMMER VORARLBERG
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Wichnergasse 9
6800 Feldkirch
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)