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

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.
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Coordinator

WIRTSCHAFTSKAMMER OSTERREICH

Address

Wiedner Hauptstrasse 63
1045 Wien

Austria

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Participants (10)

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OESTERREICHISCHE FORSCHUNGSFOERDERUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 170 000

WIRTSCHAFTSKAMMER OBEROESTERREICH

Austria

BUSINESS UPPER AUSTRIA - OO WIRTSCHAFTSAGENTUR GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 59 198

INNOVATIONS UND TECHNOLOGIETRANSFER SALZBURG GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 11 504,63

ICS INTERNATIONALISIERUNGSCENTER STEIERMARK GMBH

Austria

STEIRISCHE WIRTSCHAFTSFORDERUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 49 553

WIRTSCHAFTSKAMMER KARNTEN - CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF CARINTHIA

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 66 600

WIRTSCHAFTSKAMMER TIROL

Austria

STANDORTAGENTUR TIROL GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 51 680

WIRTSCHAFTSKAMMER VORARLBERG

Austria

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 674286

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2015

  • End date

    31 December 2016

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 408 535,63

  • EU contribution

    € 408 535,63

Coordinated by:

WIRTSCHAFTSKAMMER OSTERREICH

Austria