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The Community first action plan for innovation foresees, among its priority actions, a thorough exchange with the Member States and leading players in the field on the issues of start-up and growth of technology based enterprises and companies with a strong component of radical innovation. Among other activities to this end, three working groups were set up to examine each stage in the development of the firm (gestation and birth; start-up and consolidation; growth). The objectives of the working groups were:

- To identify what constitutes good practice;
- To point out weaknesses and insufficiencies which may exist in the European Union relative to competing areas elsewhere in the world;
- To make proposals for possible action, in particular at European level.

The current document regroups the discussion papers, respectively for each working group. There is also a summary of the contributions received and a list of working group participants.

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