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December 2014 2-3 Register Now

Competitiveness of SMEs

Competitiveness of SMEs iconThis interactive workshop is for participants interested in policies supporting SMEs in their capacity to engage in growth and innovation. You will get a deeper insight into the European trends in this field as well as hear about project examples working on a similar topic under INTERREG IVC. The workshop will encourage you to discuss your project ideas and possible partnerships.

 

 

The context

Competitiveness of SMEs is at the forefront of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, inclusive and sustainable growth. The European Commission developed several instruments to support SMEs directly or to help regional and national policymakers assist their SMEs. National and regional policymakers in Europe also devote a large part of their economic development policies to SMEs.

Supporting the capacity of SMEs to engage in growth in regional, national and international markets is one of the new INTERREG EUROPE themes. It is a complex field implying the necessary understanding of what entrepreneurship, financing, growth capacity, business transfer and internationalisation mean. It also entails incorporation of new forms of SME development, such as design, eco-conception, corporate social responsibility, virtual reality into the relevant policies.

With the current European focus on the competitiveness of SMEs, regional policymakers will have to develop and improve their approaches to SME support. INTERREG EUROPE offers policymakers the means to accelerate the design and implementation of their policies, making them as effective and efficient as possible.

Speakers

Philippe Delearde  

Expert in Competitiveness of SMEs, Inno AG, France

Mr Delearde is an expert in innovation policy, working for public authorities as well as for large enterprises. He has carried out many evaluations of public policies and has recently dealt with regional innovation strategies and smart specialisation strategies. He is also managing incubators for young entrepreneurs.

Séverine Ouvry

Expert in Competitiveness of SMEs, Inno TSD, France

Ms Ouvry is an expert in innovation. Her background as a researcher in the United States and her experience in a French Innovation Agency has allowed her to gain experience to help SMEs, academic researchers and other stakeholders build multi-disciplinary research projects and innovation services. Séverine joined inno as a consultant in economic development and policy evaluation.

Benoit Dalbert

Project officer, INTERREG IVC Joint Technical Secretariat, France

Mr Dalbert is responsible for providing assistance to potential applicants, supports approved projects and monitors their development. Before joining the INTERREG IVC JTS in October 2007, Benoît worked for one year in the French public administration as Policy Officer for cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation programmes.

Nicolas Singer

Senior project officer, INTERREG IVC Joint Technical Secretariat, France

Mr. Singer is responsible for ensuring the delivery of project development advice, overseeing the assessment of project proposals, monitoring the implementation of projects and evaluating the project’s achievements. Before joining INTERREG IVC, Nicolas worked for various regional authorities in UK and in France on economic development and information society issues.

 

Presentations

INTERREG EUROPE for SME competitiveness

 

 

Suggested reading

Entrepreneurship

 

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Innovation capacity of SMEs

 

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Creative industries

 

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Rural development

 

Policy recommendations: view / download
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