Innovating with SMEs and Industry
- Sy Holsinger (EGI.eu)
There are more than 20 million SMEs in the EU representing 99% of businesses. SMEs are considered one of the key drivers for economic growth, innovation, and employment. The European Commission has made them one of the focuses in the Horizon 2020 with the aim of putting SMEs in the lead for the delivery of innovation to the market. EGI aims at supporting this policy objective by exploring opportunities for synergies with SMEs.
Presentations will highlight a number of different activities on going in order to support these objectives: from a dedicated business engagement programme, the addition of pay-for-use capabilities, open calls for driving innovation, and showcasing concrete examples of opportunities moving forward.
The session concludes with ample time for discussion in order to define a set of recommendations and actions as key takeaways for session participants.
Therefore this session is of interest to both private and public organisations looking for collaboration opportunities end users for providing direct feedback.