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         SME Innovation Capacity Boost (Поддршка на МСП Иновативни Капацитети)

SME Innovation Capacity Boost  financed by INTERREG V-B BALKAN MEDITERRANEAN 2014-2020, including partner countries: Bulgaria (LP), Macedonia, Albania, Greece, Cyprus

Date obtained: (01.08.2017 – ongoing)

Subject and location:

       The main overall objective of the project is to boost transnational innovation capacity of SMEs from selected priority sectors and support them to make sustainable network formations with other SMEs from the BM region in order to share know-how and develop innovations, through bringing together triple helix partners from all 5 BM countries, and equipping SMEs with relevant data, tools and systems. The project supports the first two phases in the innovation cycle - proof-of-concept and innovation development.

          Increased competitiveness of SMEs, specifically targeting micro companies which represent 92% of all SMEs in BG, 71% in MKD and 95% in AL;

      Decreased innovations gap between EU and IPA countries by supporting know-how transfer and innovation clusters in the BM region;

The results of the action:

          Developed new  innovations statistical survey for SMEs (1) and sample of 13,500 SMEs from BG,AL,MKD–policy makers;

          Developed Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) (1) for innovation capacity; Pilot  tested SMEs with the SAT (200); Benchmarking SME reports (150), Innovation Action Plans for a sample of the pilot tested SMEs (40); Report and Guide of the Successful Innovator (2) – SMEs;

          Recommender system and proposed transnational innovation clusters of pilot tested SMEs (7-10)–SMEs, policy makers, research institutions;

          Innovations Summits (4) in BG,AL,MKD and GR and Resource platform (1) – entrepreneurial ecosystem stakeholders in the BM region;

          Involving micro companies in a new statistical survey targeted at innovations in SMEs to be developed and implemented by the statistical institutes;

          Free, customized SAT which not only evaluates innovation capacity of SMEs, but also provides benchmarking against statistical industry average data;

      Recommender cluster system for transnational innovation clusters;

         The added value is increased knowledge and understanding within SMEs of innovations capacity, facilitation in attracting external innovations and funding and boosted innovations capacity through clusters;

       The project partners will ensure funding and commitment for the sustainability, transferability and durability to the main outputs.



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