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Economic and Technological Intelligence (ETI) projects for SMEs-2

Economic and Technological Intelligence (ETI) projects for SMEs-2

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‘Incubated’ small and medium-sized enterprises should be ideal partners for innovative research consortia. But the reality of limited resources within the enterprises themselves, combined with competitive pressures, often restricts their participation. This is despite the availability of incentives to encourage private investment in R&D at national and European level. The Boost-it project will support and train SMEs from the ICT and associated sectors from six countries to enable them to take active roles in FP7 research consortia. The services and tools provided will also enable them to access other funding opportunities and boost their innovation potential.
‘Incubated’ small and medium-sized enterprises should be ideal partners for innovative research consortia. But the reality of limited resources within the enterprises themselves, combined with competitive pressures, often restricts their participation. This is despite the availability of incentives to encourage private investment in R&D at national and European level. The Boost-it project will support and train SMEs from the ICT and associated sectors from six countries to enable them to take active roles in FP7 research consortia. The services and tools provided will also enable them to access other funding opportunities and boost their innovation potential.

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Contract numberProject Acronym
CT-2005-023437BOOST-ITSet-up of a collaborative permanent network for boosting the participation ofIncubated SMEs in innovation processes under FP6 activitiesCT-2005-023304DETECT-IT2A dedicated network of incubators detecting new FP7 opportunities for SMEsthrough connecting existing regional clusters in Biotech, Renewable Energiesand ISTCT-2005-023288EASIEREngaging regional SMEs within the ICT sector in EU researchCT-2005-023295EPISTEPEngaging SMEs with IST related European Technology PlatformsCT-2005-023406INCUBATEInformation and Communication Technologies innovation stimulated by incubatorsCT-2005-023416INNOSPORTStepping up economical and technology intelligence in sportCT-2005-023210MAPOEnhancing Research and Development projects to find solutions to struggle againstvarious marine pollutionsCT-2005-023368PASSPORTPassport to RTD - Internationalisation of LSH SMEsCT-2005-023315PLATONTop-down approach to initiate and enhance SMEs' participation in Europeanresearch in economic, political, social sciences and humanities and to supporttheir strategic decision-makingCT-2005-023220PROMPTPeripheral regions oriented measure for promotion of technological intelligenceCT-2005-023270PROSURFPromotion and support of SME research and innovation in the surface finishingand printed circuit manufacturing sectorsCT-2005-023438RESCUEAction Plan for stimulating research and innovation in SMEs from CEECs in therenewable energy fieldCT-2005-023426SECURE-FORCEStimulating SMEs Faced with research issues regarding glObal secuRityChallenge in EuropeCT-2005-23318SEE-INNOVATIONFacilitating innovation for ICT SMEs in South Eastern EuropeCT-2005-023401SME-MPOWEREmpowering SMEs for long-term research interest and increased participationin EU RTD activitiesCT-2005-023378SME-TO-LEADTraining of SMEs to be successful co-ordinators of Framework Programme projectsCT-2005-023339SPASSMEs virtual platform on agro-food sector to access the Sixth and SeventhFramework ProgrammesCT-2005-023395SYNERGYExpanding the competitive intelligence in the European distributed energyresources sectorCT-2005-023372TRANSMESBringing ACC and NMS SMEs operating in the transport and environment sectorcloser to the ERA by publishing an open call for submitting draft projectproposals
Economic and Technological Intelligence(ETI) projects for SMEsVolume 2
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‘Incubated’ small and medium-sized enterprisesshould be ideal partners for innovative research consortia.But the reality of limited resources within the enterprisesthemselves, combined with competitive pressures, often restricts theirparticipation. This is despite the availability of incentives to encourage privateinvestment in R&D at national and European level. The Boost-it project will support andtrain SMEs from the ICT and associated sectors from six countries to enable them to take activeroles in FP7 research consortia. The services and tools provided will also enable them to access otherfunding opportunities and boost their innovation potential.
Purpose-designed supportive business environments that are createdto encourage growth for young, dynamic companies are a commonfeature of national and regional economic strategies across Europe.However, most of these ‘incubated’ SMEs struggle to become solidbusiness realities as they face strong competition in the global marketplace often with limited resources. On the positive side, theseenterprises are open to embrace change, have close links to anincubator organisation with its existing networks, resources andfacilities, and are usually close to other incubated and complementarySMEs. They are frequently in close proximity to knowledge andtechnology poles that often result in incubated SMEs being amongthose companies with the greatest potential for innovation.In parallel, national governments in Europe are trying to meetLisbon objectives, in particular in terms of private investment in R&D,and are encouraging spin-offs and entrepreneurship by providingincentives, such as tax benefits or other support, to create high value-added research structures in companies. At present, incubatedSMEs do not often take advantage of such incentives, as they lackthe resources and information to apply, being too focused in theirdaily business needs.
Exploiting potential
The ETI project will improve the exploitation of incubated SMEsinnovation potential by developing a range of services to help thembenefit from European and national incentives. Boost-It will developa range of services and tools that can support incubated SMEsthrough the life cycle of their own innovation projects. The projectis geographically focused on the EU accession candidate countriesand recent new Member States and will work to promote theirparticipation in the next EC Research Framework Programme (FP7)and other international initiatives.The project will concentrate on niche SMEs that are currently under-represented in RTD programmes. These incubator SMEs should beideal partners for RTD consortia and innovative projects. They areusually hi-tech firms involved in ICT development or automation andcontrol applications and are often enterprises that have been spunout of other larger companies or created by universities orentrepreneurs.
Boosting SME skills and success
“An incubated SME should be the ideal RTD project partner.” 
The Boost-It project is coordinated by Inovamais – an innovationand technology consultancy company from Portugal – and involvesnine innovation service providers: organisations that provideincubator facilities. These will provide access to individual SMEorganisations in Portugal, Poland, Israel, the Ukraine, Croatia andHungary. The project also involves five science parks. The innovationservice providers supply added-value services to incubator SMEs,such as laboratory or office space, commercial support services andother advice and access to facilities. The Israeli model for incubationof SMEs has had considerable success and the involvement of Israeliorganisations in Boost-it will allow small firms from other countriesto share in their best practice.
Enabling participation
All nine incubator organisations will provide a list of between20-40 potential SME clients that are suitable for the project. Theconsolidated list of SMEs will be refined to around 200 companies.The project partners will go to at least 150 of these companies tomake technology audits and will also visit all companies to assesstheir development needs, their ideas and potential. This will producearound 30 potential project ideas or concepts to be promotedtowards FP7 or other European or national funding programmes.In addition, the Boost-It team will be able to assess the competenciesof the SMEs to participate in other project consortia of which theyhave knowledge. The main objective forBoost-It is to enable theparticipation of at least20 incubator SMEsin FP7 and thenew Competiti-veness andInnovationProgramme.
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