Updated: Nov 12, 2019
Expertise France organised a workshop on “Focus on Looking Beyond Boundaries: EU support instruments for SMEs” in the framework of BeSME Project, co-funded by the European Union and Montenegro, in Tehnopolis, Niksic, on Wednesday October 30th 2019. The main subjects of the event were EU supports for Small Medium Enterprises, including the innovation tools of Horizon 2020, EIC Accelerator, and Enterprise Europe Network (EEN).
The BeSME Project Manager, Ms Siska Martina Cahyati, moderated the workshop and has welcomed the participants. The Director General for Directorate for Investments, Development of SMEs and Management of EU Funds at the Ministry of Economy, Mr Radosav Babić, has opened the workshop and has given an introductory speech about the general overview of the SMEs development of Montenegro and opportunities to EU funding schemes. The main speakers of the workshop were Mr Antonio Carbone (APRE, National Contact Point (NCP) Horizon 2020, EU expert "SMEs and Access to risk finance") and Mr Laurent Volle, Director of EEN Grand Est France. The two NCPs of Montenegro have contributed to the workshop, Ms Ljiljana Belada (NCP EEN at the Ministry of Economy) and Mrs Marijeta Barjaktarović Lanzardi (Head of Directorate for Innovation and Infrastructure at the Ministry of Sciences).
Supports from SMEs through EU funding schemes
H2020 is a series of operational tools to help you to achieve in excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The main objective of H2020 projects is to develop and co-create an innovative product (or service, process, business model) that ensures a high growth potential of the applicants. This session aims to: clarify the basic elements to make a Horizon 2020 proposal convincing in its aspects linked to market sustainability; present the main innovations that will characterize the EIC Accelerator (formerly SME Instrument) in 2019-2020. One interesting tips during the presentation of H2020 is “Sell, don’t tell. Make the evaluator feel your passion.” In addition to an excellent idea as the basis of any successful proposal, applicants must ‘sell’ the concept to the evaluators.The second session of the event was about the SME support practices through Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) tools. This session aimed at structuring the innovation approach with the tools of the EEN network as the lever of development of the companies: to stand out to conquer new markets.
The video provided by the local TV station: http://www.rtnk.me/me/ekonomija/u-tehnopolisu-predstavljene-klju%C4%8Cne-mjere-za-razvoj-biznisa/
H2020 work programmes: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en
EEN tools: https://een.ec.europa.eu/