The Enterprise Europe Network
“Business Support on Your Doorstep" is the key statement of the Enterprise Europe Network that was launched in February 2008 by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry. Today, around 600 business support organisations from more than 60 countries help small companies seize the unparalleled business opportunities presented by the EU Single Market.
The services we provide:
Market Access for SMEs
SMEs receive services relevant to understanding and navigating in the Single Market including access to finance, EU laws and regulation (current and future) as well as practical support in accessing new markets. Each client receives a targeted and individual support package. We search for European partners and we accompany the initiation of new partnerships. We offer this service in cooperation with our European Enterprise Europe Network counterparts making use of common databases or jointly organised matchmaking events.
Innovation Services for SMEs
We help our SME clients to innovate. We provide information on relevant European innovation programmes and regulations and offer training courses on innovation topics including IPR, financing innovation etc. tailored to the specific needs of each individual client. International cooperations help clients to increase competitiveness and purchase technological solutions or allow innovation needs to be overcome through technology and know-how transfer. Our clients receive an individualised analysis of their innovation portfolio and suggestions for maximising their innovation potential. European partners are sourced, contacts are established and cooperation negotiations are accompanied. The EU funded network provides the necessary tools, i.e. common databases. Network partners jointly organise matchmaking events at which clients have the opportunity to meet selected partners from abroad in face-to-face meetings.
Cooperative Research in Horizon 2020
SMEs receive support in identifying relevant EU research programmes, building up project partnerships and applying for and implementing cooperative research projects.
The Network in Baden-Württemberg
Coordinated by Handwerk International, six Chambers of Commerce, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing, Baden-Württemberg International and Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum form the SME contact point in Baden-Württemberg. The consortium combines its existing expertise and develops new skills in its network activities. With around 600 European partners and further contact points installed in countries such as Armenia, Israel and India etc., the European Commission has created an ideal situation for SMEs to internationalise their businesses in these countries.