European project EPISTEP
Integrating IT enterprises in European technology platforms
EPISTEP was an innovative project supported by the EU "Research and Innovation" strand of the 6th Framework Programme to enhance SME participation in IST European Technology Platforms (ETP) in the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programme.
Innovative players in the fields of Mobile Communications, Embedded Systems and Nano-electronics benefited from being involved in the EPISTEP project by joining the database.
By providing a user friendly web-based interface, the database was making small organisations more visible to a broad public in Europe and offered the registered SMEs with an easy and effective tool to:
- work together with the major providers in Europe,
- find new commercial partners,
- obtain information about funding opportunities from the European Commission,
- learn how to get involved in the European Technological Platforms.
EPISTEP introduced SMEs to corporations like Nokia, Siemens, Alcatel, Ericsson, STMicroelectronics, Philips, Bosch, Thomson, Finmeccanica, Infineon, to name just a few. More than 280 companies joined the database.