"Policies in support of high-growth innovative SMEs" workshop

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 00:00

Brussels (Hotel Crowne Plaza Brussels "Le Palace") / Belgium

The workshop "policies in support of high-growth innovative SMEs" is organised, by empirica GmbH, in the context of PRO INNO Europe , the European Commission's focal point for innovation policy analysis and policy cooperation in Europe.

In recent years there has been an increased interest of policy makers in Europe and around the world to foster high-growth enterprises.
These enterprises are seen as important drivers of economic growth, employment and social well-being. Europe has performed relatively badly in generating high-growth innovative companies compared to the US and also to some Asian economies. Therefore Europe is eager to find effective ways to promote high-growth enterprises.
However, there is uncertainty about how to best design related policy measures in order to reach the desired impact.

The following specific questions will be addressed in the workshop:

1. What examples of effective policies for high-growth small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) exist, particularly with regard to fostering start-ups, access to finance and internationalisation?

2. How are policies for innovative high-growth SMEs distinct from general SME policy, and is there a trade-off between both types of polices?

3. What role can the EU level play in fostering high-growth innovative SMEs, fine-tuned with national government polices?

The workshop is closely linked with the second INNO-Grips Policy Brief which analyses the same issues. Participants will receive a draft final version of this Policy Brief prior to the event. The results of the study for the Policy Brief will be presented at the workshop as a basis for the discussion.

The workshop will be attended by approximately 30 experts, including decision makers from the European Commission, national ministries and governmental agencies as well as economists, consultants and business representatives.
A Eurostars expert will take part to the workshop.

Participation is on invitation only.
By participating, you will have the opportunity to exchange opinions and experiences and to suggest directions for practical innovation policy in the future.

EUREKA's Eurostars Programme is the first European funding and support programme to be specifically dedicated to SMEs. Eurostars will stimulate them to lead international collaborative research and innovation projects by easing access to support and funding.

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