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EEN Northern Netherlands: enhancing the innovation capacity of SME's (EEN Northern NL)
Start date: Jan 1, 2015, End date: Dec 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

In addition to the innovation-related services offered by EEN Northern Netherlands, this H2020 project will provide in-depth services enhancing the innovation capacity of SMEs. Due to several reasons (f.e. a lack of offers, unaffordable market prices or poor quality), consulting service offers enhancing the innovation management capacity of companies are not readily available to SMEs in many European regions, including the Northern Netherlands.This specific Horizon 2020 activity within the EEN services therefore offers mentoring and coaching services to beneficiaries with the objective to increase and accelerate economic returns from innovation. The EEN Northern NL consortium addresses this specific challenge with two service packages:1. Key account management services for H2020 SME instrument beneficiaries: By offering key acount management services to beneficiaries of the H20202 SME instrument it will be possible to support these SME’s in their innovation process and enhance their innovation capacity.2. Services to enhance the innovation management capacities of SMEs: particularly promising SMEs will be supported by the enhancement of their innovation management capacities. This will be done by carry out a diagnostic audit of selected SMEs that are capable of growth and successful internationalisation in order to develop and implement a tailored action plan to improve the SME’s capacity to manage innovation processes.Within the consortium expertise and knowledge on internationalisation and innovation is pooled together to offer SME's expert information, advice and coaching. This project focusses on the selection of promising SME’s within in the region and enable them to enhance their innovation capacity under the supervision of experienced innovation coaches.
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