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INnovation CApacities of Mediterranean Enterprises (INCAME-2)
Start date: Jan 1, 2015, End date: Dec 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project aims to enhance SMEs’ competitiveness and innovation processes management and to improve the regional innovation environment, increasing the efficiency and the effectiveness of investments in research, development and innovation. The project partners will operate in the regions under the EEN BRIDGeconomies consortium: Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Molise, Puglia and Sicilia. The overall objective of the project is helping SMEs to adopt, implement and deploy an innovation management system. The project has two main specific objectives, structured in 2 Work Packages:WP1) SMEs beneficiaries of the SME Instrument (Key Account Manager) ;WP2) SMEs with innovation potential (EEN Innovation Expert) EIMC.To reach such specific objectives, during the period covered by the action, the project partnership intends to deliver seven days service packages to a number of 283 SMEs, benefiting from SME Instrument grants and services for enhancing their innovation management capacities. Project partners intend to implement these actions since SMEs play a crucial role in reaching the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy and notably the Innovation Union. SMEs are key drivers of innovation serving as an important conduit for knowledge spill-overs. Tapping the full innovation potential of SMEs requires efficient support mechanisms. The focus needs to be oriented to impact on SMEs, looking at their internationalisation, their knowledge and R&D capabilities, competitiveness and growth.
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