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SelectUSA Investment Summit. Washington,DC./ March 23-24, 2015

Categories: Business and Market Development, News


SelectUSA Investment Summit. Washington,DC./ March 23-24, 2015

Investors will find practical tools, valuable information and the right connections to establish or expand U.S. operations.


The Summit will showcase investment opportunities from every corner of the United States, while high-profile business and government leaders share their insight on the latest trends.


What You’ll Find at the Summit:

•The program is packed with practical information; you’ll learn about resources, tools, and regulations. High-profile business and government leaders will share their insight on the latest trends.
•Online matchmaking will enable you to meet face-to-face with economic developers and officials to learn about resources and incentives.
•The trade show will showcase investment opportunities from every corner of the United States – all in one building!
•The SelectUSA Academy will be held the afternoon before the Summit and will cover the basics of investing in the United States for first-time investors.

Mark your calendar for March 23-24, 2015 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center near Washington, D.C.


Visit to learn more and register.

The 2013 Summit filled up fast, so don’t wait to sign up!

For Investors – SelectUSA 2015 Summit Flyer

Young SMEs Interreg IVC Policy Paper

Categories: News, Other

SMEs are vital part of a successful economy. Not only do they support
supply chains, foster innovation and entrepreneurship but they essentially
create sustainable communities through job creation. Supporting SMEs
firstly to help them survive beyond their formative years, to help them
grow into strong and competitive businesses and for them to help
stimulate new business creation contributes to prosperous local and
regional economies whilst at the same time reducing unemployment
rates significantly.

However, research suggests that many SMEs will not make their 5th
year. Between 3 and 5 years is the age at when a business is mostly
likely to fail. Whilst there is currently an array of both public and private
sector support to encourage entrepreneurship, support the creation of
new business and help existing businesses, there is very little or even
nothing in some area’s to specifically support Young SMEs. Current
business support provision is developed, delivered and implemented
according to the sector, size or growth potential of a business. In some
cases age is considered but typically that support is only provided until
a business is 3 years old. This is not sufficient. To help the survival and
growth of Young SMEs there needs to be a shift away from generic
support to a more targeted approach aimed at businesses aged 3-5




Young SMEs Final Event- Streaming

Categories: Assistance with Public sector procurement, Business and Market Development, Cooperation among SMEs, Industry / Business linkages with Academic, Kick-Off Valencia, Local Networking, Management, New Technologies / E-business, News, Other, Other forms of Funding, Press
The final event of the Young SMEs project will be held on November, 13 in Toledo, Spain. Toledo is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (you can see a video here). 
  1.  Activities


  • As you know, the final event will start at 10AM. You have the information about the venue in the registration page .
  • After the event, we will offer you a guided visit to Toledo, the World Heritage site by UNESCO, by courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce. Really worth it!
  • The last official dinner for this project will be after the visit.
  • The last Steering Committee will start at 10AM on Friday. Enclosed to

You would be able to see us all live tomorrow here

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FINAL EVENT (Nov, 13th 2014) Young SMEs

Categories: News


The Final event of the Young SMEs Project will be held on November 13th in Toledo, Spain.

Toledo is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (you can see a video here )

The Steering Committee will be on Nov 14 also in Toledo, ending at noon. 

The object of the Final Event is:

  • Present the main conclusions of each of the working groups about their specific theme related to young smes
  • Showcase briefly two of the best practices (one per WG)
  • Open the floor to the public for questions

The leaders of the WG in each round-table are:

  •  Funding (Valencia) and Business and marketing development (Tipperary –SERA-)
  • New technologies (Koblenz) and Management (Malta)
  • SME cooperation (Oldham) and Local networking (CTRIA)
  • Coop with public sector (Falkirk) and Cooperation with academia (KTU)

FINAL EVENT (Nov, 13th 2014)



10:00 Welcome & registration.

10:45 Young SMEs video

With this video we explain the project’s objectives to those not involved in the execution.

10.50 Official opening


11.20 Opening keynote

Content: The social and economical importance of helping young SMEs to growth and consolidate.

12:00 Financing and business development

Partners from this working group showcase their work with Young SMEs.

12.30 New technologies and management

Partners from this working group showcase their work with Young SMEs.

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Business cooperation and local networking

Partners from this working group showcase their work with Young SMEs.

14.30 Cooperation with the public sector and the academia

Partners from this working group showcase their work with Young SMEs.

15.00 Coffee break

15.30 INTERREG IVC: results in the innovation and SMEs

Lessons learnt from the program.

16.00 “Young SMEs” project main conclusions

Presentation of the Policy Paper. 

17.00 Closing

Franchising: A Way for Entrepreneurship

Categories: News, Other

On October 21, 2014, the Commercial Service of the United States Embassy, in cooperation with the INCYDE Foundation as a representative of Fondo Social Europeo, presents “Franchising: A Way for Entrepreneurship”, an event to educate young, aspiring entrepreneurs under 30 about business opportunities concerning franchising. Two US franchises will be showcased as potential investment opportunities: Plan Ahead Events, an event management company, and The Alternative Board, offering advisory board meetings between companies, orientation services and business coaching.


Starting a business is a long and tortuous path that requires designing a business plan that we don’t always know will be viable, creating a brand image that will appeal to the public, designing marketing actions, etc. As a result of these obstacles, many find the idea of franchising as a great jump start into the entrepreneurial world man, considering the brand is positioned in the market, a defined business model already exists, certain profits are guaranteed and the expertise is based on experience and know-how.


The speakers of the event include the US Ambassador James Costos, US Commercial Consellor Robert Jones, Technical Director of INCYDE  José María Párraga, General Director of the Spanish Franchise Association (AEF) Eduardo Abadía, and the General Director and Franchise Consulter of Barbadillo Asociados Santiago Barbadillo.


With regard to the two successful US franchises, Plan Ahead Events will be presented by CEO and Master Franchisor Andrea Lazzari, and The Alternative Board by Michele Fishman, Vice President of International Development.


Follow us on Twitter with the hashtag  #franchise4youth.

Start Up School

Categories: News



From October 8th to 10th, Madrid hosted the biggest entrepreneurial event in Spain: The South Summit. Over 3.500 entrepreneurs, mainly from the Mediterranean countries and LATAM, plus 2.000 investors, business experts and members of big companies, all they talked about the ingredients that help to foster successful entrepreneurial ecosystems and also about the keys for business success. (more info here:


Young SMEs project was present at the event in the INCYDE Foundation Booth.

Dissemination of notice – INTERREG IVC recruitment

Categories: News

Dear Lead Partners,


Two vacancies have arisen within the INTERREG IVC JTS.


The announcement, profiles and other relevant information are published on (vacancies).


We would appreciate it greatly if you could publish this information on your website, and/or circulate within your networks to those who may be interested.

Two vacancies at the INTERREG IVC programme based in Lille

The INTERREG IVC/ INTERREG EUROPE secretariat has two positions available – one Project Finance Officer and one Administration Assistant. The profiles, along with general information and instructions for applying, can be downloaded below:

General information

Registration form

Project Finance Officer profile

Administration Assistant profile

Closing date for applications is: 01 November 2014.


Many thanks, and kind regards from Lille,



INTERREG IVC Joint Technical Secretariat

Les Arcuriales – Entrée D, 5e étage

45 rue de Tournai – 59000 Lille – France

Tel: +33 328 144 103 – Fax: +33 328 144 109


Visualize Business Strategy Lunch

Categories: Business and Market Development, Local Networking, News, Other

Visualize Business Strategy Lunch
13th March 2014 @ 12.30pm
Free Lunch Networking Seminar in association with the part EU-funded INTERREG IVC Project ‘Young SMEs’


Carlow County Enterprise Board & The South East Regional Authority is delighted to present 35 SME’s with the opportunity to attend “Visualize Business Strategy Lunch” in the VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow on Thursday 13th March 2014.

This free event is aimed at owner managers and their key staff and provides an opportunity to:
 Network with your Peers
 Develop new business relationships
 Hear from Industry Experts on Developing a Business Strategy

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Round table on supportive environment for entrepreneurship in Slovenia

Categories: News, Other

On the 27th of November 2013 Development Centre of the Heart of Slovenia is organizing an event with a panel discussion on the topic of a supportive environment for entrepreneurship in Slovenia.

The event is aimed at operators of entrepreneurial support services, local decision makers and entrepreneurs .


The roundtable will bring together :

• Rakovec Daša, Head of the Sector for promotion of entrepreneurship, innovation and technological development, SPIRIT Slovenia

• Paul Sedovnik , Deputy Secretary-General of the Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Slovenia

• Brane Golubovič , Member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia

• Tomaž Smole, Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Ivančna Gorica

• Aleksandar Vidović, CEO Salviol d.o.o.

• Alekandra Gradišek, Director of the Development Centre of the Heart of Slovenia


The roundtable will be led by mag. Ladeja Godina Košir.


The event is welcoming entrepreneurs who want to become familiar with the various servisec of  individual institutions of teh supportive environment available to local, regional, national and European level, municipalities, business development centres, agencies, institutions and other organizations that want to make a step forward in supporting entrepreneurship.


At the event, you will get information on good practices in the field of entrepreneurship from abroad (Germany, England, Ireland, Spain, Poland, Lithuania, Malta, Romania, Greece), learn about the services of supportive environment for enterpreneurship available at the local, regional, national and European level and express your needs for new, additional services and programs that you expect from a supportive environment in Slovenia.


More can be found in the attached invitation (in slovenian language).

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Working Group SMEs & Academic kaunas, Lithuania

Categories: Industry / Business linkages with Academic, News

In Lithuania the cooperation between science and business is regarded as a necessity and there is a tendency to seek it because of its good nature.

When the partnership between science and business is viewed from the above mentioned perspective, it is good to know that Lithuania already has a number of measures which help to unite such different sectors.

The successful cooperation between science and business communities determines the spread and establishment of innovations in all areas of life and the effective use of innovations in business encourages economic and export development and increases performance efficiency and the country’s economic competitiveness.

Science and/or technology parks play the leading role in the promotion and popularization of innovations and the encouragement of the emergence of new innovative enterprises, the innovative development of already existing companies and the innovative partnership between science and business, and the execution of activities involving the provision of financial support for innovations


In the near future it is necessary to seek better scientific research application to industrial activities by encompassing the entire value chain. When it comes to the education system, it is imperative to increase the motivation of the future work force to create added value through the use of the latest scientific achievements.



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