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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

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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.

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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Creative Workshop Young SMEs. Torun Regional Development Agency and Torun Technology Park

Categories: News, Other

Young SMEs meeting
Torun, Poland from 6-8th November 2013


  • Best practises, and,
  • Guidelines for transfer and assessment of best practises.

How will the best practises be identified?


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


19-21 of February 2013 at Székesfehérvár, Hungary


Innovation Seminar

CTRIA gave a place for the first innovation seminar on the 19th-21st February 2013 in Székesfehérvár which was focused on SMEs&LocalNet.


The Central Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency aims at supporting, coordinating regional innovation processes organizing innovation networks, and especially providing innovation and innovation support services in Central Transdanubian Region. Our services are primarily targeted at supporting small-and medium-size businesses, regional bridge-building and R&D organizations


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