On February 24th, ACSELL participated in EU Industry Days, Europe’s flagship annual event to discuss industry challenges and co-develop opportunities and policy responses in an inclusive dialogue with a wide range of partners. It also helps to ensure that the policies at the European, national, regional, and local levels work together to enable European industry to deliver jobs, growth, and innovation in Europe.

Helping SMEs to recover and remain competitive is a challenge that Europe has been facing and is now an even bigger challenge amidst Corona. This event covered the various steps an SME can take to recover, as well as the financial and technical support available to them. In addition, the webinar was intended to show the improvement of different policy instruments through the interregional learning process managed by the Interreg Europe Programme, the identification of Good Practices, and their transfer to other regions through action plans. 

Here is a recording of the event. ACSELL is featured starting at 1:03:08

Below is the detailed agenda from the event:

10:00 - 10:10 Welcome by Ms Ivana Rae Almora (EURADA)

10:10 - 10:25 SCALE UP: how it supports concentration and robustness of SMEs within the renewed EU industrial policy. Presentation of its Best Practises. Speaker: Ms Maripaz López (INFO Murcia)

10:25 - 10:40 How FOUNDATION bolsters Small and Medium Companies by Building Regional Resilience to Industrial Structural Change. Presentation of its Best Practises Speaker: Mr Jose Carlos Garcia (CEEI Cartagena)

10:40 - 11:30 Round Table. We invite our colleagues from 3 different existing Interreg Europe Projects, that also work towards the support of SME’s and their growth, to talk about their experiences. Moderator: Ms Ivana Rae.

  1. ACSELL: to sensitise the public sector, innovation intermediaries and SMEs towards expanding SME competencies by promoting open innovation ecosystems and integrating the user early in the innovation process with (interregional) a living lab approach. Speaker: Ms Sandra Evans 
  2. SIE: increasing SME internationalisation capacity, improving SME Internationalisation Support. Internationalisation is a keyway for SMEs to innovate & grow and is an essential part of ensuring that Europe continues to compete in the global market. Speaker: Mr Steve Samson 
  3. 40READY: Strengthening SME capacity to engage in Industry 4.0 Speaker: Mr Lorenzo Sabatini 

11:30 - 12:00 Q & A from the audience