Monthly Archives: December 2013

The SME Instrument SEAMLESS BUSINESS INNOVATION SUPPORT FROM IDEA TO MARKET…

Get the brochure from this link : You are determined to grab the wheel of successful innovation… • You represent one single SME or a consortium of SMEs • You have a radically innovative idea that can create value at the EU level • You want to make your business grow in Europe and beyond ….but you are still looking for support to help you go from idea to market, such as … … financing to develop your idea into a groundbreaking product, service or business model that works? … a strategy or more skills and competences to export your innovation successfully? … EU-wide promotion of your innovative business activities, which can help you to tap into new market and financing opportunities? Go for the SME Instrument, € 3 billion over the period 2014-2020 to support Europe’s best innovative SMEs! • Visit the Horizon 2020 Participant Portal, and check out the area in which your SME could get support… • Prepare a brief business plan… • After an independent review, the best ideas will receive EU funding and support The SME Instrument is a new initiative under Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. http://ec.europa.eu/research/horizon2020/index_ en.cfm

2014-10-30T15:26:47+01:00December 13th, 2013|In Belgium, In Europe|

Horizon 2020 launched with €15 billion over first two years

The European Commission has today for the first time presented calls for projects under Horizon 2020, the European Union's €80 billion research and innovation programme. Worth more than €15 billion over the first two years, the funding is intended to help boost Europe's knowledge-driven economy, and tackle issues that will make a difference in people's lives. This includes 12 areas that will be a focus for action in 2014/2015, including topics such as personalised healthcare, digital security and smart cities (see MEMO/13/1122). European Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn said: "It's time to get down to business. Horizon 2020 funding is vital for the future of research and innovation in Europe, and will contribute to growth, jobs and a better quality of life. We have designed Horizon 2020 to produce results, and we have slashed red tape to make it easier to participate. So I am calling on researchers, universities, businesses including SMEs, and others to sign up!" For the first time, the Commission has indicated funding priorities over two years, providing researchers and businesses with more certainty than ever before on the direction of EU research policy. Most calls from the 2014 budget are already open for submissions as of today, with more to follow over the course of the year. Calls in the 2014 budget alone are worth around €7.8 billion, with funding focused on the three key pillars of Horizon 2020: Excellent Science: Around €3 billion, including €1.7 billion for grants from the European Research Council for top scientists and €800 million for Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships for younger researchers (seeMEMO/13/1123). Industrial Leadership: €1.8 billion to support Europe's industrial leadership in areas like ICT, nanotechnologies, advanced manufacturing, robotics, biotechnologies and space. Societal challenges: €2.8 billion for innovative projects addressing Horizon 2020's [...]

European Observatory on Social Entreprises and Social Economy

  Do you know what the European Observatory on social entrepreneurship and  ESS is ?  The social economy, which combines social and economic utility, is recognized as a social innovation vector model, and inclusive and sustainable development of societies. Green jobs, social services, accompanying dependents or renewable energy are all issues at the heart of our societies, which have a special resonance in the field of social economy and social entrepreneurship. This sector is now booming across Europe. However, often, policy makers and stakeholders in the field report also lack concrete information about the area, its actors, local policies and strategies in existing good practices of other European countries. From our side, we could ourselves, admittedly different studies exist, but it lacked a place to centralize this information and update regularly. This is why the European Think Tank Pour la Solidarité, took the initiative to create a European Observatory on social entrepreneurship and ESS to gather data and news sorted by themes, countries and relevant stakeholders. Transverse and comprehensive, this site Contact proposes to centralize and decrypt the legal and politicalissues of the ESS in Europe, rapidly evolving field and changes to industry professionals in the social economy, policymakers and any citizen interested in alternative forms of production and consumption. This observatory is therefore proposed to be a reference in regulations, best practices and innovative players in a dynamic sector, and in perpetual motion. This site is a resource designed to inform and analyze the events of this dynamic and ever-changing, respond efficiently to the needs of actors in social entrepreneurship and the social economy Do not hesitate to send us information and publications, and examples of initiatives structures of the social economy, knowing that the Observatory does not investigates the "micro-local". Finally, all your comments about this initiative and its [...]

Wo.Men@Work Award 2013 : A JUMP EXCEPTIONAL EVENT!

I have attended this Tuesday 3 December 2013 the Wo.Men@Work Award : an annual award that honours an executive C-level manager (CEO, COO, CFO, CIO or member of the Executive Board), of a company or organisation established in Belgium. He or she pro-actively promotes gender balance and is personally committed to guaranteeing an equal representation of men and women in the company’s management and top management. The Award is an original concept created by JUMP, supported by AXA Belgium during the first three years. Now hosted in the beautiful premises of the Coca-Cola building, the videos of the most interesting talks, exchange of views and... the WINNER may be found on my youtube account.

2015-09-08T08:47:16+01:00December 4th, 2013|Good vibrations, In Belgium, In Europe|