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Ready to grow with Enterprise Europe Network

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The Enterprise Europe Network is a support network that helps small and medium-sized business (SMEs) grow and innovate internationally. Active in over 60 countries worldwide, the network draws on the skills and services of 3 000 experts from over 600 member organisations to offer business support to SMEs.

Members of the network are varied and include: technology poles, innovation support organisations, universities and research institutes, regional development organisations and chambers of commerce and industry.

Today Promoting Enterprise will be showcasing one specific aspect of the Enterprise Europe Network, their extensive collection of SME Success Stories, which are all available on their website. These Success Stories come from across European Union Member States and COSME countries, and highlight the diversity of innovative businesses in need of financial and business support.

Have look through the Success Stories catalogue and look out for the individual companies across our social media!

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SME Instrument companies take home the gold

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What can the SME Instrument do for you? The Instrument, promoted by the European Innovation Council is able to provide support through funding and access to expertise for SMEs looking to grow and innovate. Not only can the support lead to direct success, but can also contribute later down the line as was the case for companies Radisurf and Applied Nano Surfaces. Radisurf took home the prize for the most innovative company and Applied Nanosurfaces won best pitch at an exclusive brokerage event promoted by the European Innovation Council pilot in the world leading industry trade show in Germany. After a very demanding selection process, 70 SME Instrument funded companies were selected to pitch their ideas and vision for the future of industry, under the motto ‘Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory solutions’.

The event was organised by the EIC SME Instrument Business Acceleration Services, the Enterprise Europe Network and NBank, as part of a service promoting deals and business ventures between upcoming SMEs funded by the European Innovation Council pilot and corporate leaders.

Learn more about the winning companies:

Radisurf is developing and producing a specialised nanocoating for direct, strong, and tight adhesion between hard materials and polymer materials called Radibond. Radibond is a patented methodology and formulation for producing a nanometer thin, strongly bonded coating on metals, glass, ceramic, or carbon. With the Radibond coating on your materials, you can apply the polymer material through direct overmolding or a variety of standard welding techniques and obtain strong metal-polymer assemblies.

Applied Nano Surfaces has developed unique technologies to treat the surfaces of mechanical parts to lower friction losses, increase durability and minimise the wear in industrial machines and equipment. ANS products consist of: ANS Triboconditioning®, a mechano-chemical surface finishing process that improves the tribological properties of components made of steel and cast iron, ANS TriboNite®, an advanced thermal processing and coating technology that combines the advantages of nitriding processes with the superior properties of solid lubricant coatings and ANS Tricolit®, a series of thermocured surface coatings serving to reduce friction and wear, and suitable for use on a variety of materials.

For more information and the full article, visit the EASME website

Superplus wants YOU to be our Partner

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I don’t know if everyone knows the full story, but a few months ago, 12 to be exact, I embarked on a new venture with an amazing team.  As a special education teacher, I noticed long ago that there was something missing when it came to technology for children that are non-verbal.   Programs were often hacked and revised by parents thirsty for the right technology for their children that are often diagnosed with learning disabilities.  Despite the best efforts, something was missing.

I wasn’t the only one to notice this.  In fact, a long time friend of mine and successful gamer, Kim and his colleague Stian noticed that the apps designed for children of special needs were no where near as sophisticated as those games made for children without learning differences.  It was around that time that Kim was approached by a friend of his named Roald. Nine years ago Roald’s wife gave birth to a wonderful, amazing baby girl who was diagnosed with autism.  I don’t know what most parents would do in the situation – but what Roald did was exceptional – he gave up his profession as a sports agent and went on to become a scientist examining the issues that his non-verbal daughter faces on a daily basis.   When the 4 of us met we knew we had the makings of something special.  Hence Superplus was born.

So here we are.  SuperSpeak is in Beta and ready to be tested.  We should be all set right?  We’ve got an educator, a scientist and a two genius game developers.  Surprisingly, the answer is NO!

Something was missing AND THAT IS YOU!  We need YOU to be our fifth founder.

What are we asking?  We are calling on you, as a family member, educator, friend, counselor, neighbor…what have you… to download SuperSpeak and give us your opinion.  You are the ones on the front lines, every day, working with a child who as learning differences.  You are the ones who can tell us what works best for your ‘SuperKiddo.’  What resonates with them and what doesn’t?  What do they like and what do they not like?  What are their milestones and when have you met them?  YOUR experience is just as important as my years in the field, Roald’s discoveries at Yale University and Kim and Stians’s amazing success in the gaming world.  You are the champion for your SuperKiddo and we need your feedback, via our survey, to create a holistic app that will help non-verbal children.  YOU will be our final partner.  We can’t be successful as a company until our fifth partner is active and on board.

In the appreciation of your time and your efforts, after you download SuperSpeak and answer our survey, you will be entered for a chance to win a prize.  We are a small, stealthy and focused company, and this is just a small token of our appreciation. We will also gift you SuperSpeak for a year.  Again, small gestures, but we, as a company, and you, as a person who knows a non-verbal child, have bigger goals that go beyond freebies.  That said, it is a pretty cool prize, click here to get set up.

That is it.  That’s our call to you.  Partner with us to create something that will improve children’s’ lives.  Together we will help children be happier and healthier!  We can do this – we can make something special – but only if we do it together.

If you are ready get started just click here http://bit.ly/1zawTJA and you will be up and running in no time!

Co-ordinator Catch Up

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Each country participates in European SME Week in a way relevant to its own small and medium-sized enterprise community, so we interviewed Helena Moura, National Coordinator for Portugal, to find out more.

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How does the Week work in Portugal? Which organisations are involved?

Since 2009, IAPMEI, the Portuguese Agency for SME and Innovation has run SME Week in Portugal. The organisation has helped different organisations work together to execute and promote all aspects of SME Week.

How do you promote European SME Week?

  • We do a range of different things to promote SME Week in Portugal:
  • IAPMEI included information about SME Week in the Enterprise Europe Network in Portugal newsletter and the Enterprise Europe Network reaching 28,000 subscribers.
  • We announced SME Week at various conferences, seminars, meetings and sent personalised emails to a huge number of stakeholders.
  • We also have a permanent info desk where people can find out more about SME Week

What did you learn from last year’s events?

In order to get the best results, we regularly carry out interim assessments to make sure that we are always learning, so we can improve throughout the process.

And finally, what impact does European SME Week have in Portugal?

SME Week plays a crucial role in the work we do to promote SMEs in Portugal. It encourages key stakeholders and entrepreneurs to engage with and support SMEs. Portugal is one of the most active countries in promoting entrepreneurship and small business.

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