“We will live in digitally organised chaos”

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open-evidenceToday’s blog post is a contribution from Open Evidence European Affairs Manager Kasia
Jakimowicz, who gives us her take on what the key messages from the SME Assembly 2016 in Bratislava were.

SME Assembly 2016 in Bratislava is over but the collaboration continues. Here are a couple of first take-away recommendations from the conference:

  1. More creative approach to education, encouraging companies, the public sector and schools to work together and adapt traditional educational structures and teachers´ skills to the rapidly changing work environment.  
  2. Entrepreneurship and digital education should be present in education from primary school level including both obligatory and elective subjects.
  3. Make public procurement more start-up and SME friendly.
  4. Develop a network of national scale-up advisors to help companies to grow.
  5. Establish a matchmaking platform between start-ups, scale-ups and corporates for networking and collaboration / funding opportunities
  6. Empower local and national ecosystems and build sustainable working relations among eco-players. The European ecosystem will follow consequently.
  7. Continue to remove existing barriers in Europe (IPR, free movement of data, access to finance etc.) so that European start-ups and SMEs think of Europe as their natural market.
  8. Failure forms part of every successful company, this needs to be embraced, openly discussed, and learnt from.
  9. Embrace the collaborative economy and alternative forms of financing, supporting businesses and public administration in the shift towards different ways of working.
  10. Learn from best examples on national level and scale them up in Europe

This is just one contributors list, do you have anything to add? Other points to share? The Online SME Assembly LinkedIn group is there for you to discuss, collaborate and share your input! If you missed out on the assembly or want a quick overview, be sure to read our daily posts and check out our social media.

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