Issue N° 91 - September 2011

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Keep up to date on innovation matters worldwide with the INSME Association!

After a short summer break “INSMEnews”, the free monthly newsletter edited since 2004 by the INSME Association Secretariat, will continue to provide you with updates about the activities of the International Network for SMEs, its Members and Partners worldwide. INSME aims to promote transnational cooperation among private and public stakeholders to make innovation happen in SMEs.

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We welcome contributions, comments and suggestions that can enrich this newsletter and improve our ongoing work, with the aim to support innovation intermediaries, their networking and internationalisation so as to better reach SMEs worldwide.

In this issue, you will be informed about INSME Members activities and some latest news on innovation-related issues from across the world.

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Ms. Simona Marzetti

INSME Association Secretary General

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Updates on the life of the INSME Network

INSME President at the UNECE International Conference "Promoting Eco-innovation: Policies and Opportunities"

The International Conference "Promoting Eco-innovation: Policies and Opportunities", organised by UNECE - United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (INSME Member), took place on 11th -13th July 2011 in Tel Aviv (Israel).

The Conference represented a platform for a discussion and broad exchange of experiences and lessons learned among policy-makers, representatives of business and academia and other experts and practitioners from across Europe.

The event dealt with the role played by innovation policies to address environmental and energy challenges, the existing barriers for eco-innovation and the ways in which the public and private sectors can collaborate to overcome these difficulties and take advantage of emerging opportunities in this field.

The INSME President, Mr. Paolo Anselmo, attended the event as speaker.

Download the presentations made during the Conference at:

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News from the INSME Members

META Group: Innovation Lab

On the 30th September 2011 in Brussels, Belgium will take place the workshop "Ready to Use" Venture Capital Funds. How to set up and launch financial engineering measures using ERDF (European Regional Development Fund).

The event is being organised by META Group within the framework of its Innovation Lab initiative, and it is addressed to civil servants and innovation intermediary company managers, for disseminating innovative tools and management tips in the domains of Entrepreneurship, Finance, Technology transfer and Clustering.

To participate,please, fill in the registration form and send it to no later than September 23rd.

To find out more, please, download the brochure and/or visit the following website:

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INSME's Picks in the News

EU: Horizon 2020

"Horizon 2020", the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for the period 2014-2020, is the new, integrated funding system that will cover all research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programme for Research and Technical Development, the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

It will be the successor to FP7 and will support researchers and innovators in Europe to help ensure that good ideas reach the market and generate sustainable economic growth and new jobs.

Horizon 2020, worth € 80 Billion, will enter into force on 1st January 2014

Read more at:

Find information about the thematic workshops, component parts of Horizon 2020 initiative, at:

10th European Eco-innovation Forum: outreaches

The 10th European Forum on Eco-Innovation Towards a Resource-Efficient Economy- from Policy to Action, organized by the European Commission and ETAP - Environmental Technology Action Plan on 22nd -23rd March 2011 in Birmingham (UK), brought together players in business, academia, finance, policy and green groups with a view to propose priority areas for future action on material security and resource efficiency and play a key part in securing research through Research Councils and EU calls.

The summary of the 10th European Forum is now available to download at:

Download the presentations made during the Forum at:

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About IPR in China

China IPR SME Helpdesk: Guide to IPR Protection in China for the Creative Industries

China IPR SME Help Desk (INSME Partner) published a guide to help creative industries to protect themselves from infringement by potential Chinese clients or Chinese competitors. As creative ideas and designs are often not adequately protected, this guide aims to provide information on the Intellectual Property (IP) issues faced by creative businesses in various sub-sectors of the creative industry in China including architectural design, product design, graphic design, web-design, brand design, etc.

Download the Guide to IPR Protection in China for the Creative Industries here

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Focus on...INSME Members

VINASME - Vietnam Association of SMEs

The Vietnam Association of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (VINASME) is a non profit association established in 2005 in Hanoi with a view to improve the SMEs’ managers knowledge, to make network for business people and to enhance International cooperation and policy advocacy. The Association provides training, consulting, technology transfer and trade promotion services throughout workshop, training class, exhibition and international study visit.

VINASME is an INSME Member since June 2011.

Visit the website: and/or the website of VINASME Branch office in Ho Chi Minh City at:

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Tenders & Calls

EU: Support to trans-national networks of procurers - Call for Proposals

Call identifier: FP7-COH-2012-PROCURERS

Organiser: European Commission

Topic: Support to trans-national networks of procurers to promote and develop innovation oriented public procurement

Eligibility criteria (minimun condition): At least 3 independent legal entities, each of which is established in a European Member State (MS) or Associate Country ( AC), and no two of which are established in the same MS or AC.

Indicative Budget: € 1,100,000.00

Deadline for Submissions: 5th January 2012

Further details and documents at:

EU: Bilateral coordination for the enhancement and development of S&T Partnerships - Activity BILAT

Call identifier: FP7-INCO-2012-2

Organiser: European Commission

Theme: Activities of International Cooperation

Eligibility criteria (minimun condition): At least 1 independent legal entity. Furthermore the proposal must target only one country covered in the Areas of the call (Australia, Brazil, China, India, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, South-Korea, USA, Argentina, Chile, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Ukraine), the consortium must include participants from the country targeted in the proposal and the proposals must cover more than one thematic area of the Cooperation Programme.

Applicants: Public and Private bodies, Individuals, Non profit Organisation and Research Organisation based in a European Member State or in an Associate Country.

Budget: € 16,000,000.00

Deadline for Submissions: 15th November 2011

For additional information and to download the relevant documents, please, visit:

EU: Bi-regional coordination of S&T cooperation including priority setting and definition of S&T cooperation policies - Activity INCO-NET

Call identifier: FP7-INCO-2012-1

Organiser: European Commission

Theme: Activities of International Cooperation

Eligibility criteria (minimun condition): At least 3 independent legal entities, each of which is established in a European Member State (MS) or Associate Country (AC), and no two of which are established in the same MS or AC.
Furthermore the proposal must target only one country covered in the Areas of the call (Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Caribbean Region, Mediterranean Region and South East Asia Region), the consortium must include include participants from the third countries of the targeted regions and the proposals must cover more than one thematic area of the Cooperation Programme.

Applicants: Public and Private bodies, Individuals, Non profit Organisation and Research Organisation based in a European Member State or in an Associate Country.

Budget: € 16,000,000.00

Deadline for Submissions: 15th November 2011

For additional information and to download the relevant documents, please, visit:

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Interesting Initiatives

Western Internationalisation Network Atlantic - WIN Atlantic

Western Internationalisation Network Atlantic (WIN Atlantic) is a three year project, started on January 2009, which offers new internationalisation opportunities for Atlantic Area businesses.
It aims at creating networks of Innovative Start Ups and Small to Medium Enterprises within the following three target sectors: ICT, biotechnology and energy/environment, and help them promote their goods and services across international markets.

Find out more on WIN Atlantic official website at:

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The World Bank Group: Doing Business 2011 "Making a Difference for Entrepreneurs"

Doing Business 2011 is a co-publication of the World Bank and of the International Finance Corporation (IFC). It is the eighth in a series of annual reports investigating the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. The Report presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 183 economies, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

Download the Report at: business/documents/annual-reports/english/db11-fullreport.pdf

WIPO: Making Intellectual Property Work for Business: A handbook for chambers of commerce and business associations setting up intellectual property services

"A handbook for chambers of commerce and business associations setting up intellectual property services" , realized by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the World Intellectual Property Organization - WIPO (INSME Observer), provides practical guidance on the key areas where business membership organizations can integrate IP into their services in order to give their members a competitive edge and thereby boost their local economies.
This handbook is not intended to be a legal guide to explain the nuts and bolts of IPRs but it provides IP services from a practical business perspective and highlights the key advantages of utilizing IP assets.

To download the Guide at:

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Recommended Websites

EAI: Innovation Marketplace and new website

EAI - European Alliance for Innovation is a membership-driven, grassroots ecosystem of leading ICT organizations and individuals focused on facilitating and advancing innovation in Europe. EAI is establishing an "Innovation Marketplace" that will gather answers to questions and, as a comprehensive marketplace for innovation, it will be the one-stop shop for information and location for best of breed services for innovators.

To learn more at

Furthermore, EAI is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, with a totally new design, social network features and improved user experience. It will possible to get suggestions from the Community about relevant activities, services, events and publications, based on your profile and interests.

See the new website at:

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Recommended Newsletter

Alicante News

ALICANTE NEWS is the monthly newsletter, edited by the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) available for free on the OHIM website.

The aim of ALICANTE NEWS is to provide up-to-date information on OHIM-related matters, as well as on other general IP issues, to the users of the Community trade mark and design registration systems.

If you are interest to receive ALICANTE NEWS by e-mail, please, subscribe at:

Find out more at:

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Highlighted events

14th -15th September 2011
Rome, Italy

The event, organized within the framework of Nanoforum Project by ITER in partnership with FILAS (INSME Member), under the patronage of the INSME Association, IBAN - Italian Business Angels Association and the Italian Ministry for Economic Development (INSME Members), aims to foster the process of technological transfer from the research world to the entrepreneurial one.

Learn more at:

13th October 2011
MedVentures "ICT Business Forum"
Marseille, France

The MedVentures ICT Business Forum, an event organized by ANIMA Investment Network (INSME Member), will bring together entrepreneurs, talents, investors, innovation and business clusters of 15 European and Mediterranean countries, selected for their high potential and international dimension. Working sessions will be business oriented, organized around projects pitching, cases studies and proposals for actions.

Participants will meet up, share business plans and cooperation projects around 5 lines : Talents (build international teams), Business (develop customized solutions), Coaching (co-incubation platforms), Innovation (co-innovation at a cluster level), and Financing (Cofinancing schemes).

To find out more, please, visit the following website:

17th -18th November 2011
Agorada 2011+ "Regional Smart Specialization"
Bielsko-Biała, Poland

EURADA - The European Association of Development Agencies (INSME Member), is organizing its international Forum on the new EU policy called "Smart Specialization Strategy" (S3).
This issue is particularly relevant due to the need of further defining strategic goals for regional development in correlation with the effective absorption of scarce financial resources.

The strategy for regional development based on Smart Specialization will strengthen regions and thus raise the competitiveness of the European Union.

Download the brochure here.

Future International meetings, workshops, seminars selected by INSME

21st - 23rd September 2011
Technology Transfer in a Global Economy
Co-organized by the University of Augsburg (Germany)and the Indiana University, Bloomington (USA)
Augsburg, Germany

25th - 27th September 2011
Sino-French Industry Cluster Cooperation Forum / EU-China Business and Technology Cooperation Fair Innovation & Competition Development & Cooperation
Organized by EU Project Innovation Center
Montpellier, France

28th September 2011
China Market Access Conference: "Enter the Emerging Countries Market: the China example. Understand the China market to drive your future growth"
Organized by Universal Medical Group
Paris, France

28th - 30th September 2011
ProTon Europe CONFERENCE "The role of networks in knowledge transfer from public research organizations"
Co-organized by NETVAL, the Italian Association of University TT Offices
Rome, Italy

30th September 2011
Italian Expert Workshop "Intellectual Property Management at Universities and Public Research Institutes in Italy: Strategic Approaches"
Organized by the European Commission
Rome, Italy

3rd - 9th October 2011
European SME Week
Organized by the European Commission

4th October 2011
Technology Transfer Management Training Workshop
Organized by INTRASOFT International S.A.(INSME Member) with the collaboration of LUXINNOVATION GIE, the National Agency for Innovation and Research
Luxembourg, Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg

5th - 7th October 2011
5th Global GEM Research Conference 2011 - Entrepreneurial Activity: Individual Processes and Contexts
Organized by ISBE - Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (INSME Member)
Cartagena, Colombia

5th - 7th October 2011
Biotech 2011-The International Event and Conference on Biotechnologies
Organized by Artenergy Publishing
Milan, Italy

6th October 2011
3rd European Conference on Corporate R&D and Innovation - CONCORD 2011 "The dynamics of Europe's industrial structure and the growth of innovative firms"
Organized by The European Commission's Directorates Joint Research Centre (JRC) and Research (RTD)

Seville, Spain

10th - 12th October 2011
Business Innovation Conference
Organized by Illinois Institute of Technology
Wheaton, IL, United States

10th - 12th October 2011
XIV Foro Interamericano de la Microempresa - Foromic 2011
Organized by the InterAmerican Development Bank - IDB
San Jose, Costa Rica

11th - 12th October 2011
11th European Forum on Eco-Innovation Working with emerging economies for green growth
Organized by ETAP - Environmental Technologies Action Plan and supported by the European Commission
Helsinki, Finland

16th - 18th October 2011
LICSMB2011 - 13th West Lake International Conference on Small & Medium Business
Organized by the Hangzhou Municipal Government, Zhejiang University of Technology, Zhejiang Small & Medium Enterprises Bureau, World Association of Industrial & Technological Research organisations, Chinese Society of Technology Economics, the University of Akron and Marquette University
Hangzhou, China

16th - 23rd October 2011
The 14th Internation Training Workshop on Business Incubation "Cultivating Industry Cluster by Innovation & Incubation"
Organized by Shanghai Caohejing HiTech Park Innovation Center
Shanghai, China

17th - 22nd October 2011
Understanding China Training Programme - Module 2
Organized within the framework of Understanding China Programme
Shanghai, China

17th - 19th October 2011
BEI 2011- Back End Innovation "Creating Sustainable Corporate Innovation System"
Organized by IIR USA Holdings, Ltd.
San Diego, CA, United States

17th - 19th October 2011
2011 TII Innovation Tour to the Valencia Region
Organized by TII (Technology Innovation International)
Valencia, Spain

17th - 19th October 2011
NASVF 2011- 18th Annual Conference "Innovation Capital: Leading America's Recovery"
Organized by NASVF-National Association of Seed and Venture Funds
Arlington-TX, United States

19th - 21st October 2011
ALTEC 2011 "Innovation for Sustainable Growth under the Bicentennial"
Organized by ALTEC- Asociación Latino-Iberoamericana de Gestión Tecnológica
Lima, Peru

20th - 21st October 2011
Social Network Analysis (SNA) - Make your cluster stronger
Helsinki, Finland

20th - 21st October 2011
10th EBAN Annual Winter University
Organized by EBAN - European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Capital and other Early Stage Market Players (INSME Member)
Brussels, Belgium

23rd - 28th October 2011
Understanding China Training Programme - Module 3
Organized within the framework of Understanding China Programme
Beijing, China

26th October 2011
SciTech 2011: Innovation UK
Co-organised by NETVAL, the Italian association of University TT Offices
The Barbican, London, United Kingdom

21st - 25th November 2011
V Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders
Organized by the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the Mediterranean (ASCAME)
Barcelona, Spain

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