On Wednesday 3 June, almost 200 people from 16 countries took part in the first Eurostars Summer Event, which was held at the Amsterdam ArenA. This summer event was organised by the Eurostars programme at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) in conjunction with the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN).
The event is aimed at SMEs involved in developing technology for new projects, processes, or services. More than 150 bilateral meetings took place between innovative Dutch SMEs, foreign companies, knowledge institutes, intermediaries, consultants, and representatives from the Eurostars offices in Europe.
The slides used in the plenary session and the break-out sessions can be downloaded here:
The event focused on opportunities that the Eurostars programme can offer Dutch businesses and knowledge institutes. During the official opening of the event, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the international Eureka network, and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency called upon SMEs to take advantage of these opportunities. The General Managing Director of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, Harmen Harmsma, called upon entrepreneurs to put forward proposals for new innovative projects. His aim is to exceed 200 Eurostars projects by the end of 2015. The next call closes on 17 September 2015.
Michel Vanavermaete, Programme Implementation Manager at Eureka, also emphasised the importance of investing in Research & Development. He pointed out three important aspects in this regard: effective collaboration, innovation, and market positioning strategy.
Odilia Knap, MT member of the Directorate for Knowledge and Innovation (DG for Entrepreneurship & Innovation) at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, sees innovation primarily as a means of creating powerful solutions and economic growth. She therefore recommends that SMEs incorporate the advice of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency in their preparations. She believes the Eurostars label is a mark of excellence.
In the presence of Harmen Harmsma, Odilia Knap, and Michel Vanavermaete, recognition was given to entrepreneurs of Eurostars projects approved in 2014. Together with Harmen, Odilia, and Michel, these entrepreneurs were asked to cut a cake to symbolise the share they had received from this European scheme. The entrepreneurs were also awarded an official certificate.
Eurostars is a programme by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the European Commission to encourage R&D-performing SMEs to pursue market-oriented technological development. The aim is to accelerate the development and growth of small businesses. If you are interested in taking part in Eurostars or have any questions about the programme, please contact Arnold Meijer: firstname.lastname@example.org Or read the information about Eurostars on our website.
Enterprise Europe Network helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make the most of business opportunities in the EU and beyond. Connecting SME's, knowledge institutes and research organisations is done by organizing bilateral meetings at events, international fairs or trademissions. The networks database with companies and institutes looking for partners is consulted on a daily basis. Companies can also look into this database and search for a partner themselves http://een.ec.europa.eu/.
If you are interested in finding a foreign business partner or have any questions about the network please contact Michelle Lemmers email@example.com .
|Registration||26 Apr – 31 May|
|Meeting Selection||13 May – 31 May|
|Event||3 Jun – 4 Jun|
|Costs||Free of charge|
|Venue||Amsterdam ArenA, Arenaboulevard 1, 1100 DL Amsterdam|