Launched in February 2008, this new European Commission initiative - Enterprise Europe Network - offers entrepreneurs a one stop shop where they can seek advice and benefit from a wide range of easily accessible support services in business, innovation and research. New network is building on experiences of support initiatives - Euro Info Centres (EIC), Innovation Relay Centres (IRC) and SME support services in the FP7 - and integrates their activities. Enterprise Europe Network gathers some 500 organisations with approximately 4,000 experienced professionals and operations in almost 40 countries.
- Business: Information about European legislation and programmes and provide tailored intelligence for SMEs and other clients; offer assistance and advice services to SMEs to benefit from EU programmes and initiatives; provide feedback from SMEs to the Commission to ensure that future legislation responds to SME needs; offer services to develop trans-national co-operation between SMEs and help them finding suitable business partners to expand their business and enter new markets.
- Innovation: Disseminating information and raising awareness regarding innovation-related policies, legislation, and support programmes; engaging in the dissemination and exploitation of research results; providing brokerage services for technology and knowledge transfer, and for partnership building between all kinds of innovation actors; stimulating the capacity of firms, especially SMEs to innovate; facilitating linkage to other innovation services including intellectual property related services.
- Research: Services encouraging the participation of SMEs in the Community Framework Programme for RTD (FP7) - raising awareness among SMEs regarding the Community Framework Programme for RTD; helping SMEs to identify their RTD needs and find relevant partners; assisting SMEs in the preparation and coordination of project proposals for the participation in the Community Framework Programme for RTD.