In-Business Growth Project, funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 – Enhancing SME Innovation Capacity by Providing Better Innovation Support, with specific objective of stimulating sustainable economic growth by increasing the levels of innovation in SMEs, creating new innovative methodologies to address the growing needs of innovative SMEs, to its further growth and internationalization.
Importance of the project for Kainuu
The In-Business Growth (IBG) project focuses exclusively on the functions that innovation agencies ought to provide to the businesses they are consulting and supporting. We joined this project as a result of more demanding tasks that are expected in the promotion of innovation and the implementation of the RIS3 strategy. Kainuu has contributed two good practices to the project, Kasvua Kainuuseen project and Baltic TRAM / Science Link projects. The project, besides the good practice contribution, is helping us to network with innovation agencies across the EU and is a good step to further cooperation development.
Within the "Twinning advanced" methodology, four innovation agencies are cooperating to review each other's practices and benchmark their own, related to the design and delivery of innovation support programs for SMEs and will also compare them to those of third parties, collaborating in the present initiative. On a strategic level, the project will focus on designing and updating clear, demand-driven methodologies to improve/create processes to be efficient in the delivery mechanisms to the SMEs. The operational objectives are based on:
The project partners are:
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