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2017 European Social Innovation Competition - Launch Event
10/01/2017

2016 has been a challenging year, but the inspiring social innovation we've seen all over Europe has kept us feeling hopeful for the future. And we're excited to see what 2017 has got in store for the sector! Last year's European Social Innovation Competition saw over 1,000 applications from 36 countries, seeking solutions for the integration of refugees and migrants. And in October we awarded 3 brilliant winners with a prize of €50,000 each, showcasing true innovation for integrated futures.

 

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URBACT Good Practice Call now open!
19/12/2016

We all know that in these difficult times cities face ever increasing urban challenges linked to demographic change, climate and environmental targets, unemployment and urban poverty to name but a few. As urban practitioners, we are all seeking practices which are relevant and overcome these barriers. Such practices, as far as URBACT is concerned, come in all shapes and sizes, all themes and topics. And when we say ‘good practice’ we do not necessarily mean something grand, innovative and demonstrating excellence.

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EUROSYN Call for Experts
14/12/2016

In the framework of the H2020 project "EUROSYN - Improve innovation services for SMEs by enabling synergies between R&D&I European funds”, using the Twinning Advanced methodology, project partners will elaborate a Design Option Paper (DOP), which will serve as a “guide” or a “handbook” to other innovation agencies to design and/or deliver similar, more enterprise-friendly programs and services to raise more R&D&I funds. A professional expert with extensive knowledge and experience on eco-innovation support for SMEs will be subcontracted to moderate the partners’ peer learning activities.

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EUROSYN: European project improving SMEs support services on RD&I funding
08/12/2016

The EUROSYN project (Improve innovation services for SMEs by enabling synergies between R&D&I European funds) was officially launched in October 2016. It has been funded by the HORIZON 2020 European program under grant agreement No 730806. The partners are Friuli Innovazione (Italy), FTI Burgenland GmbH (Austria) and KEPA - Business & Cultural Development Centre (Greece), three innovation agencies supporting SMEs in their competitive development processes. 

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SME Performance Review
24/11/2016

The SME Performance Review is one of the main tools the European Commission uses to monitor and assess countries' progress in implementing the Small Business Act(SBA) on a yearly basis. With an emphasis on the measures from the SBA Action Plan, the review brings comprehensive information on the performance of SMEs in EU countries and other partner countries. It consists of two parts: an annual report on European SMEs and SBA country fact sheets.

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Europe's next leaders: the Start-up and Scale-up Initiative
22/11/2016

The Commission's Start-up and Scale-up Initiative aims to give Europe's many innovative entrepreneurs every opportunity to become world leading companies. It pulls together all the possibilities that the EU already offers and adds a new focus on venture capital investment,insolvency law and taxation.There is no lack of innovative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit in Europe. But many new firms don't make it beyond the critical first few years, or they try their luck in a third country instead of tapping into the EU's potential 500 million customer base.

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Together in design-thinking for the regeneration of the city
08/11/2016

KEPA and the Municipality of Thessaloniki keep advancing together in and through design-thinking. KEPA is proud to announce that the European Commission, in the framework of Design for Europe project, recently approved funds to develop a pilot project on the regeneration of traditional urban markets in Thessaloniki. The project will have expert support from Design Council and its aim will be to deliver a comprehensive strategy to support the short and long term regeneration of the Kapani market. All this will be based on design-thinking methodology. The involvement of all stakeholders, from SME owners to customers and public authorities, to reach collaborative and creative solutions will be a cornerstone of the pilot.

 
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Together in design-thinking for fighting against climate change
04/11/2016

This is not the first time KEPA collaborates with the Municipality of Thessaloniki using design-thinking and other creative approaches to tackle problems. Indeed, on 22nd-23rd of October, Resilient Thessaloniki, KEPA, Students for Sustainability and Youthnest organised together the Climathon challenge. The Climate-KIC Climathon is a global 24-hour climate change event which will take place simultaneously in major cities around the world. The 25 participants came together to address the city’s challenge of “Inspiring behavior change for a climate-friendly city”.

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Capturing the Impact of Design for Europe
28/10/2016

Under the leadership of the Design Council and Danish Design Centre, the Ambassadors at the Malta Business Bureau have benefited from expertise from across the network and have embarked on a new pilot initiative involving a series of workshops targeting 15 local companies from various services sectors. The workshops built capacity for the companies to perform a design diagnostic using self-assessment tools according to their specific requirements and develop design action plans for their companies.

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Social enterprises gaining ground in Europe
27/10/2016

The number of social enterprises in Europe is increasing and they are engaging in new fields. Many countries are introducing new legislation as well as new support schemes to boost the development of social enterprises. Both public and private markets offer new opportunities for social enterprises to start up and grow, reveals a new report published by the European Commission. Examples of underlying factors behind the development of social enterprises in Europe include:

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