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Building knowledge and networks for SMEs


Networking can be one of the most invaluable forms of activity for an SME. It can build knowledge, understanding and develop partnerships. Here is a look at some of the key conferences, workshops and fairs aimed at SMEs in early 2010.

January 2010 | February 2010 | March 2010

Learntec Meetingpoint 2010

Event type: Fair, convention
Event date: 2-4 February 2010
Location: Karlsruhe, Germany

Learntec is the leading international trade fair and convention for vocational education, learning and IT. More than 200 suppliers showcase their solutions for professional training, e-learning and knowledge management. The event also presents trends and developments in the e-learning market.


Fruit Logistica 2010

Event type: Fair, exhibition.
Event date: 3-5 February 2010
Location: Berlin, Germany

Specialist trade fair where fresh fruit and vegetable businesses can present their products across the entire value added chain, from growing to the point of sale. It gives exhibitors a great opportunity to present their wares to a professional international audience and to do business.


Ceramica Innova

Event type: Brokerage event.
Event date: 10-12 February 2010
Location: Valencia, Spain

Ceramica Innova is an international platform for companies and organisations from the ceramic sector to meet and share innovative technology proposals. It is also an opportunity for businesses to seek solutions to technological challenges.


KIS Partnering Forum 2010

Event type: Matchmaking
Event date: 11-12 February 2010
Location: Rome, Italy

This networking event brings together innovation practitioners, policymakers, companies and investors to explore the nature of the knowledge-intensive services (KIS) sector, discuss how innovation in the services sector can be fostered, supported and encouraged, and examine the latest trends and developments in KIS; it will showcase some highly successful businesses in the domain.


Mobile World Congress

Event type: Brokerage event.
Event date: 15-18 February 2010
Location: Barcelona, Spain

Mobile World Congress is a free brokerage event that aims to help European companies find mobile technology partners. In 2009, more than 47 000 mobile professionals from 182 countries attended, 9 000 of whom represented mobile network operators from around the world. Such is the scale of this event that around 2 400 members of the press also attended.

January 2010 | February 2010 | March 2010