Stories from Business Planet
1,2,3 GO! Mentoring and business development for innovative start-ups
Coaching of innovative projects to integrate the internationalisation from the start – helped to create more than 1000 jobs
What is Jeremie? - How Jeremie helped a Maltese company take wing
Jeremie programme helped a Maltese flying school expand by purchasing a dual motor plane through a special advantage loan.
Eco-innovation in Europe - Recycling tyres : road to success
Eco-innovation programme enables Croatian SMEs to develop a new type of noise barriers through recycling tyres.
Social entrepreneurship in Europe - Giving and receiving: social enterprise in Europe
The European Social Fund (ESF) supports social enterprises, which are making business while giving a job to disabled. Example : gardening, cleaning, surveying.
Intellectual property rights in China - How to protect your IPR in China
The involvement of the IPR helpdesk has supported a German SME fighting counterfeit and increasing its turnover. Advice – preempt as early as possible.
Setting up a European SME in China - The great call of China
A French SME has been able to set up it china through support from its regional agency (Rhone Alpes – ERAI) and an incubator set up in Shanghai.
Business angels - Angel dust magic for SMEs
The involvement of a business angel has enabled a business to expand through more capital, mentoring of the entrepreneur.
Business transfer – Moving on smoothly as companies change hands
A scheme sets up a platform for sellers and buyers of existing businesses ; scheme to be extended to all Spain
Taking business into Welsh schools
South Wales has a plan to develop education and business side-by-side.
Women entrepreneurs could be the answer to crisis
One of Europe’s answers to the economic crisis: a network of tutors encouraging women entrepreneurs.
Clustering to survive crisis
Inaccess is a part of a cluster set up in 2008 by Corallia, a NGO which had received 40-million euros from ERDF.
Business parties in Swedish countryside
Marika, the owner of Partytajm.se, said: “I love the countryside. And E-commerce gave me the opportunity to work from the countryside."
How to get finance as a SME specialising in research? First you have to identify needs, make the most of your potential & find great partners.
In good company
In Barcelona, one business incubator last year contributed to the creation of nearly 700 jobs and generated turnover of more than 42 million euros.
Cooperative yet competitive
There are 250000 socially responsible cooperatives in Europe, employing 5.5 million. But they are also real businesses: dynamic, innovative and competitive
Go green, get growing
EU Intelligent Energy Europe programme has already helped 400 European hoteliers get a comprehensive energy report.
Venture capital, a risky business?
An alternative to more traditional modes of financing, venture capital funds help companies through the critical start up stages of business.
Wired to the world
The company Fortumo needed to expand abroad. To do so, they contacted the Enterprise Europe Network.
Micro-credit brings organic growth in Ireland
A major problem for small and medium companies is still access to credit. One entrepreneur has found a way around that.
The road to a successful business transition – Inheriting a business: how to make it a success
Programme helping a family business to be taken over by children / grand children through training
New 'business hotel' scheme revives French region
Support to business start-ups to fight against ageing population
2010 EEPA Jury's grand prize winner
Setting up business in Latvia
ESF scheme supporting unemployed setting up own businesses through loans
Business planet battles bankrupcies
Scheme to prevent cash trapped businesses avoiding bankruptcy through mentoring
Poslovni planet - Pomoč manjšinam pri vstopu na trg dela v EU
Projekt Outset iz Združenega kraljestva je nedavno na šesti podelitvi Evropskih nagrad za spodbujanje podjetništva prejel veliko nagrado žirije za svoj edinstven pristop k podpiranju zagonov z zagotavljanjem pomoči najranljivejšim skupinam v družbi pri iskanju dela v samozaposlitvi in podjetništvu.
Financing for the future
Crowdfunding is a new way to finance start-ups, when bank loans are increasingly difficult to get
Green lights for green clustersCluster excellence enables clusters to improve their services and reach wider
Obtaining a European grant – Rising to new challenges
EEN enables smes to apply for structural funds and expand
Ambassador for women entrepreneurs
With turnover of 6 million €, Fatima likes to share her success by advising others. That’s why she’s an official ambassador for women entrepreneurs.