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EU Robotics Applications: From scattered to networked

Room L8, 04/12/2018 (17:00-17:45)

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are often regarded as the backbone of the EU Industry. However, SMEs face many challenges, e.g. the ones being active in „classical“ areas like manufacturing often struggle to keep up with the pace of digital evolution. High-tech SMEs need support to bring their products from the lab to the market and to overcome the infamous „valley of death“.

Many initiatives that support SMEs overcome these hurdles are already existing and will keep on emerging in the future, thereby boosting robotics in Europe. However, it is still challenging to get SMEs to participate in EU-funded projects. Therefore, this workshop aims at providing better knowledge and mutual understanding of EU funded projects and the respective SMEs they are looking for. It will discuss how EU research and SMEs can interact and benefit through the networks already established by the latest European projects. Led by the Horizon 2020 project ESMERA (European SMEs Robotics Applications) different perspectives shall be taken into account: How can Robotics Competence Centers and Digital Innovation Hubs align their activities for serving EU industries more efficiently and helping SMEs get their ideas from lab to market. And what are the needs and hurdles from the industrial side in participating and also in benefiting from EU-funded activities. Finally, the session will communicate available channels and modalities for financial, technical and business support to European SMEs.

Organised by: Esra ICER (TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF MUNICH, Computer Science, Germany)

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