SME Instrument "Corporate days": Bridging the gap between SMEs and big business

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Highly innovative SMEs with potential for high growth should take full advantage of partnering opportunities. No matter the size of your company, finding the right partner can generate tremendous competitive benefits for your business.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are a focal point in shaping enterprise policy in the European Union. The European Commission considers small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurship as key to ensuring economic growth, innovation, job creation, and social integration in the EU.

Along with this line, the European Innovation Council (EIC) is determined to stimulate strong collaboration between innovative European SMEs and large corporates to help them scale-up their business. Through the SME Instrument program, it has established an ambitious set of events to assist EIC awardees in accessing corporate partners, investors, public procurers and technology providers.

The SME Instrument Business Acceleration Services has invited 45 companies to pitch their innovations and ideas to aerospace giant AIRBUS and to ABB, the leading supplier of industrial robots and robot software. Before summer 2018, other events with leading European and global players are sure to unlock opportunities for companies across Europe. They will bring together SMEs with leading corporates like IBERDROLA, BMW, Procter & Gamble, ROCHE, ENEL and VINCI Construction.   

Bridging the gap between SMEs and large companies can prove to be a vital strategy for business acceleration and growth. "Large corporates have scale, but are often limited when it comes to developing new ideas that challenge existing business models. The EIC is a unique opportunity for small and large European companies to collaborate and leverage the diversification of Europe in order to win in the digital era and develop new sustainable business models and opportunities for the benefits of all citizens" says Jim Hagemann Snabe, Chairman of Siemens.

For many organisations, mutually beneficial partnerships are a straightforward way to access larger deals, accelerate market penetration and tap into global distribution and marketing channels. Finding the right strategic partner can be the fastest way to fast-grow your business, it will also allow you more time to focus on the critical activities that make your business unique.

If you're an SME Instrument-funded company and would like to know more about our upcoming events, take a look at our calendar

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