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ACCIÓ is the agency set up by the Catalan Government (Generalitat de Catalunya) for the Competitiveness of Businesses.
It works through two key elements: innovation and internationalisation, as well as through cross-cutting programmes to support all phases and areas which help to grow and guarantee companies’ competitiveness.
ACCIÓ's mission is to make companies succeed in the market by boosting their competitiveness and connections at international level. It fosters the attraction of foreign investment which generates traction and added value for the country.
ACCIÓ has a network of 40 Foreign Trade and Investment Offices located in strategic locations around the world, which operate on a total of 110 countries. From these offices, ACCIÓ manages to detect and take advantage of the business opportunities that arise globally, but for which local proximity and knowledge is required.
ACCIÓ intends to facilitate the competitive differentiation of companies placing them in a position of advantage. Understanding that this differentiation is fundamentally produced through innovation and internationalisation, ACCIO manages to detect and take advantage of the business opportunities that arise globally, but for which there is a need for local expertise and proximity. In addition, it collaborates with business entities to add synergies and to ensure that the companies have a broader range of instruments to grow in competitiveness.
The strategic plan of the Agency, developed through an active contribution from business and sectoral organisations, is the roadmap to achieve the following objectives:
The focus of ACCIO activities is based on coordinating the tools of innovation support and internationalisation. Those activities can be divided in four priority groups: