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The pilot project Look-EU-Net

The pilot project Look-EU-Net, co-financed by the COSME Programme of the European Commission, aims to support European SMEs to help them develop, further expand or improve their international business by creating small networks of 4-8 SMEs belonging to at least 3 Member States aimed at enhancing SME’s capacity to exploit foreign markets for export purposes.
Look-EU-Net project involves 7 Partners from 5 different Countries:
Informest Consulting (Italy) as Lead Partner and the Partners Unioncamere Emilia-Romagna (Italy) Handwerk International Baden-Württemberg and Baden-Württemberg International (Germany), Toledo Regional ​Chamber of Commerce (Spain), Free Entrepreneurship Association Gdansk  (Poland),  Plovdiv Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Bulgaria). The Partners will actively collaborate with The Chamber of commerce of Freiburg and Unioncamere del Veneto.
Operating in network, European SMEs will be able to increase their capacity to go international by easing cooperation among them and to improve their competitiveness.

How to participate

Look-EU-Net call to select SMEs and support pilot european SME networks

The call for European SMEs is open from 1stJune to 15thJuly 2019.

PROJECT OUTPUT
METHODOLOGY
Identification/selection of the target groups of SMEs having the potential to successfully participate in a SME network

Preparing for internationalization, training and coaching.  

Implementation: setting up of pilot projects SMEs, networking activities and implementation of the pilot actions

PILOT ACTIONS

Business scouting in foreign markets at benefit of SMEs network: selection of potential partner in new markets, joint participation to fairs with B2B meetings, B2B events and EEN events. Network Brands, Shared Promotional Materials, Network Website, etc.

Advanced specialized advisory services.

PILOT SMES NETWORKS

Creation of ten small networks of 4-8 SMEs belonging to at least three Member States, aimed at enhancing SME’s capacity to exploit foreign markets for export purposes.

Operating in network, European SMEs will be able to increase their capacity to go international by easing cooperation among them and to improve their competitiveness.

About 40-70 European SMEs having such characteristics and potential to be matched on the basis of business synergies and a common interest will be identified and selected. The objective is to set up to 10 formalized pilot networks aiming to expand the SMEs’ businesses and partnerships on international markets.

POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS

The project team will draft the document including the following information: an overview of characteristics and achievements of the supported networks; experiences from the networks on the export schemes used; recommendations for possible improvements; lessons learned and recommendations regarding potential further development of this approach. The report will be submitted to interested regional stakeholders in the framework of a structured policy dialogue where relevant policy makers and stakeholders should be involved.

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