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SCALE UP at EU Industry week 2021


The strengthening of the business fabric from a multi-faceted approach while assisting SMEs to recover as well as remain competitive is a challenge we are and will be facing. Under the umbrella of Interreg Programme, we will show how SMEs have been and continue to be supported in their boost and scale up from different but holistic perspectives.

With this event, Scale up and Foundation Interreg projects intend to actively participate in the monitoring and implementation of the New Industrial Strategy for Europe and also in the shaping of the update of the Strategy foreseen in the 2021 European Commission work programme. On the other hand, it will also be an opportunity to show good practices of how strong and coordinated regional entrepreneurship ecosystems succeed to make the most out of EU Interreg projects, finding synergies with common objectives, to effectively contribute to strong and resilient SMEs and help them to innovate, scale-up and create more employment.

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Scaling up SMEs in the midst of Corona  

10:00-10:05 Welcome by Ms Ivana Rae Almora (EURADA)

10:05-10:25 Keynote Speech
Speaker: Mr Jose Blanquez, (DG GROW)

10:25-10:40 SCALE UP: how it supports concentration and robustness of SMEs within the renewed EU industrial policy. Presentation of its Best Practises
Speaker: Ms Maripaz López (INFO Murcia)

10:40-10:15 How FOUNDATION bolsters Small and Medium Companies by Building Regional Resilience to Industrial Structural Change. Presentation of its Best Practises
Speaker: Mr Jose Carlos Garcia (CEEI Cartagena), 

10:55- 11:40 Round Table.
We invite our colleagues from 3 different existing Interreg Europe Projects, that also work towards the support of SME’s and their growth, to talk about their experiences.
Moderator: Ms Ivana Rae. 

• ACSELL: to sensitise the public sector, innovation intermediaries and SMEs towards expanding SME competencies by promoting open innovation ecosystems and integrating the user early in the innovation process with (interregional) a living lab approach.
Speaker: Ms Sandra Evans

• SIE: increasing SME internationalisation capacity, improving SME Internationalisation Support. Internationalisation is a keyway for SMEs to innovate & grow and is an essential part of ensuring that Europe continues to compete in the global market.
Speaker: Mr Steve Samson

• 4.0 READY: Strengthening SME capacity to engage in Industry 4.0
Speaker: Mr Lorenzo Sabatini

11:40 - 11:45 Q&A from the audience