The Enterprise Europe Network helps businesses innovate and grow on an international scale. It is the world’s largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions. The EEN is a key instrument in the EU’s strategy to boost growth and jobs. Launched in February 2008 by the Commission’s DG GROW (previously “Enterprise and Industry” ENTR) EEN have many years’ experience and have built up significant expertise and strong connections since they launch. The Network entered a second phase in 2015, which brought new financing under the COSME and Horizon 2020 programmes encouraging competitiveness and innovation of European SMEs as well as exciting new innovation services that we also provide for SMEs. Total funding is of over 180 million EURO. 40% of funding for the activities of Polish EEN centres comes from the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP).
The Network is active in more than 60 countries worldwide. It brings together 3,000 experts from more than 600 member organisations – all renowned for their excellence in business support.
Member organisations include:
- technology poles,
- innovation support organisations,
- universities and research institutes,
- regional development organisations,
- chambers of commerce and industry.
The network offers micro, small and medium-sized businesses comprehensive services to help them fully develop their international potential and their innovative potential. The Enterprise Europe Network, through the SME Feedback mechanism, is also an intermediary enabling the EU institutions to better understand the needs of SMEs and to create laws and standards tailored to their needs. More on een.ec.europa.eu