One of the tasks of EaP PLUS is promoting EU – EaP Panel on Research and Innovation. Within this task the project contributes to the organization of the International Conference “From innovative ideas to successful businesses: promoting the national systems of early stage financing of innovative companies in EaP countries” to be held in Minsk, Belarus on September 21, 2017 under the aegis of the Panel.
Though the small business sector and its input to GDP in the EaP countries is gradually increasing, the share of innovative companies among SMEs is far below the EU average. At the same time, the experience of different countries suggests that the innovativeness of SMEs is not necessarily associated with the country’s level of economic development. Early stage financing of innovative firms is considered as one of the weakest components of the national innovation systems in the region thus preventing emergence and growth of new innovative SMEs.
Within the overall goal to contribute to the further development of the national systems of early stage financing of SMEs in the EaP countries, the objective of the Conference is:
Participation is free of charge. To take part in the Conference, please fill in the registration form on-line https://www.eap-EU4innovation.com Please note that only registered participants will be able to access the Conference. Registration is open till September 15, 2017.
Contacts in Belarus:
Ms. Svetlana Loznikova, State Committee on Science and Technology of Belarus, +375 17 2840751, email@example.com
Ms. Olga Meerovskaya, BelISA, +375 17 2033139, mobile +375 29 6612576, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attachments: Draft agenda.