The EMPOWA consortium is made up of Enterprise Europe Network experts and covers the following countries: Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Italy, Spain/Catalonia. 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 Network is active in more than 60 countries worldwide. Find below individual partner descriptions and contact persons:
The National Documentation Centre (EKT) is a scientific institution operating at the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF). Its objective is to collect, organise, disseminate and preserve reputable digital content and data produced by the Greek scientific, research and cultural communities. Through national and international co-operation, it supports participation in European programmes, promotes entrepreneurship and exploitation of research results and produces statistics and indicators for research, development and innovation in Greece. It is a partner in numerous European Projects for Research and Innovation, focusing on coordination and support actions supporting the Greek research ecosystem. EKT/NHRF has been appointed as the National Contact Point for various thematic areas in H2020 (and is the coordinator of the Greek Enterprise Europe Network consortium, actively supporting Greek SMEs to establish international partnerships, grow internationally, access new markets and advance their business innovation.
ZENIT GmbH, founded in 1984, is a Public Private Partnership owned by the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia, a consortium of banks and an association comprising some 180 enterprises. On behalf of EU, national and regional bodies, ZENIT provides services for the benefit of companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as universities and research institutions. As a partner in the Enterprise Europe Network and a number of other European groups, helping local organizations enter markets abroad and assisting their foreign counterparts in NRW has long been ZENIT’s business.
APRE, the Agency for the Promotion of European Research, is a non-profit research organization. For over twenty-five years, has provided its members as well as businesses, government agencies, and private individuals, information, support and assistance for participation in national and European programmes and collaborative initiatives (today, with particular reference to Horizon 2020) in the field of Research, Technological Development and Innovation (RTDI) and in the transfer of research results. APRE was created in 1989 as a joint initiative of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) and some public and private bodies in order to meet the growing demand for information on European research programmes.
ACCIÓ is the competitiveness agency, affiliated to the Ministry of business and knowledge of the Government of Catalonia. Created 30 years ago, ACCIÓ has a network of 40 offices worldwide and its headquarters are located in Barcelona. ACCIÓ’s main objective is to promote innovation and internationalization among Catalan companies (especially SME’s, as they represent 99% of all the companies in the region) as well as attracting inward investment. It offers support for strategy, R&D, innovation and internationalization to companies and entrepreneurs to improve their competitiveness. Having designed, developed and implemented several successful programs ACCIÓ is a key part of the competitiveness of Catalan SMEs.
BIA is a non-governmental organization of the Bulgarian industry, established in 1980. It has 30 sectoral and regional organizations. BIA is a member of BusinessEurope – Confederation of the European Business. BIA supports the business community in globalization challenges: competitiveness, innovation management, environment, resource efficiency, access to finance, development of knowledge-based economy, know-how transfer. BIA has develop a strong network for supporting SMEs to internationalize and innovate. Leading experts from the Association are Horizon 2020 National Contact Points.
The Public Institution Lithuanian Innovation Centre (LIC) is a non-profit organisation, providing innovation support services to enterprises, research institutions, industry associations and business support organisations. Mission of Lithuanian Innovation Centre is provision of the innovation support services by implementing Lithuanian innovation policy. The main strategic goal of LIC is the increasing of Lithuanian international competitiveness by stimulating innovations in business. This goal is divided into the following objectives:
to foster capabilities of the companies to develop and implement innovations, to accelerate commercialization of achievements of advanced sciences and to decrease the risk of innovation implementation.
EMPOWA invites local and regional stakeholders and other networks with a particular focus on women entrepreneurs as well as EU initiatives, start-up and growth support mechanisms to collaborate in the framework of the project in order to create an added value for their female members.