SME Ready for the Future
Countless companies will have to change their business models to stay competitive. They need to innovate to be prepared for a greener and more digital future. One way to cope with this challenge is to seek support from so-called innomediaries that function as innovation bridgers or change agents. The SMERF project offers smaller companies guidance on working with innomediaries. The project also creates a transnational inno-green market for transforming companies across central Europe.
of the Budget is funded by ERDF
About the project
Wroclaw University of Science and Technology
Department for Laser Technologies, Automation and Production Management
Institute for Automation and Applied Informatics (IAI)
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Energetics, Management and Transportation
040 01 Kosice
SMERF will strongly support SMEs from regional S3 sectors: automation, environmental technologies, industry 4.0, technology-assisted life, industrial production processes, energy, sustainable food production and processing, mobility and logistics. Other beneficiaries of the project will be higher education and research organizations, business support organizations, enterprises except SMEs, sectoral agencies, local and regional public authorities.
Many CE firms do not yet have sufficient capacities to adopt new concepts and models as they lack know-how, human capital, best examples as well as organizational and managerial capacity. According to Flash Eurobarometer 486 “SMEs, start-ups, scale-ups and entrepreneurship” among EU SMEs' biggest problems are lack of skills, incl. managerial 17% (out of 12.343 SMEs); difficulties with digitalization 13% and innovation 9%, internationalization 8%. In such challenging circumstances, efficient and effective support is needed, which will allow SMEs to transform their organizational culture and business models, become more resilient to further challenges and to adapt changing conditions in terms of a digitalized and greener economy.
There is need for SMEs to effectively transfer and adopt new market and social -driven concepts and models will be addressed by focusing on 4 Pillars oriented on: innovation culture, digital manufacturing, open innovation & sharing economy, green & circular economy & sustainability.
Lack of know-how, human capital and organizational & managerial capacity in introducing new concepts & models will be reduced by providing Inspiration Knowledge Base together with webinars on 4 pillars topics, trainings for SMERF mentors, SMERF Trainings, SMERF Individual Support Program, study visits and SMERF Handbook.
What´s to come in the first half of 2024?
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