EEN North East Geoff Archer Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) – what is it? Aim: “one-stop shop” to meet all the information needs of SMEs and companies in Europe. • 600 different organisations encompassing over 4,000 staff in over 40 countries • Chambers of Commerce, RDAs or DAs or University technology centres • Designed for SMEs but available to all businesses, research centres and universities across Europe • A two-way network bringing the European Commission closer to businesses and vice versa In Brief • Information on doing business in Europe, European opportunities and the European Commission • Assisting technology transfer in and out of North East England • Increasing the R&D funding coming into North East England Enterprise Europe Network (NE) • 3 Partners Teesside University Centre for Process Innovation Newcastle Science City • Complementary Expertise and Networks EEN – how we help? • Info on: • EU Directives, Regulations and Standards • Public Sector Procurement and Contract Opportunities • Grant Finding • Trading in Europe • Feedback concerns and problems to the Commission • Conduct Impact Assessment studies and consultation exercises on specific policies and legislation EEN – how we help? Support for innovation and technology transfer: • Dissemination and exploitation of research results • Identifying client technology ‘needs’ and/or technology ‘offers’ • Finding suitable partners for further development, commercialisation, joint ventures etc. • Facilitating the technology/knowledge transfer process. • Providing Brokerage services across Europe • Facilitating access to collaborative R&D Funding EEN – how we help? EU / TSB Funding: • Awareness raising events • Call identification • Partner searching • Proposal reviews Thank you • Any questions? • Please complete the questionnaire in your pack.