23 Oct 2018 - 25 Oct 2018 / Wien, Austria

Agenda

The event agenda's time zone is CET.

Tue
23 Oct 2018
11:00 – 12:00
National and closed meetings
11:00 – 13:00
One-2-One Networking Meetings | Tuesday noon
Bilateral Meetings
12:00 – 13:30
Networking lunch
Breaks
13:30 – 15:00
Opening Plenary Session

Keynote speaker: Paul Hughes, founder of The Circle of Growth

  • Margarete Schramböck, Austrian Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs
  • Lowri Evans, Director-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission
  • Ulrike Rabmer-Koller, Vice-President, WKÖ - Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
  • Henrietta Egerth, Managing Director, FFG - Austrian Research Promotion Agency

Moderator: Katrina Sichel

Plenary Session
15:00 – 15:30
Coffee Break
Breaks
15:30 – 17:00
Schubert 5/6
A digital platform fit for the Network's vision

IT Champions, Human Centred Design experts and EASME colleagues welcome you to a participatory workshop around the future of the Network’s IT platform. Participants will get an update on developments since last year and play a part in shaping the future digital tools of the Network.

Internal Network tools and process
15:30 – 17:00
Auditorium
Business and innovation support for SMEs post-2020: looking to the future

This high level session will provide insights into the vision and plans for business and innovation support for SMEs as of 2021 from three European Commission services as part of the wider debate on the future of Europe.

Innovation management
15:30 – 17:00
Stolz 1
Maximising the potential of the Single Market for SMEs: what role for the Network?

The session will provide an update on Single Market policy developments from the European Commission. Looking to the future, it will examine how the Network is evolving its services and showcase concrete ways in which the Network is providing real impact for SMEs by taking a client-centric approach.

The EEN at the centre of EU delivery
17:00 – 19:00
One-2-One Networking Meetings | Tuesday late afternoon
Bilateral Meetings
17:00 – 19:00
Networking Cocktail
Breaks
Wed
24 Oct 2018
09:00 – 09:30
Welcome Coffee
Breaks
09:30 – 10:45
One-2-One Networking Meetings | Wednesday morning I
Bilateral Meetings
09:30 – 10:45
Schubert 5/6
Change management – embarking on the post-2021 quest

As the Network prepares to embark on a period of change, the session will bring participants together in a knowledge-café session to explore scenarios and prepare for the future.

Internal Network tools and process
09:30 – 10:45
Auditorium
Helping start-ups and scale-ups to grow: learning from the past and preparing for the future

This interactive session will see Network partners exchanging their experiences from the scale-up pilot, defining their key learnings and exploring synergies with the Startup Europe initiative.

The EEN at the centre of EU delivery
09:30 – 10:45
Stolz 1
Is your client export-fit? Assessing companies’ fitness to enter foreign markets

This interactive workshop offers practical help on how to manage the starting point of any successful export consultation: the client intake-assessment.

Internationalisation
09:30 – 10:45
Schubert 2/3
Open innovation ecosystems – why they are crucial for the Network

The session will explore the benefits of open innovation platforms and initiatives with examples from Italy, The Netherlands and Singapore. Participants will learn why building and nurturing regional innovation ecosystems is crucial for the future of the Network.

Innovation management
09:30 – 10:45
Lehar 4
The circular economy and the LIFE programme - from linear to circular

The session will identify lessons learned from Network partners who participated in the circular economy pilot project. It will also explore how the Network can help implement a circular economy in the EU, with a specific focus on the LIFE programme

The EEN at the centre of EU delivery
10:45 – 11:15
Coffee Break
Breaks
11:15 – 12:30
One-2-One Networking Meetings | Wednesday morning II
Bilateral Meetings
11:15 – 12:30
Lehar 4
From output to outcome: client success through better performance

Building on experiences and ideas from across the Network, this interactive workshop will offer tools and ideas to help you deepen your relations with your client and improve your communications.

Internal Network tools and process
11:15 – 12:30
Auditorium
Hands-on IP tools to better support your client's journey

This interactive session will introduce reliable and easy-to-use intellectual property (IP) tools for Network advisers, using real life examples. By the end of the session, participants will be able to use the tools to better support their clients on their journeys towards success.

Innovation management
11:15 – 12:30
Stolz 1
How to help your clients make the most of Free Trade Agreements

The session will explain what the European Commission is doing to ensure FTAs are implemented properly and how Network advisers can help clients make the most of them. Participants will have the opportunity to share their needs and experiences and get involved.

Internationalisation
11:15 – 12:30
Schubert 2/3
How to sell the Network in 30 seconds? Get the message across on how #EENCanHelp

This hands-on session will provide the tips and tricks you need to pitch the Network’s benefit to different types of stakeholders.  Discover the words and body language that will help you to grab their interest and keep it!

Internal Network tools and process
11:15 – 12:30
Schubert 5/6
Supporting breakthrough Innovation within the European Innovation Council

This participatory session will explore how to implement the recommendations of the High Level Group on the European Innovation Council in the day-to-day business of the Network. It will highlight the role of National contact points and the Network’s vision for the future.

Innovation management
12:30 – 14:00
Lunch
Breaks
13:00 – 14:00
One-2-One Networking Meetings | Wednesday noon
Bilateral Meetings
13:30 – 14:00
Best Practice Awards
14:00 – 15:00
One-2-One Networking Meetings | Wednesday afternoon
Bilateral Meetings
14:00 – 15:00
Lehar 4
Access to finance – how to strengthen support and services for the future?

The session will explore how the access to finance thematic group is working to strengthen the Network’s services for the future. Participants will also learn about the latest developments from the European Investment Project Portal.

The EEN at the centre of EU delivery
14:00 – 15:00
Stolz 1
Enterprise Europe Network: the indispensable partner in the regions

The Network’s vision foresees a closer Network collaboration with regional/national business support systems This session will showcase successful examples of how the Network has supported SMEs at regional level to modernise their business and internationalise.

Plugging into regional ecosystem
14:00 – 15:00
Auditorium
How to implement idea management and recruit EIMC clients

This practical workshop will introduce a six-step process to implement idea management successfully. The system can help SMEs unlock their innovation potential in an efficient way. Participants will also have the opportunity to pitch their best practices for recruiting clients for Enhancing Innovation Management Capacity.

Innovation management
14:00 – 15:00
Schubert 2/3
Masters of failure: learning from our mistakes

How can we learn from our failures as Network members? 

This participatory workshop will take a fun and humble approach to sharing our experiences of what went wrong and what we learned from them.

Internal Network tools and process
14:00 – 15:00
Schubert 5/6
Top 10 ways to achieve partnering success

This interactive workshop will explore how we can be more innovative and creative in the ways we work to find the right commercial or technology partners for our clients.  This includes looking at new ways of working, to leverage the “Network effect” for the benefit of our clients.

Internal Network tools and process
15:00 – 15:15
Coffee Break
Breaks
15:15 – 17:00
Closing Plenary Session and Enterprise Europe Network Award

Closing speech:

  • Kristin Schreiber, Director, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission
  • Julien Guerrier, Director, EASME

Moderator: Katrina Sichel

Plenary Session
18:20 – 18:50
Guided sight-seeing tour 1 - Castle Schönbrunn

Sight-seeing tours are limited to 70 persons and split into 6 timeslots

Guided sight-seeing tour - Castle Schönbrunn
18:30 – 19:00
Guided sight-seeing tour 2 - Castle Schönbrunn
Guided sight-seeing tour - Castle Schönbrunn
18:40 – 19:10
Guided sight-seeing tour 3 - Castle Schönbrunn
Guided sight-seeing tour - Castle Schönbrunn
18:50 – 19:20
Guided sight-seeing tour 4 - Castle Schönbrunn
Guided sight-seeing tour - Castle Schönbrunn
19:00 – 19:30
Guided sight-seeing tour 5 - Castle Schönbrunn
Guided sight-seeing tour - Castle Schönbrunn
19:00 – 23:30
Schloss Schönbrunn
Networking Dinner
19:10 – 19:40
Guided sight-seeing tour 6 - Castle Schönbrunn
Guided sight-seeing tour - Castle Schönbrunn
19:20 – 19:50
Guided sight-seeing tour 7 - Castle Schönbrunn
Guided sight-seeing tour - Castle Schönbrunn
Thu
25 Oct 2018
08:45 – 09:15
Welcome coffee
Breaks
09:15 – 10:15
One-2-One Networking Meetings | Thursday morning I
Bilateral Meetings
09:15 – 10:15
Schubert 2/3
Brush up on your Network knowledge in an “escape room experience”

The ultimate power learning session!

The escape room experience enables participants to brush up their knowledge on the Network’s hottest topics in a fun and interactive way. During this process, participants will gain information and insights that will enhance their day-to-day work. .

Internal Network tools and process
09:15 – 10:15
Schubert 5/6
Collaborative innovation: the Network’s role in the EU innovation ecosystem

The session will explore the hub and spoke role of the Network in the EU and local innovation ecosystems. Participants will discover and exchange new tools and methods to support collaborative innovation

Innovation management
09:15 – 10:15
Lehar 4
Doing business in Latin America and India: vast markets and vast challenges for European SMEs?

This interactive workshop introduces Business Cooperation Centre colleagues from Latin America and India and provides an opportunity for participants to develop future action plans for new common projects

Internationalisation
09:15 – 10:15
Stolz 1
European Defence Fund: opportunities for SMEs inside and outside the defence sector

The session will build on the experiences of the Aeronautics, Space and Dual Use Technologies Sector Group and include an update on opportunities offered by the European Defence Fund and the European Defence Agency.

The EEN at the centre of EU delivery
10:15 – 10:45
Coffee Break
Breaks
10:45 – 11:45
One-2-One Networking Meetings | Thursday morning II
Bilateral Meetings
10:45 – 11:45
Schubert 2/3
Clusters, Key Enabling Technologies, Digitalisation

The workshop in world-café format will help the participants to understand how to figure out the needs of different clusters, how to identify the relevant KET Centres for the local clients and how to cooperate with them. Participants will also learn how they can support their local manufacturing SMEs to get Micro Grants for transnational KET expert collaboration.

Plugging into regional ecosystem
10:45 – 11:45
Stolz 1
Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs: creating synergies with the Network

This workshop session will introduce the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) programme. Building on best practices, participants will explore how to create synergies with the Network

The EEN at the centre of EU delivery
10:45 – 11:45
Lehar 4
Innovation as a way to global success – how EUREKA and other programmes support global growth

This session will explore some of the initiatives that the Network can use to support businesses on the path to global growth and highlight why building relationships globally through R&D and innovation has an important role to play.  

Innovation management
12:00 – 13:00
One-2-One Networking Meetings | Thursday morning III
Bilateral Meetings
12:00 – 13:00
Stolz 1
Opportunities for European entrepreneurs in the sharing economy – a snapshot of the system

The workshop will provide Network advisers with more information about the sharing economy in Europe and explore how the Network can support this “new” economic sector with its existing assets, tools and expertise.

The EEN at the centre of EU delivery
12:00 – 13:00
Schubert 2/3
Partnership auction session

This lively, interactive session will see Sector Group members pitching partnership profiles to participants.

A fast and effective way to find potential partners for clients and learn more about the role of Sector Groups.

Internationalisation
12:00 – 13:00
Lehar 4
SME feedback – update and discussion on future directions

The session will provide an overview of the SME feedback activities, highlighting potential links to SOLVIT. Participants will explore how SME feedback tools and activities can better suit the needs of SMEs and Network partners.

Internal Network tools and process
The event agenda's time zone is CET.