Jaap Ruwaard is a former aerospace engineer in the western Netherlands who now sells renewable composite materials to Europe's automotive, aerospace and building industries through his four-person start-up, Scabro Innovations.
For help finding new suppliers he turned to Paul Asselbergs of the Syntens innovation centre in The Hague, one of 45 00 Network experts worldwide helping small businesses spread their wings.
He used his connections with the Network in Germany to look for opportunities.mehr
The Enterprise Europe Network has helped companies to raise 55 million euros in European research funding. When Danish entrepreneur Poul Jessen was searching for a final partner to add to a consortium looking to measure contaminants in air systems, a connection between the Jutland and Trier Network members found the ideal company to add to his bid.mehr
Scheller Systemtechnik GmbH is an SME in northeastern Germany that has developed ICT solutions for several industries from logistics to forestry.
It is leading an EU-funded project to develop the ‘WoodApps' ICT platform linking all partners in the wood value chain, from forest owners to paper manufacturers, via smartphones and tablets.
For help finding foreign partners it turned to the Enterprise Europe Network, whose 3 000 experts in more than 50 countries have helped 3 000 SMEs apply for funding under the EU's FP7 programme.mehr
Surgeons around the world are required to wash their hands a certain way before operating, but how can they be 100% sure they are doing everything right?Two Irish entrepreneurs have developed a novel solution called SureWash: an interactive video system for training and assessing washing techniques against international hygiene protocol, in real time. "Human-to-human training can be costly and inconsistent," explains Sean Bay, who co-founded Glanta Ltd. in 2010 with Gerard Lacey. "Our system requires the correct outcome every time."mehr
Jakob Kicermann, owner of the Ecobarra ecological fish farm in northern Poland, is convinced that European consumers will take a liking to the barramundi fish once they've tried it.The mild, flaky fish, native to northern Australia and similar to sea bass, is popular in Thai cuisine. Like salmon and tuna, it is also rich in Omega-3 fatty acids with proven health benefits.mehr
The fisheries sector plays a key role in the Baltic Sea regional economies, but is threatened by overfishing of certain species like wild salmon and cod.To address the problem, Matti Skor of the Landesgesellschaft Mecklenburg-Vorpommern GmbH, a state-owned land management and development company, drafted a proposal for a three-year, seven-country research project and applied for EU funding. The aim was to examine how fish farming can be used to replace depleted stocks and ensure the region’s long-term economic health. mehr
Based in the eastern German town of Storkow, Alca Mobil auto accessories GmbH exports car parts and equipment to wholesalers in about 50 countries.
Although the SME regularly takes part in industry trade fairs, it has until recently done so without proper preparation of a concrete business strategy, missing out on countless opportunities. All that changed for the better after Alca Mobil participated in three interactive seminars organised last year by IHK Ostbrandenburg in Frankfurt (Oder).mehr
The SME, based in the Westphalian town of Gütersloh, was founded in 1985 by graduate engineering students Ulrich and Manfred Berens.
For help growing the business they have repeatedly turned to the Enterprise Europe Network, whose experts around the world have helped more than 5,000 companies sign technology and business partnership agreements.
When the company suddenly lost its long-standing representative in Denmark, the owners enlisted the Network to help find a replacement quickly.mehr
Matchmaking events are ideal occasions for companies to connect and form partnerships. Enterprise Europe Network regularly offers such opportunities to its clients, often as a side-event within a major international fair. Not only do Network staff help clients meet potential partners, but they also prepare them for these meetings. mehr
The team of researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology was looking to apply to the European Commission’s FP7’s, the funding instrument for research. The project is about energy efficiency through intelligent energy management, but the institute was missing an essential partner to complete the application: a company with demonstration buildings to track progress.mehr
“Water protection is critical for our society,” says Dr Wilson McGarel of the QUESTOR Research Institute at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. “Factors involved include climate change plus the demands of industry, agriculture and rising population.”mehr
Guided transport systems consultancy Die Ingenieurwerkstatt had successfully applied for funding under FP6, the European Commission's 6th Research Framework Programme. Now, CEO Christian Trescher and his 32 staff wanted to make a new project proposal under FP7’s transport programme. But, to apply, they needed to partner with universities and companies from new Member States.mehr