12/12 11:10 CET
One of the challenges facing Europe is developing education for entrepreneurs. And in Bulgaria, for some years now they have been training young people to create and protect their brands at European level. It's a real success story. For example, for the past year…
Investing in entrepreneurship education
- - Investing in entrepreneurship education is one of the highest return investments Europe can make and key for a job-rich recovery.
- - Research shows that pupils and students that participated in entrepreneurship education are 3 to 6 times more likely to start a business at some point later in life than those who do not receive entrepreneurship education.
- - Promoting entrepreneurial education and training to support growth and business creation is one of the European Union priorities.
- - The winner of the 2014 European Enterprise Promotion Awards in 'Investing in skills' category - the Brandiko project - comes from Bulgaria.
- - Brandiko targets students, training them to create and protect brands, an essential task for a business which wants to establish customer recognition and avoid being crowded out of the market by imitators.
- European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA)
- European Enterprise Promotion Awards on Twitter
- European Enterprise Promotion Awards Facebook page
- European SME Week
- The (EU) Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan
28/11 11:14 CET
In Dublin, Ireland, like everywhere else in the world, electronics consumption is growing rapidly, as is the associated waste. But one small business, MicroPro, has turned this into a business…
- Last summer, the European Commission published a series of proposals aiming to increase recycling rates in the EU. Some measures will be mandatory in order to boost the transition towards the circular economy.
- The environmental impact of conventional computer manufacture is unacceptably high:
- - Global warming: the manufacture of ICT equipment, its use and disposal accounts for 2% of global CO2 emissions which is equivalent to the aviation industry (Gartner 2007).
- - Fossil fuel dependency: 75% of PC fossil fuel consumption has already happened before the computer is even switched on for the first time.
- - Resource Scarcity – manufacture of one PC requires about 1.7 tonnes of raw materials and water, and consumes over ten times the computer's weight in fossil fuels.
- - Electronic Equipment Waste - worldwide disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) has increased exponentially (Ongondo et al 2011), with an estimated 40-50 million tonnes of WEEE generated annually worldwide (Guan et al 2007; Schluep et al 2009).
- About the EU's proposals for a transition to the circular economy
- About the EU's circular economy funding programme
- About recycling in the EU
- About the EU Ecolabel
- About the EU's portal for SMEs
14/11 11:43 CET
Malaysia, at the heart of the ASEAN group of nations, is ranked among the world's top 15 most competitive countries. It has become a ==magnet for European SMEs== from a wide range of sectors keen…
SMEs: Seizing Global opportunities
- - Entering third country markets is proportionally more difficult for SMEs than for large companies. At present, only about 9.7 % of the manufacturing SMEs export goods to countries outside the EU.
- - SMEs exploring global markets are more competitive, since they also tend to be more productive, more innovative and more skill intensive.
- - The European Commission proposes to explore the need for policy measures specifically targeted to these companies which have the potential to operate in the markets outside the EU.
- SME internationalisation portal - practical help for European companies seeking to do business outside the EU
- EU business centres help the EU SMEs to enter third-country markets. Centres in India and China provide business support services including matchmaking, market access assistance, guidance on regulatory issues, Intelectual Property Rights
- The IPR Help Desk in China delivers a targeted advice on IPR issues to EU SMEs
- The Enterprise Europe Network provides services (advice, information) to help SMEs internationalise and export outside their national borders
- A strong European policy to support Small and Medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs 2015-2020. Public consultation on the Small Business Act (SBA)
31/10 11:11 CET
Business Planet looks at what EU Financial Instruments for small and medium sized enterprises are, and how they work. 3Top is a tiny enterprise founded by two colleagues in July 2011 with just…
EU Financial instruments
- - The European Union supports entrepreneurs and businesses with a wide range of EU programmes facilitating access to loans, lease finance, guarantees and equity ﬁnancing through financial institutions.
- - By facilitating access to leasing by SMEs, EU programmes stimulates key investments and thus growth of enterprises.
- - The Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (2007-2013) helped to mobilise more than €16 billion of loans and lease finance as well as €2.8 billion of venture capital to over 311,000 SMEs in Europe.
- - From 2014 to 2020, the COSME programme will help up to 330 000 European SMEs by mobilising up to €25 billion of finance.
- EU Financing
- More about leasing
- Information and advice on EU financial instruments in Poland
- EU funding opportunities for businesses
- Entrepreneurs find a helping hand through Erasmus
- Mum's the word: 'Mompreneurs' find the right balance
- Making the most of the net effect
- The business benefits of EU chemical regulation
- Help at hand: making the most of EU financial support tools
- Power to the people with renewable energy cooperation
- Spain's Lerida cluster entrepreneurs boost international sales
- How to get EU funds to grow your SME
- Italian Dolomites: not just for profit
- Educating entrepreneurs: university support for budding business leaders
- Sweet success in Dublin, the experience of being an entrepreneur
- Micro-management: why small businesses are flourishing in Latvia
- Kick start Korea
- Turning Japanese: European SMEs' eastern 'Gateway' to new markets
- The angels on entrepreneurs' shoulders
- Turning a troubled textile hub into a thriving business cluster
- Business Planet: Boom in Bilbao as entrepreneurs schooled
- Lean and green: Ecostars inspires competitiveness and fuel efficiency
- Boosting exports through networking
- Cashing in on culture - how businesses make money from Europe's history
- Get bigger, go public: SMEs launching on the stock exchange
- KETS: transforming innovation into competitive product
- Finding the right leader
- Clusters: powerful engines of economic development in Europe
- Two's Company in Belgium
- Meet the EU's female ambassadors for business
- Micro-credit brings organic growth in Ireland
- EU grants for eco-innovation
- Wired to the world
- Venture capital, a risky business?
- Go green, get growing
- Cooperative and competitive
- Incubating Spanish business
- Boosting Women Entrepreneurs
- Meeting targets
- Business parties in Swedish countryside
- Greek business clusters together to find strength in numbers
- Women entrepreneurs could be answer to crisis
- Taking business into Welsh schools
- Inheriting a business: how to make it a success
- New 'business hotel' scheme revives French region
- Setting up business in Latvia
- Business Planet battles bankruptcies
- Protecting the environment can be profitable
- Helping minorities into the EU job market
- Financing for the future
- Green light for green clusters
- Rising to new challenges
- Promoting female entrepreneurs
- Eco-labels: a smart strategy
- Moving on smoothly as companies change hands
- Angel dust magic for SMEs
- The Great Call of China
- How to protect your IPR in China
- Giving and receiving: social enterprise in Europe
- Erasmus: a win-win deal
- Recycling tyres: road to success
- How JEREMIE helped a Maltese company take wing
- 1,2,3, GO! Coaching and business development for innovative start-ups
- New energy and new directions in Bulgaria
- Business networks provide strength through unity
- Greece: cooperatives wage war on recession and unemployment