23/01 11:15 CET
Social innovation is one of the fastest growing trends in Europe. Its founded on the idea that social needs can be met while creating competitiveness
- - Social innovation designates new solutions (products, services, models) that meet social needs or societal challenges more effectively than alternatives.
- - Systemic change is sought in the long term with progressive shifts in the way our economies and societies operate and interact.
- - There is no strict definition, since the field is expanding and touches upon various sectors (e.g. education, healthcare, inclusion, urban regeneration, transport or energy).
- - It is about taking advantage of challenges to create new jobs or new types of jobs. It offers growth potential and positive externalities for societies and public budgets.
- - This means to prove that social innovation is worth investing and to encourage more entrepreneurs, businesses, intermediaries, financial institutions to enter the field.
- More about social innovation
- Social innovation european competition on Twitter
- Awards ceremony of 2nd edition in 2014
- Awards ceremony of 1st edition in 2013
- Best-of video for the 2014 awards ceremony where Quid appears
- EU support to social innovation as part of wider support to innovation
- *Special thanks to The Egg Brussels for their warm welcome
09/01 11:33 CET
The Belgian region of Wallonia and Tuscany in Italy are officially designated as the EU’s two 'creative districts' – areas with specific policies to
- - Two regions, Tuscany and Wallonia, were selected to set up European Creative Districts.
- - The European Creative Districts aim to demonstrate the role that innovation in services and creative and cultural industries (CCI) can play in transforming a traditional industrial region by adding value to its economy through design, creativity and the contribution of cross-sectoral collaboration, in order to strengthen its position in global value chains.
- - The Wallonia European Creative District is complementary to the Creative Wallonia programme set up by the Walloon government to stimulate the creative industries as a driver of the regional economy.
- - The Wallonia European Creative District is testing and implementing actions aiming at supporting the CCIs and their spill-overs into the wider economy. The foreseen impacts are, on the one hand, the large-scale transformation of the regional economy into a modern, creative economy and, on the other hand, to bring creativity into companies' business development strategies.
- Wallonia European Creative District
- Creative Wallonia
- Small Business portal
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
- European SMEs' expertise fuelling growth in Malaysia
- How to get financing for a start up with no credit history
- 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
- 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
- Clusters: powerful engines of economic development in Europe
- Finding the right leader
- KETS: transforming innovation into competitive product
- Get bigger, go public: SMEs launching on the stock exchange
- Cashing in on culture - how businesses make money from Europe's history