Enterprise Europe Network

Enterprise Europe Network is the European network helping businesses to innovate and to grow on European and international scale. It is funded by the European Commission and managed by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME).

Enterprise Europe Network brings together more than 600 organizations - all of them renowned for their excellence in business support. They aim at:

  • supporting SME in their innovation and internationalization projects
  • helping SME to seize the opportunities offered by the EU’s single market with transnational technological and commercial partnerships

The members of EEN are gathered in consortia divided according to the different European regions. The Rhône-Alpes-Auvergne consortium regroups together the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Chamber of commerce and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Entreprises and offers the EEN services to Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes companies.

Enterprise Europe Network services

Innovation, access to European project and finance, regulations & legal support

The members of Enterprise Europe Network addresses SMEs:

  • to support their innovation projects, for instance analyze the company’s ability and interest in taking part in a European project, identify relevant EU research programs, build the project
  • to help them in their search for partners to build European project consortium, develop commercial and technological partnerships and therefore boost the technological transfer on a European scale;
  • to guide them towards access to funding (Innovation and R&D funding, commercialization, European and national subsidies);
  • to give them a better understanding of the European market regulations (competitiveness, state subsidiaries, IP, funding ...).

Transnational business and / or technological partnerships

The network help companies find technological and business partners in order to boost the technological transfer on the transnational scale. To facilitate these partnerships, the network has created an online database called « Partnering Opportunities Database (POD) » and EEN sector groups.

Brokerage events offering bilateral meeting between companies are also regularly organized during international exhibitions such as in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region at the SIDO and at Pollutec.

Innovation support

During the 2015-2020 time-period, two support services targeting innovation topics are offered:

  • coaching of companies who were granted a SME instrument, the Horizon 2020 funding program dedicated to SME
  • the EIMC "Enhancing Innovation Management Capacity " program that supports top managers of SMEs showing a high potential of development in their issues concerning the management of innovation

Enterprise Europe Network Newsletter

You can subscribe to our Enterprise Europe Network Newsletter (in French). Send us an email to receive the newsletter in your mailbox.

Previous issues:

A look at the last partnership opportunities published in the Partnering Opportunities Database (POD)

Your contact

Charlotte Rix Nicolajsen
Project manager Enterprise Europe Network


+33(0) 4 72 75 40 76

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