A special issue of International Journal of Enterprise Network Management In a fervently competitive environment, customer satisfaction is the most significant parameter for judging the successfulness of an enterprise. Day by day, the emergence of new tools and techniques help enterprises to achieve the same. The emergence of simulation and optimisation for solving complex and combinatorial problems in manufacturing systems and supply chains is one of the most prominent achievements in the field of operations research. The principle reason behind this is that problem-solving under uncertainty has a very high impact on real world contexts. In addition to this, complex and combinatorial problems arising in practice are becoming increasingly complex and dynamic. Simulation and optimisation in manufacturing systems and supply chains is therefore a critical area that is being developed and which needs much attention. The main objective of the special issue is to focus on the application of simulation and optimisation in solving various issues in manufacturing systems and supply chains. However, we also encourage other researchers to submit their manuscripts for this special issue. Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
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FET Flagships are science- and technology-driven, large-scale, multidisciplinary research initiatives built around a visionary unifying goal. FET Flagships should provide a strong and broad basis for future innovation and economic exploitation, as well as novel benefits for society of a potential high impact. The overarching nature and magnitude implies that they can only be realised through a collaborative, long-term sustained cooperation effort. Proposals should contain a description of a potential FET Flagship and how this is to be matured over the course of the preparatory action into a more complete blueprint.
Firstly, proposals should describe the FET Flagship initiative they propose to further develop through this preparatory action, by specifically addressing the following three key issues: What makes this a FET Flagship:
INTERNATIONALIZATION FOR COMPETITIVENESS OF SME’S THROUGH CLUSTERS INTERNATIONALISATION THROUGH CLUSTERS? It’smore than export! Innovation projects SMEs into research Matchmaking Innovation Missions Talent attraction. SLIDE NR. 10
Toys Cluster internationalisation This initiative aims at promoting international cluster cooperation by intensifying cluster and business network collaboration across borders and sectoral boundaries within and beyond Europe. In doing so it will promote European Strategic Cluster Partnerships to lead international cooperation in new areas, facilitating the integration of European SMEs into global value chains. To promote international cluster cooperation, a number of initiatives have been set up: This lets European cluster organisations profile themselves , exchange experience and search for potential partners for transnational cooperation.
International Cluster Matchmaking Events are being organised to offer cooperation opportunities for European cluster organisations with partners within and beyond Europe. The matchmaking events can be organised in third markets as well as in Europe with a view to bring together delegations of cluster representatives from Europe and third countries to promote business opportunities and initiate partnerships in strategic fields of mutual interest.
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Dec 06, · Another example of practical support for SMEs’ internationalisation is the EU Gateway│Business Avenues mission developed in Asia through the Partnership Instrument. This is an EU initiative helping European companies to establish long-lasting business collaborations in Asia.
Applicants should propose preparatory actions that will contribute to establishing a “European Strategic Cluster Partnership — Going International” Expected Impact: This way the cluster and business network collaboration will be intensified across European countries and also across sectoral boundaries and the establishment of European Strategic Cluster Partnerships will be supported in order to lead international cluster cooperation in fields of strategic interest towards third countries beyond Europe and notably in support of the development of emerging industries.
Introduction Small and medium-sized enterprises SME play a crucial role in reaching the objectives of the Europe Strategy1. Whereas they are considered as crucial engines for growth and job creation, their competitiveness is affected by a limited exploitation of international opportunities and innovation prospects in the Single Market and beyond.
Policy Context In a globalised world, SMEs need to be able to confront increasing competition from developed and emerging economies and to plug into the new market opportunities these countries will provide. There is a direct link between internationalisation and increased performance of SMEs. International activities reinforce growth, enhance competitiveness and support the long-term sustainability of companies.
In order to unlock these opportunities, SMEs need to find the right partners to develop and produce globally competitive products and services. This calls for new and strategic forms of international cooperation that are often difficult for individual SMEs to manage on their own. SMEs have to increasingly integrate their activities into global value chains in order to become and remain competitive.
As global value chains, by their nature, involve or are even controlled and managed by foreign companies, it is often difficult for European SMEs to link to them. Clusters can help SMEs by acting as real “springboards” for getting access to global value chains and developing long-term strategic partnerships.
European Cluster Matchmaking Event Brussels, Belgium. Call for Expression of Interest
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26th March Why should clusters define a European road-map? 4 main reasons: – Reinforce its market positioning – Facilitate market access – Access to know how and technologies – Benchmark and exchange information 4 Main barriers: – Lack of funding – Lack of time – Lack of trust between partners – Lack of language capabilities => 1/3 clusters declare having a strategy.
The session is open and free to anyone and it will cover all details about on how to apply, admission criteria, sectors, what GESR offers during and after the incubation period. Edison Awards The Edison Awards is an annual competition honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design, and innovation. This year marks the 30th annual Edison Awards, which will take place in New York.
The Edison Awards is a day and evening dedicated to recognizing and honoring the best in innovators and innovation. Audience Everyone is welcomed to attend the Edison Awards, especially innovators and entrepreneurs. Objectives Networking with Edison Award finalists and speakers. Observe panel discussions and presentations centered on innovation. Enjoy a hands-on look at nominated products.
Attend the Meet the Innovators forum during the day and the elegant Edison Awards Gala in the evening. They are looking for the best and most promising startups in Cairo. The selected startups will get the opportunity to pitch to a panel of investors and entrepreneurship experts for a chance to win prizes from betahaus, Falak Startups, and their other partners.
This will be done by Bogbi and major en Bici MEB as experts on bicycle logistics and production of urban cargo bikes and IDN as a Norwegian expert on business development and upscaling with social impact. The long-term aim is to create a business model that enables partners in other developing countries to produce cargo bikes and create a local urban logistics services. In collaboration with the Refugee Council, Bogbi and MEB offers vocational training for intermarried refugees and demobilized guerrilla members as a component of a major reintegration program.
events (“Matchmaking missions for SME Internationalisation through Clusters”). This event, while gathering a large panel of European clusters, offered cluster managers a unique opportunity to explore possible common areas of interest for cooperation and identify potential.
The deadline for final submissions of the call: Call for the expression of interest: This call is linked to the establishment of the Smart Specialisation Platform on Industrial Modernisation and Investment and is envisaged to strengthen industry participation and inter-regional collaboration in the implementation of smart specialisation strategies.
This call for the expression of interest and the subsequent partnering process towards European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for smart specialisation will open in May via the partner search tool at http: Read more about the call here. Cluster facilitated projects for new industrial value chains forthcoming The challenge is to develop new cross-sectoral industrial value chains across the EU, by building upon the innovation potential of SMEs.
The EU needs to support the development of emerging industries, which will provide the growth and employment of the future. The reindustrialisation of the EU’s industrial base has to focus on the development of long-term internationally competitive goods and services that require combining different competences and innovative solutions. The development of new industrial value chains calls for the collaboration and integration of different innovation actors, including large enterprises and especially SMEs, across different sectors towards the implementation of a joint vision.
The bottom-up approach ensures that the project solve common pre-competitive problems of SMEs of a branch or even cross-sectorial issues. Usually, the first call closes end of March and the second end of September.
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The European cluster matchmaking event will represent a unique opportunity for representatives of cluster organisations interested in European cluster collaboration to explore possible common areas of interest for cooperation and complementarities, in terms of sectoral, value chain, and market focus of their SMEs and companies with a large pannel of European clusters.
This call for expression of interest is launched to identify a European delegation composed of up to a hundred representatives from cluster organisations from all sectors that are willing and committed to participate in a European cluster matchmaking event in Brussels. This call is published on the European Cluster Collaboration Platform ECCP and expressions of interest to participate in this mission must be submitted electronically by midnight on September 15 th at the latest.
Please, see below for more information on the mission and how to submit your expression of interest. Context As part of a new policy aimed at promoting international cluster cooperation for the benefit of SMEs, DG Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission launched in an initiative, renewed in late , that contributes to the organisation of specific cluster matchmaking missions to support cluster organisations in their efforts to develop partnerships and business cooperation in european and global markets, for the benefit of their members.
These events seek to prepare the ground for practical cluster cooperation across borders and make a more strategic use of transnational cluster cooperation.
international Clusters, business networks, agencies, entities and other organisations that can support the implementation of the Internationalisation Strategy, and will used them to support MobiGoIn.
On the first day, the EU-Korea delegation took part in an interactive high-level cluster cooperation seminar and various bilateral matchmaking sessions. He called for closer and more intensive cluster cooperation following the signature of the administrative arrangement signed between the two entities earlier this year. Mr Eunhyung Cho, Assistant Director at the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of Korea emphasised the great cooperation perspectives offered by the new administrative arrangement for both Korea and the European Union.
The four speakers then participated in a panel discussion and answered questions from the audience on a range of topics including how to best enhance the impact of cluster matchmaking exchanges. The next session focussed on EU-Korea business and research collaboration support mechanisms. Joon-Hyung Lee, Researcher at the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology policy and Chan-Ho Jeon, Senior Researcher, Industrial technology complex and National Innovation clusterprovided a detailed overview of the national cluster policy and also the sector and regional specialisations in Korea, an approach similar to the Smart Specialisation Initiative in the EU.
Finally, Professor Kyung-soo Kim, from the Korea Polytechnic University provided insights on the cooperation network model of industry and university in Korea and invited European cluster to join his upcycling cluster initiative. Two initiatives aimed at accelerating and supporting EU-Korea cluster cooperation were also presented: The Lithuanian ICT cluster delegation also shared their experience regarding the establishment of a joint diploma with the support of a Korean University.
During the final morning session, all participants had the chance to pitch and briefly introduce themselves to the audience before the start of the cluster matchmaking sessions. The afternoon matchmaking sessions allowed for in-depth exchanges between the members of the EU-Korea delegation.