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INSME INTERNATIONAL NETWORK FOR SMEs INSME THINK TANK 1 st INSME Promoting Committee Meeting Milan 7-8 July 2003 INSME THINK TANK WHAT IS THE INSME THINK TANK?

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INSME

INTERNATIONAL NETWORK FOR SMEs

INSME THINK TANK

1st INSME Promoting Committee Meeting Milan 7-8 July 2003


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INSME THINK TANK

WHAT IS THE INSME THINK TANK?

Group of expertswhich will provide the INSME Secretariat with innovative INFORMATION , PROPOSALS and ADVICE in order to generate new ideas about:

related to innovation and technology transfer (TT) which will support intermediaries’ and SME’s competitiveness

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INSME THINK TANK

METHODOLOGY FOR THE INSME THINK TANK START-UP

  • The INSME Think Tank will be set up by recruiting skilled persons directly known by the INSME Secretariat or INSME Members and by accepting new candidatures

  • The INSME Think Tank Members will be independent international experts in innovation and TT

  • The INSME Think Tank will follow a “variable geometry approach”

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INSME THINK TANK

“VARIABLE GEOMETRY APPROACH”

  • Approach which will allow the INSME Think Tank to:

    • Change its dimension and composition following the needs of a specific situation

    • Carry out a specific initiative so as to enable increased flexibility

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INSME THINK TANK

CANDIDATE SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Profile of INSME Think Tank Members:

  • Proven long term experience and expertise in innovation and TT fields (i.e. innovation and TT theory and methods, policies, type of intermediaries and their management, network management, on-the-job experience, etc);

  • Very good creative skills in suggesting brilliant and innovative ideas;

  • Very good problem solving skills;

  • Strong and proven team work and communication skills, in order to be able to listen, build-up and share ideas with others, so as to obtain high value added debates and proposals.

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Phase 1:

Design & Start-up

Phase 2:

Testing & Validation

May-June

July-Aug

Sept-Oct

Nov-Dec

Jan-Feb

Mar-Apr

May-June

Jan-Feb

Mar-Apr

Think Tank

best practice

analysis

INSME THINK THANK

DESIGN PHASE

Think Tank

Performance

Evaluation

Method.

Fine-

tuning

Prom

Com

Input

Think Tank

Perform.

Evaluat.

Think Tank

Project

Detail Design

Evalu

& Select

Application

Collection

CANDITATE SELECTION

PHASE

Training

ACTIVITY

Think Tank Sessions

Think Tank Knowledge Base System Feeding

KNOWLEDGE BASE SYSTEM & THINK TANK SERVICE

Think Tank Knowledge Service on Demand for INSME Members

Project

start

The first Promoting

Commitee Meeting

July 2003

INSME THINK TANK

PROPOSED SCHEDULE

Phase 3:

Consolidation & Service

The fourth INSME Steering Group meeting (2004)

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INSME

INTERNATIONAL NETWORK FOR SMEs

THEMATIC WORKING GROUPS

(TWGs)

1st INSME Promoting Committee Meeting Milan 7-8 July 2003


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THEMATIC WORKING GROUPS

WHAT ARE THE TWGs?

  • The Thematic Working Groups (TWG) will gather INSME Members who are interested in sharing experiences on specific vertical or horizontal topics or with respect to a limited geographical area.

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THEMATIC WORKING GROUPS

CHARACTERISTICS OF TWGs

  • The set up is on a voluntary basis

  • They will be characterised by a “variable geometry approach”

  • The Groups will have a dedicated common discussion area in the portal

  • Participants could also meet in person or via conference call when necessary

  • The INSME Secretariat will support the coordination and TWGs activities, if needed

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THEMATIC WORKING GROUPS

TWG’s ACTIVITIES

  • The TWG’s activities will be developed at variable speeds, recognising that each Country and geographical region has different objectives, conditions and resources.

  • They can pave the way for launching joint INSME pilot projects among INSME Members

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THEMATIC WORKING GROUPS

TWGs WITHIN THE INSME ASSOCIATION STRUCTURE

INSME ASSOCIATION

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Thematic Working

Group1

(e.g. on the Textile sector)

President and Vice President

Thematic Working

Group2

(e.g. for the EUMED region)

INSME BOARD

Secretary General

Thematic Working

Group3

(e.g. “Fashion Med“)

INSME SECRETARIAT

INSME Think Tank

Thematic Working

Groupn

………..

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INSME

INTERNATIONAL NETWORK FOR SMEs

INSME AWARD

1st INSME Promoting Committee Meeting Milan 7-8 July 2003


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INSME AWARD

WHAT IS THE “INSME AWARD”?

  • It is a prize which will be assigned to acknowledge the success or the importance of the activities and initiatives at international, regional, national or sub-national level undertaken by intermediaries or their networks which are Members of the INSME Association

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INSME AWARD

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THIS INITIATIVE?

  • To motivate INSME Members to achieve a higher level of performance in the provision of services to SMEs

  • To promote the visibility and diffusion of success stories

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INSME AWARD

WHOM WILL THE PRIZE BE AWARDED TO?

  • CATEGORY A:

    A.1 Intermediariessupplying innovation and technology transfer services to SMEs

    A.2 International, regional, national and sub-national networks of intermediaries which supply innovation and technology transfer services to SMEs

ONLY INTERMEDIARIES AND THEIR NETWORKS THAT ARE

ASSOCIATE OR FULL MEMBERS OF THE INSME ASSOCIATION WOULD

BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE INSME AWARD

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INSME AWARD

WHOM WILL THE PRIZE BE AWARDED TO?

  • CATEGORY B:

    B.1 Initiatives, programmesandprojects carried out by intermediaries or their networks in the field of innovation and technology transfer

    B.2 INSME Pilot Projects

ONLY INTERMEDIARIES AND THEIR NETWORKS THAT ARE

ASSOCIATE OR FULL MEMBERS OF THE INSME ASSOCIATION WOULD

BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE INSME AWARD

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Intermediaries and their networksas a recognition of their remarkable efficacy in the socio-economic situation they are operating in, based on compliance with the selected requirements.

Initiatives, programmes and projectscarried out by intermediaries or their networks which have produced outstanding innovative results in terms of products, processes, applications, methodologies, services, networks, etc.

INSME AWARD

CRITERIA TO ASSIGN THE AWARD

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INSME AWARD

THE PRIZE: WHEN and WHAT

  • It could be conferred either annually or biannually (to be defined)

  • The award could be composed of 2 types of prizes, accordingly with the category set:

  • CATEGORY A: or or …

  • CATEGORY B: (amounts to be defined)

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www.insme.info

[email protected]

[email protected]

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