26 Sep 2023 - 26 Sep 2023 1:45 pm - 4:00 pm Brussels, Belgium & online

Advanced Technologies for Resilience and Competitiveness of European more Traditional SMEs – STARS Closure Event

The event intends to present the policy recommendations to European, National, and Regional Policy Makers based on the results of two pilot COSME projects that the European Commission and the European InnovationCouncil and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) launched within the recovery package to boost the EU economy, as well as to support the EuropeanSMEs’ green and digital transition and their adaptation to the post-crisis economic environment following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic thanks to the adoption of advanced technologies. The two projects, ‘STARS’ and‘ReStartSMEs’ – started in 2021 – involved 25 organisations from 13 countries and all European regions. They have completed their mission and will share with the European, National, and Regional Policy Makers the key lessons learned and policy recommendations to support further competitiveness, innovation, and resilience of the Industrial Ecosystem throughout Europe and territorial cohesion.

Event Overview:

Location: Brussels (In-person) & Online (Virtual)

Main Theme: Advanced Technologies for Resilience and Competitiveness of European Traditional SMEs – Lessons learnt and Recommendations for Policy Makers from the COSME-funded flagship projects ‘STARS’ and ‘ReStartSMEs’

Why Attend?

This event is a beacon of knowledge and innovation, providing SMEs with the necessary tools to thrive in today’s ever-evolving business landscape. By participating in this event, you will:

  • Gain Valuable Insights: Immerse yourself in in-depth presentations revealing key findings and lessons from the successful ‘STARS’ and ‘ReStartSMEs’ projects.
  • Discover Policy Recommendations: Uncover the policy recommendations to enhance the competitiveness, innovation, and resilience of Industrial Ecosystems throughout Europe.
  • Engage in Networking: Connect with European, National, and Regional Policy Makers, industry experts, and like-minded SME owners, fostering valuable collaborations and partnerships.
  • Stay Future-Ready: Explore the critical role of advanced technologies in shaping the future of European Traditional SMEs, ensuring sustainable growth and prosperity.

Who Should Attend?

This event is designed for:

  • SME Owners & Entrepreneurs: Gain insights into the impact of advanced technologies on the manufacturing sector and discover ways to enhance your business’s resilience and competitiveness.
  • Policymakers: Acquire valuable insights to shape policies supporting SMEs and promoting their adoption of advanced technologies, fostering economic growth and job creation.
  • Industry Professionals: Be at the forefront of discussions around advanced technologies’ role in building resilience and driving competitiveness, making informed decisions for your organisation’s success.

How to Participate:

Participation in this event is easy and convenient. Choose your preferred mode of attendance:

  • In-person: Join us in Brussels for an immersive experience filled with face-to-face interactions, knowledge sharing, and vibrant networking opportunities.
  • Virtual  Access: Attend the event online from anywhere, connecting with thought leaders, policymakers, and industry experts in real time.

Event Highlights:

  • Keynote speeches by distinguished speakers and thought leaders.
  • Interactive panel discussions exploring advanced technologies and their impact on European SMEs.
  • Exhibitions showcasing cutting-edge technologies and solutions from industry-leading experts.
  • Virtual networking sessions to connect with peers and industry professionals from diverse sectors.
  • Presentation of policy recommendations for the growth and resilience of European Traditional SMEs.

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We look forward to your participation as we unlock the transformative power of advanced technologies for European Traditional SMEs’ resilience and competitiveness.

Let’s pave the way for a  stronger, sustainable, and prosperous future together!

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