The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) is the European Commission’s main tool for implementing its policies to support small and medium-sized businesses in Europe and aims to increase the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises by providing integrated advisory services in the field of technology transfer , innovation and business. It started in parallel in Sofia and Brussels in 2008, when it united the previous European Innovation Centers (IRC Network) and Euro Info Centers and is currently represented in over 600 organizations on the territory of 66 countries.
The services offered by the Network are the following:
- Assistance in building new international partnerships with excellent growth potential by providing direct access to the largest business cooperation database;
- Support for participation in international conferences, trade exhibitions and bilateral business meetings in Europe and third countries;
- Organization of trainings and provision of advice on: European legislation and standards; entering the international market; intellectual property protection; funding opportunities under European programs and alternative sources; technology transfer and other topics of interest to SMEs;
- Consultation and support for innovative SMEs on research and innovation funding programs, innovation management and successful commercialization of innovative products.