European Business & Innovation Centre Network


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Laura Lecci -


The European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN) was created in 1984 by the European Commission, European industry leaders and academics to provide the technical assistance for the development and strengthening of business incubators based on the model of EC-Business and Innovation Centres (BICs) across Europe.

EBN is an international non for profit association representing officially the European BIC Network gathering more than 200 BICs and similar organisations such as incubators, research and innovation centres and entrepreneurship centres in Europe and other countries (Tunisia, Morocco, Mexico, Chile, China) who share the same objective of SME support and development. EBN has become over the last two decades a reference point in Europe on innovation, spin-off, incubation, entrepreneurship, research-driven SMEs and regional economic development. By accompanying EC BICs on a day-to-day basis, EBN has developed its expertise in incubation, innovation support and business development services to be delivered by the BICs to SMEs in order to help them innovate better and faster. EBN has coordinated several successful European projects but is also deploying projects within contractual schemes, not only with the EC, but also with the ESA, the UNDP, and the World Bank.

To support FP7 activity on a thematic basis, in the last two years EBN has established transnational networking platforms for BICs and innovative SMEs in a number of sectors including the maritime sector. Through networking of research and innovation players from academia and industry, EBN will be able to bring expertise to the dissemination activities foreseen in the Sea for Society project.

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