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CADIC SME-AG in Belgium

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EBN- European Business and Innovation Centre Network


The European Business & Innovation Centre Network was set up in 1984 as a joint initiative of the European Commission, European industry leaders and the first pioneering Business and Innovation Centres. The aim of EBN is to promote the growth of Business and Innovation Centres (BICs) both within and outside of the EU. The aim of BICs is to support the emergence of new small or medium sized businesses and develop activities in existing businesses based on new ideas with growth potential.EBN is now the leading non-governmental pan-European network bringing together 200+ Business & Innovation Centres (BICs), and similar organisations such as incubators, innovation and entrepreneurship centres across the enlarged Europe.

BICs are organisations which promote innovation and entrepreneurship. They help enterprises to innovate; they drive the creation of start-ups (support to innovation, incubation and internationalisation) and they promote economic development through job and enterprise creation and development.

The network is therefore an umbrella organisation bringing together over 200 BICs from all around Europe and beyond. It provides help and support to these BICs by acting as an interface with other organisations including the European Commission (which officially recognises EBN), by providing expertise in numerous areas including funding and by stimulating the sharing of best practices. EBN follows closely the European Union Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policies and is developing ‘hub and spoke’ networking connections with the rest of the world.

Our motivation for participating in CADIC:

BICs, core stakeholders of EBN network, often animate and manage some  clusters. In this purview, CADIC addresses one of the key priorities  of our network: to provide efficient tools for clustersÂ’ management.  Moreover, EBN recognises the importance of clusters as engine of  
innovation and economic growth, boosting the development of a  specialized community.

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