Monthly Archives: November 2016

PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP’S POSITIONS ON TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION POLICY

Technological innovation has long been and will continue to be critically important to both income growth and national competitiveness. ITIF (Information Technology & Innovation Foundation) has just published a report which examines President-elect Donald Trump’s policy agenda on technology and … Continue reading

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HAVE YOUR SAY ON HORIZON 2020

At the end of October, the European Commission launched a public stakeholder consultation which will feed into the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the EU’s €77 billion research and innovation funding scheme running from 2014 to 2020. This interim evaluation will … Continue reading

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GIVING ENTREPRENEURS A SECOND CHANCE: NEW EU BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION PLANS FOR SMEs

As part of its new Start-up and Scale-up Initiative, the European Commission has revealed draft insolvency rules aimed at avoiding bankruptcies and job losses. The new law would allow companies experiencing serious financial difficultes to continue trading while protecting them from creditors … Continue reading

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EU PROPOSES EUROPE-WIDE TAX BREAKS FOR R&D

The European Commission is proposing to put in place pan-European incentives for research and development, reported Éanna Kelly in Science|Business. Under draft legislation, the full cost of R&D for big companies would be 100% deductible, while an additional 50% deduction … Continue reading

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15 FACTS ABOUT THE SME INSTRUMENT

EASME has published a fact sheet comprising 15 unique features about the SME Instrument, e.g. almost €700 million of private equity raised since SMEi beneficiaries secured their project funding. Ireland is the country which is the most efficient at winning … Continue reading

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2014-2016 SME ANNUAL REPORT PUBLISHED

According to the report published this month by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, 2015 was a good year for the EU´s SMEs in almost all EU countries, with  SME value added increasing in all but 2 … Continue reading

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BUSINESS INSIGHT – STAFF ROI

A new business insight provided by Roger La Salle, innovation thought leader and pioneer of “Matrix Thinking”™, who was our luminary speaker at the TII 2016 conference in Barcelona.  Business is about profit! I define business as “Creating Wealth through … Continue reading

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