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Inspire - Open innovation for SMEs

INSPIRE (INtegrated Support of oPen Innovation pRofessionalization initiative) – seeks to develop new insights about how SMEs use external knowledge and strategic collaborations to innovate, often termed "Open Innovation". The aim of our project is to gain an in-depth understanding of good practices of Open Innovation in SMEs so as to encourage the enhancement of Open Innovation practices across SME communities.

The project develops an Integrated Toolbox with tools to facilitate Open Innovation in SMEs, indicators to support the SMEs' decision-making and good practice case studies across all varieties of SMEs. The INSPIRE project is run by a multidisciplinary consortium of organisations with reputable European universities and leading SME intermediaries coordinated by the University of Brighton. You can find out more about the project from our website - www.inspire-smes.eu.

INSPIRE is a three-year (April 2016-March 2019) project co-funded by EU commission under H2020 framework. 

Project partners

  • UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON (COORDINATOR) (UK)
  • LAPPEENRANTA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY (FINLAND)
  • INSTITUTE FOR MANAGEMENT OF INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY (SWEDEN)
  • VERHAERT NEW PRODUCTS & SERVICES NV (BELGIUM)
  • KINNO CONSULTANTS LTD (GREECE)
  • LITHUANIAN INNOVATION CENTER (LITHUANIA)
  • TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION INTERNATIONAL (LUXEMBOURG)
  • SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL (UK)
  • ESADE (Spain) 

Inspire (pdf)