Massimiliano Dragoni, European Commission, will speak at Knowledge Innovation Summit
The European Commission Framework program, Horizon 2020 actively supports SMEs by providing both direct financial support, and indirect support to increase their innovation capacity.
‘Innovation in SMEs’ aims at creating a bridge between research, development and innovation projects and the creation of a favourable ecosystem for Startup, SME innovation and growth. The objective of ‘Innovation in SMEs’ is to optimise the Research, Development & Innovation environment for SMEs, including through the establishment of new entrepreneurship and facilitating a range of support services, with the aim of strengthening the innovation capacity of SMEs and creating value on the market and to society, thus underpinning the Europe2020 strategy for smart, inclusive and sustainable growth.
‘Innovation in SMEs’ includes actions which provide mostly intermediated support to SMEs. These actions take the form of tailored services and projects (innovation management capacity building, IPR management, etc…) and networking and mobilisation actions for innovation service providers and policymakers (i.e. exchange of experience between national innovation agencies).
More specifically, Horizon 2020 has launched in 2018 till 2020 the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot which supports with a budget of around 3 Billion euros top-class innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and scientists with bright ideas and the ambition to scale up internationally. It provides funding, advice and networking opportunities for those at cutting edge of innovation.
About Massimiliano Dragoni
Massimiliano Dragoni is Senior Policy Official at European Commission, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology; Digital Single Market; Start-ups and Innovation. He is in charge of developing policies and implementing programs in favor of SMEs in digital Innovation (EIC) and deep tech startups (STARTUP EUROPE)
Born in Milan. BS in Economics from Northwestern University (Chicago) and MBA from IESE (Barcelona). Worked as consultant at Ernst and Young in mergers and acquisitions for few years before joining the Commission in 1992. Developed my career in support to innovation for SMEs and industrial research. Managed several projects and initiatives in the area of Digital and Industrial research amounting to several million Euros. Spent a few years in developing technological cooperation with ASIA and managed the ASIA ICT program as well as a trust fund with the World bank for the development of south eastern Asia.
About European Commission, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology; Digital Single Market; Start-ups and Innovation
The Digital Single Market is a strategy of the European Commission to ensure access to online activities for individuals and businesses under conditions of fair competition, consumer and data protection, removing geo-blocking and copyright issues.
The flow of knowledge from institutions, such as universities and colleges, to SMEs stagnates. The practical translation of this knowledge into tools where SMEs can do something is usually lacking. Organizations in the meso level are able to transform new knowledge into an approach that is useful to SMEs.
During this Summit knowledge institutions share new knowledge and insights into (open) innovation (processes) with representatives of industry associations, consultancy agencies and governments. They translate these insights into practical instruments that are useful to small and medium-sized businesses. In addition, knowledge institutions can present their offerings in the field of internships and research, where the participants can match their question.
Representatives of sector organizations, consultancy agencies and governments on the one hand and knowledge institutions on the other. But also anyone who is seriously interested in new knowledge and insights in the field of (open) innovation (processes).