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Innovative Sector Exchange

Priority Axis

Technological and Social Innovation

Specific objective

Framework Conditions for Innovation

England

Kent County Council

Lead partner

address

County Road, Maidstone
United Kingdom

Contact

Project budget

2 855 597

ERDF amount

1 713 358

ERDF rate

60%
28.3%

Common challenge

The majority of businesses in the 2 Seas area are SMEs. They employ a large proportion of the population and their growth is vital to develop the economy and boost employment. SMEs grow as they innovate and internationalise and they often request coaching and support. Innovation (process, product & service enhancement) and internationalisation (collaborations/tech-transfer) are closely linked but many SMEs lack awareness of how this can apply to their sector, regional context or in new markets. ISE's support packages are a value for money solution to help more than 500 SMEs address these challenges.

Partners

Belgium/Flanders

VOKA Kamer van Koophandel West-Vlaanderen

Belgium/Flanders

VOKA Kamer van Koophandel Oost-Vlaanderen

Netherlands

Stichting Innovatiehuis

Belgium/Flanders

Provinciale Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij (POM) West-Vlaanderen

England

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce

France

ADITEC Pas-de-Calais (Association pour le Développement de l’Innovation et de la Technologie )

Observers

Netherlands

Kamer van Koophandel Nederland