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From 15 to 17 November, the Network’s Annual Conference 2023 will take place at the Bilbao Exhibition Centre in Spain and virtually, broadcasted live with audience interaction through Sli.do. With the theme ‘The EEN at 15: showing the way forward for SMEs’, the event will bring together Network partners, EU officials, and private sector representatives. Together, we’ll celebrate the Network’s 15th anniversary and explore strategies to support SMEs on their path to international success. High-level EU and national officials are expected to join the opening session on 15 November.

What’s on the agenda?

The conference will cover key topics, spanning internationalisation, innovation, start-up support, access to finance, the European industrial transition and more.

The event has 3 main objectives:

  • explore how the Network can bolster the European industrial transition, steering it toward a green, digital, and resilient economy
  • exchange best practices to enhance the quality and visibility of the Network’s business support services; and
  • encourage collaboration across the Network to build a robust support system for SMEs

Celebrating client journey success and resilience

At the Annual Conference, we will acknowledge exceptional SMEs that have thrived with the Network’s support, particularly in areas like sustainability, energy efficiency, and digitalisation. A high-level jury will evaluate submissions based on outstanding service quality, tangible results, and market impact. Additionally, a special ‘resilience recognition’ will be offered to Network members who demonstrated exceptional resilience during crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine. Don't miss the announcement of the winners at the closing plenary of the event on 17 November!

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