SME-TraiNet (Training SMEs)

Projekti alkoi: 1.10.2008, Projekti päättyy: 30.9.2011

Rahoittaja: Leonardo da Vinci LLP
Total 684 125 euros, 15 partners, 12 countries.

Partners from Finland: Akol, Edupoli, Lamk, Amiedu

Onnistunut yritys tarvitsee Hyviä Käytäntöjä ja Tiedonsiirtoa!
SMETraiNet 2008 - 2011 Lehdistö- ja web –tiedote 30.9.2011 [.pdf]

The project promoter and coordinator is the Institute
for Economic Promotion at the Austrian Federal
Economic Chamber / International Know-How
Transfer, in short WIFI-IKT Austria. Furthermore,
the project partnership consists of VET and guidance
providers for SMEs, such as vocational training
institutions, chambers of commerce and crafts and
universities, on the one hand, and of SME associations
and trade unions on the other hand. Furthermore, the
partnership involves 12 European countries,
representing Northern, Eastern, Western and
Southern Europe.

Promoting and supporting entrepreneurship and SMEs
is a political priority in all European member states and
also of the European Commission DG Enterprise &
Industry. However, the training and support European
entrepreneurs usually get is mainly focused on initial aid
during their first steps into entrepreneurship. Despite the
initial support founders of new businesses get at the
beginning, many of them do not survive their third year
of business operations. This is due to the fact that no
structured and holistic support is provided to still young
but already established SMEs (i.e. entrepreneurs already
operating since more than 2 years), whose businesses
develop successfully and would have the potential of
growth, but whose owners are not sufficiently capable
of managing this sudden growth and the problems and
challenges it brings about. This is especially the case for
enterprises in the crafts as well as in the services sector.

The stakeholder network which will be created in the
framework of this project will take up this problem by
fostering the dialogue between European young
businesses/ SMEs operating in the crafts and services
sector, and European guidance and training providers
in order to improve the current training and support
structures to the target group of young businesses and

SME-TraiNet Press release 30.9.2011 [.pdf ]

Download of material relevant for the 1st international
SME-TraiNet conference in Helsinki

Download of material relevant for the 2nd international
SME-TraiNet conference in Warsaw