7th January: We wanted to thank all those who came to the GreenEcoNet Innovation Lab on November 29 at CEPs in Brussels. The workshop provided some critical feedback on the role, structure and function of the GreenEcoNet platform, which we are now feeding directly into our plans moving forward.
You can read the full summary report here.
Topline messages include
1. The GreenEcoNet platform should build on and support all of the SME networks that exist across Europe. The platform should be promoted at national and local level through Chambers of Commerce, EU delegations, SME multipliers and local organisations. The internet is an important source of information but the platform should also be adapted to meet national and local needs through regional groups or associations.
2. To engage SMEs across Europe, the platform will need to be in multiple languages, be 'dynamic', easy to understand, and provide relevant and context-specific information and funding options. It should try to connect to existing local and national SME networks.
3. SMEs need to be involved in creating and owning the platform so that it meets their needs.
4. The case studies need to be practical and answer core questions for the SMEs, such as how much would a new practice or technology cost? Users of the platform should be able to search for examples using basic criteria, like size or location. An online interactive forum or FAQ catalogue would be helpful.