Although many barriers to internationalisation have been reduced, SMEs and start-ups are still confronted with the challenge to innovate, grow and compete at an international level.

Nine out of 33 Interreg Europe projects focusing on strengthening SME competitiveness are aiming at improving the internationalisation of SMEs. Six were already selected in the first call and have started their work:

Project acronym  Project full title

Lead Partner


Competitive territories through internationalisation: SMEs competitiveness in globalised regions

Municipality of Reggio Emilia, Italy


Internationalisation of regional SMEs

Maribor Development Agency, Slovenia


SME Internationalisation Exchange

Kent County Council, United Kingdom


PUblic authorities Role Enhancing COmpetitiveness of SMeS

Municipality of Genoa, Italy


Improving policy instruments supporting innovative SME performance

Pannon Business Network Association, Hungary


Efficient support services portfolios for SMEs

Adam Mickiewicz University Foundation, Poznan Science and Technology Park, Poland

In these projects, regional policy makers and support organisations such as development agencies, clusters, etc. are deploying strategies and delivering services in order to help SMEs and start-ups to grow internationally. Different approaches are being implemented, such as:

  • Improvement of internationalisation support services by mutual learning
  • Transfer of good practices among regions
  • Improvement and alignment of existing service portfolios
  • Improvement of regional governance models with respect to internationalisation support

The Policy Learning Platforms will support the exchange of knowledge among the projects through workshops and other events with policy makers as well as with interested stakeholders.

The work of the Policy Learning Platform is based on your demand. We will focus on topics and tools that are of interest for the policy makers. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us to learn more about the Platform and request our services. Your contact person for SME Competitiveness related questions is Philippe Delearde,