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09:00 - 09:30

Registration and welcome coffee

09:30 - 10:00

Welcome and introduction

  • Opening and welcome to the workshop
    Laurentiu David, Project Officer, Interreg Europe Joint Secretariat
    Emil Komatichev, State Expert, Innovations & Entrepreneurship Dept.,'Economic policy' Directorate, Ministry of Economy Bulgaria
  • Presentation of the Policy Learning Platform, Thorsten Kohlisch, Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform
  • Introduction to the topic and objectives of the day, Rene Tõnnisson & Luc Schmerber, Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform Thematic Experts – SME competitiveness

Thorsten Kohlisch, Project Manager, Policy Learning Platform

Renee Tõnnisson, Thematic Expert - SME Competitiveness, Policy Learning Platform

Luc Schmerber, Thematic Expert - SME Competitiveness, Policy Learning Platform

10:00 - 11:00

European entrepreneurship support framework and community

What are the latest trends and developments from the European perspective? How can regions and European initiatives team up for entrepreneurial support?

Presentations followed by panel discussion and questions from audience.

Moderation: Rene Tõnnisson & Luc Schmerber

Andreia Mendes SERN

Bogdan Ceobanu European Commission, within the Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 - 11:45

Entrepreneurship and business creation in Interreg Europe

What are European regions doing to boost entrepreneurship and business creation? 

How can interregional learning help policy makers to run their business support policies more efficiently?

Introduction and overview of Interreg Europe projects working on the subject.

Luc Schmerber, Thematic Expert - SME Competitiveness, Policy Learning Platform

11:45 - 13:00

Good practices for business support in the spotlight

From the challenges of financing to business acceleration and capacity building, Interreg Europe good practices are presented. Each presenter has 5 minutes to present their GP, then the thematic expert and the audience interview the presenter for 10 minutes.

Moderation: Rene Tõnnisson & Luc Schmerber

More information

13:00 - 13:45

Networking lunch

13:45 - 14:45

Breakout sessions: in-depth discussions in small working groups

Potential topics for the breakout sessions:

  • Awareness / education / training
  • Support infrastructures (incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, living labs…)
  • Funding schemes (vouchers, grants, loans, equity…)

Questions to be discussed during the sessions:

  • Major challenges addresed / aims
  • Learnings / results so far
  • Experiences with interregional transfer
  • Learning expectations

Moderation: Rene Tõnnisson, Luc Schmerber & Thorsten Kohlisch

14:45 - 15:00

Coffee break

15:00 - 15:30

Concluding session – what’s next?

Reporting back from the working groups.

How to optimise policies for entrepreneurship and business creation - conclusions for local and regional policy makers.


Planning next activities:

  • Roadmap of project synergies
  • Roadmap of PLP services

Moderation: Rene Tõnnisson & Luc Schmerber


Renee Tõnnisson, Thematic Expert - SME Competitiveness, Policy Learning Platform

Luc Schmerber, Thematic Expert - SME Competitiveness, Policy Learning Platform

15:30 - 16:30

Visit to Puzl coworking space (www.puzl.com) and walking tour

Puzl is a good practice on how to turn an old factory into a modern business hub. With more than 6000 square meters of space with relevant business services attached, Puzl has created a homey coworking space suitable for work and leisure.

16:30 - 18:00

Networking cocktail at Puzl coworking space

Research and innovation SME competitiveness Low-carbon economy Environment and resource efficiency