AEBR participates in the Interreg project INTER VENTURES to promote SMEs in border regions :

A project funded with the European Regional Development Fun

From 1st August 2019, AEBR is involved, together with 8 partners from 5 different European regions in a project INTER VENTURES: Policies to Promote the Internationalisation of SMEs for More Competitive Regional Ecosystems in Border Areas of the EU. INTER VENTURES is an Interreg Europe project with the aim to improve the implementation of regional development policies and programmes to support small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) in all stages of their life cycle and to promote their internationalisation, especially with regard to business located in border regions.


The partners of the project, Pannon European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (HU),  Union of the Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture and Crafts of Lombardy (IT), Rzeszow Regional Development Agency (PL), the Association of the Carpathian Euroregion Poland (PL), the European Business and Innovation Centre of Burgos (CEEI-Burgos) and the Society for the Development of the Province of Burgos (SODEBUR) (ES), the Agency Klaipėda ID and the municipality of Klaipėda (LT) and the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR), will design and test innovative strategies to promote the internationalisation of SMEs.


AEBR, as an Advisory Partner, develops methodologies to execute the project and trains the stakeholders throughout the first phase of the project. Together, the partners will seek to enhance the capacities of SMEs to expand their businesses internationally, looking at the success and the particular needs identified in each region. At the same time, through this project also the institutional capacities and the governance models and support mechanism will be investigated. This procedure will allow to identify opportunities, cooperation structures and SME support schemes for boosting internationalisation in targeted border regions.


The partners showcase different level of economic developed regions, where the rate of internationalisation of existing SMEs varies. The results from the exchange and the collaboration among the partners will represent a real picture of opportunities to develop and grow, applicable to all border regions in the EU. The duration of the project INTER VENTURES is 36 months, outcomes and information will be released throughout the implementation period as INTER VENTURES aspires to create knowledge on SMEs’ internationalisation of use for many European stakeholders.


In the course of the first phase of the project’s implementation, AEBR has already developed three types of methodological guidelines that have been shared with the project’s partners. The first methodology – Methodology for Stakeholder Engagement- aimed at providing the Project Partners with knowledge on how to involve relevant stakeholders to the project implementation. The second methodology – Methodology for Regional Situation Analyse - set guidelines for Project Partners to conduct an overview of the situation with SME internationalization in their region. The third methodology – Methodology on Knowledge Sharing – provides instructions on how to identify Good Practices in the field of SME internationalisation and of governance models for SMEs; and how to share relevant knowledge with Project Partners in order to increase the Project Partner’s capacity.


Currently, AEBR is working on the next Methodology – Methodology of Action Planning – which will outline a strategy for the implementation of the Action Plans that each partner has to execute in order to reach planned policy changes.

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