Kingston University has joined the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) funded by the European Commission, to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) break into the European market. The new partnership has come about thanks to Enterprise Support and the formation of the University's new Science, Engineering and Computing (SEC) Faculty.
The EEN contract with Kingston is worth around â‚¬500,000 over two years. Through the network, Kingston will act as a matchmaker between London-based SMEs and potential European partners to host meetings and networking events. The aim is to create links with European businesses and funding partners to develop and transfer new technologies, products and services to help stimulate economic growth in the London area.
EEN will also provide a forum for London SMEs to feedback on EC legislation through panel discussions and to inform businesses when European funding streams become available.
Other members include Greater London Enterprise (GLE), London Technology Network and the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Edith Sim, SEC Faculty Dean, said: "The combined SEC Faculty dissolves the boundaries between subjects that can inhibit academic development and enterprise opportunities. It will allow more flexibility and a flourishing collaborative environment. We are delighted to be part of an important network like EEN which is a real springboard initiative for the new Faculty."
If you work for an SME in the Greater London area and wish to find out more about opportunities through EEN, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.