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EU-GIVE - Generating opportunities in the collaborative economy in Europe

Enterprise Europe Brussels c/o hub.brussels is now involved in the EU-funded pilot project EU-GIVE which is committed to disseminate and raise extensive awareness of the potential of collaborative economy and prepare entrepreneurs to manage all the implications of the novelty that is has introduced.

 

Funded by the European Union, the EU-GIVE project is aiming at “Generating opportunities from Intangible assets and Value chains in the collaborative Economy in Europe”. Following an initiative from the European Parliament, this is a pilot project for only 2 years to develop and test potential new dedicated EEN services for entrepreneurs from the collaborative economy.

 

 

 

 

The project is pursuing the following objectives:

  • To raise extensive awareness of the potential of collaborative economy and of the novelty introduced
  • To get the most of the opportunities offered by the collaborative economy, connecting them with key players and stakeholders as well as to successful initiatives
  • To support SMEs, social enterprises, start-ups and potential entrepreneurs to take advantage from the availability of resources of information and expertise, boosting their responsiveness to the fast-growing collaborative market space.

The transformative process which the collaborative economy has driven concerns four main areas:

  • business: exploring and transferring new business models and opportunities (product/service sharing systems, redistribution markets, collaborative lifestyles)
  • exchange: fostering the mutual growth of key players and stakeholders who meet in the platforms’ virtual market  place, within a shared transformative perspective, getting benefits from benchmarking with good practices at EU level
  • value: highlighting the potential of collaborative economy platforms/initiatives to build up new value chains, for a responsible use of resources
  • community: fostering the shift of the virtual market place to a collaborative environment of mutual trust, learning, empowerment and ownership.

EU-GIVE pool competences from partners from 6 countries :

EU-GIVE partners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These partners also involved in the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN). The EEN helps businesses innovate and grow on an international scale. It is the world’s largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions.

The involved EEN advisers will help SMEs, social enterprises, start-ups and potential entrepreneurs to get the most of the opportunities offered by the collaborative economy, connecting them with key players and stakeholders as well as to successful initiatives. They will provide training and coaching to enrich their business profile getting it adaptive to collaborative economy challenges and boosting their responsiveness to the market.

The target group of the project are

  • SMEs and micro enterprises with high-growth potential and ability to benefit and contribute to the sharing economy
  • Social enterprises which can take advantage from the exchange of assets in platforms and its social impact
  • Traditional companies that could convert its business models into collaborative economy
  • New entrepreneurs interested in collaborative economy-related business

The project also aimed at drawing from the expertise of

  • Owners and managers of platforms
  • Promoters of collaborative economy projects capable of disseminate the results of its activities
  • Digital technologies experts
  • Local authorities and decision makers capable to remove barriers to the consolidation of the sharing economy
  • User groups to participate in open consultations to detect problems and needs

Interested? Get involved at the various stages of the project:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note that the full services will only be offered to SMEs and micro enterprises with high-growth potential fulfilling the following criteria (which may evolve as a result of the mapping phase)

  • Have headquarters in one of the partner regions
  • Need to solve a common problem to one or more groups
  • With potential for the market: market transformation and dynamics in society
  • That involve and empower beneficiaries and other stakeholders
  • With potential for innovation: through new solutions, to challenge the traditional view of the economy and to solve problems with superior effectiveness in relation to alternative solutions that already exist in the market
  • With potential for growth: concern and ability to scale the solution and / or replicate and disseminate externally

For Brussels-based organisations only : please contact your EEN adviser Camille Lépinay clepinay@hub.brussels

You can all follow us on social media with the hashtag #EU_GIVE

Background:

hub.brussels is the new name of the Brussels Agency for business support, the result of the merger between atrium.brussels, Brussels Invest & Export and impulse.brussels.

 

Co-financed by the European Union.

 

The sole responsibility of this publication lies with the author. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

 

 

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