European Regional Development Fund
Being considered the backbone of Europe's economy, SMEs also play a crucial role in the regional development. They are naturally present in the rural and less-developed regions, not as attractive for foreign investors or large companies due to different reasons. On the other side, they seem to be the inseparable part of the regional eco-system, tend to be more responsible towards their employees and more integrated into local society. They might be successful, innovative, but so strongly connected with the region that they don’t even think about going abroad. The statistic shows that internationally active SMEs are generally more productive, more innovative and employ a larger share of skilled workers. While some companies, especially in the high-tech sector, can be born global, the majority of firms see internationalisation as a gradual, learning progression from the domestic market to foreign operations. As most of the economic development is concentrated in the urban areas, systematic support of entrepreneurship in the rural areas is insufficient and services facilitating the cross-border operations are scarce. It’s even getting worse when focusing on the eastern regions or the female entrepreneurship support in this area. As a consequence, the international activities Slovak and Hungarian SMEs rank among the worst performers within the EU. Based upon the results of a successful project implemented under the HU-SK CBC Programme 2007-2013, as well as using the synergy effect of the EEN’s offer, the aim of this project is to establish closer cooperation among organizations providing support to start-ups, potential entrepreneurs and SMEs (and females), improve their cooperation efficiency focusing strictly on the facilitation of cross-border activities by the improvement of supporting cross-border activities in the border area. The added value will be seen not only in the offered project’s tailor-made services, but also on the development of joint services.
HEPA Magyar Exportfejlesztési Ügynökség Nonprofit Zrt.
1095 Budapest, Ipar utca 5.
Slovenská podnikateľská agentúra
81109 Bratislava Miletičova 23
Regionálne poradenské a informačné centrum
94501 Komárno Eötvösa 12
Asociácia lektorov a kariérnych poradcov
97405 Banská Bystrica Kremnička 53
Győr-Moson-Sopron Megyei Kereskedelmi és Iparkamara
9021 Győr, Szent István út. 10/A
Magyar Női Unió Egyesület
1016 Budapest, Tigris utca 3.