Parallel session C4
6th October 2022/ 11:00-13:30
Machuca room (floor -2)
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) represent 99% of all businesses in the EU. They are often referred to as the backbone of the European economy, providing a potential source for jobs and economic growth. SMEs are often well suited for the Big Science market. SMEs can offer considerable more flexibility and in some cases are better prepared to adapt to specific technical requirements of Big Science organisations in advanced technology procurements. These procurements usually entail development and manufacture of a small number of particularly innovative units in a given technology field which quite often do not fulfil the business model requirements of large companies, but can be more aligned with the SME’s growth strategy based on involvement on highly singular projects.
Based on a qualification process including applications from 40 SMEs, 8 companies have been selected to take part in this parallel session. They will share their company stories, challenges and best-practices in a short presentation and in a panel discussion.
Part 1 (11:00-13:00)
All companies will be given 15 min to present an overview of the company and main products, specific Big Science projects and experiences (looking back), new products and strategy/advice for other companies (looking forward).
Part 2 (13:00-13:30)
Panel discussion on the topic: “Being an innovative SME in the Big Science marketplace”