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Sectors: Economy - Finances, Education - Training, Employment, Local development, Public Management, SME Policy

Beneficiaries: Administrations States, Development NGOs, International Organisation, Local and Regional authorities, Non-profit organisations, Research centres, SMEs

Regions: Candidate countries, European Economic Area, European Union, Gulf countries, Mediterranean countries, New Independant States

Category: Call for proposals

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Funds for: Promoting systemic change in the enterprise ecosystem 
Main beneficiaries: Non-State Actors, MSMEs

Other topics: Increasing the opportunity for employment and income generation and enhance the capacity of SMEs and entrepreneurs to innovate.
Other beneficiaries: public actors/operators and State Agencies, academic or research Institutions, local and regional authorities; international (inter-governmental) organisations

Responsible: European commission

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Funds for: Promoting systemic change in the enterprise ecosystem 
Main beneficiaries: Non-State Actors, MSMEs

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Objectives
* Competitiveness of Egyptian SMEs and entrepreneurs, in high potential industry sectors improved, by accessing enhanced innovation development services, research facilities, technical expertise, and financing for innovation enabling activities, delivered through specialised centres of excellence;
* Enable access to innovation resources for Egyptian innovators, entrepreneurs and growth SMEs to the knowledge, technologies, linkages and innovative solutions, required to acquire, and/or build appropriate innovative products or processes, as well as improving, supporting and financing, through an innovation resource portal, which will also assist in securing or building technical and managerial skills, initiating business and collaborative research linkages and matching partners;
* Support the enterprise sector in improving quality and service attributes of product and service offerings to internationally accredited standards to enable them to exploit international markets and trade agreements;
* Improve the competitiveness, cost base and productivity of Egyptian MSMEs, through promoting, supporting and financing, innovation activities that improve their energy consumption, resource utilisation and production efficiency Priorities: 

Priorities
* Contribute to the emergence of exemplary success stories that will foster the culture of innovation to enhance the competitiveness and growth solutions of MSMEs;
* Strengthen confidence and recognition of innovation with investment and private sector engagement as the driver of comperitive advantage and growth;
* Create more and better paid jobs, especially for young people, and demonstrate the importance of high-growth innovative firms for job creation;

Among financed actions
* Promote sectoral, innovation excellence, providing leadership, access to best practices, research, support and/or training for a focus industry or enterprise arena. Act as an innovation hub of development;
* Connect innovators with local support organisations such as, accelerators/incubators, accredited BDS providers, universities and applied research service facilities, finance intermediaries, angels and investors, access to international technology acquisition portals and partners;
* Support the implementation of new energy saving or resource utilisation solutions which both reduce consumption, improve competitiveness and productivity