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SMEs are the backbone of the EU economy and central to the entrepreneurial discovery processes for developing smart specialisation strategies. Their involvement is crucial in the governance, monitoring and implementation of these strategies to improve innovation ecosystems and framework conditions for SME innovation.


Nominations under this category covered a diverse range of issues from providing a one-stop-shop support for SMEs to the use of growth accelerators for emerging businesses, through to the creation of digital innovation hubs and new financial support tools.