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The European Commission has launched the 3rd edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators. The competition is open until 20 October 2015!

This Prize aims to raise public awareness on the need for more innovation and more women innovators. It will reward three women who have achieved outstanding innovations and brought them to market.

Who can participate?

Every woman innovator complying with the following criteria:

1. You are residing in an EU Member State or in a country associated to Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme.

Are you considering relocating part or all of your operations to new territories?

There are a number of cost and commercial reasons why a group may consider relocating, but it is also important to understand the consequences.

The key to successful business relocation is early planning, clear commercial objectives and careful execution. This guide provides pragmatic advice for executives, including outlining the drivers of relocation, the types of activity commonly relocated and the commercial, cost and tax factors of popular relocation destinations.

The Competition invites people to come up with new solutions to social or societal issues and to create growth and jobs. Launched in memory of a social innovator Diogo Vasconcelos, the competition helps participants bring their ideas to life and further develop them in the Social Innovation Academy. The competition has been running for the last two years. 

The 2015 edition will be launched in Gdansk on 23 March 2015, on the theme 'New Ways to Grow'.  See agenda.

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The new generation of European programmes such as ERDF, COSME and Horizon 2020 provide fresh opportunities for regional policy makers and the business community to collaborate to help drive growth in their region by applying innovative ways of 'doing business together' that can transform the economy.

The GROW your REGIOn conference which will be held in Brussels between 27 & 28 April 2015, is an invitation to everyone interested in smart specialisation and clusters to come together to

The objective of the RegioStars Awards is to identify good practices in regional development and to highlight original and innovative projects which could be attractive and inspiring to other regions.

Launch of the 2015 RegioStars Awards

2-day training on EU instruments available for funding of research, innovation and competitiveness as well as on the legal issues ensuring compliance with EU rules. The training will be held in Brussels on February 11 & 12, 2015. Funding of research, development and innovation (R&D&I) is one of the key objectives of the programming period 2014-20. All Member States are encouraged by the European Commission to invest in this sector. Additionally, various new funding instruments are being introduced.

OrangeGrove is the international center for startups initiated by the Netherlands Embassy in Athens, offering mentoring and coaching, networking opportunities, an educational program, accounting and legal support and office facilities in the center of Athens.

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The Economist’s Innovation Forum will make its debut in Chicago, on March 26th, 2015 at the Four Seasons Hotel, to discuss how exponential technologies, frugal engineering and radical business models are disrupting top industries. The event will bring together Fortune 500 CEOs, policymakers and entrepreneurs who are continuously disrupting the status-quo.

The European Commission has released a guidebook for policy makers, stakeholders and managing authorities, especially at regional level, who want to help small and medium-sized enterprises seize international market opportunities, both in the EU and further afield, supported by EU Structural Funds.

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