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„Promoting and analyzing internationalization of SMEs on European scale”


Acronym: UpGradeSME
Framework Program: Interreg Europe program
Duration01.04.2016 - 31.03.2021.

Aim of the project: 

The main objective of the UpGradeSME project is the joint analysis and optimalisation of the selected policy instruments dealing with SME internationalization and export support in the participating regions on base of national and international exchange of experience. During the program the project partners, national and regional actors, ministries and the beneficiaries of the policy instruments - the SMEs - realize effective cooperation and intensive transnational learning.

Project partners:

  • Pannon Business Network Association (HU)
  • South Muntenia Regional Development Agency (RO)
  • Business Development Friesland Foundation (NL)
  • Municipality of Leeuwarden (NL)
  • Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum (DE)
  • ADRAVE – Regional Developm ent Agency of Vale do Ave (PT)
  • San Sebastian SocioEconomic Development Agency Ltd. (ES)
  • Ministry for National Economy Hungary (HU)

Activity of PBN

As one of the most respected, key organization of regional development in the West Pannon region has been growing steadily since 10 years. PBN has a strong working relationship with the Hungarian National Ministry of Economy, established through earlier Interreg policy-related projects and by the fact that PBN was the contractor for the relevant Territorial Operative Program. As the Lead Partner of the UpGradeSME project PBN aims to contribute to the successful internationalization and export activities of SMEs through the active involvement of the relevant actors and through the preparation of concrete proposals for the improvement and realization of the relevant policy instruments and funding schemes. 

Project homepage: https://www.interregeurope.eu/upgradesme/
Program homepage: www.interregeurope.eu
Project manager
Németh Róbert (nemeth@pbn.hu)

"The project is realized in the Interreg Europe programme with the co-financing of the European Union and Hungary."