AENEAS is committed to helping the creation of multinational consortia, with the intent of strengthening Europe’s position along the Electronics Value Chain. This requires the combination of innovation and ideas from academia and the SME sector allied, where appropriate, with larger companies. To help make this happen AENEAS has the role of making sure that the programmes it supports or manages must be accessible to the broadest possible network of technology companies and institutes across Europe - especially SMEs.
As this involves many hundreds of organisations of all sizes, this can only be done by effectively partnering with existing organisations and infrastructures that have close links with the European technology community. Often referred to as regional “Ecosystems”, these organisations come in many different types: technology clusters, industry associations, business incubators, innovation centres etc.
AENEAS intends to bring representatives of these groups together into an SME Engagement Council (SEC), a mostly virtual structure comprised of organisations that work with and represent SMEs and other similar organisations across Europe. Members of the Council will be provided with key information and mentored access to the PENTA and ECSEL programmes, including an an online collaboration tool (ECS Collaboration Tool)
, giving the ecosystems additional tools and information that will allow them to support their community in relation to partnering in international cooperation and accessing an additional source of public funding. Input will also be encouraged from Council members to provide feedback to AENEAS to ensure a continuous process of programme improvements. The SEC will also have access to other AENEAS groups, the Technical Expert Group (TEG) and the Scientific Council (SC) where mutually beneficial information exchange is required.
It is intended that the SEC is open to all organisations that represent technology organisations dealing with micro- and nano-electronics enabled components and systems across Europe.
Anyone interested in participating in the SEC programme should contact Patrick Cogez
, AENEAS Technical Programme Manager.
Ecosystems in the AENEAS SME Engagement Council