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9th INSME Annual Meeting - 2013



“Making innovation happen in SMEs”

The International Network for Small and Medium Enterprises (INSME) is a non for profit Association established since 2004 in Rome, Italy with the aim to promote transnational cooperation and public-private partnership for innovation in SMEs, involving main public and private innovation stakeholders dealing with competitiveness issues: governmental bodies, international organizations, business support intermediaries and their associations/networks at subnational, national, regional and international level. The Network comprises at present 96 Members in 40 countries in 4 continents.

İZKA -  İZMIR Development Agency

İzmir Development Agency (İZKA) , since its establishment in 2006, has been working in all fields of social, economic and cultural development of İzmir region, together with private sector, public bodies and other stakeholders. İZKA's main activities include regional planning and strategy development, clustering and innovation policy development and implementation, promoting İzmir's business, investment and tourism opportunities and providing financial and technical support. İZKA is involved in various cluster and innovation enhancement activities in sectors such as biomedical, aerospace, machinery and metal casting, organic food and petro-chemistry.


ESBAŞ - Industrial Park

ESBAS Industrial Park, the World’s #1 Export Processing Zone and Free Zone, is located in Izmir, Turkey at the crossroads of the European Union and the burgeoning economies of Central Asia and the Middle East. ESBAS is home to Hugo Boss, Stork Fokker Elmo, Pratt & Whitney, PFW, Gates, Volvo, Delphi Packard and Cummins Inc. …and generates more than $5.0 billion USD annually in manufacturing and trade. ESBAS provides a modern, state-of-the-art infra-structure, one-stop support and a remarkable array of lucrative financial incentives.

Ege University Science and Technology Centre (EBILTEM)

Established in 1994, EBILTEM aims to provide an institutional structure for the organisation and co-ordination of research and development activities at Ege University. This is achieved by promoting and improving the quality and quantity of pure and applied research and by encouraging and developing integrated, multidisciplinary research projects through industrial and international liaisons.


EXPOs are organizations that bring together global information to create a better world. Instead of products, ideas, cultures and projects for a future world are exhibited. EXPO, one of the oldest and largest international events in the world and fittingly named “World’s Fair” is held in five-year intervals and lasts six months. Participants include states, international institutions, NGOs and companies. One of the EXPOs most important traits is their comprehensive themes, which have to hold universal values and be of importance to the whole of humanity. EXPO accelerates urban renewal projects of the respective host city. EXPO exhibition areas are unlimited and participants are permitted to build their own pavilions. İzmir is candidate for EXPO 2020.