Methodology for efficient segmenting innovating SMEs based on lifecycles, represented sectors and regional characteristics
Programme: Horizon 2020
Duration: 16.12.2017 – 30.06.2020
SMEthod aims to develop an improved methodology for segmenting innovative small and medium-sized enterprises for the purpose of optimizing the support provided to such companies by relevant institutions. Four case studies are being analyzed in detail: Finland, Spain, Poland and the United Kingdom; nevertheless, the results of the project will have pan-European application.
The methodology to be developed at SMEthod will take into account a number of relevant factors, such as the life cycle of the company, the sector and region of operations, and the innovation cycle, among others. The project will also develop criteria to more effectively match given types of innovation support to particular segments of companies. In addition, based on the results of the research work, an IT tool will be created to support decision-making in institutions providing support to innovative companies.