Agrofood Sector Group (ASG) is the food working group of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) which heads AINIA Technology Centre and brings together 82 organizations from 28 different countries. This group has won the 2016 prize for best European practice of the network, for its initiative "Tour d'Europe". This is the third time that this group led by AINIA wins an EEN prize, of the five editions celebrated.
The EEN network is the largest network of support and advice to small and medium-sized enterprises in Europe. It has more than 600 member organizations in more than 60 countries and with more than 3,000 professionals. Its annual awards are aimed at promoting best practices in the network for the promotion of SMEs. At the awards ceremony of this year's edition, held in Bratislava, 800 people attended.
The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) is a program promoted by the European Commission from the Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry with the aim of providing support and advice to small and medium enterprises, promoting growth and job creation. It is also aimed at large companies, research centers and universities.
The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) is today Europe's largest technology market. The "Tour d'Europe" initiative is a service devised by the Food Group of the Network that enables the contact between bidders and technology applicants.
Given the need for clear identification of buyers, Tour d'Europe is a specialized service based on business cooperation, which focuses its services on technology buyers and allows lead to European producers and their services or products to potential customers in a more targeted manner.
This recognition of the Agri-Food Group in the EEN for its Tour d'Europe initiative reinforces the European leadership of the agri-food sector, made up of 82 organizations from 28 different countries. It is, in addition, the third consecutive prize obtained, of the five editions in which these awards are given.
The awards ceremony took place in Bratislava and attended by over 800 people. The prize was collected by Julio Carreras, head of the technology transfer department of AINIA.
AINIA goes one step further in its position in Europe as one of the reference centres in supporting internationalization and technology transfer and innovation of agrifood SMEs.
Through its work in this Network, AINIA helps companies to find partners in Europe and / or in third countries needed to internationalize, participate in European R&D projects, promote innovation in the Valencian Community, advise on the achievement of European R&D public grants, or to help in the promotion and commercialization of patents or specific Know How in Europe and around the world.