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Connecting Clusters

By Samantha Carty, Momentum November 2022, saw nine SME CG project partners from across seven European countries celebrate a successful get together to review almost two years of collaboration between engineering SMEs and HEIs. The transnational partner meeting of the SME Cluster Growth Project was hosted by University of Malaga at Link by UMA-Atech, a meeting …

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A Story of Growth

Project partners IMTBS scored an exclusive interview with Emile Karam, co-founder of Garantme. In this interview with Adeline Leroy, Deputy director Master Seed IMTbs Emile shares many insights and learnings from his journey so far. Watch this video to learn about Garantme, a start-up company, their fast growth implications, their strategy to achieve sustainable growth, …

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The role of the entrepreneur in the growth of their company

By Arthur Gamberini and Adeline Leroy The entrepreneur, an underestimated factor of growth Neoclassical microeconomic theory presupposes that at a given market size, the company will increase sales until the unit selling price of its products equals their marginal cost (Mansfield 1979; Samuelson and Nordhaus, 1989). However, this theory has proven its inadequacy to explain …

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How did this small enterprise succeed to grow? The case of Lumnion

“It is not possible to grow just based on consultancy, you have to pass from ideation to product” This was the initial proposition of Cenk Tabakoğlu when he joined Lumnion as CEO in 2020. When the Istanbul Technical University GİNOVA* team interviewed him in the context of the SME Cluster Growth project, we realised that …

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UAH Case Study

“Intuition about market needs and trends plus integration of innovation elements,” is often the cornerstone of sustainable growth according to Miguel Cambas who works on business development in the Corredor del Henares region. Cambas works as a business consultant for small, medium, and large companies and has been Secretary-General of the Provincial Confederation of Entrepreneurs …

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Small Company Agility with Big Company Scale

As part of Munster Technological University’s work on the SME Cluster Growth project they met with Gerry Reynolds, founder, owner and Managing Director of Takumi Precision Engineering. Kevin Fitzgibbon, the Science and Engineering faculty representative with MTUs’ Extended Campus, discovered the company’s origins, insights and challenges. Takumi Precision Engineering supply, and work on behalf of, …

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5G and other emerging technologies as a leverage of cooperation between SMEs and HEIs

Transformation skills are vital for all SMEs Handelberg says that embracing change has become a prerequisite for staying alive and running your business in the first place. “If you’re not growing and thus changing, someone else will take your place eventually. Nowadays, more transactions can happen in one yearly quarter than what previously happened in …

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SME Growth from the perspective of 12 French experts

Institut Mines-Télécom Business School as a partner on the SME Cluster Growth project, has conducted 12 interviews with experts to gain an indept undertanding on SMEs growth, challenges, opportunities, needs and success factors. The interviews with founders, COOs, directors and programme managers of incubators and accelerators, and heads of development programmes at engineering and business …

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SME Cluster Growth Magazine

Issue #2

Spring is here! The second issue of our bi-annual EMPOWER magazine focuses on summarising the main findings of the research phase of the project.

Throughout its pages, you will discover how engineering SMEs can be supported by looking at some inspiring initiatives developed in seven regions involved in the project.