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Info Day for SME Support Organisations (Luxembourg)

Date: 20-21 October 2020

On 20 - 21 October, Luxembourg went live to kick off the third EU Open for Business 2020 Info Day!

Connecting over 100 local SME experts, business owners and entrepreneurs, the digital event format provided a prime opportunity to address how Luxembourgish SMEs can access finance, find new business partners and adapt for the future.

The video livestream and session recordings from the Info Day can be found here, and the presentations are available for download below.

The Info Days in Luxembourg are organised in cooperation with the Luxembourg Chamber of CommerceChamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts Luxembourg and Luxinnovation

Programme

Info Day for SME owners, entrepreneurs and business owners: 20 October 2020

09:30 - 11:00

Participants individually visit the info stands of the local EU stakeholders that offer concrete solutions, supporting tools and practical demonstrations for the development of SMEs

10:30 - 12:30

EU V-Talk Session: Individual virtual talks between Luxembourg companies and EU experts


11:00 – 12:45

SME OPEN DAY: The European Union at the service of SMEs! moderated by Nathalie Reuter, Maison Moderne and Guy Keckhut, #GK Communications

Sabrina Sagramola, Manager & National Coordinator of the Enterprise Europe Network-Luxembourg, Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce

Stephan Koppelberg, act. Head of the Representation Office of the European Commission to Luxembourg

Alain Leduc, CEO, Créativores, Belgium

Q&A

François Ghigny, Managing Director, NCR Biochemical

Justyna Kmiecik, CEO, Yatea

Q&A


14:30 – 15:30

OFFICIAL PROGRAMME moderated by Mr Guy Keckhut, #GK Communications

Carlo Thelen, CEO / Director General of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce

S.E.M. Lex Delles, Minister for Small and Medium Sized Businesses and for Tourism of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Kristin Schreiber, Director for SME Policy, DG GROW - Internal Market, Entrepreneurship & SMEs, European Commission

Vincent Van Steensel , Head of Portfolio Guarantees, European Investment Fund 

Paul Samsonoff, CFA Head of Alternative Finance Unit, European Investment Fund

Q&A


16:00 – 17:00

Closing Debate: Lët’z think SMEs first!

Gilles Scholtus, Luxembourg SME Envoy, General Directorate for Small and Medium-sized Businesses, Ministry of the Economy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg  

Cindy Tereba, Director International Affairs, Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce

Tom Baumert, CEO, House of Entrepreneurship

Arnaud Duban, Head of SME Performance, Luxinnovaton Gie

Marc Gross, Director Social and European Affairs, Luxembourg Chamber of Crafts (tbc)

Q&A

Closing sesson: Sabrina Sagramola, Manager – National Coordinator of the Enterprise Europe Network-Luxembourg, Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce


Info Day for European local stakeholders : 21st October 2020


10:00 – 10:50

Welcome Address

Sabrina Sagramola, Ms Sabrina Sagramola, Manager – National Coordinator of the Enterprise Europe Network-Luxembourg, Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce

Stephan Koppelberg, act. Head of the Representation Office of the European Commission to Luxembourg

Crispin Waymouth, Deputy Head of SME Internationalisation Unit, DG GROW

Gilles Scholtus, Luxembourg SME Envoy, General Directorate for Small and Medium-sized Businesses, Ministry of the Economy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg


11: 20 - 12:200

Local stakeholders sharing European best practices and know-how on how to efficiently support SMEs

Focus: Partnering and Advisory Services

SME: Jean-Philippe Hugo, CEO, Wizata

Enterprise Europe Network: Annelore Domingos, International Affairs Officer, EU Services & Cooperations

Erasmus for Young Entrpreneurs & MobiliseSME: Soraya Bravo, Project Manager, Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg

SOLVIT : Joana Quiaios, National Contact Point, Ministry of Economy


12:20 – 12:50

Thematic round table: EU Support Services Q&A with EU experts who will provide first-hand insights into access to finance (COSME, EIPP and EIC Accelerator) and innovation support (European IP Helpdesk)


14:00– 15:00

Local EU stakeholders sharing European best practices and know-how on how to efficiently support SMEs - Focus: Finance and Innovation: COSME, IPR, SME Instrument

Focus: Finance and Innovation

SME, Jacques Touillon, CEO, AirBoxLab

Enterprise Europe Network Expert: Arnaud Duban, Head of SME Performance< Luxinnovation Gie

COSME: Christophe Stein, Business Advisor, Mutualité de Cautionnement

EIPP: Ramona Ocak, Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN, European Commission

IPR: Lesly Nowak, IP Advisor, European IP Helpdesk


15:00 – 15:30

Thematic round table: EU Support Services Q&A with EU experts who will provide first-hand insights into access to finance (COSME and EIC Accelerator) and innovation support (European IP Helpdesk)


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