Small and micro-enterprises are the backbone of the European economy and important players in the recovery process from past or future economic crises. They employ more than one-third of the European workforce and produce more than 20% of economic added value. The positive correlation between SMEs activity and economic growth has been proven by numerous studies both for the European Union and other regions.
SMEs face nevertheless difficulties to find adequate, innovation training programmes. Entrepreneurship and innovation training programmes are often only accessible in the form of standardised curriculum and courses. These fail to capture the characteristics of the micro-sector and provide them with a more tailor-made, flexible and updated executive learning environment.
Since 2019, EFMD has been a partner in the Erasmus+ project BIC for SME, to improve the quality and access to vocational education and training in the area of small and micro innovation. The project designed and tested new educational, online resources for both regional innovation centres and entrepreneurs.
Based on a needs analysis carried out in 2019 in Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Slovenia and Spain, partners have created a training programme for both small and micro-entrepreneurs, and for their trainers.
After the successful promotion in each European country of the consortium, partners are now using the materials in other regions. EFMD will use part of the training tools prepared in Spanish for the programme “Cápsulas de gestión” for Cuban innovators and university managers. More information about the EFMD international projects is available on our website.
 Guide for Training in SMEs (ORSEU 2009).