ITU 2014 figures

On may 5th ITU (UN agency) released figures related Tlc worldwide: by end 2014, there will be almost 3 billion Internet users, two-thirds of them coming from the developing world, and that the number of mobile-broadband subscriptions will reach 2.3 billion globally. Fifty-five per cent of these subscriptions are expected to be in the developing world. The Tlc market is changing:
  • fixed-telephone penetration has been declining for the past five years. By end 2014, there will be about 100 million fewer fixed-telephone subscriptions than in 2009.
  • mobile-phones subscriptions will reach almost 7 billion by end 2014, and 3.6 billion of these will be in the Asia-Pacific region. BUT the market is approaching saturation levels, mobile-cellular growth rates have reached their lowest-ever level (2.6% globally).
  • mobile-broadband subscriptions will reach 2.3 billion globally. Mobile-broadband penetration levels are highest in Europe (64%) and the Americas (59%), followed by CIS (49%), the Arab States (25%), Asia-Pacific (23%) and Africa (19%).
  • By end 2014, fixed-broadband penetration will have reached almost 10 per cent globally. 44% subscriptions are in Asia and the Pacific, 25% are in Europe.
  • Internet access is approaching saturation levels in developed countries. By end 2014, 44 per cent of the world’s households will have Internet access. Close to one-third (31%) of households in developing countries will be connected to the Internet, compared with 78 per cent in developed countries.
  • By end 2014, the number of Internet users globally will have reached almost 3 billion. Two-thirds of the world’s Internet users are from the developing world. This corresponds to an Internet-user penetration of 40 per cent globally, 78 per cent in developed countries and 32 per cent in developing countries.
The latest ITU statistics are available at  

Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED)

CEED is a scientific and research institution founded to foster economic development through entrepreneurship. The mission of the Center is that through its programs, projects and efforts promote and effectively implement the idea of ​​free markets in Montenegro, entrepreneurship, to strengthen the role of private property in an open and democratic society and the rule of law. For more than fifteen years of its existence, CEED has participated in important programs and projects, which have resulted in the improvement of the business environment in Montenegro and policy-making on the basis of objective and accurate analysis.

Business Start-up Center Kragujevac

BSC Kragujevac is a non-profit organisation whose field of action is local economic development. BSC Kragujevac has become a recognizable brand, a trusted organisation, with distinctive expertise in the field of entrepreneurship development, human capital in Serbia and competitiveness of human resources, i.e. the economy in the environment. The core of the organisation is made of professional, dedicated and reliable team of four employees, volunteers and a network of experienced local and regional experts. Projects, activities and BSC services are predominantly focused on:
  • informal education in the field of business and entrepreneurial skills,
  • providing consultant services in business, human resources development, small and medium companies development and
  • providing financial support to young people who want to start their own business or to develop the existing one (microcredit line)
With consulting services, it supported over 150 companies and young entrepreneur men and women. Over 300 newly work positions have been opened due to the BSC overall support for the last 5 years.

Business Start- Up Center at the University of Tuzla

Business Start- Up Center at the University of Tuzla, aims to promote and develop the idea of entrepreneurship at undergraduate and postgraduate studies and the ones who graduated on University of Tuzla. Center provides students with training in business planning through training and consulting, and business consulting services designed to assist students and graduates to design and develop ideas based on knowledge and start their own business . University within its existing laboratories to incubate for innovative business ideas that are based on knowledge acquired during their studies . The Centre provides support to young entrepreneurs for the development of small businesses by helping them to find office space in one of the regional incubation centers and information on market lines of credit that financial institutions provide for the development of entrepreneurship.

Office of Business center Cetinje

A key objective of the Local Business Center was providing institutional support for entrepreneurship. In June 2011., between the agreement of the Directorate for Development of Small and Medium Enterprises an the Capital Cetinje, Office Business Center Cetinje formally became organ of local government. Office now provides free support to all entities interested in business registration , and existing entrepreneurs on the territory of Cetinje. The operation of the Business Center Cetinje is related to the free support to farmers . Among the activities mentioned authority of the city administration, it include  the following tasks:
  • Analysis of the current situation of small and medium-sized enterprises.
  • Provide advice to citizens on the occasion of the structure and business registration.
  • Providing information on legislation.
  • Business plans.
  • Preparation of investment projects.
  • Feasibility studies .
  • Making development projects .
  • Making special studies to order.
  • Statistical monitoring of small and medium-sized enterprises in the Royal Capital of Cetinje.
  • Help in marketing , Management, organization, mediation between SMEs and consulting agencies, and other relevant and practical information.
  • Business correspondence , translation , logistics and other support.
  • Research development potential of Cetinje.
  • Making contact with foreign investors.
  • Participation in the formation of business incubators.
  • Preparation of training programs for entrepreneurs in specific areas.
  • Informing citizens and entrepreneurs in the field of energy efficiency.
  • Informing citizens about credit lines and access to banks.

Cross border youth entrepreneurship

Project name: Cross-border youth entrepreneurship Location: Central Serbia Donor : EU, Cross-border Serbia-Montenegro cooperation programme Holder, partners: Regional Agency for spatial and economic development of raski and moravicki region and Regional Development Agency “Bjelasica Komovi Prokletije” Berane, in partnership with Business Innovation Programs  Belgrade, Business Start-up Centre Kragujevac, and the Head Office for Development of Small and Medium Enterprises Podgorica. Amount: 154.798 eur Duration: 24.07.2012-25.07.2013 Goals: To contribute to the development of entrepreneurship in border regions by strengthening  the ties among young people.

NEXT events in the framework of INNOV-ACTORS – Agenda

Save the date: 5, 6, 7 of June, Civitanova Marche (Italy) 

AGENDAMarche Region is organizing the event ‘INNOV-ATTORI: new challenges and opportunities in the European Context’. The event will be a place where different institutional actors and regional stakeholders will discuss about a participated governance of research and innovation policies.

The event, which targets local organizations, enterprises and Universities also coming from foreign countries involved in International Cooperation projects with the Marche Region, will be organized in plenary sessions, thematic workshops and B2B meetings. The focus will be on the role that innovation plays in terms of enterprises’ development. start-ups creation and public administration efficiency.

In this framework, several events focused on NEXT project have been planned:

  • Thursday the 5th: NEXT workshop – Start ups: how to gain investors – from 4 to 6 pm
  • Friday the 6th : NEXT workshop – Finance for Innovation: strategy and tools from the European programming perdio 2014 -2020 – from 10 to 12
  • First NEXT match making event: Business Speed Dating – from 10 to 13
  • Interview recording for the INNOVATION SMART PEOPLE GALLERY – from 10 to 17

Please be aware that interpretation Italian English is foreseen for the following events:

Thursday the 5th : Plenary session form 10 to 12:30 Workshop: Innovation voucher –form 15 to 17 NEXT workshop – Start ups: how to gain investors – from 4 to 6 pm Friday the 6th : Plenary sessions –form 10 to 12:30 and form 16 to 18 NEXT workshop – Finance for Innovation: strategy and tools from the European programming period 2014 -2020 – from 10 to 12 Workshop The opportunities for SMEs in Horizon 2020 – form 15 to 16.

For further information:

COSME, for supporting Sme


Period of implementation: 2014-2020

Total programme budget: EUR 2.30 billion in current prices

LinkCOSME pdfEC COSME website

The programme for the Competitiveness of enterprises and SMEs (COSME)’s aim is to strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of the Union’s enterprises, including in the tourism sector, encourage an entrepreneurial culture, and promote the creation and growth of SMEs.


  • Improve the framework conditions to make for the competitiveness and sustainability of Union enterprises including in the tourism sector
  • Encouraging an entrepreneurial culture and promoting the creation and growth of SMEs.
  • Improving access to finance for SMEs in the form of equity and debt
  • Improving access to markets inside the Union and globally

Supported activities

  • Specific objective No 1: Actions to improve the framework conditions for the competitiveness and sustainability of Union enterprises (384.4 million EUR)
  • Specific objective No 2: Actions to promote entrepreneurship (86.8 million EUR)
  • Specific objective No 3: Actions to improve access to finance for SMEs (1.4 billion EUR)
  • Specific objective No 4: Actions to improve access to markets (535, 6 million EUR)

SME Instrument


Period of implementation: 2014-2020 Total Programme Budget: 2.8 billion € Link:

Horizon 2020 is supporting Innovative Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) through a new dedicated SME instrument. SMEs can form collaborations according to their needs, including for subcontracting research and development work to apply for funding and support. In total, more than € 2.8 billion will be allocated for the SME instrument from 2014 to 2020, at least 7% of the total budget of the Societal Challenges and Leading and Enabling Technologies (LEIT) blocks of Horizon2020.


The aim of the SME Instrument is to fill the gaps in funding for early-stage, Research and Innovation SMEs and accelerating the exploitation of innovations. Projects will be selected through a bottom-up approach within a given societal challenge or enabling technology of  H2020. They must be of clear interest and benefit to SMEs and have a clear European dimension.

Citek in MED Programme

Marche Region (department of Internationalization) is a LP of the CITEK project, approved in the capitalization call for proposals and financed by the MED programme. This project is capitalizing the outputs developed from the previous projects of the MED Programme and from other EU Programmes such as Central Europe, Atlantic Programme, IVc etc. The Zadar County as a CITEK project partner is organizing, in collaboration with the Marche Region – dept. Internationalization, the first project mainstreaming event in Zadar – 8th May 2014 at the premises of Impact center. The event will introduce and treat the topics related to the new Partnership Agreement of Republic of Croatia, also in relation to the future territorial cooperation programs and their connection to the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region – EUSAIR. The purpose of the debates and discussions is to enable the identification of the priorities of the Republic of Croatia in relation to innovation and its connection with the new Strategy EUSAIR, as well as the identification of potential synergies towards financing among the priorities identified by the Italian regions involved in the implementation EUSAIR and Croatian territory, as well as possibly of the other territories that are participating to the Macroregional strategy