Instituto Pedro Nunes
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RYME+
Transnational network of internationalization's support for SMEs: Innovative matching and mentoring

Challenge

The South-West European’s productive structure (SUDOE) is characterized by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) which, due to the weakness of their financial resources, limited capacity to access funding and lack of knowledge on foreign markets, face the challenge to compete at the international level with larger competitors.

RYME + project focuses on solving this problem. The main goal of RYME+ is to support the international development of innovative SMEs and to contribute to increasing the competitiveness of the SUDOE Area (Spain, France and Portugal).

Solution

RYME+ project arises to capitalize the results of its forerunner project RYME, which occurred between 2012 and 2014). RYME (Reactivation of SMEs: Innovation and International) was an European project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), through the Interreg IV-B Southwest Europe Cooperation Programme 2007-2013 (SUDOE), which developed and tested a methodology for the internationalisation of companies from SUDOE Area.

Through the adaptation of the internationalisation methodology already developed and its implementation in the RYME + web platform (www.ryme-international.com), the project aims to contribute to the development of at least 100 companies in the SUDOE territory, from the following sectors of activity: Health&Welfare
Energy, materials and industrial sustainability; Smart-Cities; ICT and Creative Industries.

With the RYME+ project, selected companies will have access to the following benefits: international networking, mentoring, commercial preparation, training in foreign markets, interaction with other innovative companies through the arrangement of speed meetings and the opportunity to go on trade missions to Brazil, United States of America and Uruguay or on a benchmarking mission to Israel with the purpose of transferring good practices of entrepreneurship and technology development.

Project Reference

SOE1/P2/P0386

Funding

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Interreg V-B Southwest Europe Cooperation Programme 2014-2020 (Interreg Sudoe Programme).
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Interreg V-B Southwest Europe Cooperation Programme 2014-2020 (Interreg Sudoe Programme).

Total Cost

1.363.268,37

IPN Cost

258.146,74

EU financial support

FEDER - 193.610,06

Duration

3 anos

Consortium

Instituto Pedro Nunes (PT);
CEEIM - Centro Europeo de Empresas e Innovación de Murcia (ES);
UPTEC – Parque de Ciência e Tecnologia da Universidade do Porto;
CEEI Asturias - Centro Europeo de Empresas e Innovación del Principado de Asturias (ES);
CCI La Rochelle - Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de la Rochelle (FR);
CCI Nouvelle – Aquitaine - Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie Nouvelle – Aquitaine (FR);
PROASISTECH - Proyectos y Soluciones Tecnológicas Avanzadas SLP (ES);
B Cell Design (FR).

Partners

Illinois Institute of Technology – University Technology Park (USA);
Instituto de Fomento de La Regíon de Múrcia (ES);
Openlimits – Business Solutions, LDA (PT);
McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin (USA);
AVRUL – Agence pour la Valorisation de la Recherche Universitaire du Limousin (FR);
CIETEC – Centro de Inovação, Empreendedorismo e Tecnologia (BR);
AICEP – Agência para o Investimento e Comércio Externo de Portugal, E.P.E. (PT);
ANII – Agência Nacional de Investigacíon e Innovacíon (UY);
Sociedad de Promocíon Exterior Principado de Asturias, S.A. (ES);
EMGI Israel, Next Generation Entrepreneurship, (IL).

Website

http://www.ryme-international.com

Keywords

Internationalisation; Competitiveness; SMEs; SUDOE; Portugal; Spain; France; Brazil; United States of America; Uruguay; Israel; Health&Welfare; Energy, materials and industrial sustainability; Smart-Cities; ICT and Creative Industries