EU-Funded Platform Connects SMEs, Researchers On Green Tech 21/07/2014 by Intellectual Property Watch Leave a Comment Print This Post By Catherine Saez A European Union-funded initiative is seeking to strengthen the links between small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the research community on environmental technologies. GreenEcoNet is coordinated by a consortium of six research networks which specialise in green economy transitions. The website was launched at the end of June to serve as a platform connecting SMEs to each other and “to solutions, to finance, tools and to policy makers,” according to the website. The platform is expected to include a searchable database of good practices, case studies and tools, and “a series of in-person dialogues and workshops,” according to the website. It is supposed to help connect SMEs, policy-makes and researchers in order “to explore the opportunities, challenges and innovations required for the transition to green economies at a practical level.” The consortium is composed of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), an independent international research institute; the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), a EU think-tank working on EU policies; the Green Economy Coalition (GEC), a civil society group working on green economy issues; the Ecologic Institute, a private non-profit think tank for applied environmental research, policy analysis and consultancy; the Joint Implementation Network (JIN), a knowledge centre working on climate change and sustainable development; and the University of Piraeus Research Centre (UPRC) (Greece). Related Articles: WIPO Launches Green Tech Licensing Database, Network French IP Lawyers Prefer No Favours For Green Tech Patents; Welcome America Invents Act Experts Review UNEP Report On Green Economy And Trade "EU-Funded Platform Connects SMEs, Researchers On Green Tech" by Intellectual Property Watch is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.