The INSME Annual Conference aims:

• To understand SMEs’ key challenges in taking the most from Industry 4.0

• To characterize the business ecosystem needed to support the technological change

• To identify opportunities coming from emerging technologies and markets

The event will analyse the impact of digitalization on SMEs operations and competitiveness. The challenges that come together with the Fourth Industrial Revolution will be investigated and possible solutions explored.

With a solid tradition in matching competences and sharing knowledge, the INSME Annual Meeting is a key event to receive insights on international innovation-related trends, get inspired by peers’ experiences and identify suitable partners for your projects.

The conference will host four sessions:

Session I – Boosting the Innovation Ecosystem for Industry 4.0

Session II – The international outlook of Industry 4.0: born global companies, reshoring, sustainable manufacturing, etc.

Session III – How emerging technologies and new business models are reshaping organizations, industries and markets

Session IV – The role of open innovation as a driver for Industry 4.0

where a selected expert audience made up of policy makers, government representatives, businesses support organizations, innovation practitioners and entrepreneurs coming from more than 30 different countries worldwide will share their experience.

Please find the draft agenda of the event attached.


The event is by invitation only, but interested participants should contact in this regard the INSME secretariat at secretariat@insme.it



The International Network for Small and Medium Enterprises – INSME is a legally recognized and not-for-profit Association established in 2004 under the aegis of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and working under the auspices of the OECD. Its aim is to strengthen international cooperation, exchange of know-how, best practice approaches and expertise in innovation and entrepreneurship among economic players and intermediaries worldwide. The Association gathers innovation, SMEs and entrepreneurship stakeholders including governmental bodies, international organizations, NGOs, business support organizations, chambers of commerce, universities and research centres, actors both from public and private sectors. As of 2018, INSME can count on the support of 66 members from 31 different countries of which 12 governmental bodies, 19 International Organisations, 6 International NGOs and representatives of 29 networks and intermediaries.



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