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Phase IV of GreenEcoNet on the blocks!

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GreenEcoNet is launching a new exciting initiative – the SME Matching Tool - to help SMEs that are struggling to achieve economic, financial, environmental and social sustainability and to make their business ready for the future.

Every SME wants to be ready for the future. But what does the future look like? What can reasonably be expected? What does climate policy mean for SMEs? How do clients respond to new, greener trends? SMEs need this knowledge, but are finding it hard to get.

GreenEcoNet’s SME members brought this fundamental need to the attention of our researchers and developers, who realised that, strikingly, the answer often lies just around the corner, where a colleague SME has successfully identified a solution, and it is willing to develop partnerships, share solutions, insights and resources.

The SME Matching Tool helps these SMEs answer these questions, by getting in touch with each other in order to learn, to provide solutions to each other, and, finally, to inspire each other.

How does the SME Matching Tool work? An ad-hoc questionnaire based on state of the art research guides entrepreneurs through an assessment on how they see their companies develop in the future, considering the economic, environmental and social aspects. The assessment has been specifically designed to help entrepreneurs identify the interlinkages between these aspects, because a company that does not consider green issues, is unlikely to survive economically.

The result of the assessment is a Sustainability Agenda which companies can use as a guidebook for internal use and external communication. The Agenda highlights the company’s ambitions, specifies what it has already achieved, makes clear what solutions and knowledge would be willing to share with colleagues, identifies problems and needs that need solving, and defines what specific knowledge the company would like to obtain. Other SMEs with solutions to the problems and answers to the requests, or in need of the solutions and knowledge of the company, are then matched to the company to develop a solution-centered partnership. The SME Matching Tool reducing substantially the costs of building partnerships between SMEs to achieve economic, financial, environmental and social sustainability and robustness to external market threats.

The SME Matching Tool is currently available at https://mkbmatching.eu/ and it is being piloted in the Dutch language in the Groningen region in the North of the Netherlands. The English version is under development as we write, and should be released by the second week of June.

For further information on the SME Matching Tool and its assessment for a Sustainability Agenda, please contact us at contact@greeneconet.eu.

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Groningen - Today the GreenEcoNet platform enters a new phase of its development, says Wytze va der Gaast, member of the board and finance director of Stichting GreenEcoNet

The project GreenEcoNet was funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme during 2013-2016 with the objective to collect best practice examples of green business initiatives by European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). A European consortium of partners spoke with a wide range of entrepreneurs, and their stories, posted on this platform under ‘solutions’, illustrate what needs to be done to green business, how to persist when barriers are met and how rewarding the end result can be! 

After completion of the project, a few partners have taken the initiative to establish a not-for-project organization to continue the work of GreenEcoNet. The spin off organization, also named GreenEcoNet, is managed by board members: Corrado Topi, Marten Imelman and Wytze van der Gaast. Corrado and Wytze already worked on GreenEcoNet when it was a Horizon 2020 project. Marten has a long experience with assisting SMEs in formulating company level agendas for sustainable futures through his Dutch company Duurzom. 

For further information on GreenEcoNet and how to join it please contact us at contact@greeneconet.eu.