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Global Business Inroads (GBI) is the India representative for the European Business and Innovation Center Network (EBN)

We are pleased to announce that Global Business Inroads (GBI) is now the official representative of the European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN) in India, which is a network of 160+  quality-certified EU|BICs (business  and  innovation  centres, incubators,  accelerators  and  other  support organizations)  and  100  Associate  Members that support the development and growth of innovative  entrepreneurs,  start-ups  and SMEs from over 40 countries around the world. They have 30 years of experience in connecting and coaching innovators, entrepreneurs and SMEs to start, grow, and transform our economies.

Key Facts (2014): The EBN network has help start 3,000 companies, hosted 4,050 companies in their incubators and created 13,500 new jobs with a 90% company survival rate after incubation. They have helped raise €284m funding for EU|BIC client companies.

EBN Members (around the world) include: 151 innovation centres / incubator, 18 University / Research Centre, 39 Govt Agency and 8 Chambers.

EBN members

EBN Core Services:

  • EU|BIC Services: A unique “certification & benchmarking system” for technology-based incubators & accelerators (the only certification system recognized by the European Union and other international institutions such as ESA, UNDP, etc
  • International Hub: An open international networking platform delivering smart take-off and soft landing services to ensure that businesses entering or expanding into new markets are introduced to the country’s business practices, culture and opportunities more effectively.
  • Project Lab: A compendium of relevant opportunities for European Commission funded grants and tenders. They run a growing portfolio of 35+ EU-funded projects
  • Networking-as-a-Service: Opportunities for online and offline networking between members and others via Congress, TechCamp and Special Interest Groups. They share best practice, success stories and knowledge through downloadable content and events.

EBN Vertical sectors:

  • Green Economy climate change, environment, energy, cleantech
  • Bio Economy medical technologies, biotechnologies, health, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, agro-food
  • Creative and Cultural Industries design, leisure, fashion, media, culture, digital apps
  • Advanced Manufacturing: robotics, mecatronics, nanotechologies, new materials, industrial processes, photonics
  • Smart Mobility satellite-enabled services, geo-location, future transportation

EBN Cross-cutting themes:

  • Entrepreneurship and Education: Supporting new entrepreneurs with education and training to enable more effective start-ups and growth companies
  • Acceleration, Funding and Growth:new support programmes, crowd-funding, business angels and novel investment approaches
  • Internationalisation: cross-border acceleration, smart take-off and soft-landing programmes, starting global
  • Social Innovation: new ideas - products, services and models - that simultaneously meet social needs, more effectively than alternatives, and create new social relationships or collaborations

Value proposition for Indian and U.S. organisations:

  • Networking opportunity with over 250 international organisations with a similar purpose and role, to share knowledge and best practice, and to find common areas for business opportunities to develop
  • Market intelligence and policy advisory for Europe markets
  • Market access and soft landing services for entrepreneurs and SMEs
  • Access to some of the best incubators and accelerators in Europe
  • Best practices and knowledge exchange to develop  and enhance capabilities of Clusters, Science Parks, Universities and Research Centres 
  • Develop a network of innovation clusters and centres of excellence
  • Development and delivery of innovation tours
  • Help integrate research, education and intellectual property (IP) commercialisation
  • Access and support to participate in relevant opportunities for European Commission funded grants and tenders.

Value proposition for EBN members:

  • GBI provides customized solutions and hand-holds clientele through the entire gamut of internationalization ensuring sustainable deployment in foreign markets
  • Tailored visits to India to meet customers, partners, investors, key stakeholders, etc
  • Identification of opportunities, projects and partners
  • Cultural intelligence coaching on doing research / business globally
  • Boot-camps and mentoring on market acceleration, market opportunities and doing business in India
  • In Country representation
  • Program development and management
  • Eco system development with both global and regional stakeholders
  • Technology management (indigenization) 
  • Capacity building and demonstration project development
  • Government liaison
  • Strategic financing & investment consulting