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Basque Enterprise Europe Network
Growing your R&D&i project in Europe

Basque Enterprise Europe Network

The Spri Group heads the Basque Enterprise Europe Network, sponsored by the European Commission, and which provides SMEs with advice and European Union business opportunities, on the technology transfer processes and access to European programmes financing R&D&i.

The network connects SMEs with global markets so they do not exclusively depend on their local area and can find new opportunities.   It helps SMEs increase their crisis resilience to adapt to sustainability and digitalisation transformations.

It is the largest SME support network, with over 20 years' experience, and created for your R&D&i project to grow in Europe.

600 Organisations

Growth potential on international markets

4000 Professionals

Ongoing access to experts to answer queries and questions, as well as to arrange meetings

Over 50 European countries

Business opportunities beyond local markets

What it offers you

Basque Enterprise Europe Network provides free tailored expert advice and a tried and tested methodology

  • We assist with submitting proposals, including looking for partners and specialist training on every part of the process.
  • We get you to harness the pull effect of science and technology stakeholders and trail-blazing companies.
  • We facilitate access to cascade funding calls.
  • We seek international cooperation opportunities in R&D&i for SMEs in less demanding and competitive settings than that of the HE programme.
  • We foster and coordinate the involvement of Basque stakeholders in European knowledge networks and decision-making bodies.
  • We foster cooperation with European leading entities through the regional R&D&i support programmes.
  • We generate synergies between European and regional R&D&i programmes: complementing regional actions with actions of the European programmes, and coordinating the regional programmes with other national programmes in European partnerships.
  • We search for international partners for you to complete the development of your innovative product or service (technology transfer).
  • Or international partners and key information to market your innovative product or service (market expansion).
Who it is for

This initiative is for Basque companies with potential to grow on foreign markets and which base their businesses on innovative or technology services, processes and products.

If you want to position your R&D&i project in Europe with one of the most robust global networks, we are here to help you!


partnership agreement signed between Basque entities and different types of organisations in Europe


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3 reasons to join the EEN network

  • The fundamental one: Basque Europe Network’s expert team. They will pave the way, as they know it very well:  They will be as happy to answer queries as to help organise meetings. What you need, when you need it.
  • The confidential online platform, where you can personalise the different components of the assistance.
  • Very clear templates and guides to manage the application process. It is the third reason, but it could be the first. As simplifying the formalities and knowing what steps you need to take to position your company on other markets are clearly one of the major advantages.
Frequently Asked Questions

Solve your doubts

  • Helping overcome the existing barriers for the internationalisation of the R&D&i of Basque SMEs.
  • Helping offset the lack of competitiveness of Basque SMEs on international markets by driving digitalisation and sustainability.
  • Helping SMEs with their digitalisation and with adapting their processes to the use of digital technologies to develop new products and services.
  • Increase participation and leadership in projects within the Horizon Europe (HE) programmes and others of the European Commission supporting R&D&i, particularly by encouraging the participation of SMEs in European R&D&i trailblazing projects and instruments.
  • Grow internationally as an Innovation System, by improving the recognition and positioning of Basque R&D&i in Europe.
  • Expert advice, methods and tools to support the international expansion/outreach (mainly European) of Basque SMEs that want or have the potential to grow on foreign markets and which base their businesses on innovative and/or technology products/processes/services.
  • Support for Basque SMEs on their path to become resilient entities and towards the dual transition (green and digital).
  • Disconnection from global markets
  • Exclusive dependency on local markets
  • Failure to adapt to current digitalisation and sustainability trends
  • Failure to become a resilient company to emergencies and upheavals that, as we have seen, rock the markets and a globalised economy right out of the blue.

The BEEN experts in the Basque Country will assess the innovative nature of the product/service or technology of the company and will propose a tailored action plan to comply with the requirements for its international outreach.

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Get ready to take part in European R&D&i projects. Over 600 Basque SMEs did so last year.

If you are interested, contact us here!

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Contact us

Basque company customer service line

Call us at: 900 929 393

The strategy

The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) is promoted by the European Commission from the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW)

It is part of the Basque R&D&i in Europe Strategy (2021-2030)

  Download the Basque R&D&i in Europe Strategy here

It is present in the Basque Country through a consortium headed by the Spri Group and made up of different entities.

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