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Making full value of good ideas by leveraging intellectual assets for financing SMEs in SEE  (EVLIA)
Date du début: 31 oct. 2012, Date de fin: 30 oct. 2014 PROJET  TERMINÉ 

Innovation is a key driver of Europe's competitiveness and growth. However, young and innovative SMEs face bottlenecks when trying to grow. They are disadvantaged when it comes to attracting external financing if they cannot find equity since they do not usually have the track-record or collateral often required by financial intermediaries and banks. In today?s competitive markets, the use and protection of these intellectual assets is therefore one of the key determinants of success and failure. Firms therefore need to manage these assets more actively to identify additional ways of extracting value from them. The entrepreneurs do not always understand the commercial value of Intellectual assets fo their enterprise, they do not establish proper valutation by professionals and often do not understand the requirements for proper accounting and balance sheet treatment. On the other side, even if investors acknowledge the importance of IP strategy in ensuring a company?s survival and success, for many of them it comes well down on the list of factors they screen in their due diligence process. At the same time, must be underlined that exploiting home-grown IP is a key to achieve the Lisbon goals of employment and growth based on innovation and entrepreneurship. While much has been done to investigate how tangible assets can leverage debt and equity instruments and improve raising finance for SMEs, the question on how Intellectual Assets, particularly IP, can be used as an asset to secure finance remains somewhat neglected. IA and IP may be the main(or only) asset that a technology-based SMEs company has. However, while investors generally acknowledge the importance of IP to company?s success, they are often not willing to use it as collateral for providing finance. Reasons for this include the intangible nature of IP and difficulties on placing a value to it. Especially these aspects are deeply investigate by EVLIA Project, that will develop a dedicated methodology for the financial and economical evaluation of Intangible Assets of SMEs in strict agreement with financial stakeholders. From the SME perspective, the lack of finance required to grow may lead to serious difficulties or to ceasing of operations. According to the state of the art indicated above, the purpose of this project is to examine ways to tackling this problem, implement a standardize methodology and test its effectiveness with the involvemnet of Financial intermediaries. Main topics of the project are: - Intellectual Assets and IP valutation as a basis for raising finance and the experience of companies and financial institution on this field - investigate the role of IP and IA securisation and their impact on innovative SMEs when trying to access to financial markets - the development of a standardize methodology aiming at evaluation intangible assets from the financial and economical point of view and its application at national and local level according to specific and peculiar needs assessed. - the elaboration of a new role of financial players, such as venture capitalists, business angels, banks and credit rating agencies when assessing IA and particularly IP -the development of local networks composed by stakeholders, BIOs and financial intermediaries in charge to test firstly the new methodology of evaluation and then develop new local plans for continue and strenghten the IA evaluation - the strict connection with public policy makers (particularly NPOs) in seeking to alleviate the problem Achievements: EVLIA toolTrademarks, brands, patents, know how are some of the most relevant Intangible Assets that micro, small and medium enterprises could exploit to ease the access to financing for their innovation processes.Therefore, EVLIA project implemented a service dedicated to the valorization and evaluation of SME’s Intangible Assets, in order to find out the added value of their intangible resources and how they can increase their business.In the framework of EVLIA service for the valorization and evaluation of Intangible Assets, entrepreneurs and companies are invited, through a letter of invitation, to discover and analyze the Intangible Assets they have with the support of the pre-analysis questionnaire, that can be found on the Support2finance platform.In order to continue its path towards the valorization of Intangible Assets, the enterprise is encouraged to have a check-up meeting with a qualified expert in the themes of Intellectual Property valuation, in order to deepen the analysis and define the position of the SME, considering and evaluating also other business data and relevant accounting documents, as the Business Plan.EVLIA project elaborated a training package to improve the knowledge of the operators from the SEE partner countries.These operators will be involved in the pilot actions and they should take part in two kind of trainings:• Front desk training: in every project countries partners will organize local one or two trainings.• E-learning: every operator take part on an online training to deepen their knowledge received on the front desk training. The e-learning platform is available here:



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