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Smart Up – Helping Businesses Succeed

The Smart Up Project has never been as important as it is now. Businesses all over Ireland are beginning to reopen and after such a long time providing a limited service or being closed altogether it’s a chance for early-stage entrepreneurs and established SME owner-managers to re-evaluate their businesses. Smart Up will help them do just that and it’s free.

The European Commission considers SMEs and entrepreneurship as key to ensuring economic growth, innovation, job creation, and social integration in the EU. However, we are living in such uncertain times at the moment these businesses need all the help they can get. “People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan” certainly holds true when it comes to small business success, but how can any business have planned for a pandemic?

Smart Up provides the businesses with the knowledge and skills needed to identify and interpret the early warning signals of business crisis, and to take timely and corrective actions. This will help them to facilitate growth, or survival, in unpredictable or adverse situations.

The main outcomes the Smart Up Project hopes to achieve are to:

  • Update the professional knowledge and skills of 250+ business advisors in 180 enterprise support organizations, and 30 VET and business policy makers by creating and disseminating the Early-Stage Intervention Framework (IO1) and providing innovative digital tools to teach it (IO2, IO3).
  • Empower 30+ trainers from 20 enterprise support organizations to begin teaching this topic to early-stage entrepreneurs using the Smart up Curriculum and OERS (IO2).
  • Enable 220+ entrepreneurs to develop Early-Stage Intervention skills and apply them within their current business ventures by making the training available in an online course (IO3).

Over on the website you can download The Intervention Framework Programme. This is comprehensive document that shares up-to-date knowledge on Early Warning Signals of business crisis, presents detection and intervention opportunities, and makes a clear case for their beneficial application to SME leadership and overall business resilience.  The document has been downloaded over 200 in a short period of time and the feedback has been excellent. You can download your copy here:

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Smart-up is an EU Erasmus+ Project bringing together partners and experts from the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Denmark and Ireland.


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