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IP Capacities for Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in the MEDiterranean Region

About the project

A solid bond between Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), research and innovation constitutes a fundamental pillar for knowledge-based societies. Crucial for the development and competitiveness of start-ups, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and entrepreneurs, IPR is, however, the element of the axis most often unknown or overlooked by these groups in business decision-making both in Europe and beyond. Recent studies on firm competitiveness and economic performance highlight that only 9% of SMEs make use of IPR in Europe (against 40% of large companies). Yet small firms owning IPR perform better than those that do not (increased reputation, strengthening of long-term business prospects and increased turnover). In the Euro-Mediterranean area, changing this pattern of low interest/access to IPR is critical to help regions of both shores of the basin achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. IPMED intends to contribute to that change by helping local authorities understand how they can better support entrepreneurs in accessing, using and optimizing the growth potential of IPR, and enhancing the IPR of young entrepreneurs.

Key information

IP Capacities for Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in the MEDiterranean Region
A.1 Business and SMEs development
A.1.1 Start-ups and recently established enterprises
Jordan, Greece, Italy, Spain, Tunisia

Financial data

1.1 million
Total budget
1 million
EU contribution
Project co-financing


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What will be improved?

The impact of IPMED will be twofold: increased capacity of public authorities & innovation brokers to facilitate access of innovative start-ups, youths and women entrepreneurs to IPR and commercialisation schemes, and improved capacities of start-ups, youths and women entrepreneurs for efficient and fruitful IP management. As a result, Mediterranean MSMEs will become more competitive and able to engage in technology transfer, collaborative research and innovation activities at the local, national and transnational levels.

Who will benefit?

  • 200 young and women entrepreneurs and 40 MSMEs 
  • 100 staff from chambers of commerce, innovation agencies, ministries, IP offices and innovation brokers 

Expected achievements

  • 1,000 people involved in training sessions on IPR use and management
  • 3 cross-border study visits carried out 
  • 1 virtual library highlighting good practices in IPR
  • 450 personalised IP and innovation related services provided to start-ups, young and women entrepreneurs
  • 8 policy reviews aiming at aligning IP laws, regulations and practices in the participating countries with international best practices

Project news

Jordan: the IPMED project is looking for an administrative assistant

The Jordan Enterprise Development Corporation is looking for an administrative assistant to support the implementation of the IPMED project.


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Italy: second awareness session of the IPMED project on Intellectual Property Rights

20 participants representing start-ups MSMEs, young and women entrepreneurs, attended the online session.


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Greece: second IPMED awarness session on Intellectual Property Rights

The objective of the sesison was to facilitate access to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), enhance commercialization, and strengthen IPR-related knowledge and awareness.


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Greece: Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industry held the first IPMED awareness session virtually

The first IPMED awareness session was held virtually last week by Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Greek partner of the pr…


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Jordan: 90 among SMEs and entrepreneurs attend IPMED webinar on Intellectual Property Rights

Mr. Bashar Al Zoubi, the CEO of the Jordan Enterprise Development Corporation, said that "in the increasingly knowledge driven economy, Intellectual Property is a key con…


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IPMED conducted its first risk committee meeting

The risk committee for IPMED project held its first virtual meeting to assess the risks the project is likely to face, and to determine the priority actionss, and accordingly evaluate, analyze and monitor the p…


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Jordan Enterprise Development Corporation (JEDCO) is looking for an external auditor to support IPMED project

Jordan Enterprise Development Corporation, the Jordanian lead beneficiary of the IPMED project, is looking for an external auditor.


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IPMED: online survey on intellectual property rights

The survey aims at understanding the practices and needs concerning Intellectual Property Rights in Mediterranean SMES, start-ups, and among young and women entrepreneurs.


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14 February 2020
IPMED: strengthening innovation, awareness on intellectual property rights

The project intends to grant intellectual property rights access to 1,000 young men and women in the Mediterranean area.