Details from the survey responses
There is definitely a majority of members that prefers online activities - and that is very natural as we are spread around the globe as an international network. At the same time - there is a great interest also for opportunities to meet in person and to organize events we can get the "touch base". We are very happy to have received some comments with suggestions already in the survey - but we welcome you to share ideas and suggestion for both on-line and on-site activities with us. Maybe you can be the host of an event? Drop us some lines and lets get in touch to make it happen.
Short and Medium length are preferred on activities and as we connects this to the online format it is obvious that we are looking for short, clear and distinct workshops, webinars etc. Something we will implement in our planning of upcoming activities.
Even if the ranking for a "Fixed agenda" is the top - it is not a big difference in the ranking of an open dialogue format. This indicates two needs for the members of the network. One type is clear and short activities with a sharp focus on a few topics and an objective for the expected outcome of the session. Another kind is a dialogue with a guiding framework that gives all of us a chance to contribute and find a way forward for the learning and sharing process.
As a result of this we are now preparing to put both types in our upcoming program and schedule of activities for the second half of 2017.
As mentioned in the quick summary above - it is very close in ranking for several of the topics mentioned. As most members have a relation to European SME-programs in one way or another, either as active partners or benefiting from the results, the interest to monitor the EU-programs and the calls for proposals are very high, 64,81%. We have already implemented Up2Europe's database of calls in our web - and it gets attention and appreciation from our visitors. Please let us know if you have any other suggestions for links to sources that can be valuable to us all.
As the SME Academy Network is based on the interest and knowledge in Entrepreneurship and Small Businesses we can clearly see the correlation to the ranking of topics. General topics have higher ranks than more specific and we need to check further the interest for the more narrow topics as they very often can be the theme of a call. A good guess could be that you will receive a new survey on this single area of interest.
Highest rank of SME Academy web is the the section with "Reports and Results" followed by "Articles" and in the third place is "EU-Calls Update". Sharing information, events, experiences and results is of course one of the benefits of a network like the SME Academy Network and we are happy that members are sending us material to share in the network and on the web. Please don´t hesitate if you have something you want to share and that you think can be of interest to your colleagues.
As we regularly also share our posts in social media like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter - the dissemination can sometimes be very encouraging. Sharing your information is of course also a very great way for SME Academy to increase the interest for visitors and new members of the Network.
As we can she sharing and disseminating results and reports is highly ranked in this survey followed by presentations and events. We would like to present more from all members on our site and in the newsletters all members receive. Send a first e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and lets start the work with sharing your reports, results and experiences.
Suggestions and Comments
We also received a number of comments and suggestions as well as questions in the open section of the survey. We will make a summary and report that in a specific post. Some of you have already been contacted and we are now following up on your suggestions - please give us some time to connect with you all. Feel free to drop us a note if something new has popped up that you want us to take part of.
Reports & Results
Shared reports and results with SME-related content and facts. Please share them in your network by clicking the "Headline" and sharie the specific report-page.
SME Academy 2017