BIC in Europe (EBN)
EBN, chaired by the director of the BIC of Málaga, BIC Euronova, Álvaro Simón de Blas, is the European Business and Innovation Centre Network (www.ebn.be) that after 25 years of existence brings over 250 BICs throughout Europe, among which is BIC Euronova, the BIC of Málaga.
The BICs are support organisations for innovative small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and entrepreneurs.
They are recognised through a quality certification scheme, which enables them to obtain the EC-BIC Label (the only EC label qualifying IBIs at European level and beyond).
The BICs are an instrument for regional development started initially by the European Commission DG-Regio in the mid 80s and has subsequently been adopted in all Europe and beyond.
Their mission is to contribute to the overall economic and social development of the regions through the implementation of support services to entrepreneurs, helping them to transform their innovative business ideas into reality, and the delivery of tailored services to existing SMEs, aimed at modernizing and innovating them.
To this end, Business and Innovation Centres offer a customized, integrated system of services, making sure that the overall incubation process is being delivered, networking its services and activities with those of the other key actors of the regional system for innovation. BICs can assume many forms and can organise themselves in different ways, as long as they respect the EC-BIC Quality Mark Criteria, which rule the granting of the EC-BIC Label.