Seventh EU-U.S. Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Best Practices Workshop in the Framework of the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC)

Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
June 2, 2016


Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June 2016
Ministry of Foreign Affair
Islandi väljak 1, Tallinn, Estonia

AGENDA


Day 1 – Thursday 2nd June 2016

8:30 a.m.

Registration

9:00 - 10:00

Opening Plenary Remarks

 

Signe RATSO, European Commission, DG TRADE, Director

 

Kristin SCHREIBER, European Commission, DG GROW, Director

 

Maria CONTRERAS-SWEET, Member of the President’s Cabinet and Administrator of the US Small Business Administration

 

Liisa OVIIR, Minister for Entrepreneurship, Estonian Government

10:00 – 10:20

Coffee Break

10:20 - 13:00

Support for SMEs and Start-ups in the transatlantic space - discussion on EU and US best practice policies

 

Moderator: Giacomo MATTINÓ, European Commission, DG GROW, Head of Unit

 

Kristin SCHREIBER - Key note speech on Commission's actions supporting European start-ups within the EU Single Market and beyond

 

Susan WILSON, US Department of Commerce - IPR SME Cooperation in the framework of the Transatlantic Intellectual Property Rights Working Group (TIPRWG)

 

Lori COOPER, US Department of Commerce - Transatlantic Cooperation in Incubators, Accelerators and Startups (TCIAS)

 

Viljar LUBI, Deputy Secretary General for Economic Development, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Estonia - Estonia experience in supporting startups, practical examples

 

Mark WALSH, Associate Administrator for Investment & Innovation, US Small Business Administration

 

Cary INGRAM, Senior International Trade Specialist, Global IGNITION: Startup Export Accelerator, US Department of Commerce

 

Rosalyn STEWARD, Assistant Chief Counsel for the Office of Advocacy, US Small Business Administration

 

Laszlo HORVATH, President, Active Media, Industry Trade Advisory Committee for Small and Minority Business, US

 

Discussion and Q&A

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch break (no host)

14:00 – 15:45

Improving access to alternative sources of finance

 

Moderator: Eileen Sánchez, Associate Administrator, Office of International Trade, US Small Business Administration

 

Financial instruments for Venture Capital

 

Mark WALSH, Associate Administrator for Investment and Innovation, US Small Business Administration

 

Armando MELONE, European Commission, DG GROW

 

Mikk VAINIK, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Estonia

 

Latest developments on crowdfunding

 

Mark WALSH, Associate Administrator for Investment and Innovation, US Small Business Administration

 

Merit LIND, Head of the Law Firm Deloitte Legal, Head of Crowdfunding Area in FinanceEstonia, Estonia

 

Jouko AHVENAINEN, Co-founder & Chairman, Grow VC Group, UK

 

Tero WECKROTH, Invesdor, representing ECN (European Crowdfunding Network), Finland

 

Aki KALLIO, Ministry of Finance, Finland

 

Discussion and Q&A

15:45 - 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00-17:30

EU and US Clusters: Opportunities and Resources for Collaboration

 

Moderator: Sven C. OEHME, President and CEO, European-American Business Organization Inc., New York, US

 

SME Access to Global Markets through Clusters

 

Chris JAMES, Associate Administrator, Field Operations, US Small Business Administration

 

Richard GRANA, Industry Trade Advisory Committee for Small and Minority Business, Impex, Kentucky, US

 

EU and US Cluster Priorities and Tools to bolster Transatlantic Cooperation

 

Michel CATINAT, European Commission, DG GROW, Head of Unit – via video link

 

Tom GUEVARA, US Department of Commerce – via video link

 

Cross-border Collaboration in the Health Information Technology Sector

 

Frank CUNNINGHAM, European Commission, DG CONNECT

 

Matt HEIN, US Department of Commerce – via video link

 

Külle TÄRNOV, Estonian Connected Health Cluster, Estonia

 

Rich BENDIS, BioHealth Innovation, US – via video link

 

Discussion and Q&A

Day 2 – Friday 3rd June 2016

9:00 - 11:15

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and SMEs

 

Moderator: Signe RATSO, European Commission, DG TRADE, Director

 

Väino REINART, Undersecretary, Economic and Development Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Estonia, Estonian Member of the EU Trade Policy Committee

 

TTIP negotiations: benefits for SMEs – update from negotiators

 

Luca DE CARLI, DG TRADE, EU lead SME negotiator

 

Christina SEVILLA, Deputy Assistant USTR for Small Business, US lead SME negotiator

 

Dominic BOUCSEIN, Eurochambres, Belgium

 

Carl PUCCI, Datel AS, Ovela, Estonia

 

Brooke FISHBACK, Industry Trade Advisory Committee for Small and Minority Business, Health Enterprises, US

 

Discussion and Q&A

11:15 - 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:45

EU – US cooperation agreement on SME cooperation

 

Moderator: Jean-Marie AVEZOU, European Commission, DG GROW

 

Giacomo MATTINÓ, European Commission, DG GROW, Head of Unit

 

Lori COOPER, US Department of Commerce

 

Sven C. OEHME, President and CEO, European-American Business Organization Inc., New York, US, member of Enterprise Europe Network

 

Discussion and Q&A

12:45 – 13:30

Conclusion of the Workshop

 

Christina SEVILLA, Deputy Assistant USTR for Small Business

 

Lori COOPER, US Department of Commerce

 

Kristin SCHREIBER, European Commission, DG GROW, Director

 

Signe RATSO, European Commission, DG TRADE, Director