more than just a project


Discover WIN4SMEs – a ground-breaking Erasmus+ COVE project set to redefine the face of workplace innovation in European businesses

WIN4SMEs unites the forces of vocational schools, universities, and business support organizations

The project runs from March 2024 – March 2028 and just kicked off in Hamburg !

WIN4SMEs unites the forces of vocational schools, universities, and business support organizations, crafting a vibrant collaboration to elevate the level of workplace innovation to unprecedented heights.

Imagine a world where educational institutions and business aid groups unite to share their wealth of knowledge and experience. This dynamic blend of perspectives and insights will result in a holistic, comprehensive approach to fostering creativity, productivity, and innovation.

WIN4SMEs is more than just a project – it’s a transformational movement. Creating an integrated learning network across Europe is set to usher in a new era of growth and development. Universities contribute cutting-edge research and progressive methodologies; vocational schools offer practical skills and real-world insights; business support organizations provide strategic guidance and operational expertise.

This combined effort will unlock the full potential of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), creating an environment that promotes innovation and makes it a natural part of the workplace culture. The benefits are enormous: improved productivity, increased competitiveness, and enhanced job satisfaction among employees.

With WIN4SMEs, European companies are not just adapting to the future, they’re leading the way. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this remarkable journey. WIN4SMEs – revolutionizing workplace innovation for the businesses of tomorrow.

About the project 

The planned project Workplace Innovation for SMEs (WIN4SMEs) will create Centeres of vocational excellence in seven countries.

It is set to answer the recommendations and findings of the report by the EC European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency from August 2022 to

  • Regional anchor projects and measures
  • Focus more strongly on the needs of SMEs
  • Focus on incentives for networking SMEs with external partners like VET and HEI institutions

WIN4SMEs will bring together vocational schools to increase the level of Workplace Innovation in edu. This unique approach focuses on the organization’s very structure, encompassing vital aspects such as human resource management, employee engagement, process streamlining, decision-making strategies, and effective handling of customer and supplier relations. Additionally, WPI promotes a conducive work environment that forms a nexus between work organization and work life, seamlessly intertwining human, organizational, and technological dimensions.

In the European Union, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) form an impressive 99% of all businesses, contributing to roughly 70% of all jobs. This sector holds immense growth potential; however, it’s challenged by the need to navigate complex transformation processes and confront considerable barriers in a rapidly evolving landscape.

An escalating shortage of skilled workers and entrepreneurs is identified as a significant impediment to SMEs’ growth. This hurdle could be overcome by focusing on talent attraction and retention, achieved by creating a workspace that encourages creativity, promotes health, and stimulates innovation. Strategic measures in human resource management, organizational development, and education become essential in this regard.

Despite the concept of Workplace Innovation not being new, it remains an area rich with untapped productivity opportunities. However, the focus of many SMEs still predominantly lies on technological innovations. Recognizing the potential of Workplace Innovation could shift this perspective, unlocking latent productivity and propelling SMEs towards future success.

Work Packages


COVE Germany

Berufliche Hochschule Hamburg
Berufliche Schule ITech

COVE Denmark

International Business College
The triangle region Denmark

COVE Finland

Satakunta University of Applied Sciences
Satakunta Educational Federation
Satakunta Chamber of Commerce

COVE Poland

Lower Silesian Chamber of Crafts and SMEs
Vocational School Complex 5 Wroclaw
Technical University Wroclaw

COVE Hungary

IPOSZ Hungarian association of craftsmen
Foundation for the deak ferenc secondary school of economics

COVE Netherlands

NHL Stenden

COVE Lithuania

Business and Hospitality Training Centre
Mykolas Romeris University
Lithuanian association of hospitality


EURASHE Brussels
Handicraft Chamber of Ukraine

Participating Countries: 

  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Lithuania
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Ukraine