organisations participating in the network
services in the Czech Republic, so the
network services cover the whole republic.
The partners are very closely connected to
the innovation and business infrastructure
in their regions which increases the impact
of the network‘s service offer on potential
Can you think of an example of a company
that the Enterprise Europe Network has
helped grow and succeed in the market?
The story of Na vínko company is very
inspirational. The company was founded
by two young entrepreneurs, originally
employed in a bank. Thanks to the EEN
project, they travelled abroad on a mission
to Spain with us, where they found the local
market. Today, they import wines from there.
And they are very successful!
Other companies that have benefited
from the services of the Enterprise Europe
Network are LANEX, Webdevel and Karel
Pecl—EKOVERMES, members of the Regional
Chamber of Commerce of the MoravianSilesian Region.
The Webdevel company has been present
on the Czech IT scene since 2009. Over the
course of their time here, their team of IT
specialists has implemented more than 900
projects and has progressed from the creation
of e-shops and websites to the development
of sophisticated web applications, e-learning
platforms and complex web solutions tailored
to the needs of companies of all categories,
from the smallest to the largest. The company
has developed a flexible system called TASK
IN TIME, which enables professional project
management and a bug-tracking system. It
is ideal for companies in all industry fields
that need to plan and manage their projects
transparently from one place.
The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN)
in Ostrava has been working with the
company on a long-term basis to find
business and technology partners, engage
the company in international events and
training, and help with the company‘s
internationalisation. As part of an incoming
trade mission of German companies
in Ostrava, EEN connected Webdevel
with a German start-up in order to share
experiences and create a tailor-made web
application for the foreign partner.
The main activity of the company Karel
Pecl-EKOVERMES is the breeding of
Californian earthworms for the purpose
of disposing organic waste as well as the
production of high quality organic fertilizer.
All of their products have been certified
for use in organic farming. They have
used EEN‘s services to expand into foreign
markets and find foreign trading partners.
They also appreciated the assistance in
starting exports to Nigeria when problems
arose in the arrangement of the necessary
documentation and certification for export
to the Nigerian market.
How Czech ropes hold ships in Swedish
ports in northern Europe
Over the last fifty years, LANEX has
transformed into a global company with
almost 85% of its production exported.
Thanks to the support of the Enterprise
Europe Network, the company has found
a business partner in Sweden.
The first phase of the cooperation was
mainly about product definition. The
product was so-called paper ballast ropes,
a knitted polyamide fibre with a hollow
construction that resists flattening. The
complexity of the product has only
predefined its uniqueness. The next step
was to define the target markets. The
Czech company was interested in the
Swedish market where it had made a few
unsuccessful attempts before.
Thanks to the cooperation between EEN
Ostrava and EEN in Jönköping, Eieprocess
was identified as a company that was
interested in the ropes. After several
online meetings, representatives of both
companies signed a contract to export the
first batch of ballast ropes to Sweden.
At first, the situation seemed impossible.
We had a company with no international
contacts, no experience with the Nordic
market. It was EEN that changed everything,
as it was able to find partners from Ostrava
on the other side of Europe.
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