€2.1 billion to boost venture capital investment in Europe’s innovative start-ups

The European Commission and the European Investment Fund (EIF) have just launched a Pan-European Venture Capital Funds-of-Funds programme (VentureEU) to boost investment in innovative start-up and scale-up companies across Europe. Commissioner Moedas said: "VentureEU is a key element of the Open Innovation strategy that we launched three years ago. It is vital for Europe [...]

The Access4SMEs Promotional Guide to access financial instruments

The Access4SMEs Promotional Guide has just been published, thanks to a joint exercise carried out by Horizon 2020 National Contact Points for Access to risk finance and SMEs in cooperation with financial intermediaries accredited by the European Investment Bank and European Investment Fund (EIB-EIF) Main achievements are: Identify key success factors that enable Financial Intermediaries [...]

The European IPR Helpdesk – supports EU SME

Whether you need personal support on a specific IP issue, want to be informed about the latest developments in the world of IP and Innovation in Europe, or are interested in a training session on IP – the European IPR Helpdesk is the right partner to turn to. The European IPR Helpdesk provides the following [...]

Public consultation on the review of the SME definition

The European Commission welcomes all citizens and organisations to contribute to the consultation regarding the SME definition. The SME definition as provided in Recommendation 2003/361/EC is the structural tool to identify enterprises that are confronted with market failures and particular challenges due to their size, and therefore are allowed to receive preferential treatment in public [...]

First set of top-class innovators selected for funding under the European Innovation Council pilot to scale-up their businesses

A total of 57 small and medium-sized companies  have been selected for funding under the recently launched European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot. The companies, selected following face-to-face interviews with a jury of innovators, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, will receive a total amount of €94.25 million. Examples of the projects selected include a 3D printer [...]

And the winners are… Billon and Signaturit win the pitching contest in SME Instrument fintech event in London

Robert Kaluza co-founder and COO Billon won the prize for the Most Disruptive company while the Best Pitch went to Juan Zamora, CEO and co-funder Signaturit. In the context of its Business Acceleration Services the SME Instrument takes funded companies to dedicated events to meet and pitch in front of investors and big corporates. This time the [...]

StartupOlé 2018 Salamanca, 17th-19th April 2018

Startup Olé ( is a major entrepreneurial event that, supported by the European Commission-Startup Europe, connects startups-spinoffs and tech-digital talent with corporates, investors, accelerators, universities, public administrations and media outlets. 2018 edition will gather over 7.000 attendees, 500 startups, 60 accelerators, 50 big corporates, 350 speakers, 40 public administrations and 70 investors with an [...]

On-site mentoring mission on European Financial Instruments in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)

The first of a series of on-site mentoring missions within the framework of Access4SMEs, took place in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on February the 5th and the 6th 2018. The on-site mentoring missions aim to foster the use of European financial instruments, more specifically InnovFin SMEG and InnovFin Equity, in countries in [...]

Science, Research and Innovation Performance of the EU (SRIP) report

The SRIP report analyses Europe's performance in science, research and innovation and the driving factors behind that performance in a global context. It combines thorough indicator-based macroeconomic analysis with deep analytical research on important policy topics. This is a flagship publication for the Commission's research and innovation department. New editions will come out every 2 years. [...]