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Apply now for LIFE funding!

The LIFE programme has launched its 2018 call for project proposals. This year, we are investing close to €400 million in nature conservation, environmental protection and climate action. We are also introducing a streamlined application process to make it easier for you to request LIFE funds. As a bottom-up funding instrument, LIFE provides applicants with flexibility to truly innovate. We [...]

DesignEuropa Awards 2018: application and nomination period ends soon!

There are just a few days left until the entry period closes for applications and nominations for the DesignEuropa Awards 2018. The DesignEuropa Awards, organised by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), celebrate excellence in design and design management among Registered Community Design (RCD) holders. The competition is open to any person, entity or institution of any nationality, either individually or as [...]

May 14th, 2018|

€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 to remain an industrial leader [...]

April 12th, 2018|

Pitch for smarter healthcare at the Roche Innovation Summit

The European Innovation Council (EIC) SME Instrument and Roche invite you to pitch your ideas and breakthroughs on healthcare tech at the Roche Innovation Summit on the 19th and 20th of June in Basel, Switzerland. On a yearly basis, Roche organises an internal Innovation summit, to inspire, connect, develop and advance their organisation. This year's summit theme is about Transforming the [...]

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 to allocate InnovFin products more [...]

March 21st, 2018|

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 services – all of them [...]

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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 support. Contributions are particularly sought [...]