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EU Funding opportunites for young startups
Transcript of EU Funding opportunites for young startups
in the EU
Krisztina Varga-Toth, Gabriella Lovasz
20-21 February 2016
For Young people
‘Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions’
are open to researchers in all disciplines, from life-saving healthcare to ‘blue-sky’ science.
Research Executive Agency (REA)
COSME — Erasmus for Young Entrepreneur
is a cross-border exchange programme which enables aspiring young entrepreneurs to learn from entrepreneurs with experience. It is managed by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME).
Specific calls for Youth:
Small and Medium-sized Enterprises that are EU-based or established in a country associated to Horizon 2020 can now get EU funding and support for innovation projects that will help them grow and expand their activities into other countries – in Europe and beyond.
Phase 1 of the SME Instrument: 24 February 2016, 3 May 2016, 7 September 2016, 9 November 2016
Phase 2 of the SME Instrument: 3 February 2016, 14 April 2016, 15 June 2016, 13 October 2016
Indicative cut-off-dates 2017:
Phase 1 of the SME Instrument: 15 February 2017, 3 May 2017, 6 September 2017, 8 November 2017
Phase 2 of the SME Instrument: 18 January 2017, 6 April 2017, 1 June 2017, 18 October 2017
SME Instrument example
Augmented reality aerial navigation for a safer and more effective aviation
Pilot error is the cause of 60-70% of aviation accidents.
Aero Glass is a technology: using Head-Mounted Displays (Epson Moverio, Google Glass or similar) it is the first to bring Augmented Reality to pilots providing an unparalleled 3D, 360° experience in the cockpit, regardless of the visibility.
EU Edge, a cutting edge software developer company has developed the concept combining its deep knowledge in augmented reality technologies and the personal background of its founder and CTO, Mr. Ákos Maróy, an active pilot himself.
The beta version of the product was also released in July 2014 based on Epson Moverio smart glasses.
Integrates education and entrepreneurship with research and innovation.
Set up for a minimum of seven years
Each KIC consists of five or six world-class innovation hotspots
Operating according to business logic and a results-oriented approach
Massive Open Online Courses:
learning entrepreneurial skills online!
(Available throughout the year or starting between end of February and May 2016)
Essentials of Entrepreneurship: Thinking & Action
Turn Your Idea into a Funded Business
Engagement & Nurture Marketing Strategies
Identify, Analyze, and Launch Your Startup
Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Innovating in a Digital World
Launching New Ventures
How to Start A Business
Private Equity and Venture Capital
Mapping Your Path to Success
Be Your Own Boss
Business Process Management
Startup Success: How to Launch a Technology Company in 6 Steps
How to Build a Startup
Visual Thinking for Business - Make Your Point
Presentation Skills for Business
The Business Communication Programme
Other EU Projects
Ongoing Erasmus+ Projects
Funded and ongoing projects might provide resources and services for young prospective entrepreneurs: find them here
This project addresses 4 regions in Ireland, Spain, Netherlands and Bulgaria and works with stakeholders, VET/enterprise education providers and
second time entrepreneurs to produce:
4 Restart Regional Alliances and 4 Action Plans in which key 48 stakeholders come together to improve the quality and relevance of training for second time entrepreneurs at regional level, and encouraging further Alliances through a Restart Toolkit.
A course curriculum, guiding VET practitioners on the topics and skills most needed by second time entrepreneurs in today’s economies.
A blended learning course, “Restart: The Value of Starting Over” to be delivered to second time entrepreneurs in VET centres, but with many elements suitable for start up courses and enterprise and business undergraduate courses.
European Coworking network
This project intends to foster sense of initiative and entrepreneurship among young people and to stimulate them to be entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs in order to build new opportunities for the future. The project focuses on the networking of coworking spaces and uses across Europe and raising awareness about its potential among public administration at regional and local level in order to boost further coworking communities and self-employment possibilities of young people.
Betacowork Coworking Brussels
Impact Hub Zagreb
Strategic Partnership for
Creativity and Entrepreneurship
This project aims to establish strong cooperation between its partners by exchanging innovative educational practices for design and elaboration of innovative common tools for collaboration between students, enterprises and schools (teachers). Those tools will be available as ICT solution with WWW interface designed for use for three main target groups:
• Coaches (enterprises, industry)
• Mentors (vocational school, university, high school)
• Students (vocational school, university, high school)
Contact the Project Coordinator:
DIST - Digital Storytelling for Spreading and Promoting Entrepreneurship
This project is addressed to aspirant entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs and VET trainers and will develop a methodology and a set of tools for developing entrepreneurship through storytelling.
The project will produce:
A number of videos featuring 60 young entrepreneurs in innovative sectors with good market opportunities (the entrepreneurs will tell about their business: how it started, what are the main current challenges, what skills are needed, etc.).
A Study on main themes emerged by the interviews,
A Guide on use of storytelling in VET,
A face to face and an E-training course on developing entrepreneurship,
An E-course addressed to trainers.
Creative Entrepreneurs Online
Creative Entrepreneurship Online (CEO) aims to enable integrated action among VET providers and wider stakeholders to radically improve training for creative sector entrepreneurs, enabling them to harness online business models to grow professionally and increase their commercial success in domestic and international markets. In order to do so, we will:
a) Establish sustainable, cross-sector collaborative relationships between VET providers, HEIs, and wider stakeholders via 3 Regional Alliances to optimise the creative sector knowledge triangle, create 3 Regional Action Plans for improving the quality and relevance of training and support on offer and creative spillovers to other sectors.
b) Create and publish a “CEO Toolkit” to facilitate the replication of Regional Alliances across Europe.
c) Create and publish a course curriculum, guiding VET practitioners on the topics and skills most needed by creative entrepreneurs in today’s digital landscape.
d) Develop an intensive blended learning “Be a CEO” course to help potential creative entrepreneurs to set up online business in 30 days.
e) Trial and publish the course, and engage in dissemination activities to facilitate its inclusion in mainstream VET provision.
Are you a Startup?
Or an interested stakeholder?
Startupeuropeclub.eu was created to support promising startups, please go to ‘ARE YOU A STARTUP’
to know all the opportunities that we have for you.
And if you want to be on our map, please go to STARTUP FINDER
Moreover, we want to connect people. So, if you are interested in knowing more about our networks (female, young, accelerators, investors, EuTech writers), please go to ‘ARE YOU AN ECOSYSTEM BUILDER’
The Startup Europe Team
works for entrepreneurs to be more connected within the European ecosystem.
is based in four pillars:
through our array of networks, such as investors
, female entrepreneurs
and corporate networks
by supporting regional initiatives (such as Startup Europe Week
or Startup Europe Regions Network
Helping startups to
soft-land in other markets
Celebrating entrepreneurs’ success
(Techallstars and Europioneeers).
is the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport.
- boost young people’s skills and employability
- modernise education, training and youth work.
Certain activities are managed centrally by the EACEA
in Brussels while the‘decentralised’ activities are managed by national agencies in each country.
The Youth Employment Initiative
supports young people not in education, employment or training in regions with a youth unemployment rate above 25 %.
Unemployed people under 25 — whether registered with job-search services or not — get a good-quality, specific offer of work within four months of leaving formal education or becoming unemployed.
The EU will top up national spending on these schemes through the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative.
Combating youth unemployment
Young researchers and entrepreneurs
For Young people
For more details check:
The SME instrument
This site will help you to apply for loans and venture capital supported by the European Union.
The FTI pilot is the only fully-bottom-up measure in Horizon 2020 promoting close-to-the-market innovation activities that is open to all types of participants. FTI aims to reduce the time from idea to market and to increase the participation in Horizon 2020 of industry, SMEs and first-time industry applicants.
For startups and students
EU programmes, initiatives, projects
Your Europe Business
Enterprise Europe Network
Eureka-Eurostars II Eurostars
Eurostars II (an EU-EUREKA common initiative) supports innovative projects led by research and development- performing small- and medium-sized enterprises (R&D-performing SMEs).
Eurostars supports the development of rapidly marketable innovative products, processes and services that help improve the daily lives of people. It is an ideal first step in international cooperation, enabling small businesses to combine and share expertise and benefit from working beyond national borders.
EU support – equity/guarantee facilities summary
Competitiveness and Risk Financing
Europe’s programme for small and medium-sized enterprises.
Guarantees to small and medium-sized enterprises for loans mainly up to EUR 150 000.
Equity (growth and expansion stage).
Access to risk finance
Under the ‘Industrial Leadership’ pillar, this specific objective will help companies and other types of organisation engaged in research and innovation (R&I) to gain easier access, via financial instruments, to loans, guarantees, counter-guarantees and hybrid, mezzanine and equity finance.
InnoFin Equity and Guarantee Facilities
The EIB Group can provide from EUR 25 000 up to a limit of EUR 300m, either directly or indirectly through banks or other financial institutions.
A debt facility providing loans, guarantees and other forms of debt finance to entities of all forms and sizes, notably research and innovation-driven SMEs: InnovFin SME Guarantee.
An equity facility providing finance for mainly early-stage investments, with a particular focus on early-stage SMEs with the potential to carry out innovation and grow rapidly: InnovFin SME Venture Capital.
Other Loans and Guarantees
Loans to small and medium-sized enterprises in the cultural and creative sectors.
Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI)
Microloans up to EUR 25 000 to micro-enterprises and to vulnerable persons who wish to set up or develop a micro-company.
Investments up to EUR 500 000 to social enterprises.
European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI funds)
Loans, guarantees, equity financing or business grants.
Connecting student networks, startups and key players
Connecting European Disruptors
If you have a business idea but lack information or resources...
If you represent a student network willing to collaborate with us and with other actors...
If you are an investor, accelerator, mentor or a startup enthusiast...
We want to talk to you and find new collaboration opportunities to support young prospective entrepreneurs!
Roadshows + Connecting EU with Silicon Valley
Startup Europe Summit
Startup Europe Unicorns’ Forum
Startup Europe Partnership
Network of local nodes
Ask Me Anything on IoT
6 month IoT Accelerator Programme
Connecting European ecosystems
MOOCS for Web Talent Network
Open Innovation Challenge
Failing Forward conference
Connecting European ecosystems
European Digital Forum
Best Practices Repository
ICT LAW Incubators Network
Crea Summer Academy
Startup Europe Regions Network
ICT Research and Innovation funding lansdcape