Funding Opportunities

We know that getting startup funding is key in order to make it past those important first few years. That’s why we’ve created this page to bring funding opportunities for startups together in one place, making it easier for you to grow and scale up your business.


Eurostars, a joint programme between EUREKA and the European Commission, provides funding to small- and medium-sized enterprises involved in research and development. Its particular focus is on supporting SMEs in the development of rapidly marketable, innovative products, processes and services that help improve the daily life of people around the world. In order to receive funding for their project, startups and SMEs must complete an online application. More details here

EIC Accelerator

The EIC Accelerator (previously known as the SME Instrument) provides funding opportunities and acceleration services to startups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The EIC Accelerator focusses on high-potential businesses with marketable products and services, a strong business plan and ambitions to scale up. Participants have the opportunity to receive up to €2.5 million in grants and €15 million in blended finance, while the acceleration services offered include business coaching and mentoring, as well as opportunities to connect with international corporates, investors and other entrepreneurs. More details here

Calls for third parties

On top of the open calls posted regularly on the Startup Europe website, here you can find a comprehensive database of open calls offering EU funding and financial support. More details here

National Contact Points for Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest ever EU Research and Innovation programme with nearly €80 billion in funding available over 7 years. It aims to take great ideas from the lab to the market and create sustainable growth and jobs in the meantime. The National Contact Points are a network to provide country-specific guidance and information on participation in Horizon 2020. More details here

Enterprise Europe Network

The Enterprise Europe Network offers advice and support on a range of topics including accessing funding and finance for startups. It also offers a database of partners – manufacturers, distributers, co-developers and suppliers – which it connects with startups and SMEs to help them grow their business abroad. More details here

Knowledge and Innovation Communities

The Knowledge and Innovation Communities, led by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), bring together businesses, research centres and universities to collaborate in an environment that allows creative ideas and innovations to flourish. More details here