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The Enterprise Europe Network’s fundamental objective is to innovate and grow small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on an international scale.

The Enterprise Europe Network’s fundamental objective is to innovate and grow small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on an international scale. It provides business advice and support and has a network of over 3,000 experts from over 600 different organisations. This network is active in more than 60 countries worldwide, and provides SMEs with the necessary help and contacts to allow them to operate internationally.

‘Fab Lab Lisboa’ is an international network makes digital manufacturing sites and prototyping available to people with ideas.

‘Fab Lab Lisboa’ is an abbreviation of ‘Fabrication Laboratory Lisboa’. This international network makes digital manufacturing sites and prototyping available to people with ideas. The equipment available, such as milling machines, laser cutters, and 3D printers, both permits people to carry out their ideas as well as gathering like-minded people together, creating the type of network and community needed for independent projects.

Startup Lisboa is a business incubator and non-profit association that supports the creation of companies and entrepreneurs in their first years of activity.

Startup Lisboa is a business incubator and non-profit association that supports the creation of companies and entrepreneurs in their first years of activity. It has an extensive mentoring and support network to aid startups, and encourages collaboration and knowledge sharing within its own community. It also organises initiatives such as Launch in Lisbon, that helps international entrepreneurs to establish themselves in Lisbon, and Hub Criativo do Beato, an innovation hub, to help maintain the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the city and to continue to expand its own network.

Lisbon Startup City forms part of the strategy of the Lisbon municipality to transform the city into a ‘startup’ city.

Lisbon Startup City forms part of the strategy of the Lisbon municipality to transform the city into a ‘startup’ city. It is an accessible, online information hub for entrepreneurs that informs them of the latest business news within the city. It also has an extensive map detailing all of the incubators, events, Fab Labs, investors, accelerators, etc. that are available in the area. This facilitates and encourages startups as this hub provides all of the relevant information needed to help and support aspiring businesses.

Mind The Bridge is an international organisation which aims to build a sustainable and global entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Mind The Bridge is an international organisation which aims to build a sustainable and global entrepreneurial ecosystem. Its programmes and activities focus on bringing startups and corporates together to enhance the growth of all parties. Mind the Bridge’s entrepreneurship programmes for startups and scaleups include Startup School, an education programme that immerses founders in a startup ecosystem for 3 weeks, Corporate Matching, events that bring startups and corporates together, and the Mind the Seed investing programme. On top of this, Mind the Bridge organises Scaleup Summits, invitation only, matching activities hosted by the most prestigious European Stock Exchanges, where international corporates, investors and scaleups can do business and spot technology trends.

Media Deals is a pan-European investor network gathering business angels and early-stage venture capital funds focusing on the creative industries and digital media.

Media Deals is a pan-European investor network gathering business angels and early-stage venture capital funds focusing on the creative industries and digital media. Since its creation in 2008, Media Deals has been promoting and encouraging early-stage equity investment in high-growth startups. Among other activities, Media Deals organises European Investment Forums in a range of European countries, providing opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors to meet up and discuss investment and partnership possibilities. The forums also provide the right environment for companies to brainstorm with entrepreneurs working in the creative industries and digital media sector from other European regions, as well as to discuss investment and partnership possibilities with financiers specialised in the sector.

Galileo Masters is an international innovation competition that seeks to accelerate space-related startups.

Galileo Masters is an international innovation competition that seeks to accelerate space-related startups. It supports startup innovations at any development stage, and helps to transform them into real business cases. The openness of the competition encourages a wide spectrum of business solutions to apply, and has resulted in greater innovation and a highly diversified network of prize winners.

ESA Business Applications functions as a network of talent, technology and funding to all types of businesses that seek to improve people’s daily lives.

ESA Business Applications functions as a network of talent, technology and funding to all types of businesses that seek to improve people’s daily lives, especially those involving space technology such as satellite data or spaceflight technologies. It helps companies to integrate these technologies into their commercial services, and provides funding, consultants, guidance, and access to its network of partners to successful applicants.

The Copernicus Startup Programme is a competition that assists startups from the generation of a business idea to its full commercialisation.

The Copernicus Startup Programme is a competition that assists startups from the generation of a business idea to its full commercialisation. The programme is made up of several main components: The Copernicus Prizes phase supports the generation of new business ideas while and the Copernicus Accelerator helps to transform startup ideas into commercialised solutions. The Copernicus Incubation Programme supports innovative business applications with the most potential, and provides 20 European startups a year with €50,000 to finance their incubation and development.

The European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency runs Europe’s independent satellite navigation programmes – Galileo and EGNOS – that help to revolutionise transport, farming, logistics and our everyday lives.

The European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency runs Europe’s independent satellite navigation programmes – Galileo and EGNOS – that help to revolutionise transport, farming, logistics and our everyday lives. The GNSS Agency (GSA) serves as a link between space technology and user needs, as it oversees the key service facilities involved in translating the information available from these satellite programmes into reliable everyday services.

With Startup India, the Government of India in seeking to encourage and empower innovation and startups on a national scale.

With Startup India, the Government of India in seeking to encourage and empower innovation and startups on a national scale in order to drive sustainable growth and generate employment opportunities. Its Startup Portal is the country’s largest online networking platform for entrepreneurs across a range of industries, and also provides free resources and programmes such as online courses and innovation challenges.

DCU Ryan Academy is a partnership between Dublin City University and the family of Dr Tony Ryan, one of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs.

DCU Ryan Academy is a partnership between Dublin City University and the family of Dr Tony Ryan, one of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs. The academy promotes and accelerates early stage entrepreneurship in Ireland, through its leading entrepreneur, startup and innovation programmes and through events and activities which support broader entrepreneur and startup ecosystem development.

Digital innovation hubs (DIHs) were created to ensure that every company, no matter their size, has access to digital opportunities.

Digital innovation hubs (DIHs) were created to ensure that every company, no matter their size, has access to digital opportunities. With technical universities and research organisations at the core, DIHs act as one-stop-shops where companies —especially SMEs and startups — can get access to technology testing, financing advice, market intelligence and networking opportunities.

InvestHorizon is a programme financed by the European Commission, in association with Eureka, to facilitate funding and training for selected deep tech companies.

InvestHorizon is a programme financed by the European Commission, in association with Eureka, to facilitate funding and training for selected deep tech companies. Selected companies will have access to accelerator services including coaching, boot camps and workshops, as well as opportunities to pitch to investors. A range of services are also offered for investors.

Information from the European Commission on accessing funds.

Information from the European Commission on accessing funds.

The Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship axis of the European Commission’s EaSI programme supports actions.

The Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship (MF/SE) axis of the European Commission’s EaSI (Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion) programme supports actions in two areas: social enterprises, and microcredit and microloans for vulnerable groups and microenterprises.

Creative Europe is the European Commission's framework programme for support to the culture and audiovisual sectors, partly through the provision of funding.

Creative Europe is the European Commission’s framework programme for support to the culture and audiovisual sectors, partly through the provision of funding.  It aims to enhance the culture sector by initiatives including cross-border cooperation, networking and literary translation. Meanwhile, initiatives in the audiovisual sector include the promoting, development and distribution of audiovisual works.

Access to Risk Finance gives information on gaining easier access to loans, guarantees and equity finance.

Access to Risk Finance gives information on the European Commission’s specific objective of helping 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.

The COSME programme is a programme of the European Commission that is improving access to finance for SMEs.

The programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME), is a programme of the European Commission that is improving access to finance for SMEs through two financial instruments that have been available since August 2014. COSME’s main aim is to facilitate access to loans and equity finance for SMEs where market gaps have been identified.

The Fast Track to Innovation targets radically new, breakthrough products, services, processes and business models that open up new markets.

The Fast Track to Innovation (FTI), part of the European Innovation Council, targets radically new, breakthrough products, services, processes and business models that open up new markets. FTI offers up to €3M in funding and aims to help reduce the time from idea to market and to increase the participation in Horizon2020 of industry, SMEs and first-time industry applicants.

The Access to Finance site helps companies apply for loans and venture capital supported by the European Union.

The Access to Finance site helps companies apply for loans and venture capital supported by the European Union. EU Funding is available for all types of companies of any size and sector including entrepreneurs, startups, micro companies, small and medium-sized enterprises and larger businesses.

EUREKA is a publicly-funded, intergovernmental network, involving over 40 countries.

EUREKA is a publicly-funded, intergovernmental network, involving over 40 countries. EUREKA’s aim is to enhance European competitiveness by fostering innovation-driven entrepreneurship in Europe, among research institutes, universities and industry. By doing this, the potential of experts, knowledge, research facilities and financial resources is concentrated in a more efficient way. Over the last 30 years, EUREKA launched a range of innovative products, processes and services, and has supported the internationalisation of businesses with innovative ideas.

The Enhanced European Innovation Council pilot is a scheme to provide funding and support to small and medium-sized enterprises.

The Enhanced European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot is a scheme to provide funding and support to small and medium-sized enterprises which are based in an EU member state or a Horizon2020 associated country, and are running breakthrough innovation projects with a market-creating potential.

InnovFin helps SMEs, large companies and research institutes access the right financing instrument for their research and innovation project.

InnovFin helps SMEs, large companies and research institutes access the right financing instrument for their research and innovation project. Under the Horizon2020 programme, InnovFin financing tools cover a wide range of loans, guarantees and equity-type funding, which can be tailoring to innovators’ needs.

EASME, the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, was set up by the European Commission to manage several EU programmes.

EASME, the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, was set up by the European Commission to manage several EU programmes. These include most of COSME (the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises), part of Horizon2020 and part of the EU programme for Environment and Climate action (LIFE), among others.

The European Digital City Index describes how well different European cities support digital entrepreneurship.

The European Digital City Index (EDCi) describes how well different European cities support digital entrepreneurship. For startups and scaleups, it provides information about the strengths and weaknesses of local ecosystems, allowing them to plan accordingly and consider where they may need to devote more resources. For policymakers aiming to encourage digital entrepreneurship in their own city, the index helps to identify existing and promising hubs of activity, in order to learn from their practices. Additionally, it allows cities to compare themselves with other European hubs and helps identify which policy areas to prioritise.

IRSUS helps tech startups by bridging the gap they face in reaching the market.

IRSUS helps tech startups by bridging the gap they face in reaching the market. Under the Startup Europe and Innovation Radar initiatives of the European Commission, IRSUS helps startups gain market success with a pan-European approach, which utilises its network of experts who provide free support on training, fundraising, networking and promotion.

Merlin aims to encourage researchers to view the results of their work as potential opportunities to be commercialised with the correct business model.

Merlin aims to encourage researchers to view the results of their work as potential opportunities to be commercialised with the correct business model. Under the Startup Europe and Innovation Radar initiatives, Merlin supports market-oriented researchers, SMEs and startups across Europe to consider the full potential of their research, and shape their outputs into innovations that are ready for market validation and commercialisation. To do this, it offers a range of dynamic workshops and relevant training to guide them on their journey to commercialisation. 
Consortium:
Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena
Cloud Incubator Hub
Poznan Science and Technology Park
St John’s Innovation Centre
BluSpecs
CIVITTA

Startup Europe Week started in 2016 as a way of celebrating entrepreneurship while recognising Europe’s regional diversity and the effect local policymaking has on startups in different parts of Europe.

Startup Europe Week started in 2016 as a way of celebrating entrepreneurship while recognising Europe’s regional diversity and the effect local policymaking has on startups in different parts of Europe. During the week, a range of events are organised from talks with entrepreneurs to workshops and information sessions, all of which are relevant to local realities.

Startup Lighthouse provides support in acceleration and scaling up abroad.

Startup Lighthouse provides support in acceleration and scaling up abroad. The initiative is based around Deep Dive Weeks in one of four ecosystems: Berlin, Lisbon, the Baltics and Dublin, in which participants enjoy an immersion week with key investors, industry experts and community leaders. Each startup is assigned a scaling manager for tailored support before, during and after the Deep Dive Week. The best startups receive acceleration services, including invite-only pitching opportunities, tickets to major EU events, and participation in missions beyond the EU (Silicon Valley, New York and Israel). Project coordinator: Vilabs OE.
Consortium:
ViLabs
F6S
etventure Startup Hub
DCU RYAN ACADEMY
Startup Division
fast track vc

The Startup Europe Partnership (SEP) is a pan-European innovation platform that helps the best scaleups grow by linking European startups with large and medium corporates who are committing capital, seniority and procurement channels.

The Startup Europe Partnership (SEP) is a pan-European innovation platform that helps the best scaleups grow by linking European startups with large and medium corporates who are committing capital, seniority and procurement channels. Initiatives within the Startup Europe Partnership include its Scaleup Summits and Investors Forum. Project coordinator: Mind the Bridge.

Consortium:
European Startup Network
ELITE
STARTUP OLÉ accelerator
Mind the Bridge
Nesta
SCALEUP INSTITUTE

Soft-Landing connects startup ecosystems by facilitating exchanges between ecosystem builders, thus building knowledge on the startup scenes in the EU, US and India and creating strong networks.

Soft-Landing connects startup ecosystems by facilitating exchanges between ecosystem builders, thus building knowledge on the startup scenes in the EU, US and India and creating strong networks. It also provides soft-landing and scaling up support to European startups in the target destinations. Project coordinator: Open Coffee Club Vilnius, VSL
Consortium:
Startup Division
F6S
IMT Starter
Crosspring
GTEC German Tech Entrepreneurship Centre

Access2Europe is creating a support system to help startups enter and scale up in other EU markets.

Access2Europe is creating a support system to help startups enter and scale up in other EU markets. To do so, four consortium partners representing Germany, France, Spain and Estonia, all major European startup hubs, have come together and designed customised programmes for startups to accelerate their entry into the respective markets. Project coordinator: Cube GmbH.
Consortium:
Cube
Tehnopol
Peninsula
The French-German Chamber of Commerce

The Scale EUp2 Programme works with startups in the fields of deep tech and the internet of things.

The Scale EUp2 Programme works with startups in the fields of deep tech and the internet of things. It helps them by facilitating access to finance, market access, market partnerships and the recruitment of talent. Project coordinator: Opticsvalley.
Consortium:
Photonics Austria
i2cat
Opticsvalley
SILICON ALPS
PARIS&CO
Photonics BW
SECPhO
STEINBEIS2i

WeHubs is the first European community, powered by Startup Europe, that connects business ecosystems and provides them with mentoring tools to support women entrepreneurs in the digital sector.

WeHubs is the first European community, powered by Startup Europe, that connects business ecosystems and provides them with mentoring tools to support women entrepreneurs in the digital sector. In this way, WeHubs aims to provide a Europe-wide community of business support organisations that offer dedicated services to female web entrepreneurs.

MY-GATEWAY is a Startup Europe initiative which aims to help high-tech startups and promising SMEs in Romania, Slovenia and the Czech Republic to grow and scale up on a pan-European level.

MY-GATEWAY is a Startup Europe initiative which aims to help high-tech startups and promising SMEs in Romania, Slovenia and the Czech Republic to grow and scale up on a pan-European level. MY-GATEWAY’s strategy is based around facilitating improved, streamlined access to networks, finance, talent and capacity building. Project coordinator: Europa Media
Consortium:
europa media
CZECHINVEST
SPHERIK accelerator
START-UP SLOVENIA
startups.be
nacue
eyIF EUROPEAN YOUNG INNOVATORS FORUM
HUGIN&MUNIN
Bar-Ilan University
STARTUP OLÉ accelerator
UNIDEMI

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