Funding opportunity for connecting tech startups ecosystems launched
Euro 10 million is the budget of the next Startup Europe Call under Horizon 2020, which is opening in mid-October. The budget will be distributed to organisations aiming at “Connecting local tech startup ecosystems and supporting cross-border activities". Among the 4-5 startups ecosystems connected by each project, at least half will be located in less developed ecosystems. The project should develop a single online entry point to each one of the ecosystems and connect them to the Startup Europe one-stop shop. Cross-border activities will include: connecting tech entrepreneurs with e.g. potential investors, business partners, accessing skills and services helping startups to soft-land in new international markets. Particular focus will be placed on stimulating partnerships between scaleups and corporates with a view to procurement, mergers or acquisitions. Similar attention will be placed to support SMEs, startups and scaleups, wherever situated in Europe, to access public procurement opportunities across borders.
DG CNECT is organising an Info Day & Networking Event on 12 September 2018 in Brussels, specifically targeting future applicants to the call. Furthermore, a High-level Meeting of Startup Europe ambassadors will take place on the following day, i.e. on 13 September 2018.TOP