Did you know that there are diverse and attractive EU funding opportunities for European startups and scale-ups? Are you interested to learn about the EU funding potential for your company?
The EU is running several large funding programmes, headlined by Horizon Europe, a €95.5 billion programme for research and innovation. Horizon Europe tackles climate change, supports the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and boosts the EU’s competitiveness and growth. The programme facilitates collaboration and strengthens the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting and implementing EU policies while tackling global challenges.
The flagship innovation programme within Horizon Europe to identify, develop and scale up breakthrough technologies and game-changing innovations is the European Innovation Council (EIC). It has a budget of around €10 billion to support groundbreaking innovations throughout the lifecycle from early-stage research to proof of concept, technology transfer, demonstration & validation, and the financing and scale-up of startups and SMEs.
There are three funding mechanisms within the EIC:
- Pathfinder – supports the exploration of bold ideas for radically new technologies (TRL 1-4). It welcomes the high-risk / high gain and interdisciplinary cutting-edge science collaborations that underpin technological breakthroughs.
- Transition – funds innovation activities that go beyond the experimental proof of principle in laboratory to support both the maturation and validation of your novel technology in the lab and in relevant application environments, and the development of a business case/model towards the innovation’s future commercialisation (TRL 4-6).
- Accelerator – supports individual Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), in particular deep-tech startups and spinout companies to develop and scale up trailblazing innovations (TRL 5-9).
In order to find your way through the jungle of EU funding opportunities and to get hands-on support regarding your application, you might want to take on the help of EU funding experts. The key is to be able to determine whether your startup really fulfils all the requirements needed to successfully compete for EU funding and to prepare a tailored strategy for obtaining EU money. This is where our partners at UpSpark can help!
UpSpark is a specialiced consulting firm providing a full spectrum of services in applying for EU funding at a central level, mainly from Horizon Europe, but also other international funding programmes. They specialize in the most business-oriented and impact-driven funding schemes such as EIC Accelerator and Eurostars.
They work with top European innovators and provide comprehensive advisory support in the process of shaping the project concept, adjusting it to the requirements of a selected programme, performing analysis and research, and developing the proposal to its final form. UpSpark was created by Jakub Żbikowski, who has over 14 years of experience in the EU funding sector, and by Szymon Łokaj, who has over 12 years of experience in the EU funding sector. Over these years, they have won a total of over €250 million for their clients.
Using their own extensive proprietary scouting and project evaluation methodology in combination with vast expertise and experience in winning competitive proposals, UpSpark can determine whether you are in a position to successfully compete for EU grants.
To find out if your startup has good chances to get EU funding: Do a free EU funding potential check here!
The deadline for taking part in the free EU funding potential check ist August 10. After filling out the questionaire, the EU funding experts of UpSpark will then verify whether your startup has in place all the key ingredients that make it a legit applicant to the most impact-driven and market-focused funding schemes: EIC (Accelerator, Pathfinder, Transition) and EUREKA/ Eurostars. Afterwards you’ll learn about the results and about how to get support in order to get access to EU funds that will help you innovate and scale at an even faster pace.