SMEs and startups will be familiar with the need to practice their pitch and make it sound right, but what about making it look right? Not everyone is handy with design, so here below is a compilation of some of the free resources online which can be used to put your pitch together:
The EIC Accelerator pilot (SME Instrument) supports high-risk, high-potential small and medium-sized enterprises to develop and bring to market new products, services and business models that could drive economic growth.
The work programme 2018-2020 is looking for innovators with ground-breaking concepts that could shape new markets or disrupt existing ones in Europe and worldwide and so as of 5 June 2019, only ground-breaking concepts at the last stage before scale-up can be funded. However, for those meeting the requisites, substantial funding is available via this programme. (Eligiblity: For-profit SMEs, including young companies and start-ups, from any sector, established in an EU Member State or a Horizon 2020 associated country).
Proposals must be based on an initial business plan and outline the specifications of a more elaborate one, which will be the outcome of the project.
Grant only funding is provided (funding rate 70%) of between €0.5 million and €2.5 million. Under the blended finance option, the grant component is limited to €2.5 million combined with an equity component of up to €15 million. You can request a higher or lower amount, duly justified, when applying.
The final deadline for applications for Phase 1 is 5 September 2019. For more details and the link to apply see here.
The total for the last call of this research and innovation programme from the European Commission is 11 billion Euros.
Infrastructures in research and innovation will be funded with 343 million Euros and the Enhanced European Innovation Council (EIC), still in its pilot phase, will benefit from 1.2 billion Euros. Digitalisation and transformation of European industry and services with 1.8 billion Euros and 396 million Euros are dedicated to Artificial Intelligence.
From the EIC work programme, there is some key information to be highlighted of particular interest for start-ups (including new equity funding as of June 2019).
The following selected links to specific sections of the Horizon 2020 work programme may be particularly relevant for start-ups, SMEs and Space: