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    Horizon 2020 Uncovered: What is the SME Instrument?

    Start date: 05/12/2013
    Cost: Free Please register for Event via attached link

    Horizon2020 is the European Commission’s new flagship programme for research and development.

    However, it will be different from similar programs in the past. One new feature is the “SME Instrument”, which is designed to support the development of new business ideas and comes with free coaching support.

    This event is for any SME with an innovative business idea, wanting to understand if the new SME Instrument funding scheme will be useful for them. It is not just for R&D businesses!

    08:00 Registration tea & coffee upon arrival
    08:30 Welcome
    08:35 Introduction to Enterprise Europe Network
    09:00 Horizon2020, a real opportunity for the region’s businesses?
    09:30 What is the SME Instrument, and how do you apply?
    10:00 How does the Instrument’s coaching support work?
    10:15 Q&A
    10:30 Networking and Close


    Horizon2020 is the European Commission’s flagship programme for Research and development. Running from January 2014 to December 2020, the Commission has earmarked €70billion to support both the R&D and business communities across Europe.

    20% of this sum is “ring-fenced” for small businesses and access routes and participation rules have been significantly altered from the previous FP7 program which comes to and end after seven years in December 2013.

    One such new departure is the jauntily titled “SME Instrument”, which is for Small Businesses only and allows single companies to apply for feasibility (€50,000) or demonstration grants (€1-2.5Million) to rapidly bring new ideas to market. Successful applicants will also be offered free coaching to support their project as it develops, a process managed by the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN).

    Run by both The SME National Contact Point and EEN, the event will outline where small businesses can access both collaborative R&D funds through the main body of H2020 and also how any business with an innovative new business idea and European ambitions can compete for support under the new SME instrument.

    Who Should Attend?

    Any SME with an innovative business idea, wanting to understand if this kind of funding will be useful for them.

    It is no longer just for R&D businesses!

    Round Foundry Media Centre, Foundry Street, Leeds, LS11 5QP

    To register please click the follow link;

    Or visit Enterprise Europe Website:

    European Regional Development Fund Northern Powerhouse
    Partners Department for Business Innovation and Skills Finance Birmingham