Friday, 23 February 2018
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We are continuing our series of newsletters presenting different funding sectors or innovation topics. Contact us to discover how your organisation can be presented in the Focus of the Week.

In today’s Focus of the Week we will present a look at how the European Union is investing in SMEs and mid-caps.

Enjoy reading this edition of our newsletter!

Roland Strauss and the EU Innovation Trends team

Focus of the week: SMEs, mid-caps and entrepreneurs

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are important drivers of growth, innovation and employment in Europe. SMEs represent 99% of businesses in the EU and employ two thirds of the active working population. Supporting access to finance for SMEs and mid-caps is a top priority for the EIB. In 2017 alone, the EIB Group financed SMEs and mid-caps across the globe to the tune of a record EUR 29.6 billion (EIB Group). They supported 285 800 smaller companies, which employ 3.9 million people.

EIB once again joins forces with Banca Transilvania to support corporate investment in Romania: EIB lends EUR 75m to Romania’s second largest bank. 3 000 SMEs and mid-caps and 37 000 jobs are expected to be supported, mostly in Romania’s rural...
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EIB confirms new EUR 24 million backing for private sector investment in Rwanda: New investment and job creation by companies across Rwanda will benefit from EUR 24 million of new financing provided by the European Investment...
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News Highlights

Bacteria under your feet: An international team of researchers, including ERC grantee Fernando T. Maestre from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC), pieced together a global...
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ING and EIB provide EUR 300m to finance green shipping: The European Investment Bank (EIB) and ING today signed an agreement to support green investments for the European shipping market for a total...
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New study on Digital Government APIs, APIs4DGov project : European Commission's DG CONNECT together with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) launched a study with the purpose to gain further understanding of...
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6 Mar 2018 - Supporting vulnerable regions and citizens: Boosting sustainable growth and cohesion: In line with the first priority of the Bulgarian Presidency, for European economic growth and social cohesion, the Various Interests Group decided...
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9 Mar 2018 - The role of thematic networks in EU agricultural innovation: Over 20 thematic networks are or have been funded under Horizon 2020 to bridge the gap between research and practice in agriculture. They cover a...
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10 Sep 2018 - EIC Innovators' Summit 2018 : On 10-11 September 2018 the EIC Innovators' Summit will kick off in Berlin with around 1000 top innovators, investors, corporates, gathering for...
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Calls for Proposals
SMEInst-13-2016-2017: Engaging SMEs in security research and development:
The actions under this topic should cover any aspect of the Specific Programme for “secure societies - protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens“ (Horizon 2020 Framework programme and Specific programme).
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SMEInst-05-2016-2017: Supporting innovative SMEs in the healthcare biotechnology sector :
This call supports innovation activities, such as demonstration, testing, prototyping, piloting, scaling-up, miniaturisation, design, market replication and the like aiming to bring an innovation idea (product, process, service etc.) to industrial readiness and maturity for market introduction, but may also include some research.
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ALTFI-01-2017: Improving access by innovative SMEs to alternative forms of finance:
The aim of this call is to improve the access of innovative SMEs to alternative forms of finance.
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