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  • The National Documentation Centre

  • Horizon 2020 & SMEs

  • SME instrument

  • Access to Risk Finance

  • Enterprise Europe Network

  • Q&A

Ekt national documentation centre
EKT: National Documentation Centre

National institution for the collection, documentation, aggregation, perpetual preservation, dissemination and re-use of e-content:

  • e-content

  • Metrics & Evidence-based Policies

  • Knowledge Transfer & ExploitationCoordinator of Enterprise Europe Network-Hellas National Contact Point for EU funding for Research & Innovation


H2020 & SMEs: Why?

Horizon 2020

H2020 smes why1
H2020 & SMEs: Why?

Impact assessment in previous EU R&I Programmes

  • Less than 50% of industries use publicly funded R&D projects strategically

  • Only 22% of SMEs in EU research programmes are strategic innovators

  • Most academics engage with industry only to further develop research

  • Results not exploited because projects not designed for exploitation

  • The information environment of R&D programmes is unattractive to SMEs

  • SMEs cannot benefit from research results due to missing IPR strategy

  • SMEs not encouraged to take the project leadership, but public (R&D) organisations lack the entrepreneurial expertise

H2020 smes integrated approach
H2020 & SMEs: Integrated approach

Priority 2: Industrial Leadership

  • Strong participation by SMEs: all forms of R&D, innovation, towards exploitation & commercialization

  • Simplification of particular benefit to SMEs (e.g. single entry point)

Sme instrument
SME Instrument

  • Proposed budget: ~3 Billion €

  • Target group: Innovative SMEs (single or consortium) Other organisations only under subcontracting

  • Bottom-up while addressing societal challenges &/or key enabling technologies

  • Grant-based staged funding, Impact on growth & job creation

  • Evaluation: Market-oriented, EU dimension

  • Starting date: early 2014, Implementation: EASME

Sme instrument phases 1 3
SME Instrument: Phases 1-3

Phase 1: Concept & Feasibility Assessment

  • 10% budget of SME instrument (~5200 funded projects, 10% success)

  • Lump sum 50.000€ for 6 months for Innovative SMEs

  • Input: Idea/Business Plan 1 (~10 pages), Output: Business Plan 2

  • Activities: Feasibility, Risk assessment, IPR, Partner search…

  • Call always open with 4 cut-off dates/year (18/06/2013)

  • Time to contract: 8-12 weeks

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SME Instrument: Phases 1-3

Phase 2: R&D, demonstration, market replication

  • 90% budget of SME instrument (~1700 proposals, success:30-50%)

  • 0,5-2,5 Meuro (exc.:5 Meuro) for 12-24 months to Innovative SMEs

  • Input: Business Plan 2 + activities under phase 2 (~30 pages)

  • Activities: Development, Prototyping, Testing, Piloting, etc.

  • Output: “Investor-ready Business plan 3”

  • Call always open with 4 cut-off dates/year (24/09/2014)

  • TT contract: 150 days

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SME Instrument: Phases 1-3

Phase 3: Commercialisation & Coaching

  • 2% budget of SME instrument

  • No direct funding, Support for access to private finance

  • Promote instrument as quality label for successful projects

  • Networking, training, information addressing IP management, knowledge sharing, dissemination

  • Connection to public procurement activities

  • Key account Management will be carried out by EENs & coaching by external specialists

Access to risk finance
Access to Risk Finance

Assisting organisations engaged in research and innovation to access financial instruments, such as loans, guarantees, equity finance, etc.

2 OPEN CALLS (deadline: 15/04/2014)

  • Proposal submitted by single proposer or consortium (Technology Transfer Officers, Universities, public research organizations, etc.)

  • Budget: 2,5 Meuro (one or more proposals funded), duration will be defined

  • Deadline: 15 April 2014

  • Topic 1: Capacity Building in Technology Transfer

  • Topic 2: Boosting the investment-readiness of SMEs and small Midcaps

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Access to Risk Finance

15 more calls will follow during in 2014-2015:

  • Loan service for R&I (Risk-Sharing Finance Facility)

  • SMEs & Small Midcaps R&I Loans Service

  • Equity Facility for R&I

  • Technology Transfer Financing Facility Pilot

  • Technical & Financial Advisory Service for Risk Finance in R&I

  • Understanding the Intellectual Property Aggregation Marketplace

  • Understanding the Nature & impact of Angel & Crowd-funding

  • Assessing the potential for EU Investment in Venture Capital funds-of-Funds& more.. !


Funded by the European Commission under the Competitiveness & Innovation Framework Programme (CIP)

Enterprise europe network
Enterprise Europe Network & Innovation Framework Programme (CIP)

One-stop shop for European SMEs

Practical help from local organisations

Listening to SMEs

Almost 600 partner organisations in 54 countries

Enterprise europe network1
Enterprise Europe Network & Innovation Framework Programme (CIP)

One-stop shop for European SMEs

Since its launch, the Network has:

• Helped 7 000 companies to sign business, technology or

research partnerships

• Brought 90,000 companies to international brokerage

events and company missions

• Answered 375,000 questions on EU issues

• Attracted more than 1 million people to events

Enterprise europe network hellas
Enterprise Europe Network-Hellas & Innovation Framework Programme (CIP)

12 Partners, covering all Greece

Coordinator: EKT


Enterprise Europe Network & Innovation Framework Programme (CIP)

How do I get European funding?

How do I find a new market abroad?

I need a business partner in another country…

How can I sell my innovative ideas and technology?

What does this EU law mean for my business?

Range of services
Range of Services & Innovation Framework Programme (CIP)

Information, feedback and international business cooperation services

Innovation, Technology and knowledge transfer services

Encouraging SME participation to Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development

How does the network help smes
How does the Network help SMEs & Innovation Framework Programme (CIP)*?

  • Close to 55% of companies have gained access to new markets

  • More than half have developed a new product, service or implemented a new business process

  • Some 48.5% have reported an impact on their turnover

  • Close to 45% have improved their technology

  • More than 40% have started a new business project

  • Some 99.7% of companies would recommend the services of the Network

Enterprise europe network hellas1
Enterprise Europe Network-Hellas & Innovation Framework Programme (CIP)

Indicative Results (2008-2012):

  • 410 partnership Agreements (commercial, technological, research)

  • 350 Brokerage Events & Company Missions

  • 13.000 advices on access to EU programmes

  • 45.000 responses to EU subject questions

Contact & Innovation Framework Programme (CIP)

Be a part of it!


to find the Network near you

Georgia Tzenou EKT- National Documentation CentreTel.: 210 7273965, E-mail:

Skype: gtzenou