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Special attention to SMEs working in eHealth

News: 29/11/2013 - 12:31
Nowadays the EU is paying even more attention to small and medium sized enterprizes - a lot of good ideas and much needed innovation originate from SMEs. To help them out, the EU has reserved 20% of its total Horizon 2020 budget. In the eHealth domain, two projects are focussing on giving SMEs a helping hand: GET and iLINC.

GET and iLINC have just taken off and will run for 2 years. The EU contributed 798.998 € (GET) and 499,000 € (iLINC).

GET

The GET project will deliver four services to eHealth SMEs and entrepreneurs in order to boost their growth and move them to the next level of competitiveness.

These services are:

  • Get on track targets early-stage companies, start-ups and entrepreneurs. It supports them to optimize their business model and commercialization strategy.
  • Get funded is designed for SMEs looking for a second round of funding. It provides training, resources and networking opportunities with investors at European level.
  • Get global helps mature SMEs to access international markets by putting them in contact with foreign commercialization partners and potential customers.
  • Fill the gap establishes bridges between healthcare purchasers with 'market gaps' and SMEs with the required technological skills.

Each service has been designed to provide (cross-border) value by offering training, mentoring, market intelligence, support and, above all, quality contacts.

The project plans to directly benefit at least 75 European SMEs and 15 entrepreneurs, but indirectly influence a bigger number through disseminated resources and events. The expected market acceleration as a result of the support would promote a wave of world-class companies in the field.

Interested? Visit the GET website.

iLINC

iLINC is establishing a European network of law incubators that bridge ICT entrepreneurs and start-ups with law students.

A law incubator is a pro-bono "legal clinic" set-up in a law university, or in a network of law universities, where law students provide legal advice to entrepreneurs under the strict supervision of a teacher.

Adequate legal support is vital to the success of technology start-ups. Failure to anticipate potential legal challenges might negatively impact the business, possibly jeopardising opportunities for market growth and expansion. On the other hand, law students could always use more 'real-life' experience.

iLINC already found four universities to participate, the universities of London, Amsterdam, Leuven and Hamburg.

More info and contact (Ian Walden, University of London)

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the new EU funding program for research and innovation. If you would like to know more about Horizon 2020 funding opportunities for SMEs, watch the video of the Health and Wellbeing Info Day (session 2) here.

Interested to apply for Horizon 2020 funding? Visit the Participant Portal.