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Innovation Union is the European Union strategy to create an innovation-friendly environment that makes it easier for great ideas to be turned into products and services that will bring our economy growth and jobs.

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Friday, 19 December 2014

Press Centre - New way to funding opens for Portuguese SMEs (via Research & Innovation)

A new European Union loan guarantee facility for innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has launched in Portugal. The European Investment Fund (EIF) and the Portuguese bank Banco BPI signed today the first 'InnovFin SME Guarantee' agreement in the country. The agreement supports up to €200 million of lending over the next two years to innovative companies in Portugal.

Source: What's New in Innovation

 

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Europe's future is connected to its power to innovate. The Innovation Union, an action-packed initiative for an innovation-friendly Europe, is the solution.

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Innovation Union progress at country level 2014 (PDF icon 5.3 MB)

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Events

12 February 2015

Information Day & Brokerage event on Horizon 2020 – Smart Cities and Communities 2015 Work Programme, Brussels, Belgium

A new call for proposals for Smart Cities and Communities under Horizon 2020 opened on 10 December 2014 (deadline for submitting proposals is 5 May 2015). It calls for proposals in two topics: SCC-01-2015: Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport and ICT sectors through lighthouse (large scale demonstration – first of the kind) projects and SCC-03-2015: Development of system standards for smart cities and communities solutions.

The information day will take place in the morning and will:

  • Inform participants about the call objectives, requirements and specificities
  • Provide relevant insights and lessons learnt from the 2014 SCC call.

In the afternoon, a brokerage event will provide a chance for people to discuss, exchange ideas, network and meet potential partners to create new or strengthen existing consortia. Participation in the event is free of charge but registration is compulsory and applications will be dealt with on a “first come, first served” basis.

Please note that registration is already open and will remain open until 10 January 2015.

For those not able to attend in person web-streaming will be provided. Soon we will upload the agenda of the event and other relevant information.

Location: Building Charlemagne, Rue De La Loi 170, Brussels 1040

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