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Topic identifier: COS-2017-3-04-1
Publication date: 13 July 2017

Types of action: COSME-GA Grant agreement
Opening date:
13 July 2017
Deadline: 19 October 2017 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises COSME website
Pillar: More favourable conditions for business creation and growth
Work Programme Year: COSME-2017
Work Programme Part: COSME 2017
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Support a project in the area of FashionTech (intersection of fashion and technology), in particular related to:

  • products and materials;

  • design and production;

  • retail and marketing.

Facilitating and reinforcing cross-sectoral collaboration amongst relevant organisations (incubators, accelerators, labs, universities, research centres and other relevant business support organisations) may be done in particular through:

  • Mapping the relevant initiatives and actors, opportunities and challenges for the sectors;
  • Organising networking activities, workshops, study visits, events to enable learning, exchange of knowledge and good practice, including on leveraging public funds and private investment.
  • Organising networking, match-making, hackathons and/or any other relevant events bringing together designers, technology providers, start-ups, SMEs, scientists, artists, etc.
  • Setting-up a dedicated internet platform;
  • Involving other actors covering different parts of the relevant value chain, including universities, research and technology centres, materials producers, big brands, etc.;
  • Developing and testing more long-term support models that would help innovative companies grow;
  • Establishing cooperation with the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN).

Supporting a number of innovative start-ups and SMEs may be done in particular through:

  • Organising collaborative workshops, mentoring, individual and group coaching, exchanges of entrepreneurs and other forms of support in various areas (such as finance and accounting, marketing, intellectual property management), competition for the most successful business idea, etc.;
  • Facilitating technical support (e.g. providing physical space, means and resources);
  • supporting proofs of concept and prototypes of new products and services;
  • Facilitating contacts with investors and business opportunities;
  • Organising events to promote the selected start-ups and SMEs.

To increase the impact of the action on regional development, proposals must demonstrate the existence of a supportive environment e.g. by explaining the links between the proposed project and the objectives of the regional development programmes, including as defined in the smart specialisation strategies. The networks shall feed into the cross-regional development of joint actions and investment projects in common priority areas in the context of the Thematic Smart Specialisation Platform on industrial modernisation (depending on the existence of a relevant thematic platform).


The main objective of the action is to support the creation, business development and scaling-up of companies in the fashion and the tourism sectors through incubators integrating creative, art and design skills from CCIs (Cultural and Creative Industries) with technology, science and other relevant expertise.

Specific objectives of the action:

  • Facilitating and reinforcing cross-sectoral collaboration amongst incubators, accelerators, labs as well as other relevant actors across EU countries and COSME participating countries focusing on themes identified below, taking into account the relevant value chains;
  • Supporting a number of innovative startups and SMEs for a period necessary for them do grow and scale-up their business activities


Expected Impact:

1.1.Expected results and deliverables

  • Reports on collaboration activities developed under the project
  • Detailed reports on the support provided to startups and SMEs
  • Mapping and showcasing of good practice
  • Scaling up of startups and companies
  • Development of new products, prototypes, solutions, etc.
  • Development of new support mechanisms


In descending order of importance

  • Number of start-ups and/or SMEs supported;
  • Number of prototypes/proofs of concept developed;
  • Number of networking activities, workshops, match-making activities, events etc. organised;
  • Number of promotional events organised.
Topic conditions and documents
Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.
  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding:
    Described in section 6 of the Call document.
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: Described in sections 6 and 7 of the Call document.

  3. Evaluation

    3.1. Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: Described in sections 8 and 9 of the Call document.

    3.2. For submission and evaluation process, see the Guide for applicants.
  4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement: described in section 3 of the Call document.

  5. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    COSME Grant Agreement (COS-GA):
    Standard proposal template
    Model Grant Agreement - Multi-Beneficiary
  6. Additional documents:
    COSME Work Programme 2017
    COSME legal basis


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