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TOPIC : Awareness-raising and capacity-building for business angels and other early-stage investors

Topic identifier: CBBA-01-2016
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
Opening date:
27 October 2015
Deadline: 16 February 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Industrial Leadership
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Work Programme Part: Access to Risk Finance
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

While the number of business angels and other early-stage investors has increased in recent years, more needs to be done to:

  • Increase the number of early-stage investments in Europe.
  • Tap into the unexploited potential of business angels, and attract more individuals, both women and men, with the skills, capacity and potential to become an angel. Encourage and, where appropriate, incentivise more established and experienced business angels to share their expertise and best practices with their less-experienced counterparts.
  • Provide more training, coaching and networking activities to develop the expertise of less experienced early-stage investors (both women and men) and to help professionalise business angels — in particular, regarding their mentoring and advisory role.
  • Raise standards for angel training.
  • Help structure and professionalise business angels' activities, including relationships with other investors and the use of online platforms for investment (including but not limited to crowdfunding platforms).
  • Help develop business angels' cross-border investment activities.
  • Raise awareness and visibility amongst SMEs and other players about the utility of business angels and other early-stage investors.

Proposals should take account of a) the early-stage investment landscape, players and dynamics in EU Member States and the countries associated with Horizon 2020, b) the supply of business angel expertise and funding and c) the increased demand of initial risk capital for entrepreneurial businesses and:

  1. Develop a capacity-building strategy and consequent implementation plan that makes use of techniques (tailored for both women and men) such as awareness raising campaigns, coaching, mentoring, workshops, courses, training materials (in particular through social media) as well as knowledge transfer of best practices.
  2. Validate the implementation plan by stakeholders.
  3. Execute the implementation plan.
  4. Review the impact of the implementation plan and possibly adapt the scheme in the light of experience.

The approach taken must complement and build on existing early-stage capacity-building schemes at EU, regional and national levels, working with them where possible. The proposal must also address how to ensure the continuity of the action beyond the implementation period of the call. Proposers must have and must demonstrate deep knowledge of the business angel and general early-stage domain, have proven experience in the field, and significant experience of capacity-building.

The proposal should be linked and contribute to the Horizon 2020 Financial Instrument Pilot on Co-Investments by Business Angels (Action 3.1).

The project should operate for a maximum period of 36 months.

Expected Impact:
  • Sustainable, comprehensive strategy for building capacity in early-stage investments across Europe.
  • Higher levels of early-stage expertise in Europe.
  • Increase the number of early-stage investments in Europe, including cross-border.
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 part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
    Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects (follow the links to China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan).

  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme

    Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme [, with the following exceptions]:

    3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process

  4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

    Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.
  5. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Coordination and Support Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template
    Standard evaluation form
    H2020 General MGA -Multi-Beneficiary
    Annotated Grant Agreement

  6. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

    Classified information

    Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.

    Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.

  7. Additional Documents:
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 - Regulation of Establishment
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Access to Risk Finance
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: General Annexes


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