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SME Update Issue 20 02 June 2014

Call for Expression of Interest for Potential Coaches under SME Instrument in Horizon 2020

The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (EASME) has launched a call for expression of interest to find individuals willing and able to provide business coaching and leadership development support to SMEs participating to the SME instrument under Horizon 2020.
Read the full call text.

Welcome to Issue 20 of the SME Update, the online newsletter that brings readers the latest news regarding SMEs in Europe. Kicking off this issue is a discussion of a report on the impact of FP7 funding on SMEs and its very positive message. Next up are two articles on the Horizon 2020 funding and risk-sharing initiatives, one on the opportunities they present to SMEs and the other looking ahead to their presentation at the top-level international Greek Presidency conference. Rounding off the newsletter is another success story, this one on the rice-milling SME Ernesto Morgado.

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SMEs participating in FP7 perform significantly better than comparable non-participating SMEs
An interim evaluation of the participation of SMEs in FP7 reveals very positive impacts, both on the SMEs and on society.                                         
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EU Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn News & Events

Key Opportunities for SMEs under Horizon 2020
An overview of Horizon 2020 financial support for SMEs is presented at a conference with EU Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn.
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News & Events

Athens Conference Promotes EU Financial Instruments as Accelerators for Growth and Job Creation
A top-level international conference in June will showcase the potential of the financial instruments launched under Horizon 2020.     
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Success Story

Ernesto Morgado: Financing the development of rice-based products with the EU's Risk Sharing Instrument
Ernesto Morgado’s heavy investment in R&D has led to an expanded product range and growth, helped by an RSI-supported loan.         
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