Seal of Excellence

The Seal of Excellence is the high-quality label awarded to projects submitted to Horizon 2020 which were deemed to deserve funding but did not receive it due to budget limits. It recognises the value of the proposal and supports the search for alternative funding

News Highlights

3 May 2018

Join the 'Access4SMEs – Seal of Excellence' platform to find investors

The recently launched 'Access4SMEs – Seal of Excellence' online community on the platform is gathering high-potential companies with project proposals that received the Seal of Excellence, offering them opportunities to find European investors. The free platform offers online pitching sessions, thematic business webinars and events, finding business opportunities and boosting companies' reputation and visibility.

Moreover, Seal of Excellence holders will have possibility to reach out to European business angels networks, venture capitalists, corporate investors and new business partners across Europe.

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16 April 2018

Boost visibility and find funding for your project: Publish it on the EIPP

The European Commission's Investment Project Portal (EIPP) has been established as part of the Juncker’s investment Plan to promote investment projects, investment possibilities in the European Union and to enable projects to reach potential investors worldwide.

By registering on the Portal your project will be visible to a growing network of international investors, including the EIB, the World Bank, the European Business Angels Network and the European Startup Network which can directly contact you. You will also be invited to the e-pitching sessions and to matchmaking events with investors. The submission is done online by uploading your SoE certificate, is now free of charge and can be submitted in all EU official languages.

13 April 2018

Funding available for Seal of Excellence holders in Poland

Seal of Excellence holders for Phase 1 based in Poland can now apply for co-funding from Polish Agency for Enterprise Development. The same categories of costs are considered eligible as in the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase 1. There will be only eligibility assessment and no content evaluation, as the previous evaluation by the European Commission will be taken into account.

The grant of 210.000 PLN is intended to support the further development of the business plan and related feasibility activities. Deadline for application is 5 June 2018.

24 October 2017

10 Seal of Excellence companies selected to pitch online to investors

BPI France, a public investment bank that supports entrepreneurs, is organising an online pitch for 10 Seal of Excellence companies selected from about 500 Seal SMEs. The event takes place on Wednesday 25 October at 5pm CET. Each company will be given 5 minutes for their pitch. The solicited investment ranges from €750.000 to €4.5m and topics include IT, energy storage, smart building, transport and digital health. Would you like to have a chance to pitch to investors in the future? Join the Access4SMEs online community now.

10 October 2017

Register now for guaranteed participation in Startup Olé 2018

The second 'Seal of Excellence Companies Meetup' is taking place from 17 to 19 April 2018 at Startup Olé in Salamanca, Spain. Our partners at Startup Olé are offering automatically confirmed access to the startup fair, catered networking and a pitching session exclusively held for Seal of Excellence SMEs. We are also organising a Seal of Excellence workshop where you can find out the latest developed support actions. The participation cost of €66 covers 2-day catering for 2 people. Please confirm your participation via the registration form mentioning SoE in the 'recommended by' field before October 31st for guaranteed access.

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