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Access to finance is vital in order to start or expand a business, and the EU provides finance for small firms in different forms - grants, loans, and in some cases, guarantees. In addition, the EU funds specific projects. EU funding can be divided into two categories:

  • direct funding through grants;
  • indirect funding through national and local intermediaries.

Find out more about which type of funding suits your needs and how to apply for it.

Capital, Loans and Bank guarantees

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    Key programmes for entrepreneurs

    • Go international with Enterprise Europe Network
    • Mentor a future entrepreneur with Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

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