RTD - DG Research and Innovation
Main objective of the action is to boost the investment/market readiness of SMEs participating in FP 7 (mainly those participating in the Innovation Radar), Horizon 2020 (mainly targeting SMEs with an active role in collaborative projects) and the Seal of Exellence . The independent experts shall ensure that the assessed SMEs emerging from above mentioned framework programmes acknowledge what are the key issues required to access private funding and consequently strengthen the financing/financial strategy of the companies and as a consequence are better prepared to negotiate effectively and establish links with potential investors. This will be operated according to how SMEs pretend to create, deliver and capture value. At the same time, the action shall analyse the investment readiness landscape in FP 7 and Horizon 2020 beneficiaries and bring detailed information of the maturity level of funded projects and the investment readiness level of the SMEs.
Specific objectives of the action are to:
Improve SME capacity to successfully access to private sources of finance.
Increase the number of investments made into early-stage firms by connecting interested SMEs with suitable source of finance/ investors at a sufficiently early stage of the project.
Assist the Commission in the preparation of legislative proposals and policy initiatives
Provides expertise to the Commission when preparing implementing measures, i.e. before the Commission submits these draft measures to a comitology committee