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Iberital VISION wins the Green GOOD DESIGN™ Award

GOOD DESIGN™ was founded in Chicago in 1950 by Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Edgar Kaufmann, Jr. to promote and foster a greater public understanding and acceptance for Modern Design.

Can’t imagine your morning without a cup of coffee? Spanish company Iberital is making your routine a sustainable one. Iberital has developed a coffee machine with a new design based on the introduction of lead-free materials, energy efficiency and internet connectivity. The company received an SME Instrument grant in 2016 to design an ecological espresso machine that now won the 2018 Green Good Design Award from The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum.

Become the EBAN Scaleup of the Month!

Every month, EBAN, the European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and Early Stage Market Players, holds a one-hour webinar where selected entrepreneurs and the investor who backs them present their projects to a jury of investors and an international audience, for a chance to become the Scaleup of the Month. Each Scaleup of the Month and their investor receive complimentary passes and a pitching slot to one of EBAN's flagship events as well as premium visibility within the EBAN network.

The SME Instrument and EBAN are pleased to invite you to the first joint EBAN Scaleup of the Month webinar. Present your innovation to a Jury of investors and get a pass and a pitching slot at one of EBAN’s flagship events!

Meet 5 companies shaping the future of Industry 4.0 in Hannover Messe

Promoted by the Enterprise Europe Network in cooperation with SME Instrument Business Acceleration Services and NBank, this exclusive brokerage event is the place to be for innovative SMEs looking for funding and business partnerships during the renowned trade-show.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here. The rise of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies is causing digital disruption like never before.


On 24 to 26 April, more than 70 selected European Innovation Council (EIC) SME Instrument companies will pitch their ideas to investors and network with corporate representatives in the Technology & Business Cooperation Days at Hannover Messe. This year, the event will focus on Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory solutions including resource and energy efficient manufacturing technologies.

New SME Instrument candidates pitch their innovations to the EIC Jury

Each applicant for the EIC SME Instrument Phase 2 grant has now gone through a first set of remote evaluations. The best applicants have been invited to pitch their ideas in front of a Jury of experts in investment and innovation. The list of jury members consists of 15% business angels, 20% entrepreneurs, 20% venture capitalists, experts from larger corporates, innovation hubs and accelerators – and a majority of women.

The interviews last for no longer than 30 minutes including:

This week 135 innovative companies will pitch their breakthrough inovation to the EIC SME Instrument Jury of investment experts, to get up to € 2.5 million in funding from the SME Instrument. Since last January, evaluations under the EU's innovation funding progamme for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has undergone a radical change under the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot. From now on, in addition to an application on paper, candidates will pitch their innovations to a Jury of 41 professional investors, entrepreneurs and business experts who will evaluate the solidity of their project. Jury interviews for the second SME Instrument cut-off under the EIC start today and last for a week with one set target – finding the best innovators in Europe and investing in their future success.

3 days to go, meet 3 companies not to miss at Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2018

Since the beginning of 2018 the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot provides free business acceleration services for all small and medium-sized enterprises that are part of an EIC project. The business acceleration services are designed to help you get connected with business partners and investors, network with the right people and take advantage of new learning opportunities.

Here are 3 companies leaving the competition behind at TRA 2018

TRA 2018 is the international transport research and technology conference, addressing representatives from policy, science and research as well as from industry to shape the future of transport and mobility. Between 16 and 19 April, more than 3 000 participants will discuss in Vienna new mobility solutions for society, the economy and the environment. The SME Instrument Business Acceleration Services are inviting 20 companies to network with investors and large corporate representatives at TRA 2018.

The Overseas Trade Fairs Programme: Applications Open for final 3 fairs in 2018!

Europe's most innovative aerospace, defence and security companies showcased at FIDAE 2018

The 20th edition of FIDAE welcomed more than 580 exhibiting companies and 120,000 attendees from more than 46 countries. The EU pavilion complemented the presence of 15 Member States and showcased how small and medium-sized European companies are driving innovation in the aerospace, defence and security sectors globally.

The most cutting-edge European aerospace, defence and security SMEs were present at FIDAE 2018, taking place from 3rd-8th April in Santiago, Chile. FIDAE 2018 officially opened on Tuesday 3rd April with the visit of Rodrigo Ubilla, Undersecretary of the Interior and Public Security of Chile to the first ever European Pavilion at the trade fair. 15 top innovators from the SME Instrument showcased their projects and 4 were selected among the 5 most innovative exhibitors in FIDAE 2018 - PLD Space, Satlantis, Drone Hopper and Jakusz.

SME Instrument is in Wolves Summit with block chain tech company Billon

Wolves Summit is one of the most important tech networking events in Central and Eastern Europe. The 7th edition focusses on inspiring, educating, and networking between start-ups, investment funds, corporations and other business representatives. And the European Innovation Council pilot’s SME Instrument is naturally part of the crowd.

Wolves Summit is kicking off today and guess who’s part of the programme? SME Instrument is indeed in Warsaw with blockchain top innovator Billon giving a workshop on how we fund Europe’s most talented innovators and high-growth companies. Meet us on 11 April at 10:10 for a crash course on the SME Instrument!

SME Instrument "Corporate days": Bridging the gap between SMEs and big business

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are a focal point in shaping enterprise policy in the European Union. The European Commission considers small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurship as key to ensuring economic growth, innovation, job creation, and social integration in the EU.

Highly innovative SMEs with potential for high growth should take full advantage of partnering opportunities. No matter the size of your company, finding the right partner can generate tremendous competitive benefits for your business.

The power of water: Tecnoturbines signs agreement with SUEZ Group to generate clean energy


The Spanish start-up Tecnoturbines, founded in 2012, works in developing hydraulic turbines that generate electricity, recovering energy from almost any type of pressure drop. This energy can be reused, consumed locally, sold back to the grid or stored in batteries. In 2015 the European Commission, under SME Instrument, awarded the company a grant of over € 1 million to help develop their technology.

Water is essential for life but it can also be a powerful source of energy when used properly. SME Instrument-funded Tecnoturbines recently signed a collaboration agreement with the Energy Division of the SUEZ Group, a worldwide leader in the environment sector. This would constitute a joint effort to reduce energy costs and to develop projects to generate clean energy based on the water potential.


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