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Bulgaria: ICT Investment for SME Growth

Investment in ICT and SMEs from EU FP7 funding is strengthening this essential sector of the Bulgarian economy in order to help the country – and the region – maintain its technical advantage on the world stage.

EIT ICT Labs and FI-WARE are launching challenges for SMEs' application.

A collaboration between the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT ICT Labs) and the Future Internet Public Private Partnership (FI-PPP) aims at boosting the adoption of Future Internet technologies within startups, SMEs, Public Administrations to create new innovative businesses and new job opportunities.

5G: a new philosophy in connectivity

“5G won’t just be a bit faster, a bit higher capacity, or a linear progression from what we know today. The change will not be incremental, but exponential,” said the EU’s Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes in February this year. A big endorsement for Europe’s digital future, but is it not a little early to be thinking about fifth-generation internet?

Seminar on Fast Track to Innovation under Horizon 2020

This new instrument, open to different entities, will help to boost innovation and increase private sector participation under Horizon 2020. Contribute to the set-up of the pilot program by participating in our workshop on December 16!

ICT-enabled public sector innovation in H2020 (flyer)

<p> Interested in Open Government, eParticipation, mobile eGovernment, cloud of public services, use of emerging technologies in public sector...?</p> <p> Find your way and your funding opportunities in the new programme Horizon 2020. Read the flyer!</p> <p> (latest update: 24/3/2014)</p>

Guide to ICT-related activities in Horizon 2020

As a generic technology, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is present in many areas of the EU's new funding program Horizon 2020. This guide is designed to help potential project proposers find ICT-related topics across the different parts of Horizon 2020.

The SME Instrument - Your Highway to Innovation

The SME instrument is a new initiative under Horizon 2020.It supports Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) throughout the innovation cycle. It addresses a funding gap for high-potential but high-risk innovation projects, through integrated support from lab to market. Highly innovative SMEs with a strong ambition to develop an important growth and internationalisation potential are the prime target of this SME support tool.

ICT 2013: Create, Connect, Grow

ICT2013 will bring together Europe's best & brightest in ICT research, with businesses old & new, web start-ups and digital strategists to chart a path for Europe's ICT research policy. Join us to share your vision for the future with EU policy-makers, and see the latest advances in EU-funded ICT research.

FIA Athens 2014 - Submit your working session proposals by 25 October 2013!

<p> The <a href="">11th Future Internet Assembly (FIA) edition</a>, FIA Athens 2014, will be a three-day EU Greek Presidency event, supported jointly with the European Commission. It will take place during 18 to 20 March in Athens and will focus on reshaping the Future Internet infrastructure for innovation.</p> <p> FIA Athens 2014 will be the first FIA under Horizon 2020, allowing presenting a wider picture of Net Futures EU research activities. The programme is under preparation and the FIA Steering Committee has launched an open call to select up to nine forward-looking and inspiring working sessions. Submit your working session proposal by 25 October 2013!</p>

Building tomorrow’s E-commerce: A call to action for SMEs and E-tailers

<h4> Making e-commerce easier and more profitable for SMEs: a top priority for the European Commission</h4> <p> The European Commission has presented numerous initiatives over the past three years to promote the Digital Single Market (DSM) &nbsp;in order to maximise the opportunities&nbsp; offered by the digital economy and foster growth and jobs in Europe.</p> While significant progress is evident, the DSM is not yet complete. Business and consumers continue to face significant barriers that prevent them from realising the full potential of their commercial objectives.