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

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.

22 September 2017

Open call for SME Instrument Phase 1 Seal holders in Italian Lombardia Region

The Region of Lombardy renewed its scheme for SME Instrument Phase 1 Seal of Excellence holders who were awarded between the September 2016 and September 2017 cut-off. SMEs can apply under the regional R&I Call Innodriver (Misura B), submitting the same Horizon 2020 SME Instrument proposal, the Seal certificate and the Evaluation Summary Report provided by the European Commission.

18 September 2017

New call for applications for Slovenian MSCA Seal of Excellence holders

The Slovenian Research Agency invites national research institutions that had participated in the MSCA-IF-2016 call evaluation procedure and acquired a score of 85% or more to apply for co-funding of their projects. The Slovenian call foresees a co-financing of 6 research projects, starting from 1 January 2018. Using its own funds, the Agency will support the leading researchers of the selected projects for a period of two years.

  • More information (The deadline for submission of applications is 16 October 2017)
8 September 2017

Amsterdam Matchmaking event for Seal of Excellence SMEs in Sustainable Urban Mobility

27 September 2017, CapitalFest will bring together top-notch founders, investors and corporates in Amsterdam. Register now to be selected for 1:1 matchmaking with international investors and attend invite-only break-out sessions organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, with representatives from BMW Startup Garage, Mastercard and Rotterdam Mobility Lab as well as public authorities. A limited number of 50% discount tickets are available for Seal of Excellence holders. Please contact Linda van Duivenbode for more information.

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