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

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13 August 2018

Register for the 'Supporting clean energy innovations in regions' session at the European Week of Regions and Cities

The 'Supporting clean energy innovations in regions' session, organised by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation in partnership with the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, will take place on 10 October 2018, during the European Week of Regions and Cities.

The session will bring together the applicants behind those Horizon 2020 project proposals that received the “Seal of Excellence” quality label. They will meet with experts from regional and local authorities to discuss funding opportunities, including the existing possibilities or boundaries for synergies between different sources of funding at European and national/regional level. The holders of Seal of Excellence from Horizon 2020 are SMEs and applicants of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions. Although their projects were of high quality, they could not get funding due to lack of sufficient resources under Horizon 2020.

The registration is open until 28 September 2018.

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9 August 2018

Innovative Enterprise Vienna: Apply for a matchmaking event with investors

The European Commission together with the Austrian Presidency of the EU Council is organising the 'Innovative Enterprise Vienna 2018' event on 21-22 November 2018 in the 'Austria Center Vienna'.

The conference will focus on access to finance for innovative enterprises and Small Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), and will host parallel finance pitching sessions. It will bring together high level policy makers, financial intermediaries, and representatives of R&I and business communities. The Access4SMEs network of Horizon 2020 National Contact Points (NCP) for SMEs will organise a dedicated pitching session, a matchmaking event with investors on 22 November. Seal of Excellence holders (SoE) are invited to register as soon as possible at the EuroQuity platform. The 28 selected SoE companies will be invited to take the floor at the pitching session, and the 8 most promising scale-ups will come with their current investor to find investors for the next round of funding (series B).

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9 August 2018

Have your say: Short survey on possible IP support for 'Seal of Excellence' SMEs

Intellectual property can improve competitiveness of enterprises, even if it's a very small enterprise. It may help find financing for innovative ideas or ask for a higher price for innovative products and services. As a SME, you may find it expensive to protect what is yours. That is why the European Commission is developing tools and services to support innovative SMEs in the area of intellectual property and help you benefit from your intangible assets.

The European Commission is launching a survey to see if 'Seal of Excellence' SMEs would find access to an intellectual property pre-diagnostic service beneficial. To give us your feedback, please take a few minutes and participate in a short survey before 10 September.

Thank you in advance for your contribution to the development of EU policies.

8 August 2018

Funding available for Seal of Excellence holders in Slovakia

The Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic (MoE SR) has launched a call for SMEs that have received at least 12 points in the SME Instrument of Horizon 2020 and have not yet received funding from the European Commission. For the first time, Slovak SMEs have a chance to receive a flat rate of €50.000 to prepare a feasibility study and to prepare a proposal for Phase 2 of the SME Instrument.

The MoE SR has recently announced several calls for applications for a non-repayable financial contribution aimed at supporting the involvement of SMEs in EU programs, namely:

Call OPVaI-MH/DP/2018/3.2.1-18, aimed at supporting the involvement of SMEs outside the Bratislava Region in the EU programmes (750.000 EUR)

Call OPVaI-MH/DP/2018/4.1.1-19, aimed at supporting the involvement of SMEs in the Bratislava region in the EU programmes (500.000 EUR)

More info:
Links for the calls (in Slovak only)

3 May 2018

Join the 'Access4SMEs – Seal of Excellence' platform to find investors

The recently launched 'Access4SMEs – Seal of Excellence' online community on the platform is gathering high-potential companies with project proposals that received the Seal of Excellence, offering them opportunities to find European investors. The free platform offers online pitching sessions, thematic business webinars and events, finding business opportunities and boosting companies' reputation and visibility.

Moreover, Seal of Excellence holders will have possibility to reach out to European business angels networks, venture capitalists, corporate investors and new business partners across Europe.

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