Norway Grants

About

Call for proposals 2014-2021 Norwegian Financial Mechanism for Entrepreneurship Development, Innovation and SMEs is aimed to increase the competitiveness of Lithuanian companies in the field of green industry innovations, including the bioeconomy.

Supported activities

Training to develop / strengthen business skills in green industrial innovation and / or the circular economy and / or ICT.

Calling for

Eligible applicants are  SMEs and large companies with private legal personality and private, for-profit or non-governmental organizations, including business associations or clusters. 

More information about eligibility can be found HERE

Maximum funding amount

€10,000

 

More information and application HERE

Supercharge Programme

About

Supercharge Programme is for scaleups that want to accelerate their business. In this programme, the Business Creation team will offer you a tailored package of support from the following services:

  • Access to market – new customers and geographies
  • Strategy & roadmap development
  • New product/service expansion
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • IP management services
  • Marketing & communication support

Eligibility criteria

  • You are actively looking to grow.
  • You have demonstrated meaningful customer traction.
  • You have been in operation for more than one year.
  • You have a dedicated full-time team with a headquarters incorporated in a EU or Horizon Europe associated country.
  • You are looking to enhance and complement your business development efforts.
  • You are currently looking for access to finance from equity partners, or will be doing so in the future.

Funding

  • Preparing companies for fundraising
  • Equity financing consideration by EIT Manufacturing
  • Introductions to VCs, European institutions and other early-stage funding opportunities

More information and application HERE.

Switch On Programme

About

Switch On Programme is for problem-solving startups that want to start shining. In this programme, the Business Creation team will offer you a tailored package of support from the following services:

  • Access to market – new customers and geographies
  • Strategy & roadmap development
  • New product/service expansion
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • IP management services
  • Marketing & communication support

Eligibility criteria

  • You have a proven prototype or proof of concept for an innovative product that addresses critical manufacturing pain points (TRL 6 minimum).​
  • You have recently established a legal entity or are planning to do so in the near-term.​
  • You have no, or low, commercial revenues.
  • You have an entrepreneurial team, with a minimum of two members, and at least one co-founder resident in a EU or Horizon Europe associated country.​
  • You are looking to enhance and complement your business development efforts.
  • You are currently looking for access to finance from equity partners, or plan to do so in the future.
 

Funding

  • Preparing companies for fundraising
  • Equity financing consideration by EIT Manufacturing
  • Introductions to VCs, European institutions and other early-stage funding opportunities

More information and application HERE.

EIT Health Catapult

Program: Catapult

Program targets: A micro/small enterprise (less than 50 employees), involved in biotech, medtech or digital health, innovative and highly promising business concepts, already incorporated and operating in an EU country, looking for seed or series A funding of at least €500k, self-valued at €1M+, received at least €500K in public or private funding or generated €500k in revenue last year.

Opportunities: high-quality, bespoke training in business modelling and planning, investment deal negotiation and specialised pitch preparation, while gaining access to Europe’s top healthcare experts and investors. Possibility to win up to €40k cash prize.

Finalists are showcased at the EIT Health Summit as they go head-to-head for their share of the €210,000 investment prize fund with the Audience Award.

Activities will take place: May-December, 2021.
Submission of applications: till 14/03/2022
More information: https://eithealth.eu/programmes/catapult/
Informational webinar on 2 February 2022 at 11:00 AM CET and 2 March 2022 at 11:00 AM CET. Registration: https://eithealth-eu.zoom.us/webinar/register/8816413912662/WN_-zsRMVONT8i1obK-osjnHw

EIT Health Bridgehead

Program: Bridgehead (Accelerator)

Program targets: high-quality biotech, medtech or digital healthscale-ups with a need to internationalise and scale to new markets. The company has to sell a product or service in at least one market in Europe and be ready to open up a new market and have fewer than 250 full-time employees.

Opportunities: Preparation for international expansion and help companies achieve tangible business results in European or global markets. EIT Health network of incubators, accelerators, and clusters (also referred as Catalysers) is used to achieve the goals. Funding of up to €30,000 for scale-ups aiming at European expansion and €40,000 for SMEs aiming at entering Global markets. Individualised country-specific services - local regulations, connections with industry leaders, manufacturers, producers and distributors, testing and etc.

Selection:
Criteria: Impact of Programme and Clarity of direction, Market Opportunity & Traction, Business Model & Development Strategy, Management Capability, Need to internationalise and expand in Europe, Promising and Credible Scale-up
Submission of applications: till 14 March 2022, 23:59h CET (first intake)
More information: https://eithealth.eu/programmes/bridgehead/
03/03/2022 11 CET time informational webinar will take place: https://eithealth-eu.zoom.us/webinar/register/8916414015904/WN_hc11cqZVSjy1dZ7sE8SjzQ

EIT Food Accelerator Network

About

The EIT Food Accelerator Network (EIT FAN) is a four-month programme that aims to fast-track science and technology-based innovations that are helping to solve global food system challenges. The programme is managed by our leading EIT Food partner organisations, operating from different regional hub locations Europe. Each hub connects impactful agrifood startups with industry-leading corporate and research partners, to pilot innovative technology and drive the ultimate goal of every business: a successful market adoption

Eligibility criteria

Your business innovation must be underpinned by a science or technology with a proof of concept, or pilot project execution. It must also fall under one of EIT Food’s key focus areas.

To apply for EIT FAN you must be a registered company established in an EU member state, or Horizon Europe associated countries. Your company must be at a pre-seed stage (you must not have closed a Series A investment round yet), and ideally, it has successfully completed customer validation and is able to demonstrate traction, for example, through letters of support, sales, or signed letters of intent.

Benefits

EIT FAN provides direct access to experts who fundamentally understand the commercial potential of science and technology in the agrifood sector. You will be joining Europe’s largest agrifood startup community to receive continuous support from other like-minded entrepreneurs, with endless opportunities to share knowledge and work closely with our world leading industry partners.

Funding

The EIT FAN offers funding of up to €10,000 along with the opportunity to access follow-on EIT Food funding and support through EIT Food’s Impact Fund. More information on this fund can be found here.

More information and application HERE.

Seedbed Incubator

About

The Seedbed Incubator is a six month programme that aims to transform science and technology based innovations, that can help solve global food system challenges, into market-validated businesses. The programme is delivered by world-class EIT Food partner organisations, operating from different regional hub locations Europe

All entrepreneurial teams and newly-formed startups accepted onto the Seedbed Incubator receive funding and access to our thriving ecosystem to facilitate market testing activities with potential customers or end-users. Each cohort team is supported by business coaches and sector experts to be ready a successful business launch

Eligibility criteria

Your business innovation must be underpinned by a science or technology with a prototype or lab proof of concept established. It must also fall under one of EIT Food’s key focus areas

You can apply for the Seedbed Incubator as a project team or as a registered company. A project team must consist of at least two individuals with complementary skills and experiences, and at least one member must be a citizen or resident of an EU member state, or Horizon Europe associated countries. If you are a solo researcher or an academic currently without any team members, you must still have support from at least one member of your Technology Transfer Office for the duration of the programme (and include these details in your application). If you are applying as a registered company, your company must be established in an EU member state, or Horizon Europe associated countries.

Benefits

Seedbed provides direct access to experts who fundamentally understand the commercial potential of science and technology in the agrifood sector. You will be joining Europe’s largest agrifood startup community to receive continuous support from other like-minded entrepreneurs, with endless opportunities to share knowledge and work closely with our world leading industry partners.

Funding

The Seedbed Incubator offers funding of up to €6,000, along with the opportunity to access follow-on EIT Food funding and support through EIT Food’s Impact Fund. More information on this fund can be found here

More information and application HERE.

StairwAI

About

StairwAI, is a European Union-funded project which aims to facilitate the engagement of low-tech companies in the AI4EU platform (a one-stop-shop for anyone looking for Artificial Intelligence (AI) knowledge, technology, tools, services, and experts) and the implementation of AI.

Calling for

StairwAI is looking for low-tech SMEs from any industry to test and validate AI resources to improve their products, services, or value chains focusing on one of the call-specific challenges.

The project considers low-tech SMEs as any company that is: a) AI Unaware: it has heard about AI but is unaware of its applications, or b) AI Aware: it is a savvy consumer of AI solutions capable of identifying use cases for AI applications.  

To do what?

To test and validate AI resources to improve their products, services, or value chains focusing on one of the call-specific challenges.

What you will get

Selected companies will make part of a 6-month program and will receive 60.000 Euros, that includes:

  • €26k Lump-sum
  • €10k Access to hardware providers (vouchers)
  • €24k Access to AI talents mentorship (vouchers)

More information and application HERE.

SME Fund 2022

About

The Ideas Powered for business SME Fund is a grant scheme designed to help EU small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) intellectual property (IP) rights. The SME Fund is a European Commission initiative implemented by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and will run from 10 January 2022 to 16 December 2022.

Calling for

The SME Fund offers financial support to SMEs established in the European Union. The application can be filed by an owner, an employee, or an authorised representative of an EU SME acting on its behalf. Grants are always transferred directly to SMEs.

What you will get

The SME fund is a reimbursement programme that issues vouchers that can be used to partly cover the fees for the selected activities. There are two types of vouchers available depending on the activity concerned:

Voucher 1: €1,500 - to use for IP Scan, trademark, and design fees.
Voucher 2: €750 - to use for patent fees.

More information and application HERE.

URBAN TECH

About

Today’s urban systems need to adapt to a growing population in order to sustain and provide a healthy, smart and green environment. Smart technologies, solutions and innovations are needed. The EU-funded URBAN TECH project will support the acceleration of competitive success of European SMEs through market launch of new or significantly improved products and services with higher value in Health Tech, Smart City and Greentech industry sectors. The project will also bring together different stakeholders of the industry value chain to support SMEs in scaling their solutions.

Kaunas Science and Technology Park invites you to apply and develop solutions together in these fields:

  • Health Technologies
  • Smart City
  • Green Technologies

What are the benefits?

  • Selected SMEs that offer the best solutions to the challenge will be accelerated and funded;
  • Get access to more than €50,000 in financial support;
  • There will be an opportunity to cooperate with URBAN TECH partners and SMEs from all over Europe;
  • Receive invitations to URBAN TECH hackathons, demo days and various events to expand your network and portfolio of practical skills;
  • The selected companies will be promoted through various URBAN TECH channels.

How to participate?

  1. Describe your challenge, need or problem in the challenge description form
  2. Submit the form by e-mail: urbantech@kaunomtp.lt.

More information HERE