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Project factsheets: Innovation

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A wide range of support services is available to both ICT entrepreneurs and start-ups in order to enable them to build sustainable ICT-based and innovation driven business models with a global reach.
  • Get first steps incubation - through the EuroQuity platform, an online introduction service accessible to ICT entrepreneurs throughout Europe via EIG and ACE projects. The platform puts ICT SMEs in touch with other companies, advisors and over 6500 investors.

  • Fund your business - from investor readiness training to cross border bootcamps, a variety of options are available to finance your ICT company. These are made possible via the following projects: ACE, Atalanta, EIG, GET Funded (eHealth), ICT2B and OpenAxel.
  • Accelerate your growth - researchers and ICT entrepreneurs will be supported to commercialise ICT research results, especially through EIG, ICT2B and OpenAxel projects.

  • Grow internationally - from first steps guidelines for early-stage SMEs provided by international mentors to customer contacts for more mature SMEs, through: ACE, Atalanta, GET Global, ICT2B and OpenAxel.

  • Get legal advice - benefit from the provision of legal expertise from the iLINC network of postgraduate students from leading academic law institutions. ICT2B provides support and advice in patenting, organises "IPR by design" workshops and faciliates co-operation with the European Patent Organization. Other projects such as ACE, Atalanta and OpenAxel also provide access to legal advice on a case-by-case basis, as required and as part of an overall cross-border acceleration approach.

  • Focus on e-Health - through GET, entirely focused on delivering high impact services to eHealth SMEs and entrepreneurs - from early-stage to mature eHealth companies.

For a general overview of the projects, please check out their factsheets below.

EU funded projects

Accelerating Cross- border Engagement (ACE): Accelerating the early Engagement of highly innovative ICT start-ups, SMEs and entrepreneurs in Cross-Border cooperation and venturing

ACE
Building on a mapping analysis of existing/emerging good practices in internationalization and cross border venturing in Europe, a group of ICT clusters, incubators and accelerators will collaborate in the development and pilot testing of the new Accelerate Cross- border Engagement (ACE) operational programme. The overall aim is to deliver targeted cross border services to highly innovative entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs in the ICT sector in order to accelerate their growth...
FP7
Funding scheme: CSA - Coordination and support action

Atalanta is TransnAtionaL Accelerator NeTworks Acceleration

ATALANTA
The overall objective is to drive innovation, facilitate technology transfer and to support entrepreneurship on a transnational European level to contribute to the exploitation of more innovative products and services coming from European 36R&D projects and to support the creation of more successful ICT start-ups in Europe...
FP7
Funding scheme: CSA - Coordination and support action

Bridging the Entrepreneurial Gap: Transforming European ICT Research into Investment Opportunities

ICT2B
This ICT2B proposal aims to develop bridges and bring together ICT researchers and entrepreneurial minded individuals with different backgrounds and from many European countries. As a consequence, it will promote the creation of entrepreneurial and innovative ICT start-ups that exploit products and services developed from EU funded ICT R&D projects...
FP7
Funding scheme: CSA - Coordination and support action

EIG - European Investor Gate

EIG
The EU has put in place a successful research infrastructure with Europe taking a leading position globally in many fields of scientific research and many patents being filed. However despite the positive research outcomes, Europe lags behind in technology transfer and commercial exploitation. Lack of early stage investment is a major contributor to this innovation gap...
FP7
Funding scheme: CSA - Coordination and support action

Establishing a European Network of Law Incubators that Bridge ICT Entrepreneurs and Start-ups with Law Students

iLINC
This project will link the legal demands of ICT entrepreneurs and start-ups with the expertise of postgraduate students at leading academic law institutions through establishing an open European network of law incubators.<br/>This will be achieved through: 1) Developing an understanding of the key legal challenges facing companies in the ICT sector, and the specificities of different national legal systems; 2) Developing models and supporting tools for the provision of legal support as a p..
FP7
Funding scheme: CSA - Coordination and support action

GET: Global E-health Transforming services

GET
The GET project will deliver four high-impact services to eHealth SMEs and entrepreneurs in order to boost their growth and move them to the next level of competitiveness. Each life-transforming service has been designed to provide cross-border value to a different target group of companies...
FP7
Funding scheme: CSA - Coordination and support action

Open Acceleration Services under Smart Systemic Systematic Cooperation

OPENAXEL
OPENAXEL brings together three of the accelerators with greater impact at Global Level (WAYRA by Telefonica, AppCampus by Nokia & Microsoft, and ACCELERACE, the leading accelerator in Scandinavia connected to Baltic countries) in a common objective of opening the accelerators ecosystem by fostering smart cooperation between key stakeholders...
FP7
Funding scheme: CSA - Coordination & support action
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