KATANA: 2nd call for financial support to third parties (SMEs)

Submitted by Alina Danieles… on 14 July 2017

KATANA is a project financed through the H2020 INNOSUP-1-2015 call "Cluster facilitated projects for new value chains" which supports European SMEs in the agrifood value chain to simultaneously access knowledge, technology, capital and markets in order to respond to the global competitive environment.

The second open “Call for Products/Services” aims to identify products and services with high market potential. Cross-border and/or cross-sectoral consortia of 2-4 members each are invited to participate in the second KATANA call, providing that at least one (or more) of the partners in each Consortium was among the winners/beneficiaries of KATANA Open Call 1 and has successfully participated in the KATANA training program.

Each consortium must propose one product/service from one of the following categories: Precision Agriculture Services, Mobile Services and Functional Foods.

For the KATANA Open Call 2, Consortia apply by preparing a Reward Crowdfunding Campaign. The winners of the Open Call will be the three products/services from each category (Precision Agriculture Services, Mobile services and Functional Foods) (totalling 9) that will receive the highest amount of contributions in euros and the one (1) next best regardless of category (10 products/services in total) in terms of raising money/received contributions during the Reward Crowdfunding campaign.

Those winners will receive 100,000 EUR per consortium (20,000-50,000 EUR per SME/entrepreneur) to cover specific activities such as testing and marketing activities. On top of the 100,000 EUR, consortia will receive 2nd stage support services, e.g. Investment Readiness Program, E-Pitches in front of investors, Export Promotion Training. Also, they will be given access to the KATANA Equity Crowdfunding platform in order to raise an additional funding from private investors to support their expansion.

Deadline to submit applications: 15 September 2017

More information on the call including eligibility, selection and award criteria is available here (and also soon on the Participant Portal).

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