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EU invests millions in small innovative projects

The EU is investing €118 million in 32 small innovative projects located in 14 EU Member States, Iceland, and Norway. Under the Innovation Fund, these grants will aim to bring low-carbon technologies to the market. The Innovation Fund will provide around €20 billion in support from 2020–2030 to...
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Innovate to Transform call for SMEs now open

Further to the adoption of the main Horizon Europe Work Programme on 15 June, calls for proposals are now opening. Under Cluster 4, the ‘Innovate to transform’ support for SMEs’ sustainability transition call is now open. With a budget of €10 million in 2021, this action will support the provision...
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European Innovation Council supports innovative start-ups and SMEs

Since 2020, the European Innovation Council (EIC) Fund has approved 111 investments for highly innovative start-ups and SMEs, totalling around €500 million. Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth said: “The EIC Fund has developed incredibly quickly and...
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Women as a key competitiveness factor in innovation clusters and ecosystems

On 20 April, the European Alliance Against Coronavirus had the second session on women as a competitiveness factor in clusters and ecosystems. This session built on the first webinar that took place on 25 March. Rozalia Weisz from the Skåne region in Sweden​ spoke about gender equality in cluster...
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Study on the effectiveness of public innovation support for SMEs in Europe

The European Commission’s Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) has published a study on the effectiveness of public innovation support for SMEs in Europe. The aim of this study is to gather evidence to determine whether the delivery of public innovation support in Europe...
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European Clusters Alliance Social Innovation Ecosystems webinar recap

In the meeting on 30 March, the European Clusters Alliance discussed the concept of social innovation. Karel Vanderpoorten from DG GROW, the European Commission, highlighted that innovation happens at a crossroads and that social innovation is most important when it is supplied by the private sector...
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Clusters as Enablers of Ecosystems: Ways to Engage Stakeholders Effectively

On 19 May, around 125 participants attended our 6th capacity-building webinar, most of them from European clusters. It featured thoughtful insights on the importance of engaging stakeholders for the cluster, as well as practical examples from a cluster manager and the experience of a research...
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Collective intelligence as a driver of value in innovation ecosystems

In the meeting of the European Alliance Against Coronavirus on 4 March, Jaime Quesado from the Strategic Council of CEIIA (Center of Excellence and Innovation of Mobility)​ spoke about the importance of developing collective intelligence for the future. To do this, we need an overview of where we...
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Horizon Europe: Research and innovation funding programme now open until 2027

Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation. With a budget of €95.5 billion, the initiative tackles climate change, helps to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and boosts the EU’s competitiveness and growth. The programme facilitates...
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Commission opens first European Innovation Council calls worth 1 billion euros

Following the launch of the European Innovation Council (EIC) and the announcement of the first funding opportunities, the European Commission has opened the first EIC Accelerator calls. The funding, worth over €1 billion, aims to help scale up start-ups and small- and medium-sized businesses that...
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Cluster supports innovative Lithuanian food manufacturers

Lithuania’s National Food Cluster (NAMŪK) participates in the InoLink project, which is implemented by the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA) together with the Lithuanian Innovation Center. The project aims to promote merging companies into clusters, increasing the maturity of...
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Euronews covers the response of one Romanian cluster to the COVID-19 pandemic

Euronews’s ‘Business Planet’ has published a story which explores how one tech company in Iasi, Romania, got its pharmacy app off the ground through being part of a cluster. Context Almost everyone will be familiar with the routine of picking up a prescription. Even in the best of times, many people...