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INNOWWIDE Experts Information Session – 2nd VAP Call

On 18 May 2020, INNOWWIDE hosted an “Experts Information Session”, in webinar format, to share details about the evaluation process for the 2nd VAP Call with the Experts that will be responsible for analyzing the submitted applications.

The session was recorded and is now available to be watched on INNOWWIDE’s YouTube channel, divided in 3 different parts:

The questions collected during the Q&A session were replied in written form and can be found in this document, along with additional relevant information (this document can also be found on the Experts section of the INNOWWIDE website, under “Documents” with the title “Q&A INNOWWIDE Experts Webinar”).

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INNOWWIDE CALL II: Nearly 600 applications from innovative SMEs in 36 EU and associated states, targeting more than 60 third countries worldwide

The second INNOWWIDE VAP Call was closed on April 7th with a total of 597 applications from 36 EU and associated countries. The submitted VAPs targeted a total of 61 different target markets.

The most popular overall third country for viability assessment projects was the USA with 19% of applicants, followed by India, China, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Canada, Colombia, Chile and Japan, comprising the top 10 targeted markets.

61 target countries figured in the second call, which represented an increase in variety of more than 11% in comparison to the first call. The target countries had a widespread and balanced distribution between the three categories: developing, large emerging  and developed.

All applications will now go through a strict eligibility check and independent evaluation, with the applications selected for funding being announced around the end of June 2020.

This second, and last, call of the INNOWWIDE project has received great interest and attention, which came to be reflected on the impressive amount of applications received, near 600. In this way, it is evident that there is a clear need and demand in Europe for such an instrument for innovative SMEs to pursue their path on internationalization and that taking their endeavours abroad is clearly viewed by European SMEs as a strategic driver. Time has come to vouch for a reinforced mechanism as a follow up of the INNOWWIDE pilot phase.

More information and updates will be regularly published in the INNOWWIDE project website (https://innowwide.eu). Stay tuned!

To keep up to date on INNOWWIDE and be the first to know the latest news, subscribe to the INNOWWIDE newsletter at innowwide.eu/contact/

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“Nanocoloring in times of Coronavirus” by BIP-CO – a project granted by INNOWWIDE

Applied Nanoparticles SL (spin off of the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology -ICN2-, the Autonomous University of Barcelona -UAB- and the Catalan Institute of Research and Advanced Studies -ICREA-) and the Nanoscale Science and Technology Center –nanoCiTec– are developing the project “BIP-CO: Launching BioGAS + iron nanoparticles additive for biogas output optimization in Colombia“, which has received funding from the Research and Innovation Program Horizon 2020 of the European Union, through the INNOWWIDE project.

Confronted with the health emergency caused by COVID-19, and within the framework of the European Project “BIP-CO”, winner of a grant from the 1st INNOWWIDE VAP Call, Applied Nanoparticles SL and the Nanoscale Science and Technology Center –nanoCiTec- have developed materials to entertain, inform and educate the youngest and their families, at the intersection of the viral pandemic and the world of nanotechnology. An action to contribute to the collective effort against the pandemic and make #StayHome more bearable.

In the first Notebook, they try to answer questions and concerns about the Coronavirus, its symptoms and how to avoid them through a story created by the child psychologist Manuela Molina Cruz. The Notebook also aims to entertain them through a set of sheets for nanocoloring, painting and scribbling made up of images of inorganic nanoparticles extracted by Dr. Víctor Puntes (researcher at the Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia -ICN2-, the Vall d’Hebron Institute of Research –VHIR- and the Institut Català de Recerca i Estudis Avançats -ICREA-) when observing with an electron microscope.

In the second Notebook, they present an introduction to Nanotechnology with different materials created by Dr. Edgar E. González (IP nanoCiTec and professor at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana). The objective is to entertain through a set of sheets for nanocoloring, painting and scribbling made up of images of inorganic nanoparticles extracted by Dr. Víctor Puntes (researcher at the Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia -ICN2-, the Vall d’Hebron Institute of Research –VHIR- and the Institut Català de Recerca i Estudis Avançats -ICREA-) when observing with an electron microscope.

The Notebooks can be freely downloaded at: https://www.nanocitec.org/nanocolorea/

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INNOWWIDE Call 2: Deadline extended!

The INNOWWIDE team is aware of the shifted priorities for many European SMEs due to the the COVID-19 emergency.

Therefore, we have decided to extend the deadline of the currently open 2nd VAP Call in order to help applicants better prepare during this challenging period:

The INNOWWIDE 2nd Call for applications for Viability Assessment Projects (VAPs) is closing on April 7th at 20:00 GMT.

Don’t forget we are here to help you in this final rush! Please contacts us at info@innowwide.eu, in case you have any inquires.

Note: all the references to the previous deadline (March 31st) are still being updated throughout the website.

Stay Safe!
INNOWWIDE Team

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Webinars: INNOWWIDE -Finance for collaboration projects outside the EU

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) (one of INNOWWIDE’s project partners) is organizing a set of two webinars to present INNOWWIDE’s funding opportunity! We invite innovative SMEs and interested parties from EU and associated countries to join this webinar.

What will you learn during the session:

  • Background information about INNOWWIDE
  • The kind of projects that fit within INNOWWIDE
  • Partners you can collaborate with
  • The application process

These webinars will provide you with information so you can make the right decision whether INNOWWIDE is the right tool for you!

The webinar is open for 1000 participants and is English spoken.

The Webinars will take place on March 10th and 11th, both from 4:00 to 5:00 PM CET

The registration links are below:

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Webinar: Innovation and Internationalization funding opportunities for European SMEs

Join us to discover funding and networking opportunities for European SMEs looking to innovate and promote their business internationally.

On Friday, 13th March 2020, 11:00 CET OI2Lab – the European Open Innovation Platform of INVITE project – will host five highly innovative European Projects offering services and financial supports to European SMEs. If you are a dynamic SMEs or start-up located in Europe, make sure to not miss this webinar as it will present incredible opportunities for you. In just one hour, in fact, we will present more than 14 Million € worth of financial support offered by the projects INVITE, SmartX, INNOWWIDE, Ket4Clean Production and PARSEC Accelerator.

Each of these projects targets specific areas of interests and has its specific goals, so make sure to join the webinar to find out more about them and to understand how to boost your innovation and internationalisation with the support of European-funded projects.

The participation to the webinar is free of charge.

To join the webinar simply register on OI2Lab – https://oi2lab.com/elearning/topic/38 – and click on the webinar section.

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INNOWWIDE InfoDay in Porto, Portugal

Event Details:

Event Description:

On February 27th, SPI will organise the second Portuguese InfoDay of the INNOWWIDE project, in order to present the 2nd INNOWWIDE VAP call that opened on January 15th 2020.  This funding opportunity, that aims to bring European highly innovative SMEs to the forefront of international market, is open for applications until March 31st.

The objective is to fund each approved VAP with a fixed grant amount of €60,000, representing a maximum of 70% of total eligible costs (staff, consumables, equipment, subcontracting, others) which must be a minimum of €86,000. A total of 70 projects will receive funding.

If you are an innovative SME with the ambition to develop a new and innovative product-market combination (or process or service) with a strategic counterpart outside Europe; or if you need to first check the technical, commercial, legal and socio-economic feasibility of your innovative idea, the VAP instrument supported by the INNOWWIDE CSA can be the solution!

The session will provide practical information for SMEs about the 2nd INNOWWIDE VAP call, including details about eligibility, application process and submission. Participants will learn about the scope of INNOWWIDE, the financing opportunity provided and how to apply for it.

Target Audience:

Portuguese SMEs, Business Support Organisations, Networks, Business Angels

Tentative Agenda (Portuguese time):

  • 09:00 – 09.30 > Registration
  • 09:30 – 09:45 > Introduction
  • 09:45 – 10:00 > INNOWWIDE Project
  • 10:00 – 10:45 > Funding Opportunities
  • 10:45 – 11:30 > Website and submission platform presentation
  • 11:30 > Closing
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Webinar: Leveraging available EU funding schemes to attract and cooperate with EU companies – ENRICH in Brazil & INNOWWIDE

European SMEs can access different internationalisation funding schemes made available at regional, national and European level to scout and enter new markets outside Europe.

This webinar, organised by ENRICH in Brazil in collaboration with INNOWWIDE, aims at presenting an available funding opportunity for EU SMEs interested in the Brazilian RDI ecosystem and the way Brazilian RDI actors can leverage this scheme to attract and cooperate with European companies.

On January 15th, 2020, the INNOWWIDE project (www.innowwide.eu) launched its 2nd call for Viability Assessment Projects which will grant 60000€ to 70 European SMEs to assess viability of their services/products in third countries outside EU. The grant is aimed at allowing EU SMEs to work with trusted partners in the targeted country to run their VAP.

In this framework, the importance of trusted partners is clearly high. ENRICH in BR can introduce EU companies interested in the Brazilian market to the right local stakeholders. ENRICH Soft Landing Hubs and ENRICH partners are definitely well positioned to act as “broker”.

During this session concrete experiences of Business Support Organisations in non-EU countries and successful companies from the first INNOWWIDE call for VAPs will be presented.

Global Business Inroad (GBI), an Indian centre specialised in supporting EU tech, innovation and research in India, will present their experience with the 1st INNOWWIDE call for VAPs, as they managed to leverage this scheme to attract EU companies to their centre and connect them to Indian RDI players.

A EU SME will tell about their specific project with Brazil and will tell about the most relevant support an EU SME could receive when approaching the Brazilian market.

Agenda:

  • 14.00-14.05 ENRICH in BR intro
  • 14.05-14.20 The Innowwide funding scheme – Chiara Davalli, European BIC Network
  • 14.20-14.30 The experience of an intermediary organisation – Leena Pishee Thomas, Global Business Inroads
  • 14.30-14.40 A success story from the 1st VAP beneficiary -TBC
  • 14.40-14.45 Q&A – Chiara Davalli, European BIC Network
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Webinar: Introduction to the 2nd INNOWWIDE call for Viability Assessment Projects

Event Details:

Event Description:

On February 11, EBN organises a webinar to present the 2nd INNOWWIDE call for Viability Assessment Projects, a funding opportunity providing European SMEs with a head start in target markets outside Europe.

The INNOWWIDE programme helps innovative SME gain access to new international markets by funding viability assessment projects to be deployed in cooperation with local stakeholders around the world.

The INNOWWIDE 2nd Call for applications for the VAPs – Viability Assessment Projects – just opened on January 15th and will close on March 31st. The budget available for the 2nd Call is €4.2M (to be divided approximately one third per target country group).

Each approved VAP will receive a fixed grant amount of €60,000, representing a maximum of 70% of total eligible costs (staff, consumables, equipment, subcontracting, others) which must be a minimum of €86,000.

The webinar will provide practical information for SMEs in Europe and potential R&I partners in third countries about the INNOWWIDE open call: participants will learn about the scope of INNOWWIDE and how to apply for it.

Moreover, the webinar aims to connect with Business Support Organisations and programmes interested in further disseminating this opportunity with their networks, and able to introduce EU SMEs to potential partners in target countries.

Target Audience:

European SMEs, EBN members, EUBICs, Business Support Organisations, Networks, EU funded initiatives outside the EU

Moderators and Speakers:

  • Chiara Davalli, EBN
  • Peter Lalvani, EUREKA Network

Tentative Agenda (CET):

  • 14.30-14.40 > Introduction about INNOWWIDE and the webinar > Chiara Davalli, EBN
  • 14:40-15:00 > INNOWWIDE call for VAPs > Peter Lalvani, EUREKA Network
  • 15:00-15:10 > Connecting ecosystems: supporting EU SMEs finding the right partners > Chiara Davalli, EBN
  • 15.10-15.30 > Q&A + closing remarks

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Webinar: INNOWWIDE 2nd VAP Call and how to connect to the Chinese market

Event Details:

Event Description:

INNOWWIDE, in partnership with the ENRICH in China Centre ( http://www.china.enrichcentres.eu/ ), is organizing a webinar, taking place on February 10th at 11:00am CET, that will provide practical information for SMEs in Europe and in China, and about the 2nd INNOWWIDE VAP (Viability Assessment Project) call, which opened on January 15th 2020.

Participants will learn about the scope of the INNOWWIDE VAP Calls and how to apply for it. This webinar will also provide an opportunity for European SMEs to find ways to connect with Chinese counterparts that can be included as subcontractors on their VAP applications.

Tentative Agenda:

  • Introduction to the INNOWWIDE project
  • 2nd Call for VAPs – How to Apply
  • ENRICH in China – a platform to support finding your Chinese partner