INNOWWIDE interview to “CyberForum”

Faith Blakemore, from Steinbeis (INNOWWIDE project partner), gave a short interview to CyberForum, a non-profit organization that supports businesses from the IT and high-tech industry, located in Karlsruhe, Germany.

In this video, you can get to know more about the INNOWWIDE project and how the process of application to the VAPs works.


INNOWWIDE Infoday: Should I internationalise? And how?

Internationalisation can be a daunting thought for any company, especially SMEs and startups. Which markets should I target? What are the implications for my company? Who can help me?

With the rise of digitalisation and disruptive technologies, internationalisation is becoming more important than ever to ensure long-term commercial success. But does this step have to be the formidable monster it appears to be? For those companies who wish to build a pathway to international success, surrounding yourself with the right support and advice is crutial.

This INNOWWIDE Infoday will provide insights, advice, guidance and tips from experienced professionals to help you make that all important step.

The event is organised by Steinbeis 2i GmbH, project partner in INNOWWIDE, that will be represented with a stand as well as in the presentation programme.

The participation to this event is free of charge. The event will be held in English and German at IHK Karlsruhe, in Karlsruhe, Germany.

See the agenda and register now!


INNOWWIDE organized the 3rd Consortium Meeting in The Hague

The 3rd INNOWWIDE project meeting took place in The Hague, Netherlands, on July 4th and 5th 2019. The organization of the event was under the responsibility of RVO – Netherlands Enterprise Agency, one of the Consortium members. Every partner organization was represented in The Hague, meeting at the Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate and in the RVO premises.

This meeting was mainly focused on the following topics: summarizing the outreach and dissemination activities that took place during the period of application for the 1st VAP Call; analysing the results of the 1st VAP Call (number of applications, distribution in applicant countries and distribution in target countries selected); discussing the current process of VAP evaluation; and analysing the impact assessment done after the 1st VAP Call, that will help the project team to understand how to improve some aspects of the process for the 2nd round of applications.

The number of applications received for the 1st VAP Call proved to be higher than previously expected, which was perceived as very good by everyone, and the Consortium is now aligning efforts for preparation of the 2nd VAP Call, that is intended to be open during the first trimester of 2020. The results for the 1st VAP Call will be announced in September 2019.

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INNOWWIDE at ENRICH Roadshow in Bulgaria

The RCISD team organized on June 3rd to 5th an ENRICH roadshow in Bulgaria (ENRICH in Brazil Infoday + ENRICH in the USA training), with the support of the Institute for Technology Transfer and Innovations (ITTI), the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Plovdiv Chamber of Commerce and Industry and with the collaboration of the IPR SME Helpdesk Latin America.
Between the two main sessions, Béla Kardon, from RCISD, delivered a presentation on the INNOWWIDE project, presenting the main current activities and giving a brief prospect about the upcoming 2nd Call that will be open around September 2019.


INNOWWIDE CALL I: Nearly 400 applications from innovative SMEs in 35 EU and associated states, targeting more than 50 third countries worldwide.

07 June 2019 – 378 applicants from 35 EU and associated countries applied for funding under the first INNOWWIDE call, which closed last Friday 31 May.

The most popular overall target country for viability assessment projects was the USA with 22% of applicants, followed by India, China, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Japan, Colombia, Canada and Russia.

54 target countries figured in this first call, with 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 September 2019. More information and updates will be regularly published in the INNOWWIDE project website ( Stay tuned!

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ABOUT INNOWWIDE: This EU Horizon 2020 pilot programme is bringing innovative European SMEs to the forefront of international markets, providing financial support for viability assessments in cooperation with stakeholders outside of Europe. INNOWWIDE creates the conditions to increase uptake of European innovative solutions outside of Europe. The two INNOWWIDE calls have a combined budget of 7.2 million EUR, which translates into 120 viability assessments at 60 000 EUR each. INNOWWIDE targets markets in developing countries; large emerging economies (Brazil, Russia, India, China, Mexico) and developed countries.


InfoDay: INNOWWIDE in Seville (Spain)

Event Details:

  • Date & Time: 25 April 2019, 11:00-14:00 WEST
  • Location: Salón de actos, EXTENDA – Marie Curie, 5, PCT Cartuja, 41092 Sevilla
  • Registration Link:  Register here

Event Description:

CTA (Technological Corporation of Andalusia) and @CDTIoficial organize an InfoDay on April 25th in Seville to present the brand-new funding opportunity that aims to bring European highly innovative SMEs to the forefront of international markets: INNOWWIDE.

The INNOWWIDE first Call for Proposals is open for European SMEs and startups of any sector interested in new and emerging markets outside Europe. European SMEs can apply for these grants until May 31st, 2019.

Target Audience:
Spanish SMEs and startups


  • 11:00 – 11.15 > Introduction
  • 11:15 – 12:30 > Funding Opportunities
  • 12:30 – 13:00 > INNOWWIDE Call for Proposals
  • 13:00 – 14:00 > Bilateral Meetings
  • 14:00 > Closing

InfoDay: INNOWWIDE in Portugal

Event Details:

  • Date & Time: 8 May 2019, 9:00-11:30 WEST
  • Location: SPI – Avenida do Marechal Gomes da Costa 1376, Porto
  • Registration Link:   Register here

Event Description:

On May 8, SPI will organise the first Portuguese InfoDay of the INNOWWIDE project, in order to present its brand-new funding opportunity that aims to bring European highly innovative SMEs to the forefront of international markets.
The objective is to fund viability assessment projects to be deployed in cooperation with local stakeholders around the world. Two calls will be implemented with a total budget of 7,2M€, allowing to fund 120 VAPs (60k€/VAP), and targeting markets of developing countries, large emerging economies and developed countries with the same allocation for each of these three country categories.
The session will provide practical information for SMEs about the first INNOWWIDE call, which is open until 31 May 2019.
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 (WEST timezone):

  • 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

Webinar: Granting Scheme for EU SMEs Approaching International Markets – Session 2

Event Details:

Event Description:

On May 8, EBN organises a webinar to present a brand-new funding opportunity providing European SMEs with a head start in target markets outside Europe: INNOWWIDE.
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. Two calls will be implemented with a total budget of 7,2M€, allowing to fund 120 VAPs (60k€/VAP), and targeting markets of developing countries, large emerging economies and developed countries with the same allocation for each of these three country categories.
The webinar will provide practical information for SMEs in Europe and potential R&I partners in third countries about the first INNOWWIDE call, which closes on 31 May 2019.
Participants will learn about the scope of INNOWWIDE and how to apply for it.
Moreover, the webinar aims to connect with EBN members and BSOs interested in further disseminating this opportunity with their networks. These organisations will be provided with dedicated instruments and tools.

Target Audience:

European SMEs, EBN members, EUBICs, Business Support Organisations, Networks

Moderators and Speakers:

  • Robert Sanders, EBN
  • Peter Lalvani, EUREKA Network

Tentative Agenda (CET):

  • 14.30-14.40 > Introduction about INNOWWIDE and the webinar > Robert Sanders, EBN
  • 14:40-15:10 > INNOWWIDE call for VAPs > Peter Lalvani, EUREKA Network
  • 15.10-15.20 > Our support for applicants (INNOWWIDE helpdesk and matchmaking tool) > Robert Sanders, EBN
  • 15:20-15:45 > Q&A

INNOWWIDE organized the 2nd Consortium Meeting in Porto

The INNOWWIDE project had its 2nd Consortium Meeting in Porto, Portugal, on April 2nd and 3rd 2019. The event was hosted by one of the project’s partners, SPI – Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (, at their headquarters in Porto. All other partner organisations, from 8 different European countries, were represented in the meeting.

During the meeting, the consortium went through the different Work Packages (WP) and specific tasks that are currently being developed. The main discussion topic was the 1st Call for VAPs (viability assessment projects) that had just been launched (on April 1st) and that is currently open until May 31st.

Regarding this 1st VAP Call, the project partners aligned strategies for the dissemination and outreach, namely on the preparation of a number of activities to efficiently spread information about this opportunity to potential applicants. Another important issue also addressed was the need to support potential applicants during the application stage. This point was carefully discussed among the partners in order to provide the most adequate responses, so those VAP applicants can have the needed support when it comes to the application process and all the call related details.


1st VAP Call is Open!

The INNOWWIDE 1st Call for applications for the VAPs – Viability Assessment Projects – just opened on April 1st.

You are able to submit your application until May 31st in the following portal:

The viability assessment projects will last for six months and the project must have eligible costs of at least €86,000, to be funded at up to 70% (a fixed lump sum grant of €60,000).

This call for VAPs aims to enhance the evidence base for EU R&I policy through in-depth analyses of the outcomes, experiences and impacts of a critical number of viability assessment projects of innovative solutions for markets outside Europe.

If you want to know more about the process before applying, you can refer to the VAP Call Guidelines, here: