As part of the European Commission’s BlueInvest Platform, the Readiness Assistance offers a coaching programme for high potential start-ups and SMEs with innovative and sustainable products and solutions for the Blue Economy. Businesses and projects selected for Investment Readiness Assistance will receive coaching packages tailored specifically to their readiness levels and business objectives. The programme has a clear focus on providing business support to help start-ups and SMEs build capacities for growth and attract investment. Up to 200 businesses will be selected to receive coaching tailored specifically to their business objectives. Each participant will be matched with a dedicated business coach, whom they will work with to develop a set of concrete business objectives. Participants will receive targeted assistance from their business coach, who will work with them to achieve their set objectives within a defined timeframe. The one-to-one coaching sessions will be conducted over a 3-month period, both in-person as well as digitally.
Participants will also benefit from additional training through participant-only sessions organised at the BlueInvest Academy, networking and B2B matchmaking sessions at the BlueInvest events. A competitive selection process will be used to select the best candidates for the BlueInvest Readiness Assistance.
For more information and the application form, please click here.
Deadline: 27 February 2020
Through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), the European Commission is providing grants to market- and investment-ready SMEs with innovative products, technologies and services for the blue economy.
The 2019 call is open until 27 February 2020. It has an available budget of EUR 22.5 million. Organisations can get between €700,000 and €2,500,000 for their projects. Any for-profit SME based in the EU can apply, either as a single participant or a member of a consortium. EBI is available to support interested EBI member companies in the process.
For further information and how to apply, please click here.
The project looks at the blue economy and marine conservation to safeguard Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) to achieve good environmental status. The recommendations will be provided to public authorities, in particular those in charge of managing MPAs.
The European Commission’s BlueInvest Day will bring together innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and enablers to unlock opportunities for investment and growth. It will take place on 4 February 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. Registration is now open and can be accessed here.
More information about the European Commission’s BlueInvest platform can be found here. Further Information about the BlueInvest grants will also be published on 21 November, which have a budget of over €22 million. These will support the development of innovative services and technologies and awards grants to market- and investment-ready SMEs with innovative products, technologies and services for the blue economy.