The European Investor Gate (EIG) invites innovative ICT researchers and entrepreneurs to participate in an intensive Preparation Programme to access International finance and markets.
Deadline: 02 May 2014
Eligible participants are researchers and entrepreneurs from the European Union who are developing a product/ service making innovative use of ICT Technologies in one of the below mentioned categories:
Augmented reality, projection technologies, 3D, screen technologies, etc.
All products that focus on managing and enabling mobility like location-based services, mobile devices, transportation, e-mobility, etc.
Hardware technologies like robots, drones, human-machine interfaces, game equipment etc.
All products that focus on connecting people, devices or networks and help to manage big data like cloud computing, swarm intelligence, etc.
All applicants gain free access to more than 6600 international investors registered on EuroQuity, the project partners on-line platform, and to free off and online training from experienced mentors to refine their financing strategy and learn how to manage an investment round. Selected applicants will attend a 2 day “Get Investment ready boot camp” in Dublin with 8 survivors benefitting from exclusive one2one sessions with Dublin’s top tier ICT Corporations. Finalists will participate in a specialized coaching and mentoring program with top sector experts and attend the awards ceremony at Heidelberg’s Innovation Forum in April 2015.
For more information on eligibility and selection criteria please refer to project website: www.eig –project.eu
THIRD INFORMATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR INCUBATION
Business Incubator - Varna (BI-Varna) announces campaign for selection of ideas for starting new business or a new field for development of existing companies.
The applicants shall provide brief resume of the project, including description of the idea, competitive advantages and market potential, basic financial parametres and project team.
Candidates should fill in the on-line application form not later than 31th March 2014: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1nENb3wfgftpdRiEnqDUij8_AShnZJS11wswJ9WntzUo/viewform
The candidates which are approved will be rendered assitance for further development of the idea and elaboration of a business plan, with which they can be accepted for incubation in BI-Varna.
BI-Varna provides to the accepted companies renting of office space and equipment at preferential prices, business consultations, assistance for the development of projects, establishing contacts with EU partners.
Information about the project:
Business Incubator Varna is created under project № BG161PO003-2.2.01-0019 „Extension of Busness Incubator - Varna at RAPIV”, implemented under Grant Contract № БИ-02-3/02.02.2012г. between Ministry of economics, energetics and tourism and Association „Regional Agency for Entrepreneurship and Innovations - Varna” (RAPIV). The project is carried out under OP „Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013, Priority axis 2: „Improvement of the Effectiveness of Enterprises and Development of Favourable Business Environment”, co-financed by the EU via the Regional Development Fund.For contacts and additional information:
Business Incubator - Varna
Regional Agency for Entrepreneurship and Innovations – Varna (RAPIV)
P.O.Box 87, Asparuhovo quarters, Malka chaika vicinity
www.biv.rapiv.org; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
tel: 052/ 383 700; 0888 880 311
FIRST TWO COMPANIES ACCEPTED FOR INCUBATION IN BI-VARNA
The two companies, accepted for incubation in BI-Varna at RAPIV are already successfully implementing their contracts.
International Association for Sustainable Development (MAUR) carries out its activities in the field of sustainable development, performs surveys, expert evaluations, consultancy and training.
MAUR applied for incubation in Business Incubator - Varna (BI-VARNA) with project “Information consultancy system for monitoring and sustainable development of border and rural regions in North- East planning region”.
Signature of contract for incubation in BI – Varna at RAPIV with International Association for sustainable development , 31.10.2013.
The company is accepted in BI-Varna with project “Development of a prototype of gasification plant 100 kW with own technology for biomass and organic waste”.
Signature of contract for incubation at BI-Varna at RAPIV of “Enero Ltd”, 31.10.2013.
The National Innovation Fund
The National Innovation Fund (NIF) is about to announce the seventh call for proposals 01 Feb. 2014 and deadline 31 March 2014.
The budget of the fund for 2014 is 10 mln. lv. The maximum amount of subsidy is 500 thousands lv. The amount of the grant should not be more than 50% of the eligible costs for projects for industrial research and 25% - for experimental development.
The first type of projects are directed towards the technological development of new products, processes and services or on their substantial improvement.
The second type of projects are related to feasibility study for the market realization of applied research products. Small and Medium enterprises can receive additional subsidy up to 10% of the amount of the project. The amount could grow by another 10%, if the project team involves research organization, university or other higher educational institution.
The project duration is between 6 and 36 months.Priority sectors: • Mechanical engineering;• Electronics; • Food industry; • Information and communication technologies in enterprises; • Creative industries.
OPEN DAYS IN BUSINESS INCUBATOR - VARNA
Within the framework of the implementation of project “Enlargement of Business Incubator – Varna at RAPIV” financed by OP „Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” 2007-2013, Regional Agency for Entrepreneurship and Innovations - Varna invites you to participate in
OPEN DAYS IN BUSINESS INCUBATOR - VARNA
06th November 2013 in District Information centre - Varna:
15.30 h. Press conference – Presentation of project № BG161PO003-2.2.01-0019 "Enlargement of Business Incubator – Varna at RAPIV”. Second campaign for selection of candidates for admission of companies and physical persons with business ideas in BI – Varna – application procedure and offered services.
16.00 h. Presentation in front of the participants of the services, provided by BI – Varna and of the application procedure for incubation in BI – Varna at RAPIV. Meetings and consultations with potential candidates will be carried out. Presentation of successful candidates: the first two companies which signed contracts for incubation in BI – Varna – International Association for Sustainable Development (MAUR) and Enero Ltd.
07th November 2013 in the building of Regional Agency for Entrepreneurship and Innovations – Varna, Asparuhovo quarters:
11.00 h. The event is part of the Second information campaign for selection of candidatures for admission of companies and physical persons with business ideas in Business Incubator – Varna (BI - Varna) at Regional Agency for Entrepreneurship and Innovations - Varna (RAPIV). The services, offered by BI – Varna will be presented as well as the application procedure for incubation in BI - Varna. Meetings and consultations with potential candidates will be held.
Business Incubator - VarnaRegional Agency for Entrepreneurship and Innovations- Varna (RAPIV)Asparuhovo quarters, Malka chaika vicinity,P.O.Box. 87, Varna 9003tel: 052 383 700; 0888 880 311www.biv.rapiv.org; e-mail: email@example.com District Information Centre - Varnatel.: 052/ 820 911, 052/ 820 955e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org: "Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii" 2 Sq. /Kozirkata/
SECOND INFORMATION CAMPAIGN FOR ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR INCUBATION
Business incubator - Varna (BI – Varna) accepts candidatures for admitting of companies and physical persons, with business ideas, developing projects in the following priority trends:
· Energetics, energy efficiency, environment;
· Information and communication technologies;
· Machine building, electric technologies production and electronics;
· Marine industry;
· Processing industry;
· Construction and transport – under transport it is meant construction of transport infrastructure etc.;
· Services – financial, logistics, etc.;
· Chemistry, biotechnologies, pharmaceuticals;
BI Varna provides renting of office and equipment at preferential prices, business consultations, establishing connections with foreign partners. Candidates apply by submitting description of the project of the candidate and business plan. Application forms and business plan model are available on the project website. www.biv.rapiv.org, Application Documents.
The applications are evaluated and approved in the order of their arrival.
As a result of the successful first information campaign, 13 organisations and physical persons have expressed interest in the services, offered by BI-Varna. Six of them have submitted applications for incubation. Finally, two organizations are accepted – International Association for sustainable development (MAUR) and Enero Ltd.
Information for the project:
Business Incubator – Varna is established under Project № BG161PO003-2.2.01-0019 “Extension of Business Incubator – Varna at RAPIV”, signed under Grant Contract № БИ-02-3/02.02.2012 between the Bulgarian Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism and the Regional Agency for Entrepreneurship and Innovations – Varna (RAPIV). The Project is implemented under the Operational Programme “Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy 2007-2013”, Priority Axis 2: “Improvement of the Effectiveness of Enterprises and Development of Favourable Business Environment”, co-financed by the EU via the European Regional Development Fund.
Contacts and additional information:
Business Incubator - Varna
Regional Agency for Entrepreneurship and Innovations- Varna (RAPIV)
Asparuhovo quarters, Malka chaika vicinity,
P.O.Box. 87, Varna 9003
tel: 052 383 700; 0888 880 311
www.biv.rapiv.org; e-mail: email@example.com
Single portal for access to finance for SMEs
By offering information on how companies can access more than 100 billion of EU financing, the ‘single portal’ is helping entrepreneurs and SMEs in Europe face some of the major problems hampering their development. The user-friendly portal acts as a gateway to opportunities provided by more than 1000 EU-supported banks and other financial institutions.
User-friendly website for SMEs
The single portal provides detailed information on SMEs can apply for finance supported by the EU. It enables entrepreneurs and companies to find tailor-made financing according to their specific needs, such as company size, type of finance and investment focus.
LAUNCHub seed fund
The LAUNCHub seed fund announced opening the fourth application window for financing of digital startup companies. (LH Acceleration).
The LH Acceleration investments are worth EUR 30,000 in exchange for a 8-10% equity in the startup company.
The application deadline is November 3, 2013.
RAPIV joined European Business & Innovation Centre Network (EBN)
On 12th July 2013 RAPIV joined European Business & Innovation Centre Network (EBN) as associated member.
EBN is now the leading non-governmental pan-European network bringing together 200+ Business & Innovation Centres (BICs), and similar organisations such as incubators, innovation and entrepreneurship centres across the enlarged Europe.
BICs are organisations which promote innovation and entrepreneurship. They help enterprises to innovate, they drive the creation of start-ups (support to innovation, incubation and internationalisation) and they promote economic development through job and enterprise creation and development.
VENTURE FUND ELEVEN
Eleven is a EUR 12 million venture fund that provides financing to early-stage startups using an incremental investment approach alongside iterative development – thereby, starting with many small experiments, filter out failures, and invest in successes.
Focused on innovative ideas, the fund provides EUR 50,000 for proof of concept during a 3+3 month acceleration program under one roof with the ability for up to EUR 150,000 follow-on seed investment.
During the first 3 months the start-up team goes through a very intensive process of shaping and building the idea, supported by Eleven and its exception mentors, including numerous Googlers. Eleven provides EUR 25,000 to the startup for an 8% equity stake in the company.