Helena Deane from Westbic gives us a great overview of the European grants available to Start-ups & SMEs in Ireland. She particularly talks about Eurostars Eureka & Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Feasibility assessment (PHASE 1), Innovation project (PHASE 2) and Fast Track to Innovation grants.
The funding starts at 50K and can go up to multi-million euro grants. Helena uses her vast experience as an Advisor and Project Support Executive at WestBIC has great insights into the process, criteria and eligibility. So if you’re asking yourself any of the following questions, she answers them and more in this podcast:
- Is my company eligible to apply?
- Does it matter if we got Irish Government funding before?
- Is it match funded?
- Will it take part of our companies equity?
- What are the biggest mistakes companies make in their application?
- What costs are eligible whats not?
- What are the ingredients of a good application?
- What are the application success rates?
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Please note as part of the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Innovation project (PHASE 2) for the process and application evaluation, It has 2 stages of approval (the written stage and the pitches).
WestBIC support start-ups with their CSF, HPSU & European grant applications.
European Grants Podcast References
Eurostars Eureka – https://www.eurostars-eureka.eu/about-eurostars
Horizon 2020 – https://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/researchers/eu-programmes-and-networks/horizon-2020.html
Enterprise Ireland High Potential Start-up (HPSU) https://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/Start-a-Business-in-Ireland/Do-I-qualify-as-a-HPSU-/
Enterprise Ireland (CSF) Competitive Start-up Fund – https://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/funding-supports/company/hpsu-funding/competitive-start-fund-csf-.html
Technology Readiness Levels- https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/support/faqs/faq-2890.html