European Grants for Irish Businesses – Horizon 2020 & EuroStars

Are you looking for Horizon 2020 or Eureka European Grant?

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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 –

Horizon 2020 –

Enterprise Ireland High Potential Start-up (HPSU)

Enterprise Ireland (CSF) Competitive Start-up Fund –

Technology Readiness Levels-

Helena Deane is the Horizon 2020 Adviser and Project Support Executive at WestBIC, an EU Business and Innovation Centre located in the West of Ireland ( She is also an Intertrade Ireland Fusion Programme Consultant. Her educational background is in European Business Administration, having graduated First Class in this field from Universities in Cambridge and Berlin. For the last 9 years, Helena has been working with StartUps, SMEs, Universities and various Public Organisations as a consultant in the areas of R&D and innovation, feasibility analysis, business strategy, planning, commercialisation and funding. Helena is also engaged by the European Commission as an expert and evaluator to undertake specific assignments concerning research and innovation related to Horizon 2020.