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The European commission invests 9 million euros in 7 innovative Catalan companies

  • The European commission invests 9 million euros in 7 innovative Catalan companies

The European commission invests 9 million euros in 7 innovative Catalan companies

A total of 50 companies have been selected throughout the EU under the “SME Instrument” program.

Fifty small and medium-sized enterprises from 14 different countries have been selected in the last convocation for phase 2 of the SME Instrument. In this phase each project can receive up to 2.5 million euros, 5 when it comes to projects in the field of health, to enable its release. In total, the European Commission has allocated € 73 million in 47 different projects (it must be borne in mind that there are projects carried out by two or more companies jointly). Among the SMEs selected there are 7 Catalans who will receive a total of 9 million euros. In this convocation the Commission received 553 proposals involving 689 participants.

Spanish SMEs have been the most successful in this convocation:  the Commission has selected a total of 14 that will receive funding of 15.4 million euros. They are followed by the Germans who have earned 14.8 million. The majority of projects are related to Information and Communication Technologies (9), transport (7), energy efficiency (6) and food production (6).

With this funding, the selected companies will be able to invest in innovative activities such as demonstrations, testing, miniaturization or step to the pilot phase or in the marketing of their products; They will also be able to prepare a business plan and receive twelve days of business advice.

Since the presentation of the program on 1st January 2014, a total of 406 SMEs have been selected in phase two of the “SME instrument” program. As for the Catalan SMEs, there are 21 that have obtained European funding of this specific instrument for their innovative projects.

The next deadline for submitting proposals for phase 2 of the program is April 14, 2016.

Background information

The SME instrument or instrument for SMEs is part of the European Union’s research and innovation program, Horizont 2020. It aims to help small and medium-sized enterprises carry out their innovative projects and is divided into three phases.

Phase 1: Conception and feasibility

The companies selected in Phase 1 receive a total of € 50,000 from the EU to carry out feasibility studies.

Phase 2: demonstration

The companies selected in this phase receive between 0.5 and 2.5 million euros to develop their projects: demonstrations, trials, pilot projects …

Phase 3: commercialization

Companies receive support to market their products, training, advice and access to finance. At this stage the companies do not receive any other funding from the EU.

Selected Catalan companies

    • Barcelona
    • Project: Tech4Freedom 2.0
    • Rubí
    • Project: FreshInk2
    • Castelldefels
    • Project: HYPERA
    • Lleida
    • Project: King of App
    • Terrassa
    • Project: FASTEEL
    • Barcelona
    • Project: SDN-Polygraph
    • Barcelona
    • Project: FastPrk-2

For more information:

You will find all the communiqués of the European Commission Representation in the press room of the website of the Representation of the European Commission to Barcelona.

European Commission
Representation in Barcelona
Phone number: 93 467 78 12
Passeig de Gràcia, 90

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