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1.1.       Poland

This part discusses the possibility of obtaining financial support for artistic or creative activity in Poland, excluding EU funds (which are common for all EU countries, such as SME Instrument Horizon 2020 and COSME, and will be seen later on).

The most important measures to support the sector and artists in Poland are the programmes of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (for more information, go to https://www.gov.pl/web/kultura/programy-mkidn-2020); they are distributed under several programmes, including:

It is worth remembering that there are a number of local and regional funds (Marshal’s Offices in all provinces), as well as activities carried out by numerous non-governmental organisations and private entities (including banks, in particular), within the framework of which it is possible to obtain funding for artistic and creative activities. In order to find such opportunities, you should visit https://granty.pl/category/kultura/wsparcie-dla-tworcow-i-artystow/

1.2.       Spain

·         CEAJE (Confederación Española de Jóvenes Empresarios).

This Confederation, having an important representation throughout the country, aims to help young entrepreneurs internationalise their businesses. To this end, they have programmes such as YES FOR EUROPE, with the aim of strengthening relations between businessmen throughout Europe. Follow the link for more information: http://www.ceaje.es/internacional/

·         ICEXnext.

 This program of the Instituto de Comercio , Exportaciones e Inversiones -Spanish Institute of Trade, Exports and Investments-  aims to help Spanish SMEs that want to internationalise during all phases of their project.   https://icexnext.es

·         Xpande.

Financed by the Cámara de Comercio -Spanish Chamber of Commerce-, this project aims to help Spanish SMEs make the leap to the international market, helping with the internationalisation plan and various subsidies. More information in the link below: https://www.camara.es/comercio-exterior/plan-de-expansion-internacional-para-pymes

·         Plan internacional de promoción (PIP).

Another opportunity from the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, aimed at SMEs seeking to start exporting. It is financed by ERDF funds and is related to the Xpande programme mentioned above. https://www.camara.es/comercio-exterior/programa-internacional-de-promocion-pip

 This is an opportunity for SMEs based in la Comunitat Valenciana to internationalise their product. The Instituto Valenciano provides funds with the objective of getting counselling from the experts, up to the 90% of the total costs. http://www.ivace.es/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7240:cheque-tutorias-internacionalizacion-asesoramiento-a-empresas-2019&catid=436:ayudas-a-la-internacionalizacion-de-las-empresas-2019&lang=es&Itemid=100459

·         PYME IPEX.

At a regional level, within Castilla-La Mancha, it provides advice, processing and funds to those companies based in that autonomous community, to internationalise their business, both within Europe and in Asia or North America. https://ipex.castillalamancha.es/perfil/exportadores  

·         Plan Internacionaliza PYME Murcia.

Initiative-CEAJE (Confederación Española de Jóvenes Empresarios). This Confederation, having an important representation throughout the country, aims to help young entrepreneurs internationalise their businesses. To this end, they have programmes such as YES FOR EUROPE, with the aim of strengthening relations between businessmen throughout Europe. For more information: http://www.ceaje.es/internacional/

·         Artistic and Cultural Fairs.

One of the best ways to internationalise businesses is to participate in international fairs. In espaivisor you can find the updated list of all fairs that gather cultural and artistic clients, Sellers, actors and stakeholders:  http://espaivisor.com/ferias/

1.3.       Italy

Financing a business is always a challenge. In fact, all the businesses created have at least one thing in common: the entrepreneur had to raise money to finance the company. Here is an overview of some common methods of financing business:

The European Union (European Commission, the Council of Europe, the European Investment Bank and others) also provides support to European small and medium-sized enterprises, through grants, loans and, in some cases, guarantees.

You can find some relevant information visiting the official EU websites:

Two networks that collect Business Angels across Europe are: Business Angels Europe and European Business Angels Network.

Examples: Start-up Europe: a meeting point which connects start-ups, investors, accelerators and other stakeholders in order to create a local ecosystem and support it.

EBN innovation network: It aims at supporting the development and growth of entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs, and gathers a community of professionals that helps these businesses to grow in the most effective, efficient and sustainable way.

There are also Italian incubators. Here is an example of incubator in Milan: https://www.startupbusiness.it/investors-in-milan-a-practical-startup-guide/93698/

1.4.       UK

In the United Kingdom, there are many different funding channels which female artists and creatives can explore in order to help expand a business across borders and into an international market.

1.5.       Belgium

There are many different funding streams, agencies and opportunities in Belgium:

https://www.angloinfo.com/how-to/belgium/working/starting-a-business/funds-support

http://www.erionet.org/site/basic100001.html

https://www.transartists.org/article/funding-europe#Belgium

https://www.euraxess.be/belgium/information-assistance/funding-opportunities

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