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5.2 Funding opportunities

Funding opportunities in europe

European Cultural Foundation

This foundation aims to support who boots creativity and culture, and funds all kinds of innovative ideas through Europe. https://www.culturalfoundation.eu/grants-exchange

Funding Roberto Cimetta

Through RC funds, artists and cultural actors can get funds to create artistic cooperation projects in the Euro-Arab zone.

http://www.cimettafund.org/inscription/index/rubrique/4/lang/en

INTERREG Europe

This initiative wants to help governments ,creating opportunities for innovation for a lot of target, including SMEs, and it can be helpful to share ideas and experiences for citizens. Here are the links to apply for funding and more information:

 https://www.interregeurope.eu/projects/apply-for-funding/

https://www.interregeurope.eu/policylearning/news/4146/horizon-2020-sme-instrument-a-recipe-for-success/

SME Instrument Horizon 2020

Through this tool, business can get funding from the EU for innovation projects, so they can expand to other countries and internationalize their activities, both inside and outside Europe: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h2020-section/eic-accelerator-pilot ; https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/docs/h2020-funding-guide/cross-cutting-issues/sme_en.htm .

COSME

This provides funds for business that want to Access markets in the EU and outside EU: https://ec.europa.eu/growth/smes/cosme_en . COSME also funds the database of European SMEs: Enterprise Europe Network, which helps SMEs to find partners in order to go international ( https://een.ec.europa.eu ). Also, we can mention Your Europe Business portal https://europa.eu/youreurope/business/index_en.htm , where you can search for Useful information about how to do business within Europe, and the Helpdesks of IPR, that can be seen in https://ec.europa.eu/growth/industry/intellectual-property/smes_en

EUREKA programme: EUROSTARS

This is a funding programme targeted to SMEs, which is connected with the European Commission. http://www.eurostars-eureka.eu/

Crowdfunding platforms

Crowdfunding is a way of financing projects through networks, which has become very popular nowadays. Usually, it works online through donations, economic or not, to finance a concrete project in exchange to any kind of rewards. There are several webpages to start a crowdfunding campaign, i. e:

https://www.verkami.com

https://es.ulule.com

https://www.kickstarter.com

Funding opportunities in Italy

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

Examples: Startup Europe: a meeting point which connects startups, 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/

Funding Opportunities in 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 Creative Europe, INTERREG Europe, SME Instrument Horizon 2020 and COSME, as well as the European Cultural Foundation.

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:

In Poland, collections via crowdfunding platforms are also becoming more and more popular.

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 for example https://granty.pl/category/kultura/wsparcie-dla-tworcow-i-artystow/

Funding Opportunities in Spain

CEAJE (Confederación Española de Jóvenes Empresarios).

This Confederation, having an important representation throughout the country, aims to help young entrepreneurs internationalize 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/

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 internationalize 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 internationalization plan and various subsidies. More information in: 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

Cheques IVACE Valencia.

 This is an opportunity for SMEs based in la Comunitat Valenciana to internationalize their product. The Instituto Valenciano provides funds with the objective of getting counselling by experts, up to the 90% of the 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, provides advice, processing and funds to those companies based in that autonomous community to internationalize 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 internationalize 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 internationalize 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/

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Funding opportunities in the 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.