Friday, January 29, 2016

Guidebook "Fostering business angel activities in support of SME growth" is now published!

Written by EBAN for the European Commission as part of a series, this guidebook describes how business angel investments and co-investments can reach a critical mass across certain sectors, regions or countries. It discusses the various financial instruments policymakers and other stakeholders can implement to cultivate business angel investments, particularly the creation of co-investment funds.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Crowdfunding in The Netherlands starts at €20

Crowdfunding proves to be the fastest growing form of financing and investment in The Netherlands. In 2011, €0,9M of investments was produced through crowdfunding in the country. Four years later (in 2015), this grew to €100M.

Growth of crowdfunding in The Netherlands | Screenshot from

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Meeting Invest Horizon 1 December 2015 in Amsterdam

More than 30 entrepreneurs and experts attended the InvestHorizon Raising Awareness Seminar on December 1, 2015 in Amsterdam at the premises of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce. The participants were keen to enlarge their knowledge about attracting financing and the European Programme Invest Horizon.

InvestHorizon in Riga: How to boost investment readiness of SMEs

Latvian Chamber of Commerce and industry (LCCI) organized the InvestHorizon raising awareness seminar on December 10th in Riga.  The event aimed to help entrepreneurs who are thinking about development plans but have come to the question about attraction of financing and investment. It was a great opportunity to get knowledge about risk capital-the most actual business financing instrument. 

In Latvia, there is strong gap between companies’ needs and investor offers. As it often happens, high proportion of investments is aimed at bigger companies with long term experience, and not at SMEs who are at start-up or early stage level.

That is why the importance of such projects as InvestHorizon and of EU funding in Latvia is crucial to support SMEs in developing their products, sales, internal organization and financing. Due to limited training possibilities about investment readiness in Latvia, the seminar attracted high number of participants.

Companies, widely interested in InvestHorizon opportunities, received the best examples on how InvestHorizon program could help in investment attraction both in Europe and Latvia. One of the speakers, Rūdolfs Krese Investment Director of the venture capital fund ZGI Capital, Council member of companies "Ērenpreiss Original" and "Art Fair Service".  During the presentation the following topics  were touched :

1. How to attract venture capital for your company;

2. The main evaluation criteria;

3. Transaction structuring;

4. Cooperation process.

5. How to sell your business to investors?

Following, Līga Ābola, Head of EU projects department at LCCI, explained how to boost investment-readiness of SMEs and small mid-caps in Europe and associated countries, as well as how to raise awareness amongst SMEs about investments, and coaching plans for SMEs improving proposal and presentations with the help of InvestHorizon project.



InvestHorizon in Belgrade: supporting innovative ideas of SMEs

On December 16th 2015, the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia (CCIS) organized a raising awareness seminar on InvestHorizon, with 82 participants. The goal was to prepare and facilitate access of small and medium-sized enterprises to investing in innovative areas.
The seminar included presentations on the investment readiness, and it took the form of an interactive communication between lecturers and representatives of the SMEs.

Jovan Stanojevic, senior adviser at the Center for European Integration in Chamber of Commerce of Serbia, presented to the participants of the workshop an EU project INVESTHORIZON as well as an SMEInstrument. The main objective of both initiatives are to support thosesmall and medium enterprises, who want to improve their competitiveness by investing in investment skills, research and development activities. The goal, she explained, is to support companies that want to strengthen competitiveness, and encourage innovative ideas.
During the workshop, which took place in the the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia, Dr. Ljiljana Ćurčić (Educons University - Faculty of Environmental Protection in Novi Sad) analyzed several important topics such as investments in ecology and various opportunities for SMEs. Representatives of KfW Bank, Darko Ivkovic and Kristina Rumke, presented the funding possibilities for SMEs.
Moreover, Olja Munitlak Ivanovic (Belgrade Institute of Economic Sciences) explained the aspect of taxes as a function of the investment incentives. Finally, the topic on innovation and competitive advantage for small businesses was introduced by Milivoje Jovanovic, the director of company ENECA from Nis.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

New Year - New me - What's up for startups in January?

Its the time of the year where lots of people are thinking about their ambitious plans for 2016. Startup founders are pushing for excellence no matter time of the year, thus focus and take a look at events and opportunities for you to radically improve your startup!

Here's the list of activities in Europe, happening in January.

Friday, January 8, 2016

New ideas & instruments to improve financial capacity for Spanish SMEs: seminars in Zaragoza & Badajoz

On 6th October 2015, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Zaragoza organized a Rising Awareness Seminar. The seminar intended to explain how to enhance the financial and investment capacity of SMEs and what EU funding is available in this moment. The final scope was to present and provide the tools of InvestHorizon aimed at improving skills and perspectives of SMEs. All this enriched with a unique networking opportunity.

Italian SMEs and start-ups meet experts and investors in Turin

On November 9th 2015, Turin welcomed the InvestHorizon Raising Awareness Seminar and the Coaching Academy.

Both events were organized by Unioncamere, with the support of the Turin Chamber of Commerce, the I3P (Certified Incubator of the University of Turin), the Enterprise Europe Network and Europe Unlimited.