31/10 11:11 CET
Business Planet looks at what EU Financial Instruments for small and medium sized enterprises are, and how they work. 3Top is a tiny enterprise founded by two colleagues in July 2011 with just…
EU Financial instruments
- - The European Union supports entrepreneurs and businesses with a wide range of EU programmes facilitating access to loans, lease finance, guarantees and equity ﬁnancing through financial institutions.
- - By facilitating access to leasing by SMEs, EU programmes stimulates key investments and thus growth of enterprises.
- - The Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (2007-2013) helped to mobilise more than €16 billion of loans and lease finance as well as €2.8 billion of venture capital to over 311,000 SMEs in Europe.
- - From 2014 to 2020, the COSME programme will help up to 330 000 European SMEs by mobilising up to €25 billion of finance.
- EU Financing
- More about leasing
- Information and advice on EU financial instruments in Poland
- EU funding opportunities for businesses
17/10 12:02 CET
The Erasmus For Young Entrepreneurs programme has been going for five years. During this time it has enabled nearly 3,000 participants to learn from the experience of others who have set up their…
Erasmus For Young Entrepreneurs
- - Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a simple but powerful concept. A new or aspiring entrepreneur is hosted by an experienced entrepreneur in another country for up to six months. They collaborate, exchange ideas and contribute to each other's ventures.
- - Launched in 2009 the programme has a proven track record in creating new businesses and jobs. At least 5,000 entrepreneurs have already benefitted and the scheme as received almost 9,000 applications.
- - Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs – where 'young' refers to amount of experience and not to age - contributes directly to the creation of new companies. More than a third of the aspiring entrepreneurs have actually taken the step towards the realisation of their business idea.
- - Experienced entrepreneurs say that the programme helped them boost their businesses: 60% declare benefitting from new ideas or technical know-how, tapping into new markets and increasing turnover.
- - By 2020 its estimated the funding of COSME programme will allow for as much as 0,000 placements. The programme is being implemented by around 180 local business support organisations, across all sectors.
- Main Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs website
- 5th Anniversary Survey and Brochure of best practices and results
- Facebook page
- Small Business portal
03/10 15:06 CET
Combining parenting with developing a fledgling business can be a daunting challenge. But help is at hand with the 'Mompreneur' phenomenon that originated in Hungary. Gazdagmami is a support…
European Enterprise Promotion Awards
- - The 2014 Grand Jury Prize winner came from Hungary. The other six winners came from Lithuania, Bulgaria, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Germany. Projects from the United Kingdom, Austria and Portugal also received Special Mentions from the EEPA jury.
- - A record number of countries from across Europe, including all 28 EU Member States, as well as Iceland, Serbia and Turkey competed for the 2014 European Enterprise Promotion Awards in six categories and the Grand Jury Prize.
- - Since 2006, the European Enterprise Promotion Awards have rewarded the most imaginative and successful initiatives from public bodies and public-private partnerships which support entrepreneurship, and small and medium sized enterprises at a national, regional and local level.
- - Hundreds of projects take part in national competitions for a chance to represent their country in the European Enterprise Promotion Awards each year. Over 2,800 projects have entered since the awards were launched and together they have supported the creation of thousands of new companies.
- European Enterprise Promotion Awards
- European Enterprise Promotion Awards on Twitter
- European Enterprise Promotion Awards on Facebook
- European SME Week
19/09 15:30 CET
In this edition of Business Planet we visit London and the Czech Republic to discover how to make the most of the Enterprise Europe Network, a contact group for thousands of SMEs linked through…
Enterprise Europe Network
- - Trade of goods in the Single Market represents over 20% of the European GDP. ¼ of Europe's 20 million SMEs trade with other EU countries.
- - The Enterprise Europe Network offers free services and support to European SMEs to help them make the most of the Single Market. These include finding distributors, licensing new technologies, and getting advice on European funding or legislation.
- - The network representatives advise and support individual SMES according to their specific needs through their experience and their contacts. Their database contains thousands of company profiles. SMEs can meet potential business partners in person at matchmaking events.
- - The Enterprise Europe Network is made up of over 600 business support organisations. Organisations cover every EU country and more than 20 countries outside the EU.
- The business benefits of EU chemical regulation
- Help at hand: making the most of EU financial support tools
- Power to the people with renewable energy cooperation
- Spain's Lerida cluster entrepreneurs boost international sales
- How to get EU funds to grow your SME
- Italian Dolomites: not just for profit
- Educating entrepreneurs: university support for budding business leaders
- Sweet success in Dublin, the experience of being an entrepreneur
- Micro-management: why small businesses are flourishing in Latvia
- Kick start Korea
- Turning Japanese: European SMEs' eastern 'Gateway' to new markets
- The angels on entrepreneurs' shoulders
- Turning a troubled textile hub into a thriving business cluster
- Business Planet: Boom in Bilbao as entrepreneurs schooled
- Lean and green: Ecostars inspires competitiveness and fuel efficiency
- Boosting exports through networking
- Cashing in on culture - how businesses make money from Europe's history
- Get bigger, go public: SMEs launching on the stock exchange
- KETS: transforming innovation into competitive product
- Finding the right leader
- Clusters: powerful engines of economic development in Europe
- Greece: cooperatives wage war on recession and unemployment
- Business networks provide strength through unity
- New energy and new directions in Bulgaria
- 1,2,3, GO! Coaching and business development for innovative start-ups
- How JEREMIE helped a Maltese company take wing
- Two's Company in Belgium
- Meet the EU's female ambassadors for business
- Micro-credit brings organic growth in Ireland
- EU grants for eco-innovation
- Wired to the world
- Venture capital, a risky business?
- Go green, get growing
- Cooperative and competitive
- Incubating Spanish business
- Boosting Women Entrepreneurs
- Meeting targets
- Business parties in Swedish countryside
- Greek business clusters together to find strength in numbers
- Women entrepreneurs could be answer to crisis
- Taking business into Welsh schools
- Inheriting a business: how to make it a success
- New 'business hotel' scheme revives French region
- Setting up business in Latvia
- Business Planet battles bankruptcies
- Protecting the environment can be profitable
- Helping minorities into the EU job market
- Financing for the future
- Green light for green clusters
- Rising to new challenges
- Promoting female entrepreneurs
- Eco-labels: a smart strategy
- Moving on smoothly as companies change hands
- Angel dust magic for SMEs
- The Great Call of China
- How to protect your IPR in China
- Giving and receiving: social enterprise in Europe
- Erasmus: a win-win deal
- Recycling tyres: road to success