The launch event of the SME Champions Club will be hosted by Smith & Williamson on the evening of 27 January 2016. To register click here
The SME Champions Club, launching in January 2016, will be a forum for the SMEs which are beneficiaries of the SME Instrument of Horizon2020 to engage with investors and other service providers.
Horizon 2020 awards between €40 million and €60 million per quarter to innovative SMEs, each receiving between €0.5 million and €2.5 million over a typical two year project period. As funds are awarded to “SME Champions”, the Club will track their progress as they move towards commercial launch of their innovation and seek private sector investment fund commercial launch and expansion.
The SME Champions Club aims to help SMEs to maximize the return from grant funding by connecting them to investors, service providers – thereby unleashing additional national, regional and supranational funding opportunities and support.
The Club will also act as a voice for both the “SME Champions” and the investor and consultancy communities involved with them – reporting and communicating upon the relative success of the SME Instrument to the relevant EU agencies.
In addition to regular networking events, the Club aims to make available a variety of services to SME Champions and associate members, including free consultations with providers of services to SME Champions (and other small companies).
Who should attend?
Membership of the SME Champions Club will be open to the groups listed below. All of these groups and any other interested parties, including members of the press, are invited to attend the launch event.
SME Champions Club Membership Categories
- “SME Champions” - companies which have been awarded Phase II funding under the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument
- Recipients of Phase I funding who are conducting their Feasibility study (associate membership status)
- Recipients of the ‘Seal of Excellence’, awarded by the EC to companies that have passed the threshold for funding but could not be funded due to lack of budget (associate membership status)
- Companies considering applying for Horizon 2020 funding or keen to learn more about European grant funding options (associate membership status)
Investors with a mandate to fund technology companies in commercialization and expansion)
Legal, IP, accountancy, corporate finance, executive search, public relations, investor relations or other consultancy service providers