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CIP - 1 ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION (EIP)- Access to finance for SMEs and start ups

Risk capital actions in relation to access to finance for the start-up and growth of SMEs and for investment in innovation activities.

Access to the grants of the new programming schemes 2014 - 2020


This fund is a framework programme, organised in different strands (sub-programmes)

?A framework programme is an umbrella structure intended to serve various funding schemes (strands / sub-programmes). Each strand includes specific themes and funding rules.

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Risk capital actions in relation to access to finance for the start-up and growth of SMEs and for investment in innovation activities.

Does my project meet the priority requirements of this fund?

This action to support SMEs and the financing of Start-ups is part of the COMPETITIVENESS and INNOVATION PROGRAMME (see also the other EUROFUNDING sheets on this programme).
From 2014 to 2020 this action will be part of the new Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and ...

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