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Sectors: SME Policy

Beneficiaries: Corporations, SMEs, Training centres, Universities

Regions: European Union

Category: Call for proposals

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WE Funding – COSME – Enhance…
Funds for: Enhancing entrepreneurship, developing the international outlook and competitiveness of European SMEs 
Main beneficiaries: Public entities, Chambers of commerce and industry, universities

Responsible: European Commission

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Funds for: Enhancing entrepreneurship, developing the international outlook and competitiveness of European SMEs 
Main beneficiaries: Public entities, Chambers of commerce and industry, universities

Priorities and funded actions:

Objectives
* To enhance entrepreneurship, develop the international outlook and competitiveness of European SMEs and foster potential start-up entrepreneurs and newly-established micro and small enterprises in the Participating Countries;
* To select Intermediary Organisations (IOs) to implement the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme at local level

Priorities
* To provide on-the-job-training for new entrepreneurs with established host entrepreneurs in small and medium-sized enterprises abroad in the COSME Participating Countries in order to facilitate a successful start-up, and development of their business ideas; 
* To foster sharing of experience and information between entrepreneurs on the obstacles and challenges of starting up and developing their businesses; 
* To enhance market access and identification of potential partners for new and established businesses in other EU and COSME Participating Countries; 
* To support networking between entrepreneurs from different COSME Participating Countries by building on knowledge and experience from other COSME Participating Countries 

Among financed actions
* Match successfully at least 150 entrepreneurs, either as new or as host entrepreneurs;
* Offering assistance and support to NEs who are visiting a HE covered by the Intermediary Organisation, including the financial assistance;
* Participating in meetings in Brussels or other locations in the COSME Participating Countries as specified in “Timetable” (Advice)

Additional information 
* This call for proposals is an open call for proposals

* Initial duration of the action: 36 months

* Eligibility:
– Be a legal entity;
– Be a specific type of organisation such as : public entities responsible for or active in the fields of economic affairs, enterprise, business support or related issues; Chambers of commerce and industry, chambers of (handi)crafts or similar bodies; Business support organisations, start-up centres, incubators, technology parks; Business associations and business support networks; Public and private entities offering business support services; Institutes of (higher) education such as universities or institutes for vocational education and training
– Applicants must be established in: an EU Member State; a country participating in the COSME program pursuant to Article 6 of the COSME Regulation