16 March 2015

Course: International financial instruments for enterprises

Companies and research centres have an increasingly need for resources to enhance their competitiveness and continue to innovate. IGC has studied a path to access the international financial instruments on ongoing basis, to support the company growth at any time.

Calendar 2015
- First session Brussels: April, 21st/22nd/23rd
- Second session Brussels: May 12th/13th/14th

The course will deal with the following issues: 
- Direct European funding for private and public companies as well as research centres;
- Private funding: finding and being financed by Angel business and capital venture;
- European bank loans (EIB, EBRD), international tenders, international awards: how to get grant funding or win a tender or award; 
- International Cooperation, Transactional funds: how to build a network of international partners and/or fit into a European cluster, by protecting your own know-how.

Three days in Brussels! at headquarters of IGC in Brussels Bridge Building, 584 Charles-Quint Avenue, Berchem-Sainte-Agathe - 1082 Brussels
Classes are held from 9.30 to 17.30 and will consist of theoretical and practical parts, workshops and successful case studies.

Course cost: € 655  per participant (VAT excluded).
By participating, you will have:
- 6 months of free consultancy, to assess the feasibility and sustainability of your innovative solutions and your plans.
- A voucher worth € 50 to participate in another course of IGC;  
- Course material, participation certificate, coffee breaks and brunch.
The course will be in English (including the teaching material).

To get the full programme and registration form, please contact:  marketing@igcsas.it
Would you like the course to be held directly at your office? Contact us!

05 February 2015

Fast Track for Innovation

The Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) pilot is testing a new approach to give the development of innovations the last push needed before their introduction to the market. It is the only fully bottom-up measure in Horizon 2020 promoting close-to-market innovation activities and open to all types of participants.

Proposals must relate to any field under the specific objective "Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies" and/or to any of the specific objectives under the priority "Societal challenges".

Consortia must involve participants from industry. A maximum of 5 legal entities can participate in a project. Universities, research and technology organisations and further innovation actors may also participate. Actors that can play a key role in the commercialisation process are encouraged to take part, such as cluster organisations, end-users, industrial associations, incubators, investors, or the public Sector.

04 February 2015


Boosting the potential of small businesses for eco-innovation and a sustainable supply of raw materials
Cut-off dates:

This topic is targeted at all types of eco-innovative SMEs in all areas addressing the climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials challenge, focusing on SMEs showing a strong ambition to develop, grow and internationalise. All kinds of promising ideas, products, processes, services and business models, notably across sectors and disciplines, for commercialisation both in a business-to-business (B2B) and a business-to-customer (B2C) context, are eligible.

The SME instrument consists of three separate phases and a coaching and mentoring service for beneficiaries. Participants can apply to phase 1 with a view to applying to phase 2 at a later date, or directly to phase 2.