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3 things we did to win 2 more SME Instrument projects

This 7 minute video summarises 3 key things we did to win 2 new SME Instrument (Phase 1) proposals in December 2017. See the video here: CASE STUDY

5 ways to protect your company’s inventions

If you’ve ever developed a new product or formulated a new business idea, you’ve most likely grappled with the question of whether you should to protect it legally in some way.  It can be a confusing issue, for sure, and many of the companies we meet don’t seem to have a solid grasp of how, why and… (CONTINUE READING)

5 magic words to win EU funding

There are (at least) 5 magic words you need to include into your EU funding proposal to secure the grant for tech development. Do you wonder who these five words are? These are not just magic words you need to repeat several times to secure your grant. There is no such short cut I am afraid. But if… (CONTINUE READING)

How to get funding for product development?

Did you know that 3200 European innovative small businesses and start-ups signed high value contracts and secured funding for product development? We are talking about accessing up to 2.5 million Euros of equity free funding! Watch 4 minute video to learn how you can achieve the same and change your business forever.

The power of storytelling for social innovators

Climate change, inequality, unemployment, poverty, fair trade, emissions trading and other challenges are just part of the problems solved by social innovations. Social innovation is the process of developing and deploying effective solutions to challenging and often systemic social and environmental issues in support of social progress. Despite good intentions many well-meaning social-innovation projects never reach… (CONTINUE READING)

What kind of equipment do you need to make a video?

If you‘ve ever wondered how you can create effective visual content like a pro, without actually becoming a graphic designer, this video is for you. Videos allow you to increase the time spent by visitors on your site. Thus, longer exposure builds trust and signals search engines that your site has good content.

8 key building blocks for successful innovation commercialization and better sales

How do you intend to evolve your company from small and mid sized business to most sought after industry partner? (see 4min video at the end of this post for details). It could be, that you are a technology development business, thus innovating is your core strategy.

Why can changing your funding strategy cost you at least 50,000 EUR?

Do you know that feeling of being overwhelmed when you are developing and writing a complex EU funding proposal? To many innovation teams, giving up comes to mind but that could be a poor decision as it can cost your business from at least 50.000 EUR and up to millions of euros.

New success in SME Instrument and 3 big lessons learned

Few days ago we were opening champagne again! An amazing company, Juniba Ltd, was successful at SME Instrument Phase 1, and we had a privilege to assist them with re-submission and achieving this important win.

Have you developed a product nobody wants?

Is there something worse then, after investing hundreds of hours and significant finances in product development, to realize nobody wants to buy it? And you did everything: Web site is all polished and nice. You are attending all major industry fairs and have a social media guru to present you through all known social media… (CONTINUE READING)