The implementation of new ideas, technologies, innovation and the optimisation of products and work processes are crucial success factors for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in order to remain competitive. The funding programmes of the North Rhine-Westphalia government, the federal government as well as the European Union provide companies with financial resources for individual or cooperation projects. The scope of funding opportunities ranges from conventional financing, funding of knowledge transfer to consulting services of external experts.
Consulting through the project ‘Funding Advisor’
The Funding Advisor works closely together with local business development agencies, chambers and further regional stakeholders in order to provide transparent information about published regional, federal and European funding programmes at an early stage.
Small and medium-sized enterprises from the Ruhr metropolitan area have the possibility to receive detailed information about tailored funding opportunities at our thematic and target-group-specific events. During our events and hands-on workshops, they can address their questions and needs to different experts.
Depending on the specific needs, we enhance contacts with appropriate advice and funding service centres and foster the networking process with business, scientific and research stakeholders. Among other things, the setting up of consortia and therefore the implementation of cooperation projects is facilitated and knowledge and technology transfer supported.
What funding programmes are available? What ideas and projects can I have funded by state, federal or EU programmes? Who is the right contact partner and will give me long-term support in my project?
In theme and target group-specific events for SMEs and for multipliers (municipal business support initiatives, chambers of commerce and other regional actors) these issues, amongst others, are addressed.
Several times a year information about specific funding opportunities is provided at various events, with advice given. In practice workshops, applicant seminars and major information events for SMEs the focus is upon funding programmes of the state of NRW, the federal government and the EU, in order to show multipliers in the Ruhr metropolitan area different approaches to achieving funding.
The next series of events takes place in autumn 2017. Here we will inform you of the current events of Funding Advisor, with save-the-date, programme and registration.
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