This is how SMEs can access Next Generation EU funds
Achieve a more sustainable and digital productive fabric. This is the ambitious objective of the European Recovery Fund (Next Generation EU), a large financing project promoted by Brussels that will help our companies in the necessary economic reactivation in the coming years.
While the last pitfalls in the European processing of these items, designed to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, are resolved, companies want to be aware of all the details. Sooner. Information that you will be able to find in the Forum Transfers 2021, which will celebrate its tenth edition on April 14 and 15 at FYCMA (Palace of Fairs and Congresses of Malaga), who is responsible for the executive management of the event.
In accordance with its objective of promoting innovation and the transfer of knowledge between the public and private sectors, to improve the competitiveness of the economy and the business sector, this European Forum for Science, Technology and Innovation has decided to include this year specific content on access to these and other sources of financing, especially aimed at small and medium-sized companies.
The objective is that they can take full advantage of these programs through competitive projects in the environment of large corporations.
Felipe Romera, president of the Organizing Committee of Transfiere and of the Association of Science and Technology Parks of Spain (APTE)
These funds represent a great opportunity for SMEs to promote their growth and development in the productive fabric. To that end, Transfiere will promote specific training courses and presentations around the Next Generation EU, “to guide them on this path,” says Felipe Romera, president of the Organizing Committee of Transfiere and of the Association of Science and Technology Parks of Spain ( APTE). “The objective is that they can take full advantage of these programs through competitive projects in the environment of large corporations.”
This expert is convinced that innovation and science are key to economic recovery and to boost job opportunities in our country. “In fact, they are the best tools to respond to the challenges of tomorrow, as has become clear after the Covid-19 crisis, in which R & D & I has been a real solution for a more solid recovery and quick, ”he assures. That is why, in his opinion, it is so necessary to protect and prioritize public and private investment, “to continue increasing the technological innovation capacities of our economy and accelerate its transition towards a more dynamic model focused on knowledge and with an innovative base. of the productive system ”, adds Felipe Romera.
The Transfiere 2021 Forum is organized by the Malaga City Council, the Andalusian Knowledge Agency – dependent on the Ministry of Economic Transformation, Industry, Knowledge and Universities of the Junta de Andalucía – and the Ministry of Science and Innovation.
Hand in hand with the organizations involved
What is the Next Generation EU fund? How is it articulated? What are the criteria to qualify for the aid? All these questions, and many others, will be answered in Transfiere through presentations and practical workshops included in the Forum program. These specific appointments will affect the priority keys to get the most out of these funds and their impact on a more digital, sustainable and competitive industry in the framework of a global economy. The main objective is to show the opportunities linked to this European program to face the economic and social consequences derived from the pandemic.
Through presentations and thematic panels, companies and professionals will be able to know first-hand the tools of the Government of Spain, and the ministries involved, to channel investment, as well as the management in this regard by the autonomous communities.
In this sense, it is planned to have speakers directly involved. For example, Teresa Riesgo, Secretary General of Science and Innovation, who will participate together with other heads of the ministries of Industry, Commerce and Tourism and the Ministry of Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge. In addition, Javier Ponce, general director of the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI), Rosa Menéndez, president of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) or José Bayón, CEO at Empresa Nacional de Innovación, SA, are also part of the scheduled workshops and discussions.
Likewise, the autonomous communities, different public bodies –Agency for Innovation and Development of Andalusia (IDEA Agency) -, private organizations –National Federation of Innovative Business Groups and Clusters–, local entities such as the Malaga City Council and other institutions, such as universities. They will have their space to deepen the management of European funds and their lines of action.
The Transfiere Forum will answer all doubts and questions about the Next Generation EU funds, which represent an opportunity to face the economic and social consequences derived from the pandemic
Access to all this knowledge is transcendental since it is expected that these funds act as levers for the transformation of the Spanish production model, so “it is in the hands of tools such as the Transfiere Forum to provide information on how to present projects and on the regulations adhered to the same, as well as offering guidance and consulting so that they do not miss the train towards transformation ”. That is, anticipate so that companies and freelancers can correctly focus their projects and prepare in advance before the publication of the different calls.
Other aid for SMEs
We have many good large Spanish companies that lead global sectors but, make no mistake, the national business fabric is made up of micro-companies and SMEs, which is why these are one of the main engines to accelerate economic recovery. “That is why it is so important to prioritize and reinforce investments in R & D & I and financing instruments aimed at small and medium-sized companies, emerging companies and entrepreneurs, in order to establish a more solid industrial base,” says the President of the Organizing Committee of Transfiere.
Hence, this year’s content program also addresses, for example, the objectives and priorities of the Framework Program for Research and Innovation of the European Union (2021-2027), a project whose aims are to promote innovation capacity, competitiveness, employment and scientific excellence in Europe.
There is also room to address other calls for funding for SMEs such as the new Health program of the European Union, the Digital Europe program of the European Commission – focused on the process of digital transformation of the economy and society – or the Missions of CDTI Science and Innovation, which will also be addressed through practical training activities. All of this will be discussed in the training workshop EU funds and other financing lines for SMEs.
This year Transfiere launches an initiative, coordinated by the Enterprise European Network (EEN), in which emerging companies with technological and scientific innovation projects will have the opportunity to increase their visibility before national and international investors who are experts in this field.
At first Open Call for deep tech & deep science startups 32 companies have signed up, ten of them international. Shortly, a committee of experts will designate the ten projects – five national and as many international ones – that will have the opportunity to make a presentation to investors and experts in deep tech. These are technologies that require a high level of scientific knowledge to be developed and require a high investment to become products or services that can reach global markets and have a high impact on society.
The call will have a hybrid format in which international participants will make their presentation virtually, while nationals will do so in person at FYCMA (Palace of Fairs and Congresses of Malaga).