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The SME Instrument is launching a call for investment experts

The SME Instrument is launching a call for investment experts

15/05/2017 | by the SME Instrument team




The SME Instrument is launching a call for investment experts!

SME Instrument is a successful programme within the framework of the EU Horizon 2020 framework, established in 2014. It is a simple and accessible funding and business support scheme that encourages innovative, scalable and ambitious SME’s to put forward their most interesting ideas. It works in three phases, according to the stages of the innovation cycle and for the assessment of the funding proposals, the SME Instrument operates with a team of independent evaluators specialised in business, finance and innovation along other areas of expertise (ICT, health, Biotech, etc.).

In three years we already committed €882 million in grants, coaching and business support. From 31k received applications, we selected 2457 SME’s from the EU and the Horizon 2020 Associated Countries, which makes it the very best 6% of successful candidates. They did not only receive our funding support, benefited from the SME Instrument community and networks, but also leveraged €480.7 million in private investment*. In Luxembourg, 4 Open Disruptive Innovation projects benefited from our support. Digicash Payments, for instance, developed a mobile payment app based on a disruptive credit transfer approach in SEPA. ThemarketsTrust-Advisory came up with a New System for Credit Rating on Hybrid Securities. Polaris – a project developed by MyScienceWork – brought the first turnkey solution for an easy open access dissemination for research institutions.

Now we are looking for experienced investment professionals (business angels, venture capital, private equity investors) willing to collaborate with us in finding the “golden nuggets in a pile of sand”. As we understand that our experts’ time is valuable, they work with a flexible schedule and workload, in Brussels and remotely, to best fit their availability. If you feel that this profile describes you and you are interested in becoming an expert evaluator, please check our investors’ page or contact us at Easme-EIC-Investors@ec.europa.eu .

The SME Instrument team

*For more information, check the highlights or the full report.



In Luxembourg, 4 Open Disruptive Innovation projects benefited from our support. Digicash Payments, for instance, developed a mobile payment app based on a disruptive credit transfer approach in SEPA



The European Investment Project Portal (EIPP)

European Commission

The European Investment Project Portal


The European Investment Project Portal (EIPP, the Portal) is a public web portal established by the European Commission in order to provide greater transparency about EU investment opportunities. By creating a common meeting point for investors and EU project promoters, EIPP supports investment in the real economy and it is an important component of the Investment Plan for Europe.

The Portal provides a transparent forward looking pipeline of EU investment projects spread over 25 high-economic-potential sectors such as innovation, infrastructure and SMEs. Projects’ information is presented in a structured format in service to interested investors. Further, the Portal offers the possibility to filter projects according to investor’s preferences (e.g. country, sector, project cost) and to establish an easy first contact with promoters.

Many of the projects on the Portal are cross-border ones, currently resulting in some 200 project-marks on the interactive EIPP project map. The total investment proposed from all the published projects amounts to more than EUR 56 billion, and the European Commission is actively striving to bring more projects to the Portal.

Some of the EIPP projects, e.g. Rail Baltica which spans 5 countries, have already received significant interest from investors. Other projects which are holding the specific interest of investors are coming from the field of renewable energy and infrastructure.

In course of 2017, the Portal will actively continue to develop its features, such as registration process and search tool, in order to further improve the service offered for both investors and promoters.

We kindly invite LPEA members to browse through the investor-friendly Portal’s website and discover already available investment opportunities. For additional information about the EIPP, please visit its website or contact eipp-project@ec.europa.eu.

LPEA/ ALFI response to European Commission’s consultation on the review of the EuVECA and EuSEF regulations

LPEA and ALFI responded to the European Commission’s consultation on the review of the European Venture Capital Funds (EuVECA) regulation (No 345/2013) and European Social Entrepreneurship Funds (EuSEF) regulation (No 346/2013).

These specialist venture capital investment funds have been available since 2013 but only a small number of funds set up as EuVECA and EuSEF have so far been launched.

This consultation supports the objective of Capital Markets Union which is to facilitate a greater flow of capital from willing investors into the real economy. This consultation is part of the Action Plan package and takes up the replies received in the CMU consultation. It requests more details as to where and how the regulations could be changed without reducing the existing levels of investor protection.

LPEA and ALFI response.