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MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

As the end of the year – and the decade – fast approaches, we take this opportunity of wishing our members and readers a warm and festive holiday season and a bright and innovative new year in 2020.

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION UNVEILS EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL

The European Commission unveiled its much awaited European Green Deal on 11 December, outlining a long list of policy initiatives aimed at putting Europe on track to reach net-zero global warming emissions by 2050. In presenting the European Green Deal … Continue reading

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FRENCH AND ISRAELI SMES MAIN BENEFICIARIES OF FIRST ROUND OF EIC BLENDED FINANCE

The European Innovation Council (EIC) announced its first round of ‘blended’ grant and equity investments with a commitment to fund 39 high-tech SMEs, of which the largest number come from France and Israel. Another 36 companies won grants alone. The … Continue reading

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BUSINESS INSIGHT: 10% INNOVATION FREE TIME – FORGET IT, IT NEVER WORKS

A new business insight provided by Roger La Salle, innovation thought leader and pioneer of “Matrix Thinking”™ Why Innovate? Research has shown that companies that fail to innovate fail to survive. It is essential that progressive companies embed innovation as … Continue reading

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NEW EUROPEAN COMMISSION GIVEN GREEN LIGHT BY PARLIAMENT

The European Parliament gave the green light to Ursula von der Leyen’s college of Commissioners at its session in Strasbourg on 27 November with a comfortable 461 votes in favour, 151 against and 89 abstentions. The new 27-member Commission – … Continue reading

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ESA RECEIVES RECORD BUDGET INCREASE FOR NEXT 5-YEAR PERIOD

At a conference in Seville (E), the 22 member states of the European Space Agency (ESA) agreed on 28 November to increase the agency’s funding over the next five years to €14.4 billion. The larger budget will go towards putting … Continue reading

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287 SMEs RECEIVE FUNDING FROM LAST ROUND OF EIC SME INSTRUMENT PHASE 1

A total of 287 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from 31 countries have been selected for funding under the last round of the EIC SME Instrument, in the so-called Phase 1 of the programme, now known as the EIC Accelerator. … Continue reading

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