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Handbook on European Funding Opportunities for African start-ups & entrepreneurs. Capacity upgrading module 1 developed in the framework of the “Africa-Europe Innovation Partnership”

 

Funding Handbook Africa Europe Innovation Partnership

 

This booklet has been developed in the framework of the capacity upgrading activities delivered as part of the “Support to EU-Africa Innovation Cooperation” project financed by the European Commission. The project intends to connect the technology and innovation ecosystems in Africa and Europe in order to align disruptive innovation creating better opportunities of growth and scale-up for entrepreneurial ecosystems on both continents.


A number of capacity upgrading sessions are developed as part of the project in light of enhancing the abilities of the African start-up and entrepreneurial eco-system to engage in collaborative activities with their EU counterparts. Capacity upgrading activities are also meant to strengthen the African innovation eco-systems on the basis of mutual exchange and learning with European counterparts. The first training module specifically looks at the landscape of EU funding opportunities specifically designed to support the strengthening of African incubators/accelerators, start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Evaluation of the EU Support to Research and Innovation for Development in Partner Countries (2007-2013)

 

Evaluation EU funding Devco Research and Innovation Africa

 

This evaluation examined the support the European Commission’s DG for Development and International Cooperation (DEVCO) provided to Research and Innovation (R&I) in partner countries during the last EU budget period (2007-2013). During these years DEVCO did not have an explicit policy document to support R&I and yet the study identified programmes worth over EUR 1 billion that included some aspect of R&I work. The evaluation looked at four specific sectors and found that within these sectors there was considerable interest in R&I and that such elements were often included in support programmes under each one.

Africa Investment Facility

 

Africa Investment Facility Resource Innovation Partnership

The Africa Investment Facility (AfIF), set-up in 2015, is the newest of the EU’s regional blending facilities. The blending facilities are innovative financial instruments that use EU development grants to leverage additional funding from European and regional development financial institutions and the private sector. They help implement key infrastructure and private sector support projects that are critical to sustainable development in partner countries worldwide.

AfIF, which is funded mainly from different programmes under the European Development Fund (EDF), but also under the EU's Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI), provides various kinds of grant funding for development projects:

Practical exercise #3: Find the relevant partners for your project

Capacity building workshop European Funding startupsTo be able to apply to a European program, your project must be organised and carried out with partners.  Once you have identified a certain number of potentially interesting partners, it is useful to have various exchanges by telephone to introduce your organisation and present your project in order to help you find the most receptive partners.

Throughout these early exchanges, you will want to gather as much information as possible: size of organisation, contact person who would be appointed project manager, technical expertise, motivation of your contact, etc...

To help you to make your final choice, create a partner profile for each organisation contacted. In a second step, you will forward your project outline to the most interested potential partners and the most strategic for your organisation, whilst explaining the role of coordinator and partner.

LEAR appointment letter

Validation LEAR appointment form:

This document will be automatically generated by the Participant Register once all the information required for the LEAR appointment will have been filled in. You should print it on the organisation’s letter headed paper, have it signed by the legal representative and the LEAR and then upload it in the Participant

 

LEAR Appointment form

 

Periodic Report Template (RIA, IA, CS, SMEinstrument, MSCA)

Project Reporting template: 

This document is aimed at informing potential applicants for Horizon 2020 funding. It serves only as an example. The actual Web forms and templates, provided in the online reporting system under the Participant Portal, might differ from this example. Periodic and final reports must be prepared and submitted via the online reporting system under the Participant Portal.
 

Periodic Report Template

 

Business Incubation Management Training Program (infoDev)

Toolkit for Business Incubators in developing countries and training materials consisting of the following modules: 

  1. Business Incubation Definitions and Principles 
  2. Planning an Incubator
  3. Marketing and Stakeholder Management
  4. Financing an Incubator
  5. Managing the Incubator
  6. Monitoring, Evaluation and Benchmarking
  7. Implementing a Mentoring Program
  8. Deals and Financing for the Incubator Clients 
  9. Technology Commercialization Through Incubation
  10. Setting up Virtual Services
  11. Agribusiness Incubation 
Business Incubation Management Training Program