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At the EEN Annual Conference that took place in Bilbao from 14 to 17 November 2023 the Enterprise Europe Network presented a series of cascade funding opportunities for SMEs that wish to get support in their process towards sustainable entrepreneurship.

What is cascade funding?

The cascade funding principle is based on awards that have been granted to EC project consortia in standard open calls. Selected projects can decide to distribute part of the budget to third parties in the framework of competitive calls launched by the project.

Third partners can enter in contract with these projects and benefit from equity free funding to support activities related to access to experts and testing facilities, technology experiments, acceleration and integration into ongoing projects.

Where to find cascade funding opportunities?

An overview of current cascade funding opportunities can be found on the Funding and Tender portal of the European Commission. More information can also be found here.

Which are current or up-coming funding opportunities?

UP2Circ : Support of the transition of SMEs to a circular economy (up to 50.000€ for 1 year)

Focus on business model, product and process innovation, from awareness raising to training to funding

STAGE : Support of SMEs towards sustainability (up to 50.000€ in 2 stages)

Focus on investment plan preparation and implementation and assessment through training to funding

SURE 5.0 : Acceleration programme for transition in manufacturing

GREEN SME : Matching manufacturing SMEs with technology providers

GEMSTONE:  Development of digital and green technology solutions

INGENIOUS: Transition in energy intensive industries

Who to contact for more information?

There are  3 sustainability advisors at the Enterprise Europe Brussels network who are available to advice on activities to improve companies’ sustainability performance.

For more information please contact:

Barbara Andreani –

Sabrina Bijlsma –

Ann-Elise Mircea –

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