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 The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

Funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and other Structural Funds comes in the form of non-reimbursable assistance. The financial assistance is channelled through development programmes, which are packages of measures that are eligible for support. As soon as an agreement on the programme has been reached by the Commission and the Member State authorities, European money becomes available to meet the programme's aims. One of two financing mechanisms is used:

  • The Operational Programme: an individual programme that arises out of the Community support framework
  • The Single Programming Document: that combines the development strategy together with the programmes to be supported in a single agreement.

Practically speaking, however, the result is the same: European co-financing is made available to development projects that respond to national priorities agreed upon between the Member State and the European Commission.

ERDF resources are mainly used to cofinance:

  • Productive investment leading to the creation or maintenance of jobs;
  • Infrastructure;
  • Local development initiatives and the business activities of small and medium-sized enterprises.

http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/funds/prord/prord_en.htm

 

European Business Angel Network (EBAN)

EBAN, the European Business Angel Network, was established by the European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA) with the support of the European Commission in 1999. It is a non-profit association which has the purpose of:

  • Encouraging the exchange of experience among business angels networks and encouraging "best practice"
  • Promoting recognition of business angels networks
  • Contributing to working out and carrying out local, regional and national programs of assistance to the creation and development of a positive environment for business angels activities

The membership of the Association is varied and coherently composed of:

  • National federations of BANs
  • Networks with a national coverage
  • Regional networks
  • Local networks
  • Non-European networks with an interest to keep a link with the European Business angel scene
  • Other interested entities having a direct involvement in promoting informal investment in Europe

http://www.eban.org/

EU Support schmemes – Improving the supply of capital
EU Support schmemes – Contributing to management
EU Support schmemes – Supporting networking
B2Europe and other European networks
Other European instruments

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FAQ - Loan Conditions and Disbursement

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Funding in Spain

  • The Dirección General de Política de la Pequeña y Mediana Empresa (Directorate-General for SME Policy) is responsible for planning, coordinating and monitoring state policy on incentives, support and the promotion of competitiveness for SMEs.
  • http://www.ipyme.org/IPYME/es-ES
  • The Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO) (State Credit Institute) is a public enterprise under the aegis of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance which works to promote an economic growth compatible with greater social and territorial cohesion.
  • http://www.ico.es/web/pages/principal
  • The Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI) (Industrial Technology Development Centre) is a public enterprise under the aegis of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism which promotes innovation and technological development among Spanish businesses. Its aim is to help to raise the technological level of Spanish companies.
  • http://www.cdti.es/webCDTI/esp/index.html
  • The Instituto para la Diversificación y Ahorro de la Energía (IDAE) (Institute for Energy Saving and Diversification) is a public enterprise attached to the Secretariat-General for Energy of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism which promotes energy efficiency and the rational use of energy in Spain, as well as the diversification of energy sources and the promotion of renewable energies.
  • http://www.idae.es/index.asp?i=es

Other organisations offering businesses cooperation and support are:

 
       
 
 

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