European clusters need to be better suited to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) overcome the valley of death – the difficult task of finding sufficient investment to get from idea to business.
InvestHorizon Accelerator Programme is inviting applications from SMEs around Europe, EUREKA and Horizon2020 countries till January 31st, 2020.
We are specifically looking to hear from deep-tech start-ups that aim to raise Series A funding. The Accelerator gives the opportunities to meet peer entrepreneurs, coaches and investors that would exchange experience and contacts with you.
What challenges do SMEs face when raising Series A, and how can InvestHorizon help?
In the past ten years SMEs have accounted for 57% of new jobs in Europe. In 2017 SMEs accounted for 66.4% of total jobs and for 56.8% of value added. In fact, SMEs comprise 99.8% of all companies in Europe.
This is where InvestHorizon comes in, an Accelerator focusing on supporting deep tech entrepreneurs and their current (seed) investors to raise ambitious Series A investment.
What challenges do entrepreneurs face when raising Series A, and how can InvestHorizon help?
Entrepreneurs often underestimate the amount of capital needed and end up raising too little money. They also underestimate the time needed to raise and close the funding.
This is where InvestHorizon comes in, an Accelerator focusing on supporting deep tech entrepreneurs and their current (seed) investors to raise ambitious Series A investment. But how is InvestHorizon different from other initiatives? It has five key differentiating factors:
European high-tech companies raise just a fraction of the amount of their U.S. and Chinese competitors. InvestHorizon is a 3-year programme which intends to address this gap in the market and provide services designed to facilitate access to Series A funding and boost investment readiness and investor relations.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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