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Call: Migrants Entrepreneurship Support Schemes

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Programme
COSME
Acronym COSME
Type of Fund Action programme
Description of programme
"COSME"

COSME is the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) running from 2014 to 2020 with a planned budget of 2.3 bn. €.

Accessing finance

COSME aims to make it easier for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to access finance in all phases of their lifecycle – creation, expansion, or business transfer. Thanks to EU support, businesses have easier access to guarantees, loans and equity capital. EU ‘financial instruments’ are channelled through local financial institutions in EU countries. To find a financial institution in your country, visit the Access to Finance portal.

Opening markets

COSME helps businesses to access markets in the EU and beyond. It funds the Enterprise Europe Network that helps SMEs find business and technology partners, and understand EU legislation; the Your Europe Business portal that provides practical information on doing business within Europe; and the SME Internationalisation Portal for companies who want to develop their activities outside Europe. It also finances a number of IPR (intellectual property rights) SME Helpdesks.

Supporting entrepreneurs

COSME supports entrepreneurs by strengthening entrepreneurship education, mentoring, guidance and other support services. Actions support specific groups who may find it difficult to reach their full potential, such as young people, women and senior entrepreneurs. The programme also aims to help businesses access opportunities offered by digital technologies.

Improving business conditions

COSME aims to reduce the administrative and regulatory burden on SMEs by creating a business-friendly environment. COSME also supports businesses to be competitive by encouraging them to adopt new business models and innovative practices. This complements actions in areas with high growth potential such as the tourism sector.  

Link http://ec.europa.eu/growth/smes/cosme/index_en.htm
Call
Migrants Entrepreneurship Support Schemes
Description of call
"Migrants Entrepreneurship Support Schemes "
The general objective of this initiative is to support the creation, the improvement and the wider dissemination of support schemes for migrant entrepreneurs in order to help migrants to become self-employed and build a successful enterprise (profit-generating and/or with social objectives).The objective of the call is to support the networking of organisations working in the field of migrant entrepreneurship while facilitating mutual learning, the exchange of experiences and good practice, the exploitation of synergies and the emergence of strategic collaborations.
Link https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/cos-migrantsent-2016-4-02-migrants-entrepreneurship-support-schemes
Thematic Focus Migration, Services, Education, Employment, Innovation, Competitiveness, Social affairs
Funding area EU Member States
EFTA countries
Candidate Countries
Potential Candidate Countries
Neighbouring Countries
EEA Countries
Select Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Albania / Shqipëria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia / поранешна југословенска Република Македонија
Iceland / Ísland
Moldova
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
Serbia / Сpбија
Turkey / Türkiye
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Others
Eligible applicants Education and Training Centres, Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), NGO / NPO, Public Services, Association, Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), Start Up Company, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union
Applicant details Eligible applicants (coordinator and partners in the consortium) are organisations that are active in helping the economic and social integration of migrants, and/or in fostering migrant entrepreneurship and/or in providing support services to entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs. 

Such entities may include:
  • Public authorities and public administrations (at the national, regional or city level);
  • Chamber of commerce and industry and similar bodies;
  • Business associations and business support networks;
  • Business support organisations and incubators;
  • NGOs, non-profit organisations, associations and foundations working with migrants;
  • Private and public entities specialised in education and training
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details The consortium (i.e. the coordinator plus its partners) must be composed of a minimum of five (5) legal entities located in at least three (3) COSME Participating countries.
Recurring Call No
Project duration min 36 months
Project duration max 36 months
Type of Funding Grant
Financial details The grant is limited to a maximum reimbursement rate of 90% of eligible costs.
The maximum grant per project will be 375 000 €.
Contact Details

The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) manages COSME on behalf of the European Commission.


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