On October 28 our co-founders and co-CEOs Maya Hernando and Irene Paredes taught the living lab workshop “Securing EU Funding for Innovative SMEs”.
The workshop was organised by Innorenew CoE, an independent research institute which researches about renewable materials and sustainable buildings, transferring their scientific knowledge into industrial practice. Innorenew CoE’ research activities focus on innovative and interdisciplinary approaches of wood and its use.
The event was hosted at the University of Primorska in Koper, Slovenia and gathered over 20 attendees, including representatives from innovative industries as well as researchers and academics.
The workshop explored the various EU funding mechanisms that are designed to help support innovative, small and medium sized companies. Maya and Irene focused mainly on Horizon 2020’s SME Instrument, providing very useful information for the participants on the objectives of the different phases and their evaluation procedures. In addition, a part of the workshop was dedicated to tips and tricks to prepare a successful application, which was a very practical approach that the attendants really enjoyed and found very useful.
The last part of the workshop was dedicated to an open discussion, in which participants went through a validation process of their own ideas, where Maya and Irene helped them clarify their concepts and guided them through the first steps of the application process.