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News article27 April 20212 min read

Introducing COSME’s services for SMEs and Startups

Do you need assistance with your start-up or SME? The COSME programme has got you covered!

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From business innovation support to advice for international growth, market intelligence to training services, exchange programmes and support on IP matters, our free-of-charge initiatives are here to support you.


Let’s begin with the Enterprise Europe Network. Active in more than 60 countries worldwide, it brings together 3000 experts from more than 600 member organisations. The Network provides professional advice to help you grow internationally, support your innovative ideas and turn them into commercial successes. It can also help you find the perfect international partner. Get in touch with your local contact point today and start benefiting from their services!

If you are struggling with IP, look no further - our International IP Helpdesks are here to assist you! They cover China, Latin America, India and Southeast Asia. They not only are an excellent repository of informative material, but also provide a useful helpline service and a diverse training calendar.

Need support with your business expansion in Asia? The EU SME Centre in China and the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation are what you need! They can offer multiple services, including business advice, information resources and training programmes. Take a look at what other service they can provide you!

Struggling to access value chains? Joining a cluster is the solution to obtain key technical assistance and move your innovations forward. The European Cluster collaboration platform (ECCP) can help you find the right cluster to join via its helpful mapping tool.

Part of a cluster already? Apply for their ClusterXchange mobility scheme! Your stay will allow you to acquire new skills, improve your services, access internationalisation opportunities and much more.

Are you looking for an exchange programme that can help you learn from experienced entrepreneurs & get ready to set up your own business? The Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs initiative will back you up. As a new entrepreneur, you can benefit from on-the-job training, access to new markets and potential collaboration with business partners abroad. If you are an experienced entrepreneur, you can also benefit from the initiative, become a host and welcome fresh ideas and a motivated colleague to your team.

Finally, if you are a woman entrepreneur, you can benefit from additional support from WEgate, a one-stop shop for female entrepreneurship. It brings together not only women entrepreneurs, but also mentors, policy-makers and relevant stakeholders and supporters. You can attend their webinars and benefit from a wide array of information published on their website. And don’t forget to join the inspiring WEgate Community!


Publication date
27 April 2021