BioBase4SME offers innovation support under the
form of up to € 100,000 vouchers to be spent on innovation support services. Professional
training and innovation bootcamps are also part of the offer. They will be
organised in different European regions to strengthen the regional support
available to entrepreneurs. These activities are all aimed at supporting the
commercialisation of innovation by SMEs.
BioBase4SME is aimed at SMEs in North West Europe
requiring resources, financial and/or technical help to scale up a technology
and/or process and wanting to develop or improve a strong business strategy.
Through the provision of innovation support services as well as training
opportunities, it intends to address both technological and
non-technological barriers preventing the commercialisation of innovation in North West Europe.
Seven experts of the bio-based economy have come together to offer professional training, innovation bootcamps and professional business services:
- Scale-up and proof-of-concept,
- Feedstocks and application testing
- Market research,
- Life cycle assessment,
- Business plan review and creation
- Social acceptance
These services are funded by the project by 50%,
the remaining 50% being covered by the SME applying and benefiting from the
service. Financial support can be spent on one or more of the above business
The BioBase4SME consortium includes the following
organisations: CLIB2021 Cluster Industrielle
Biotechnologie (Germany), Flanders Bio-Economy Valley (Belgium), REWIN
Projecten (Netherlands), Materia Nova (Belgium), NNFCC: The Bioeconomy
Consultants (United Kingdom), tcbb RESOURCE (Ireland) and l’ Association des
Chambres d'Agriculture de l'Arc Atlantique (France).
As an important
facilitator of the bioeconomy in the UK and in Europe, the NNFCC will share its
expertise as a service provider, delivering work on sustainability assessment,
market research as well as business plan review and creation.
Eligibility and application process
There is no
preference for certain domains or application fields, as long as the process is
bio-based. Bio-based is defined as (i) either the raw material is of biological
origin, or (ii) industrial biotechnology (fermentation or biocatalysis) is used
in the process. The technology being commercialised needs to have reached a TRL
of four. All information shared during the application process and the project
duration will be treated confidentially.
We invite you to
discuss your idea with your country’s bio-agent representative. The list can be
found here: http://www.nweurope.eu/BioBase4SME
At the NNFCC, the BioBase4SME
Dr Adrian Higson - email@example.com - Tel.: +44 (0)1904 562656
Lucy Montgomery - firstname.lastname@example.org - Tel.: +44 (0)1904 435291
The project has produced factsheets providing overviews of the bioeconomy innovation technology systems in each of the countries in the North West Europe region:
This € 5.9 million
project supports the development of promising industrial value chains in
is funded under the Interreg NWE program. INTERREG NWE is a European
Territorial Cooperation Programme funded by the European Commission (through
the European Fund for Regional Development, EFRD) with the ambition to
make the North-West Europe area a key economic player and an attractive place
to work and live, with high levels of innovation, sustainability and cohesion (www.nweurope.eu). It invests € 370 million of European Regional Development
Fund (ERDF) in activities based on the cooperation of organisations from eight
countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands,
Switzerland and the United Kingdom.