Horizon 2020 (H2020), the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020), aims to improve Europe's competitiveness through jobs creation and growth as a result of application of innovation.
As Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) make up 99.8% of all European businesses it is vital that H2020 adequately supports them. Without innovative SMEs, Europe won’t achieve its ambitions.
Commercialise aims to provide the European Commission with recommendations for the design of a new SME support programme to be launched in H2020. The programme will help SMEs through coaching and mentoring to exploit the R&D results they generated through H2020.
Commercialise includes a first phase of extensive research and analysis process which will help to identify best practice and inform the design of a number of pilots; the pilots will enable various coaching and mentoring models to be tested in the second phase of the project.