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Improving access to finance for SMEs, and more specifically initial investment and the ongoing injection of equity, is essential if an SME is to tap into its growth and innovation potential.
However, a large number of SMEs in the EU face an equity gap; when their initial funds have been exhausted, entrepreneurs have to obtain external finance to develop their project. Financing SMEs is often considered too risky on account of the low rates of return,particularly during the seed phase. There is thus a lack of business angels and venture capital funds that are willing to invest in young innovative SMEs.
Restoring SME health and growth has moved to the top of policy making agendas in Europe. Under Horizon 2020, the EU is making about €2 billion a year available for SME support. In November, the EC announced a €315 billion investment programme – with a large slice targeted to SMEs.
This Science|Business conference will discuss the best ways to boost SME financing.
For more information please contact Ruxandra Cracea at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit the event website.