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Do framework conditions and public support make the difference vs entrepreneurship and market driven innovation? 2014.07.29.

Useful Stats: US Business Survival Rate by State, 2003-2013

Creating growth clusters: What role for local government? 2014.07.29.

A systematic approach to implementation could help start-up ecosystems flourish.

EU Cohesion Policy data - New platform launched 2014.07.29.

Through Cohesion Policy funding, the EU invests approximately €50 billion each year in economic development at the national and regional level (around 34% of the total EU budget). These investments are designed to help Member States and regions reach the Europe 2020 goals of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

6th 'Cohesion Report' confirms energy efficiency, job creation and SME support as the main target of investments 2014.07.29.

The Report analyses the state of cohesion of the Union and highlights the challenges faced by national, regional and local authorities in overcoming the impact of the financial and economic crisis. In particular it finds that Cohesion Policy has cushioned the dramatic decline of public investment, injecting much needed investment resources in many Member States and creating vital financial stability which serves to attract private investment.

First Horizon 2020 Work Programme update – launch of FTI and innovation prizes 2014.07.29.

The adoption of the updated 2014-2015 Horizon 2020 Work Programme confirms the amounts for the actions to be implemented through next year's budget – see table in the link – and brings in two main novelties presented here: a new pilot call for Fast Track to Innovation and five research Innovation Prizes.

Consultation on Horizon 2020 Science with and for Society Work Programme 2016-2017 2014.07.29.

The objective of the Part V of Horizon 2020 'Science with and for Society' is: "to build effective cooperation between science and society, to recruit new talent for science, and to pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility". To that end, it indicates that the focus will be on the following 8 specific activities.

Enabling synergies between European Structural and Investment Funds and other programmes 2014.07.29.

Enabling synergies between European Structural and Investment Funds and other research, innovation and competitiveness-related programmes to boost impact and efficiency - Guidance for policy makers and implementing bodies

155 small firms to receive funding in first wave of grants under EU SME Instrument 2014.07.29.

The European Commission announces the first results of its new €3 billion SME Instrument, launched under Horizon 2020 to help innovative small firms get ideas from the lab to the market.


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