COSME is the programme for the Competitiveness of enterprises and Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and aims to strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of enterprises, including those operating in the tourism sector, encourage an entrepreneurial culture, and promote the creation and growth of SMEs.


With a budget of €2.5 billion, its objectives are to facilitate access to finance, create an environment favourable to businesses, increase the sustainable competitiveness of EU companies and ensure continuity with initiatives and actions already undertaken under the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP). COSME is expected to contribute to an annual increase of €1.1bn in the EU's GDP.


The beneficiaries under this programme can either be existing entrepreneurs, future entrepreneurs and national, regional authorities.


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Open Calls



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Eligible Applicants


European Incubation Networks for Creativity-Driven Innovation

The Commission Communication “Europe’s next leaders: the Start-up and Scale-up Initiative” recognised the potential of start-ups that in general combine fast growth, reliance on product and process innovation, attention to new technological developments and extensive use of new business models. The Communication stresses the need to support start-ups and promote adequate framework conditions and the right environment to ensure their scaling-up.

The cultural and creative industries (CCIs) contribute significantly to growth and jobs in the EU.

CCIs also contribute to the development of new, innovative solutions to the challenges that companies and societies face.

It appears that there is a need to accelerate and widen the exchange of skills of artists and creative people with entrepreneurs and technologists, thus creating a common language and understanding. The challenge is however that people and companies from different disciplines do not naturally cooperate with each other: although companies in creative industries are often very open to collaboration, they lack resources and interdisciplinary skills necessary to organise such collaborations. This is where incubators and other business support organisations can play a key role: they are equipped with adequate skills and infrastructure.

Moreover, the fusion of creativity with cutting-edge technologies creates disruption in many, often traditional industries (such as fashion and tourism) and leads to development of new business models and innovative concepts.

'FashionTech' is a clear example of such fusion. In this area, new products, services and solutions are being developed to address new consumer and societal needs (e.g. smart clothing for various applications, wearable devices and trackers or applications of new technologies to improve manufacturing and design processes or boost retail experiences).

This is also true for tourism, as exemplified by "Welcome City Lab" the incubator set up in 2013 and dedicated to tourism innovation in Paris France Tourisme Lab ("réseau français des incubateurs et accélérateurs touristiques) set up in 2017 with the support of the French Ministry responsible for tourism or the start-up accelerator set up by Walt Disney.Corporation.

Legal entities forming a Consortium of business incubators, accelerators and business support organisations which provide business support to SMEs and start-ups

October 19, 2017

Training for SME-friendly policies in central purhasing bodies

The action aims at ensuring participation in a specialised university programme on public procurement to have personnel better trained on Public Procurement within CPBs.

Funding will be given to one or two universities in the EU, possibly located in a city well connected with priority countries.

Funding to the university will cover tuition fees for the training programme, travelling cost, and accommodation. The university (ies)8 beneficiary of the grant will take care of managing travelling and accommodation of participants. The university (ies) will organise a conference at the end of the course, where the cohort would meet with best practitioners in public procurement in the EU.

The content of the action should include public procurement law and practical tendering processes, as well as strategic procurement and supply chain management, to ensure CPBs can benefit from private sector procurement efficiencies while maintaining compliance within public procurement legislation and guidelines. Strategic Procurement also allows for policy areas, such as assisting SMEs with access to public procurement markets, as well as Green and Social procurement to be addressed

Central Purchasing Bodies; International organisations; universities or educational institutions;

October 3, 2017