Donor: Southern European Entrepreneurship Engine (S3E)
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: Belgium
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Individual, Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: 12.01.2024

Financial details

Grant size: Small - up to $100,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Other
Maximum grant size: -
Funding ratio: non-financial assistance


  • Economic Development
  • Research, Technology & Innovation

Project Locations

  1. Asia


  2. Europe

      Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia


1) Objective

S3E Start is designed for research teams with deep tech projects, grounded in meaningful scientific results and in any stage of development, that want to explore the path from the lab to the market. S3E Start is also for technology transfer officers that want to learn a thoroughly tested methodology to foster science-based entrepreneurship and technology commercialization.

The starting point of the Program is a technology proposed (in the application form) by each participating research team. Over a period of 18-weeks research teams will have online classes that will help them understand the process required to develop a business case for a product (or service) grounded on the proposed technology (two hours every week), webinars on topics relevant to the development of the business case (one hour every two weeks) and mentoring (hour and a half every two weeks).
In each class a set of deliverables will be provided to the teams that provide the building blocks to assemble the business case. So, overall, S3E Start is a hands-on experience that aims to provide skills to researchers in knowledge commercialization to enable them to: (1) link Science & Technology to product and market needs; (2) better communicate science to a non-scientific audience,
evaluate the different paths to move the technology to the market.

The Technology transfer officers (TTOs) will actively participate in the S3E Start program by joining the research teams from the R&D organisations they belong to. By becoming an integral part of these teams, the TTOs will learn the Program methodology through the same hands-on approach. For TTOs applying to the program individually, they would be given a different experience as they would only participate in online tutorials and webinars.

2) Eligibility

Research teams are considered eligible for S3E Start Open Call #2: Must be organized as a research team (2 to 5 team members), whereby one team member is designated as the Principal Applicant and the others as Co-Applicants. (Note: applications from individual researchers are not eligible).

3) Location

Actions must take place in Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Turkey.

4) Budget

The program offers trainings and networking.

5) Application

For the proposal preparation, the applicants are requested to apply online in the F6S platform and answer all mandatory questions. The call deadline is 12 January 2024 (17:00 CET).

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