Funding is essential to build a business or launch an innovation. Most start-ups and SMEs do not have the financial means to make these investments themselves. Result: the company’s growth is limited. The team faces the challenge of finding a reliable investor who offers real added value for the company.
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At WaterCampus there are two options:
Nice examples from our own instruments and our network can be found below.
The Bison Foundation is part of WaterCampus Leeuwarden and aims to stimulate the Northern Netherlands’ economy by helping starting entrepreneurs in water technology. Bison helps by financing start-ups and SME’s and assisting with creating a successful business(plan). Financing options range from € 5,000 to € 100,000.
VIDA aims to accelerate the implementation of new solutions – preferably key enabling technologies – in the food sector, which improve water and energy usage with the ambition to reduce losses and consumption. VIDA has three funding vouchers to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) seeking new resource-efficient solutions. All vouchers are currently awarded, but the consortium, including the Water Alliance and the Centre of Expertise Watertechnology, is working on a follow-up program.
The range of financing possibilities available to SMEs and start-ups is becoming increasingly diverse. In addition to banks, there are all kinds of alternatives, giving entrepreneurs more options, but at the same time often resulting in unclear situations for entrepreneurs. To facilitate the entrepreneurs, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs initiated the Financing Tables. One of these finance tables is organized by WaterCampus Leeuwarden and the province of Fryslân. At this table we connect entrepreneurs with the right combination of financing. More information can be found here.
Both the Water Alliance and the Centre of Expertise Water Technology have been participating in the European Water Test Network project since the summer of 2018. The aims to create a European network of test facilities with different water types where start-ups and SMEs from Northwest Europe can test, demonstrate and develop their innovations for the water sector. In this way, the project wants to stimulate new innovations and accelerate the market introduction. Within the project companies are supported in accelerating the introduction of their water technologies to the market. In addition to assistance with the validation and verification of products, this support also consists of financing. The project makes vouchers available up to € 50,000 for testing products at the test facilities.
Are you interested in participating in the Water Test Network? We are happy to talk with you to deliver a tailor-made solution. It is also interesting to be aware of the possibilities to use one of our demo sites. Please contact, without obligations, Jordi Moreno, project manager innovation at the Centre of Expertise Water Technology.