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Applications are open for the the FAN-BEST Coach Network, designed to provide support to SMEs that carry out innovative projects within the Blue Economy sector, making possible the start and scale-up phase. No matter if you are an entrepreneur or an already existing SME, this program is for you.

The main objective of the FAN-BEST Coach Network is to select, coach and monitor at least 7 innovation projects from the Atlantic Blue Economy sectors, so that the technologies and innovations “made in Atlantic regions” can reach the market turning them into successful business projects. All the FAN-BEST partners will collaborate with this program, be involved in the selection process, provide coaching to the beneficiaries and monitor the process.

Some of the main tasks to be carried out is to provide information, advice and coaching to SMEs so they can learn more about key strategic aspects concerning the project such as IP, marketing, commercial, technological, financing and human resources. In addition to this, participants will gain knowledge on available financing opportunities and grants from local to international level in order to help them to achieve the appropriate financing.

The programme is open to potential entrepreneurs, start-ups, scale-ups and other existing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with an innovative idea to contribute to a EU sustainable Blue Economy, marketable innovation solutions and ambitions to scale up. In addition, the project to be submitted has to be located in any of the regions of the Atlantic Area Cooperation Programme.

Deadline for proposals is 11th April 2021. For more information and to apply visit

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Tom Crean