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Handiscover Startup is granted €1.6M from the European Union Funding, a program for startups, projects and SMEs

Another success story, as promised by the European Union and its ambition to become the Silicon Valley VCs of Europe, when it comes to early stage funding, grants and investments for startups, projects and SMEs.

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"The online travel agency, Startup was granted €1.6M. The CEO Sebastien says the company has further qualified for "blended funding," meaning that in addition to the grant there will be an opportunity for an equity funding round with the European Investment Bank and professional investors." This is all part of the European Union Funding plans to become the "go-to" VCs for startups, projects and SMEs in Europe looking to scale and expand operations. Funding is available through the EIC (European Innovation Council) Accelerator. "Knowing the current state of the travel industry and the challenge of raising money for any startup right now, securing this grant is testament to the unique and innovative services that Handiscover offers," says Sebastien CEO of Handiscover. The company will use the capital to continue to further develop its product. The European Union Funding initiative provides grant-only support as well as support in the form of blended finance (combining grants from 500K up to €2.5mln and equity up to €15mln). The scheme supports projects, startups, small and medium-sized innovative enterprises willing to develop and commercialise new products, services and business models that could drive economic growth and shape new markets or disrupt existing ones in Europe and worldwide. What are the new European Union Funding Opportunities for Startups and SMEs? Watch this short video presentation for more information. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M38UWiezg3Y About Horizon 2020: Horizon 2020 is the biggest European Union Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. Experts make their services available as part of the ongoing Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. About EIC: The Enhanced EIC pilot supports top-class innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and scientists with bright ideas and the ambition to scale up internationally. It brings together the parts of Horizon 2020 that provide funding, advice and networking opportunities for those at the cutting edge of innovation. About Handiscover: Handiscover.com is the first community based Holiday accommodation-booking website, dedicated to people with special needs and disabilities. https://www.handiscover.com/en-US/ About Ian Scarffe: Ian Scarffe is a serial entrepreneur, investor and consultant with business experience from around the world. Ian Scarffe is an Independent Expert at the European Commission - Horizon 2020. Contact Email: ian@ianscarffe.com Website: www.ianscarffe.com

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