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The “Future and Emerging Technologies projects to reach out investors” otherwise known as the FET2RIN project, is a consulting and mentorship project funded by the H2020 – European Commission, that aims to encourage collaboration that benefits the progress of future and emerging technologies (FET). Their belief is that by mentoring these FET projects they can overcome obstacles related to market outreach and accessing business leaders, such as entrepreneurs, early stage investors, and crowdfunding communities. The total cost of the project is expected to be €472 thousand 22.The European Crowdfunding Network will work to organize workshops for awareness raising and capacity building, as well as aid in connecting these FET projects with a number of crowdfunding platforms across the EU 23. The European Crowdfunding Network will work alongside the META Group (Coordinator), as well as the European Business and Innovation Centre Network 22.The FET2RIN project started back on the 1st of December 2015 and is expected to run until the 31st of December 2018The goal of the ePlus Ecosystem project was to encourage and provide support web entrepreneurship in Europe. The project aimed to ensure that at least 100 web companies are funded appropriately in order for each of them to reach a global scale 18. The project also attempted to interconnect existing local businesses and initiatives, to new European web-based businesses in an attempt to setup a runway for these new web entrepreneurs to start and scale up a business in Europe and grow internationally 19.The European Crowdfunding Network worked directly with web-entrepreneurs in order to teach them how to successfully conduct crowdfunding campaigns. Through coaching the ECN attempted to aid these companies in reaching a sufficient amount of funding in order to reach a global scale 18.The project is a part of the Startup Europe initiative, funded by the H2020 – European Commission. Some of the project partners were: Inova+, S.A., Intrasoft International S.A., Europe Unlimited, Baden-Württemberg: connected e.V. (bwcon), City Council of Lisbon, Chamber of Commerce Nice Côte d’Azur, European Business Angels Network (EBAN), the European Crowdfunding Network, and Capgemini Consulting 18.ePlus Ecosystem opened on the 1st of February 2015, and closed on 30th of June 2017The study “Assessing the potential for crowdfunding and other forms of alternative finance to support research and innovation”, otherwise known as “Crowdfunding4Innovation”, was designed to investigate how crowdfunding could support research and innovation throughout the EU 16.The study had three main objectives, (1) To quantify and qualify the potential of alternative finance in Europe with regard to research and innovation; (2) To identify the key bottlenecks to realize this potential; and (3) To recommend actions in overcome these challenges. The hope is that this information will be useful in informing future policy actions 16.The study was funded and initiated by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research & Innovation (DG RTD) with help from the European Crowdfunding Network, Open Evidence, Ernst & Young, and Politecnico di Milano 17. The study began in December 2015 and ended on the 31st of December 2016 The Crowdfunding for Development project attempted to provide information on the potential benefits that crowdfunding can have on the developing world. With the focus being on Maghreb and Sub-Saharan Africa 15. The project focused on interviewing and surveying different platforms and investors in Africa in order to gage their understanding of the trends and business models in donation, reward-based, lending and equity crowdfunding in Africa 15.The main objective of this project was to use the information gathered through interviews and surveys to create a tailor-made action-plan for the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) so that they could train platforms and investors in Africa.The project was funded by the AFD and was carried out with the help of its partners, European Crowdfunding Network (lead partner), Lumo, and Auxilia. The project lasted from 1 July 2015 to 1 April 2016Crowdfunding 4 Culture is a initiative funded by the European Commission that investigates the importance of crowdfunding on the cultural and creative sectors and offers greater awareness on crowdfunding practices for cultural organizations in Europe.In 2015 a pilot project was proposed to the European Parliament called the ‘Kick-starting the cultural economy (crowdfunding)’ project 11. The goal of this project was to identify and analyze the best practices for crowdfunding in Europe, specifically for the cultural and creative industries11. The project was later approved by the European Parliament in September of 2015 11.Led by the consulting group IDEA Consult and its partners European Crowdfunding Network (ECN), and Ecorys the initiative was officially launched on January 15 201612, but was publicly launched through its website in March of 2016 13.The project was initially created to promote crowdfunding for the cultural and creative sectors, which are essential drivers of the European economy, roughly accounting for 5.3% of the European Union’s GDP and employs around 7.5% of all persons employed in the European economy. 14. The sector has seen funding cut severely over the years making growth in these industries difficult without the help of crowdfundingCrowdFundRES is a project funded by the H2020 – European Commission that is attempting to gain a better understanding of the perception and challenges of crowdfunding for renewable energy projects 8. The main goal of the project is to contribute to the growth of the renewable energy industry in Europe 9. The CrowdFundRES project attempts to do this by conducting surveys and compiling that information in order to develop guidelines for consumers and investors to learn from.The project was initially launched on February 1st, 2015 and is expected to run until January 31st, 2018.The value of the project is estimated at around €1.9 million 10.The CrowdFundRES project was not solely created by the European Crowdfunding Network, there were many partners involved in order to bring this project to life. These partners include: Wirtschaft und Infrastruktur GmbH & Co Planungs-KG – Coordinator, University of Dundee, Osborne Clarke, youris.com EEIG, GLOBAL 2000 – Friends of the Earth Austria, Abundance NRG Ltd, Green Crowding GmbH, Lumo, One Planet Crowd B.V., Renewable Energy Generation Ltd, BNRG Renewables Ltd, and VALOREMCross-Border Development of Crowdfunding in the EU was a 10 month project the launched in January of 2017, designed to monitor the development and the effectiveness of the cross-border crowdfunding sector in Europe. The goal of the project was to provide the European Commission with case studies on businesses that could potentially benefit through cross-border expansion, as well as aiding the Commission in identifying what can be done to remove specific cross-border barriers 6.The project hopes that by identifying issues and barriers affecting cross-border crowdfunding will make it easier for businesses to utilize crowdfunding, whether it be investment-based, or lending-based, throughout Europe 6.The project was funded by DG FISMA (Commission department responsible for EU policy on banking and finance), and was lead by Osborne Clarke, Dr. Nikolaos Daskalakis, and the European Crowdfunding Network 7.The project was closed as intended in October 2017

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