In its first year of activity the ACE Acceleration programme has already provided intensive one-to-one support to 80+ ICT start-ups and SMEs across Europe ensuring they rapidly gain entry and grow into international markets. You can read about some of these companies here. Due to its initial success, ACE is now launching a second call for applications aiming at selecting the last top 50 ICT start-ups and SMEs in Europe. Forum Virium Helsinki helps the interested companies in Finland.

The process to apply is simple: log on to the ACE website, follow the F6S link and fill in your application. The call is open until 25th January 2015 so hurry up!

Don’t miss this opportunity to benefit from targeted coaching and tailored advice with a specially assigned experienced mentor, living lab validation, office space abroad, pitching events, investment readiness training, business development support and hands-on assistance in finding partners and clients in your target market.

All you have to do is show us you have a highly innovative solution and a strong support team. Then, as an ACE selected company, you will be assigned an experienced mentor in your own (or nearest ACE partner) country. You do not need to be based in one of our partner countries –  applications are accepted from all Europe! Your assigned mentor will analyse your strengths and weaknesses, develop an individual internationalisation action plan with you and put a support team and package of services in place for you, with support from ACE partners in other markets.

Year 2014 hold a major ACE Summit in Brussels, bringing together the first round ACE selected companies with investors and mentors. Next March it will happen again joining the new top 50 and the previous ones as well. Get your application in and do not miss out on this chance to grow internationally.

Background
Launched in September 2013 and funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the EU, ACE is a two-year project involving 15 partners (leading incubators, clusters, living labs and accelerators) from 12 European countries. In its first year of activity the ACE programme has already provided intensive one-to-one support to 87 ICT start-ups and SMEs across Europe to ensure that they rapidly gain entry and grow into international markets. The second ACE call for candidates is open until 25 January 2015.

 

Further information:

http://www.forumvirium.fi/en/ace

Project Manager Kaisa Sibelius
Tel + 358 40 570 1317
kaisa.sibelius[at]forumvirium.fi