Copenvirk – EU funding for business development

Are you looking for 4 -15 million DKK to accelerate your business development and become first-mover with a new technology? CopenVirk – a project by the Greater Copenhagen EU Office (GCPHEU) – is a free public service to help you get started. 1st Mile has been chosen as one of the consultancy firms to help companies identify and apply for relevant EU funding opportunities.

Since CopenVirk started in 2015, the GCPHEU has helped more than 150 companies start a process of applying for EU-support and more than 30% of the application were approved, leading to more than 300 million DKK in EU- support to these companies. The EU can fund approx. 70% of the cost of projects on researching new technologies, developing a prototype or demonstrating of a prototype.

To have a good chance in the tough competition for funds, the product must be new to the world and have a very high commercial potential.

The free CopenVirk service includes:

  • Identification of the EU program fitting your development needs best
  • Guidance on how ambitious the project has to be to get funded
  • Validation of the chances to get EU funding
  • Preparation of a project outline on 2-3 pages
  • Secure a Danish subsidy for the writing process (if possible) CopenVirk is financed by municipalities in Eastern Denmark and lead by GCPHEU. The service is brought to you in cooperation with the regional business hubs and local business promoters.

1. Objective guidance in EU funding by GCPHEU – 30 minutes on the phone
2. Validation of EU program match and guidance on the application with a private consultancy – meeting at the company for 1 hour.
3. Follow-up on the project and application by the private consultancy via e- mail
4. After the CopenVirk service has ended, the company will have to write the application for EU funding or pay a consultant to do it.

GCPHEU represents the Capital Region of Denmark, Zealand Denmark, the 46 municipalities in the regions, University of Copenhagen, Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen Business School, and Roskilde University. IT works to engage and assist public and private actors in the Capital Region and Region Zealand in obtaining EU support.

GCPHEU launched its corporate service called CopenVirk on 1 July 2015 with the aim of creating more and better applications from companies in the Capital Region in order to attract more EU funds to companies. Following the merger between Copenhagen EU Office and Zealand Denmark EU Office, which entered into force on 1 January 2019, CopenVirk has also covered companies in Region Zealand. This tender thus builds on an existing service with the focus on doing more for companies that would not otherwise have applied for EU support, while the service supports the largest possible repatriation of EU funds to companies in all 46 municipalities in Eastern Denmark. , which finances the business service.

For more information read here or reach out to our Project Lead, Heidi Ann Vorgaard Andersen, at

European Green Deal Call – 26 January 2021

The EU Green Deal: one billion euro investment plan to make EU the world’s first climate-neutral continent

On January 14, the European Commission unveiled its one billion euro public and private investment plan to finance the European Green Deal. The overall goal of the plan is to create an enabling framework for private investors and the public sector to facilitate sustainable investments and to provide support to public administrations and project promoters in identifying, structuring and executing sustainable projects. The Horizon 2020-funded European Green Deal Call is now open for registration and will spur Europe’s recovery from the coronavirus crisis by turning green challenges into innovation opportunities.

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth:

“The €1 billion European Green Deal call is the last and biggest call under Horizon 2020. With innovation at its heart, this investment will accelerate a just and sustainable transition to a climate-neutral Europe by 2050. As we do not want anyone left behind in this systemic transformation, we call for specific actions to engage with citizens in novel ways and improve societal relevance and impact.”

The call is composed of six (6) funding programs:

  1. European Research Infrastructures capacities and services to address European Green Deal challengenges

Proposals should address one of the following subtopics:

(a) Support Europe leadership in clean energy storage technologies
Funding available: up to € 7 million
(b) Enhancing European research infrastructures for greenhouse gases observation in and around cities
Funding available: up to €13 million
(c) Enhancing observations for air quality and citizens’ health in urban areas
Funding available: up to € 8 million

2. Closing the industrial carbon cycle to combat climate change – Industrial feasibility of catalytic routes for sustainable alternatives to fossil resources
Funding available: up to €40 million, and projects should last up to 5 years.

3. Develop and demonstrate a 100 MW electrolyser upscaling the link between renewables and commercial/industrial applications
Funding available: up to €25 – 30 million, and projects shall have a duration a duration of 5 years, with at least 2 years of operation. 

4. Innovative land-based and offshore renewable energy technologies and their integration into the energy system
Proposals should address one of the following two subtopics:

(a) Development of land-based renewable energy technologies and their integration into the energy system
Funding available: between € 3 – 6 million 
(b) Demonstration of innovative technologies to enable future large scale deployment of offshore renewable energy.
Funding available: between € 20 – 35 million

5. Demonstration of systemic solutions for the territorial deployment of the circular economy
Funding available: between € 10 – 20 million

6. Testing and demonstrating systemic innovations in support of the Farm-to-Fork Strategy
Proposals should address one of the following subtopics:

(a)  Achieving climate neutral farms by reducing GHG emissions and by increasing farm-based carbon sequestration and storage (IA)
(b) Achieving climate neutral food businesses by mitigating climate change, reducing energy use and increasing energy efficiency in processing, distribution, conservation and preparation of food (IA)
(c) Reducing the dependence on hazardous pesticides; reducing the losses of nutrients from fertilisers, towards zero pollution of water, soil and air and ultimately fertiliser use (IA)
(d) Reducing the dependence on the use of antimicrobials in animal production and in aquaculture (IA)
(e) Reducing food losses and waste at every stage of the food chain including consumption, while also avoiding unsustainable packaging (IA)
(f) Shifting to sustainable healthy diets, sourced from land, inland water and sea, and accessible to all EU citizens, including the most deprived and vulnerable groups (IA)
Funding available: between €25 – 30 million

What projects will be financed? The projects that will be financed under the new Investment Plan are the ones that will contribute to reaching the goals of the European Green Deal; to the emergence of new, clean energy and circular economy industries; and to the creation of high-quality jobs for a competitive European economy.

What will the selection criteria be? The Commission will first assist those Member States and regions that are likely to be most affected by the transition. The most affected regions are the ones where jobs depend on fossil fuels, including coal, lignite and peat, as well as oil, shale or carbon-intensive industrial processes.

The deadline for submissions is 26 January 2021, with selected projects expected to start in autumn 2021.

For more information follow the link to European Commission’s site.

What will come after Horizon 2020?

2020 – one of the most disruptive and unpredictable years so far – is coming to an end. The end of 2020 (wich we are all looking forward to),  also marks the end of Horizon 2020, the EU’s biggest research and innovation programme, with nearly €80 billion of funding available between 2014 and 2020.

So what will come after Horizon 2020?