SMEs, Startups, VSEs: Competitions, grants, and calls for projects for 2021

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PME, Startup, TPE Les concours, aides, et appels à projets pour 2021
Oct 26, 2021

SMEs, startups and VSEs need support and funding to develop. To help you in your search for opportunities, we list a series of competitions, grants and calls for projects open to French companies and projects.

They give access to incubators, accelerators or allow to win grants and subsidies. Vivinnov lists the current opportunities. Don't hesitate to try your luck!

Beyond the possible financial gains, participating in a competition or a call for projects can increase the reputation of a young company.

Being selected can also be a proof of credibility for future investors. Vivinnov offers you a regularly updated list of competitions for project carriers or entrepreneurs already established.

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The Monaco Tech incubator

Deadline for submission of application: the 25 October 2021.
Entrepreneur profile: entrepreneur with an innovative project, with a team already set up, and the desire to actively participate in our program and be present on the site.
Endowment: Personalized coaching, workshops, networking conferences. 
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Call to experiment - 4th edition of the "Urban Innovation Districts

Deadline for submission of application: the 27 October 2021.
Entrepreneur profile: entrepreneur with a structure created or in the process of being created, wishing to experiment with an innovative solution providing a response to the challenges of the sustainable city.
Grant: an 18-month support including the set-up, the field research, the deployment, the follow-up, the evaluation and the valorisation of the experimentation.
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The Plaine Vallée Entrepreneuriades

Deadline for submission of application: the 29 October 2021.
Entrepreneurial profile: Have created or taken over your company less than 3 years ago, and be located or commit to locating the main establishment in a Plaine Vallée (Val-d'Oise) municipality
Prize: 25,000 euros of prizes to be won, including coaching courses or accommodation in nurseries.
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Artisans, challenge yourself!

Deadline for submission of application: the 29 October 2021.
Entrepreneurial profile: women who have been running a craft business for less than 2 years.
Endowment: expert support to prepare for a crowdfunding campaign, as well as free digital training and tailor-made training from the CMAs for project leaders and heads of craft businesses.
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Business creation competition - Les entrepreneuriades

Deadline for submission of application: the 29 October 2021.
Entrepreneur profile: project leaders or entrepreneurs who have created their structure within the last 3 years. 
Prize money: 25,000 euros in total. 
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Call for expressions of interest "Accelerating the food transition" - Banque des Territoires

Deadline for submission of application: the 29 October 2021.
Entrepreneur profile: commercial companies of social utility (ESS, ESUS, companies with a mission, ...), whose project presents a viable economic model and a sufficient need for financing (of more than 500 K€), to consider a co-investment of the Banque des Territoires.
Endowment: The selected projects will be able to benefit from financing in the form of a subordinated loan with participative interest for a minimum amount of 200 K€, as well as support for the engineering of the project. 
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Call for Experiments City of Tomorrow

Deadline for submission of application: the 29 October 2021.
Entrepreneur profile: any innovative solution provider relying on the processing of digital and video data collected or on the 4G / 5G private network, whether they are companies (including industrial and commercial establishments), associations, laboratories, universities, schools, etc.
Endowment: to experiment with innovative solutions on a limited perimeter of the Parisian public space.
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Call for applications Incubator I-Engage of the University of Paris-Nanterre

Deadline for submission of application: the 30 October 2021.
Entrepreneur profile: social entrepreneurs who develop an innovative & impactful project in the Social and Solidarity Economy sector.
Award: 9-month support including adapted training workshops (pitch, commercial, communication, legal...), individual mentoring, connection with a network of experts, sharing of resources, tools and opportunities in connection with the ecosystem and a co-working space.
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CIC Business awards southwest

Deadline for submission of application: the 31 October 2021.
Entrepreneurial profile: a start-up or innovative company based in the South West. 
Prize money: 3 prizes of 10,000 euros.
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Normandy4Good

Deadline for submission of application: the 31 October 2021.
Entrepreneur profile: business creators or holders of a business creation project ready to be deployed, in the Normandy region. 
Endowment: Accommodation at the MoHo incubator, coaching by entrepreneurship experts and the Normandy Region, and promotion of the project by the partners. 
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Milk Pearl Trophy

Deadline for submission of application: the 31 October 2021.
Entrepreneur profile: women residing in France (excluding Corsica and DOM-TOM) or Belgium and small businesses (start-ups, microenterprises, SMEs) created no later than 01/09/2021, domiciled in mainland France or Belgium, comprising no more than 30 people and independent of a group of more than 500 people.
Prize: €8,000 (including tax) and 6 months' support from the La Ruche incubator for the public prize. 2,000 (including tax) and 3 months of support from the La Ruche incubator for the Yoplait France prize.
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Call for projects - All in bulk

Deadline for submission of application: the 31 October 2021.
Entrepreneurial profile : person wishing to launch a bulk store project, to enlarge it, or to create a bulk department in an existing business. 
Endowment: support by the Tous au vrac network.
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Call for applications - Water Management 

Deadline for submission of application: the November 1st 2021.
Entrepreneurial profile: Start up and innovative company offering solutions in the field of water access and management. 
Staffing: meeting with the water sector's contractors. 
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Call for projects Ecological transition - Bordeaux Technowest

Deadline for submission of application: the November 1st 2021.
Entrepreneur profile: holder of an innovative ecological transition project (technological, digital, logistical, usage-based project, etc.) relating to waste, energy, carbon, environmental protection or transport, mobility, etc.
Prize: 6,000€ divided between the winners, as well as 6 months of support and accommodation at the Bordeaux Technowest incubator
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Etonnants créateurs - Saint-Malo

Deadline for submission of applications: the 2 November 2021.
Entrepreneur profile: project holders who are planning to set up a business or an establishment, in all sectors, in the Saint-Malo area.
Allocation: 4x 20.000€ divided between the projects. 
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Call for social enterprise projects - Ronalpia

Deadline for submission of applications: the 2 November 2021.
Entrepreneur profile: Project holder or company manager in the field of social impact, who wishes to set up in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes. 
Endowment: individual follow-up, accommodation and co-development sessions for 6 to 9 months.
> Register

Cognacq-Jay Foundation Prize

Deadline for submission of applications: the 4 November 2021.
Entrepreneur profile: projects in 2 categories: vision (project at the stage of a good idea that needs to be concretized) and acceleration (project in the launch or new development phase, already having a legal identity) providing unique and new answers to collective needs, such as covering essential needs that are not or are poorly satisfied; correcting inequalities or preserving and developing social links.
Endowment: a 50,000 euro envelope to be shared and supported by expert partners.
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Finance Innovation's national call for fintech projects

Deadline for submission of application: the 5 November 2021.
Entrepreneur profile: Fintech project from one of the following sectors: Insurance, Banking, Sustainable & Solidarity Finance, Asset Management, Real Estate, Corporate Management & Finance.
Endowment: Fintech label from the Finance Innovation global competitiveness cluster (gain in credibility, visibility, business and fund connections, etc.)
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Vegepolys Valley Competition

Deadline for submission of application: the November 7 2021.
Entrepreneur profile: French entrepreneurs, with a structure in the process of being created, or created less than 18 months ago, developing an innovation in the plant field. 
Prize: 4 prizes of €10,000, as well as operational and strategic support. 
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Call for applications XXL Program by Open Tourisme Lab

Deadline for submission of application: the November 7 2021.
Entrepreneur profile: start-up with a first commercial proof, addressing tourism professionals or institutions, having already several partners, equity capital at least equal to half of the share capital over the period of the application, and being ready to take main or secondary registration in Occitania in the 1st quarter of 2022. 
Award: one year of support.
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Call for Expression of Interest "Development of marine and maritime services based on spatial data using Kineis IoT technology

Deadline for submission of application: the 9 November 2021 at 2pm.
Entrepreneurial profile: innovative projects carried out by a consortium involving at least one Ifremer scientific team and one socio-economic partner over a maximum duration of 24 months. The minimum level of technological maturity (TRL) reached at the end of the project will be 5.
Grant: 100,000 euros per individual partner, or 150,000 euros per consortium (excluding internal costs of Ifremer teams).
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Climate Change Adaptation Awards Life ARTISAN

Deadline for submission of application: the 10 November 2021.
Contractor profile: company that has implemented an action to adapt to climate change in France.
Prize: invitation and platform at a national conference, as well as a communication campaign to promote the action. 
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Call for applications #Agritech "Boost Your Business

Deadline for submission of application: the 15 November 2021.
Entrepreneur profile: startup offering products/services related to agriculture, innovation, energy and agro-ecological transition, or with an innovative project related to the themes mentioned above
Prize: a 2-year support program including advice, training, hosting and networking.
> Register 

Acceleration for All! #TheAffies

Deadline for submission of application: the 15 November 2021.
Entrepreneurial profile: young company capable of producing product information. 
Prize: for the winner, an investment of $10,000, or six weeks of weekly meetings with the partners. For the next 5, 6.000 dollars in computer equipment. 
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IT Tuesday - Call for projects

Deadline for submission of application: the 15 November 2021.
Entrepreneur profile: Start-up registered in Ile-de-France, which has produced a proof of concept, first customers or is in a growth phase. 
Endowment: meeting with business angels.
> Register

Descartes Incubator

Deadline for submission of application: the 15 November 2021.
Entrepreneur profile: project holders of start-ups and young companies created after December 1, 2019, primarily in the fields of sustainable cities, digital services, and health and society. 
Endowment: an honorary loan of up to €20,000, provision of premises, personal coaching and networking. 
> Register

Start You Up

Deadline for submission of application: the 15 November 2021.
Entrepreneurial profile: companies created less than 3 years ago.
Endowment: one year of legal support.
> Register

Rise Companion Program

Deadline for submission of application: the 15 November 2021. 
Entrepreneur profile: Deeptech project leaders wishing to create a start-up to develop a CNRS technology. 
Award: one year of tailored support to structure the start-up project based on a technology from a CNRS laboratory. Areas of support: team building, product-market definition, intellectual property strategy, mentoring & networking with entrepreneurs and partners, company creation and licensing, entrepreneurship training, communication relays, presentation deck and pitch training, search for public and private funding
Location: program available to all regions.
Sign up. More information on: cnrsinnovation.com/rise/

Call for applications for the Village by CA Atlantique Vendée

Deadline for submission of application: the 17 November 2021 at midnight.
Entrepreneur profile: Young companies under 3 years of age, with an innovation in an acceleration phase (launch / commercial development of a product / service having led to the creation of a prototype, a BETA version, an MVP...) Whose business model has a significant growth potential
Prize: 24 months of personalized support in 3 areas: business development, structuring and visibility with a dedicated startup manager.
Location: Le Village by CA Atlantique Vendée, 140 route de Paris, Nantes. 
Sign up. Find out more at atlantique-vendee.levillagebyca.com

Call for projects Accelerre'health program

Deadline for submission of application: the 20 November 2021.
Entrepreneur profile: innovative projects in the field of digital health. These projects must be less than 5 years old.
Endowment: go on an expedition to connect you with scientific, industrial, institutional and specific health actors of the ecosystems of the following 3 territories: Besançon in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Lyon in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Sion in the Canton of Valais (Switzerland).
> Register on accelere-health.com

Sport.Tech Accelerator - emlyon business school

Deadline for submission of application: the 20 November 2021. 
Entrepreneur profile: start-ups in the fields of sport, sport-health and sport-leisure who have already carried out at least one market test. Wishing to be challenged and accompanied for 6 months by experts on all the fundamentals of their project.
Endowment: connection to potential customers, users and investors. Capacity building of the entrepreneurs through mentoring and thematic bootcamps.
Location: emlyon business school: Lyon and Paris
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Ed.Job.Tech accelerator - emlyon business school

Deadline for submission of application: the 21 November 2021.
Entrepreneur profile: start-ups in the fields of education, HR and employability who have already completed at least one market test. Wishing to be challenged and supported for 6 months by experts on all the fundamentals of their project.
Endowment: connection to potential customers, users and investors. Capacity building of the entrepreneurs through mentoring and thematic bootcamps.
Location: emlyon business school: Lyon and Paris
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Call for Experiments City of Tomorrow

Deadline for submission of application: the 26 November 2021.
Entrepreneur profile: any innovative solution provider relying on the processing of digital and video data collected or on the 4G / 5G private network, whether they are companies (including industrial and commercial establishments), associations, laboratories, universities, schools, etc.
Endowment: to experiment with innovative solutions on a limited perimeter of the Parisian public space.
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Help: Prime Entrepreneurs des Quartiers, a measure financed by the Ministry of Urban Affairs

Deadline for submission of applications: the December 31 2021, less than 200 premiums still available.
Entrepreneur profile: business before 15/03/2020, weakened by the crisis of the COVID 19 and its economic repercussions, located in a priority district - QPV (head office or place of operation) or in a 300m band around a QPV, not having any employees at the time of the application (possibility of having an apprentice) and having a turnover of less than one million euros for the last financial year. For companies that have not yet closed a financial year, the average monthly turnover over the period between the date of creation of the company and 29 February 2020 must be less than 83,333 euros.
Allocation: a lump sum grant of €1500 paid to the company.
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Covid-19 assistance: the State Guaranteed Loan (SGP)

Deadline for submission of application: the December 31 2021.
Entrepreneur profile: all companies anywhere in the country, whatever their size and legal form (SMEs, ETIs, farmers, craftsmen, traders, liberal professions, innovative companies, micro-entrepreneurs, associations, foundations, etc.). Certain SCIs, credit institutions and finance companies are excluded.
Endowment: take out a state-guaranteed loan from their usual banking institution or since 6 May 2020 from lending platforms with the status of intermediary in participatory financing. The amount of the loan can reach up to 3 months of 2019 turnover or 2 years of payroll for innovative companies or companies created since 1 January 2019. No repayment is required the 1st year. 2 to 4 months before the anniversary date of the EMP, the business owner will decide on the repayment: he/she can decide to repay the loan immediately, to amortize it over 1 to 5 additional years, or to mix the 2.
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France-Singapore, France-Canada and France-Taiwan innovation partnerships by Bpifrance

Deadline for submission of application: the December 31 2021.
Entrepreneur profile: any start-up, SME, or ETI located in France and not exceeding 500 employees and not belonging to a group of more than 500 employees. having a partnership in innovation with a Singaporean, Canadian or Taiwanese company.
Allocation: between €50,000 and €3 million in repayable advances and/or innovation loans.
> Register with romane.bilbault@bpifrance.fr

Tax credit for the energy renovation of VSEs/SMEs

Deadline for submission of application: the December 31 2021.
Entrepreneur profile: Very small businesses and SMEs in all sectors of activity, subject to income tax or corporation tax, owners or tenants of their premises, who undertake energy efficiency improvements to their buildings (offices, shops, warehouses, etc.).
Allocation: tax credit of 30 % of eligible expenses, up to a maximum tax credit of 25,000 euros per company.
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Transmission Booster

Deadline for submission of application: the December 31 2021.
Entrepreneur profile: companies in the Hauts-de-France region with a maximum of 10 employees and more than 3 years old with a transfer project.
Endowment: support including a meeting in the presence of the consultant assigned to carry out the service so that you present your company and that he collects the information necessary for the evaluation work and a meeting of restitution during which the consultant gives you his analysis, his evaluation and his recommendations.
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Boosting sales performance

Deadline for submission of application: the December 31 2021.
Entrepreneur profile: companies in the Hauts-de-France region with a maximum of 20 employees and over 3 years old with a development/transition project or potential.
Award: support including a half-day to assess your business strategy, your market, your competitive practices and a two-day package to establish an action plan and support you in its implementation.
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Innovation partnerships between France and Germany by Bpifrance

Deadline for submission of application: the 15 January 2022.
Entrepreneur profile: any start-up, SME, ETI located in France and not exceeding 500 employees and not belonging to a group of more than 500 employees. having a partnership in innovation with a German company.
Allocation: between €50,000 and €3 million in repayable advances and/or innovation loans.
> Register with romane.bilbault@bpifrance.fr

Covid-19 assistance: Long-term partial activity (APLD)

Deadline for submission of application: the June 30 2022.
Entrepreneurial profile: companies that are unable to adequately revive their activity and that present guarantees of job protection. Implementation requires a collective agreement; a procedure that takes at least three weeks (text submitted to a company referendum; if two thirds of the employees agree, it comes into force subject to certain formalities).
Allocation: allowance covering part of the hourly pay of the employee placed on partial activity. In return, the employer grants the employee a partial activity allowance in lieu of his or her salary.
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Help: Orplast - plastic recycling objective

Deadline for submission of application: the September 15 2022 at 12 noon.
Entrepreneur profile: SMEs, VSEs and ETIs with projects involving the use of recycled plastics to complement or replace virgin plastics and/or the sustainable integration of recycled plastics by companies (adaptation of the production chain, local supply, etc.).
Allocation: financial support of up to €140 million.
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Aid for investments in protection against climatic hazards

Deadline for submission of application: the December 31 2022.
Contractor profile: users of agricultural production equipment throughout France acquiring equipment for protection against frost, hail, drought, wind, hurricane and tornado.
Allocation: aid of up to 300,000 euros excluding tax.
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Call for hydrogen technology bricks and demonstrators

Deadline for submission of applications: the December 31 2022.
Entrepreneurial profile: companies, alone or in collaboration, in particular with research laboratories, with a project for innovative work to develop or improve components and systems linked to the production, transport and use of hydrogen, with a minimum value of two million euros.
Endowment: financial support for the project.
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Call for FISO Brittany projects

Deadline for submission of applications: the December 31 2022.
Entrepreneur profile: Breton SMEs with an economically viable innovation project with a social impact, and more particularly associations, cooperative structures established in the Region and companies with "solidarity companies" approval issued by the Prefect of the Region.
Allocation: aid in the form of an advance that can be recovered in full if the project is technically and economically successful. The maximum rate of funding is set at 50 % of eligible expenditure. The minimum amount of aid is set at 30,000 euros.
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Call for applications - Creation, development and promotion of short circuits and local markets - Normandy Region

Deadline for submission of applications: the December 31 2022.
Entrepreneur profile: legal entity or group of individuals and/or legal entities carrying out/partnering in a cooperation project concerning either a short supply circuit or a local market in Normandy.
Allocation: maximum grant of 80 % of eligible expenditure.
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Source: Les Echos

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