Matchmaking for start-ups

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Priscilla Du Preez

The EEA and Norway Grants funds startups in Romania and Bulgaria as well as  cooperation with Norway. Join this matchmaking event to connect with partners!

The matchmaking is for startups in Romania and Bulgaria as well as any entities from Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein which are interested in cooperation with startups!

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The matchmaking aims to connect partners in Bulgaria or Romania and Norway so that they might apply for a bilateral cooperation project in the open calls for projects. The open calls provide funds to projects implemented by startups within one of the following focus areas:

☘️ Green Industry Innovation (in Romania and Bulgaria)

🌊 Blue Growth (in Romania)

💻 ICT (in Romania)

👩‍🔬 Welfare Technology (in Bulgaria)


Funding for startup projects

See all information about the funding available, eligibility and how to apply:  

The SMEs Growth Programme in Romania

The programme in Romania makes available a 1 million euro to increasing competitiveness for Romanian enterprises within the mentioned areas.  

See the open call in Romania here!


Business Development, Innovation and SMEs Programme in Bulgaria 

The programme puts forward 2 million euros to increasing the competitiveness of Bulgarian enterprises. 

See the open call in Bulgaria here!


Bilateral cooperation with Norway, Iceland and Liecheinstein

The programmes aim to increase value creation and sustainable growth in the Romanian and Bulgarian business sector. They also aim to increase bilateral relations between the two beneficiary states and Norway.

Projects can be implemented in cooperation with any Romanian or Bulgarian startup and any private or public entity, commercial or non-commercial, established as a legal person in Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein (in Romania) and in Norway (for Bulgaria). Project partnerships are strongly encouraged.

The projects can also include national partners from Bulgaria and Romania.



Friday 15 October, in the B2Match platform, from 12:00 UTC+3 timezone (Romanian/ Bulgarian time) and 11:00 (Norwegian time). 

The link will be sent out via e-mail to all who have registered the day before the event.  

Registrations is in B2Match via the green button to the right. 

You will be able to book meetings on the day. However you will also have access to the platform for a few weeks after and communication can continue during that timeframe.   


Short meetings with the team at Innovation Norway 

Participants at the matchmaking can also book short meetings with staff at Innovation Norway. The meetings can clarify questions about the application process or advise on how to find a partner from Norway (Iceland or Liechtenstein).



The times given are Romanian/ Bulgarian time (UTC+ 3):

12:00: Frauke MuthPresentation of the two calls for startups in Bulgaria and Romania

12:15 Matchmaking

16:00 End

Open calls for startups in Romania and Bulgaria

All info about the funding available, eligibility and how to apply:

‘Boost to Romanian Business sector: Business growth in Start-ups in the areas of Green Industry Innovation, ICT and Blue Growth’ 

Increased Competitiveness of Bulgarian Enterprises’ 

Webinar Recording

SMEs Growth Programme Romania, Support for start-ups

Support for Start-ups in Bulgaria – Green Industry Innovation and Welfare Technology


Finding a partner in Norway

Browse Norwegian solutions at  The Explorer and by accessing the EEA and Norway Grants by Innovation Norway database.




Contact:Alina Toporas

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