CE3: Funding for cross-border startups!


Do you have a good idea for a startup or an existing company? Then let your business grow across borders with CE3 Funding. Seize the opportunity to further develop your startup idea and broaden your market towards Germany.

Especially in times of Corona it might be the right time to consider which direction you want to take with your company or to actually take the step to start. Within the CE3 project we have set up an "open call", which provides funding for (commercial) start-up activities, with a focus on the connection between the Netherlands and Germany.

It is striking that entrepreneurial students collaborate relatively little across borders or explore opportunities with an international perspective. The CE3 project (Crossborder Entrepreneurial Energy Education) wants to change this! The goal of the project is to make students of Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences (HSD), aware of cross-border entrepreneurship during their studies and thus discover the opportunities. The project will make financial resources available to stimulate this, for example through cooperation with German students or the search for partners and customers on the other side of the border. This funding will be available in 2020 and 2021.

Grant conditions

Your idea/project or startup must have a link with Germany, German students or products/services that are (or could be) bought or sold in Germany. More specifically the Interreg Region Rhine-Meuse Nord.

Every Fontys student can participate in this project and is able to submit an application.
(!) Projects in the idea phase can also be submitted.

Subsidy will be reinforced for startup activities in the following sectors:

  • Life Sciences / Medical / Biotechnology / Healthcare
  • Energy and environmental technology
  • Logistics
  • Nano- and micro-technology / materials / high-tech materials
  • Agrofood business
  • Creative sector

The contribution is between €250 and €2,000. This is not a loan but a gift. Of course, you have to show us what you spend the money on.

There will be a monthly subsidy round, which closes every last day of the month.

Are you interested?
Then fill in the application form and convince us why you need this funding! You can do this by answering questions about your project/idea/startup or by uploading a video/pitch/presentation. If you meet the criteria, we will fill in the formal application form together.

Do you still have any questions?
Please contact Victor van der Linden (Fontys Centre for Entrepreneurship).


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