EU Funding Opportunities

  • BODIN, Christophe

    Christophe Bodin is an independent consultant specialised in Strategy, Finance and Development, supporting innovative companies in the Telecom Industry and the Digital Economy.

    He helps entrepreneurs to make strategic choices, build realistic development and find appropriate financial resources (European grants, capital and debt).

    Christophe has 20 years of experience in the High-Tech industry, managing strategic projects and strategic plans for SMEs and for Blue Chip companies (Areva,, Bouygues Telecom).

    He holds a Telecom Engineer degree from ENST (France) and is a graduate from INSEAD MBA.

    VUCKOV, Ilija

    Ilija Vuckov, Co-founder and Managing Director of Knowledge Innovation Center-Emkice and Macedonian business angels network MBAN-Macedonia, and AGV Design Group.

    Ilija Vuckov is a serial entrepreneur and industrial designer, president of Emkice and newly Macedonian business angels network. A winner of MKD national business plan competition, finalist in Doha, Qatar knowledge parks & Innovations worls competition. As student after gaining work & internships experience in industrial design & marketing department at Johnson Controls in Germany, Slovakia, he founded two start up’s, one failed, one 4th year running. Also a co-founder of AGV Design Group, an Industrial design, Innovations and Product Development Company. His work brings several patents, IPR's on innovative product designs, experienced with production of one sports car-roadster, a touristic and mini bus, one electric vehicle prototype and design4manufactoring of fiscal cash register for 80Mil market. His engineering experiencce comes from innovative product design and Product Lifecicle Management in focus for support of SME's for commercialization of innovations.

    Last 5 years working actively in NGO sector in area of Access To Finace, EU funds for R&D as senior expert and consultant experienced with succesfull and unsuccesful project applications. Supporting the academic, public, private sector, SME’s and entrepreneurial eco-system conducted more than 30 traings&coaching, 100 lectures and several adopted EU funding strategies. He has worked as consultant to GIZ - German Technical Support, Five Capital cities in SEE, 13 Law faculties - SEELS network, large companies and several SME's for CIP, FP7, Horizon2020 and COSME. Activities in that area bring him as co-organizer of Tesla Convoy 2014(rising awarenes for EV's and charging stations, trends in ICT regional cooperation for EU funding). Ongoing activity is establishing the EU Funding Accelerator&Academy with COSSME(Cooperation for Support ofSME's) a regional consortium with more than 50 member institutions with regional office in Brussels.

    He was member of EIPC - European Commission budgeting committee for Competitivenes and Innovation Programe for 3 years as country expert nominated by Ministry of foreign affairs under the Ministry of Economy. First engagement with EBAN was from 2007 in Archem, Holland.

    He is at Master studies on Leading Innovations and Change topic, and speaks English, Serbian, Bulgarian, Greek, Italian, and regional languages of all neighboring countries of Macedonia.

    CAPPA, Federico

    Corporate finance professional with 15+ years of work experience in originating and structuring financial deals on grants, debt and equity, including innovative R&D projects and expansion plans in many industries like investment goods, processing technologies, food & beverage, healthcare, ICT, automotive and green energy. Previous involvement in the investment industry as asset manager. MBA with high honors from The University of Chicago - Booth School of Business. Executive Certificate in Strategy & Innovation from the MIT - Sloan School of Management.

  • KUEHRER, Susanne

    Susanne Kuehrer is a partner in Fe-Ve, a French based accelerator working internationally, specialised in the field of technology transfer (transition from research/innovation to the market) evaluating the commercial potential of innovative solutions and supporting Spin-offs and Start-Ups in bringing them into the market. She is responsible for business screening, coaching and mentoring (check of skills and team-match). As an accelerator Fe-Ve is strongly working together with the European Investment scene and is member of EBAN.

    Susanne has a longstanding experience in evaluating the commercial exploitation potential of results in the field of European funded research, especially in ICT, already during the former EC funding programme FP7. She also serves as an EC expert in the Horizon 2020 SME instrument.

    Currently she is involved in a European project aiming at creating a network of Internet Innovation Hubs in Europe with the target to strengthen the linkage between European technology exploitation and the Start-Up financing and incubating scene.

    Susanne has a MBA in Intra- and Entrepreneurship and MSc in International Personnel and Organisational Development as well as an education as a Business Coach.

    PERRIN, Marion

    As an EU policy consultant for Media Deals, Marion supports the development of the company’s relationship with the European Commission and other European institutions as well as supports clients in the preparation of European funding applications (H2020, Creative Europe). She is currently managing a EU project called WeHubs, which is the first European network of Women web Entrepreneurs Hubs.

    After obtaining a Master’s Degree in European Project Management, Marion gained experience as a project coordinator for the European Network of Young Cinema in Paris. She then worked in London as a programme coordinator for the Raindance Film Festival. After that Marion joined EUROCITIES, which is a network of major European cities, where she assisted the policy adviser in charge of cultural policies.

    Additionally, Marion works as a consultant for peacefulfish, which is a creative industries financing consultancy.