Where to Get Financial Help for Your Startup in 2020

Sam Barnett
2 April, 2020

We have no doubt that important startups will be built during these uncertain and unsettling times. During our last economic downturn, some of the world’s most iconic companies were built, including Airbnb, Uber, WhatsApp, Square, Venmo and Slack. With new problems comes a drive to find new solutions, and we’re optimistic about what’s in store for the startup world.

That being said, these are unprecedented times, so we could all do with help. We’ve compiled a list of government grants available in the territories Entrepreneur First and portfolio companies operate – the UK, France, Germany, Canada, USA, Singapore and India. We hope you’ll find this useful.

For those of you who are yet to take the leap into the startup world, but are keen to make an impact, consider joining our programme. We provide a monthly stipend from day one, and you don’t need a team or an idea to apply. We’ll help you meet a co-founder, develop an idea, and build your startup from scratch. You’ll receive support from a global community of founders and will benefit from a valuable network of investors. These are challenging times, but EF exists to remove many of the barriers that founders face – from networks, to traction and financial support.

Global Grants


Horizon 2020

Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) 

Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) 

Covid-19 Specific Government Grants

Southwark Pioneers Fund

EmpowerRD: R&D Credits

Innovate UK: 

ATI Programme

Smart Grants.



CCI: Les aides

DT50: Digital Top 50

France Active: Cap’Jeunes

France Experimentation

ADEME: Les aides financières de l’ADEME

Ministère des Armées: RAPID

Paris Initiative Entreprise: Prêt d’honneur Innovation

Raise: Prêt Raise / Revitalisation / Expansion

Réseau Entreprendre: Prêts d’honneur Start / Booster / Ambition

Hello Tomorrow: The Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge

Ville de Paris: Grands Prix de l’Innovation

Wilco: Prêt Entrepreneur


Aide pour la faisabilité de l’innovation

Aide pour le développement de l’innovation

Aide pour le développement et l’innovation

Assurance prospection

Bourse French Tech

Concours d’innovation I-Lab

Concours d’innovation i-Nov

Concours I-PhD

Fonds National pour la société Numérique (PIA numérique)

Prestation Technologique Réseau (PTR)

Fondation de l’Ecole Polytechnique:

Prix Jean-Louis Gerondeau – Safran


X-Grant Silicon Valley

French Services:

Crédit d’impôt innovation

Crédit d’impôt recherche

Statut Jeune Entreprise Innovante

Horizon 2020:

Innovation Actions

Research and Innovation Actions

Région Ile-de-France:

Innov’up Développement

Innov’up Expérimentation

Innov’up Faisabilité





ERP Gründerkredit – StartGeld

IBB GründungsBONUS

Pro FIT – Frühphasenfinanzierung (Early Phase I)

Adlers Founders Lab

HelloSignals Pre-Seed Program



Das EXIST-Gründerstipendium




EIT Health Headstart

EIC Accelerator (SME Instrument)


Tech Founders

Comdirect Startup Garage

EIT Digital


Gründerwettbewerb – Digitale Innovationen

Unternehmensgründungen in den Quantentechnologien und der Photonik (Enabling Start-up)

Gründerstipendium NRW


Berliner Startup Stipendium

INVEST – Zuschuss für Wagniskapital

Bayerisches Förderprogramm „Technologieorientierte Unternehmensgründungen” (BayTOU)

Gründung innovativ


ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Bavaria


Horizons 2020



Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)

SmartStart Seed Fund (OCE)

Voucher for Innovation & Productivity (OCE)

Market Readiness Program (OCE)

Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SRED)


Accessible Technology Program (ATP)

Agricultural Clean Technology Program (ACT)


Atlantic Innovation Fund

Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network

Canada Small Business Financing Program (CSBFP)

Canadian Agricultural Partnership

Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC)

Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP)

Climate Action Incentive Fund (CAIF)

Eastern Ontario Development Fund (EODF)

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Development Program (EVID)

ENCQOR 5G SME Technology Development Program (5G SDP)

Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC)

NGen Manufacturing Program

Ontario Automotive Modernization Program (O-AMP)

Skills Catalyst Fund (SCF)

Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence. AI (SCALE.AI)



Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR)

State Trade Expansion Program (STEP)

SAM.gov Grants (formerly the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance)


Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grants

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Grants 

Department of Education Grants

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Grants

Economic Development Administration (EDA)

FedEx’s Small Business Grant

Lending Tree

National Association of the Self-Employed (NASE)

Fundera’s The Zach Grant

Idea Cafe’s Small Business Grants

Walmart Foundation Grants

Wells Fargo Community Giving Grants

AT&T Aspire

The Amber Grants



Startup SG Tech Grant

Startup SG Founder

SME Talent Programme (STP)

NTU (Strategic Research Innovation Fund)

National Research Foundation (Central Gap Fund)

Technology for Enterprise Capability Upgrading (T-UP)

NUS Alumni Catalytic Grant

Temasek Foundation grant

raiSE Grants

Enterprise Development Grant



Support for International Patent Protection in Electronics & Information Technology (SIP-EIT)

Multiplier Grants Scheme (MGS)

Electronic Development Fund (EDF) Policy

Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS)

NewGen Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Centre (NewGen IEDC)

Performance & Credit Rating Scheme

Revamped Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI)

Aspire – Scheme for promotion of innovation, entrepreneurship and agro-industry

National Awards (Individual MSEs)

International Cooperation (IC) Scheme

Atal Incubation Centres (AIC)

4E (End to End Energy Efficiency)

Stand-Up India Scheme

Ayurvedic Biology Program

Industry Relevant R&D

High Risk-High Reward Research

Technology Development Programme (TDP)

National Science & Technology Management Information System (NSTMIS)

Biotechnology Industry Partnership Programme (BIPP)

Industry Innovation Programme on Medical Electronics (IIPME)

Extra Mural Research Funding

SPA Social Innovation programme for Products: Affordable & Relevant to Societal Health (SPARSH)

Promoting Innovations in Individuals, Startups and MSMEs (PRISM)

Rapid Grant for Young Investigator (RGYI)

Biotechnology Ignition Grant (BIG)

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