LEADING EUROPEAN TECHNOLOGY

 

WHO WE ARE
We are an independent technology advisory firm expert in obtaining finance and identifying and exploiting tax benefits for innovative enterprises. We support our clients in all phases of a project: development of idea, proof of concept, market analysis, project management, and business model improvement, dissemination and commercialization.
OUR SPECIALISATION
Evolution Europe was created to support enterprises searching for public funding that helps the development of their products, services and solutions. We are specialized in the Horizon 2020 programme, focused on but not limited to the SME Instrument - a tool dedicated to support European Small and Mid - Sized Enterprises.
WHY CHOOSE US
Having presented over 200 projects, of which 69% of our clients have received grant funding within Spain and 59% across a further 13 of the programme´s participating countries, we at Evolution Europe are well versed in identifying H2020 opportunities and maximising our client’s chances of obtaining non-dilutive funding.
OUR APROACH AND SERVICES
We work closely with our clients with creative and flexible minds, identifying the best strategy to obtain Horizon 2020 grants. We provide comprehensive support for the writing and submitting of proposals to the European Commission, including project business plans and the search for key partners and stakeholders. We also take care of administrative tasks, providing efficient project management and strategic advice so customers may focus on innovation and their core business.
OUR EXPERTISE
At Evolution Europe we count on a multidisciplinary and expert team of consultants, with notable experience in a variety of technologies and market applications underpining the Societal Challenges of the Horizon 2020 Scheme - including Science, Environment, Energy, Transportation, Health and other Industrial Technologies. We work with our clients on both a one to one or consortia basis in order to increase the impact and reduce time to market for our client’s products.

HORIZON 2020

 


WHAT IS HORIZON 2020
The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). This flagship initiative is aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness to drive economic growth and create jobs with an emphasis on excellence in science, industrial leadership, and societal challenges.

FAST TRACK TO INNOVATION

WHAT IS H2020's TRACK TO INNOVATION
The Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) pilot is a fully-bottom-up measure in Horizon 2020 to promote close-to-the-market innovation activities in any area of technology or application. It is open to all types of participants, stimulating applicants to EU research funding and increasing investment in research and innovation, while nurturing trans-disciplinary and cross-sector cooperation.

SME INSTRUMENT

 

WHAT IS HORIZON
2020’S SME INSTRUMENT
A dedicated grant scheme in Horizon 2020 designed to support European Small and Medium Enterprises that have identified a new market opportunity and developed a concept to exploit it through an innovative product or service.
WHO SHOULD APPLY
We are looking for high growth, exceptionally innovative SMEs with global ambitions. You should be actively investing in innovation and looking to grow.
PROJECT SOUGHT
Projects at the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 or higher (technology demonstration) have the best chances of receiving funding.
PHASES
The SME Instrument is structured in three phases, with the aim of transforming disruptive ideas into concrete, innovative solutions with a European and global impact.

PHASES

 

    • Phase 1

    • CONCEPT & FEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT

      • Idea to concept (6 months)
      • The European Union will provide €50 000 in funding, to carry out a feasibility study and verify the viability of the proposed disruptive innovation or concept. The SME will draft an initial business proposal
      • PROOF OF CONCEPT
      • Technical and Economic viability
      • Innovation Strategy
      • Market Study and Partner Search
      • Investment Analysis Maximizing ROI
      • Intellectual Property Management
    • Phase 2

    • DEMONSTRATION, MARKET REPLICATION, R&D

      • Concept to Market-Maturity (1-2 years)
      • The SME will further develop its proposal through innovation activities, drafting a more developed business plan based on Phase 1 or otherwise. The EU aims to contribute between €0.5 million and €2.5 million
      • POTENTIAL DEMONSTRATION
      • Development
      • Prototyping
      • Testing
      • Piloting
      • Miniaturization
      • Scaling-up
      • Market Replication
      • >
    • Phase 3

    • COMMERCIALISATION

      • Prepare for Market Launch
      • SMEs will receive extensive support, training, mentorship, and facilitating access to risk finance as the project is further polished into a marketable product. The EU will not provide funding in this phase
      • GO TO MARKET
      • Additional Support
      • Network Opportunities
      • Debt Facility
      • Equity Facility

OUR SERVICES DURING THE PHASES

 

Initial Stage

 
Evolution carries out a deep-dive analysis with our expert team to better understand the funding potential of the project. The objective of this step is to provide the client with well-founded conclusions on their match and chances of success with specific opportunities to secure non-dilutive funding.
This pre-evaluation is free and does not entail a committment by the client.
Assignment of the topic, cut-off date, and initiative along Horizon 2020 Programme (SME Instrument, Consortia or Fast Track to Innovation). Partnership search is included in this process.
We take full responsibility for writing a Fase 1 Project Proposal; how to maximize the expected impact and project implementation, commercialisation and dissemination plans, including SWOT analysis, Business Canvas Model, intellectual and knowledge protection analysis and other regulatory and standard procedures. Sales and turnover projections shall be included as well.
Submission of the project proposal to access Phase 1 as well as any related administrative activities through the European Commission Participant Portal.

 

Phase 1

 
Once the European Commission has evaluated the Phase 1 proposal Evolution shall manage the legal documents to be submitted to the EC.
Activities during the Feasibility Study will include deep market and technological analysis, business advice, research on potential partners, and/or or a stakeholder analysis. We will also study the project’s freedom to operate, intellectual property rights and legal requirements to be addressed.
We take full responsibility for writing the Phase 2 Project Proposal addressing all Project Management tasks for the duration of the project's deployment, and executing high-quality Work Packages. This proposal builds on Phase 1 with deeper analysis, addressing project excellence, impact, implementation, commercialization, and dissemination.
Submission of the Phase 2 proposal and any related administrative activities through the European Commission Participant Portal.

 

Phase 2

 
If the European Commission considers the project eligible and the project is granted, a legal document shall be signed between the EC and the entities involved in the Project.
We help our clients throughout this process and take responsibility for all the administrative tasks between both parties (EC and customer), as well as the financial execution of the project so that the European Commission continues to release the payment installments over the project´s duration.

SOME OF OUR PROJECTS

 

Phase I

Phase II

Key Figures

 

+14
COUNTRIES WITH SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS
+200
projects submitted
59%
PHASE 1 SUCCESS RATE EUROPE+ISRAEL
69%
Received Phase 1 Grants
+40
TEAM MEMBERS

meet the team

 

Management

 

JOSÉ ROMERO
CEO
José has over 20 years of professional experience advising a variety of different enterprises. He has worked in firms such as Deloitte & Touche and Ernst & Young as an auditor and consultant and has deep knowledge of the venture capital industry. As the CEO of Evolution, he defines the firm’s strategy and leads commercial activities. He enriches projects with outstanding value propositions and cares deeply for the career development of Evolution’s employees. Through his passion for endurance races he always has the stamina for the long run, exploring new possibilities, and working in unmapped territory while being always mindful of the spirit of the organization.
PEDRO ROMERO
COO
Pedro has a degree in Business Management and Administration from the Sorbonne University in Paris and holds of a Master’s degree in financial markets from the ISG Institute, also in Paris. He has actively supported the financing of innovative projects for more than 10 years. Not only has he launched several startups, but he has also supported other entities, such as university spin-offs and other technological enterprises, on their board of directors. As COO, he leads operations and finance at Evolution. Pedro enjoys supporting entrepreneurs and the impact Evolution has partnering in client's success and maximizing the chances of their new products and services succeeding in the market. He is passionate about all types of adventure and mountain sports and takes every chance he gets to ski, take his bike into the mountains or enter races.

Administration and Legal

 

CAROLINA CARAPETO
Project Management

Carolina completed a degree in Law at the Complutense University of Madrid and then went on to do a Master’s in Law. With over 3 years of experience working for an array of law firms in Madrid where she has learned to provide the highest level of service and to understand clients needs and consolidated her knowledge in Civil and Administrative Law. She is passionate about crossfit, as well as fashion and enjoys good food and healthy living.
EVA ZAMARRO
Director of Finance & Administration
Eva has a Diploma of Higher Education in Business Administration and Finance. Having been a long-standing member of Evolution since 2011, starting at Innova Consulting and then now continuing at Evolution, she has been a participant in the growth of both companies. She has collaborated with the administrative management of national and European grants, and in the administrative support for R&D Deductions and Tax Credit Departments. Currently, she is the Director of the Administration and Finance Department, working closely with the Company Management. Eva enjoys being a part of the Evolution team as this implies always looking to the future to see what can be offered to clients as a result of Evolution’s continual improvement. Outside of the office, Eva has three main passions: music, as great source of inspiration, relaxation and recuperation; travel both inside and outside of the Spanish borders to broaden natural, cultural, and social horizons; and of course, family.

Technical department

Advisory

 

BEATRIZ ARBIZU
Senior Innovation Consultant


Beatriz holds a Bachelors in Chemical Sciences from the University of Burgos as well as Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from the University of Valladolid, completing her thesis in the breakdown of organic aromatic compounds through immobilised enzymes from the University Rey Juan de Carlos Madrid. Her professional experiences lies in R&D activities in both Scientific Parks and now she devotes herself to Consulting, currently working as a Senior Innovation Consultant at Evolution. In her spare time she likes to read, go to the cinema, travel and enjoy life with family and friends.
INMACULADA LÓPEZ
Innovation Consultant


Inmaculada holds a Chemistry Degree from the University of Seville. She has worked in the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) in the Department of Food and Health, participating in the research of new natural antioxidants. In 2015 she entered the field of consulting, specializing in tax deductions in R & D, with experience in several areas such as chemical industry, food, oenology, etc. As a consultant at Evolution Europe, she finds her experience enriching as her role enables her to deal with a myriad of topics across client projects, as well as hold an outward facing role speaking with clients. Outside working hours, she can be found enjoying cinema, reading, gastronomy and spending time with friends and family.
LAURA FERREYRA
Project Manager Technology Transfer & Intellectual Property
Laura Ferreyra has a degree in Law from UCSF (Argentina) and is a certified Spanish partner lawyer, has a postgraduate degree in Law of New Technologies from UCA (Argentine Catholic University), and has a Master in Industrial and Intellectual Property, Competition and New Technologies from Fundación Pons. Since has career took off in 2001, she has worked in the areas of commercial, procedural and banking law. Currently, she plays a key role in the Technology Transfer department, in which she provides legal advice on industrial property, technology transfer and contractual issues related to the world of R&D. She especially supports and promotes work in cohesive teams and multidisciplinary environments. Laura enjoys outdoor activities, especially gardening as well as traveling and discovering new corners of the globe.
LETICIA ESCRIBANO
Project Manager
Head of Tax Incentives

Leticia has a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition, Food Science and Technology from the Autonoma University of Madrid and completed a degree in Financial Accounting from the Financial Studies Center in Madrid. She has been a member of the Spanish Higher Council for Scientific Research (CIAL-CSIC), collaborating in research activities related to bioactive food ingredients, supercritical fluid extraction technology, and the applied physical chemistry industries. At Evolution Europe, Leticia leads the technical and financial functional aspects of the Taxation Relief Department. Leticia takes pride in using her combination of functional and business expertise to develop the technical elements of customer’s proposals and drive sustainable business growth at Evolution. Outside of these activities she is devoted to causes that benefit human rights, nature, and the environment and practices yoga on a daily basis.
LUIS GONZÁLEZ
Head of Technology Transfer


Luis González has a degree in Law from the UCM (San Pablo CEU), has a degree in Accounting from the CEF and has a Master's Degree in Taxation from the Garrigues-Andersen Studies Center, among other academic degrees. Since 1997, his professional career has focused on legal, commercial and tax advisory to companies in a variety of different functions: as an independent consultant, as a manager of an employer's association and as a lawyer in the tax department of Lener, one of the most acclaimed Spanish law firms. In the last 15 years he has specialized progressively in transfer pricing, accounting and tax treatment of intangible assets, in order to face accounting and taxation business issues that involve national and international technology transfer. As head of the Technology Transfer Department, he leads a multidisciplinary team that includes legal and commercial advice, Industrial Property, Transfer Pricing, Patent Box application in Spain, and promotion of AIE (EIG) structures for investment on R&D projects. He is a sport advocate both in the water: sailing, diving and surfing and on land: martial arts and mountain activities.
RAÚL ESPINOSA
Project Manager
As a Technical Engineer in telecommunications, Raúl has an extensive experience in the field of electronics and software development, having supervised and successfully managed numerous projects related to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Throughout his professional career he has received training in the diagnosis and identification of R&D projects and legislative framework for tax relief, enabling him to prepare technical-economic reports in this sector. Outside the office he likes to practice paddle tennis, go to the cinema and learn about the latest technological advances.

Grants

 

ALBERTO VALLEJO
Project Management
Alberto holds a Degree in Biology from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, specializing in environmental biology. He has experience in Environmental Consultancy, especially in the fields of fresh water quality control, environmental flows prescription, nature conservation, taxonomy, sample preparation and analysis. In 2011, Alberto moved to Ireland where he gained broad experience dealing with the management and communication of EU projects funded under different European initiatives and programmes (FP7, H2020 and Erasmus +, among others).
Within the European Project Department of Evolution, Alberto acts as a intermediary between the European Commission and Evolution’s clients. At national and regional levels, he analyses different funding programmes and supports clients to ensure a proper implementation of their innovative projects.
In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, climbing, traveling and socializing.
ELENA GARCÍA
Project Management
Elena has a degree in Environmental Science from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She has more than ten years of experience working on European initiatives related to research & innovation, environment, renewable energy, transport and information and communication technologies. She has been living in several countries and working for different international organisations, where she has acquired broad knowledge on European programme and project management. She has been responsible for financial and technical management, reporting and controlling activities, team and consortia coordination, communication and liaison activities. Within the European Project Department at Evolution, Elena is in charge of Project Management activities, supporting and advising innovative companies to ensure a proper implementation of their projects. She seeks to provide the best results for each client, taking every opportunity to learn about diverse innovative technologies and solutions. In her free time she enjoys meeting family and friends, music, sport, spending time in nature, reading, travelling and learning about cultures.
KAREN RAMÍREZ
Senior Innovation Consultant
Karen graduated in Economics from the University Complutense of Madrid and holds a Master in Information Society and Knowledge from the Open University of Catalonia. In 2015, she completed an International Master in European Studies in Brussels, organised jointly by the European Desk of the Belgian-Italian Chamber of Commerce and the Institute of European Studies of the Catholic University of Louvain. From that moment on, she has been working to develop H2020 proposals under a plethora of programmes, including SME Instrument, RIA and IAs. She has also provided management support for projects in the field of Connected and Automated Driving and participated in the preparation of a programme support action under the connecting Europe facility in the field of trans-European transport network. She joined Evolution Europe in 2017, and since then she has been highly motivated in supporting our customers to develop successful SME Instrument proposals. In her free time, she enjoys travelling and practicing sports.
MERCEDES VICTORIA
Senior Innovation Consultant
Mercedes graduated in Chemical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, after having participated in academic exchange programmes in the United States and the Netherlands. She holds a Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) from Delft University of Technology, during which she specialized in product design and technology transfer. Her initiative and dedication demonstrated during her research work took her from publishing on scientific magazines and participating in international conferences, to achieving a patented invention. At Evolution she brings her innovative, creative and business-oriented mind to every project, motivated by helping SMEs bringing their revolutionary technology to the market, helping to solve today's societal challenges. Outside of the office, she enjoys hanging out with her friends and watching TV series, and she is passionate about travelling.
PALOMA GUTIÉRREZ
Project Management Officer

After completing a degree in International Secretarial Studies, Paloma worked in a variety of fields, including health and consulting, and has over 10 years of experience in marketing and administration departments. She launched her marketing career in the music industry, and has planned and analysed campaigns for national and international artists, organized press conferences and annual sales meetings. She is now in charge of the Management of European projects and acts as the liason between National and International public institutions and our client portfolio. She enjoys contacting our customers in order to understand their needs and provide the highest level of assistence. Paloma has a variety of interests outside the office, most often cultivating her passion for music, cooking and travel.
PILAR MUÑOZ
Project Manager

Pilar holds a bachelor’s degree in Organic Chemistry from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid (Spain) and a PhD in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry from the Welsh School of Pharmacy, Cardiff University (UK). After three years of carrying out Scientific Research at public institutions (Welsh School of Pharmacy, Cardiff University and Medicinal Chemistry institute, CSIC, Madrid) she moved to the Biotech-Pharma industry where she was managing R&D Medicinal Chemistry projects as a Senior Scientist., for nearly 10 years, gaining wide expertise leading R&D projects from their early research stage, through drug-product development and scale up. She is author of more than 12 scientific publications published in relevant journals of international prestige and retains 6 international patents. She has been at Evolution for two years and is Senior Project Manager within the framework of the Horizon H2020 programme. Whilst she is involved in proposal preparation in many technological sectors she has especial interest in healthcare and Biotech-pharma projects.
VÍCTOR RODRÍGUEZ
Project Manager, Head of SME Instrument
Víctor graduated in Chemical Engineering. For more than 9 years he has worked on different European R&D projects dealing with the execution and management of innovation activities in a variety of fields including environment, energy, new materials and processes. He has broad experience in European initiatives and programmes (H2020, FP7, Eurostars, Life Programme). Victor is responsible for coordinating the European project department at Evolution and enjoys evaluating the potential of innovative ideas and developing strategies to bring products and services to market that maximize their chances of success. He is passionate about boosting the impact of clients' research and development activities, and has already participated in more than 50 such projects at Evolution. Outside of work he enjoys a variety of sports, socializing and gastronomy.

Business development

 

ALBERTO VERDÚ
Project Manager National Programmes
Spain
Alberto has a degree in Business Management and Administration and is currently doing a part-time Master of Economic-Financial Management. He has over five years of experience in the sector as an economic consultant, and as such is an expert in identifying public grant and R + D + i taxation opportunities. He is the principle liaison for clients wishing to apply for national financing and grant schemes within Spain. Alberto is a sport and music enthusiast and also likes to travel around the world.
CHARLOTTE LINDSEY
Business Development
& Marketing Manager
Charlotte is British and holds a Master in Management from IE Business School, with experience in analysing high-impact, innovative SMEs to help them identify smart funding opportunities and accelerate their growth-to-market strategy. At Evolution she has an outward client facing role to attract Spain's most innovative companies to Evolution, focusing on the E.U´s largest acceleration programmes, SME Instrument, as well as Managing the co-ordination of Marketing initiatives. She is tech geek and is inspired by the potential of impact investment as a force for progress.
DANIEL ATIENZA
Commercial Director
South Zone

Daniel holds a Degree in Business and Economics from the University of Navarra. He started his career in Banking where he filled various financial-related positions. In 2013 he decided enter the field of consulting and is currently the Commercial Director for the Spain, South Region (Andalucia, Extremadura and the Canaries). A cinema enthusiast, who loves to travel and take long walks with his two dogs, he is also an accomplished writer having won the Fernando Lara Award for one of his short stories.
INÉS ZAMARRO
CRM Manager

Inés holds a Joint Honours Degree in Business Administration and Management as well as Advertising and Public Relations. After finishing her studies, she has worked in different companies in administration and communication departments. Currently, her work at Evolution as CRM Manager consists of ensuring the integration of the internal management software, which is in a state of constant flux due to the rapid growth of the company. In her free time, Inés enjoys cinema, music or reading in the company of her family and friends.
JACOB HUBER
Head of Business Development, Europe and Israel & Director of Marketing and Business Strategy
Jacob is Swiss/American and began with an education ranging from chemistry, toxicology, and German to energy/environmental economics and policy. After having a variety of experiences in energy, sustainability, and innovation he completed an MBA in the top 20% of his class at IE Business School. He now continues his passion for bringing products and services to market by building partnerships and drawing pioneering clients to Evolution Europe’s commercialisation services. Living, studying, and working in seven countries and traveling throughout a further 40+ has made Jacob appreciate the power of diverse, multicultural environments and he is comfortable working in English, German, and Spanish.
JAIME TRAINOR
Head of Business Development
Spain


Jaime graduated in Industrial Engineering and completed his MBA at the IE Business School in Madrid. Over the last decade, he has worked in different technical and business fields related to the Aeronautics, Defence, Space and Railway sectors, developing innovative electronic devices in transportation applications all over the world. He is in charge of identifying new business opportunities and attracts innovative enterprises to Evolution. Jaime pursued an MBA to build a bridge between his highly technical background and the business principles, and now devotes himself to helping clients bring their innovative projects to the market. He has travelled to more than 30 different countries, finished an Ironman and around 40 triathlons and enjoys good food, wine, architecture, and playing guitar.
LOUIS ROMBOUTS
Business Development

Louis is Belgian with a Degree in Business Economics at the University of Antwerp and a Master in Management at the IE Business School. He specialises in the Belgian, Dutch and French markets, and his role is to identify innovative SMEs that can disrupt their industries and hopefully society. Louis acts a first contact point between SMEs/Start-ups and the evaluation team at Evolution to help them identify funding opportunities. Interested in disruptive innovation, entrepreneurship and sports and always inspiring to spearhead positive societal change.
PEDRO GARCÍA
Commercial Director
Castilla-La Mancha
Pedro García is an Agronomist, specialising in Agricultural Industries at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and then going on to complete his Executive M.B.A at the Centro de Estudios Financieros de Madrid. During the last 5 years he has taken on various Managerial Roles in Business Development in the field of R&D, having previously worked in technological sectors such as, Telecommunications, Consulting and Industry. Pedro is a goal-orientated individual, always striving to go above and beyond what is merely required in both his professional and private life.
PIERRE MORETTE
Business Development Manager

Pierre is French and began his undergraduate education with a Higher School Preparatory Classes of Sciences then opted for a degree in Economics (Université François Rabelais, Tours and Universidad de Sevilla) and continued with a Master's degree in "Management of European Affairs" (Université de Lille). During his time at University he was acting as Vice-President and Head of Partnerships for the Erasmus Student Network Lille to promote international mobility and to help international students. He is interested in positive impact technologies, and is responsible for building partnerships and draws pioneering clients to Evolution´s commercialisation services all over Europe, with a special focus on the francophone world. Pierre is comfortable working in French, English, and Spanish. Being a frequent traveller Pierre increased his capability for adaptation and open-mindedness. In short, Pierre is a bon vivant.
VICENT SIURANA
Commercial Director
Valencia
Vicent has a degree in Industrial Engineering at Polytechnic University of Valencia. He is skilled in many tasks related with R&D programmes, including Tax incentives, national programs and accessing other national Spanish funds. His expertise leans towards the manufacturing and energy industries, due to his specialisation in Energy Studies. Outside his office hours he loves to play rugby, or rather watching rugby games because he is not as fit as it was younger. Vicent likes to read whether it be fiction or historical novels.

CONTACT US

 

Head Office

Paseo de la Castellana, 184, 5ª planta. 28046. Madrid
+34 91 591 91 38

Regional Offices

Calle Colón 29, 4º Izq. 36201. Vigo. Galicia
Avenida Aragón, 8. 46021. Valencia

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