Data-driven tools for supporting and improving the decision-making processes of investors for financing innovative SMEs (GA No 821518)

Funding Source
Total budget
Q-PLAN role
Contact person(s)

European Commission – Directorate General Research & Innovation
HORIZON 2020 – ”Innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises”
January 2019 – December 2021 (36 months)
2.998.500,00 €
Project Coordinator
Ms. Anastasia Matonaki – +30 2310 411 191,


InnoRate is set on deploying a trusted, objective and recognised service platform across the EU and AC to support and improve the decision-making processes of investors and lenders for vetting, prioritising and providing access to finance to innovative high growth potential SMEs.

The suite of digitally-enabled decision support tools and services provided through our platform are underpinned by well-customised innovation assessment and rating methodologies that go beyond the unsuitable, backward-looking and costly practices currently employed, so as to evaluate and signal the technological and business potential and risks of market-creating innovations, efficiently and cost-effectively.

To this end, we leverage semantic technology, existing data sources and in-depth human expertise, to minimise the time and resources (human and financial) required by investors and lenders in this respect, reducing knowledge / information asymmetries and ultimately risk premiums paid by innovative project managers. In doing so, our ambition is clearly to disrupt the largely risk-averse financial sector of the EU and AC, enhancing the innovation capacity of high growth technology sectors and SMEs, paving the way for drastical innovations to flourish and placing Europe in the forefront of the global innovation game. To put it simply, we want to bring innovation to finance and finance to innovation.


Q-PLAN responsibilities

  • Project management and coordination
  • Design and analysis of business models, elaboration of the InnoRate deployment plan for exploitation and sustainability as well as innovation management of the project
  • Elaboration of the overall operational plan that will guide the implementation of InnoRate’s pilot program along with an active role in the pilot activities of the project
  • Coordination and establishment of synergies with relevant initiatives and actions at regional, national and EU level