Support for SMEs > Access to knowledge

Project / Programme Company type Finance type Type of instruments Amount Investment Focus Short description
DCFTA programmes
DCFTA Initiative East
Small, Medium, Midcaps, Others Technical assistance EUR 10 million for the region SMEs in selected Agri-Food Value Chains

The DCFTA Initiative provides advice and business support services to the agri-food sector, helping farmers and entrepreneurs to produce high value crops and quality products that can gain full access to the international market.

Regional programmes
Women in Business
Small, Medium, Large Business advice, Business diagnostic, Mentoring, Training Women-led businesses

Under the programme, the EBRD provides access to finance through credit lines to local banks dedicated to women-led SMEs, alongside business advice to help businesses become more competitive. The programme also offers trainingmentoring and other support.

EBRD Advice for Small Businesses
Small, Medium Advisory All SMEs

This programme provides entrepreneurs with access to the know-how to transform their businesses, providing consultancy services and advice in areas including strategymarketingoperationsquality managementenergy efficiencyfinancial management and more. 

Eastern Partnership: Ready to Trade - an EU4Business initiative
Small, Medium Technical assistance Export oriented SMEs

The project primarily supports the berries sector in Ukraine, focusing on the following product groups: fresh, processed and organic berries. Support is directed to helping companies access the EU market, through targeted capacity-building, advisory services and market access activities.

Bilateral programmes
FORBIZ – Creating better business environment
Small, Medium, Large Business and sector consultations, round table discussions All SMEs

Funded by the European Union within the framework of the FORBIZ project and the EU4Business initiative, the Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO) aims to simplify the process of doing business and to provide effective state regulation in key sectors of the economy. The BRDO also provides direct tools to support SMEs in the process of doing business.

EU4Business: Network of Business Support Centres in Ukraine
Small, Medium Advisory, Training All SMEs

Ukrainian SMEs are offered business advice services either through local consultants or international industry advisers, and training and workshops to support growth and export capacity. It addresses SMEs operating in all sectors, with a special focus on businesses from the selected sub-sectors: agriculture; food processing and packaging; tourism; innovation; ICT; manufacturing and professional services; logistics; fast moving consumer goods; and green economy.