The European Union (EU) offers support to R&D projects in the current 2014-2020 funding period in form of its "Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020." With a budget of more than EUR 77 billion Horizon 2020 is the world's largest funding program for research and innovation.
Start-ups and technology companies are often financed by a high degree of equity capital. However, equity capital also represents an efficient method of business activity financing for companies from the classical industry sectors. In Germany, equity capital from public sources is available from a number of different investor channels.