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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.
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.
With a success rate nearly 5 times the European average and more than 10 years of international experience, Evolution Europe raises European grants to benefit our clients every year. Over 61% of our customers have received funds thanks to our advice and efforts on their behalf.
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.
Evolution Europe manages over 40 innovative projects every year, dealing with a wide variety of technologies and market applications related to the challenges addressed by Horizon 2020 - including Science, Environment, Energy, Transportation, Health and other Industrial Technologies. We work with projects including consortia of European enterprises in order to increase the impact and reduce time to market for our client’s products.



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.
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.



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.
As part of the Horizon 2020 programme, the European Commission selects potentially disruptive businesses to invest in and support as part of the SME Instrument. SMEs with a strong growth potential and the ambition to become world-market leaders could receive up to €2.5 million (up to €5 million for health projects) in funding, and world-class business support and mentoring.
We are looking for high growth, exceptionally innovative SMEs with global ambitions. You should be actively investing in innovation and looking to grow.
Projects at the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 or higher (technology demonstration) have the best chances of receiving funding.
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.



    • Phase 1


      • 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
      • Technical and Economic viability
      • Innovation Strategy
      • Market Study and Partner Search
      • Investment Analysis Maximizing ROI
      • Intellectual Property Management
    • Phase 2


      • 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
      • Development
      • Prototyping
      • Testing
      • Piloting
      • Miniaturization
      • Scaling-up
      • Market Replication
      • >
    • Phase 3


      • 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



Initial Stage

Document identifying your business idea/prototype, describing your idea, and justifying the innovativeness of the product/solution proposed, drivers and barriers, and identification of current solutions or alternatives available. Current state-of-the-art and investment needed.
Evaluation of the business opportunity generated and European dimension addressed by the proposed solution. Identification of the problem to be solved by the product/solution as well as the projected exploitation results.
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.
Writing of a proposal that addresses the project’s excellence; 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 and the rest of related administrative activities through the European Commission Participant Portal.


Phase 1

Once the European Commission has evaluated Phase 1 proposal, an Evaluation Summary Report is provided to indicate final score, eligibility and if the project is finally granted, a legal document shall be signed and 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.
Our role consists in the writing of a more extended Phase 2 proposal addressing project management along the project time frame, 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.
The European Commission starts releasing payment of the grant. A first payment is made at the start of the project, another after 12 months, and the final payment is granted at the end of the second year (24 months). The EC will be monitoring the execution of 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.



SMEInst-02-2016-2017 Accelerating the uptake of nanotechnologies advanced materials or advanced manufacturing and processing technologies by SMEs.
Specific Challenge : Research results should be taken up by industry, harvesting the hitherto untapped potential of nanotechnologies, advanced materials and advanced manufacturing and processing technologies. The goal is to create added value by creatively combining existing research results with other necessary elements, to transfer results across sectors where applicable, to accelerate innovation and eventually create profit or other benefits. The research should bring the technology and production to industrial readiness and maturity for commercialisation after the project.
SMEInst-01-2016-2017 Open Disruptive Innovation Scheme
Specific Challenge : The challenge is to provide support to a large set of high risk innovative Startups and SMEs in the ICT sector. Focus will be on companies proposing disruptive ICT concepts, products and services applying new sets of rules, values and models which ultimately create new markets (e.g. by tackling non consumption) or disrupt existing markets.
The objective of the ODI is threefold:
  • Nurture promising innovative and disruptive ideas;
  • Support their prototyping, validation and demonstration in real world conditions
  • Help for wider deployment or market uptake
Proposed projects should have a potential for disruptive innovation and fast market up-take. In particular it will be interesting for entrepreneurs and young innovative SMEs, including start-ups that are looking for swift support to their innovative ideas.
SMEInst – 13 – 2016/2017: Engaging SMEs in security research and development.
Specific Challenge :To engage small and medium enterprises in innovation activities in the domain of security, especially those not traditionally involved in it, and reduce as much as possible the entry barriers to SMEs for Horizon 2020 funding.
The actions under this topic should cover any aspect of the Specific Programme for "secure societies - protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens" (Horizon 2020 Framework programme and Specific programme):
  • Fighting crime, illegal trafficking and terrorism, including understanding and tackling terrorist ideas and beliefs
  • Protecting and improving the resilience of critical infrastructures, supply chains and transport modes
  • Strengthening security through border management
  • Improving cyber security
  • Increasing Europe’s resilience to crises and disasters
  • Ensuring privacy and freedom, including in the Internet, and enhancing the societal legal and ethical understanding of all areas of security, risk and management
  • Enhancing standardisation and interoperability of systems, including for emergency purposes
  • Supporting the Union’s external security policies, including through conflict prevention and peace-building
SMEInst-12-2016-2017 New business models for inclusive, innovative and reflective societies.
Specific Challenge :SMEs, including social enterprises and cultural actors, can build their growth on business model innovation, taking into account new opportunities arising from servitisation, from individual empowerment, from a more collaborative economy, from opening up government data and services and from the pervasive use of new technologies. A change of paradigm from ownership to access, from individual consumption to shared functionalities can be applied in several sectors benefiting from digital technologies and ensuring more sustainable lifestyles to EU citizens particularly in cities. A similar paradigm shift is happening in the relationship between government, citizens and businesses, where societal actors take on a more proactive role in the design and delivery of public services. One of the main challenges is to attract business to use public platforms to create more value as current business models do not adequately exploit the benefits of participation and collaboration with government. New ways of creating, producing, consuming, using, educating, learning, caring, moving and living are emerging in European cities. New ways of exploiting tangible and intangible cultural heritage are made possible. News ways of creating innovative public services, using open data and open public services provide new business opportunities. SMEs developing and adapting new business models play a key role in these transformations. The specific challenge addressed by this topic is to enable SMEs in traditional and new sectors, collaborative economy and creative sectors, cultural heritage and the social economy as well as collaborative public service creation to innovate and grow across traditional boundaries, through new business models and organisational change.
SMEInst-11-2016-2017 Boosting the potential of small businesses in the areas of climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials.
Specific Challenge : Innovative SMEs have been recognised as being able to become the engine of the green economy and to facilitate the transition to a resource efficient, climate-smart circular economy. They can play an important role in helping the EU to exit from the economic crises and in job creation. The potential of commercialising innovative solutions from SMEs is however hindered by several barriers including the absence of the proof of concept, the difficulty to access risk finance, the lack of prototyping, insufficient scale-up studies, etc. Growth therefore needs to be stimulated by increasing the levels of innovation in SMEs, covering their different innovation needs over the whole innovation cycle.
Innovative SMEs should be supported and guided to reach and accelerate their full green growth potential. This topic is targeted at all types of eco-innovative SMEs in all areas addressing the climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials challenge – including but not restricted to the 2016-2017 strategic priorities of systemic eco-innovation and circular economy, nature-based solutions, climate services, sustainable supply of raw materials, harnessing GEOSS Earth observation data, cultural heritage for sustainable growth, and water – focusing on SMEs showing a strong ambition to develop, grow and internationalise. All kinds of promising ideas, products, processes, services and business models, notably across sectors and disciplines, for commercialisation both in a business-to-business (B2B) and a business-to-customer (B2C) context, are welcome.
SMEInst-10-2016-2017 Small business innovation research for Transport and Smart Cities Mobility.
Specific Challenge :The European transport sector must have the capacity to deliver the best products and services, in a time and cost efficient manner, in order to preserve its leadership and create new jobs, as well as to tackle the environmental and mobility defies. The role of SMEs to meet these challenges in all the areas of the Transport Specific Programme7 is critical as they are key players in the supply chains. Enhancing the involvement of weaker players in innovation activities as well as facilitating the start-up and emergence of new high-tech SMEs is of paramount importance.
SMEs are pivotal for delivering the innovations needed for greater sustainable and smarter mobility, better accessibility and logistics serving business and citizens, and thus higher economic growth, in a context where the majority of population lives in urban and urbanised areas. Actions to develop new services, products, processes, technologies, systems and combinations thereof that contribute to achieving the European transport and mobility goals defined in the 2011 Transport White Paper could be particularly suited for this call.
SMEInst-09-2016-2017 Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for a low carbon and efficient energy system.
Specific Challenge : SMEs play a crucial role in developing resource-efficient, cost-effective and affordable technology solutions to decarbonise and make more efficient the energy system in a sustainable way. They are expected to strongly contribute to one or a combination of more than one of the challenges outlined in the legal base of the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge ‘Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy’[1], in particular with regard to:
  • Reducing energy consumption and carbon footprint by smart and sustainable use (including energy-efficient products and services as well as ‘Smart Cities and Communities’)
  • Low-cost, low-carbon electricity supply (including renewable energy as well as CCS and re-use)
  • Alternative fuels and mobile energy sources
  • A single, smart European electricity grid
  • New knowledge and technologies
  • Robust decision making and public engagement
SMEInst-08-2016-2017 Supporting SMEs efforts for the development - deployment and market replication of innovative solutions for blue growth.
Specific Challenge :The potential of Europe’s Oceans, seas and coasts is significant for job and growth creation if the appropriate investments in research and innovation are made. SMEs contribution to the development of the 'Blue Growth Strategy' (COM (2012) 494) can be significant in particular in the fields of marine biotechnology, fisheries, marine and fresh water aquaculture (including production and processing of feed and food). However, one of the most important barriers for the development of innovative maritime economic activities is the lack of access to finance for SMEs to develop high-potential, but high-risk innovative ideas and to bring them close to market. The SME instrument offers financial support to SMEs with an EU dimension to put forward their most innovative ideas in the previously mentioned maritime and aquaculture/fisheries sectors with a particular focus on close-to-market solutions and potential for high growth and internationalisation.
SMEInst-07-2016-2017 Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for sustainable and competitive agriculture, forestry, agri-food and bio-based sectors.
Specific Challenge : SMEs can play a crucial role in developing resource-efficient and cost-effective solutions to secure sufficient supplies of safe, healthy and high quality food and other bio-based products, by developing productive, sustainable and resource-efficient primary production systems, fostering related ec system service and the recovery fo biological diversity, alongside competitive and low-carbon supply, processing and marketing chains. Actions under this topic are expected to contribute to one or a combination of several challenges addressed by Societal Challenge 2 of Horizon 2020 with regard to terrestrial resources (i.e. 2.1 ‘Sustainable agriculture and forestry’ 2.2 ‘Sustainable and competitive agri-food sector for a safe and healthy diet’ and 2.4 ‘Sustainable and competitive bio-based industries and supporting the development of a European bioeconomy’). Particular attention should be given to :
  • Advancing innovations in Integrated Pest Management
  • Resource-efficient eco-innovative food production and processing
  • Reduction of food losses and waste on farm and along the value-chain
  • Creating added value from waste and by-products generated on farm and along the value-chain
SMEInst-06-2016-2017 Accelerating market introduction of ICT solutions for Health, Well-Being and Ageing Well.
Specific Challenge : The challenge is to help overcome the current gaps in exploitation of promising research results in ICT for Health, Well-being and Ageing well and to stimulate increased availability and market uptake of relevant ICT products and services. This concerns both interoperable and secure eHealth4 solutions for consumers and institutional healthcare delivery building on standards and new ICT solutions and innovation ecosystems for ageing well building on open software platforms 5 , in order to deliver new and more efficient care to European citizens and respond to new market opportunities for SMEs.
Particular attention should be given to potential for disruptive innovation and fast market uptake in ICT for health, wellbeing and ageing well. In particular it will be interesting for SMEs and young companies that are looking for swift support to their innovative ideas.
SMEInst-05-2016-2017 Supporting innovative SMEs in the healthcare biotechnology sector
Specific Challenge : The healthcare biotechnology sector offers huge business and commercial opportunities; however it also requires heavy and risky investments which are often lacking in Europe, hampering the development of the industry.
The challenge includes either:
  • Cell technologies in medical applications (all phase 1 and phase 2 deadlines in 2016 and 2017)
    Cell technologies include cell manufacturing (culture, multiplication, scale-up and automation), preservation, banking and transport; identification, cell sorting and delivery, imaging, tracking, process and quality control; genetic engineering and gene editing; production of therapeutic biomolecules. The medical applications of cell technologies include diagnostics and biosensors; cell and gene therapy, tissue engineering, bio-artificial organs, hematology, immunotherapy, and vaccine and antibody production; predictive toxicology, synthetic biology, and modeling development and disease processes.
    However, the diversity, complexity and variability of living cells pose challenges for bringing safe, reliable, regulatory-compliant and cost-effective products to the market and to the patient. SMEs developing cell-based products and processes have limited financial resources to take the critical steps to move from proof of concept to practical application while at the same time addressing considerations such as scale-up/scale-out, automation, logistics, regulatory pathways and business models. Particular attention should be given to dialogue with regulators and compliance with safety and regulatory requirements, such as those pertaining to cell procurement, GMP, ethics, clinical trials, ATMPs and medical devices.
    The challenge addresses cells from any eukaryotic source though their eventual application must be to human medicine.
  • Clinical research for the validation of biomarkers and/or diagnostic medical devices (only at the first cut-off date in 2017 and for phase 2 applications - phasing out of the topic PHC-12-2014/2015 introduced in the Work Programme 2014-2015)
    Biomarkers are used in clinical practice to indicate both normal and pathological conditions. They are also used for predictive or prognostic purposes. They are being used increasingly in medicine and many potential new biomarkers are proposed every year. However, only a few of these have been validated for clinical use. To achieve validation a robust analytical method is required and a link to a pertinent clinical process or endpoint needs to be demonstrated.
    This validation process should provide evidence for high analytical value, appropriate sensitivity and specificity, and clinical validity. Particular attention should be given to validation of biomarkers with potential for rapid uptake into clinical practice. Both in vivo and in vitro potential biomarkers are eligible. Priority is given to the validation of disease-related biomarkers (i.e. diagnostic, susceptibility/risk, monitoring and prognostic biomarkers). Validation of the clinical performance of new diagnostic devices can also be supported, either in combination with the biomarker validation or against existing standards.
SMEInst-04-2016-2017 Engaging SMEs in space research and development.
Specific Challenge : To engage small and medium enterprises in space research and development, especially those not traditionally involved in it and reduce as much as possible the entry barriers to SMEs for Horizon 2020 funding. The actions under this topic could cover any aspect of the Specific Programme for Space (Horizon 2020 Framework programme and Specific programme). However, it is considered that actions in the areas of applications, especially in connection to the flagship programmes Galileo and Copernicus, spinning-in (i.e. application of terrestrial solutions to challenges in space) and the development of certain critical technologies could be adequately suited for this call.
SMEInst-03-2016-2017 Dedicated support to biotechnology SMEs closing the gap from lab to marke.
Specific Challenge : The large numbers of SMEs characterising the EU industrial biotechnology sector are playing a crucial role in the move to competitive and sustainable biotechnology-based processes. These SMEs are characterised by their research intensity and long lead times between early technological development and market introduction. They therefore need to be supported to overcome the so-called “valley of death”. SMEs working in the field of industrial biotechnology and ideas/concepts involving the use of systems and/or synthetic biology are particularly invited to apply for funding.




"The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones. "
John Maynard Keynes
"Creativity is contagious. Pass it on."
Albert Einstein
"When we engage in what we are naturally suited to do, our work takes on the quality of play and it is play that stimulates creativity."
Linda Naiman
"Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up."
Pablo Picasso
"Healthy curiosity is a great key in innovation."
Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
"Do not get obsolete like an old technology, keep innovating yourself."
Sukant Ratnakar
"Creating a better future requires creativity in the present."
Matthew Goldfinger
"The stone age didn’t end because they ran out of stones."



facts and numbers


years in


meet the team




Jose 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 Europe, 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 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.
R&D Product Manager


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.


Pedro has a degree in Business Management and Administration from the Sorbonne University in Paris and he is in possession 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 start-ups, 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 Europe. 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 and take his bike into the mountains or enter races.
Project Manager 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. She launched her marketing career in the music industry and has planned and analysed campaigns for national and international artists, and organized press conferences and annual sales meetings and is now in charge of Evolution Europe’s marketing activities. Due to her extroverted character she enjoys contact with clients to understand their needs and provide the highest level of service. Paloma has a variety of interests outside the office, most often cultivating her passion for music and travel.
Administration Office Specialist


Eva completed a degree in General Management and Finance and has been developing her professional career in the R&D and innovation consultancy industry, managing the administrative tasks for national and international projects as well as the Horizon 2020 programme. She provides excellent supervision during all phases of the innovative projects at Evolution Europe regarding accounting, fiscal and legal policies. Eva enjoys being a part of the Evolution Europe team as this implies always looking to the future to see what is in demand, and what can be offered to clients as a result of Evolution’s perpetual innovation. 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 - the most important thing in life.
Business Development Manager


Jaime graduated in Industrial Engineering and completed his MBA at IE Business School. 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 Europe. Jaime pursued an MBA to build a bridge between his highly technical background and the business principles that allow him to help client’s innovations enter 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.
R&D Consultant


Laura has a degree in Food Sciences and Technology at Complutense University of Madrid. She has been involved in R&D activities regarding the food industry in the Tax Relief Department at Evolution Europe. She has wide expertise in Poultry Farming, Enology, and products processed from fruit and vegetables and leverages her creativity to support innovative companies in these industries. Laura appreciates the enriching contact with a variety of clients in the food industry at Evolution Europe, the opportunity to constantly learn through this contact, and bonding with coworkers over lunch. Outside of office hours she can be found painting, watching documentaries, playing video games, and taking walks.
R&D Product Manager


Víctor graduated in Chemical Engineering. For more than 6 years he has worked in 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, Eurostarts, Life Programme). Victor is responsible for coordinating the European project department at Evolution Europe 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 Europe. Outside of work he enjoys a variety of sports, socializing and gastronomy.
Project Manager


Jaime has a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the Complutense University of Madrid. He gained a CONSOLIDER-INGENIO fellowship related to antibiotic synthesis in the field of medical applications, and has participated in a wide range of research projects and published over 15 articles in scientific journals and a number of dissemination reports. He is now in charge of the technical and economic components of proposals at Evolution Europe and has developed a broad number of feasibility studies and proposals related to nanotech, biotech, health, energy, transportation and environment. Jaime is motivated by the wide variety of industries he is exposed to at Evolution Europe and the chance to deepen his knowledge with each new project. Outside of the office he can be found cycling, hiking and climbing in the mountains in winter, and both watching and playing basketball.
Project Manager


Pilar completed a PhD in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry at the Welsh School of Pharmacy, Cardiff University, in UK. During more than 10 years as Senior Scientist within a public institution (Instituto de Química Médica, CSIC, Madrid) and the Biotech-Pharma Industry, she has gained expertise leading R&D in Medicinal Chemistry 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, retains 6 international patents and supervises the preparation of H2020 proposals at Evolution Europe related to biotech, health, transportation and environment. Pilar is highly motivated to broaden her knowledge and gain expertise in innovative biotechnological proposals in the European Project Department at Evolution Europe where she contributes great enthusiasm to each project for the highest level of quality and maximum chance of success. Outside of work she enjoys traveling, practicing outdoor sports (running, cycling, and playing paddle) and going to the cinema.
R&D Consultant


Isabel completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carlos III University in Madrid. Since 2012, she works in R&D activities at Evolution Europe in order to certify tax deductions to national clients related to industrial processes, manufacturing, advanced materials and instrumentation. Isabel enjoys the variety of new themes she deals with in each project and with each new client as well as the opportunity to learn about new processes and industries in each case. In her free time, she can be found reading, enjoy TV series, and spending time with friends.
Strategic Business Analyst


Sergio graduated in Business Administration and has a Master’s degree in Retail: Sales, Logistics and Negotiation from Paris Dauphine University. With more than 12 years of professional experience, he has mainly worked as Marketing Product Manager for mobile B2B and B2C solutions in the Telecom sector (Vodafone and Orange) and has participated in Business Development for other consulting services. He has worked and lived in 4 European countries and thus has a high level of Spanish, English, French and Italian. He is responsible for helping Evolution Europe’s business and client growth through sales and marketing assessment and new acquisitions. Innovative, committed to his job, decisive, enterprising, and motivated to lead challenging projects, he has passion for traveling the world and sports and is always open to new acquaintances and collaborations.
R&D Consultant


Elena has a degree in Chemical Science from the Autonoma University of Madrid. She has worked at the Spanish Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) in material sciences and researching new types of porous materials. Since 2015, she has been involved in the Tax Relief Department, developing R&D project reports related to vegetable processing, beverages, enology or poultry, along with a variety of other topics. She enjoys contact with the wide variety of companies that are clients of Evolution and the chance to learn about a variety of industries and the way they apply and develop new technologies, products, and services. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with friends.
R&D Consultant


Sara completed a degree in Biology at the Complutense University of Madrid, specializing in neurobiology and sanitary biology, and has a Master’s degree in Immunology Research at the same University, with Master’s thesis work order on complement receptor CR3 signalling in macrophages. She spent one year in the laboratory of experimental Pneumology at the Jiménez Díaz Foundation, investigating the reversal of COPD in murine models. At the end of 2015 she entered the world of consulting, where she specializes in R&D tax deductions within the area of biomedicine with experience in multiple areas including assisted reproduction, oncology, pulmonology, neurology, imaging techniques, etc. She is proud of Evolution Europe’s level of commitment to both its clients and employees and exemplifies this commitment in her own work. Inside and outside of work Sara is committed to the environment and she enjoys painting as well as all types of arts and crafts in her free time.
Business Development Manager


Jacob is Swiss/American and began his education with a Bachelor’s degree (Oregon State University) focused on Chemistry, Toxicology, and German and continued with an MSc. (Free University Amsterdam) focused on environmental economics and policy, later pursuing further studies in the technical and economic aspects of energy systems (MIT-Portugal/University of Porto). 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. Following this experience, he worked as an independent consultant advising startups and SMEs on strategy, and coaching founders and individuals – helping them think critically to reach their goals. 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. Outside of work he enjoys cycling, world travel, reading, gastronomy, organizing virtual “critical thinking” discussion groups in his side project the Macro Forum, and takes every opportunity to meet new people and foster the innovation ecosystem.
Business Development Manager


Filippo is an economist and consultant with over ten years of experience. He graduated in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan and completed his MBA at IE Business School in Madrid. His expertise is mainly in the energy and sustainability sector, thanks to his assignments at the Italian TSO and in a top advisory firm, where he developed economic models and tools for energy deployment and infrastructure in the EUMENA area, with focus on Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. Before this, he worked in the Netherlands for a top oil upstream service company and in KPMG as a transfer pricing consultant. He has experience in dealing successfully with cross-functional local/global teams and diversity. Within Evolution Europe, Filippo enjoys helping SMEs in meeting EU best practices and in achieving their corporate objectives. Filippo is fond of hiking, the mountains, fine art, and exotic cultures.




“Evolution è stata la chiave di successo che ci ha consentito di superare tutte le valutazioni ed ottenere il finanziamento europeo nell'ambito di una call for SME Phase 1 "BEEP-WATER". Sono altamente professionali e ricettivi delle nostre caratteristiche ed esigenze; lavorare con loro è stato un piacere”.
“Evolution has been our key success allowing us to pass all the EU's evaluation and access to the funding of a EU call for SME Phase 1 "BEEP-WATER". They are higly professional and able to understand our skills and needs; has been a real pleasure working with them.”
“Zurekin harremanetan jartzen naiz zure enpresaren esfortzu eta ardura eskertzeko. Zehazki,Europar Batasuneko SME Instrument Programaren 1.go fasea eskuratzen laguntzeagatik eta 2.fasearen idazketagatik.”
General Manager BAIWIND, SPAIN
“Por la presente quiero agradecer el esfuerzo y dedicación de Evolution Europe, y en concreto las personas que, han colaborado con nosotros en la obtención de la fase I del Programa SME Instrument de la UE, y están redactando la presentación de la fase II.”
General Manager BAIWIND, SPAIN
“Il team di Evolution Europe e stato bravissimo nel guidare tutto il processo di preparazione e presentazione della nostra richiesta di finanziamento di Phase I del SME Instrument del programma H2020. La loro leadership, capacità tecnica ed esperienza nel preparare la offerta e stato particularmente efficiente e ci ha permesso di ottenere il finanziamento con uno sforzo molto contenuto.”
General Manager TAITUS, ITALY
“El equipo Evolution Europe ha hecho un gran trabajo en la elaboración y presentación de nuestra solicitud de financiación para la Fase I del SME instrument del programa H2020. Su liderazgo, capacidad técnica y experiencia en la elaboración de la oferta ha sido particularmente eficiente y nos ha permitido obtener la financiación con un esfuerzo limitado.”
General Manager TAITUS, ITALY
“Evolution Europe team did a great job in guiding the entire process of preparation and presentation of our request for funding for Phase I of the SME instrument in the H2020 programme frame. Their leadership, technical capacity and experience in preparing the bid was particularly efficient and allowed us to obtain financing with a very limited effort from our side.”
General Manager TAITUS, ITALY
“La confianza y flexibilidad que nos han transmitido así como el conocimiento del proceso para conseguir financiación europea para SME han sido de vital ayuda y suponen el punto de apoyo imprescindible para conseguir los objetivos marcados presentes y futuros.”
Director Financiero TECSELOR, SPAIN


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