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European Innovation Council

EIC Corporate Partnership Programme

The European Innovation Council is open for new collaborations with the largest and most innovative Corporations in Europe.


What we offer

The European Innovation Council, which is about to organize an additional 31 activities between 2024 and 2026, is open for new collaborations with the largest and most innovative corporations in Europe.  

Corporations will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain access to a pipeline of over 6,000 pre-selected and EU-funded SMEs in Europe, covering all verticals including health, energy, green, digital, and deep tech:
  • Present their challenges and select  EIC companies to do business with. 

There are three different activity formats for the European Corporate Partnership Programme:  

  • EIC Corporate Days: Exclusive curated business acceleration service bridging the gap between EIC-funded innovators and large firms.
  • EIC Multi Corporate Days: Corporate Day that involves  several corporations focusing on sector-specific challenges and opportunities. 
  • Corporate Clients Capitalization: Business acceleration service where the corporations act as intermediaries, facilitating the access for EIC beneficiaries to their commercial networks. 

We are looking for large corporations with open innovation spirit, interested in integrating innovations coming from startups and scaleups directly into their business offering.

Join the programme


Criteria for the EIC Corporate Partnership Programme

In order to reach the highest impact for EIC awardees, the EIC looks specifically for: 

Size and reach: 

  • Largest corporations in Europe (cumulative criteria): 
  • More than 1bn EUR turnover. 
  • More than 1000 employees worldwide. 
  • Presence in at least 10 EU27 Member States. 
  • Investment in startups-scaleups. 

Alignment with EIC Portfolio: 

  • Focus on the EIC portfolio needs. Main topics: Health and Biotech, Energy and Sustainability, and Digital and ICT. 

Innovation and investment: 

  • Corporate investment and experience in “Open innovation” and Corporate Venture Capital (CVC). 

Before embarking on a collaboration, we ask corporations to agree with the EIC Corporate Partnership Programme Declaration of intent.

Please, watch the video EIC Corporate Partnership Programme-What’s in it for you?  to have better understanding of what the programme is and how it can help your business.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please contact us through the EIC Community’s contact page  with the subject 'EIC Corporate Partnership Programme'.