The EIC Ecosystem Partnerships and Co-Investment Support programme is expanding the EIC Business Acceleration Services by addressing two of the greatest challenges for its innovators: accessing specialized sector-focused services and attracting private investors.
What does this programme offer?
By forging new strategic partnerships with key actors, such as Business Accelerators, Incubators and Research and Training Organizations, the EIC helps its beneficiaries access their resources, facilities and expertise, so that no individual need is left unaddressed.
On the co-investment front, beneficiaries will be supported and trained to make the most of their interactions with investors and matched with the most relevant ones, both through events and direct introductions.
The EIC’s Business Acceleration Services already provide its community with access to coaches, mentors, expertise, business partners and training. Within this programme, the goal is to partner up with organizations capable of addressing highly individualized EIC beneficiaries, with services such as:
- Workshops or matching processes on topics that aren’t covered by BAS.
- Highly specific, niche services, such as the usage of specific laboratory equipment or technological due-diligence, and even relocation services and IPO coaching.
- Integration into partner accelerators, incubators, or venture builders, according to the particular stage and specificities of the project.
Organizations may apply to become EIC Partners at any time.
Why partner up with the EIC?
Partnering up with the EIC is a chance to showcase and pilot your services to EIC-funded companies, including some of the most promising startups in Europe.
The organisations partnering up with the EIC include:
Private venture builders, accelerators and incubators.
Public regional or national innovation organisations or accelerators.
Technology parks, research infrastructures and other research and technology organisations.
Other service providers and corporate accelerators.
As an EIC Partner, you can also learn about new funding or business opportunities for the existing portfolio and start forging potential follow-up deals. These partnerships are win-win arrangements to boost local innovation ecosystems.
SSince most EIC innovators are working on New Deeptech, ICT, Health, Environment, Energy, Space and Defence technologies, organisations working in these verticals are particularly encouraged to apply. You can read more about the needs of EIC beneficiaries and discover which services are most relevant to these innovators in the EIC Portfolio and Needs Analysis Report.
EIC Service Catalogue
EIC beneficiaries can apply for the services of the EIC Partners via the EIC Service Catalogue, availabe on the EIC Community Platform, in the members only area (log in required).
This searchable catalogue gathers all the service offers from the EIC Partners. By filtering the options according to project stage, service category and date, EIC beneficiaries are able to find the service that best fits their needs and access the application form.
The decision to retain or withdraw services from the EIC Service Catalogue will be solely made by the EIC and EIC Contractor, unless a formal request to remove the service is made by the EIC Partners.
Whether investor ready or a long way from bringing the project to the market, the EIC wants to support each beneficiary’s fundraising journey.
Under the Co-Investment Support activities, EIC innovators will:
- Access investors onboarded into the EIC Co-Investment platform.
- Receive support in drafting business plans, financial estimates and investor deck storylines.
- Be matched with qualified investors, focused on the relevant industry and stage, both through events and direct introductions.
Drawing private financing for high risk and highly innovative projects is not easy. But backing EIC innovators will give investors the chance to access a large directory of promising projects supported by the EIC, and find the best opportunities, at the right time.
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