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Business Acceleration Services

EIC support goes far beyond funding. It provides to the EIC top-notch innovators with access to a range of tailor-made high-quality Business Acceleration Services (BAS) helping the scaling up and commercialization of the EIC innovations.

Business Acceleration Services

Under Horizon Europe, at the EIC we strive to ensure that financial support is only the beginning of your journey as an EIC beneficiary, with mechanisms available to bring your innovations  to the market and grow your business. As an EIC-supported startup or innovator, you can benefit from access to a range of tailor-made EIC Business Acceleration Services (BAS) available at any stage of development of your activities and of the EIC research and innovation cycle. 

Who can benefit from these services?

  • EIC Awardees from the EIC Accelerator (SME Instrument included), EIC Transition and EIC Pathfinder (FET Active and FET Open included) funding schemes 
  • Women TechEU awardees (implemented under the ‘European Innovation Ecosystems
  • Members of the EIC Scaling Club 
  • As an EIC Accelerator applicant invited to prepare a full proposal (successfully passed Step 1), you can benefit from 3 days of remote coaching, and get support with the preparation of the full proposal (Step 2 application). 
  • Some of the services are also available to companies receiving the Seal of Excellence (under Horizon Europe) as well as to innovators and companies coming from other European or national initiatives that have entered into a specific agreement with the EIC.

The EIC BAS have no expiration date. Even if your project has ended, you are eligible to apply to our services. 

EIC Community platform

Our Business Acceleration Services are either developed directly by the EIC or provided through the EIC Ecosystem Partners, and you can access them through the EIC Community Platform. This innovation hub gathers all researchers and entrepreneurs supported by the EIC and connects them with coaches, national contact points, corporates, investors, procurers, EIC staff and other stakeholders with the potential to elevate their business.

EIC Community platform

Access global partners and innovation ecosystems and apply to Business Acceleration Services. Visit the platform and get started today with your EU Login credentials.

What services are available?

The EIC Business Acceleration Services are structured around three main pillars providing you with access to all that is needed to boost your growth: 

  • Contracts
  • Contacts 
  • Skills

A. Contracts

Your presence at the EIC is your gateway to matching activities with large corporations, investors, procurers and business partners. In 2021-2023 alone, our programmes led to a total of 103 deals, and EUR 50 million expected turnover generated from trade fairs. 

Discover our programmes providing you with access to contracts and boost your business: 

  • EIC Corporate Partnership Programme: Scale up your business by establishing valuable business collaborations with the largest corporations in Europe
  • EIC Innovation Procurement Programme: Enhance your access to market opportunities and procurement markets at the European and global levels.
  • EIC International Trade Fairs Programme: Promote your commercialisation strategy in foreign markets and leverage business opportunities at the most popular trade fairs across the world.
  • EIC Scaling Club: Join an exclusive community of 100+ European high-growth deep-tech champions and their partners.
  • EIC Next Generation Innovation Talents: Take your innovations beyond the invention stages and develop your entrepreneurial mindset.
  • EIC Soft-landing programme: Expand your business into some of the most innovative hubs in the world supported by local experts and without taking your attention away from their main operations at home. 

B. Contacts

As an EIC-supported researcher, innovator or entrepreneur, you can benefit from access to a wide ecosystem network comprising: 

  • 1,000+ corporates, investors and public buyers
  • 600+ coaches and mentors 
  • 140+ Ecosystem partners 
  • 100+ experts across areas such as intellectual property, regulation and venture building 

Discover our programmes providing you with access to contacts: 

C. Skills

As an EIC-supported researcher, innovator or entrepreneurs, you can enjoy free access to tailor-made coaching, mentoring, expertise and training delivered by specialised providers and adapted to your innovation stage.

Discover our programmes to advance your business skills and take over leadership positions: 

  • EIC Coaching Programme: Receive coaching and training tailored to your specific needs, starting as early as the stage of proposal preparation (step 2). 
  • EIC Community Programme: Connect with partners and boost your skills with peer-learning workshops and tailor-made training activities.
  • EIC Tech to Market Programme: Accelerate your science-startup project and transition from lab to market through specialised support and Design Thinking methodologies. 
  • EIC Women Leadership Programme: Strengthen your entrepreneurial skills and expand your network among female leaders with the support of a personal mentor and business coach.

Work with us

The European Innovation Council is open for new collaborations with other business enablers. Check our open calls:







Coming soon 

  • Soft-landing week in USA Q4 2024
  • Gitex New technologies, Dubai (UAE), October 2024
  • Medica Health & Medical care, Dusseldorf (Germany), November 2024


An overview of all past events can be found on the EIC Community Platform

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European Night Reception: Networking event, Europe's excellence, European top innovators; Tuesday, 4 June 2024, #EUatBIO2024
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