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EIC Accelerator

Funding and investments through the EIC Fund for individual start-ups and small companies to develop and scale up game changing innovations


The EIC Accelerator supports individual Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), in particular Startups and spinout companies to develop and scaleup game-changing innovations. In some cases small mid-caps (up to 500 employees) are supported.

The EIC Accelerator provides substantial financial support with:

  • grant funding (non-dilutive) of up to €2.5 million for innovation development costs,
  • investments (direct equity investments) of up to €15 million managed by the EIC Fund for scale up and other relevant costs.

In addition, EIC selected companies receive coaching, mentoring, access to investors and corporates, and many other opportunities as part of the EIC community.

The EIC welcomes applications from innovators in all EU Member States and countries associated to the Horizon Europe programme. It particularly welcomes applications from startups and SMEs with female CEOs.


Funding opportunities

EIC work programme
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You can apply for EIC Accelerator funding at any time through the EIC platform. You will need a video pitch, a slide deck and respond to a short set of questions about your innovation and your team.

You will normally receive feedback within 4 weeks. If your application meets the basic criteria for EIC Accelerator funding, you will be invited to prepare a full application to submit to one of the periodic cut-off dates for Accelerator Open or Accelerator Challenge funding.

Your full application will be assessed by our experts against the full criteria for EIC Accelerator funding. If your application meets all of the criteria, will be invited to the face to face interviews with an EIC jury as the final step in the selection process.

Applications that meet all the criteria at the remote evaluation stage and are assessed positively by the EIC jury but not recommended for funding, will be awarded a Seal of Excellence to help them secure funding from other sources. Companies with a Seal of Excellence can also get support from EIC Business Acceleration Services. To be eligible for a Seal of Excellence you must give consent to sharing some basic information about your application with other funding and support organisations.

    Cut off dates

    The cut-off dates for 2021 (for both Accelerator Open and Accelerator challenges) are:

    • Wednesday 16 June, 2021
    • Wednesday 6 October, 2021

    The interviews dates for 2021are:

    • 22 - 30 November 2021

    Due to a delay in the adoption of the EIC work programme 2022, there will be no EIC Accelerator cut-off date in January as originally foreseen. As soon as information on the next EIC Accelerator cut-off date is available, it will be published on the this website and shared through our social media channels.

    EIC Accelerator calls


    Remote experts & jury members

    In EIC Accelerator proposals are assessed by independent evaluators with different profiles.

    All experts are carefully chosen to guarantee that each proposal is evaluated by professionals with the adequate technology and/or sector expertise, as well as business and finance competence. 

    In the first two stages of the selection process, proposals are evaluated by remote experts. Later on, the projects are assessed by the EIC jury members. 

    List of EIC jury members

    Support for applicants

    All steps and procedures you need to follow once you decided to apply.

    Answers to the frequently asked questions.

    Latest statistics: EIC Accelerator June cut-off results

    innovative companies
    89 %
    receive blended finance
    companies led by female CEOs
    €627 million
    allocated budget
    €414 million
    equity investment

    EIC Accelerator news

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