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European Innovation Council (EIC) funding opportunities for space start-ups and SMEs

EIC Workshop on funding opportunities for space start-ups and SMEs

EIC Programme Manager for space, Stela Tkatchova in cooperation with European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) and European Commission's Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space (DEFIS) are co-organising a workshop, which will focus on the added-value of the EIC instruments with a deep dive on the EIC Accelerator: the funding opportunities, the benefits and lessons learnt by previous EIC winners in the area of space upstream and downstream. This event will also provide the opportunity to discuss the participation rules, the application and evaluation process and other details, allowing participants to raise their questions to the EIC experts.

Registration is required to join this event.

  • fund (EU) | space research
  • Wednesday 27 April 2022, 10:00 - 13:00 (CEST)


  1. 27 Apr 2022, 10:00 - 10:10 (CEST)
    Welcome from the EUSPA

    Fiammetta Diani, Head of Market Downstream and Innovation

  2. 10:10 - 10:20 (CEST)
    Welcome from the European Commission, DG DEFIS

    Guillaume De La Brosse, Head of Unit B.2 – Innovation, Start-ups and Economics

  3. 10:20 - 10:40 (CEST)
    Welcome and introduction to the European Innovation Council

    The disruptive space technology innovation mission and the setting-up of a space portfolio

    Stela Tkatchova, PhD, EIC Programme Manager for Space, EISMEA

  4. 10:40 - 11:15 (CEST)
    Deep dive on the EIC Accelerator

    What the Accelerator can offer, who can apply, the cut-off dates, selection process, the cut-off dates, hints and tips for a successful application

    Cornelius Schmaltz, PhD, Head of Unit EIC Accelerator, EISMEA 

  5. 11:15 - 11:30 (CEST)
  6. 11:30 - 12:30 (CEST)
    Experience from EIC winners

    Case 1: E.T.PACK project (Gonzalo Sánchez-Arriaga, Associate Professor, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)

    Case 2: CropCloud project (Nils Helset, CEO, DigFarm)

  7. 12:30 - 12:45 (CEST)
  8. 12:45 - 13:00 (CEST)
    Closing remarks

Practical information

Wednesday 27 April 2022, 10:00 - 13:00 (CEST)