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EIC Fund and Investment opportunities

Equity finance to start-ups and SMEs. Pro-active approach to co-investing with other investors & providing a pipeline of attractive opportunities.

The EIC Fund

The EIC Fund provides equity from €0.5m to €15m to breakthrough innovation companies selected for EIC Accelerator blended finance support (grant and equity).

The EIC Fund is a unique entity owned by the European Commission and established to make direct equity investments in companies.

The EIC Fund

  • Provides patient capital in the form of equity or quasi-equity (which may also be blended with a grant component) to SMEs and start-ups selected through the highly competitive and rigorous EIC Accelerator. 
  • Bridges the funding gap for start-ups with seed capital to series B financing, where market entry is at most in a pilot phase to prepare the scaling up of breakthrough European innovations.
  • Aims to crowd in other investors, further sharing risks by building a large network of capital providers and strategic partners suitable for co-investments and follow on funding
  • Has an investment strategy that covers all areas of technology including in particular health, green and digital. It aims at achieving  “impact” and crowding in other investors. 
  • Provides Investment Guidelines.

EIC Fund Equity Investments beneficiaries (companies selected for blended finance)

The EIC Fund Board of Directors decide on the equity financing for innovators, following a thorough evaluation by external experts and a due diligence process overseen by the Investment Committee.

The European Investment Bank is advisor to the EIC.

EIC Fund - Investment Guidelines
(806.09 KB - PDF)
EIC Fund - Companies selected for blended finance
(767.56 KB - PDF)


Become an investment partner

Are you a private investor seeking to invest in future breakthrough innovation, together with the European Innovation Council (EIC)?

The EIC Fund provides a single point of access to an aggregated (Europe wide) deal flow of relevant investment opportunities.The EIC Fund offers companies for co-investment which

  • are selected by means of a competitive process where highest potential companies are selected
  • are granted an EU innovation subsidy of up to €2.5m with 2-year term and for which implementation monitoring is ongoing
  • are subject to due diligence (ongoing or finalised)
  • are part or will be part of a continuous business acceleration process to improve their investment readiness.

Co-investing in companies carefully selected by the European Innovation Council (EIC) is a great investment opportunity as well as an opportunity to support breakthrough, market-creating innovations across Europe and beyond. Under the pilot phase of the EIC Accelerator, a total of 293 start-ups and SMEs are set to receive both a grant and a direct equity investment to support their scale-up. 

EIC Fund Call for Expression of Interest

The recruitment procedure is closed now. 


Contact the EIC Fund at

Should you be interested in accessing the EIC Fund co-investment platform and discover the EIC companies, please fill in this form in EU Survey.