Skip to main content
European Innovation Council
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 (see Investments 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 - Companies selected for blended finance
(767.56 KB - PDF)
EIC Investment Guidelines
(797.21 KB - PDF)


Would you like to co-invest alongside the EIC Fund?

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. 


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.