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News article30 May 2024European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency1 min read

EIC announces the reinforcement of the EIC Corporate Partnership Programme to promote collaboration with large corporations in Europe

Launch of the 3rd edition of EIC Corporate Partnership Programme #EUeic

The European Innovation Council (EIC) has just unveiled the launch of the third edition of the EIC Corporate Partnership Programme. Since its launch in 2017, the EIC Corporate Partnership Programme has become one of the most successful business actions of the EIC, supporting EIC-backed companies looking to scale by securing new customers and business partners.

The EIC will be supported by a consortium of partners led by Hello Tomorrow and including and EU-Startups to provide this acceleration service. The consortium has been selected through an open call for tenders

To date, more than 1 200 EIC-backed start-ups and scale-ups, together with over 2 500 high-level representatives from more than 100 large companies, took part in the programme, resulting in significant impacts on organisations, tracking progress, and closing deals, often within 6 months.

This new edition of the programme aims to arrange 31 business acceleration activities over the next two and a half years, substantially increasing the participation rate and the overall success rate of business created between EIC-funded companies and large companies in Europe.

The main improvements of the renewed programme are the expansion of the corporate partners, the dedicated deal-making support to facilitate business deals during, before, and after the events, and the integration of best practices in project, tasks, and data management.

The European Innovation Council is currently welcoming applications from largest and most innovative European companies interested in joining its dynamic ecosystem and willing to do business with the top-notch start-ups and scale-ups funded by the EIC. Under the Corporate Partnership Programme, the participants will benefit by accessing disruptive ideas and new emerging technologies that can significantly impact their business strategies.

More information on the EIC Corporate Partnership Programme and the application criteria is available here.