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News article10 February 2022European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency2 min read

Business Acceleration Services programme: Ecosystem Partnership and Co-investment support

Are you looking for support to step up your innovation game? Share your input with the EIC and help us shape new partnerships!

Less than a year after its official launch, the European Innovation Council’s (EIC) unique approach to identifying and scaling up Europe’s game changing innovation has already created a vibrant community. Now, the EIC is inviting its beneficiaries to elaborate on their need for specialised support through a survey for Pathfinder/Transition and Accelerator beneficiaries. The results will contribute to the implementation of the new Ecosystem Partnerships and Co-Investment Support programme.

The Ecosystem Partnerships and Co-Investment Support initiative will help EIC beneficiaries access the services and resources of the EIC’s network of sector-specialised partners and attract private capital along with EIC funding.

Through new strategic partnerships with key actors, such as Business Accelerators, Incubators and Research and Training Organizations, the EIC will help you access the services, facilities, and resources you need to scale up your business and attract further investment.

As a part of the EIC Community, you can help us help you!

In order to match our beneficiaries with the best partners and help you scale up your projects and companies, we would like to learn about your experience. We count on your feedback and suggestions to tailor this new programme to your needs!

If you’re a Pathfinder/Transition beneficiary, share your views here!

If you’re an Accelerator beneficiary, fill the survey here!

The survey will remain open until 15 March 2022.

By taking part in this survey, you are helping the EIC foster a thriving, interconnected innovation ecosystem in Europe. We hope this programme will open many exciting opportunities to our beneficiaries. Let’s take your project to the next level together!

Background on the Ecosystem Partnerships and Co-investment Support Programme

Launched as a pilot in 2018, the fully-fledged EIC has been operating since March 2021, under the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2021-2027 of Horizon Europe.

As a part of Pillar III, ‘Innovative Europe’ the EIC is engaged in the mission to boost Europe’s innovation ecosystems. The goal is to reinforce close cross-border collaboration between multiple actors, including academia, the public sector, industry, and individual entrepreneurs, in order to make the best use of Europe’s scientific excellence and industrial prowess and accelerate innovation.

Currently, the EIC contributes to this mission through its funding instruments and through the Business Acceleration Services (BAS), including coaching, mentoring, and matching, available to its beneficiaries. This new initiative will build on its current features to create a network of specialized sector-focused partners that can help innovators access the services they need and facilitate their interactions with investors.

Discover the EIC funding opportunities and Business Acceleration Services Global offer here.


Publication date
10 February 2022
European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency