July 1, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

European Innovation Council Accelerator: Grant and equity funding for the most promising European SMEs

The EIC Accelerator (previously known as SME Instrument) is part of the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot that supports top-class innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and scientists with funding opportunities and acceleration services. Projects will receive between € 0.5 and € 2.5 million in the form of grants and the maximum of investment in the form of equity is € 15 million.

The EIC Accelerator supports high-risk, high-potential small and medium-sized enterprises and innovators to help them develop and bring onto the market new innovative products, services and business models that could drive economic growth. Selected companies receive funding and optional equity and are offered business coaching and mentoring to scale up their innovation idea. They get extra acceleration services to connect with investors, corporates and likeminded entrepreneurs.

Under EU programme Horizon 2020, the EIC Accelerator will support hundreds of European SMEs in introduction of their disruptive products and services in global markets. The final deadline for application is 07 October 2020.


For registrations please click HERE.


Welcome and introduction to TETRA project: NGI Business Accelerator 5 min
• TETRA services for NGI participants

EIC Accelerator: Grant and equity funding for disruptive innovation 25 min
Ivan FILUS, BIC Bratislava, Horizon 2020 National Contact Point and EIC Expert
• EIC Accelerator: How to take disruptive products and services to the market
• Target companies, eligible activities, evaluation process
• Results of previous calls and success stories
• Vision beyond 2021

What does it take to prepare an excellent project proposal: Evaluator’s view 10 min
Eva SIMEKOVA, CIVITTA Slovakia, EIC Accelerator evaluator
• Proposal evaluation in practice
• How to improve your chances to get funding
• Most common mistakes

Questions & Answers