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EIC pilot funded company Kunak Technologies SL installed today its first air quality device at Stade Louis II in Monaco. The company will provide six more devices that will be installed on athletics tracks around the world in the coming months as part of a pilot programme designed to highlight the need for clean air.
On 11 February 2020, International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Commissioner Gabriel launched the 7th edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators. Applications are now open until Tuesday 21 April at 17:00 CET (Brussels time). If you think you have what it takes to become the next EU Woman Innovator, don’t miss your chance and apply now.
On March 3rd a limited number of EIC-backed up SMEs will have the chance to show their innovative solutions in the aerospace sector.
The EIC created a new Story 25 February 2020
Here are the selected SMEs that will participate in our aerospace e-pitching session, on 3 March 2020, from 12:00 to 1:30 pm (CET).
The EIC created a new Story 5 March 2020
The e-pitching session in partnership with ESA gathered six companies supported by the European Innovation Council. The EIC-backed SME’s pitched their innovative ideas on Aerospace via webcam to an expert jury consisted out of representatives from Luxembourg Space Agency, NewSpace Capital, Barcamper Ventures, Mitsui, CosmiCapital & Safran.
Are you an EIC beneficiary? Is your project eco-friendly? Then you could join the 1000 solutions initiative and get the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label! The European Commission is contributing to the #1000solutions by proposing funded innovative projects. If you are interested, don’t miss this unique opportunity and apply here!
Lights, camera, action! The largest and most important cinema trade show in Europe is back, from 22 to 25 June, in Barcelona. CineEurope 2020 is expecting 3.500 industry representatives from distribution and exhibition to technology and concessions. Apply here if you want to break into Europe’s major exhibitors’ convention and present your products in the EU-supported stand at CineEurope 2020.
The EIC-funded company Quaternium broke its own World Record of flight endurance with the drone inspired by hybrid cars from the automotive industry.
The EIC and EBAN are pleased to invite all eligible startups to participate in our fifth joint EIC/EBAN eHealth Scaleup of the Month Webinar - an initiative designed to give visibility to the best EIC companies that are raising follow-on investments to scale. This edition will focus on eHealth companies and will take place on 29 April 2020, 1 pm CET - so mark your calendars already!
Are you an EIC beneficiary with a technology that could help in treating the Coronavirus outbreak? A researcher or perhaps a SME with a ground-breaking close-to-market idea to help tackle the virus? The European Innovation Council invites you to join our group ‘EIC Solutions to fight COVID-19’. Even from a distance, innovators can stay together and empower solutions to overcome this challenge.
The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) is launching a fast-track call for proposals on the development of therapeutics and diagnostics to tackle current and future Coronavirus outbreaks. The call has a budget of EUR 45 million from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The funding can support projects of organisations such as universities and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The past five years were the five hottest years since record-keeping began in 1880. It has become clear that the current Global Warming is caused by greenhouse gases emissions like carbon dioxide and methane. And the burning of fossil fuels by industries is the main contributor to this. But Carbon Clean Solutions Ltd. is reducing industrial CO2 emissions with an innovative technology. The company is of one of the few startups in the world specialised in carbon capture.
The European Commission is launching an initiative to collect ideas about deployable Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics solutions as well as information on other initiatives that could help face the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Business is booming in the area of “nature-based solutions” and this includes early-stage impactful startups, but also mature companies that are using nature to create sustainable solutions for societal challenges. The project Connecting Nature is trying to explore this enormous potential by leveraging sustainable connections in this domain. Do you have a nature-based innovation? This survey can give you the right feedback!
On 8 April 2020 12.00-1.30 pm (CET) six EIC-backed SMEs will have the chance to show their Agritech solutions during our EIC ePitching session. They will be pitching to investors from BayWa r.e. Energy Ventures GmbH, Capagro, Céréa Partenaire and KnowledgeHub.
The EIC created a new Story 6 April 2020
The European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services is launching its Planet.tech challenge: a great opportunity to enhance your cooperation with large corporates and co-create innovative solutions to a number of pre-determined challenges related to the European Green Deal. ENEL is investing in sustainability and playing an important rule to support Europe’s energy transition. With Planet.tech, you can now join forces with the multinational energy company and boost innovation in clean energy together.
Last week the European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services launched its Planet.tech challenge, a new initiative under its Corporate Partnership Programme. In the upcoming days, we will highlight the different challenges and introduce you to the corporates involved. First up is Nestlé. The Swiss multinational food and drink company is going green, clean and committed to ensure a healthier future. This week Nestlé added new challenges to Planet.Tech. Do you want to know more? It’s time to feed your curiosity.
The EIC created a new Story 6 April 2020
We are all now spending more time online with tools that make remote work possible. Physical events are shifting to virtual events and the European Innovation Council is also adapting to more online formats. Tomorrow on 7 April 2020, from 14h00 to 17h30, an exclusive group of EIC-funded beneficiaries will gather in an online training event with a business coach to explore the full process of fundraising, present their case studies and get immediate peer to peer feedback. Discover below some of the companies who will attend the event.
The EIC created a new Story 3 April 2020
The whole world is currently dealing with a novel coronavirus pandemic and we all want to try to understand what the future may hold. Using computer-based models would allow us to keep up with the spread and evolution of the pandemic.
Maurizio Aiello is an innovator, the CEO of the biotechnology company, React4life that helps scientists in the field of cancer research. He has been involved in several EU-funded projects: B2B, a Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) project and MOOD, which benefited from the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator. In this interview, Maurizio talks about his career path, the challenges that start-up companies are facing with and his personal experience about how bold ideas can be turn into reality by the help of the European Commission in order to improve therapeutic methods and the life expectancy of oncologic patients.
The EIC created a new Story 7 April 2020
Pathfinder and Accelerator are two funding schemes proposed by the Enhanced European Innovation Council (EIC). How do these funding schemes go together?
On 15 April 2020 12.00-2.00 pm (CET) seven EIC-funded SMEs will pitch their COVID-related innovations to investors from Capricorn Ventures, Clinical Research Ventures, Diffusion Capital Partners, the European Investment Bank, Idacapital, Illumina Ventures, Panakes Partners and Monte Carlo Capital.
On 7 April, EIC beneficiaries were introduced to the full process of fundraising during the EIC’s first ever online Community Event. The event was focused on the best ways of finding potential investors, communicating and pitching, and understanding negotiation tactics and terms and conditions. The online training, led by EIC business coach Martin Theyer, combined the suitability of different types of funding to companies in different sectors, stages of growth and market readiness.
On 8 April 2020 EIC-backed SMEs had the chance to show their Agritech solutions during a dedicated EIC ePitching session with investors.
The EIC created a new Story 10 April 2020
The European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services and AB InBev invite you to participate in our brand-new Planet.tech challenge. Concerned about reducing its impact on the environment, the world’s leading brewer is picking up the pace of its sustainable development. This is a great opportunity to enhance your cooperation with AB InBev and co-create innovative solutions to a number of pre-determined challenges related to the European Green Deal.
The EIC created a new Story 14 April 2020
The European Innovation Council pilot Business Acceleration Services and Bpifrance – EuroQuity organised the first EIC Investor Day of 2020. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak the physical event was rendered into an all-digital event with separate ePitching-sessions.
The European Commission is hosting a hackathon to develop innovative solutions to overcome COVID-19 related challenges. On 24, 25 and 26 of April you can bring your ideas to the table & connect with others to find innovative solutions in health, business, education, social, digital and other spheres. The registration is now open! Join the #EUvsVirus hackathon before 19 April and don’t miss the chance to help tackle coronavirus.
Have you recently received funding under the European Innovation Council and you would like to know more on how to apply to EIC Corporate Days? Or perhaps you have attended EIC Corporate Days before, but did not gain any traction? The European Innovation Council (EIC) Business Acceleration Services invite you to apply for this online Community session. In this EIC Community Talk, former participants of EIC Corporate Days that previously had follow-ups or business deals will share their experience and answer any questions you may have on how to get through the selection procedure and ultimately do business with corporates.
The EIC created a new Story 15 April 2020
The European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services and P&G invite you to participate in our brand-new Planet.tech challenge. In an effort to address the world’s most pressing environmental challenges, P&G is focused on green goals in specific areas. With Planet.tech, you can now team up with the consumer products giant and co-create innovative solutions to a number of pre-determined challenges related to the European Green Deal.
Women-owned businesses are on the rise, with innovations that announce an encouraging change. But this doesn’t mean that female entrepreneurs have stopped facing obstacles altogether. When it comes to winning funding for a start-up or assume leadership positions in the VC space, women are still under-represented and facing clear hurdles. Despite this unfavourable climate, many female projects are starting off on the right foot and achieving equal success as male entrepreneurs. The TOP 50 Europe’s most influential Women in the Start-up and VC Space is listing some of these players and includes 4 influential women from the EIC ecosystem. Discover here who is on the heels of innovation.
The EIC created a new Story 16 April 2020
The European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services and Veolia invite you to participate in our brand-new Planet.tech challenge. Veolia is leading a deep-rooted change towards adopting the circular, low-carbon economy through its mission ‘Resourcing the world’. With Planet.tech challenge, you can join forces with the multinational company and co-create innovative solutions to a number of pre-determined challenges related to the European Green Deal.
The EIC created a new Story 17 April 2020
The European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services and DEME invite you to participate in our brand-new Planet.tech challenge. DEME is committed to being a sustainable, safe and global dredging, environmental and marine engineering solutions provider that benefits people and the planet. This is a great opportunity to enhance your cooperation with DEME and co-create innovative solutions to a number of pre-determined challenges related to the European Green Deal.
The European Innovation Council is organising to a special ePitching session with Procurers on 30 April 2020. This session will be dedicated to connecting public and private procurers from the health sector with EIC-funded companies providing medical supply solutions and innovative biotechnologies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
InvestHorizon's next webinar will take place on 23 April at 11AM CET. This webinar is for anyone seeking practical tips to finance their company's growth. An insightful session to learn how to prepare your start-up to scale up. If you are interested in joining this session, register here!
The new Coronavirus outbreak made clear that there is not enough stockpiled medical equipment like masks, gowns and gloves to fulfil the need of the world's health care systems, as hospitals deal with the pandemic. Several EIC projects have useful solutions to improve protective measures and hospital’s devices. Here are 5 EIC companies with innovative medical equipment that can help the fight against COVID-19.
The COVID-19 outbreak and its fast spread has catalysed the development of novel treatments, drugs and vaccines. Biotech start-ups and researchers have been exploring ways to handle diseases that can be produced by this family of viruses. Discover the EIC beneficiaries that are developing new treatments, drug platforms and products on this domain, from research and testing, to commercial release.
European start-ups and researchers are working closely with hospitals and government entities to accelerate innovation and technology as the virus continues to spread in different countries. Here are 5 EIC projects exploring already the fight against the contagion phenomena with data, AI and high-tech.
The EIC created a new Story 22 April 2020
22 April 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the annual celebration of the environmental movement. According to the official Earth Day site, the theme for this year's Earth Day is climate action. The mission is to encourage individuals and organisations around the world to continue moving towards innovation to face the climate crisis and seize the enormous opportunities of a zero-carbon future. But while this day is a 24-h celebration, many start-ups spend the entire year going green, with innovating projects to accomplish this goal. Discover here 3 EIC Green Innovations that are doing their part to honour Earth Day every day.
To complement hackathons taking place at global and member state level, the European Commission - in close collaboration with EU member states – will host a pan-European hackathon to connect civil society, innovators, partners and buyers across Europe to develop innovative solutions to coronavirus. The #EUvsVirus Hackathon will start tomorrow and continue on 25 and 26 April. Don't miss the opportunity and register today!
On 29 April 2020 1.00-2.30 pm (CET) the European Innovation Council (EIC) and the European Business Angel Network (EBAN) will jointly host an ePitching session with Investors on eHealth. Five EIC-funded SMEs will pitch their innovations to representatives from Business Region Göteborg, Lincs, Peppermint Ventures, Rockies Impact Fund Sciety, Entrepreneurship Advisor Maria Hala and Seed Investor Stephan Roecker.
Tomorrow, on 28 April, the European Innovation Council will host the first Community Talk. The online session will fuel EIC beneficiaries’ ability to network, trade ideas and solve challenges related with Corporate Days. Curious about this new format? Look no further!
The EIC created a new Story 29 April 2020
On 28 April, the European Innovation Council hosted their very first EIC Community Talk. In this ‘Ask me anything’ session, 16 EIC-funded SMEs had the chance to interact and receive advice on EIC Corporate Days from two former participants.
The EIC created a new Story 29 April 2020
The European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services and Roche invite you to apply for our joint EIC Corporate Day Online, a specially designed service to increase and accelerate your business collaborations with Roche, the pharmaceutical giant.
For the past couple of years the EIC and EBAN are working together on numerous occasions to bring you the EIC/EBAN ePitching with Investors. On 29 April 2020 the 5th edition was held, this time around the topic of eHealth.
The European Innovation Council brought together over 50 public and private procurers, five European corporates and more than 20 EIC-backed SMEs during the first EIC ePitching with Procurers, a dedicated session on COVID19-solutions. The procurers, public as well as private-sector, and the SMEs had the opportunity to pitch their needs and respective solutions followed by a vote on who pitched the most innovative solutions. Eyecontrol and RESPINOR went home with the prize in their respective pitching-sessions.
A total of 117 innovative solutions to tackle the coronavirus have been selected as winners of the European Innovation Council-led #EUvsVirus Hackathon. The event, which involved over 380 volunteers, 2,400 mentors and over 800 partners, brought together over 20,900 participants from 141 different nationalities, as well as different areas of expertise and backgrounds.
Janny van den Eijnden-van Raaij, the managing director of hDMT (Institute for Human Organ and Disease Model Technologies) tells us more about how Organ-on-Chip technology can mimic human physiology and the project ORCHID (ORgan-on-Chip In Development)funded by the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) program.
On 14 May 2020 12.00-1.30 pm (CET) the European Innovation Council (EIC) will host their 7th ‘ePitching with Investors’ of the year. This month’s session will revolve around Mobility & Transport, with seven EIC-funded SMEs gearing up to pitch their innovations. Investors from Earlybird, Munich Venture Partners, Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH, Siemens Venture Capital, InMotion Ventures, Maniv Mobility and WBX Ventures will attend the session and pick their favourite.
Can a blockchain innovation build paperless offices across businesses and organisations? The British-Polish fintech Billon Group says yes. The company provides a Blockchain Platform powered by distributed ledger technology (DLT), based on a new type of architecture storing full documents entirely in the blockchain.
The European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services launches its brand-new exclusive Planet.tech challenge. This is a great opportunity for EIC SMEs to enhance cooperation with large corporates and co-create innovative solutions to a number of pre-determined challenges related to the European Green Deal, the European Commission roadmap to make EU’s economy sustainable.

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