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Greening agriculture is one of the main challenges in the fight against climate change. In line with the European Green Deal, the European Commission adopted a comprehensive new Biodiversity Strategy to bring nature back into our lives and a Farm to Fork Strategy for a healthy and environmentally friendly food system. Many pesticides and antibiotics are being banned to ensure healthier food, boost organic farming and privilege the use of eco-friendly solutions. Founded in 2018, the EIC-funded innovation developed by Agrosustain is a good example working on this domain. The Swiss start-up is trying to reduce food waste and promote sustainable agriculture with natural solutions for pest management.
For the very first time, the European Innovation Council organised the Coordinators’ Day virtually, meeting the companies funded by the EIC under Phase 2 in an online session. The purpose was to gather the EIC coordinators from the recently awarded projects, get familiar with the project management procedures and discover more in-depth the Business Acceleration Services.
A new Pathfinder project called WatchPlant develops novel biotechnology systems for in-situ monitoring.
The Polish National Center for Research and Development is inviting interested bidders to submit offers for two pre-commercial procurements, about renewable energy-based heating plant of the future and solutions for more effective electricity storage.
Registration for the first stakeholder conference of the Blue Bioeconomy Forum on 7th December in Amsterdam, is now OPEN !
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The Director General of DG Environment will lead a company mission to boost Circular Economy in Singapore and Malaysia on 5 - 12 June 2019. During the mission, there will be several business meetings including B2B between companies that will provide to businesses and investors the opportunity to identify cooperation, technology exchanges and business opportunities. Apply now.
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European Innovation Council pilot's funded company Signinum Inovação, through XpectralTEK, has developed a multispectral imaging technology that allows to control pests and anticipate diseases in the vineyards. The technology is now being tested with Vinho Verde producers from the Minho region of Portugal.
The European Innovation Council pilot's funded company InnovaFeed, specialized in the production of insect proteins, announced to have completed a round of 40 million euros, the majority in the form of capital, led by a group of investors by Creadev, the Mulliez family's fund, and Temasek, the Singaporean investment giant. These follow the historical shareholders of the company, including Accuracy partners and Olivier Duha, co-founder of Webhelp, in a total of over 55 M€ secured in 2018
The blog Valuer has curated a list of the top European AgTech startups utilizing data to ensure the future of food production is in the safety of technologically equipped growers hands. This selection includes the EU-funded companies Connecterra and Pollenity and presents SMEs that are reimagining the future of food production.
The EIC created a new Story 28 November 2019
Scaling a company further is unforeseen on solving a number of challenges – most of those being common across all organisations out there. 96 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from 20 countries gathered to share their experiences during the EIC Accelerator Welcome Day. Some of them lost the fear of the camera and, during a small interview, shared with us their innovative approach, as well as current challenges they are facing in the industry. Here is our video with Rainmaker.
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 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.
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.
Since 2018, 3 June is known as the first official ‘World Bicycle Day’ to encourage the multiple environmental benefits of using bicycles for transport and leisure. Two days later, on 5 June, the World Environment Day takes place. To celebrate both dates, the EIC Community gathered three green Innovations that promote one of the most sustainable modes of transportation: cycling. From an ABS system for e-bikes to a GPS navigation specialised on urban mobility, here are 3 EIC cycling innovations that can change your experience on two wheels.
Every year millions of tons of plastic waste end up on our streets, in our rivers and covering our forests. A large part of this waste comes from packaging. The plastic bags we use, for only a few minutes, can last as long as 15 to 1,000 years in the environment and, according to a recent study, people could be ingesting or inhaling approximately 5 grams of plastic every week. The Finnish start-up Paptic Ltd, founded in 2015, addresses this environmental challenge with a sustainable alternative to plastic films. Paptic material has all the advantages of plastic - it's versatile, reusable, light-weight, soft, but it's made of renewable raw materials and it’s recyclable.
Within the EIC Business Acceleration Services, the European Commission launched a new open call for tenders for the EIC GHG Programme. This call shall result in a service contract to support beneficiaries in creating and adapting products and services to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Can you help to build this bridge towards a carbon neutral Europe? Apply here until 21 September 2020!
On 4th March 2021, the "Research Meets Industry" event will bring together the best European researchers and spinoffs working on future technologies in the Energy and Environment field. If you are a company or VC working in Energy, Chemistry, Battery and automotive, this call is for you.
The EIC created a new Story 16 July 2018
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The project MASLOWATEN won the “best pitch” competition at EASME's “Promoting market-ready water innovations – Investors’ café”, an event dedicated to exploitation, investment and market uptake of eco-innovative solutions in water and circular economy. The project is dealing with the market uptake of an innovative irrigation solution based on low water energy consumption.
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The European Innovation Council pilot and Sonae are promoting a networking event for companies working on solutions for a sustainable future for the food business. The event will take place in Lisbon on 21 and 22 November. Applications are open until 30 August.

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