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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.
By turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities, Europe is striving to be the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. In this light, the European Innovation Council is giving all EIC beneficiaries the opportunity to participate in the very first European ‘Greenathon’: an ideation
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 European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services invites you to apply to an EIC Corporate Day on digitalization, taking place virtually on 26-30 April 2021. The event will bring together 11 different German innovation actors across many different sectors.
The European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services and LafargeHolcim invite you to apply to our joint EIC Corporate Day, taking place on 27 and 28 January 2021, a specially designed service to accelerate your business collaborating with the world’s global leader in building solutions.
On 21 April 2021, the EIC GHG Programme will be officially launched with an event that will outline its services. Discover how to register and don't miss our session!
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.
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.
The European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services invites all EIC Pathfinder-beneficiaries to participate in our brand-new exclusive Corporate Pathfinder-initiative. This is a great opportunity to work together with some of Europe’s largest corporates and speed up the development of your technology.
The EIC created a new Story 7 July 2021
The European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services and Merck invite you to apply to an EIC Corporate Day on 30 September 2021. Merck, the multinational Healthcare, Life Science and Electronics company, is looking for SMEs to share their love of science and passion for technology.
In autumn 2020, the EIC will organise three dedicated Hub Visits, to respectively Stockholm, Barcelona and Berlin. Applications for Barcelona are open now!
The European Innovation Council is organising a second ePitching to Procurers-session on COVID-19 on 17 November 2020. The goal is to connect public and private procurers from the health sector with EIC-funded companies providing medical supply and innovative technologies (e.g. tele-medicine, remote
The European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services and Indra invite you to apply to our joint EIC Corporate Day on 6 & 7 July 2021.
Discover the new EIC Greenhouse Gas (GHG) programme and share your input with us to make it the best we can!
On 10-11 November 2020 the EIC organised an Investor Day dedicated to the EU Green Deal, bringing together more than 100 active participants during the two days, out of which more than 40 investors.
The manifesto for environmental stewardship and action has shown how dependent we are on each other to achieve sustainable development and collective wellbeing. With this in mind, multiple European corporates, regions and industrial organizations are taking action to reduce their climate impact.
Within the framework of EIC Greenathon, the European Innovation Council launches a new series of roundtables named ‘Green Talks’: these short virtual sessions will bring together EIC-funded startups, corporates and experts on pressing environmental issues.
Just a few months ago you received an email saying that you’ve been accepted to the EIC Accelerator-programme. After the initial excitement of the (financial) support, you might be left with a few questions. Everything will be answered during the Virtual EIC Accelerator Coordinators’ Day in June.
The European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services and Anheuser-Busch InBev NV (AB InBev) invite you to apply to our joint EIC Corporate Day taking place on 24 & 25 June 2021.
The European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services and Mercedes-Benz invite you to apply to our joint EIC Corporate Day on 11 & 12 May 2021. This specially designed service is meant to gear up your collaboration with the German car maker and forge new partnerships.
The European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services celebrates the official kick-off of the Overseas Trade Fairs 2.0 Programme and invites you to submit your application for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2022. The trade fair will take place on 5-8 January 2022 in Las Vegas, USA.
The EIC created a new Story 14 April 2021
On 21 April 2021, the EIC GHG Programme will be officially launched with an event that will discuss the benefits of GHG reduction and outline the services of the programme.
October’s EIC ePitching with Investors brought together eight highly innovative EIC-backed SMEs with six investor firms to pitch on Fintech, Insurtech and Blockchain applications.
On 17 June 2021, the European Innovation Council (EIC) celebrated the official launch of the EIC Overseas Trade Fairs (OTF) 2.0 Programme.
The EIC created a new Story 30 October 2020
By turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities, Europe is striving to be the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. In this light, the European Innovation Council gave all EIC-beneficiaries the opportunity to participate in the very first European ‘Greenathon’
The European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services and Deutsche Bahn Group invite you to apply to our joint EIC Corporate Day on 29 June 2021. This specially designed service to accelerate your business collaborating with the Europe’s biggest railway infrastructure and mobility provider.
We are going to solidify the phrase “climate action is a business case” and aim to lower the carbon footprint of Europe’s most innovative startups and scaleups. On 2 July 2021, from 09.30-12.00(CEST), we will host an introductory webinar, covering the most important aspects of the EIC GHG programme.
The European Innovation Council (EIC) Business Acceleration Services celebrates the official kick-off of the Overseas Trade Fairs 2.0 Programme (OTF) and invites you to submit your application for Arab Health 2022.
The European Innovation Council is pleased to invite all eligible startups to participate in our monthly EIC ePitching with Investors. This edition will focus on semiconductors and quantum computing and will take place on 8 June 2021 at 1:00PM (CEST).  
August comes with great news as the deadlines for submitting applications for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2022 and Arab Health 2022 under the EIC Overseas Trade Fairs (OTF) Programme 2.0 have been extended!
The European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services and PKO Bank Polski invite you to apply for our joint EIC Corporate Day, a specially designed service to increase the possibilities to accelerate your business collaboration with PKO Bank Polski.
The European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services brings together four Dutch Corporate giants (Eneco, KPN, Rabobank and Unilever) and invites you to pitch your company and discover business opportunities with them in a dedicated online EIC Corporate Day next 29 and 30 June 2020.
This time last year AB inBev, the Belgian beer giant, co-hosted an EIC Corporate Day and opened the doors of their brewery for 32 EIC-innovators. Let’s take a look back at the event and see what inspirational stories and developments came from it.
The EIC Investor Day on Digitalisation of the European Industry, which took place on 23-24 March 2021, focused on innovative new services or products in the field of Enterprise Software, Artificial Intelligence, Internet-of-things & Cloud computing and Robotics.
One of the key components of the EIC GHG programme is the GHG tool which will offer a carbon footprint assessment and propose mitigation measures for your company. On 16 July 2021, from 09.30-11.00 (CEST), we will host an introductory webinar, presenting the tool.
Share your input in this survey! The EIC aspires to gain a better understanding of your current status quo regarding market expansion, and to analyse the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on such strategy. Your feedback will help shape the OTF 2.0 programme and tailor-fit it to your needs.
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.
The European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services and Saint-Gobain invite you to apply to our joint EIC Corporate Day on 10 March 2021.
On 3 and 4 June 2020 the European Innovation Council celebrated the launched of a brand-new initiative specifically focused on the EU Green Deal. The EIC Planet.tech brings together EIC-backed start-ups/scale-ups with four large corporates, namely AB inBev, DEME, Nestle and P&G, with the objective to develop a number of impactful Proof of Concepts (PoC).
After having visited the innovation scene in Stockholm and Barcelona, Berlin is the EIC’s last destination for this year. A great opportunity to get to know Berlin’s innovation ecosystem, meet with corporates, investors and accelerators and submerge yourself in Berlin’s unique business culture.
Every 9 May, Europe Day is marked in the calendars to celebrate peace and unity throughout Europe. In the light of this date and event, the EIC Community sat down with 5 EIC-funded innovators to discover how they see the Future of Europe.
Are you an EIC thinker who likes to dig into science, research or technology to address new problems? Or do you have a pressing challenge that requires the attention of innovative minds? We have good news for you: the new EIC Challenge Platform is ready and can help you with both scenarios.
Time to wrap up the 2020 EIC Procurement Innovation Programme and get a glimpse of what the new year will bring.
On 4 and 5 May 2021 the EIC Energy4Planet-iniatitive kicked off. In total 25 corporates and 21 EIC beneficiaries attended the kick-off meeting, respectively in the hopes of finding that new key piece of technology or partnership to scale up.
On the World Day of Social Justice, discover how 3 EIC-funded innovations are making a social impact.
On 27 and 28 January 2021, 14 EIC-beneficiaries and LafargeHolcim joined the European Innovation Council for the first EIC Corporate Day of 2021. Discover our event highlights here.
Last week, 3 and 4 June, saw the kick-off of yet another new EIC-initiative, Planet.tech, an event focused on EU Green Deal-challenges. The online session brought together 28 EIC-backed start-ups/scale-ups with four large corporates, namely AB InBEV, Deme, Nestle and P&G, with the objective to develop a number of Proof of Concepts (PoC) and enhance the cooperation between start-ups/scale-ups and large corporates.
To celebrate the 3rd International Day of Education, the EIC Community gathered 5 EIC EdTech innovations shaping the school’s future. From robotics and artificial intelligence to virtual reality, many technological advances are strengthening education thanks to innovation.
The EIC created a new Story 3 September 2021
Several inspiring EIC companies are taking the motto "climate action is a business case" to the next level. In this week’s edition, we meet with EP Tender, a French company whose goal is to contribute positively to the environment by manufacturing compact energy modules for electric vehicles.
On 30 November 2020 the European Innovation Council (EIC) and Amadeus, one of the leading technological providers for the travel industry, hosted an online EIC Corporate Day, bringing together 15 start-ups.
The EIC created a new Story 8 July 2020
On 29 and 30 June 33 EIC-beneficiaries went on a digital tour of the Netherlands during the EIC Corporate Day with Dutch giants. During the event, the SMEs matched up and explored business opportunities and collaborations with four of the Netherlands’ largest corporates: Eneco, KPN, Rabobank and Unilever.
The EIC created a new Story 14 September 2020
The European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services and Amadeus invite you to pitch your company and discover business opportunities during the EIC Corporate Day with Amadeus on 30 November 2020. Meet with top decision makers and experts from one of the leading technological providers for the travel industry. This engaging online event is an exclusive chance to accelerate your business.
They say ‘Third time’s the charm’, but for the European Innovation Council (EIC) and Saint-Gobain the match was there from day one. Saint-Gobain teamed up with the EIC on 10 March 2021 to bring yet another Corporate Day to realisation.
The EIC-funded company is battling the problem with the taste of tap water in a sustainable way: Tapp 2 is the worlds first smart biodegradable water filter.
Every month, during a Coffee Break, we dive into the stories of EIC innovators and get a glimpse of the persons behind the startups. Today's guest is Märt-Erik Martens, the co-founder and CEO of Estonian Gelatex.
The EIC created a new Story 30 August 2021
If greening the future is something that you want to be part of, you’ve come to the right place. Save the date: September 29, 2021, from 10:00 to 11:30 (CEST), we’ll host a webinar to explore the most important aspects and benefits of green electricity and how it can impact the planet positively.
The EIC Greenathon finished well over a month ago. The coming months we will be meeting up with EIC-beneficiaries and corporates alike, to discuss what’s in the pipeline for 2021.
The EIC created a new Story 13 May 2021
Every month, during a Coffee Break, we dive into the stories of EIC innovators and get a glimpse of the persons behind the start-ups. Our guest for today is Christian Rood, the co-founder and CEO of LeydenJar.
The EIC created a new Story 13 September 2021
Several inspiring EIC companies are taking the motto "climate action is a business case" to the next level. In this week’s edition, we meet with föra (föra forest technologies), a Spanish company that aims to protect the Earth’s forests by providing data-driven and actionable forest intelligence.
The EIC created a new Story 17 September 2021
If you find exploring this subject to be of the utmost importance and have a need to better understand the specificities of the GHG emissions inherent to it, you’ve come to the right place.
Every year, on 5 June, the World Environment Day is celebrated across the world to raise awareness on pressing environmental issues. To mark this date, we sat down with 3 EIC-funded entrepreneurs using innovation to restore the planet.
To help industries clean up their workplaces, the tech company Is CLEAN AIR Italia took their water-based air-purifying IoT system to new markets, and the innovation is now reducing air contaminants by more than 90% in multiple environments. Discover their Green Innovation in the EIC Community.
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.
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.
The EIC created a new Story 22 July 2021
The new European Innovation Council, launched in March 2021, celebrates its first Summit on 24-25 November 2021 in Brussels and online.
The EIC created a new Story 21 February 2020
On 19-20 February 2020, companies supported under the European Innovation Council (EIC)  had the opportunity to accelerate their business collaborating with AB InBev, the world’s leading brewer and one of Europe’s biggest food and drinks companies. AB InBev opened its doors to 32 SMEs to pitch and present their business cases at the group’s Global Innovation and Technology Center (GITEC) in its home city of Leuven, Belgium.
The European Innovation Council (EIC), in collaboration with BBVA and Ferrovial, organised an online Corporate Day on 26 and 27 May 2020, bringing together 19 EIC-backed SMEs with over 50 corporates representatives. The online Corporate Day was the second event of its kind to be organised this month and gave SMEs and corporate representatives the opportunity to find synergies and explore business opportunities and further collaborations.
The EIC created a new Story 9 July 2020
On 3 and 4 June 2020 the European Innovation Council celebrated the launched of a brand-new initiative specifically focused on the EU Green Deal. The EIC Planet.tech brings together EIC-backed start-ups/scale-ups with four large corporates, namely AB inBev, DEME, Nestle and P&G, with the objective to develop a number of impactful Proof of Concepts (PoC). Nicolas Verschelden, Head of Digital Innovation ABI Europe and Managing Partner Dream Tech alliance, a joint consortium of different tech-partners that co-innovate and co-invest together, goes deeper into AB InBev’s motivations for joining Planet.tech and what they are hoping to get out of it.
The online Data 4 Healthy Recovery Hackathon will take place from 18 - 20 June 2021 and will be dedicated to solving the most pressing smart health challenges proposed by European industry. The 15 April deadline is approaching. Don´t miss out and register here!
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.
The European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) hosts the 9th edition of the Cyber Investor Days, taking place on 15-16 June 2021 in Porto, Portugal, as a virtual event. This is an excellent opportunity for startups and SMEs working in the cybersecurity field.
The European Innovation Council is open for new collaborations with the largest and more innovative Corporations in Europe. To join the programme, please apply here.
New month, new ePitching with investors. February’s session was focused on Agritech and organised in partnership with EuroQuity – BPI France. Let’s discover the winner and impressions from the session.
On 26 to 30 April 2021, the European Innovation Council (EIC) in collaboration with the German Giants brought together 69 EIC-beneficiaries through a digital event. This event gave them the opportunity to bridge the gap with the 10 different innovation actors from Germany and explore new synergies.
The EIC created a new Story 20 October 2020
We took a closer look at 6 EIC tech startups working on new solutions in the sport industry.
After having digitally attended Stockholm’s innovation scene, the European Innovation Council continued its digitally journey all the way down south, to witness Barcelona’s innovation landscape first-hand. On 3 and 4 November, EIC-innovators had the chance to meet with Barcelona’s largest corporates
ABB Electrification’s Startup Challenge, in collaboration with Microsoft and SynerLeap, is scouting for startups. Applications are now being accepted, with three winners set to each receive $30,000 for project development.
The EIC created a new Story 21 July 2021
In this new series, we will discover what makes these corporates tick, what is their approach to innovation and what they are looking for. This month we are joined by David de Schutter, Global VP of GITEC, and Jacqueline Hochreiter, AB InBev’s Head of Sustainability Europe.
On 3 and 4 June 2020 the European Innovation Council (EIC) celebrated the launch of a brand-new initiative specifically focused on corporate engagement on the EU Green Deal: The EIC Planet.tech. With the support of the members of the EIC advisory board, Jim Snabe and Yousef Yousef, the EIC Planet.tech has brought together EIC-backed start-ups/scale-ups with four large corporates (AB InBev, DEME Group, Nestle and P&G) with the objective to develop a number of impactful Proof of Concepts (PoC).
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 24 August 2021
The European Innovation Council (EIC) regularly hosts EIC Corporate Days, matchmaking events between Europe's largest corporates and EIC beneficiaries. In this new series, we will discover what makes these corporates tick, what is their approach to innovation and what are they looking for.
The European Commission invites SMEs to express their views and opinions on the revision of the R&D and Specialisation Block Exemption Regulations.
The European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services and BBVA & Ferrovial invite you to apply for our joint EIC Corporate Day. BBVA, one of the leading financial institutions worldwide and Ferrovial, one of the world's leading developers of transport infrastructure and urban services, are looking for innovative SMEs in the areas of payment solutions, fintech, construction tech and mobility.
In this new series, we will discover what makes these corporates tick, what is their approach to innovation and what are they looking for. This month's guest is Michael Vormittag, Head of Innovation and Partnerships at Mercedes-Benz AG.
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 20 September 2021
In this article, you can get to know the success stories of 4 EIC-funded startups that are using big data concepts to promote innovation in the pharmaceutical, agriculture, food and real estate markets.
If your organisation has received funding under the EIC Pathfinder Programme and your project is accomplishing great things, we would like to disseminate and promote your achievements!
The EIC created a new Story 2 December 2019
European innovators were taking full advantage of partnering with L’Oréal in Paris, France. Twelve European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot funded companies took the chance to present their groundbreaking technologies within the cosmetics sector on 26-27 November 2019.
Our guest for today is Natalia Tomiyama, the co-founder of NÜWIEL. NÜWIEL provides innovative solutions to move goods in a sustainable and cost-efficient way. Find out more about Natalia’s story in July’s EIC Coffee Break article.
The European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services, together with Tchibo and Beiersdorf, invite you to apply for our joint EIC Corporate Day, a specially designed service to increase and accelerate your business collaborations. Beiersdorf, a global player in personal-care products, and Tchibo, one of Germany largest retail chains, are looking for innovative approaches to sustainable solutions, digital consumer experience/sales channels and non-food, among many other things.
In this new series, we will discover what makes these corporates tick, what is their approach to innovation and what are they looking for. Tobias Ruch, scouting & communication manager at DB mindbox – the startup hub of Deutsche Bahn Group - is representing DB mindbox in the following interview.
Every year on 1 August it is celebrated the World Wide Web Day. Here we have the perfect occasion to bring to light 3 EIC-funded companies that are taking action to enhance our online life and keep innovative minds sparkling together, no matter where they might be located.
On 15 December 2020 the European Innovation Council (EIC) virtually touched down in Berlin, the final stop of this year’s new series of EIC Innovation Hub Visits.
The investment is in the top five funding rounds of the cleantech sector in the EU this year and will further accelerate Skeleton's growth.
This year’s list of the top European startups to follow is an eclectic fusion of scaleups and creative startups that are gaining ground in the continent’s ecosystem.
Are you interested? Discover how the programme works and apply before 14th February.
The new investment round was led by the go-to quantum computing fund Quantonation and the Defense Innovation Fund, managed by Bpifrance.
The EIC created a new Story 3 November 2020
The EIT Hub Israel is announcing its first programme for European and Israeli start-ups. The Calling2Scale is a bootcamp and start-up competition offering globalisation support, practical tools and an international network to 12 highly motivated and disruptive Israeli and European start-ups.
The EIC created a new Story 10 December 2019
The European Innovation Council invites you to pitch your company and discover business opportunities with one of the largest fast-moving consumer goods companies in the world: Anheuser-Busch InBev. Meet with top ABInBev’s decision makers and network with like-minded innovators in this engaging, exclusive event designed to accelerate your business.
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!

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