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Story 24 October 2022

Call for Partnerships: Become an EIC Partner

Call for Partnerships: Become an EIC Partner
Rita Catalao

The European Innovation Council (EIC) is announcing the second cut-off date for its Call for Partnerships under the EIC Ecosystem Partnerships and Co-investment Support Programme. Accelerators, incubators, research and technology institutions and other European Innovation Ecosystem organisations, are invited to apply before 14 December 2022. Don’t miss this chance to target your services at EIC startups and projects and gain access to a vibrant community of innovators and technologies!


With more than 210 applications received so far and the results of the first selection process soon to be announced, the EIC is once again inviting ecosystem organizations to apply for its Call for Partnerships.

This is an opportunity for interested stakeholders to provide EIC beneficiaries with tailor-made offers and business acceleration services. EIC Partners will gain access to the almost 7000 companies in the EIC Community, which span a wide range of fields and innovation areas and target different regions of Europe and associated countries. By helping the EIC in its mission to spread excellence in the European innovation ecosystem, the EIC Partners will also boost their visibility and take part in networking and community-building events.

Interested organisations can now apply before the second cut-off date, 14 December  2022, 23:59 CET.

This Call for Partnerships is running under the EIC Ecosystem Partnerships and Co-Investment Support programme, which is  part of the EIC Business Acceleration Services.


Who are the EIC Partners?

The EIC is looking for:

  • Private venture builders, accelerators and incubators.
  • Public regional or national innovation organisations or accelerators.
  • Technology parks, research infrastructures and other research and technology organisations.
  • Other service providers and corporate accelerators.


Applications are evaluated in batches following each cut-off date. The next cut-off date is on 14 December  2022. Apply before this deadline to be an EIC Partner. The results of the Call for Partnerships will be announced to the community in the first quarter (Q1) of 2023!

What kind of sectors can the EIC Partners be active in?

The EIC looks for partners in the sectors and areas of most of its innovators, such as: 

  • New Deep-Tech and ICT
  • Health
  • Environment and Energy 
  • Space and Defence

If you work with EIC deep technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Machine Learning, Quantum technologies and Computing, 3D technologies, Nanotech, Green Hydrogen, Computer vision, Autonomous and Sensor Tech, your application will be of particular interest for this call.


What's in it for you?

Becoming an EIC Partner will be an opportunity to:

  • Gain direct access to a community of quality-stamped technologies from across Europe, active in a variety of innovation areas.
  • Venture into deals with new, up-and-coming innovative start-ups and SMEs.
  • Pilot and promote your services to EIC-funded projects.
  • Raise your organisation’s visibility on a European level and nurture connections with the EIC.  
  • Be on the frontline as a participant in EU-funded programmes with a reputation as a facilitator in the European innovation ecosystem.  


How can you apply?

If you are interested in becoming an EIC Partner, please proceed to the application form.

All organisations applying until the second cut-off date on 14 December 2022 will get the chance to be part of the next group of EIC Partners!

The EIC also hosted a FREE Info Session on 15 November , in which participants got to learn more about the framework for the partnerships and received tips on how to submit a successful application.

*Please note that having attended the session does not imply that you will be selected for the partnerships.
This webinar was conducted via zoom and recorded on a local drive for internal purposes only. Please carefully read the Privacy Policy and Terms on the registration page. Those who registered for the webinar, also gave us consent to access the personal data submitted.

If you want to learn more about the specificities of the programme, please refer to the Terms of Engagement for EIC Partners.


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About the EIC Ecosystem Partnerships and Co-investment Support Programme

The EIC Ecosystem Partnerships and Co-Investment Support Programme is expanding the EIC Business Acceleration Services by taking on two of the greatest challenges for EIC innovators: accessing specialized sector-focused services and attracting private investors.

Through a series of partnerships with key actors, the EIC is helping its innovators access specialized, sector-focused resources, facilities, and expertise to address their individual needs. The programme also promotes co-investment along the EIC Fund, namely by supporting and facilitating interactions between beneficiaries and investors.

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