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Story 21 February 2023

Open Call – Join the first EIC Pioneer Programme for innovative researchers

Mariana Marques

As part of the EIC Tech to Market Programme (EIC T2M), the European Innovation Council (EIC) invites EIC Pathfinder (former FET-Open & FET-Proactive) and EIC Transition beneficiaries to apply for the EIC T2M Pioneer Programme for innovative researchers. The virtual initiative takes place from 15 March to mid-July 2023, consisting of collective sessions and individual coaching to explore in depth deep tech topics, from IP protection, user involvement, industrialization, team management to finance.

Are you interested in this opportunity?

Make sure to apply until 8 March 2023! 



The EIC T2M Pioneer Programme for innovative researchers aims to help researchers and early-stage startups navigate through the entrepreneurial world and acquire the right skills to successfully exit the lab and scale their developments with a technology or product ready for the market. 

It is a 4.5 month programme to explore in depth all key topics faced by deep-tech ventures, from IP protection, industrialization, regulatory, team management to finance in a timeframe relevant to implement key advice.

It comprises a triple approach to nurture your major business model hypotheses and action plan: 

  1. expert guidance
  2. mentor testimonies  
  3. discussion and individual advice and coaching:


Activities and timeline:

  • Each Wednesday (from 16h00 to 19h00 CET) - collective online sessions (15 sessions), split into two interactive parts: 

    • 1-hour collective interactive teaching by field experts 
    • 1h/1h30 collective interactive discussion with deep-tech CEOs / CTOs / CSOs, who “have done it before” 
  • Each week - an online one-to-one meeting of 1 hour with a senior coach, experienced in deep-tech entrepreneurship, will dig with you the key topics highlighted in the collective sessions & and the ones you are facing in your specific project.


Topics of the 15 online sessions:

  • Developing the product-market fit specific to deep tech
  • Modelling the techno-economics of products at each stage of development
  • Understanding critical Legal, IPR and licensing for deep tech
  • Choosing appropriate business models and options for capital structure
  • Defining the internal and external capabilities to move from founder to growth company
  • The journey from lab to market for deep tech


Example of mentors and experts topics:

  • Sales vs. Business Development – curse of the never-ending POC 
  • Investors roundtable – best practices and mistakes to avoid 
  • How I raised VC funds? (eg Xavier Duportet, CEO Eligo Bioscience - TBC) 
  • How to set up partnerships with corporations (Robert Marino, Cho of Qubit Pharmaceutical, EIC Accelerator)



The application for this initiative is open only to EIC Pathfinder (ex. FET-Open and FET-Proactive) and EIC Transition beneficiaries as representatives of the consortium/project. Please note that projects from all domains and sectors are welcome to apply.

The EIC T2M Pioneer Programme for innovative researchers is open to motivated teams of at least two researchers/individuals (and a maximum of four) per project. Complementary profiles are required to form eligible and successful teams and provide high-quality engagement. The two mandatory team roles to apply are:

  • Entrepreneurial lead/representative: responsible for the business orientation and entrepreneurial side of the idea/innovation (usually postdocs, PhD students or any researcher that could imagine herself or himself as a potential entrepreneur or a business profile).
  • Technology lead/representative: responsible for the technical development of the idea/innovation.


The availability is limited, and a selection committee will choose the best applications based on the following criteria:

  • Maturity and potential impact of the submitted innovation idea
  • Composition of the team
  • Team’s motivation to work on the entrepreneurial project and time to see it hatch or raise


EIC Business Acceleration Services

This opportunity is brought to you by the EIC Business Acceleration Services through its Tech 2 Market programme. All participants need to fill out a short satisfaction survey shortly after the event, and an impact survey after six months .

To explore further opportunities, keep an eye on our events page.


Cancellation policy

Cancellations will only be considered in duly documented cases of “force majeure”. Unjustified cancellation can lead to exclusion in future Business Acceleration Services events.

Should you have any questions regarding the event or your eligibility, please contact us through our contact page (please choose "EIC Pioneer Programme for innovative researchers” as the subject).


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