The EIC Accelerator (previously SME Instrument) is part of the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot that supports top class innovators, entrepreneurs and small companies with funding opportunities and acceleration services. The main focus of the EIC Accelerator is on market-creating innovations that shape new markets and generate jobs, growth and higher standards of living.
The EIC Accelerator offers free coaching and dedicated business acceleration services to support you in starting or growing your business.
- Business innovation coaching: Business coaching is an important feature of the EIC pilot that singles it out compared to other innovation funding schemes. Beneficiaries can receive up to 12 days of coaching for their project.
- Business acceleration services: The EIC pilot focusses on continuous improvement, networking, learning opportunities and facilitating access to business partners and investors. Being part of the programme offers a life-long privileged access to our user-driven business acceleration services, customized to companies needs. For the EIC Accelerator, the flagship services are Corporate Days and Investor Days, where highly innovative SMEs can take advantage of pitching and partnering opportunities with investors and corporates. For the EIC Pathfinder, scientists and entrepreneurs can validate their prototypes during dedicated Pathfinder Corporate Days.
- EIC Community platform: It helps innovators, entrepreneurs, SMEs and scientists to successfully establish themselves on the European and global markets, by creating a shared knowledge base and a virtual meeting place for them to connect with investors, corporates and peers and discuss potential businesses partnerships.