Business acceleration support and coaching services

Support to small companies under the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot goes far beyond a grant provision. The EIC offers several business acceleration services that help speed up the pace of your innovation. Here you can discover what's on offer.

Business innovation coaching

Business coaching is an important feature of the EIC pilot that singles it out compared to other SME funding schemes. If you are an SME benefiting from grant funding from the EIC Accelerator (SME Instrument), FTI or FET-Open, we offer business coaching to help your business scale up and grow. Beneficiaries can receive up to 15 days of coaching (3 days under Phase 1 and 12 days under Phase2) under the SME instrument. SMEs taking part in FTI or FET-Open are offered up to 12 coaching-days.

Coaches will help the beneficiaries to progress over the life cycle of their innovation, from idea to proof of concept, to first pilot application and finally upscaling and expansion. They will empower the SME to cope with challenges such as developing their strategy and organisation, identifying their market and improving ability to attract finance.

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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 you a life-long privileged access to our user-driven business acceleration services, customized to your needs. Finding the right strategic partner can be the fastest way to fast-grow your company, it will also allow you more time to focus on the critical activities that make your business unique.

Our flagship service are Corporate Days and Investor Days,  where highly innovative SMEs can take advantage of pitching and partnering opportunities with investors and corporates.

EIC beneficiaries are also invited to be part of the online EIC Community. The overall aim of the EIC Community platform is to help SMEs successfully establish themselves on the European and global markets, by creating a shared knowledge base and a virtual meeting-place where SMEs can connect and discuss potential businesses partnerships.

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How to participate

The business acceleration services are offered exclusively to funded companies. The services are accessible both during and after the project with no participation limit to events. All applications are done through the EIC Community Platform.


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