Are you an investor?

Whether you’re looking for a unicorn in breakthrough technologies or a stabilised small business working on the next generation market-leading products, the EIC SME Instrument offers a wealth of options for you. On this page you will find information about the SME Instrument portfolio and how to find investment opportunities.

Our portfolio

The SME Instrument programme bridges the critical investment gap in early-stage innovation and makes market-creating innovation easier in Europe. With 8 companies floating on the stock market, 18 acquisitions and a total of €1.3 billion of extra private investment leveraged, the SME Instrument portfolio offers an ideal pool of investment-ready high-level innovators. In 2017 SME Instrument-funded companies accounted for 10% of all tech IPOs in Europe and the follow-up equity investments into companies funded by the SME Instrument doubled within one year only. Companies funded under Phase 2 of the programme have benefitted from a 118% increase in turnover and a 158% increase in employment two years down the line.

The SME Instrument 2018 report will give you an overview of the achievements of the program so far.


Our full portfolio of companies is available in our datahub.

Find a company to invest in

Our dedicated EIC matchmaking tool – ScaleUp EU – is designed to connect investors and companies funded under the EIC pilot. You can find:

  • Automatic matching based on investor and company profiles 
  • Key information to assess potential partners and launch contacts via the platform
  • Manage user visibility by using a public or an anonymous profile - workflow assures confidentiality and mutual trust building

ScaleUp EU is open to investors that have invested at least 500 thousand euros in start-ups and innovative SMEs in countries part of the EU Research & Innovation programme, and are aligned with the professional and ethical standards stated in the Terms & Conditions. 

You can also join the EIC Community platform, a shared online knowledge base and a virtual meeting-place where you can connect with SMEs and discuss potential businesses partnerships.

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