Fast Track to Innovation

  • Projects selected for funding include a recycling technology to introduce rubber from 'end-of-life' tyres into production lines as virgin rubbers substitute, a system to treat persistent atrial fibrillation, an artificial intelligence tool that improves video quality and limits internet traffic tied to video streaming, and a stirling heat pump for industrial use in high temperatures.

  • The EIC Innovators Summit will bring together small companies, start-ups, innovators and researchers to meet and find potential partners. The two-day conference will be filled with pitches, workshops, networking and matchmaking opportunities.

    From the corporate side the following names will be present:

  • The selected projects include a novel anti-lock braking system for e-bikes, a technology that quickly contains oil spills in the sea, a detection tool for pre-symptomatic signs of Alzheimer’s disease and a scanner that detects bonds in welded material. Launched this year under the EU’s research and innovation programme Horizon 2020, the EIC pilot supports top-class innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and scientists with bright ideas and the ambition to scale up internationally.


  • FTI promotes close-to-the market innovation activities open to all types of participants. The programme offers € 3 million to consortia composed of 3 to 5 partners including mainly industrial participants.

    FTI is fully bottom-up. As there are no set topics, proposals are classified according to the keywords introduced by applicants. The top keywords introduced were engineering, health and ICT.

    The proposals include participants from 38 countries, the biggest number of proposals being submitted by Spanish, Italian and German applicants.
  • The summit will take place in the venue 'Station Berlin' in Berlin/Germany. We will invite the SMEs participating to the European Innovation Council pilot programmes  - SME Instrument, Fast Track to Innovation, FET-Open and EIC Prizes in addition to selected finance and business partners. Participation is on invitation only. Hold on, we're cooking a tempting programme for you - more information is coming soon! 

  • Since its opening for business in 2014, the SME Instrument has become a key accelerator programme at European level. Indeed, the programme has demonstrated its ability to identify radically innovative businesses in Europe and to invest in their growth.

    As a result, there are now more than 2800 highly innovative small and medium-sizes enterprises all around Europe that benefit from equity-free financial support, individualised business coaching and targeted business acceleration services.

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