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EIC Innovators’ Summit : what’s cooking?


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The EIC Innovators’ Summit is approaching, have you registered yet? The event is on invitation only and the programme is all the more exclusive for small companies funded by the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot! We have highlighted a few juicy slices of the programme for you to plan your event.

Open call: Creating a sustainable food future with EIC pilot and Sonae!

If you’re a company funded under the SME InstrumentFast Track to Innovation and FET-Open programmes, we invite you to join us and present sustainable approaches to the food retail sector to leading Portuguese company Sonae.

The European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot and Sonae are promoting a networking event for companies working on solutions for a sustainable future for the food business. The event will take place in Lisbon on 21 and 22 November. Applications are open until 30 August.

The European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot and Ferrovial invite you to present your company in Madrid

The event will take place at Impact Hub Gobernador in Madrid, Spain. It is open to companies working on sustainable approaches to urban mobility, user experience (airports and toll roads), energy efficiency and new technologies for the construction sector.

On 28 November, Ferrovial is hosting a networking event for companies funded under the EIC pilot. If your company is working on sustainable solutions aligned with Ferrovial’s business lines, you are welcome to apply until 7 September.

Innovative companies tackle challenges in sustainable construction and infrastructure

For the last decade, there have been many technological advancements that changed the way people communicate, travel and live. It's not only technology that's moving fast; also societal norms, the erosion of privacy lines, environmental problems and customer expectations pose a new set of challenges to infrastructure. These challenges are particularly demanding in urban environments. As more and more people flock to cities, it becomes necessary to rethink the way we plan, build, maintain and expand infrastructure in the future. 

Last 9 July, a networking event held at VINCI’s Leonard innovation hub in Paris brought together a selected number of companies funded under the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot to showcase their projects and share their visions for the future of sustainable construction and infrastructure.

EIC pilot companies present their sustainable energy innovations to Enel

The event started with a tour of the Innovation Hub on Monday. On Tuesday, companies shared their visions on renewable energy technologies and met one-to-one with Enel representatives for in-depth discussions on potential partnerships and joint business opportunities.

On 25 and 26 June, selected companies funded by the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot had the opportunity to present their vision for the future and cutting-edge innovations in the field of renewable energy at the Enel Innovation Hub&Lab in Catania.

Present your innovation to Belgian chemical company SOLVAY. Apply until 7 September!

The European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot, is supporting high-potential small and medium-sized enterprises to collaborate with larger corporates on the development of new business models and scalable technologies with the potential to bring radical change to the chemical sector.

Applications are open until 7 September for all EIC SME Instrument companies that wish to showcase their innovations to chemical giant Solvay. The networking event will take place on 16 October in Brussels, Belgium.

242 innovators selected for funding under EIC’s SME Instrument

Examples of the projects selected include a sensory feedback system for phantom pains, a new technology for micro motors, a control system for e-bikes that extends battery autonomy, a distance communication system for drones, a valuation tool for start-ups based on artificial intelligence, an add-on solution for industrial robots to improve their accuracy and a new ecological packaging based on straw fibres.

A total of 242 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) form 30 countries have been selected for funding under the latest round of the SME Instrument, in the so-called Phase 1 of the programme. The companies will receive a total amount of €11.95 million to share between their projects to get their innovations faster on the market.

Come meet the EIC SME Instrument in Sofia, Bulgaria





What to expect at Webit.Festival Europe 2018:

SME Instrument-funded companies Endurosat, Terracom and Donelabs are attending two of the biggest events on tech and innovation in Sofia, Bulgaria, between 25th and 27th of June 2018. Come meet the EIC SME Instrument to learn about innovation business opportunities at Webit.Festival Europe 2018 and EBAN Annual Congress. Our team will also give a workshop in each event and answer all your questions about the EIC SME Instrument.

Plan Bee: projects on beekeeping

Bees play the vital role of pollinating many of our agricultural crops and balancing the ecosystem. A big part of the food we eat depends on pollinators such as honeybees. However, apiculture is facing important colony losses lately due to diseases and harmful pesticides.

The EU is funding several projects managed by the Executive Agency EASME (the EU’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) to help cope with this environmental crisis and save the hardworking bees:

From Tuesday 26 to Wednesday 28 June, the European Parliament is celebrating the 7th edition of the Bee Week. Here are 4 projects managed by EASME on beekeeping that contribute on the ground to this year's theme: How is the agricultural community mobilised to protect bees?

SME Instrument companies envision the future of healthcare with Roche

We arrived at the Basel train station, the agreed meeting point, at 7:30 AM. All the SMEs selected for the event were already there. Some of them had flown in the same day and had to take several flights or different trains to make it. Some were in transit through the night and early hours of the morning, but none showed signs of fatigue. On the contrary, there was a prevailing good mood, and you could sense the excitement in the air.

On 16 June, the Business Accelerations Services team travelled with sixteen SME Instrument funded companies selected to present their visions for the future of healthcare to Roche corporate representatives at the company's Digital Innovation Lab in Basel, Switzerland. Following a jury vote, three of the companies would be selected to take on the main stage at Roche's annual Innovation Summit the next day.​


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