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European Innovation Council (EIC)

The European Innovation Council (EIC) promotes breakthrough innovation with scale-up potential at the global level.
It focuses mainly on breakthrough, deeptech and disruptive innovation, targeting especially market-creating innovation.


Areas of intervention:
  • Pathfinder funding: for advanced research, supporting early stage development of future and emerging breakthrough, market-creating and/or deep tech technologies
  • Transition funding: to help researchers and innovators develop the pathway to commercial development for promising research results
  • Accelerator funding: to support individual SMEs, startups and small mid-caps to bridge the financing gap between late stages of research activities and market take-up, to effectively deploy breakthrough, market-creating innovation and scale-up companies where the market does not provide viable financing
  • additional activities such as prizes and fellowships, and business added-value services
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