The Access2EIC -Seal of Excellence community aims at gathering high potential European companies that received from the European Commission a “Seal of Excellence” certificate and European equity investors.
Webinar introducing a call for proposals: Solutions for Post-COVID 19 Next High-Impact Human Pandemic
May 27, 2020
Companies based in Canada, France, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, join us for this webinar to know more about the program and the opportunities for your company next Wednesday, June 3 2020 at 5:00 pm (CEST).
Bpifrance, the National Research Council Canada and the Eureka Network have joined forces in developing global solutions to prepare our societies for the post COVID-19 pandemic and to look for solutions which address the next highly contagious human infectious disease pandemic.
13 innovation agencies are providing funding support to highly innovative companies willing to collaborate to develop and launch disruptive solutions to counter pandemic challenges.
Open Call: EIC ePitching with Investors: it’s all about SaaS!
May 13, 2020
The EIC is pleased to invite all eligible startups to participate in theirr monthly EIC ePitching with Investors. This edition will focus on Software-as-a-service (SaaS) and ICT-related innovations and will take place on 16 June 2020, 1 pm CET, mark your calendars! A limited number of EIC-backed up SMEs will have the chance to show their innovative solutions via an online tool to a jury of investors –consisting out of representatives from Amadeus Ventures, BTOV, DN Capital, Kurma Partners, Omnes Capital and Speedinvest.
The applications are open until Friday 22 May 2020, 5 pm (CET)
#StartupsKillTheVirus: Online event to support tech innovators in times of COV19 crisis
April 21, 2020
🚀 #StartupsKillTheVirus is the new meeting point for all European startups interested in the resources recently launched by European institutions and initiatives to fight the coronavirus epidemic with innovative solutions.
ZABALA Innovation Consulting is organising an online event on April 28th for entrepreneurs and organisations wishing to access these funding opportunities and other support services.
The approach of the different areas of the innovation ecosystem of startups will be proposed through four different sessions.
ACCESS2EIC is the network of 15 partners who share the common purpose to work as a network of EIC (FET and SME) and ARF NCPs supporting national applicants and raising the quality of applications submitted under the enhanced EIC Pilot 2019-2020.
Access2EIC website reflects the characteristics of the network: it is tailored-made, inclusive and complementary. It takes into account the experience and activities of Access4SMEs project, while integrates and reflects the novelties and challenges introduced by enhanced EIC Pilot, including a strong focus also on Pathfinder-related issues.
Access2EIC new website is an important source of information with latest news, events and useful tools developed within the project with the aim to enhance a qualitative participation on the EIC Pilot programme.
📣Blossom Capital launches €4.6 million angel programme looking for 20 startups like yours
April 14, 2020
Blossom Capital, the VC firm founded by Ophelia Brown, is announcing a new angel investment program seeking to back European unicorn alumnus.
Dubbed “Cultivate,” the new program looks to create a 30-strong angel network made up of founders or operators from European unicorns or those with a European HQ, who will be tasked with backing alumni starting up.
This idea is to act as a catalyst for a more robust angel ecosystem in Europe, and in turn, trigger a virtuous cycle as employees inevitably leave successful companies to hopefully build the next generation of European unicorns, backed by experienced operators.
The angels can refer founders to apply and will be mentoring successful teams in their first 12 months. As the investments are non-exclusive, members are also welcome at any stage to invest personal capital alongside Cultivate’s investment.
📣 Calling the best start-ups transforming the automobile sector - Open Call to startups for collaboration
April 6, 2020
ZER01NE ACCELERATOR, an open innovation platform for Hyundai Motor Group (HMG), is announcing its 1st startup open call for 2020. ZER01NE* is Hyundai accelerator in South Korea http://zer01ne.zone/.
Startups that are willing to engage in Open Innovation with HMG are welcome to participate in ZER01NE ACCELERATOR 2020 Program. The objective is to incubate innovative technologies and new businesses by sourcing outstanding startup based on internal needs derived by internal teams within HMG, & to recognize strategic synergies by executing collaborative projects.
Who can apply?
- Startups who are eligible to participate in collaborative projects with HMG and strategic investment opportunities (Seed~Series B)
Applications welcome from startups and SMEs with innovative solutions to tackle Coronavirus outbreak
March 16, 2020
The European Commission is calling for startups and SMEs with technologies and innovations that could help in treating, testing, monitoring or other aspects of the Coronavirus outbreak to apply urgently to the next round of funding from the European Innovation Council. The deadline for applications to the EIC Accelerator is 17:00 on Wednesday 18 March (Brussels local time). With a budget of €164m, this call is “bottom up”, meaning there are no predefined thematic priorities and applicants with Coronavirus relevant innovations will be evaluated in the same way as other applicants. Nevertheless, the Commission will look to fast track the awarding of EIC grants and blended finance (combining grant and equity investment) to Coronavirus relevant innovations, as well as to facilitate access to other funding and investment sources.
Over the last several years crowdfunding has become an increasingly popular option for both entrepreneurs and investors. Crowdfunding has established itself to be a successful alternative in acquiring or investing money, it adds an emotional component to an investment, creates communities, validates concepts, reduces innovation risk and is a great marketing tool.
The goal of the webinar is to understand how crowdfunding can be used as an alternative form for financing innovation, and how it can be complementary to traditional forms of financing.
The European Investment Bank released podcasts to help you understand european finance and economics.
Focus today on the notion of quasi-equity.
Why a company would use quasi-equity, which he also calls “venture debt.” Quasi-equity is an innovative debt instrument. It bears the same risk as equity without diluting the founders, and therefore pays off more like equity than traditional debt.
The Seal of Excellence is a quality label awarded to project proposals submitted to Horizon 2020 which succeeded a highly competitive evaluation process by independent experts, but did not received funding due to budget limits.
This quality label is a guarantee for investors to find high standard project proposals from European SMEs with growth potential.