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The European Innovation Council is organising an ePitching with Procurers-session together with bpost, Belgium’s national post-provider. This session, taking place on 14 September 2020 at 1 pm CET, will be dedicated to matching EIC-beneficiaries with bpost’s procurement needs in the fields of eMobility and charging infrastructure.
Every year millions of tons of plastic waste end up on our streets, in our rivers and covering our forests. A large part of this waste comes from packaging. The plastic bags we use, for only a few minutes, can last as long as 15 to 1,000 years in the environment and, according to a recent study, people could be ingesting or inhaling approximately 5 grams of plastic every week. The Finnish start-up Paptic Ltd, founded in 2015, addresses this environmental challenge with a sustainable alternative to plastic films. Paptic material has all the advantages of plastic - it's versatile, reusable, light-weight, soft, but it's made of renewable raw materials and it’s recyclable.
The EIC created a new Story 9 July 2020
On 3 and 4 June 2020 the European Innovation Council celebrated the launched of a brand-new initiative specifically focused on the EU Green Deal. The EIC Planet.tech brings together EIC-backed start-ups/scale-ups with four large corporates, namely AB inBev, DEME, Nestle and P&G, with the objective to develop a number of impactful Proof of Concepts (PoC). Nicolas Verschelden, Head of Digital Innovation ABI Europe and Managing Partner Dream Tech alliance, a joint consortium of different tech-partners that co-innovate and co-invest together, goes deeper into AB InBev’s motivations for joining Planet.tech and what they are hoping to get out of it.
The EIC created a new Story 8 July 2020
On 29 and 30 June 33 EIC-beneficiaries went on a digital tour of the Netherlands during the EIC Corporate Day with Dutch giants. During the event, the SMEs matched up and explored business opportunities and collaborations with four of the Netherlands’ largest corporates: Eneco, KPN, Rabobank and Unilever.
The last few months have rapidly increased the digitalization of the economy. The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the sectors directly affected by the recent developments. There is a clear case for investment in deep-tech start-ups involved in IoT and July’s EIC ePitching with Investors subsequently delivered a session on IoT and Smart Cities. Bringing together seven highly innovative EIC-backed SMEs with seven investor firms, Crypto Quantique, a British deep-tech company working on innovative cybersecurity solutions, was this month’s EIC ePitching with Investors session.
A crisis often comes unexpected! During the past months, every business had to adapt to the new reality imposed by the COVID-19 outbreak. Companies are from a sudden facing adaptations to new work environments and habits. Teams need to be reskilled and leaders are struggling to ensure business continuity or – even beyond - encounter a drastic business change! This is why we decided to launch a dedicated online EIC Summer School. In partnership with the DO School, we offer you training opportunities to help you to better prepare and lead your company in times of crisis. Topics are manifold:, from improving your social media presence to preparing a roadmap for your personal crisis response.
The European Innovation Council (EIC), in collaboration with F. Hoffmann-La Roche, organised a four-day long EIC Corporate Day, as part of a virtual Roche Innovation Summit, from 22 to 25 June 2020. The EIC Corporate Day, one of the flag-ship Business Acceleration Services provided by the EIC, gives the EIC-backed startups the opportunity to opportunity to bridge the gap with corporate representatives and explore new synergies, business opportunities and further collaborations with them.
It’s been three years since the EIC Business Acceleration Services dove into Corporate Days, gathering innovative European SMEs and large corporates to take full advantage of partnering opportunities. Starting off in Sweden, together with ABB, in 2017, the EIC Corporate Days brought SMEs and corporates from across Europe. Read our highlights from Corporate Days to get a grasp of what the programme offers.
The European Innovation Council (EIC) Business Acceleration Services and Euronext invite you to apply for our joint EIC Investor Day, a specially designed service to pitch your business to top-tier European investors, explore new finance opportunities and learn more about going public. For those companies selected, this exclusive service will include specific training, pitching, pre-arranged meetings with top-tier European investors and the possibility to network with like-minded innovators in a dedicated online event.
The EIC created a new Story 30 June 2020
Raising capital and attracting investors are some of the key concerns of many of our EIC beneficiaries. On one side, they must consider how to approach investors, and on the other how to be best prepared to meet them. With the EIC Community Talk: Ask me anything about Investors on 26 June 2020, 30 EIC-beneficiaries had the chance to receive insights from peers and have an in-depth discussion regarding investment rounds.
The idea behind the SMILE project follows the outcomes of an ongoing FET-Open (EIC Pathfinder) project called ChipScope, which focuses on developing the first chip-sized optical microscope with super-resolution capabilities, and semiconductor nanoLED arrays with individual pixel operation. Such highly integrated nanoLED arrays from ChipScope will lead to extreme miniaturization and simplicity for super-resolution microscopy.
In addition to facilitating Series A funding for selected companies through accelerator events, InvestHorizon offers an individual programme customised to the investment-readiness needs and challenges of each company. The programme aims to support 500 European Deeptech entrepreneurs in raising EUR 500 million over two and a half years. Would you like to increase the investment and valuation amount of your Deeptech solution? Then, this is the right opportunity for you. The next deadline for applications is 30 July.
On 2 July 2020 1.00-3.30 pm (CET) the European Innovation Council (EIC) will host the last ePitching with Investors before the summer. This month’s session will revolve around IoT and Smart Cities, with seven EIC-funded SMEs going head-to-head. Investors from Breega Capital, Indico Capital Partners, SAP, United Ventures, SET Ventures, Tengelmann Ventures, Primoglio SGR will attend the session, rate the pitches and engage in one-to-one’s, a newly added feature to the ePitching with Investors. Those interested in joining can do so here.
In 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic, organisations shifted to remote working arrangements that have made cybersecurity risks a bigger threat. Many start-ups are facing new challenges to ensure social distancing directives while continuing to serve their customers. To help SMEs answer to the evolving cyber problems, the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) is developing a booklet with best practices. Wondering how secure your organisation is? Don’t miss this opportunity and work together with ENISA to respond to your challenges.
Hiring and retaining the right talent is crucial to a business’s growth, but for a start-up, it can be difficult to establish a solid HR strategy. With little time and resources, many early firms undervalue Human Resources and forget to nurture their teams. The EIC Community Training of June focused on this challenge and provided key recruitment tips, ranging from leadership strategies to the best ways for retaining top employees.
The EIC Fund, which will provide equity from €0.5m to €15m to breakthrough innovation companies selected for EIC Accelerator blended finance support (grant and equity), has become an official entity. This is the first time the European Commission will make such direct equity investments in companies, with ownership stakes expected to be in general from 10% to 25% in start-up companies. The European Investment Bank, as advisors of the EIC Fund on behalf of the European Commission, will manage the ownership stakes of the European Commission.
On 16 June 2020, the European Innovation Council organised an ePitching session with Investors on SaaS and ICT. After the event, Kinga Stanislawska, member of the EIC Advisory Board and herself a venture capital investor, talked more about the future of SaaS and ICT sector, commented the novelties introduced in the EIC programme and shared her views on the existing gender investment gap in Europe. Kinga is active in supporting women-led companies. The VC investor is a mentor in Vital Voices and Foundation for Women Entrepreneurship and also co-founded the ‘European Women in VC’ community of over 400 women in the European and Israeli VC space.
The EIC created a new Story 19 June 2020
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is often praised for its ability to make objective and rational decisions, unlike humans, who deal with reality in a subjective manner. The researchers from the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) project TIMESTORM trained robots to learn some of these subjective abilities of humans, focusing on time-perception.
The EIC created a new Story 18 June 2020
The EIC started this summer by diving into the hot Software-as-a-Service topic. The ePitching on SaaS and ICT began with the speech of Kinga Stanislawska, member of the EIC advisory board, who mentioned the importance of this sector to the growth of Europe and finished with DeepCode winning the best pitch award. The online event brought together six high-class EIC-backed SMEs with nine investors firms.
The EIC created a new Story 17 June 2020
Are you eager to learn more on how to attract investors and all investment opportunities the European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services present you? Is your company almost ready to raise capital through a funding round, but you still think you could better prepare yourself? Then the EIC Business Acceleration Services invite you to apply to this online session on 26 June 2020 at 9h30 CEST, in which former participants of EIC ePitching sessions to Investors, who have secured a funding round, share their experience and answer any question you may have on this process.

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