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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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