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Business is booming in the area of “nature-based solutions” and this includes early-stage impactful startups, but also mature companies that are using nature to create sustainable solutions for societal challenges. The project Connecting Nature is trying to explore this enormous potential by leveraging sustainable connections in this domain. Do you have a nature-based innovation? This survey can give you the right feedback!
Last week the European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services launched its Planet.tech challenge, a new initiative under its Corporate Partnership Programme. In the upcoming days, we will highlight the different challenges and introduce you to the corporates involved. First up is Nestlé. The Swiss multinational food and drink company is going green, clean and committed to ensure a healthier future. This week Nestlé added new challenges to Planet.Tech. Do you want to know more? It’s time to feed your curiosity.
On 8 April 2020 12.00-1.30 pm (CET) six EIC-backed SMEs will have the chance to show their Agritech solutions during our EIC ePitching session. They will be pitching to investors from BayWa r.e. Energy Ventures GmbH, Capagro, Céréa Partenaire and KnowledgeHub.
The EIC created a new Story 6 April 2020
We are all now spending more time online with tools that make remote work possible. Physical events are shifting to virtual events and the European Innovation Council is also adapting to more online formats. Tomorrow on 7 April 2020, from 14h00 to 17h30, an exclusive group of EIC-funded beneficiaries will gather in an online training event with a business coach to explore the full process of fundraising, present their case studies and get immediate peer to peer feedback. Discover below some of the companies who will attend the event.
On 8 April 2020 EIC-backed SMEs had the chance to show their Agritech solutions during a dedicated EIC ePitching session with investors.
The EIC created a new Story 15 April 2020
The European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services and P&G invite you to participate in our brand-new Planet.tech challenge. In an effort to address the world’s most pressing environmental challenges, P&G is focused on green goals in specific areas. With Planet.tech, you can now team up with the consumer products giant and co-create innovative solutions to a number of pre-determined challenges related to the European Green Deal.
The EIC created a new Story 16 April 2020
The European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services and Veolia invite you to participate in our brand-new Planet.tech challenge. Veolia is leading a deep-rooted change towards adopting the circular, low-carbon economy through its mission ‘Resourcing the world’. With Planet.tech challenge, you can join forces with the multinational company and co-create innovative solutions to a number of pre-determined challenges related to the European Green Deal.
The EIC created a new Story 22 April 2020
22 April 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the annual celebration of the environmental movement. According to the official Earth Day site, the theme for this year's Earth Day is climate action. The mission is to encourage individuals and organisations around the world to continue moving towards innovation to face the climate crisis and seize the enormous opportunities of a zero-carbon future. But while this day is a 24-h celebration, many start-ups spend the entire year going green, with innovating projects to accomplish this goal. Discover here 3 EIC Green Innovations that are doing their part to honour Earth Day every day.
The European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services brings together four Dutch Corporate giants (Eneco, KPN, Rabobank and Unilever) and invites you to pitch your company and discover business opportunities with them in a dedicated online EIC Corporate Day next 29 and 30 June 2020.
For the very first time, the European Innovation Council organised the Coordinators’ Day virtually, meeting the companies funded by the EIC under Phase 2 in an online session. The purpose was to gather the EIC coordinators from the recently awarded projects, get familiar with the project management procedures and discover more in-depth the Business Acceleration Services.
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).
Since 2018, 3 June is known as the first official ‘World Bicycle Day’ to encourage the multiple environmental benefits of using bicycles for transport and leisure. Two days later, on 5 June, the World Environment Day takes place. To celebrate both dates, the EIC Community gathered three green Innovations that promote one of the most sustainable modes of transportation: cycling. From an ABS system for e-bikes to a GPS navigation specialised on urban mobility, here are 3 EIC cycling innovations that can change your experience on two wheels.
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 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.
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 13 August 2020
Have you recently received a grant from the EIC Accelerator Programme? Would you like to discover more in-depth the European Innovation Council family and the Business Acceleration Services? On 29-30 September, the EIC Accelerator Unit will organise the second Virtual EIC Coordinators’ Day of the year, meeting the recently awarded projects. It will be an excellent opportunity for EIC beneficiaries that signed a grant in the last two calls to get familiar with the project management procedures, and to network with other European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator-funded SMEs. Don't miss our call and register here!
Within the EIC Business Acceleration Services, the European Commission launched a new open call for tenders for the EIC GHG Programme. This call shall result in a service contract to support beneficiaries in creating and adapting products and services to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Can you help to build this bridge towards a carbon neutral Europe? Apply here until 21 September 2020!
Hacker, innovator, out-of-the-box-thinker, engineer or tech geek? We want you! Join Europe’s 1st Greenathon from 27 October to 30 October 2020, with the whole EIC crowd. Tackle our society’s challenges to help transform Europe into the first climate neutral continent by 2050! Many attractive prizes are waiting for you! Interested? Keep your eyes on the EIC Community and mark your calendars for 27-30 October 2020.
From longer droughts to increased flooding and more robust crop diseases, climate change is creating new challenges for the European agriculture sector. With more accurate and reliable water data, crop yields on agricultural land can be improved and this information can help to fight the global food and water crisis. Through the support of the EIC-funded WATER4AGRI project, the Dutch company VanderSat developed a technology that can accurately measure the location and amount of water in the soil, anywhere in the world.
By turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities, Europe is striving to be the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. In this light, the European Innovation Council is giving all EIC beneficiaries the opportunity to participate in the very first European ‘Greenathon’: an ideation

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