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Why Corporate Venturing is key to speed innovation? How do large corporations benefit from collaborating with SMEs/Startups? And what is the role of the European Innovation Council (EIC) in fostering this collaboration? All these and other questions will be on the table for discussion by four high level experts at the European R&I Days next 25th September 2019 in Brussels.
The EIC created a new Story 24 September 2019
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The EIC Accelerator pilot – previously known as the SME Instrument – carefully selects the best innovators in Europe and bridges the critical investment gap in early-stage innovation, making the companies an ideal investment opportunity for follow-up investment from private entities. The 2019 edition of the Innovation Kitchen report presents the portfolio of successful companies emerging from Europe’s most wanted innovation funding programme for small businesses.
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The number of tech IPOs is growing in Europe, yet only 2% of tech startups adopt it as their financing strategy. Is it for established companies only and a heavy bureaucratic exercise? To get some answers join the session about IPOs during European Research and Innovation Days and discover expert insight and live testimonials from listed EIC funded companies.
The EIC created a new Story 26 September 2019
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Finnish innovator HappyOrNot is the company behind the smiley faces on the customer feedback satisfaction terminals that in a very short time have become part of our customer landscape. And be prepared to see more of them! This company that has received funding from the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot has recently secured 25 million dollars in a series A funding round, led by Verdane.
The EIC created a new Story 27 September 2019
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Artificial intelligence translation platform Unbabel has hit a record fundraising round with 60 million dollars. The company will be able to extend its services to more languages and offer automated translations to clients across the globe.
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The European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot Business Acceleration Services (BAS) and OTP Bank invite you to apply for a joint EIC Corporate Day, a specially designed service to increase the possibilities to accelerate your business collaborating with OTP Bank, one of the biggest banks in Europe.
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European Innovation Council pilot's funded company Angular Velocity Oy is participating in the Athletics World Championships in Doha with the technology SPECTO Athletics. The 2019 World Championships will see a quantum leap forward in graphic production and analysis, using the combined expertise of Seiko, Hawkeye, Angular Velocity and Deltatre.
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The programme run by Euronext is trying to help scaling technology companies prepare for public listings and other forms of mature financing. This year, 132 tech companies from 12 countries across Europe are participating in the TechShare program. Amongst them are 15 EIC funded companies that are working on a large variety of fields.
The EIC created a new Story 9 October 2019
Once again the European Commission will take part in Ecomondo, the annual trade fair for the green and circular economy. The expo will take place in Rimini, Italy, from 5 to 8 November 2019. The event will bring together all sectors of the circular economy, from material and energy recovery to sustainable development. 
The EIC created a new Story 10 October 2019
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The EIC funded company dedicated to duct installation won a competition in 2011 to supply and equip the 56.000m2 extension of Herlev Hospital near Copenhagen. The project, designed with sustainability in mind, connects patients to nature and aims to create a healing architecture.
The EIC created a new Story 11 October 2019
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The 13th edition of the Tech Tour Contest Final is taking place on 9-10 December 2019 in Essen, Germany. The event will present more than 175 European innovative companies in the High-technology sectors to an international audience of investors, key corporates and innovation experts. This year, the companies funded by the EIC Pilot can have a spot at the stage of the European Venture Contest Final. Curious? Discover how to pitch for this opportunity.
Travelling is a time-consuming business and there are many elements to consider before jetting off: barbaric jet lag, cramped seats, cacophonous hotel rooms, delays when it comes to flights, trains, rental cars. In the past, these concerns could only be addressed with vigorous planning but, as technology has advanced, apps have presented effortless solutions. According to the Wall Street Journal, Dayuse is one of the clever new apps.
92 companies funded by the SME Instrument under Phase 2 met on 15/16 October, in Brussels, for the Welcome Days. The purpose was to bring the SMEs selected for funding together, in order to network and share experiences. From sessions focused on how to sell to public buyers, to training workshops related to large corporates, the event has tried to address the core challenges SMEs face in a cohesive way.
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The report digs into the data and challenges behind the most important and dynamic tech companies emerging from Europe’s most wanted innovation funding programme for small and medium sized businesses.
A new e-pitching session organised by the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot's Accelerator will be taking place from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm CTE, on 31 October. The event will be focused on renewable energy and will allow SME’s to virtually pitch their business ideas to key investors. This session will gather as investors EDP Ventures, Finindus, Danfoss, Demeter and Iberdola.
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The European Innovation Council pilot Business Acceleration Services and Galp invite you to apply for joint EIC Corporate Day, a specially designed service to increase the possibilities to accelerate your business collaborating with Galp, an integrated energy company that operates in the global energy market. Applications are open until 10 November 2019.
The EIC created a new Story 25 October 2019
The EIC Funded Company won the ‘Award Export’ at the 10th edition of the “PME RMC Trophies”.
The EIC created a new Story 28 October 2019
At AgVest’s Best Israeli Agtech Company Competition, the judges awarded the $7,000 prize to the EIC pilot funded company EggXYt.
The event organized by the German Association for Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics (BME) offers a unique platform to enable discussions between procurement professionals and SMEs at the highest level. The 6th CEE Procurement & Supply Forum brought together industry purchasers and suppliers from the automotive, machinery, plant engineering sector and its partners from the CEE markets, including the EIC funded company Schrott24.
The EIC created a new Story 30 October 2019
The online platform – ScaleUp EU – has made it much easier for investors to connect with companies funded by the European Innovation Council pilot.
The blog Valuer has curated a list of the top European AgTech startups utilizing data to ensure the future of food production is in the safety of technologically equipped growers hands. This selection includes the EU-funded companies Connecterra and Pollenity and presents SMEs that are reimagining the future of food production.
The EIC created a new Story 31 October 2019
Communication plays an important role in making sure your project has a lasting impact! That's why communicating your project results is a requirement under virtually all EU programmes
The EIC created a new Story 31 October 2019
Scaling a company further is unforeseen on solving a number of challenges – most of those being common across all organizations out there. 96 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from 20 countries gathered to share their experiences during the EIC Accelerator Welcome Day. Some of them lost the fear of the camera and, during a small interview, shared with us their innovative approach, as well as current challenges they are facing in the industry. Are you curious? Here is our first video with Restored Hearing.
High potential abounds in the green space. The second e-pitching session of the year was focused on renewable energy and allowed six SME’s to virtually pitch their business ideas to key green energy investors.
The EIC created a new Story 7 November 2019
The EIC funded company Das-Nano developed the first system in the market designed for full-area characterization of graphene, thin-films, and other 2D materials. The company based in Spain has been granted a new patent this year for its innovative Terahertz technology in the US.
The EIC created a new Story 7 November 2019
Scaling a company further is unforeseen on solving a number of challenges – most of those being common across all organisations out there. 96 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from 20 countries gathered to share their experiences during the EIC Accelerator Welcome Day. Some of them lost the fear of the camera and, during a small interview, shared with us their innovative approach, as well as current challenges they are facing in the industry. Here is our video with Odix.
Please share with us your experiences and challenges for accessing business opportunities from public and private procurers. Your responses will allow us to arrange relevant events, webinars and other support activities that could bring you a step closer to a procurement-related business deal.
The EIC-funded company won the European Scale-Up Award 2019, endowed with 100,000€.
On 21 November, at the G-STIC conference in Brussels, you will have the chance to meet more than 150 public & private procurers of innovative solutions!
EIC-funded company from Ireland chosen for a $30m US child literacy project.
The EIC created a new Story 15 November 2019
Deloitte unveils top players 2019 in the Belgian start-up world with the Technology Fast 50 and Rising Star finalists.
The EIC created a new Story 19 November 2019
The EIC-funded company Dawex announced a €5 Million funding round, with eyes set on Middle East presence in 2020.
A total of 287 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) form 31 countries have been selected for funding under the last round of the EIC SME Instrument, in the so-called Phase 1 of the programme, now known as the EIC Accelerator. The companies will receive a total amount of €14.15 million to share between their projects to get their innovations faster on the market.
The new agreement will allow the social-impact start-up to implement the Charity Round Up - a new fundraising solution.
10 companies funded by the EIC Pilot won a spot at the stage of the European Venture Contest Final.
A hand-picked number of European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot pioneers was selected to present their innovations to c-level managers of OTP Bank in Budapest, Hungary, one of the biggest banks in Europe. The EIC Corporate Day, a specially designed service to increase the possibilities to accelerate SME’s businesses, focused on new technologies and solutions for the banking sector.
The EIC created a new Story 25 November 2019
ECOP's innovative work was recognised as champion in eco-innovation and won this year's European Business Award for Environment.
The EIC created a new Story 26 November 2019
In the next months, the EIC pilot beneficiaries will have the opportunity to pitch their top-class innovations and business proposals to top investors and c-level managers of large businesses. Discover what’s coming up and stay tuned for more events to come!
The EIC created a new Story 28 November 2019
Scaling a company further is unforeseen on solving a number of challenges – most of those being common across all organisations out there. 96 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from 20 countries gathered to share their experiences during the EIC Accelerator Welcome Day. Some of them lost the fear of the camera and, during a small interview, shared with us their innovative approach, as well as current challenges they are facing in the industry. Here is our video with Rainmaker.
The EIC created a new Story 2 December 2019
European innovators were taking full advantage of partnering with L’Oréal in Paris, France. Twelve European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot funded companies took the chance to present their groundbreaking technologies within the cosmetics sector on 26-27 November 2019.
This new funding round will enable Vetbiobank to accelerate the industrialization of the company’s product focused on treating canine osteoarthritis.
This new funding will allow the EIC-funded company to accelerate the commercialization of its artificial pancreas device designed to automatically control the blood glucose.
Seventy-five promising start-ups and SMEs have been selected in the largest funding round so far under the pilot phase of the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator.
The EIC-funded company Pertimm launched its new solution Viky.ai. To access this collaborative open source and multilingual platform for cost-effective chatbots and virtual assistants development, you just need to sign in.
The EIC created a new Story 10 December 2019
The European Innovation Council invites you to pitch your company and discover business opportunities with one of the largest fast-moving consumer goods companies in the world: Anheuser-Busch InBev. Meet with top ABInBev’s decision makers and network with like-minded innovators in this engaging, exclusive event designed to accelerate your business.
A specially designed day to deepen your knowledge and empower Deep Tech companies through investment.
The application period for the Joint EBAN/EIC CyberSecurity Scaleup of the Month is now open. Apply until January 10th!
The EIC-funded company is battling the problem with the taste of tap water in a sustainable way: Tapp 2 is the worlds first smart biodegradable water filter.
After a thorough application process, 10 companies funded by the EIC Pilot and working on disruptive solutions in Healthtech, Digital Technologies and CleanTech won a spot at the stage of the European Venture Contest Final. 4 finalists came out on top at the 13th edition of the Tech Tour Contest.
As we are coming close to the end of the year, it’s time to take a look at the achievements of 2019. This year, the Business Acceleration Services dove into Corporate Days, Investor Days and e-Pitching events that joint innovative SMEs to compete in global markets. Read the 2019 takeaways, discover our highlights and see how to continue vibrating with the EIC Community in 2020.
On 16-17 December 2019, companies supported under the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot increased their possibilities in accelerating their business collaborating with Galp, one of the global players in the energy market. Galp opened its doors to 15 SMEs to pitch and present their business cases in Lisbon, Portugal.
The EIC-funded company based in Finland developed a green building software that allows non-experts to calculate a carbon footprint or a life-cycle assessment (LCA), as well as life-cycle cost for buildings easily and reliably.
Participants of 11 FET Innovation Launchpad (ILP) projects came to Brussels to actively participate at a workshop held last week organised by the European Innovation Council Task Force for the Pathfinder. This event was designed to stimulate networking, develop collective intelligence on innovation management and exchange best practises.
Tetra Pak and the EU – Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation invite you to visit the Tetra Pak premises in Lund, on 12th March 2020. If you want to explore the eco-friendly packaging world, don’t miss this opportunity! The applications are open until 31st of January.
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The world-leading manufacturer is investing in UK robotics company Q-Bot, as part of a £3.6m Series A investment.
The EIC created a new Story 15 January 2020
A recent article in Forbes listed the top Women-Led Start-ups Disrupting HealthTech. Among them is the EIC-funded company iBreve and their co-founder Flavia Wahl.
This year’s list of the top European startups to follow is an eclectic fusion of scaleups and creative startups that are gaining ground in the continent’s ecosystem.
The EIC created a new Story 20 January 2020
Apply and scale up your solution with Enel!
The EIC created a new Story 20 January 2020
For the first time the EIC is collaborating with the German Association of Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics (BME) to introduce your services to the Pharma Supply Chain Managers in company pitches, business speed dating and prescheduled B2B matchmakings. This workshop will take place in Dresden, Germany on the 4th of March and the overall conference takes place from 3rd to the 5th of March 2020. Applications are due on 31 January 2020.
The EIC-funded company raised 19 million € in Series A financing round to deploy their breakthrough technology and take the leadership of the human-friendly third-generation AI.
4 EIC-funded companies were selected to participate in the fourth joint EBAN/EIC CyberSecurity. On January 30th they will present their business and their next investment round in a 6-minute pitch.
On March 3rd a limited number of EIC-backed up SMEs will have the chance to show their innovative solutions in the aerospace sector.
ChangeNow is organising “the largest positive impact gathering in the world”. From January 30th to February 1st, the iconic glass roof of the Grand Palais in Paris will host the first World Expo tackling world issues and presenting global solutions. 7 EIC-funded companies will be there, either showcasing or pitching their innovations during the Summit. Are you interested in joining? Apply here and don’t miss the opportunity to ChangeNow!
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The EIC-funded company BotsAndUs announced a partnership with British Airways to provide a solution that will reduce travel stress by assisting all passengers with relevant information to their journey and airport stay. The robot Bill will interact with customers in multiple languages and escort them to locations such as cafes, toilets, meeting rooms and family check-in zones.
The EIC created a new Story 29 January 2020
Only two days left to apply for our very first Procurers Innovation Day. This event will take place in Dresden, Germany on the 4th of March and is open to all EIC-funded SMEs dealing with digitalisation and automated processes.
Private venture capitalists from Europe are reinvesting in the European payment solution for iPhones and Android smartphones.
New year, new tools for the European Innovation Council Community! In 2020, our community will get new features and the first one is here: you can view and share our open calls, success stories and events outside the platform! What’s coming up next?
The first e-pitching session of 2020 featured four excellent EIC-backed SME’s pitching their business ideas and next investment rounds on cybersecurity to representatives from the European Business Angels Network (EBAN).
The innovative hydrokinetic turbines convert the kinetic energy within rivers, estuaries and tidal flows into clean and predictable electrical power.
Natural Language Processing (NLP) has taken great strides recently. And Bitext Technology is making huge advances in this field. This year, the company funded by the European Innovation Council (EIC) have partnered with Amazon Connect to offer three new services. Bitext will implement a full-fledged conversational Interactive Voice Response in the Amazon Connect contact centre.
The EIC created a new Story 7 February 2020
A team of investors from the Odense robotics cluster based in Denmark has injected DKK 80M (nearly $12M USD) into the company. This new investment supports the growth of the EIC-funded developer that describes itself as a “Robot Venture Factory”.
On 11 February 2020, International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Commissioner Gabriel launched the 7th edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators. Applications are now open until Tuesday 21 April at 17:00 CET (Brussels time). If you think you have what it takes to become the next EU Woman Innovator, don’t miss your chance and apply now.
The EIC created a new Story 12 February 2020
The European Innovation Council (EIC) invites you to apply to join our Community Event - Seeking Investors - on 9 March 2020, in Paris. An exclusive group of EIC-funded beneficiaries will gain an insight into the requirements of investors, ranging from angel groups through to venture capital funds. Got your attention? If so, apply today!
This first round of investment will enable Libeo to accelerate its growth, target the European market, recruit new talent and enhance its financial forecasting capabilities, which rely on artificial intelligence.
The European Union is committed to becoming the first climate-neutral bloc in the world by 2050. But to achieve this, innovative and eco-friendly SMEs with sustainable technologies are crucial to fight climate change and make a successful green transition in Europe. The EIC-funded company Teraki is a good example of a start-up that is making the world greener with only software. Discover our Green Innovative Deal of the month below.
The European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services, together with Tchibo and Beiersdorf, invite you to apply for our joint EIC Corporate Day, a specially designed service to increase and accelerate your business collaborations. Beiersdorf, a global player in personal-care products, and Tchibo, one of Germany largest retail chains, are looking for innovative approaches to sustainable solutions, digital consumer experience/sales channels and non-food, among many other things.
The European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) and the EIT Digital Accelerator are organising the Cyber Investor Days on 13-14 May 2020 in Brussels. During the event, the European cybersecurity startups will have a chance to pitch their cybersecurity solutions & hold B2B meetings with leading investors and corporates from Europe and beyond. Are you interested? Apply before Monday, 23 March 2020!
The EIC created a new Story 21 February 2020
On 19-20 February 2020, companies supported under the European Innovation Council (EIC)  had the opportunity to accelerate their business collaborating with AB InBev, the world’s leading brewer and one of Europe’s biggest food and drinks companies. AB InBev opened its doors to 32 SMEs to pitch and present their business cases at the group’s Global Innovation and Technology Center (GITEC) in its home city of Leuven, Belgium.
The EIC created a new Story 25 February 2020
Here are the selected SMEs that will participate in our aerospace e-pitching session, on 3 March 2020, from 12:00 to 1:30 pm (CET).
On 10 March 2020, a limited number of EIC-backed up SMEs will have the chance to pitch their innovations to investors at Bpifrance during the joint EIC Investor Day. The event will take place during the Deep Tech Week in Paris.
The European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services and Evonik invite you to pitch your company solution and d explore more business opportunities within the circular economy.
The EIC created a new Story 28 February 2020
1 in 20 people will live with a rare disease at some point in their life. Despite this, there is no cure for the majority of rare diseases, and many go undiagnosed. It is not surprising that misdiagnoses are ranging from 10 to 40%. But in medicine, errors cost lives. How do doctors can get better and faster information about which symptoms mean new diseases? This is where “Symptoma” comes in - an intelligent database for doctors - and at the same time, one of the most promising Salzburg startups with potential for the world market.
Are you an EIC beneficiary? Is your project eco-friendly? Then you could join the 1000 solutions initiative and get the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label! The European Commission is contributing to the #1000solutions by proposing funded innovative projects. If you are interested, don’t miss this unique opportunity and apply here!
The EIC created a new Story 2 March 2020
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.
The European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services and BBVA & Ferrovial invite you to apply for our joint EIC Corporate Day. BBVA, one of the leading financial institutions worldwide and Ferrovial, one of the world's leading developers of transport infrastructure and urban services, are looking for innovative SMEs in the areas of payment solutions, fintech, construction tech and mobility.
The EIC created a new Story 5 March 2020
The e-pitching session in partnership with ESA gathered six companies supported by the European Innovation Council. The EIC-backed SME’s pitched their innovative ideas on Aerospace via webcam to an expert jury consisted out of representatives from Luxembourg Space Agency, NewSpace Capital, Barcamper Ventures, Mitsui, CosmiCapital & Safran.
For the first time the European Innovation Council organised an Innovation Procurers Day, together with the German Association for Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics (BME) and its members. During this day 9 EIC-backed innovators had the exclusive chance to pitch to innovative procurers from the Pharma industry. The event took place in Dresden, Germany on 4 March 2020 as part of the 5th Pharma Supply Chain Congress (3-5 March 2020).
In March 2017, three new entrepreneurs with a great background in the world of engineering and energy launched Rated Power, a start-up that wants to make solar energy the first world source thanks to its solution pvDesign. The leader of this initiative is Andrea Barber, the winner of EDP Open Innovation and participant in the 2017 edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. The Spanish CEO of Rated Power is playing an important role in a technical sector, historically covered by men.
The EIC created a new Story 9 March 2020
The conference is one of the biggest tech-entrepreneurial events in Europe.
On 8 April 2020 a limited number of EIC-backed up SMEs will have the chance to show their innovative solutions in the fields of agriculture, food & nutrition.
The EIC created a new Story 10 March 2020
The Seal of Excellence is a quality label awarded to project proposals submitted to Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation funding programme, to help these possible projects find alternative funding.
Lights, camera, action! The largest and most important cinema trade show in Europe is back, from 22 to 25 June, in Barcelona. CineEurope 2020 is expecting 3.500 industry representatives from distribution and exhibition to technology and concessions. Apply here if you want to break into Europe’s major exhibitors’ convention and present your products in the EU-supported stand at CineEurope 2020.
The EIC-funded company Quaternium broke its own World Record of flight endurance with the drone inspired by hybrid cars from the automotive industry.
The EIC and EBAN are pleased to invite all eligible startups to participate in our fifth joint EIC/EBAN eHealth Scaleup of the Month Webinar - an initiative designed to give visibility to the best EIC companies that are raising follow-on investments to scale. This edition will focus on eHealth companies and will take place on 29 April 2020, 1 pm CET - so mark your calendars already!
Are you an EIC beneficiary with a technology that could help in treating the Coronavirus outbreak? A researcher or perhaps a SME with a ground-breaking close-to-market idea to help tackle the virus? The European Innovation Council invites you to join our group ‘EIC Solutions to fight COVID-19’. Even from a distance, innovators can stay together and empower solutions to overcome this challenge.
The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) is launching a fast-track call for proposals on the development of therapeutics and diagnostics to tackle current and future Coronavirus outbreaks. The call has a budget of EUR 45 million from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The funding can support projects of organisations such as universities and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The EIC created a new Story 23 March 2020
The EIC is organising a special ePitching-session in the light of the current COVID-19 outbreak in an effort to mobilize EIC projects. All EIC-backed SMEs that can contribute to possible solutions to help combat the current pandemic and its consequences and are looking for investment are welcome to apply.
Maurizio Aiello is an innovator, the CEO of the biotechnology company, React4life that helps scientists in the field of cancer research. He has been involved in several EU-funded projects: B2B, a Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) project and MOOD, which benefited from the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator. In this interview, Maurizio talks about his career path, the challenges that start-up companies are facing with and his personal experience about how bold ideas can be turn into reality by the help of the European Commission in order to improve therapeutic methods and the life expectancy of oncologic patients.
The European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services launches its brand-new exclusive Planet.tech challenge. This is a great opportunity for EIC SMEs to enhance cooperation with large corporates and co-create innovative solutions to a number of pre-determined challenges related to the European Green Deal, the European Commission roadmap to make EU’s economy sustainable.
Are you a Deep tech startup with seed funding, willing to accelerate the company and have access to free coaching from experts and peers? InvestHorizon is looking to identify ambitious entrepreneurs and help them through coaching, mentoring and pitching events to scale their business and raise funding. The next deadline for applications is 20 May 2020.

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