The European Innovation Council (EIC) Business Acceleration Services is calling all innovative and highly promising women-led EIC companies for our ‘EIC Investor Day: Women in Tech 2.0’! Building on the success of last year’s  ‘EIC Women in Tech event’, the EIC is back with a fully virtual edition on 17 & 18 December 2020 (09h30 to 17h45). Don’t miss this chance to pitch to top-tier investors like Capricorn Partners, Rising Tide Europe, Borskifund, UVC Partners, South Central Ventures, Brightly Ventures, Omnes Capital, W-LoungeAmadeus VenturesBTOV LocalGlobe VCCatapult Ventures and Sofinnova partners.


Applications are open until 05 November 2020.


Women-led companies are on the rise. However, female entrepeneurs still face  obstacles and underrepresentation. Whether it comes to issues like raising funds or assuming leadership positions, the hurdles are still there. The participation of women in deep tech is not only a matter of fairness but also a case of excellent science and economic business case. EIC is proactively seizing this great opportunity for growth. To help tackle this issue, the latest EIC-calls  stated that at least 25% of aplications invited for the second stage of evaluationshould come from women-led companies. As a result, the amount of selected women-led companies went from 7% to 34% compared to the previous EIC-call. This contributed to an overall increase in the female led companies from 8% to 15% (blended finance calls only).

To build upon this success, the EIC is back with a second EIC Investor Day: Women in Tech 2.0. The event will bring together top European investors and the most prominent EIC funded companies that are owned or managed by outstanding women entrepreneurs. The event will consist of two dedicated pitching sessions, respectively on ICT and Health, as well as a panel discussion, where several women leaders will debate on challenges for women to break through the glass ceiling.


EIC Investor Day: Women in Tech 2.0

For those companies selected, this exclusive service will include specific training, pitching, pre-arranged meetings with high-level European investors and the possibility to network with like-minded innovators in a dedicated online event.

The following investor firms have confirmed their attendance:

Who can apply?

The event is open to all succesful, innovative EIC-companies that

  • have a female founder or CEO; and/or
  • Its management team structure is well represented by women;
  • is working on innovative solutions in the ICT or Health-sector.


Opportunities for selected EIC-funded SMEs

By attending this event you will have the chance to:

  • Engage directly with top investors representatives;
  • Pitch your business case in front of a world-renowned jury of investors;
  • Meet one-to-one with aforementioned investors
  • Network with fellow EIC-backed companies;
  • Personalised online training on pitching techniques and investors specifications before the event.


How to apply?

You can apply by clicking on the following link: https://entrypoint-smei.easme-web.eu/form/168 

After logging in with your EU-Login, please fill in the respective form.

In order to have the opportunity to be selected for this event you need to update or create your profile on our matchmaking tool ScaleUp EU. Access to this tool is given by default to the Primary Coordinator (PCoCo). In case you would like to have access to it, please request this by using the following Contact Us form - ScaleUp EU: claim access). 

Make sure to fill in all the information in the Investor profile sought section and uupload your pitch deck.

Based on the applications, a jury panel of experts and investors will select the most suitable companies, to maximise the benefits and ensure the effectiveness of the pitching sessions and one-to-one meetings.

The Business Acceleration Services will contact all applicants once the selection process has been concluded. However, this contact does not include feedback or recommendations to not selected EIC companies.


Additional information

EIC Business Acceleration Services

The Business Acceleration Services provided are free of charge. All participants are expected to fill out a brief satisfaction survey shortly after the event, and a business impact survey after six months. Failure to do so may lead to exclusion from future Business Acceleration Services.


Cancellation policy

Cancellations will only be considered in duly documented cases of “force majeure”. Unjustified cancellation can lead to exclusion in future Business Acceleration Services events. For additional information, please refer to our helpdesk: https://community-smei.easme-web.eu/contact (Please refer to our helpdesk using the category ‘EIC Investor Day: Women in Tech 2.0)


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