Webinar #5: European Innovation Council accelerator: grant and equity funding for the most promising European SMEs

When: 01 July 2020 | 10:00 AM

Where: Online


The EIC Accelerator (previously known as SME Instrument) is part of the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot that supports top-class innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and scientists with funding opportunities and acceleration services. Projects will receive between € 0.5 and € 2.5 million in the form of grants and the maximum of investment in the form of equity is € 15 million.

The EIC Accelerator supports high-risk, high-potential small and medium-sized enterprises and innovators to help them develop and bring onto the market new innovative products, services and business models that could drive economic growth. Selected companies receive funding and optional equity and are offered business coaching and mentoring to scale up their innovation idea. They get extra acceleration services to connect with investors, corporates and likeminded entrepreneurs.

Under EU programme Horizon 2020, the EIC Accelerator will support hundreds of European SMEs in introduction of their disruptive products and services in global markets. The final deadline for application is 07 October 2020.

For registrations please click HERE.

Ivan FILUS is senior consultant in BIC Bratislava, EU project manager, innovation advisor, financial and administrative co-ordinator of Enterprise Europe Network in Slovakia, Horizon 2020 National Contact Point for Innovation in SMEs and Access to Risk Finance and the key account manager for all successful EIC Accelerator beneficiaries in Slovakia.
He is active in the EU RTD Framework Programmes for research and innovation, project management, financial management, technology transfer, research and innovation policies and strategies, innovation management, SMEs development, business modelling, business planning, financing, regional development, pre-commercial procurement.

Eva SIMEKOVA is CEO in CIVITTA Slovakia. She has 10+ years of experience in the creation and oversight of budgets in a range of international projects in the area of specific EU related issues and support of SMEs. She has been a business start-up consultant for several companies, overseeing the clarification of legal, business and organizational structures in line with shareholders intentions. Eva has experience as an investment advisor to a range of companies with oversight of legal and financial matters. She has also been active in the non-profit sector, working on a variety of projects and high-level events. Since 2018, she is an evaluator of the EIC Accelerator scheme for the European Commission.

Welcome and introduction to TETRA project: NGI Business Accelerator 5 min
• TETRA services for NGI participants

EIC Accelerator: Grant and equity funding for disruptive innovation 25 min
Ivan FILUS, BIC Bratislava, Horizon 2020 National Contact Point and EIC Expert
• EIC Accelerator: How to take disruptive products and services to the market
• Target companies, eligible activities, evaluation process
• Results of previous calls and success stories
• Vision beyond 2021

What does it take to prepare an excellent project proposal: Evaluator’s view 10 min
Eva SIMEKOVA, CIVITTA Slovakia, EIC Accelerator evaluator
• Proposal evaluation in practice
• How to improve your chances to get funding
• Most common mistakes

Questions & Answers