Allocating Financial Resources to Catalyze Groundbreaking Technological Innovations through the EIC Accelerator Program

Understanding the European Innovation Council Accelerator: A Comprehensive Overview of Its Purpose, Features, and Opportunities for Visionary Entrepreneurs The European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator represents a pivotal component of Horizon Europe’s comprehensive suite of funding initiatives, meticulously designed to underpin cutting-edge companies that are at the forefront of exploiting radical technological advances or path-breaking scientific … Read more

Financing Pioneering Breakthroughs through the EIC Accelerator

An Overview of the European Innovation Council Accelerator Programme The EIC Accelerator, an esteemed funding initiative under the auspices of the European Innovation Council (EIC) and integral to the Horizon Europe framework, is dedicated to providing substantial financial support to pioneering enterprises. This program focuses on organizations that are at the forefront of advancing technological … Read more

Leveraging Training Courses as an Alternative to Consultancy in Grant Applications

Introduction A common concern among past applicants of grant programs like the EIC Accelerator is the reliance on consultancies, which often require applicants to contribute significantly to their own application writing. This has led to a growing interest in alternative approaches, such as utilizing training courses offered by platforms like Rasph ( This article explores … Read more

Navigating the Maze: The Rise of the Consultancy Ecosystem in the Grant Industry

Introduction The grant industry, particularly for programs like the EIC Accelerator, is characterized by its complexity and uncertainty. These factors have given rise to a substantial consultancy ecosystem, designed to bridge the gap between grant agencies and applicants. This article explores how this ecosystem operates and its significance for startups and SMEs navigating the grant … Read more

The Essential Role of Consultancies in Leveling the Playing Field for DeepTech Companies in EIC Applications

Introduction The European Innovation Council (EIC) operates in a landscape where the intricacies of grant applications can be daunting, especially for DeepTech companies. The presence of a robust consulting ecosystem is not just beneficial but essential in this context. It plays a critical role in leveling the playing field, ensuring that companies with groundbreaking technologies … Read more

The EIC Accelerator’s Ecosystem: A Consultancy-Focused Framework

Consultancy Dominance in the EIC Accelerator Process The European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator program, designed to support innovative startups and SMEs, appears to have inadvertently fostered an ecosystem where consultancies play a more central role than the applicants themselves. This situation arises from a combination of the program’s complexity and the EIC’s communication strategies. Complexity … Read more

On Hiring a Consultant or Grant Writer for the 2021 EIC Accelerator (SME Instrument)

The EIC Accelerator blended financing (formerly SME Instrument Phase 2, grant and equity) has introduced a new stage to the application process in 2021 which acts as a mini-proposal termed Step 1 (read: Re-Inventing the EIC Accelerator). It includes materials such as a written grant application, a video pitch and a pitch deck which must … Read more

A New Approach to Developing EIC Accelerator Projects under Horizon Europe (SME Instrument)

The EIC Accelerator blended financing (formerly SME Instrument Phase 2, grant and equity) can be viewed as an entirely new funding program under Horizon Europe (2021-2027). It has not only changed its grant proposal submission process but also its evaluation which will likely see significant changes in the types of companies selected as beneficiaries (read: … Read more

The Profile of a Company That Should Not Apply for the EIC Accelerator (SME Instrument)

The EIC Accelerator blended financing (formerly SME Instrument Phase 2, grant and equity) is a highly competitive but also highly popular grant and equity financing scheme by the European Innovation Council (EIC). Many startups and Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SME) in the EU but also in associated countries such as Israel or Norway are interested … Read more

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