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 (www.rasph.com). This article explores … Read more

Accelerating EIC Accelerator Applications: The Advantages of Rasph Training for In-House Team Collaboration

Introduction For startups and SMEs aiming to apply for the EIC Accelerator, the Rasph training program offers a strategic advantage. By equipping an in-house team with the necessary skills and knowledge, the program enables companies to write their applications collaboratively and efficiently. This approach can often lead to a faster final result compared to relying … Read more

The High Workload Challenge: Navigating Diverse Templates and Requirements in Grant Applications

Introduction For startups and SMEs applying for various grant programs, such as the EIC Accelerator and others within the European Union (EU), the variance in templates and requirements can be a major source of workload and complexity. This article examines how these differences affect applicants and offers strategies to efficiently manage the diverse documentation demands. … 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

Navigating the Changing Tides of EIC Accelerator Applications: A Guide to Keeping Up with Template and Process Updates

The European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator program, a cornerstone of support for startups and Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), is known for its dynamic approach to fostering innovation. However, this dynamism often translates into frequent changes in application templates and processes, leading to a challenging landscape for applicants. The constant updates, while aimed at improving … Read more

Crafting a Winning Strategy for EIC Accelerator Applications: Why Prioritizing the Written Proposal is Key

For startups and Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) eyeing the lucrative funding opportunities offered by the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator, a strategic approach to the application process is essential. This includes the EIC Accelerator Video and the Pitch Deck, integral components of the application. However, the key to a successful application lies in prioritizing … Read more

Navigating the Grant Writing Landscape: The Critical Need for Specialization in EIC Accelerator Applications

The landscape of grant writing, particularly for highly competitive and prestigious programs like the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator, presents a unique challenge for companies seeking funding. Most professional grant writers do not specialize in a single grant program due to the inherently low success rates of such grants. However, given the complexity and specificity … Read more

Harnessing EIC Accelerator Training: A Cost-Effective Strategy for In-House Application Preparation

Embracing In-House Expertise for EIC Accelerator Applications In the quest for securing EIC Accelerator funding, startups and Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) often face a daunting challenge: crafting a compelling application that meets the stringent criteria of the European Innovation Council (EIC). The process, intricate and demanding, typically involves navigating through complex grant proposal templates, … 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

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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