EIC Accelerator

High-risk and high-potential innovations for SMEs

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.

Scope of the project

EIC Accelerator helps you develop your business concept further into a market-ready product, service or process aligned with your company’s growth strategy. Activities could, for example, include trials, prototyping, validation, demonstration and testing in real-world conditions, and market replication. If the activity concerns a primarily technological innovation, a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 6-8 is envisaged for projects requesting grants only.

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Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with radically new ideas underpinned by a business plan for rolling out marketable innovation solutions and with ambitions to scale up.

About EIC

The EIC Accelerator supports high-risk, high-potential small and medium-sized enterprises and innovators to help them develop and bring to the market new innovative products, services and business models that could drive economic growth.

When your company is selected, you receive funding and optional equity and you are offered business coaching and mentoring to scale up your innovation idea. You get extra acceleration services to connect with investors, corporates and like-minded entrepreneurs.

As an EIC Accelerator client, you will gain visibility and boost your chances of success in European and international markets.

For more information visit the EIC Accelerator website.

“Many innovators do not understand the hidden potential they have. They are too focused on the direct and small problem they want to solve. I help them to broaden the scope and realise about the greater impact they can have.”

–  Danilo Remmers, MSc – Consultant at ttopstart

Turn your innovations into real impact

Whether you are an academic or entrepreneur, ttopstart challenges you to think 10 years in the future. Where is your innovation by then, what does the future look like, and how is it different because of your research or innovation?

We think beyond the scope of a single project and help you develop long-term strategies to accelerate your new idea, product or service towards the market.

Create – Innovate – Accelerate

At ttopstart we co-create new and insight-driven solutions. We make the complex simple and position visions and ideas in the right context.

Disruption requires synergy between new technologies and ground-breaking business strategies. With our detailed understanding of the challenges facing life science innovations, we help you find new ways to realize meaningful impact.

We accelerate transformative change by pushing through barriers by designing and implementing winning strategies.

More informaton

Do you need support with your EIC Accelerator application? We can advise on how to develop a competitive project, review your proposal before submission or provide full support for your application. Fill in the form below. We are happy to discuss the possibilities with you!

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