The European Innovation Council (EIC) is a key novelty of Horizon Europe and represents the most ambitious innovation initiative that Europe has taken, with a budget of €10 billion for the period 2021-2027. The EIC has a mission to identify, develop and scale-up breakthrough technologies and disruptive innovations. The EIC will support startups, SMEs and research teams developing high-risk, high-impact breakthrough innovation, with a particular focus on scaling up game-changing solutions that contribute to the objectives of the European Green Deal and the Recovery Plan for Europe.
The first calls for applicants are planned to be released on 18 March.
Statements from Heads of States and EU institutions
Short specific sessions on the contribution of the EIC to Europe’s economic recovery:
- EIC for building businesses from breakthrough science
Speakers: Ingmar Hoerr (Founder and former CEO of CureVac), Silvia Scaglione (President of React4Life) and Louis de Lillers (CEO of CorWave)
Moderator: Chris Sisserian (Sifted)
- EIC for investing in deep tech
Speakers: Hermann Hauser (Amadeus Capital), Veronika Oudova (Co-Founder and CEO of S-Biomedic) + other to be confirmed
Moderator: Robin Wauters (Tech.EU)
- EIC for creating innovation ecosystems for sustainability
Speakers: Jim Snabe (Chair, Siemens) + other to be confirmed
Moderator: Jean-Eric Paquet (Director-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission)