EIC Accelerator Challenge

The EIC Accelerator is a program aimed at start-ups and SMEs (or mid-caps only for Equity) that need help finishing the development of new technology, then bring it to market. On top of a non-refundable subsidy component of up to €2.5M for technological development, this program offers the chance to obtain an investment of up to €15M in exchange for company shares, with the intention to strengthen your commercial scale-up.

To find out if this program is right for you, assess the following statements:

  • I am a start-up or SME with a strong team of professionals and a clear work plan to bring the technology to market.
  • I have an innovative and disruptive idea that will surpass the state of the art.
  • The impact of my innovation on the sector is going to be considerable and may even change the rules of the game.
  • The innovation can have a positive impact on a social or environmental level.
  • The idea is advanced at development level (minimum TRL 5) but there is still risk reaching the market (TRL 9).
  • My idea fits with at least one of the program’s challenges.
  • The development that lies ahead will last 18 to 36 months and is the responsibility of the company’s internal team.
  • It is an idea that raises the interest of market and investors but due to its level of development is still too risky to attract large investments.

Deadlines: 3




3Total budget:

Challenges – 523 M€


One beneficiary

TRL start-finish:

TRL 5 – TRL 9


Grant – 0,5M€ up to 2,5M€, Intensity  70%

Equity – 0,5M€ up to 15M€ (maximum 25% shares

  • Success rate: **
  • Preparation time: *****

Technologies for Open Strategy Autonomy:

  • Components, technologies, and systems for the pharmaceutical industry
  • Strategic healthcare technologies (cell and gene therapies)
  • Sustainable and innovative approaches to critical raw materials (CRM)
  • New applications of quantum technologies
  • Edge computing applications
  • Innovative applications making use of data and signals from EU space infrastructures   (Galileo, Copernicus, etc.)
  • Development of space technologies
  • Critical security technologies for secure communication, data security and protection of borders
  • Technologies for innovative financial and payment infrastructures and services

Technologies for Fit for 55::

  • Higher clean energy conversion and use through energy harvesting, conversion and storage.
  • Decarbonisation of hard-to-abate industries
  • Energy efficiency and safety in the built environment
  • Zero emission mobility solutions
  • Climate neutrality in the land use
  • Water, gas and indoor air management/monitoring systems
  • Green digital technologies



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