The EIC Accelerator (previously known as SME Instrument) supports top-class innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and scientists with funding opportunities and acceleration services. It offers Europe’s brightest and boldest entrepreneurs the chance to step forward and request funding for breakthrough ideas with the potential to create entirely new markets or revolutionise existing ones.

The EIC Accelerator is a totally new approach amongst EU-funding-programmes. It provides grant-only support (former SME Instrument) as well as support in the form of blended finance (combining grant and equity).

For innovative companies, it is highly important to be aware of this opportunity and potentially use it to conduct R&D and commercialise results together with expanding the business internationally.

However, on the one hand, there is a big chance which lies in the EIC Accelerator but on the other hand, a few important changes have been implemented between the SME Instrument and the EIC Accelerator that need to be clarified. The main goal of the presentation will be to make the programme more understandable and to show crucial changes as well as requirements.

GAEU Consulting is a professional service consultancy specializing in advising innovative companies on how to obtain EU grants to projects and growth activities. Our mission is to help write the applications for EU grants of companies striving to develop and commercialise innovations.

Our practical working method: Our customer is a crescent company with an innovative project. Through a quality-controlled method of analysis, we assess whether the project has adequate potential to get granted. When passed, our specialists initiate the process of writing the application. After the application has been approved, we tailor a contract and take care of the reporting and accounting for the granted project.

Michał Gadzinowski
GAEU Consulting