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Horizon Europe – EIC Accelerator

Fund Name

Horizon Europe - EIC Accelerator

Project Length

24 months

Project Value

Up to €2.5m



The EIC Accelerator is a funding programme under Horizon Europe that offers support to start-ups and SMEs that:

  • have a innovative, game changing product, service or business model that could create new markets or disrupt existing ones in Europe and even worldwide,
  • have the ambition and commitment to scale up,
  • are looking for substantial funding, but the risks involved are too high for private investors alone to invest

There are two cut-offs for applications:

  • 13th March 2024
  • 3rd October 2024


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Fund details

Grant funding 

Non-dilutive funding, up to €2.5 million, for innovation activities only (TRL 5-8), to be completed within 24 months.

  • Grant only – for companies aiming to reach the TRL 8 at the end of the project and continue further development without the EIC support
  • Grant first – for companies reaching TRL 8 at the end of the project and the possibility to apply for dilutive equity to reach TRL 9

Direct investment 

Dilutive funding, up to €15 million, for market deployment (TRL 9), «patient capital» principle with a 7-10 years perspective.

  • Blended finance: a mix of non-dilutive grants for innovation activities (TRL 5-8) and dilutive equity for market deployment (TRL 9).
  • Investment only: for mid-caps companies and companies that have received a «grant only».


Who can apply?

Applicants from EU Member States and countries associated with the Horizon Europe programme:

  • Single start-up or SME (including spin-outs)
  • Small mid-caps (fewer than 499 employees) in need of rapid scale-up of the TRL 9 activity. Mid-caps can apply for investment only.
  • Natural persons or legal entities willing to set up an SME or a mid-cap.

Applicants from third countries:

  • Applicants from third countries may relocate their company to become eligible. This must be done before submitting the full application (Step 2).
  • Applicants from the United Kingdom can apply for the “grant only” scheme

Concurrent applications:

  • Applicants may submit only one application to the EIC Accelerator. Additional applications can be submitted after receiving the results of the original submission.

Please get in touch to discuss this programme and the fund suitability for your innovation.

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