€59 million in the form of grants, equity investments or blended finance were awarded to Baltic firms between 2014-2022. 100+ Baltic firms succeeded in applying for funding from Europe's flagship EIC Accelerator programme (previously called SME instrument under Horizon 2020).
The EIC Accelerator programme helps high-risk, innovative SMEs and start-ups willing to develop and commercialise new products, business models, and services. These developments could potentially drive economic growth and influence new markets or disrupt existing European or global markets. The EIC Accelerator programme opens funding and investment opportunities worth over €1.13 billion.
The European Innovation Council (EIC) Fund is the investment vehicle of the EIC Accelerator programme - the European Commission's (EC) flagship innovation funding programme. With a budget of €3 billion from 2021-2027, the EIC Fund is positioned to be one of the largest deep-tech venture capitalists (VCs) in Europe during this period. Through the structure of the fund, a minimum of €3 billion of private funds will be invested alongside the EIC Fund during this period. The EIC aspires to crowd in a further €30bn-€50bn as one of its six strategic goals.
The EIC Fund is a venture capital fund owned by the European Commission established to make direct equity investments in companies with breakthrough technologies. The Fund usually targets minority ownership stakes (from 10 to 20%). Furthermore, it participates in direct equity investment ranging between €0.5 million to €15 million in innovative companies that pass the rigorous EIC Accelerator selection process. The Fund invests on a matching (1:1) basis alongside a syndicate of lead investors from the private market.
Between 2014-2022, 100+ companies have been successful in applying for funding from Europe's flagship EIC Accelerator programme (previously called SME instrument under Horizon 2020). €59 million have been awarded in the form of grants, equity investments or a combination of the two: blended finance.
Baltic firms represent 1.9% of the successful applicants to this programme. 1.2% of the total funding awarded has been won by Baltic firms.
*[Figures accurate as of 15/03/2023].
The top three topics that attracted the most funding were: (1) Engineering and technology €7 million, (2) ICT €6 million and, (3) Nanotechnologies €5 million.
The top three topics that attracted the most funding were: (1) Health €10 million, (2) Engineering and technology €3 million and, (3) Consumer products and services €2 million.
The EIC Fund's investment strategy:
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