Europe’s leading innovation partner network, fast-tracking your connectivity and certifying your value

We believe that in a world seeking to solve our global challenges, innovative entrepreneurs are the force for sustainable, economic development and greater wellbeing in our local regions.

 

Becoming a certified EU|BIC or joining the community as an Associate Member means responding to our mission with the best possible actions to create vibrant, thriving startups and SMEs. In other words, EU|BICs take real steps to ensure that their services are best advantageous to their client companies and best advantageous to their regions.

 

There are now more than 106 Certified EU|BICs and over 43 Associate members and 20 satellites shaping our global community.

 

EBN (European Business and Innovation Centre Network) is the non-profit that facilitates this pan-European, global community of people using innovative business as a driver for regional (economic, sustainable, and social) development. EBN grants and manages the EU|BIC certification, and many other innovation solutions for excellent business support actors like the EU|BICs.

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EU | BIC community

165+
members
Operating in over 35 countries, covering the full spectrum of innovation sectors, and collaborating for continuous improvement and increased impact.
630+
business experts & partners
Committed to the development and growth of entrepreneurial innovators, providing high-quality services to startups, spin-offs and SMEs.
36,000+
startups
Receive support from our members. Benefiting from expertise and programmes critical to their growth.
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official certificate
Uniquely granted by EBN to mission-aligned organisations as the only certification of quality for business support organisations originated by the European Commission.
Build New Relationships
Fast-track your connectivity. When your organisation certifies as an EU|BIC you join a powerful community of business leaders, support practitioners and innovation partners expanding your reach within your local and international innovation ecosystems.
Improve Your Results
Getting certified and taking the yearly assessment is a powerful mechanism to help your company set goals for improvement, deliver more value to your clients and your ecosystem, and track performance over time. Members gain access to training, peers, technical assistance and funding opportunities.
Engage Trusted Partners
More than ever, people want to do engage with people and organisations they trust. The EU|BIC Certification and its trusted community are among the smartest ways to attract best-of-class clients, investment partners and to participate in revenue-generating projects that help you deliver on your mission.
Amplify Your Voice
The EU|BIC label communicates that your organisation is a verified business innovation leader when it comes to delivering quality business support and empowering entrepreneurial innovators. The third-party validation helps your organisation to stand out, and stand by your mission.

Smart solutions for all your innovation needs

News & events

Lebanon Innovate's upcoming webinar bridges the gap with EU stakeholders
Valmiera Development Agency, a 2023 addition to the EU|BIC associates family, will be contending for the EU|BIC Excellence Awards final. Representing the Baltic country of Latvia in the grand final of the EU|BIC Excellence Awards. The ZILE programme, meaning acorn in English, is one of the 7 selected programmes to pitch on stage for the Most Impactful Programme title. Valmiera's ZILE programme shows the compromise of the newest EU|BICs in bringing fresh ideas to the broader EU|BIC community.
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Valmiera's ZILE Programme contends in the Excellence Awards Final
Valmiera Development Agency, a 2023 addition to the EU|BIC associates family, will be contending for the EU|BIC Excellence Awards final. Representing the Baltic country of Latvia in the grand final of the EU|BIC Excellence Awards. The ZILE programme, meaning acorn in English, is one of the 7 selected programmes to pitch on stage for the Most Impactful Programme title. Valmiera's ZILE programme shows the compromise of the newest EU|BICs in bringing fresh ideas to the broader EU|BIC community.
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CEIN Health Programme Competes in Nantes for the EU|BIC Excellence Awards Prize
CEIN, one of the newest additions of the EU|BIC Community, will be the EU|BIC associate representing Türkiye in the grand final. One of the 7 selected programmes to pitch on stage of the EU|BIC Excellence Awards: Most Impactful Programme.
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Bilişim Vadisi's DIGIAGE Programme Earns a Spot in the Nantes Final!
Bilişim Vadisi's, one of the newest additions of the EU|BIC Community, will be the EU|BIC associate representing Türkiye in the grand final. One of the 7 selected programmes to pitch on stage of the EU|BIC Excellence Awards: Most Impactful Programme. Bilişim Vadisi, being an EU|BIC associate since 2023, and its DIGIAGE programme show's the compromise of the newest EU|BICs in bringing fresh ideas to the broader EU|BIC community.
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Laval Mayenne Technopole's "Challenge Compétences" Programme Secures Final Spot in Nantes!
The Final is here! After careful consideration from the Jury, Laval Mayenne Technopole, the French Member of the EU|BIC Community since 2012, is going to face 6 other fierce opponents this June in the final of the EU|BIC Excellence Awards: Most Impactful Programme. The winner will be decided by attendees and announced during the EBN Congress 2024 in Nantes, which is jointly organised with EU|BIC Atlanpole.
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These are the 7 EU|BICs contending in the Excellence Awards Final
The EU|BIC Excellence Awards will recognise outstanding contributions by the European Business and Innovation Centres. The winner will be decided by attendees and announced during the EBN Congress 2024 in Nantes, which is jointly organised with EU|BIC Atlanpole.
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Successful Conclusion of Lebanon Innovate Capacity Building Programme for IPR Lawyers
We are excited to share a brief recap of the recent in-person training session for the Lebanon Innovate Capacity Building Programme for IPR Lawyers. With the generous support of the European Union, this initiative aimed to equip 17 legal professionals with essential knowledge and skills in Intellectual Property (IP) rights.
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EU|BIC Essentials Deep Dives I: Incubation Services for Circular Economy
In the first Deep Dive, we will dig into the peculiarities of promoting and supporting innovative entrepreneurship in and for Circular Economy according to the EU|BIC Assessment framework, therefore providing Entrepreneurship Support Organisations (ESO) with practical insights on how to implement incubation services for Circular Economy.
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Laura Lecci
CEO, EBN
The pan-European EU|BIC business innovation community and the Certified EU|BIC quality label were designed as pioneering models for economic growth, facilitated by the EBN Secretariat. Throughout the pandemic, we have witnessed how the model of supporting entrepreneurial innovation continues to be the accelerator for recovery and a solution-driver for global challenges.
Our members, who we serve via the EU|BIC community, partners and the EBN team remain committed to co-design our desired future supported by innovation: creating greater wellbeing to European citizens – and beyond.

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