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

Operating in over 35 countries, covering the full spectrum of innovation sectors, and collaborating for continuous improvement and increased impact.
business experts & partners
Committed to the development and growth of entrepreneurial innovators, providing high-quality services to startups, spin-offs and SMEs.
Receive support from our members. Benefiting from expertise and programmes critical to their growth.
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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.

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News & events

Introducing the Business Advisor Certificate (BAC)!
Ready to become a certified business advisor? EBN's Business Advisor Certificate (BAC) is your key to career success and regional development. Our online, self-paced course covers interpersonal skills and business fundamentals, offered in partnership with GrowthWheel International.
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EBN renews Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
The need for an update – SIGs take a turn to EU industry focus for greater collaboration The updated SIG names and structures, which are presented below, leverage the new policy approach to drive more opportunities for EU|BIC community members.
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Open Call for Travel Agency Services (AEDIB|NET)
EBN seeks a travel agency to manage the travels of the start-ups participating in the AEDIB|NET Bootcamp in Cape Town, which will take place between the 28th and the 30th of November 2023.
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Hybrid B2B Matchmaking of World IoT Expo 2023 (Wuxi – China)
Organized by EU|BIC Associate member EUPIC, the hybrid B2B Matchmaking of EU-China IoT Industry Cooperation Fair is one of the important events of the World IoT Expo, aiming to effectively promote trade, investment and technical cooperation between Chinese and European IoT enterprises and related institutions, and to build an exchange platform.
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EU-China Summit on Industrial Cluster Cooperation – One week business trip
The EU-China Summit on Industrial Cluster Cooperation is a one-week business trip organized by EU|BIC Associate Member EUPIC to the districts of Wuxi, Chengdu, and Quingdao. The event aims to promote cooperation between European and Chinese businesses in cutting-edge technologies, modern high-end, green and low-carbon industries.
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Open Call for IP & Innovation Training Expert (Lebanon Innovate)
Open call for the selection of one IP and Innovation expert to undertake the design and delivery of a 5-day training for university managers and executives on innovation and IP strategies within the Lebanon Innovate EU-funded project.
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EU|BIC Community’s Impact 2022-2023
As a pan-European community, we concentrate our efforts around four mission commitments: regional economic development, quality business support, access to finance, and scaling European innovation.
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Laura Lecci
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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