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.
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.

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News & events

Time to rethink the way we do business and re-strategise I Laura Lecci, CEO of EBN
Amid the still-unfolding impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, increasing unrest on European territories and the effects of climate change, innovation systems change is no longer a buzzword. It is an urgent call to action for the business community.
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EU|BIC Country Report - Spain
EU|BICs in Spain: How they contribute to national and European innovation environments. 30% of all startups in Spain are supported by an EU|BIC. The survival rates of these companies is remarkable higher than the EU-average.
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TN#11:Untapped Innovation Potential - Boosting Impact-driven and Inclusive Entrepreneurship
The next era of entrepreneurship is about raising the bar, leveling the playing field, expanding participation, and scaling the networks of social, financial, and knowledge capital that provide the foundation for successful and sustainable start-ups and scalable businesses.
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Webinar: Extended Reality Solutions for Creative and Cultural Industries: ‘Metaverse, XR/AR and Digital Media‘
Coventry University and EBN are proud to be partnering up on the webinar series dedicated to the transformative power of innovation through Simulation, Immersive and Experiential Technologies.
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Final event of Better Incubation project
Last Friday the final event of the Better Incubation project was held with great success! The event started in the morning with an EU Policy Workshop aimed at sharing and validating Better Incubation Policy Recommendations with policymakers, researchers, BSOs, investors for impact, regional development agencies, national agencies for social innovation and pan-European networks like Eurocities and Euclid.
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EU|BIC CorkBIC appoints Larry O’Donoghue as CEO
The CorkBIC Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Larry O’Donoghue as CEO. Larry will assume this exciting role on January 1st, 2023, succeeding Michael O’Connor who has led CorkBIC for over 25 years.
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EU|BIC Inkubator Sezana - Join the pitching event of the Scale-up Academy Sežana
Nine start-ups will present their business ideas in this final event of the Scale-up Academy Sežana. These ideas and businesses were created in the program and are now looking for funds to start a company.
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Tools for transformative change:
UN Climate Change Global Innovation
A key barrier to transformative innovation to support combatting climate change is the absence of a moonshot mindset when setting targets.
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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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