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

The 25th Laval Virtual exhibition
Since 1999, the international VR/AR/XR ecosystem - historical and emerging players, international experts, professional visitors, end-users - gathers in Laval, France over a 5-day event. With 6 500 professional visitors, 150 exhibitors, 70 speakers and 2 500 m² of exhibition space, Laval Virtual is Europe’s leading event dedicated to VR/AR/XR and immersive technologies and uses.
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Looking to enter the UK market? I Webinar
Are you interested in entering the UK market? Do not miss this webinar co-organized by EBN, IPN and St. John's Innovation Centre which aims to help your companies & startups understand the type of support they can receive & the resources available to them when internationalizing to the UK.
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ScaleUp programme – Accelerating Space Commercialisation - ESA
In order to support and accelerate space commercialisation in Europe, ESA is proud to present the ScaleUp programme that will be proposed to the next ESA Council Meeting (CM22) in November 2022.
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Pre-acceleration programme Boost Your Ideas - EU|BIC Lazio Innova
Boost Your Ideas (BYI) pre-acceleration program had been set up to scout innovative solutions for the economic and competitive repositioning of Lazio in the post-Covid recovery. According to the success of the first edition of the initiative in 2020, the program has now reached its 4th edition (ongoing). It provides mentorship and rewards in services and money to the best solutions selected at the end of its 3rd phase.
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Open call for member collaboration: HORIZON Enhancing synergies between the EIC and Startup Europe
The European Innovation Council (EIC) is seeking to build synergies with the wider European startup ecosystem via the second wave of actions under the Commission’s Startup Europe initiative.
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Call for applications: CASSINI Hackathon - Space for defence & security
10 simultaneous local organisers, will receive a comprehensive support package to implement the hackathon in their city, region, or country.
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The Entrepreneur Experience™ - EU|BIC CorkBIC
The Entrepreneur Experience™ is a unique opportunity for 24 Emerging Entrepreneurs to gain advice and mentoring from 24 of Ireland’s most successful business leaders over 24 hours. After we developed and delivered the first Entrepreneur Experience™ back in 2011, our 10th anniversary was a special one – once again back in person in 2021.
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Open Call - EIC Ecosystem Partnerships: Exploring Synergies
The EIC Ecosystem Partnerships: Exploring Synergies event will be a moderated online session, featuring key speakers from the European Innovation Council, the European Commission and representatives from innovation ecosystem stakeholders.
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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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