EU|BIC Innovation Ecosystem Building Playbook

By the European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN), with contributions by the European Commission Joint Research Centre, UNIDO and Startup Commons

By the European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN), with contributions by the European Commission Joint Research Centre, UNIDO and Startup Commons

Innovation Ecosystem Building Playbook: ESOs raising access to finance for their local ecosystem and Europe 

Access to finance is crucial for growing innovation ecosystems. EU|BICs bridge the gap between startups and investors, ensuring ventures get needed financial backing. Europe’s regional diversity is a strength, with initiatives like Furthr VC in Ireland and MINERVA Business Angels in the UK driving growth. Discover more in the EU|BIC Innovation Ecosystem Building Playbook.

Join Europe’s Leading Start-Up Hubs 2025 Ranking by Financial Times and Statista

The Financial Times and Statista are launching the Europe’s Leading Start-Up Hubs 2025 ranking to spotlight top support systems for new businesses in Europe; participate by sharing your success story and enjoy recognition, impact, and networking opportunities.

EBN Welcomes the Commission’s Funding for Regional Innovation Valleys, with 55+ EU|BICs Present

New European Innovation Agenda, Regional Innovation Valleys, EBN, EU|BIC

EBN applauds the European Commission’s recent funding allocation of €116 million for the Regional Innovation Valleys (RIVs) initiative, aimed at enhancing competitiveness and fostering innovation across the EU. 151 regions were granted the RIV title, including over 45 RIVs with EU|BIC presence.

Laval Mayenne Technopole wins the 1st edition of the EU|BIC Excellence Awards!

The participants of the EBN Congress 2024 listened to all 7 finalist pitches and decided, by popular vote, that Laval Mayenne Technopole’s “Challenge Compétences” was the most Impactful Programme in the first edition of the EU|BIC Excellence Awards.

EU Project Pill II: Horizon Europe Participation of Associated and Other Third Countries

eu project pill 2 for european business and innovation centres

This EU Project Pill will address the EU RDI international cooperation framework and the legal and financial implications of involving third countries in Horizon Europe proposals.  In particular we will make clarity about the different funding frameworks and agreements the EC establishes with third countries (associated countries, bilateral agreements and regional dialogues).

Q2Scale – startup scaling programme applications are now open

EBN is proudly partnering with EIT Global Outreach and Q-Europe to facilitate business collaborations and commercialisation between startups and leading industry players – part of investment fund Q2Scale.

Tailored for EU|BIC client startups in the automotive, Energy, Supply Chain, and Sustainability sectors. Join the Q2Scale corporate-startup PoC programme!

South Karelia Growth Builders showcases in Nantes development strategies for remote regions

The Cities of Lappeenranta (an EU|BIC since 2010) and Imatra will showcase their program, South Karelia Growth Builders, in Nantes. These municipalities took action after a concerning report from the Federation of Finnish Enterprises highlighted a decline in South Karelia’s growth. To address this issue, Lappeenranta and Imatra designed a program aimed at reversing this trend in their border region. Being one of the 7 nominees competing for the Most Impactful Programme title in the EU|BIC Excellence Awards final will set a precedent for other remote regions to follow.