About EBN

European Business and Innovation Centre Network


EBN (European Business and Innovation Centre Network) is a not-for-profit that serves a pan-European, global community of people that use innovative business as a driver for regional (economic) development.


EBN’s initiatives include EU|BIC certification, development and distribution of quality business support programmes, facilitation and initiation of project collaborations, global networking and advocacy for excellent business support actors like the EU|BICs.

We are on a mission to drive sustainable, economic development and wellbeing in our regions.

Mission Commitments

Regional (sustainable and social) economic development

From its origins until today, we endeavour to build strong innovation networks that support the economic development of European regions by:


  • fostering entrepreneurial innovations, including the acceleration of new enterprises and fostering innovation in existing enterprises
  • promoting entrepreneurial culture
  • modernising, digitalising and diversifying industries
  • stimulating job creation
  • partnering strategically with universities, research and science parks, corporates, investors and public authorities to form a vast, diverse, collaborative and connected European business innovation ecosystem

Quality Business Support

We conduct our operations in a manner that delivers the highest-quality support services possible. Our quality-certified, smart selection, ideation, acceleration, and incubation programmes are designed to support startups, scale-ups, SMEs and innovators of all kinds to keep succeeding in achieving their mission. In support of our commitment, we use our position as experts to share best practices with other businesses in our communities and facilitate social capital by getting people to meet and collaborate in mutual innovation projects–leaving no one behind.

Access to finance

From its origins until today, we endeavour to provide a steady pipeline of innovative, investment-ready companies and foster supportive investment opportunities, including, but not limited to, access to private investments, EU and non-EU grants, loans and equity funds, ensuring the continuity of the businesses and innovations that a competitive European economy needs. With a network of networks also including hundreds of investors, we rely on various tools and programmes to embed innovation to finance, and finance to innovation and share best practices on investment processes.

Scaling European Innovation

Our pan-European nature is one of our greatest assets to bolster the expansion potential of European startups, scaleups and innovative SMEs to support those who already operate on an international scale and to reinforce Europe as a global leader in entrepreneurial research and innovation. We apply our understanding of the different needs of our client entrepreneurs throughout the various stages of growth and leverage the support network so they can benefit from the same quality of support in any region they target for expansion.

Our impact

We are proud to share here the highlight from our EU|BIC community. In 2021, at the top of all sectors represented by EU|BICs we see crucial support to companies active in Biotech & Life Sciences, Energy & Clean Technology and increased support to companies working in AI, Blockchain and Cyber Security. EU|BICs continue to be crucial intermediaries for startups & SMEs for attracting funding.


In 2021/2022 the community also reported having attracted more than 1 billion euros in capital. The great majority of our community now offer Internationalisation services (Access to markets) as a core service.


The issues we face, together with those amplified by the pandemic, need entrepreneurial innovators as crucial building blocks in driving agile responses and supporting resilient regions, fostering the transition to a digital, green, and fair future society. EU|BICs all over the world, have been supporting over 36,000 startups and a growing number of long-term sustainable SMEs to move forward. We are an essential partner in our society’s transition towards 2030.


For the EU|BIC community to rise to our future challenges we need to continue the ongoing transition to fair and sustainable regions and societies. EBN is ready to work with you and make this happen.


EBN is home to an innovative and enthusiastic team committed to building inclusive innovation ecosystems and sustainable economic development. We pride ourselves on creating an inclusive and flexible workplace that allows all staff to flourish.


Join our team! See below for current job openings or send your open application to info@ebn.eu.

Want to work for a Certified EU|BIC? Job seekers should also check out our news section, updated frequently with new openings from Certified EU|BICs, partners, and other innovation-driven employers