Opportunities for Green Entrepreneurs and Female CEOs

The European Innovation Council (EIC) supports disruptive and market-creating innovations for high-tech SMEs to scale-up and prepare for the foundation of Horizon Europe. Irish Entrepreneurs were approved €38m of funding Irish companies under this programme in 2019. Enterprise Ireland is looking to support companies to exceed this success in 2020.

Due to a proposed substantial increase to the Horizon 2020 European Innovation Council Pilot budget for March 2020, a one-off EIC Accelerator call for Green Deal start-ups and SMEs is also planned for SMEs submitting for the 19th May 2020 cut-off. Companies will need to demonstrate how their innovation contributes to the goals of the European Green Deal:

➢Increasing the EU’s climate mitigation and/or adaptation ambition;
➢Supplying clean, affordable and secure energy;
➢Transitioning of industry to a clean and/or circular economy (including waste prevention and/or recycling); ➢Building and renovating in an energy and resource efficient way;
➢Accelerating the shift to sustainable and smart mobility;
➢Transition to a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system;
➢Preserving and restoring ecosystems and biodiversity;
➢Realizing a zero pollution ambition and a toxic-free environment

The 7th of October 2020 cut-off for the EIC Accelerator Pilot will remain open to all kind of innovations.

Further opportunities for companies with women CEOs will be implemented in May and October, to ensure that 25% of all selected applicants in the EIC Accelerator Pilot are women-led companies. In addition, should the first round evaluation show that a minimum of 25% of companies selected for the final-stage interviews are not led by women, additional interviews will be planned.

Further details are available here: https://ec.europa.eu/info/news/increase-funding-game-changing-green-innovation-and-woman-led-companies-2020-feb-10_en and in the attached sheet available here.



Head Office

Enterprise Ireland
East Point Business Park, Dublin 3
Tel: +353 1 727 2000 | Fax: +353 1 727 2020

  • The Department for Agriculture Food and the Marine
  • The Environmental Protection Agency Ireland
  • Health Research Board
  • Higher Education Authority
  • Irish Research Council
  •  Irish Universities Association
  • The Marine Institute
  • Science Foundation Ireland (SFI
  • The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Horizon 2020 national support network led by Enterprise Ireland