Open Call #2

The Open Call #2 offers

Open Call #2

15 Startups

750000 € Funding

6 Months Programme

Launching on January 2024 and closing on March 2024

Up to 50 000€ per startups

The programme will be split between those with (x5) and without (x10) experience of the EIC Accelerator (or former SME Instrument) application.

What is in for you ?

Financial support

Expert Mentoring

Acceleration programme

Series of workshops

Networking opportunities

Up to 50k grant funding

Advice on business development

6 months acceleration programme to increase scalability

Tackling EU funding and procurement topics

Connexions with other EU innovation ecosystem players

Who are we looking for?


Open Call #2 Timeline

The open call will run from January 2024. All applications will then be evaluated by external experts. Applications must be submitted in English through the F6S platform. In addition, applicants must be based in an EU or Horizon Europe-associated country.

10 January - 13 March 2024


EIC and Non-EIC Tracks
Apply until 13th of March 2024, 17:00 CET

April 2024


Evaluation by external experts

May 2024


Sub-Grant agreement signatures and KPIs set-up with the winning Startups

SynergistEIC Programme
June - November 2024


Mentoring sessions and SynergistEIC Programme Workshops

March 30
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Application format

Proposers will need to submit two files through the application form
as their application package:

open call doc

A technical annex

Scroll down to access the documentation

video pitch

A 3-minute video pitch

The video pitch must be in English featuring the founders introducing their product, team, green focus/impact, potential for growth, and results expected from benefiting from the SynergistEIC funding. Recommended format is MP4. The maximum size of the video can not be more than 30 Mp

Open Call #2 documents

Make sure to read our Open Call #2 documents carefully before submitting your application!


General eligibility criteria to receive financial support valid for both EIC-applicants and non EIC-applicants:
  • Projects must be proposed by legal entities, single applicant startups (SMEs) established in EU member states or Associated Countries.
  • Preference is given to companies founded in Widening Countries or EU Outermost Regions or companies incorporated in Widening Countries or EU Outermost Regions.
  • Technological focus: Digital and deep tech startups, notably using AI, Machine learning and language processing, Big data, Advanced Computing, Bioengineering, Next Generation Internet, Blockchain, IoT.
  • Sectoral focus: Companies developing innovative solutions addressing Climate-tech, Greentech, Circular economy and Agri-food challenges.
  • Absence of conflict of interest: Applicants shall not have any potential conflict of interest with the selection process. Applicants cannot be legally connected to any member of the SynergistEIC consortium.

EIC-applicant startups

Digital and deep tech startups that:
  • Have applied for EIC Accelerator and were preselected after Step 1 and not selected or have not applied to Step 2
  • Have implemented an SME Instrument Phase 1 project
  • Are Seal of Excellence holders (SME instrument or EIC Accelerator)

Activities & services that qualify for financial support should aim to increase market coverage of selected solutions.
Specific eligibility criteria: Can provide proof of SoE or successful Step 1 application for EIC Accelerator/ SME Instrument Phase 1 and evaluation feedback.

Non-EIC applicants startups

Digital and deep tech startups that:

  • Have not applied for EIC Accelerator or SME Instrument
  • Have not received more than €500.000 in private funding or EU, National or other types of grant funding 

Activities & services that qualify for financial support should aim to increase the market readiness of the products or services developed by beneficiaries and their readiness to apply for EIC Accelerator.
Specific eligibility criteria:
  • Minimum TRL level 4
  • Funding: Can provide proof of receiving private or public funding of no more than €500.000

Eligible countries:

EU member States and Widening countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden

Associated countries: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Tunisia, Türkiye and Ukraine

Outermost Regions (defined in Art. 349 TFEU): Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, Réunion, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin, the Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands

Application platform: F6S

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