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08 Jan 2018

87 investment & innovation experts selected for EIC pilot Jury

With the creation of the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot, the SME instrument evaluations will undergo a change. Starting from the first cut-off on 10 January 2018, companies that pass the initial selection stage for Phase 2 awards, will have to pitch their innovation projects in front of a panel of jury experts, consisting of private investors, business angels and other players in the innovation ecosystem. This complements the existing paper-based assessment in order to take full account of the personal qualities and motivations of the applicant innovators.

A jury composed of 87 experts from 26 countries has been selected to interview applicants face to face, and judge which ones should be awarded funding of up to €2.5 million. The focus is on radical, market-creating innovations that have the potential to scale up onto European and global markets. The Jury consists of around 15% Business Angels, 20% entrepreneurs, 20% venture capitalists, with other experts coming from larger corporates, innovation hubs and accelerators, etc. The majority of the jury experts are women. The list is regularly updated as new experts join the jury.

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