Evaluations EIC Accelerator (SME Instrument)

Evaluation criteria

All proposals are evaluated based on three award criteria:

  • Excellence: your project has high innovation potential and is beyond the state of the art. It has a strong added-value, it is viable and better than existing solutions.
  • Impact: your innovation meets a pressing need on European and global markets, it will generate revenue and create jobs and has an international dimension.
  • Implementation: your work plan is efficient and coherent with a realistic time-frame. Your team has hte technical and commercial competence to deliver.

Steps of the Evaluation 

In EIC Accelerator proposals are evaluated in two steps. In Step 1, proposals are evaluated remotely by four independent expert-evaluators with different profiles.

The experts are carefully chosen to guarantee proposals are evaluated independently by experts with different profiles with expertise in for example technology a specific industry sector, business and finance. Proposals are ranked in descending order and the best scores get funded until available budget is exhausted. All applicants are informed about the outcome through the Participant Portal with a letter and an Evaluation Summary Report (ESR).

Companies that pass the initial selection stage, will be invited 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 Step 2 complements the existing paper based assessment in order to take full account of the personal qualities and motivations of the applicant innovators. At this stage around 50% of the companies will get selected for funding.

The face-to-face interviews are in English and last 30 minutes. More question time may be granted for proposals asking for blended finance. Companies selected for the interview will receive a pitch document in the invitation to participate to the second step - a template will be attached to the invitation letter.

The dates for the Jury interviews in 2019 were:

  • interview week for 1st cut-off date: 11-15 February 2019;
  • interview week for 2nd cut-off date: 13-17 May 2019;
  • interview week for 3rd cut-off date: 8-12 July 2019;
  • interview week for 4th cut-off date: 18-22 November 2019.

The dates for the interviews in 2020 were:

  • interview week for 1st cut-off date: 17-21 February 2020;
  • interview week for 2nd cut-off date: 11-20 May 2020;
  • interview week for 3rd cut-off date: 29-3 July 2020; 
  • interview week for 4th cut-off date: 26 November-4 December 2020.

The Jury consists of around 15% business angels, 20% entrepreneurs, 20% venture capitalists, with other experts coming from larger corporates, innovation hubs and accelerators. The majority of the experts are women. The list of  experts is regularly updated as new experts join the Jury. Around 70 members evaluate proposals during each interview week.

The maximum delay to inform applicants will be 4 months from the date of the cut-off. The indicative date for the signing of grant agreements is maximum 6 months from the date of the corresponding cut-off.

For full details on the evaluation procedure read the guidelines for applicants on the Horizon 2020 Funding and Tenders Portal.

List of EIC Jury Members





Kristin Aamodt

Managing Director Statoil Technology Invest


Patrick Albert Managing Director at PAt Partners Consulting Sàrl FR
Oriol Alcoba Malaspina Director general at Esade Creapolis ES
Maria Elena Alfaro Martinez Head of Data & Open Innovation BBVA ES

Remi Alquier

President ID&SENSE; Toulouse Business School;  INNOV@ Invest


Andrea Alunni Head of New Venture Support and Funding, Oxford University Innovation IT

Pedro Alvarez Bretones

Partner Food Evolutions, Food Industry Changemaker


Taryn Andersen Investor Relations Director ES
Birgit Anderegg Founder & CEO of ABC&D  DE

Anna Amati

Founder and Owner META Group


Vedran Wiliam Arnsson Arnautovic Entrepreneur and investor at Wedran AB SE
Stefania Ascione Head of R&I Advisory at Intesa Sanpaolo IT
Pascale Auge Head of New Venture Support and Funding, Oxford University Innovation FR
Sergio Balassone Innovation leader at EIT Digital IT
Alexander Banz Venture Partner, Executive Board Member NL

Marta Baptista

Innovation Manager at Beta-i - Association for the Promotion of Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Ana Barjasic

Director at EBAN; Founder and CEO Connectology Investments; Global Entrepreneurship Network


Mali M. Baum Founder & CEO of WLOUNGE ecosystem  IL

Brigitte Baumann Gervais

Founder and CEO of Go Beyond Investing, ex-EBAN president


Dr. Barak Ben-Avinoam Partner at Benhamou Global Ventures IL

Jonathan Berger

CEO at the Kitchen Food Tech Hub


Larissa Best

LBAN; Executive Director Equilibre Luxembourg; serial entrepreneur; FJD (Young Directors Luxembourg)


Sasha Bezuhanova Founder and Chairperson at MOVE.BG  BG

Claudia Blomgren-Hansen

Founder and Partner of LIFE SCIENCE PLUS Advokater, Denmark; former Director of Alliance Management, Global R&D at LEO Pharma


Julianna Borsos Private Equity Investor and manager of growth fund  FI

Christine Bosse

Board member in international orientated companies (Allianz, TDC, BankNordik, Tele Greenland, Nunaoil, etc.)


Mario Branciforti Managing Director at Samsung NEXT Ventures IT
John Breslin Professor at NUI Galway, Programme Director at TechInnovate; Co-Principal Investigator at CoPI; Funded Investigator at VistaMilk; CoFounder of PorterShed; Chair at WestBIC IE
Julien Bringer CEO of Kallistech & Senior Security Expert Advisor FR
Csaba Bundik Partner at HATCH Ventures, Vice Chairman of CEEC, Business Angel HU

John B. Carrigan

Chief Scientist @ RebelBio Accelerator; Sean O Sullivan Ventures


Andy Cars

CEO @ Seedcap AB


Manuel Castelo-Branco Partner at PRP PT
Rui Castro CoFounder of Student Keep, CIO of Grupo Somitel, President of Alpha Coimbra, Founder of RNC.pt PT
Ricardas Cepas Chairman at Labas Ventures, USA LT

Dominique Chambas

Owner, founder and board member (TRF Retail, aldata, SQLI) 


Andre Convents

Innovation Leader at Procter & Gamble


Carlos Correira Da Silva Bartolo Co-founder and Chairman Glymt; Founder APBA ( Business Angel Association) PT
Baptiste Cota Founding Partner of LeadBlock Partners FR
Steve Crossan Executive in Residence at Atomico UK

Dilek Dayinlarli

Managing Partner at ScaleX Ventures; Kauffman fellow


Sara Paulina

De Oliveira Monteiro

Science and Technology Manager at the Navigator Company, Invited Jury at Start up Chile, Quadruple Helix Innovation Nexus Editor @Palgrave Macmillan


Aletta Debernardi

Director Operations of the Netherlands eScience Center


Bruno Delepierre

Managing Director at We Mean Business, Talent Scout at MIT


Patricia Dimond

COO Value Retail Management; IMD Switzerland; various C-level operating roles


Eden Djanashvili Founder Barcelona Deeptech Community  ES
Barrry Downes Managing Partner at Sure Valley Ventures  IE

Javier Echarri

CEO EBN, former Secretary General EVCA/InvestEurope


Maria Echavarri Investment Director at Fondo Bolsa Social ES
Harmut Ehrlich CEO at ABIVAX DE
Aki Eldar Executive Chairman at Sixgill, entrepreneur, advisor to startups and mentor IL
Anne Grete Ellingsen Founder and CEO of Energy&Management AS NO
Marcus Erken Founding Partner at Sunfish Partners DE

Leo Exter

Chief Energizer at Hack Belgium; Founder @westartup


Cristina Fanjul Alonso

Managing Director CEEI Asturias


Emma Fau Sebastian

Founder of EU Capital, Investor of Sofia Square, Founding Member Startup Europe Africa Network, Consultant Business Development of Princip.al, Independent Board Member of Business Angels Europe


Maciej Filipkowski Investor at Filipkowski.IO PL

Anna Carla Filotico

Partner at SpaceTec Partners


Liz Fleming Principal at Adara Ventures IE

Antonio Fonduca

Managing Partner at Venture Diplomat, Director of Private Equity Global, Industry Advisor at Lean Ventures


David Ian Ford Investor, Chairman at SomaServe  UK

Uli Fricke

CEO at FunderNation; Triangle Venture Capital Group; Invest Europe


Eli Frydman Managing Director - Healthcare at Aurum Ventures IL
Ekaterina Gianelli Partner at Inventure  FI
Alex Gilbert Director at Clean Growth Ltd  UK

Maria Eugenia Girón Davila

Corporación Financiera Alba; Executive Director IE Business School


Angele Giuliano

CEO AcrossLimits & iSmart; Business Angel with Rising Tide & Go Beyond Investing; President Foundation for Women Entrepreneurs


Magnus Graf Lambsdorff

Business Angel/Investor at Zeotap


Cora Griffin Life Sciences Business Development Director IE
Giuseppe Gubello Innovation Manager at Fondo Atlante Ventures IT
Ayşe Nil Güzel Sarigollu Entrepreneur, Investor, Board Member, Chairwoman  TK
Sylwia Hadaj Principal at Evolution Equity Partners PL

Franz-Werner Haas

Curevac AG


Søren Hejnfelt

CBDO @ Finestmedia; CEO @ Nordic 360, Startup Wise Guys Estonia



Isabella Hermann-Schön Managing Partner at Round2 Capital Partners AT

Maria-Victoria Hernandez

Board and C-level executive for Telcos, ICT, BPO and Fintech business; Shareholder at Sequeris


Janneke Hoedemaekers

Managing director MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology (@UT) and High Tech Factory


Kristin Hollung

Research Director, Food and Health at Nofima


Magnus Holm Senior Executive, Entrepreneur and Investor in Medical Devices and Digital Health SE

Anne Hovi Worsøe

Portfolio Manager at Bakken & Bæck; Angel Investor No Isolation Oslo; Co-funder Nordic Innovation House; CEO of the Norwegian Venture Capital Association


Xiaoli Hu Head of Business Development at Xbrane Biopharma AB SE

Lina A. Huertas

Head of Technology Strategy for Digital Manufacturing, MTC - Manufacturing Technology Centre


Bart Huisken Managing Partner at HCP Global, serial entrepreneur and Business Angel ES

Sue Hunter

Chairman of the Investment Committee at Frog Capital


Clyde Hutchinson Early Seed Fund Investor and Accelerator Co-lead IE

Barbara Imhof

Executive Board Member at Women in Aerospace Europe; Co-Founder and Managing Director LIQUIFER Systems Group


Jurgen Ingels Organizer at Super Nova; Founder at Scale Ups.eu; Founder and Managing Parner at Smart Fin Capital BE

Tatiana Issaeva

Managing Partner at Fluent Digital Capital


Milen Ivanov Founder & CEO of CEO Angles Club BG
Henri Jacobs Chairman of the board at Techventures & Managing Director Forcit Benelux BE
Dariusz Janusek Co-founder and CEO of SensoriumLab PL
Jonas Johansson Director of Science & Innovation at AstraZeneca AB SE

Ada Jonuse

entrepreneur Lympo, A.lot parking; PM screen group


Sonja Jost

Board Member of the German Startups Association; CEO and Head of R&D, DexLeChem GmbH


Cynthia Jurytko Investment Manager at Family Office Wille AG and Business Angel  CH

Nora Kaarela

Director & Head of Industry, Health and Wellbeing Finpro; several board positions


Guus Keder Partner, Board Member, CEO at Indra Scientific SA NL

Stavriana Kofteros

Co-Founder Start-up Cyprus; Global Entrepreneurship Network Cyprus Board; VP European Start-up Network; WEF European Digital Leaders; Angel investor


Michaela Kršková Investment Manager at Neulogy Ventures SK

Tanja Kufner

 Managing Director at Rainmaking Innovation;

Startupbootcamp Smart Transportation and Energy


Sam Laakkonen Contingent Managing Director Sustainability at Techstars FI
Fabio La Franca Investment Director at Station12 Ventures FR
Raphaël Lanté External Ventures Manager at Saint-Gobain  FR

Giny Laroche

Partner The Impact Lab sàrl


Patricia Layola Castro

Investment Manager & Co-founder at VICTORIA Venture Capital SCR-PYME S.A., Barcelona


Anne Lebreton-Wolf

Business Angel, member of FBA and Finance teacher at IFAM and ISEG


David Lembo CEO at Panoxyvir and Professor of Microbiology and Virology IT

Valérie-Anne Lencznar

Managing Director Think Smart Grid


Inna Leontekova Deutsche Bank, Director. London Business School, Mentor Entrepreneurship RU

Monika Lessl

VP Head of Corporate Innovation and R&D at Bayer AG


Jerneja Loncar Founder at Good Tech Ventures  SI
Jesus Lozano Founder and CEO of Silicon Seeds Capital. Serial Entrepreneur, Business Angel, and Author ES

Evert Jaap Lugt

Managing Director at YES!Delft


Massimiliano Magrini Co-Founder and Managing Partner at United Ventures  IT

Anna Maj

FinTech Advisor – CreativeLink, PayTech; Mentor - PwC Startup Collider; European Women Payments Network (EWPN)


Ron Margalit Founding Partner at Venture Kinetics IL
Tomas Martunas Founding Partner at Iron Wolf Capital LT

Mary McKenna

Director Elemental-Software Derry, Entrepreneurship Expert Saïd Business School


Aurelio Mezzotero Partner at Innogest SGR IT
Luca Mion Head of Innovation and Technology Transfer at Hub Innovazione Trentino; former Chairman of the Independent Investment Expert Group of the European Commission IT
Max Mohammadi Founder & Chairman at Hippogriff.se SE
Philippe Moretto Innovation and Standards Senior Adviser FR

Zlatolina Mukova

Partner at NEVEQ Capital Partners; former Vice-Minister of Transport and Communications


Madalina Nazare

Manager R&D Programmes at Digital Catapult


Carl Friedrich Nising Head of Corporate R&D at Bayer AG DE
Cosmin Ochisor Partner at Gapminder Ventures  RO

Iris Öhrn

Investment Advisor Life Science/ Healthcare
Business Region Göteborg AB


Drew O'Sullivan Advisor to European Angel Fund Ireland.  Lead Equity Advisor with InterTradeIreland IE

Florin Calin Paun

Director Innovation Group at Akka Technologies; ex-Innovation Director Onera – The French Aerospace lab


Theologos Prokopiou Managing Director at i4G - Incubation for Growth EL
Sonia Powar Partner at Boost & Co UK
Hugo Ramos Co-Founder and Partner at Matching Ventures PT
Lise Rechsteiner Partner at Propagator Ventures NO

Philippe Richard

CEO at Pegase Croissance Accelerator; ex-VP Commercial & Business Development ONERA - The French Aerospace Lab


Kerry Ritz Advisor at Auquan, Non Executive Director at Krzana, Entrepreneur in Residence at Techstars UK

Erik Robertson

Managing Director at Nordic Game Resources AB; CEO Redikod AB


Andrea Rosen

Chief Innovation Officer at CUBE gmbh Berlin


Marie-Elisabeth Rusling

CEO Business Angels Europe


Jordi Safont General Partner and CEO at Lanzame Capital ES
Yair Safrai General Partner at Concord Ventures IL
Daria Saharova Partner at Vito ONE DE

Diana Saraceni

Co-founder & General Partner at Panakes Partners Milano


Ayse Nil Guzel Sarigollu

CEO Cardtec


Anouk Schoors VP Sales and Operations at Peregrine Inc. BE
Ana Segurado Escudero Managing Director Alantra Partners ES

Marko Seppä

Owner & CEO, Venture Capital Corporation VCC Oy; Co-Founder and Chairman, Global Enabler Corporation


Cecile Sevrain

Co-founder Tiime; Managing Director LBAN; Program officer EBAN Impact Investment Committee


Mihai Sfintescu Managing Director at Abilito Capital, Venture Capitalist & Start-up Mentor RO
Audra Shallal Managing Director at BOSS Consulting  US

Maria Shiao

Senior IT and Telecoms business executive, Technology investor, expert and advisor (IoT, Smart Cities), ICT and Future Cities Executive Panel at Institution for Engineering and Technology.

Lead investor and deal leader at Rising Tide Europe


Eugene Smyth Investment Manager with Dublin BIC Managed Funds/AIB Seed Capital Fund IE
Atle Søvik Partner at Verdane Capital Advisors NO
Rita Sousa  Managing Director at Naves Venture Capital & Board Advisor at Hope Care PT
Nicolas Stephan Investment Director, Innovative projects in Ecological and Energy transition, ADEME Investissement SAS   FR
Lelde Stukle Partner and Investment Manager at Commercialization Reactor Fund LV

Tanya Suarez

Co-Founder of IoT Tribe; CEO at BluSpecs Innovation


Hester Tak Investment manager at Oost NL NL

Daria Tataj

Founder & CEO Tataj Innovation; Digital Leader for the World Economic Forum; ex-Governing Board EIT


Ewa A. Treitz

Partner @Black Pearls VC; Kauffman Fellow; Mentor@Techstars


Assaf Topaz Investor at Topaz Tech Capital LU

Mari Vavulski

Head of Startup Estonia


Adiari Vazquez

VC Investment Manager Caixa Capital; International Venture Club 


Guilhem Velvé Casquillas CEO ELVESYS Microfluidic Innovation Center & CEO LongLongLife FR

Cristina Vicini-Rademacher

International Board Director, Digital Innovation, Entrepreneur, Impact Investor 


Helena Vieira

Director at BLUEBIO ALLIANCE; CEO and President BIOALVO SA


Claus von Riegen

Vice President, Head of Business Model Innovation SAP


Norbert Windhab VP Strategic Projects Health Care at Evonik Nutrition and Care DE

Sandra Wycech

Innovation Community Manager at Bank of Ireland


Tatjana Zabasu Mikuz Managing Partner at South Central Ventures (SCV Fund Management) SI

Martin Zadražil

COO at Tescan Orsay Holding 


Alex Zhigarev General Partner at Speedinvest RU
Jesus Zurdo Senior Vice President Innovation and Venture Partnerships at Rentschler Biopharma SE  SE


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