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EIC Accelerator Presents Its Funding Instruments to Companies in the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis

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• On May 29, 2024, Team Nice Côte d’Azur welcomed Mr. Marco Rubinato, Senior Project Advisor of the European Innovation Council (EIC), for a business visit to Nice.
• More than 20 local companies participated in a meeting to explore the various funding options offered by the EIC Accelerator.
• The event, supported by the French Tech and Nice Start(s)Up, took place in the premises of the French Tech Côte d’Azur in Nice.

The EIC Accelerator is a European program that aims to support innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through grants and capital investments.

France is the country that has benefited from the most EIC Accelerator funding, highlighting the appeal of this program for French companies.

Marco Rubinato: A Key Player in European Innovation

On May 29, Stefano Cimmarusti of Team Nice Côte d’Azur had the honor of welcoming Marco Rubinato, Senior Project Advisor within the European Innovation Council (EIC) of the European Commission. An event that was able to take place thanks to the support and collaboration of the French Tech Côte d’Azur and Nice Start(s)Up, which mobilized the start-ups of the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis and hosted the event in their premises in the heart of Nice.

Marco Rubinato, an international expert in advising companies on projects and funding via the EIC Accelerator, responded to an invitation formulated during a Team Nice Côte d’Azur mission in Italy in November 2023.

His visit to Nice illustrates the ability of the Team Nice Côte d’Azur teams to promote the economic vitality of the territory and to attract influential personalities, thus enriching the ecosystem of the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis.

Exploration of the EIC Accelerator Funding Instruments

During this meeting, Marco Rubinato was able to present a comprehensive overview of the various funding instruments available via the EIC Accelerator.

During his presentation, Marco Rubinato detailed the eligibility criteria, the application procedures, and the potential benefits for the selected companies.

He also shared strategic recommendations for optimizing the preparation of applications and proposed to facilitate the connection with the program managers in France.

Impact on the Local Ecosystem


The event attracted more than 20 local companies, demonstrating significant interest in European funding opportunities. The immediate results of this meeting are promising: several participants plan to submit applications, new contacts have been established, and two projects have been qualified for support by Team Nice Côte d’Azur.

This mobilization demonstrates not only the growing importance of Nice as an innovation hub but also the ability of Team Nice Côte d’Azur to mobilize to organize events for the benefit of metropolitan companies and the territory.

Finally, the success of this event illustrates the vitality and attractiveness of the Nice entrepreneurial ecosystem, offering local companies a platform to access European resources and maximize their innovation potential.


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