PRESS RELEASE - Guess what? ACE is back! Apply now!

Apply until 25th January 2015!

In its first year of activity the ACE Acceleration programme has already provided intensive one-to-one support to 80+ ICT start-ups and SMEs across Europe ensuring they rapidly gain entry and grow into international markets. You can read about some of these companies here. Due to its initial success, ACE is now launching a second call for applications aiming at selecting the last TOP 50 ICT start-ups and SMEs in Europe.

The process to apply is simple: log on to the ACE website, follow the F6S link and fill in your application. The call is open until 25th January 2015 so hurry up and get your perfect Christmas gift: a chance to accelerate and test your business in a foreign market.

So, do you think you have what it takes to grow your ICT business internationally? Can you convince investors to finance your innovative ideas? If you answered yes, then what you are waiting for – submit your entry to the second ACE competition and find out if you’re up there with the best of ICT start-ups in Europe! Don’t miss this opportunity to benefit from targeted coaching and tailored advice with a specially assigned experienced mentor, living lab validation, office space abroad, pitching events, investment readiness training, business development support and hands-on assistance in finding partners and clients in your target market.

You know the drill: all you have to do is show us you have a highly innovative solution and a strong support team. Then, as an ACE selected company, you will be assigned an experienced mentor in your own (or nearest ACE partner) country. You do not need to be based in one of our partner countries – we accept applications from all Europe! Your assigned mentor will analyse your strengths and weaknesses, develop an individual internationalisation action plan with you and put a support team and package of services in place for you, with support from ACE partners in other markets.

In 2014 we held a major ACE Summit in Brussels, bringing together the first round ACE selected companies with investors and mentors. Guess what? Next March we’ll do it again joining the new TOP 50 and the previous ones as well! Get your application in and do not miss out on this chance to grow internationally.

If you have any further questions about your application you can contact one of our local ACE Partners in 12 different countries or just drop us a question @EU_ACEon Twitter. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to kick-start your innovative business ideas!



Launched in September 2013 and funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the EU, ACE is a two-year project involving 15 partners (leading incubators, clusters, living labs and accelerators) from 12 European countries. In its first year of activity the ACE programme has already provided intensive one-to-one support to 87 ICT start-ups and SMEs across Europe to ensure that they rapidly gain entry and grow into international markets. Read about some of these companies here. The second ACE call for candidates is open until 25 January 2015.  

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Note to mentors and investors

If you are interested in joining the ACE support network please contact Margaret Mulligan ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for further information.


About EBN

ACE is coordinated by the European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN). An international non‑profit association created in 1984 to co-ordinate the activities of EC Business & Innovation Centres (BICs), at present EBN has over 240 members, including 155 BICs and 75 associate members in the 28 EU member states and in 11 other countries (Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey, Canada, USA, Egypt, China…). Over the last three decades, EBN has become a reference point in Europe on innovation, spin-off, incubation, entrepreneurship, SMEs, and regional economic development.

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