Breakthrough to Scale



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Service description

The vision behind the mentoring programme is to address the complex needs of the SMEs that generate radical innovative products or processes which bring an outstanding contribution to tackling and reversing the effects of climate change. In most cases, such ”breakthrough” and revolutionary product or process innovations demand large scale resources, research and innovation infrastructures, extensive competencies and teams, as well as strong networking. The aim of the ”Breakthrough to Scale” mentoring approach is to offer systematic support for these needs, by providing a bespoke, adapted and result-oriented mix of training, mentoring and coaching, based on state-of-the-art methods and tools for a performant in-house innovation management. Furthermore, the mentoring programme will funnel additional resources and connections at an international level, for the specific benefit of the selected mentees. The “Breakthrough to Scale” support package is structured on 5 key Drivers and 3 Enablers, which will be delivered to the SMEs either individually or combined, based on the needs identified through an innovation diagnostic and a thorough needs analysis process. The mentoring program will offer up to 25 hours of mentoring for each beneficiary company. Moreover, the program is offering a cross-cutting component of the mentoring package, dealing with climate specific methods, tools and KPIs for SMEs.

Technology Readiness Level
TRL 3 – Experimental proof of concept
TRL 4 – Technology validated in lab
TRL 5 – Technology validated in relevant environment
TRL 6 – Technology demonstrated in relevant environment
TRL 7 – System prototype demonstration in operational environment
TRL 8 – System complete and qualified
TRL 9 – Actual system proven in operational environment
Financial requirements

The service will be open for EIC beneficiaries starting with May 2024, given that until April 30, 2023, the pilot phase of the mentoring programme is co-funded by public funds. After the pilot phase, the estimated fee is 150 EUR per mentoring hour.