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EIT Jumpstarter 2023

One of Europe’s best programmes for early-stage innovators is back in 2023 with two new categories: Rebuild Ukraine and Digital. Apply now and join EIT Jumpstarter and access the largest innovation network of EIT Communities. You will compete for the whopping first prize of up to €10,000 in nine categories. Applications can be sent until the 16th of April 2023 23:59 CET.

Economic growth, stability, and social impact can be achieved through deep tech. To bring new ideas to the market, Europe needs to nurture its talent pool. The whole talent pool. There are thousands of researchers, scientists, and early entrepreneurs working on cutting-edge ideas in over 25 countries in Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe. Many of them build innovations but lack business skills, networks, or market validation. With the EIT Jumpstarter, they get this. We want to initiate early adoption of technology trends, override hype curves, and deliver long-term value for the European deep tech ecosystem.

We already helped 750 teams across different industries and regions. If you or someone you know want to join the new wave of Europe’s changemakers, apply now in one of the following categories: Health, Food, Raw Materials, Innoenergy, Urban Mobility, Manufacturing, Digital, New European Bauhaus or Rebuild Ukraine.

Is it for me?

The EIT Jumpstarter is open to students, PhDs, researchers, and entrepreneurs from over 20 countries in Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe, including Ukraine, Turkiye, and the Western Balkans.
It’s been shaped by top experts from seven innovation communities. Its curriculum responds to the main challenges researchers and scientists face when starting their own deep-tech companies.
With EIT Jumpstarter, you’ll get direct insights into industry dynamics and trends, and upgrade your Business Readiness Level. A genuinely unique cross-industry environment makes it easy to get started.
One of the winners last year was Thertact, who competed in the Health division. André Perrotta recommends the EIT Jumpstarter because the programme helped them to “understood how to put a price on the product and the steps to make it investable so that they could develop it more.”
What’s in it for me?

Through the programme, you will receive:
  • Training from experienced innovators
  • Support the ideation process through business upskilling
  • Cross-sectoral validation to reach product/solution market fit
  • Grant to cover your travel and accommodation, or develop your project and create your start-up
  • Access to the EIT Alumni and investors’ network
  • Entrepreneurial toolbox to create and innovate your business model
  • A chance to win the €10,000 first prize
  • Applications are open by 16 April 2023.
For terms & conditions and the application, please visit https://apply.eitjumpstarter.eu/.