Apply for the EIT Jumpstarter, a pre-accelerator programme for innovators!

EIT Jumpstarter is ideal for teams with innovative business idea, who want to jumpstart their company. With the contribution of best-in-class experts, creative community, unique know-how our aim is to support idea-holders to turn their ideas into business. We help them build a viable business model around their innovative product or service idea, validate it and if their business idea is proven to be sustainable, we encourage them to register their company.

We introduce teams to partners, investors, regulatory bodies and companies that can produce their products, their first buyer or a test site. They meet major innovation hubs in Europe, which is important when they want to enter foreign markets.

The programme contributes to boosting innovation and entrepreneurship within Central-Eastern and Southern-European Regions by validating innovative solutions and connecting them with the articulated demands from the industry. The programme has trained 348 start-up teams since 2017, and in 2019 EIT Jumpstarter won the Best Association Training Initiative Award of the European Association Awards.

Is it for me?

Are you part of a scientific project team, innovator, scientist, PhD or Master’s student with a product or service idea to disrupt the raw materials sector? Do you want to bring your idea out of the lab to the market? Then EIT Jumpstarter is ideal for you.

What will you learn?

During the eight months-long programme, you will find and validate the best business model for your innovative idea. The courses build on the lean start-up methodology from the Silicon Valley translated to the European environment. You will learn about: how to refine your deal, market segmentation, customer value proposition, financials, investment basics, legal basics

To enter the competition, submit your idea of an innovative product or service that can make an impact in the raw materials sector. The winners will win a EUR 10 000 prize and will be involved in various events organised by the EIT RawMaterials, and have an opportunity to network with the world’s largest community in the raw materials sector!

Supporting innovative business ideas to foster the New European Bauhaus transformation

EIT Jumpstarter joins the New European Bauhaus, a creative initiative, breaking down boundaries between science and technology, art, culture and social inclusion, to find solutions for everyday problems. A new category has been introduced to the 2021 edition of the EIT Jumpstarter pre-accelerator programme. Along with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and the European Commission, the EIT Jumpstarter calls on designers, architects, engineers, scientists, students, entrepreneurs and creative minds across disciplines to reimagine beautiful, sustainable and inclusive ways of living in Europe and beyond.

All of the participating EIT Community members will patron five teams from the New European Bauhaus cohort for full immersion into the programme. The programme will upskill 30 project ideas connected to the New European Bauhaus theme from Central-Eastern and Southern-European regions, each EIT Community supporting 35 teams altogether.

With this extension, the EIT Jumpstarter will provide a cross-industrial approach for professionals in the crossroads between art, culture, social inclusion, science and technology, offering a 360˚ view on the project’s business model.

Key dates

  • Deadline for submitting business ideas: 30 April 2021 at 23:59 CET
  • Selection of ideas and invitation of the bootcamps: 16 May 2021
  • Bootcamps will be held online in June 2021 (tbd)
  • Local joint trainings: September 2021 (tbd)
  • Grand Final: November 2021 (tbd)

Events will occur either online or in-person, depending on the COVID-19 pandemic situation. At this time the programme is planned to run entirely online.

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