Business Idea Competition in Raw Materials 2018


To enter the Competition, you submit an idea of innovation that can make an impact in the raw materials sector. If you are selected in the first evaluation stage, EIT RawMaterials will help you develop your idea and turn it into a new business. You will learn how to define a business model for your idea and produce a preliminary business plan. You will then submit a business plan to a second evaluation stage. Top five teams selected in each category will pitch their idea during the final ceremony to a jury consisting of industry partners. The winners will receive a 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.

Ideas wanted

EIT RawMaterials aims at supporting new solutions in the fields of exploration, mining, and processing of raw materials as well as their manufacturing into products, recycling, and integration into a Circular Economy (including design and manufacturing of tools and equipment, smart products and services, end-of-life product management).

Metals and minerals are the main target of the EIT RawMaterials innovation community. Bio-based materials (energy, agricultural, polymers) are excluded, if not considered for the potential substitution of critical, toxic mineral or metallic materials or for optimised performance.

The Business Idea Competition of EIT RawMaterials is divided in two thematic categories:

1. Primary production of raw materials including:

  • Exploration and raw materials resource assessment
  • Mining in challenging environments
  • Increased resource efficiency in mineral and metallurgical processes

2. Secondary production of raw materials including:

  • Recycling and material chain optimisation for End-of-Life products
  • Substitution of critical and toxic materials in products and for optimised performance
  • Design of products and services for the circular economy

More information about the thematic categories is available in EIT RawMaterials Business Idea Competition 2018 Terms & Conditions.

How it works

The Business Idea Competition 2018 offers cash worth of €1 000 of scholarship for attending the training boot camps followed by individual coaching to finalise the complete business plan for final competition in which the best business ideas will be awared up to €10 000 of grant  for each sector. 

  1. If you have great business idea, please apply by filling in the online form.
  2. If your application is selected, you/your team will participate in a 2-day Business Planning Bootcamp, which will provide you with a unique cross-industry environment. The primary focus is on building a quantitative business model (revenues, financial planning etc.) You will also learn about how to build a business: how to build a team, business processes, organisational design etc.
  3. After the Bootcamp, you will participate in the next phase of the competition by getting further coaching/mentoring after which you can finalise and submit your complete business plan.
  4. The best teams with the best business plan will compete at the Joint Pitch Finals for a prize of up to €10 000 each.

The participants will be shortlisted to participate in the bootcamps based on their entrepreneurial motivation and the impact of their business ideas to the sector.

For more information, please see EIT RawMaterials Business Idea Competition 2018 Terms & Conditions.


  • Deadline for submitting business ideas: 31 March 2018 at 17:00 CET
  • Selection of ideas and invitation of the bootcamps: April 2018
  • Bootcamps for the idea laureates: May to June 2018
  • Mentoring and development of selected business plans: June to September 2018
  • Deadline for submitting business plans: 15 September 2018 at 17:00 CET
  • Final Ceremony and awards: November 2018 (tbd)

Register and submit your idea here.