Will your innovation secure critical raw materials for Europe’s green and digital future?

Apply to EIT RawMaterials start-up programmes to receive funding and scale up!

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Our programmes

We have multiple opportunities to support your growth. Find the programme that fits your start-up needs best.

EIT RawMaterials has supported more than 300 start-ups to bring their innovative, raw materials solutions to the market. Our programmes have helped them scale up and secure € 270 million in investment.

Apply today and together we can build a green, digital, globally competitive Europe!

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RawMaterials Accelerator


The programme provides funding, tailored coaching, and access to a pan-European network of leading raw materials organisations.

Deadline: 19 September 2022, 17:00 CET

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Regional Innovation Competition


This programme is dedicated to supporting start-ups from the Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) countries with funding, tailored coaching, and local support via RIS start-up incubators.

Deadline: 1 October 2022, 17:00 CET

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Raw Materials and Circular Societies Prize


This programme is for start-ups and SMEs with solutions for a sustainable supply of critical raw materials from secondary sources.

Deadline: 18 September 2022, 23:59 CET

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What ideas are eligible?

The transition to net-carbon-neutrality and technology-driven innovation, in the context of the EU Green Deal, means an unprecedented increase in demand for critical and strategic raw materials. Innovations such as electric vehicles, solar panels, and wind turbines rely on a sustainable supply of critical raw materials. These can include lithium, cobalt, magnesium, copper, and rare earth elements.

This is why EIT RawMaterials is constantly working to discover start-ups with most disruptive and groundbreaking products and services addressing challenges across the raw materials value chain, from deep tech solutions for mineral exploration, mining and processing to substitution and recycling of battery materials and novel approaches to offset carbon footprint.

sun, wind turbine, green energy

Products & services for the circular economy

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Substitution of critical and toxic materials



mineral processing machine

Increased resource efficiency

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Mining in challenging environments


Exploration & resource assessment

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Do you need assistance?

We’re here to assist you with your application to the EIT RawMaterials start-up programmes and answer any queries you have. We have a wealth of relevant experience working with start-ups, and we know that having someone to guide you in the application process can make all the difference.

Hans Westerhof, Start-up Expert

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About EIT RawMaterials

EIT RawMaterials is the leading European raw materials partnership and the largest raw materials innovation community in the world. Established in 2015, EIT RawMaterials advances Europe’s transition to a green, digital, globally competitive, and resilient economy. Through the strengthening and diversifying of a secure and sustainable supply of the raw materials needed to build the green and digital transition, EIT RawMaterials progresses the mission of the European Green Deal.

We want your great ideas to succeed. That’s why we provide funding, tailored coaching, and access to a pan-European network of leading raw materials players.

We know your innovation has the potential to build a better future for Europe.

Apply today and together we can make that happen.

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