Over a hundred innovators gathered in Athens for the EIT Jumpstarter Grand Final this year. They showcased more than fifty deep-tech innovations in nine categories, and the expert jury awarded 27 that can help Europe tackle some of the most pressing challenges.
The EIT Jumpstarter Grand Final is the annual EIT Community celebration of new start-ups created and the birth of innovations made in Europe. This year, a total of 52 teams showcased their ideas in nine categories – digital, food, health, energy, manufacturing, raw materials, urban mobility, New European Bauhaus and Rebuild Ukraine. All innovators joined online and in-person on 30 November from countries located in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, including Western Balkans, the Baltics and Ukraine.
The EIT Jumpstarter acceleration programme has been helping early-stage innovators develop their business ideas and launch new products on the market. I warmly congratulate all winners on their award, but also all participants. Your ideas will help us build a better, greener future. It’s particularly heartening to see the remarkable commitment of many innovators from Ukraine. The increasing engagement from the Western Balkans is also encouraging, as it aligns with our aim to bolster and unify the European innovation ecosystem.
Iliana Ivanova, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
We’re delighted to announce the distinguished winners of nine categories at the EIT Jumpstarter, each receiving a first prize of EUR 10 000.
EIT Digital: WatchBuilt from Latvia, developing a comprehensive tool for capturing, processing, and reporting information.
EIT Food: Noxatest from Serbia, advancing a diagnostic panel for bacterial diagnosis in livestock.
EIT Health: Another Serbian team, Neo Pill, innovating a new cleaning method for dental braces. In addition, Neo Pill won a special prize EUR 5000 as the best team from Western Balcans.
EIT Raw Materials: Matvision from Belgium, offering smart sorting systems for the recycling industry.
EIT Urban Mobility: MeGoElectric from Ukraine, manufacturing affordable light- and medium-duty electric trucks for companies.
EIT InnoEnergy: Powea from Türkiye, a smart charging AI that schedules the charging times of electric vehicles to off-peak grid hours, reducing CO2 emissions.
New European Bauhaus: Seenergy from Portugal, creating innovative products that integrate generative energy systems into everyday furniture and household items.
EIT Manufacturing: Fibereuse Tech from Italy, transforming waste into new, high-value products and eliminating landfill.
In a first-time category at EIT Jumpstarter, ‘Rebuild Ukraine’, the top prize went to the Ukrainian team GAPPO. They provide an AgriTech B2B SaaS solution, aligned with Global G.A.P. standards, that aids in digitalising operational reporting and compliance procedures.
EIT Jumpstarter’s mission is to strengthen entrepreneurship culture, support start-up creation, and contribute to building a diverse and inclusive innovation ecosystem. Essentially, the programme aims to equip young innovators with the tools and knowledge to transform their early-stage ideas, secure the necessary funding, and, ultimately, build self-sustaining and profitable ventures.
Participation in the programme comes without any fees. Pre-registration for the EIT Jumpstarter 2024 is now available: