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EIC - EIT Digital Venture Building Programme

The EIC - EIT Digital Venture Building Programme is an incubation bootcamp that allows innovators supported by the European Innovation Council (EIC) to benefit from the support of EIT Digital to transform knowledge into impact and gain entrepreneurial skills to build and boost their deep-tech start-up.

The Programme is dedicated to the following EIC-supported innovators:

  • EIC Pathfinder beneficiaries
  • EIC Transition beneficiaries
  • EIC Transition Seal of Excellence beneficiaries

In addition, the applicants’ technological area should be aligned with one of the focus areas of the EIT Digital strategy, defined in the EIT Digital Strategic Innovation Agenda 2022-2024: Digital Tech, Digital Industry, Digital Cities, Digital Wellbeing and Digital Finance.

Programme Essentials 

The EIC - EIT Digital Venture Building Programme is a 6-week, incubation bootcamp, mostly online, that is free of charge, hands-on, collaborative and dedicated to EIC Pathfinder, EIC Transition and EIC Seals of Excellence innovators.

It is designed to coach up to 10 teams of EIC-supported innovators on how to structure, develop, and transform their deep-tech solutions into a business. It is focused on the needs, challenges, and opportunities of creating a start-up company. Two people per team are expected to consistently attend the programme.

Business building blocks
  • Markets and marketing. Group coaching session + individual work + individual marketing audit 
  • HR & organization for entrepreneurs. Group coaching + individual session with an advisor 
  • Finance for start-ups. Group coaching session + individual session with an advisor 
  • Legal and regulatory. Group coaching + on-demand individual advisory 
  • How to reach first sales? Group coaching, inspirational meeting with real-life case studies 
Business development
  • Understanding clients. Workshop + individual sessions. Individual work supervised by an expert 
  • Business Model Validation and willingness to pay. Workshop + individual work 
  • Developing a business plan. Workshop + individual work 
  • Pitch deck creation. Workshop + individual work 
  • Individual session with an advisor 
  • Product validation, pilot preparation and facilitation. Workshop + case studies presentation 
Scaling up
  • From technology to product. The path for technology transfer and business validation based on proprietary technologies. An IPR & FTO workshop 
  • Connection to corporate and industry partners for technology, product and business validation. Group training + meeting with a corporate representative 
  • Support in preparing and managing successful pilots or POCs when viable. Group training + individual session when viable  
  • Fundraising and the VC market. Group training 
  • Pitch your projects to a jury (2 days) 

Application Timeline 

13 June 2022, 12.00 CEST  Submission opens 
15 September 2022, 17.00 CEST (EXTENDED)  Submission closes. Late or incomplete applications will not be eligible for evaluation  
TBC  Evaluation period 
TBC  Venture Building bootcamp starts 
TBC  Venture Building bootcamp ends 

Format: primarily online. October 20th and October 21st at the EIT House in Brussels.



The EIT Digital - EIC project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101039254.