Turn your innovative idea into a budding business
Apply for the EIT Jumpstarter 2020, one of the most well-known European pre-accelerator programmes.
Six thematic categories
This year, for the very first time, candidates are able to submit their innovative ideas in six thematic categories. In addition to the raw materials, healthcare, agri-food, there are three new areas: energy, manufacturing and urban mobility.
EIT Jumpstarter, recognised as the 2019 Best Association Training Initiative in Europe, is one of the widest cross-industrial programmes designed for early-stage innovators who want to gain traction and jumpstart their business. The fourth edition will be organised in collaboration with six knowledge and innovation communities: EIT RawMaterials, EIT Health, EIT Food, EIT InnoEnergy, EIT Manufacturing and EIT Urban Mobility, initiated and funded by the EIT.
Focus on Central-Eastern and Southern European talents
The programme has a special focus on Central-Eastern and Southern European talents who want to validate their business concept, develop a business plan and pitch their ideas to the potential future investors. In the previous editions, over 90 teams from 13 countries were already trained, mentored and supported in expanding impactful ideas into powerful business models.
EIT Jumpstarter is a great programme with amazing mentors. For us, it’s a unique opportunity because there are not many funding mechanisms which work with raw material. This prize will be our first investment in our small facility.
Ivar Krusenber, CEO of UpCatalyst, first prize winner in the Raw Materials category
Building a business in a unique cross-industry environment
If you are an innovator in the following domains: raw materials, healthcare, agri-food, energy, manufacturing or urban mobility with an innovative business idea, then this programme is perfect for you.
EIT Jumpstarter is open to students, PhDs, researchers or entrepreneurs. Participants will learn how to get started on building a business in a unique cross-industry environment: how to create a team, business processes, and organisational design. The primary focus is put on quantitative business model building. Through the EIT Jumpstarter programme, trainers and coaches will guide you to find the best fitting business model for your idea, and help you validate it. At the end of the program, graduates will prepare their pitch deck, business model canvas, competitive landscape, go-to-market strategy and a roadmap.
Through the programme, you will receive support from the best-in-class trainers and mentors and have a chance to win up to EUR 10 000.