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Open Innovation Factory 2023

Do you want to accelerate the growth of your early-stage digital deep tech start-up? Join Open Innovation Factory 2023!

Submit your proposal to the EIT Digital "Open Innovation Factory 2023" programme to get support packaging your technology, sign up customers, and attract investment. Selected proposals will receive financial support from EIT Digital and be embedded in our pan-European ecosystem of over 350 partners from business and industry, research and academia, investment, and the public sector. The work programme is guided by the five focus areas of the EIT Digital Strategic Innovation Agenda 2022-2024: Digital Tech, Digital Industry, Digital Cities, Digital Wellbeing, and Digital Finance.

Apply to the EIT Digital Open Innovation Factory and get:

  • EIT Digital financial support (up to EUR 400 K)
  • Support in attracting follow-up investors and customers
  • Mentoring & Coaching  
  • Access to 350+ partners from EIT Digital’s innovation ecosystem across Europe


Ready to apply? Here’s what you need to know.

All proposals need to be submitted by a team of two to four EIT Digital partners from at least two different European countries, including one early-stage venture, who are ready to collaborate intensively for six months on a joint plan to develop an innovative product or service and/or gain market traction.

Are you entrepreneurial and enthusiastic but unable to meet these requirements? Don’t worry, EIT Digital can support you in finding complementary partners to complete the team!

Not an EIT Digital partner yet? Don’t worry, you can start the application process and complete it if your proposal is selected.

In consideration of the support received, an equity granting model is applied whereby EIT Digital will be granted equity in the venture.

Accepted proposals will start immediately after the results of the selection process are published.


  • Continuous intake of proposals throughout 2023 with two pre-defined cut-off dates.
  • The two cut-off dates are 15 May 2023 and 13 November 2023 at 17.00 CEST (hard deadline, no extension will be granted).
  • Please refer to the Open Innovation Factory 2023 document and Cut-off 1 specific document for more details.
  • Learn more: register for the next Information Session on April 5, 2023.
  • Pitch to find your partner: Submit your idea and register for the next Brokerage Events on 19 and 26 April 2023 and 3 May 2023 to find your partner.

How to participate?

Please carefully read the Open Innovation Factory 2023 document and the Cut-off 1 specific document. Read the FAQ to find the answer to some of the more common questions and if you can’t find your answer there, please contact the relevant Node.



Should you need assistance in finding partners of EIT Digital to collaborate with or have further questions about EIT Digital in general and Open Innovation Factory 2023 in particular, please contact the relevant Node.