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Pre-registration for the EIT Jumpstarter is now open!

Do you have an innovative idea and want to jumpstart your business? Pre-registration for the EIT Jumpstarter programme is now open.

Pre-register here!

EIT Jumpstarter is the flagship, cross-industrial pre-acceleration programme of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT). With the contribution of best-in-class experts, creative community, unique know-how our aim is to support idea-holders to turn their ideas into business. EIT Jumpstarter helps innovators and entrepreneurs build a viable business model around their innovative product or service idea, validate it and if their business idea is proven to be sustainable, the EIT Jumpstarter team encourages them to register their company.

The strategic aim of this programme is to create sustainable impact in the Central-Eastern and Southern-European regions by boosting innovation and entrepreneurship within this part of Europe. Countries in these regions face similar challenges: they have enormous innovation potential, with bright scientific minds, but the research results are likely to remain within the labs.  At the same time, there is a significant number of needs that have been unmet from the corporate side. To overcome these challenges and connect the innovative solutions with the articulated demands from the industry and increase the competitiveness of our regions, six EIT Innovation CommunitiesEIT Health, EIT Food, EIT RawMaterials, EIT InnoEnergy, EIT Manufacturing and EIT Urban Mobility - teamed up for jointly running EIT Jumpstarter.

During the four editions, EIT Jumpstarter upskilled 335 innovators. and interest in the competition keeps growing. In 2019, EIT Jumpstarter won the Best Association Training Initiative Award of the European Association Awards.

Is it for me?

Are you part of a scientific project team, innovator, scientist, PhD student or master’s student with a product or service idea to disrupt the existing markets in healthcare, agri-food, raw materials, energy, urban mobility or manufacturing sectors? Do you want to bring your idea out of the lab to the market? Then EIT Jumpstarter is ideal for you.

What is in it for me?

During the eight months-long programme, you will find and validate the best business model for your innovative idea. The courses build on the lean start-up methodology from the Silicon Valley translated to the European environment. You will learn about: how to refine your deal, market segmentation, customer value proposition, market segmentation, financials, investment basics, legal basics and much more.

You will receive travel and accommodation support during the programme, and the best teams in each category will have the chance to win a EUR 10 000 money prize.


Fill out the pre-registration form and the EIT Jumpstarter team will let you know when the registration opens.

Pre-register here!



Read about the 2020 EIT Jumpstarter competition