The most promising start-ups selected in the EIT Jumpstarter final!

The most promising start-ups selected in the EIT Jumpstarter final!

The winners of the EIT Jumpstarter 2020 competition are unveiled. 36 teams from all over Europe competed for the prize pool worth over 160 000 EUR.

  • During the Grand Final 36 early-stage innovators shared their innovative projects in the field of health, urban mobility, raw materials, energy, manufacturing and food.
  • Drone Plan from Latvia (Energy), Recatalyst and ArcLub One from Slovenia (Raw Materials), Fetalix from Portugal (Health), Horizer, from Bosnia and Herzegovina (Urban Mobility) and Coffeco from Greece (Food), convinced the expert jury of their potential to innovate and grow.
  • The winners are ready to accelerate their business creation and develop their projects to successful deeptech ventures.

During the four editions EIT Jumpstarter upskilled 335 innovators. EIT Jumpstarter is the flagship, cross-industrial pre-acceleration programme of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT). During the 2020 edition teams from Central, Eastern and Southern Europe have been invited to compete in the grand final which took place on 25 November 2020. During the virtual event 36 out of 120 start-ups who took part in the competition showed their business ideas related to 6 key sectors: Health, Food, Raw Materials, Energy, Manufacturing and Urban Mobility, to the potential investors and jury of experts. The best projects were awarded cash prizes in the total amount of EUR 162 000.

“EIT Jumpstarter is a unique European competition which helps to develop the most promising and innovative business ideas form across Europe. We have summoned an exceptional set of tools and a panel of experts, who can help the participants gain business knowledge, develop a better understanding of market segmentation, create a good value proposition, improve competitive advantage, and get funds to move their ideas further into the real world. I am really proud that throughout its 4 years of existence, the program has created an opportunity to develop many innovative businesses and has trained 335 innovators.” – said Dora Marosvolgyi, EIT Jumpstarter Programme Manager.

2020 EIT Jumpstarter winners

The winners were chosen in six categories.

EIT Health winners

Fetalix from Portugal proposing first regenerative fetal-inspired solution to treat low back pain through a minimally-invasive application took 1st place in the Health category, with MMD3D from Croatia coming as a runner up and Axodynamic from Portugal on the third position.

1st prize – Fetalix (Portugal)

2nd prize – MMD3D (Croatia)

3rd prize – Axodynamic (Portugal)

Impact prize – VocDec (Estonia)

Audience award – VocDec

EIT Food winners

The 1st place in the Food category was taken by Coffeco from Greece. The company has designed and developed a holistic approach in order to reuse 100% of the coffee waste and produce various high value-added products. 2nd place was taken by Relicta and Meterscope arrived 3rd.

1st prize – Coffeco (Greece)

2nd prize – Relicta (Italy)

3rd prize – Meterscope (Greece)

Impact prize – Meterscope

Audience award – Etern+ (Poland)


EIT Raw materials winners

Recatalyst from Slovenia that produces next-generation patented platinum-alloy, highly efficient nano-catalysts took 1st place in the Raw materials category, with CMS coming as a runner up and Zinco on the third position

1st prize – Recatalyst (Slovenia)

2nd prize – CMS (Spain)

3rd prize – Zinco (Germany)

Impact prize – Flameless (Germany)

Audience award – Zinco


EIT InnoEnergy winners

The 1st place in the Energy category was taken by Drone Plan from Latvia. Their software helps power distribution companies to run regular inspections of power lines by drones. 2nd place was taken by GasTrade and the Smarth-Prop came up 3rd.

1st prize – Drone Plan (Latvia)

2nd prize – Gas Trade (Germany/Ukraine)

3rd prize – Smarth-Prop (Greece)

Impact prize – Green and Clean Tech (Serbia)

Audience award – GasTrade


EIT Manufacturing winners

ArcLub One from Slovenia, which unique system provides innovative and sustainable cooling and lubrication in CNC machines  took 1st place in the Manufactiring category, with Laser Street coming as a runner up and Tumultum on the third position.

1st prize – ArcLub One (Slovenia)

2nd prize – Laser Street (Slovakia)

3rd prize – Tumultum (Poland/Hungary)

Impact prize – Ncellum (Lithuania/Spain)

Audience award – Tumultum

EIT Urban Mobility winners

The 1st place in the Mobility category was taken by Horizer from Bosnia and Herzegovina which designs, manufactures and sales solar modules, energy generation and storage systems compatible with any vehicle.  2nd place was taken by Parity Platform and AIRIO was 3rd.

1st prize – Horizer (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

2nd prize – Parity Platform (Greece)

3rd prize – AIRIO (Bulgaria)

Impact prize – BUTMA (Bulgaria)

Audience award – AIRIO



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