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EIT Health

Innostars Awards: The purpose of InnoStars competitions is: to support the applicants in realizing next steps towards the market and shorten time-to-market for innovative products and services; to verify the need/benefit of the product/service for users/ customers/ payers/ partners; to increase the possibility to attract private investment.

Bridgehead: The European Bridgehead programme allows European start-ups and scale-ups individualised internationalisation support. It follows an individual and needs-based approach by matching suitable start-ups and suitable SMEs to clusters, accelerators and incubators (so-called “CATs”) all over Europe. Participating start-ups have the unique opportunity to benefit from mentoring, physical spaces and services offered by the CATs. The goal of the Bridgehead programme is to support participating start-ups in creating a soft-landing to enter new markets beyond their home markets.

Startup Meets Pharma: The EIT Health Start-Ups Meet Pharma is a challenge-based acceleration programme connecting start-ups developing innovative solutions for chronic care with key pharma partners in Europe. The programme invites start-ups developing solutions which impact both the pharma industry and patients, to tackle set challenges in collaboration with top pharma partners.

Headstart: The EIT Health Headstart Programme provides start-ups support in accelerating their product launch timeline. The EIT Health Headstart Programme provides eligible companies (registered entities) that are selected up to €50,000 to support the development of these innovative products and services. Selected companies will create a project plan with the support of the EIT Health Business Creation Managers to help start-ups harness the local and international network to accelerate their product launch.

Mentor and Coach Network: Start-ups require a hands-on and well guided mentoring program by EIT Health, as a trusted European institution. The MCN program leverages the EIT Health network’s variety and depth of competence, creating dynamic processes for mentoring and support of innovative EIT Health projects. The MCN aims to provide support to all the EIT health projects by accelerating innovation and European collaboration and generating new opportunities for EIT Health and MCN.

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EIT Raw Materials

RawMaterials Accelerator: The RM Accelerator aims to develop Start-ups so that they can rapidly become suppliers to, and perhaps future partners of, the EIT RawMaterials network. The RawMaterials Accelerator is novel because it can make an introduction to customers in the EIT RawMaterials partner network who are willing to adopt innovations; and, it connects local and national ecosystems to the Pan-European network of a pilot and test infrastructure facilities as well as potential customers. We also supply grant funding to enable your team to participate in the RM Accelerator.

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EIT Food

EIT Food Accelerator Network: The EIT Food Accelerator Network (FAN) is an accelerator programme delivered across Europe, supporting high impact agrifood startups to maximise their success.

EIT Food Innovation Prizes: The Innovation Prizes competition is one of Europe’s largest startup competitions in the agrifood sector. Prizes are awarded to entrepreneurs and early-stage startups to support the development of new products and services which can help transform our food system; making it healthier, more sustainable and more trusted.

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EIT Innoenergy

PowerUp!: the challenge for start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs from Central and Eastern Europe whose products in the fields of energy, smart technologies, mobility are solving today’s problems with tomorrow’s technology.

Entrepreneurs from all 24 listed countries are invited to apply: Bulgaria, Albania, Croatia, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, The Czechia, Estonia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Georgia, Hungary, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Latvia, Serbia, Lithuania, Turkey, Ukraine, Poland, Cyprus, Slovakia, Slovenia and Romania

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EIT Manufacturing

EIT Manufacturing will create an encouraging environment for business creation and support entrepreneurs, researchers, start-ups, scale-ups and established companies.

Business Creation activities will be channeled through three programmes that ensure the creation, acceleration and transformation of the companies that will lead Europe’s Manufacturing Innovation. These are aimed at creating European gazelles – high-growth ambitious companies which, through their unique know how and ambitious strategy, can achieve high rates of value-added job creation.

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EIT Urban Mobility

Accelerator programme

Support for start-ups working on innovative mobility solutions:

  • Business coaching, training and mentoring
  • Access to living labs and cities for the creation of new products and services
  • Technology and market validation, product-market fit, access to customers
  • Access to financial investors and funds
  • Co-working spaces
  • Use of local ecosystems/infrastructure/accelerators to drive growth and internationalisation


Providing financial support for early business creation:

  • Matching innovative ideas with different funding options from a pool of local, public funders
  • Facilitating access to private venture capital too
  • Creating an EIT Urban Mobility investment fund

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