EIT Urban Mobility
Student Incubator Cooperations
Young student entrepreneurs and early-stage start-ups: this is the program you have been looking for to take you and your start-up to the next level!
Start for Future is an open alliance of universities, start-ups, industry players and public organisations which serves as the leading initiative for systemic innovation in Europe. Today, Start for Future is a community made of 22 universities, 20 university incubators and two EIT KICs (EIT Urban Mobility and EIT Manufacturing). In 2022, this program has trained more than two thousand students on innovation and entrepreneurship related skills, and has supported more than 100 early stage start-ups.
Start for Future is organized around three main stages:
1. LEARN: Universities perform a project and team based entrepreneurship seminar based on a joint topic (urban mobility, manufacturing, health, food or sustainability). Teams of students are formed, and early stage start-up ideas are developed at this stage. These teams can further develop their idea during the second stage: MATCH & START.
2. MATCH & START: International talents and start-ups are matched with EIT experts and mentors for the further development of their start-up ideas. During eight weeks, teams are supported to move from an idea concept into an incubation ready business concept.
3. DEVELOP & CO-CREATE: Selected teams choose and join an incubation programme from one of the Start for Future partner university. Teams then get access to regional ecosystems and co-creation partners to expand their business.
Students and early-stage start-ups which are not part of one of the member of the Start for Future community can apply to the program´s open calls and join stage two (MATCH & START) and stage three (DEVELOP & CO-CREATE).