EIT Jumpstarter is back in 2021

The call is open for the 2021 EIT Jumpstarter Programme until 16 April.

EIT Jumpstarter, recognized as the 2019 Best Association Training Initiative in Europe, is one of the widest cross-industrial programmes designed for early-stage innovators who want to gain traction and jumpstart their business.

The programme is especially focused on Central-Eastern and Southern European innovators and entrepreneurs who want to turn their ideas into business. During 8 months, participants will receive support from the best-in-class trainers and mentors to build a viable business model around their innovative product or service idea and validate it. Ultimately, if the business idea is proven to be sustainable, participants will be encouraged to register their company.

This fifth edition will be organised in collaboration with six knowledge and innovation communities: EIT Health, EIT Raw Materials, EIT Food, EIT InnoEnergy, EIT Manufacturing and EIT Urban Mobility, supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

The best teams in each category will have the chance to win €10,000. Horizer team was the winner in the Urban Mobility category last year’s edition . Horizer , from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is a project that engages in the design, development, manufacture, and sale of solar modules, energy generation and storage systems compatible with any vehicle. Horizer’s solar module and energy app can reduce fuel consumption, lower cost and CO2 emission by 32%.

By participating in the EIT Jumpstarter programme, participants are introduced to partners, VCs, regulatory bodies and companies that can produce their products, become their first buyer or provide a test site, and at the same time they are contributing to overcome the challenges faced by Central-Eastern and Southern European innovation ecosystems.

Important dates:

  • Deadline for submitting business ideas: 16 April 2021 at 23:59 CET
  • Selection of ideas and invitation to the bootcamps: 16 May 2021.
  • Bootcamps will be held online in June 2021
  • Local joint trainings: September 2021
  • Grand Final: November 2021

Eligible countries:

Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Romania, Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Republic of North Macedonia, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine and Kosovo (only individuals are accepted to participate in the program from Kosovo).

For more details please, visit the following website: https://eitjumpstarter.eu/