Student Entrepreneurship

Student Entrepreneur
Grant Scheme 2023-25

The Student Entrepreneur Grant Scheme is a new programme initiated by EIT Urban Mobility exclusively to support students and recent graduates from our Master School and Doctoral Training Network in developing their innovative projects and ideas. This programme aims to empower students by providing them with the necessary financial resources to bring their ideas to life. We believe that by offering small financial grants, we can help students overcome the initial barriers to turning their ideas into reality, fostering an environment that supports innovation and entrepreneurship.

Key Features of the Call:

Financial Support

The Student Entrepreneur Grant Scheme offers financial grants to enable students and recent graduates to develop their projects and ideas into new startup ventures. If successful, this support could lead to their startup being eligible for other programmes offered by EIT Urban Mobility.


The grants are exclusively available to students who are currently enrolled in or have recently graduated from any of the EIT-Labelled programmes offered by EIT Urban Mobility.

Grant Amount

The maximum grant available per project/idea is €6,000, subject to the conditions outlined in the Call Manual.

Funding Allocation

The Student Entrepreneur Grant Scheme has a total available fund of approximately €30,000 per year.

The call is permanently open with multiple cut-off dates.
The next cut-off date for the submission of applications is January 15, 2024.

Learn more about the programme and access the Call Manual through our Permanently Open Call for Applications to Student Entrepreneur Grant Scheme

For any queries, reach out to

Start for Future

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:


Universities hold 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.

Match & Start

International talents and start-ups are matched with EIT experts and mentors to further develop their start-up ideas. During eight weeks, teams are supported to move from a concept into an incubation-ready business concept.

Develop & Co-create

Selected teams choose and join an incubation programme from one of the Start for Future partner universities. Teams then get access to regional ecosystems and co-creation partners to expand their business.

OPEN CALL Students and early-stage start-ups which are not part of one of the members of the Start for Future community can still apply to the program’s open calls and join stage two (MATCH & START) and stage three (DEVELOP & CO-CREATE).

Apply for stage two (MATCH & START) before January 15, 2024 (11:59 PM CEST) using the Match & Start Application Form.
Learn more about the Open Call in this Brochure.

Make sure to check out the list of incubators from the SFF network here.

Dates of past calls and tentative dates for upcoming open calls

MATCH & START (Stage 2) Summer Edition

  • Program starts July 2023 until September 2023

DEVELOP & CO-CREATE (Stage 3) Summer Edition

  • Program starts October 2023 until April 2024

LEARN (Stage 1) Winter Edition

  • Open Call launched in September 2023
  • Program starts October 2023 until December 2023

MATCH & START (Stage 2) Winter Edition

  • Open Call will be launched Janurary 15 2024
  • Program starts February 2024 until April 2024

DEVELOP & CO-CREATE (Stage 3) Winter Edition

  • Open Call will be launched Jasuary 2024
  • Program starts April 2024 until October 2024

To learn more about the Start For Future programme, visit the Start for Future website, and follow Start for Future on LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook to keep up to date with future open calls.

For any queries, reach out to

EIT Jumpstarter

EIT Jumpstarter is an entrepreneurship program organized by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). It aims to support innovators and entrepreneurs in bringing their scientific and technological ideas to the market. The program focuses on disruptive ideas in various sectors, including healthcare, agri-food, raw materials, energy, urban mobility, and manufacturing.

The EIT Jumpstarter is open to students, PhDs, researchers, and entrepreneurs from over 20 countries in Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe, including Ukraine, Turkiye, and the Western Balkans. It’s been shaped by top experts from seven innovation communities. Its curriculum responds to the main challenges researchers and scientists face when starting their own deep-tech companies.

With EIT Jumpstarter, you’ll get direct insights into industry dynamics and trends, and upgrade your Business Readiness Level. A truly unique cross-industry environment makes it easy to get started.

What´s in it for me?

During the 8 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 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, and legal basics.

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

Eligible countries

Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo, Türkiye, Ukraine, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion, Martinique, Mayotte and Saint-Martin (France), the Azores and Madeira (Portugal), and the Canary Islands (Spain).

Additional eligible countries in Raw Materials field: all Horizon Europe eligible countries.

To know more about the EIT Jumpstarter programme, visit the website EIT Jumpstarter