28 startups announced for New European Bauhaus accelerator programme

The New European Bauhaus (NEB) is an EU-backed initiative that calls on all Europeans to shape an alternative future for the continent – built on the core principles of sustainability, inclusivity and aesthetics. Along with partners EIT FoodEIT Manufacturing, and EIT Urban Mobility, EIT Climate-KIC leads the EIT Community NEB, whose role is to support on-the-ground projects that embody the values of the NEB movement.

In a business landscape where profit margins often outweigh societal impact, the Catalyse NEB startup accelerator programme is an example of positive change. Launched last week at a special event in Leuven, Belgium, the programme features a record-setting cohort of 28 funded startups and represents a collaborative effort to support entrepreneurship that prioritises societal well-being alongside economic prosperity.

Integral to Catalyse NEB’s mission is its emphasis on nurturing startups that align with its core principles. In particular, the recognition of aesthetics and design beyond functionality allows the programme to highlight the beauty within innovation – making it more accessible and engaging for all.

With support services worth a total of €50,000, each of the 28 startups will benefit from a range of resources tailored to boost their growth and impact during the one-year acceleration programme. From programme-specific training based on the core NEB principles to leadership coaching, business mentoring and access to a vibrant innovation community, Catalyse NEB offers a fertile ground for startups seeking to become international game changers in an increasingly competitive market. 

The journey for this year’s Catalyse cohort is set to be an exciting one, full of opportunities for learning and collaboration. From forecasting their climate impact to refining their communication strategies, the programme offers a wealth of opportunities for growth and development.

Perhaps the most anticipated event on the calendar is the Smart City Expo in November 2024, where all 28 startups will have the opportunity to showcase their innovations on a global stage. Through the programme, each member of the cohort will receive support to attend the event, further amplifying their visibility and impact.

Meet the new Catalyse NEB cohort

From producing sunglasses made from fallen leaves to connecting consumers with local food producers, this year’s cohort spans 15 countries and is as diverse as it is innovative. Below, you can find links to each startup’s website, as well as brief descriptions of the projects.

Austria

  • Freyzein: Plastic-free clothing using a unique, 100% cellulose-based fabric.
  • Vienna Textile Lab: Producing textile dyes using naturally occurring microorganisms.

Belgium

  • ToGatherHomes: Next-generation housing that reduces cost, time and carbon footprint.

Denmark

  • Naviblind: Empowering the visually impaired to move independently.
  • Urban Tree: Innovative greening solution that combines nature with social interaction.

Estonia

  • WasteLocker: Informed and structured in-house waste management.

Finland

  • Ekotekt: Robotic 3D printing system to produce precast concrete elements.

France

  • Istya: Customisable sensors to monitor indoor air quality.

Germany

Hungary

  • SpaceCrop: Improving farming using satellite data and artificial intelligence.

Israel

  • Maygia: Producing electricity and treating water using air and hydrogen.

Italy

  • Coffeefrom: Producing thermoplastic materials from used coffee grounds.

Portugal

  • Hortee: Online marketplace connecting consumers with local food producers.
  • Seenergy: Eco-friendly household items designed to harness and store energy.
  • SuperSave: Price comparison app for Portuguese supermarkets.

Romania

  • Bluana: Food-tech start-up creating a plant-based seafood alternative.

Spain

  • Comunitaria: Healthy and balanced nutrition for vulnerable families in the community.
  • Remonda: Creating bioplastics using the waste products of fruit.
  • Volupte: Bespoke interiors that celebrate individuality and sustainability.
  • Waisense: Set of physical and digital solutions to save water across sectors.

Netherlands

United Kingdom

  • Alga: Researching sustainable seaweed cultivation for nutrition.
  • Boldr: Smart technology for lower domestic energy use.
  • Eyeleaf: Plastic-free eyewear, innovatively crafted from fallen leaves.
  • farmz2u: Supply chain management for agricultural value chains.
  • IONA: Creating efficient delivery networks with drones and robotics.

As the new cohort of Catalyse startups begins their NEB journey, we invite you to follow their progress on the EIT Climate KIC LinkedIn channel, and we look forward to sharing updates later in the year!

Supporting socially conscious innovators: introducing the new European Bauhaus Booster 2.0

Five Knowledge & Innovation Communities of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) are launching today the New European Bauhaus Booster 2.0.

On a mission to foster the New European Bauhaus transformation, EIT Digital, EIT Climate-KIC, EIT Food, EIT Manufacturing and EIT Urban Mobility are looking for the most innovative ventures developing solutions that make Europe more sustainable, inclusive and improve citizens’ quality of life, to support their business growth and help them become international gamechangers.

European startups or scaleups driving sustainable change for cities, industries, climate, food, wellbeing and overall quality of life are encouraged to apply.

The 20 best companies will receive acceleration support services worth a total of 1 million Euro (€50,000 each). They will benefit from business coaching, mentoring, internationalisation- and fundraising support as well as access to the vast network of the most prominent innovation community in Europe.

Applicants must demonstrate the social and economic impact of their solution and how it embodies the three core principles of the New European Bauhaus:

  • sustainability, from climate goals, to circularity, zero pollution, and biodiversity
  • aesthetics, quality of experience and style, beyond functionality
  • inclusion, from valorising diversity, to securing accessibility and affordability

Initially announced by President Von der Leyen in her State of the Union address and launched by the European Commission in early 2021, the New European Bauhaus, or ‘NEB’ in short, translates the European Green Deal into a tangible, positive experience in which all Europeans can participate and progress together.

The EIT Community is ideally placed to support implementation of the NEB as it has created Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem with over 2,000 partners (business, research, education, cities) cooperating in over 60 hubs across Europe.

By engaging with European innovators and civil society at large, the community is promoting business through startup creation and growth, as well as contributing to citizens’ education and engagement.

Join the New European Bauhaus Booster 2.0 and let your innovative solution contribute to the realisation of a carbon-neutral, digital, circular, and inclusive European society!

Applications are open until March 13, 2023. Click here to learn more and apply

JUST LAUNCHED! New European Bauhaus Call for proposals for Citizen Engagement Activities

EIT Community invites applicants to develop and submit applications aligned with the New European Bauhaus initiative (hereinafter NEB) focused on developing long-term solutions in collaboration with citizens to deliver transformation that match the needs of a wider community.

The present EIT Community call for projects aims to work on activities where citizens and end-users are not only asked to identify relevant challenges of their city aligned with New European Bauhaus challenges, but also empowered to co-create together potential solutions in an ideation process. It is expected to encourage/incentivise the uptake of more sustainable habits, through co-creation of new products, services or solutions with citizens, empowering citizens to implement new solutions in their communities and triggering change by actively influencing local policies.

Further on all proposals need to embed and integrate all the three core New European Bauhaus values (sustainability, aesthetics, inclusion) and all the three key New European Bauhaus principles (multilevel, participatory, transdisciplinary approach) into their projects.

Supported activities

Given the objective, expected outcomes and impact of the 2022 projects, grants shall be awarded for the implementation of co-design of public realm and social and educational activities aiming to respond to the New European Bauhaus challenges:

  • Re-connecting with nature
  • Re-gaining sense of community and belonging
  • Prioritising the places and people that need it the most
  • The need for a long term, life cycle and integrated thinking in industrial ecosystem

An application must address at least one of the EIT Community NEB Challenges mentioned above; for further information including examples of specific types of activities please carefully read Chapter 4 of the Call document.

Who can apply?

Private or public legal entity may apply, consortia are not eligible.

KICs partners and non-partners are eligible to apply. Applications from RIS countries are positively encouraged.

For further eligibility information please check Chapter 9.1 of the Call document.

EIT funding allocation

The funding rate is 100% up to 15.000€ for each project.

Overall eight selected projects (ideally two proposals per EIT Community NEB Challenge) can be implemented in eight regions/cities located in the European Union Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries from 1 of July to 31 December 2022.

How can you apply?

The process is organised in a one-step application procedure. Please read the Call document carefully and consult the EIT Community team if necessary. More information about the types of projects, the application process, you will find in the documents for download:

EIT Community NEB 2022 Call Citizen Engagement Activities

On 26 April 2022 at 09:00 CEST Online the Call info session will be organised. For participation please fill in the online registration form until 21 April 2022.

You can check here the presentation used in the Call info session and review here the Q&A.

We are looking forward to receiving your applications not later than 29 May 2022 in a single pdf by mail to NEBcall4citizens2022@eiturbanmobility.eu

Selection criteria

The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the excellence, impact and implementation of each proposal that successfully passed the admissibility and eligibility criteria.

JUST LAUNCHED! New European Bauhaus Call for proposals for Co-Creation of public space through citizen engagement

The EIT Community invites applicants to develop and submit applications aligned with the New European Bauhaus initiative (hereinafter NEB) focused on the inhabited places and on our relationship with natural environments, beyond the built space. It is a practical approach to discover beautiful, sustainable, and inclusive ways of living and to use them to inspire our way forward.

The present EIT Community call for projects aims to resolve challenges that the cities, peri-urban and rural areas face, focusing on NEB challenges innovation and action in public spaces through citizen engagement in their re-designing. The call will identify inspirational, beautiful, sustainable and inclusive project proposals, demonstrating new solutions that boost the transformation of cities, peri-urban and rural areas by bringing individuals and communities closer to nature, bringing sense of belonging, addressing the needs of territories, communities that needed specific attention, and transforming value chains and life of materials towards circularity.

Further on all proposals need to embed and integrate all the three core New European Bauhaus values (sustainability, aesthetics, inclusion) and all the three key New European Bauhaus principles (multilevel, participatory, transdisciplinary approach) into their projects.

Supported activities

Given the objective, expected outcomes and impact of the 2022 projects, grants shall be awarded for the implementation of products and services (including rapid product prototypes), co-design of public realm and social and educational activities aiming to respond to the New European Bauhaus challenges:

  • Re-connecting with nature
  • Re-gaining sense of community and belonging
  • Prioritising the places and people that need it the most
  • The need for a long term, life cycle and integrated thinking in industrial ecosystem

An application must address at least one of the EIT Community NEB Challenges mentioned above; for further information including examples of specific types of activities please carefully read  Chapter 4 of the Call document.

Who can apply?

Applications must be consortia of a minimum 2 partners and a maximum of 4 partners.  One of these partners must be a City, region or an affiliated entity to a City or region located in an EU Member State or a Third Country associated to Horizon Europe. In case the consortium is made of 2 partners, the applicants must be independent organisations (there cannot be an affiliated link between them). One partner has to be presented as the Lead Partner.

KICs partners and non-partners are eligible to apply. Applications from RIS countries are positively encouraged.

For further eligibility information please check chapter 9.1 of the Call document.

EIT funding allocation

The funding rate is 100% up to 45.000€ for each project.

Overall six selected projects (ideally minimum 1 proposal per EIT Community NEB Challenge) can be implemented in six regions/cities located in the European Union Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries from 1 of July to 31 December 2022.

How can you apply?

The process is organised in a one-step application procedure. Please read the Call document carefully and consult the EIT Community team if necessary. More information about the types of projects, the application process, you will find in the documents for download:

EIT_Community_NEB_2022_Call_Co-Creation of public space_Final.pdf

On 26 April 2022 at 10:30 CEST Online a Call info session and Matchmaking event will be organised.

For participation please fill in the online registration form until 21 April 2022. In the matchmaking session, registered participants can present in 4 minutes their organisation and their needs to form a consortium. If you wish to present, please send your ppt in advance (maximum 4 slides) to zita.dibaczi@eiturbanmobility.eu at the latest 21 April 2022.

You can check here the presentation used in the Call info session and review here the Q&A.

We are looking forward to receiving your applications not later than 29 May 2022 in a single pdf by mail to NEBcall4cities2022@eiturbanmobility.eu  

Selection criteria

The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the excellence, impact and implementation of each proposal that successfully passed the admissibility and eligibility criteria.