From a large pool of 1029 applications, twenty highly innovative European start-ups and scale-ups have been selected for the EIT Community Booster receiving business growth and support services worth EUR 50 000 each. The EIT Community Booster was launched by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and five of its Knowledge & Innovation Communities to support innovative ventures enabling the New European Bauhaus transformation.
Supporting the New European Bauhaus in building beautiful and sustainable experiences together, the EIT Community Booster will support the selected ventures in the form of grants and services to help them drive sustainable change for cities, industries, climate, food, wellbeing and improve the overall quality of life of European citizens. The winning teams have been selected among a large pool of 1029 applications from 37 countries and operate across a wide spectrum of sectors and industries.
Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said: “The New European Bauhaus is becoming a reality, ready to bring the ambitious goals of the European Green Deal into the spaces, cities, and homes we live in. The selected ventures are just the beginning. With the support of EIT, more innovators and entrepreneurs will enrich and reshape our living spaces and experiences.”
Gioia Ghezzi, Chair of the EIT Governing Board said: ‘We were blown away, not only by the number of applications received – showing the real appetite for business support – but also by the quality of innovations. We think the selected ventures can be true international game-changers and we look forward to working with them to speed up Europe’s movement towards the three key elements of the New European Bauhaus: sustainability, aesthetics and inclusion.’
Selected innovations range from sustainable urban farms that use 90% less water, to using soil microbes to generate light and energy, to transforming building facades to grow and protect biodiversity and fauna in public spaces. The full list of ventures and innovations that will receive support from the EIT Community Booster can be found in the factsheet here.
EIT – MAKING INNOVATION HAPPEN!