EIT Digital Challenge

Ready to scale up?

Are you a fast growing European technology startup ready to scale? Does your product / service leverage digital technology applied to industry, cities, wellbeing, infrastructure or finance? Do you already have market traction, customers and revenue? Are you growing at a double digit pace or faster?

Do you need support in international customer acquisition and fundraising?


Compete against the best digital startups from all across Europe in 5 categories:

  • Digital Industry
  • Digital Cities
  • Digital Wellbeing
  • Digital Infrastructure
  • Digital Finance

We will select the 15 most innovative European startups in these fields and help them succeed globally. Click here for more details on how to apply.

Submission for the EIT Digital Challenge 2016 has ended.


Our prize package offers everything you need to take your business to the next level:

Ignition Days – Kick-start your growth:
We invite the best three teams per category to an exclusive two-day event in Berlin, where you will work directly with our business developers and access to finance experts to develop your growth strategy and identify potential leads. In addition, you will get the chance to pitch in front of selected investors and partners during a networking event.

Access to EIT Digital’s pan-European innovation network:
With more than 130 partners, EIT Digital brings together Europe’s leading corporations, SMEs, startups, universities and research institutes in the field of digital technologies. The EIT Digital Challenge is your entrance ticket into this unique ecosystem.

Free publicity and greater visibility:
We communicate your success and share your story through our powerful network channels to make sure to spread the word about your business across Europe.

Prize money and travel expenses:
In each of the five categories, we will award the best team with a prize of €50,000. Furthermore, we will cover the travel costs for the final events and the Ignition Days.

Chance to join the EIT Digital Accelerator for a full year:
With a dedicated team of experienced business developers and finance experts, operating from major cities all across Europe as well as a hub in San Francisco, we support you to scale your business internationally. All winners have the chance to join the EIT Digital Accelerator for a duration of up to 12 months (add. terms apply).


Please don’t hesitate to send a message to challenge@eitdigital.comeu if you have any further questions. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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