We are looking for startups leveraging digital technologies within 5 categories that are aligned with the Innovation Action Lines and Exploratory Area of EIT Digital. Please check in which category your company fits best – you can only apply in one category.

Digital Industry

Digital Industry covers the seamless process from production to retail and the related supporting functions such as logistics and consumer engagement.

In this category, we are looking for innovative solutions to improve efficiency in production and retail, to better address customer needs, and to help save natural resources in manufacturing and logistics.

This includes solutions creating value from big data collection, aggregation, analysis and visualization services (and their enabling technologies) for decentralized production management covering the complete product life cycle: design, simulation, production, operation/consumption, maintenance, and consumer relationship frameworks.

Value creation may also be achieved from dynamic and flexible omnichannel solutions for all kinds of commerce – physical, online or blended- which enable the seamless consumer experience in exploration, in choice of products, payment and delivery, as well as collection and analysis consumer trends and insight for logistics, retail operations and customer relationship management.

The final for Digital Industry will take place in Helsinki, Finland.
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Digital Cities

The Digital Cities category leverages the digital transformation of the cities through centralized, participative and collaborative interactions between city actors: government, city service providers, industry, citizens.

In the information area, we are looking for solutions to allow municipalities or regions to evolve from Open Data to an Urban Information Framework, creating value from big and real time data, audio/video flows generated by any sensors, IoT, social networks, crowd sensing, etc. Examples of expected new business models include semantic data browsing, data brokerage and trusted services between data providers and customers, as well as hyper local services and local Internet networks.

Additionally, solutions for a clean, quiet, stress-less and cost effective mobility are of interest. Mobility as a Service integrating public, private, peer-to-peer, conventional, decarbonized or autonomous transport means in seamless door-to-door mobility services. Augmented and virtual reality solutions for city planners and tourists in situ with valuable added information about the past and potential future of city sights.

Also, solutions improving the safety in the cities are expected, either for exceptional events such as concerts, climatic events or terrorist attacks, or in the daily life, in the street, at home or at work. The traditional centralized systems need to be enhanced with citizen participation and collaboration at each step of risk management: risk analysis, prevention and mitigation strategies, training, prediction and post-event analysis.

The final for Digital Cities will take place in Paris, France.
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Digital Wellbeing

Digital Wellbeing leverages digital technologies to stay healthy (prevention/early detection) or cope with an existing chronic condition. Both physical and mental wellbeing are considered.

The solutions should enable consumers to be well-informed about their wellbeing and to be able to use digital instrumentation to monitor and improve their quality of life, according to the motto “an ounce of prevention is worth at least a pound of cure”.

Good examples are products (unobtrusive sensors and actuators and associated software services) targeted at occupational and private health and fitness. The clear focus is on measures supporting prevention or secondary care for both physical and mental/cognitive impairments.

Correlation of diverse data sources in a “big data” approach is also important to get more relevant results. As the collected data is sensitive, privacy-aware systems are equally important. Solutions that delay the onset of physical and cognitive/mental conditions or cope with these conditions in a social context are considered as a triple win.

The final for Digital Wellbeing will take place in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
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Digital Infrastructure

Digital Infrastructure is the core enabler of the digital transformation by providing secure, robust, responsive and intelligent communications and computation facilities.

In this category we have several targets: In networking, the focus lays on improving the mobile broadband infrastructure, network management tools based on software defined networks (SDN), and a multitude of IoT applications in the network area.

In computing, we focus on Cloud Computing, Big Data, and Artificial Intelligence, especially technologies efficiently combining AI techniques such as machine learning and deep learning capabilities on top of the cloud & Big Data platform(s) in such a way that it leads to successful business.

In security, we are looking for solutions on privacy, cyber security, and digital ID management. Of great interest are solutions enforcing the privacy-by-design paradigm and the minimality principle in balance with usability, and usage of user-controllable privacy policies and assurance levels. We are also looking for data privacy solutions for cloud services through implementation of advanced cryptographic techniques.

The final for Digital Infrastructure will take place in Stockholm, Sweden.
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Digital Finance

Digital Finance focuses on innovative financial products and services enabled by digital technology, with the objective of making financial systems more reliable, more transparent, and less dependent on central infrastructures.

Within this category, we are looking for disruptive solutions using blockchain technology for various applications, including payments, contract handling and voting. Technologies integrating Artificial Intelligence, pattern identification technologies, machine learning, natural language processing, homomorphic encryption and big data analytics are equally interesting.

In addition, solutions improving interactions between customers and financial service providers, offering new and innovative approaches for customer relations and focusing on usability are part of the focus of the Digital Finance category.

The final for Digital Finance will take place in London, UK.
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