Who can apply?

Creative and innovative startups incorporated in one of the 28 member states of the European Union are eligible. They must have an existing customer base and be able to proof market traction. In addition, the startups have to be ready to scale their business.

What is our deadline?

The call for applications will be from 18 May until 31 July 2016.

What information do we need?

You will have to provide information regarding your team, your innovation, your business model, your target markets and your financial estimates.

Applications for more than one category?

You can only apply for one category. We therefore recommend you to carefully read the category descriptions. However, if our experts feel you are a better fit to another category, we will move you to that category and inform you.

What about travel expenses?

You will receive a lump sum of €1000,- to cover your travel costs to the final event. No additional costs will be covered.

When will I be informed about the status of my application?

After the end of our application period, our experts will select the 10 most promising startups in each category for a pitch in front of our jury. The selection process will take place in August and September 2016. We will announce the finalists in the beginning of October 2016. The final events will take place across Europe during the months of October and November. The winners will be announced during the final events. The Ignition Days will take place in December 2016 in Berlin.

What if I am selected for the final events?

If you are among the lucky startups being selected for one of our 5 final events, you will have to organize your trip to the respective final event that you have been chosen for (as mentioned above, we will cover travel expenses up to 1000 Euro). You will have to prepare a pitch in English for the final event and be ready to convince our jury.

What are the Ignition Days?

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 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.

More information on the EIT Digital Accelerator?

For more information, please click here.

Who is part of the pan-European network?

For more infomation, please click here.

How are we evaluating applications?

All submissions will be evaluated by thematic experts and experienced business developers from our pan-European network. We will examine the market and internationalization potential of your product or service as well as the quality of your core team. We will also take into account the fit of your product or service to our categories and the impact our support could have on your business.

How do we deal with Intellectual Property?

Your information is confidential. All evaluators have to sign a NDA and have to confirm to use the information obtained solely for the purpose of selecting the most innovative startups.

How can I reach you if I have a question that hasn’t been answered here?

Please contact us anytime at challenge@eitdigital.comeu

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