ARISE Europe

ARISE Europe

EIT Digital locations in Europe. Co-Location Centre locations are indicated by circles. Additional regions (indicated in lighter colour) are covered through EIT Digital regional innovations programme ARISE.

EIT Digital aims to be the ultimate driver of digital transformation not only in places where it operates brick-and-mortar representations. Under the ARISE Europe programme, EIT Digital teamed up with accelerators and universities in other parts of Europe as well to help local innovation communities grow and benefit from the EIT Digital network. Thanks to these strategic partnerships in Southern and South-Eastern Europe, CEE and the Baltics, the innovation landscape is permanently scanned for young innovative talent, solid scaleups to join EIT Digital Accelerator and students to enrol in the EIT Digital Academy.

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ARISE Europe is set to develop strategic partnerships with relevant ecosystem stakeholders (innovation support organizations and universities) in RIS countries via co-branded activities and by providing them access to a pan-European network of EIT Digital.

Innovation arena

  • Providing access to international markets and access to finance for scale up companies in RIS countries via EIT Digital Accelerator;
  • The ARISE Open Hours are a great chance to meet the EIT Digital Team and get to know our 1-year scale-up Accelerator program;
  • Providing access to innovation and new technologies for industry in RIS countries via EIT Digital Accelerator;
  • Supporting establishment of tech-based ventures and helping innovators in RIS countries to develop and finalizing their MVP and start their venture via EIT Digital Venture Program.

Entrepreneurial education

  • developing entrepreneurial skills of tech students from RIS countries by providing access to EIT Digital Academy; and
  • boosting the innovation and entrepreneurship potential of universities in RIS countries by involving them in different activities implemented by the EIT Digital Academy.


ARISE Europe carries out its innovation and education activities to boost national ecosystems together with the following Innovation Centers and universities that are among the key ecosystem stakeholders in RIS countries

ABC Accelerator

ABC Accelerator Ljubljana, Slovenia

ABC Accelerator is an award-winning South East European startup accelerator located in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Since March 2015, ABC has contributed to the growth of more than 150 startups worldwide and helped South East Europe’s startup ecosystem to flourish.


BGI Lisbon, Portugal

BGI is a deep innovation global accelerator based in Portugal. It provides scaling opportunities for innovators within the fields of Medical Devices & Health IT, Smart Cities, Industrial Technologies, Blockchain & AI and the ocean economy, by connecting them with global investors.


CIVITTA, Slovakia

CIVITTA Slovakia is an innovation hub advising start-ups, corporates and researchers in delivering world-class innovations. The company’s services cover corporate innovations, start-up acceleration, R&D commercialization, as well as policy and institutional strategy.

Found.ation Athens, Greece

Found.ation is a leading technology and innovation enabling platform, acting as a startup hub, a digital transformation accelerator for corporations and a tech education hive. It was established in 2011 as one of the first co-working spaces in South East Europe.


JIC (South Moravian Innovation Centre), Czech Republic

JIC is successfully developing the innovation ecosystem in the South Moravian Region. It brings together emerging companies, investors, science and research centres and public institutions at the local, regional, national and international levels.

Kraków Technology Park (KTP), Kraków, Poland

Kraków Technology Park (KTP) is the most complete one-stop-shop for businesses operating in Poland. KTP provides a full toolbox to the clients, so they could develop better and faster. KTP’s developed ecosystem supports more than 350 enterprises by providing the best conditions for business development and increasing of sales.

Startup Wise Guys Tallinn, Estonia, Riga, Latvia, Vilnius, Lithuania

With more than 100 investments in early stage startups, Startup Wise Guys is a leading European B2B sector accelerator and one of the top investors in Central and Eastern Europe and the Nordics. The overall survival and success rate of its startup portfolio is above 77%.

ISCTE Business School

ISCTE Business School, Lisbon, Portugal

ISCTE Business School (IBS) is a public School within the ISCTE-IUL University with the mission to provide top notch business education by contributing to the development of management knowledge and practice and preparing managers and leaders to make a positive overall impact in a globalised world.

Tallinn University

Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech), Tallinn, Estonia

TalTech is the flagship of Estonian engineering and technology education. Here the synergy between different fields (technological, natural, exact, economic and health sciences) is created and new ideas are born.

See further information about ARISE participation here.

University of Ljubljana

University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

University of Ljubljana was founded in 1919 is the oldest and largest higher education and research institution in Slovenia. It has 23 faculties and three arts academies with more than 40.000 students and employs approximately 5.600 faculty and staff.

See further information about ARISE participation (part 25) here and here.

ARISE Europe also cooperates with the following Innovation Centers:


Techcelerator is an acceleration program targeting Romanian technology startups.

Headquartered in Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca, two important centers of Romanian innovation, Techcelerator is the first accelerator in Romania to allocate funds for the development of companies in the (pre)acceleration phase. Thanks to the strategic partnership with GapMinder Venture Partners, are targeted for acceleration and investments young innovative companies with high potential for international development and expansion in growing industries such as: software, cyber security, artificial intelligence, digital transformation, IT solutions for health, FinTech and others.

Techcelerator is operated by Hexagon Venture SRL.

Bulgarian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA)

The Bulgarian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) is a focal point of private investors, venture capital funds and the entrepreneurial community in Bulgaria. The association works alongside its members to improve the business environment and to drive innovation and growth in the country and the CEE region.


Fabio Pianesi Thomas Kösters
ARISE Europe - Head of External Collaboration International Outreach Lead
Jasmina Popovska Márton Bélik
ARISE Country Lead Education Lead

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