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EIT Digital Challenge

Compete, Win, Raise & Scale

What we want

The EIT Digital Challenge aims to identify the best European deep tech entrepreneurs and help them scale up internationally, supporting the European deep tech ecosystem.

We’re looking for fast-growing European ‘deep tech’ companies with a differentiated product offering that leverages sophisticated, hard-to-reproduce digital technologies.

Read full entry requirements here.

What’s in it for you?

Up to 10 winning companies will receive a full year of tailored international growth support by the EIT Digital Accelerator worth €50,000 to scale up their business.

Raise your next Series A or B round from strategic international investors with the support of an experienced Access to Finance team.

Leverage EIT Digital’s 300+ Pan-European network of top European corporations, investors, SMEs, universities and research institutions.

Get coached on your market readiness and go-to-market strategy to support your international goal ambitions.

Gain international visibility through EIT Digital communication channels.

Why should you apply?

Challenge Finalists will be invited to a Pitch Competition in June which coincides with the EIT Digital Grow Digital conference.

Network with dozens of deep tech startups, scaleups, VCs and Corporates.

As Mirali Jamnadas of 2022 Challenge winner Jentis says, “We are proud to be recognized and endorsed by EIT Digital. It is an honour to be part of this remarkable group of European scaleups.”

See which top tier investors attended the EIT Digital Challenge in 2022

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10th Anniversary

Take your place alongside the previous winners. Through the support of EIT Digital’s fundraising specialists, those European deep techs were able to raise €900M+ to scaleup their businesses.

2022 Winners


January 31, 2023 March 28, 2023
23:59 CET
April, 2023 May, 2023 June 6, 2023
Applications Open Submission Deadline Due Diligence
Interviews with Selected Candidates
Announcement of Finalists Final Event Pitch Competition



Fast-growing technology company with international ambitions

Company max. ten years old*

Company incorporated in EU27 or Horizon Europe Associated Countries**

Growth stage: min €300,000 in revenue (2022), OR at least €2,000,000 in total funding to date

*Company incorporated after 01/01/2013
**See the full list of countries here.

Startups in growth stage (scaleups) can apply in five thematic areas: Digital Tech, Digital Industry, Digital Cities, Digital Wellbeing, and Digital Finance. Learn more about them here.

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 consider the fit of your product or service to our thematic areas and the impact our support could have on your business.

In addition, you must be prepared to pitch in public. Pitch and application must be done in English. Make sure to read our contest conditions and check the FAQ page. If you have any further questions don't hesitate to contact us at

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