How it works

Timeline

  • Applications
    open
    September 1
  • Applications
    close
    October 8
  • Calls with
    shortlist
    October 23-27
  • Announcement
    of finalists
    November 6
  • Final
    events
    Nov 28 - Dec 11

Applications open

Please submit your application online here. We ask you to provide information about your company and team, your innovative technology, your business model, your target market as well as your financial estimates.

Applications close

Make sure to submit your application until 23:59 CET on October 8. Only applications that are complete and submitted before this deadline will be eligible. Since we have a very tight schedule, we won’t be able to offer any deadline extension.

Calls with shortlist

Our expert jury will invite all shortlisted applicants to individual calls (30 minutes) to clearly understand their needs and growth potential. Based on these calls, the finalists will be selected.

Announcement of finalists

We will announce the 25 finalists of the EIT Digital Challenge 2017. The best 5 scaleups per category will be invited to pitch their innovative product or service to a high-profile jury of corporate representatives, investors and other innovators at the respective the final event.

Final events

The final events will take place in Trento, Eindhoven, Madrid, Budapest and Berlin, and will be integrated in the EIT Digital Innovation Days to give the finalists the opportunity to present in front of experts, investors and influencers from their respective vertical.

Applications open
September 1
Please submit your application online here. We ask you to provide information about your company and team, your innovative technology, your business model, your target market as well as your financial estimates.
Applications close
October 8
Make sure to submit your application until 23:59 CET on October 8. Only applications that are complete and submitted before this deadline will be eligible. Since we have a very tight schedule, we won’t be able to offer any deadline extension.
Calls with shortlist
October 24-30
Our expert jury will invite all shortlisted applicants to individual calls (30 minutes) to clearly understand their needs and growth potential. Based on these calls, the finalists will be selected.
Announcement of finalists
November 6
We will announce the 25 finalists of the EIT Digital Challenge 2017. The best 5 scaleups per category will be invited to pitch their innovative product or service to a high-profile jury of corporate representatives, investors and other innovators at the respective the final event.
Final events
Nov 28 - Dec 11
The final events will take place in Trento, Eindhoven, Madrid, Budapest and Berlin, and will be integrated in the EIT Digital Innovation Days to give the finalists the opportunity to present in front of experts, investors and influencers from their respective vertical.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Fast growing technology company with international ambitions

  • Minimum €300,000 revenue in 2016 or €2 million in equity investment

  • Company maximum ten years old

  • Company incorporated in EU28


All submissions will be evaluated by internal and external experts. 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 categories and the impact our support could have on your business.

In addition, you must be prepared to pitch in public. Pitch and application have to be done in English.

Make sure to read our FAQs and Contest Conditions, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have further questions.

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