Innovation Factory

Create the next generation of digital products and ventures through pan-European open innovation.

The Innovation Factory invests in pan-European entrepreneurial teams together with EIT Digital partners to build digital innovations and new ventures in our strategic focus areas: Digital Industry, Digital Cities, Digital Finance, Digital Wellbeing and Digital Tech.

The entrepreneurial teams work in agile projects called Innovation activities. These activities bring together expertise from the EIT Digital ecosystem, with partners contributing technology, talent, business models, investments, and channels to the market. They deliver  innovations to the market through product launch and venture creation. The focus is on business impact as well as contribution to the financial sustainability of EIT Digital.

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Business and Research partners all over Europe

Success stories

"Thanks to our collaboration with EIT Digital, we were able to launch our startup SARA Robotics. Through the Innovation Factory, we teamed up with companies across Europe to create a robot that can support nurses of elderly care institution to increase patient wellbeing."

Emmy Hendriks, SARA Robotics

"Our mission is to help physical businesses, from retail stores to airports, to digitalize their operations. Ariadne’s skill is to turn the operation process from a painful experience to a smooth almost game-like environment."

Georgios Pipelidis, Ariadne Maps

"LMAD is on a mission to uncover the shifts in process, systems and value chain to best operate deliveries using autonomous delivery robots. LMAD was born with the support of EIT Digital which kick started this activity with the vision and the understanding to empower logisticians with the best platform to fulfill their deliveries and to compete."

Jean-Philippe Beillache, Last Mile Autonomous Delivery (LMAD) 

"With the help of EIT Digital, VIPO harnesses the latest in AI technology to empower shoppers to have a more tailored experience and our retail partners learn what informs their customers buying decisions."

William Bernal, VIPO

"With the help of EIT Digital we were able to connect together partners from different fields, such as banking, innovation and software development to launch our fast, secure and touchless multimodal biometric payment solution. Our system started to work in Spain, Hungary and Slovenia, and we are planning to launch in UK, Italy and Greece very soon."

Csaba Körmöczi, PeasyPay

Our focus areas and domains

Mobility, City Analytics, Safety

Serving the cities with digital technologies addression urban mobility, citizen inclusiveness and engagement, and city safety.

Healthy Youth, Occupational Health, Independent Living

Safeguarding health for the youth, the working professional and the elderly by analysing sensor data.

Logistics, Production, Retail

The digital transformation of the industry, from production to logistics to retail.

Networking, Data/AI, Cybersecurity & Privacy

Inventing the digital future with core technologies providing secure, robust, responsive and intelligent communications and computation.

Retail Banking & Insurance, Asset Management, Corporate Financial Services

The disruption of digital transactions and institutions with technologies that allow transparency, efficiency, security and trust.

Join the Innovation Factory

Every year EIT Digital issues a call for proposals to European innovators and entrepreneurs for innovation activities that will be reviewed and selected to enter the Innovation Factory program. Selected innovation activities are embedded in EIT Digital’s ecosystem and receive a financial co-investment to package their technology, sign up customers and attract investors.

EIT Digital is a partnership organisation. This implies that proposers are expected to be or become Partner of EIT Digital. Organisations that are not yet a Partner are expected to submit their application for partnership. Learn how to become a partner.

It will soon be possible to submit proposals for innovation activities that will be part of the EIT Digital Innovation Factory in 2022. Sign up for our mailing list to keep up to date.