The EIT Digital Challenge 2017 is now open for applications. Late stage startups - so called scaleups - can apply with their successful deep technology products in one of the following five categories: Digital Industry, Digital Cities, Digital Wellbeing, Digital Infrastructure and Digital Finance. The winner in each category will receive an international growth package worth €100,000. The package includes a full year of dedicated support from the EIT Digital Accelerator and a cash prize of €50,000.
The contest focuses on deep-tech businesses seeking to accelerate their international growth. "Deep tech digital ventures require high quality specialised support when it comes to finding customers and raising capital," says Willem Jonker, CEO of EIT Digital. "Through our excellent pan-European business and technology ecosystem, and guided by our experience and our proven track record in deal making, we as EIT Digital are in a unique position to drive the international scaling of these deep tech digital ventures."
The EIT Digital Accelerator comprises a team of around 40 experienced business developers and finance experts operating from 13 cities across Europe, along with a hub in Silicon Valley. Since 2012, the EIT Digital Accelerator has supported more than 250 startups to access new markets, and helped them raise more than €80 million in investment to date. Accelerator alumni companies have gone on to raise over €250 million in total investment.
To successfully apply for the EIT Digital Challenge, companies must fulfill the following criteria: They must be based in one of the member states of the European Union, they must have reached at least €300,000 in revenue in 2016 or €2 million in total equity investment, and the companies should be in their first ten years of existence.
The best five applicants in each category will be invited to pitch their product in front on an expert jury at one of five final events:
- Digital Cities - Trento - November 28, 2017
- Digital Industry - Eindhoven - November 29, 2017
- Digital Wellbeing - Madrid - November 30, 2017
- Digital Finance - Budapest - December 4, 2017
- Digital Infrastructure - Berlin - December 11, 2017
The deadline for applications is October 8, 2017. For more information and an application form, please visit www.challenge.eitdigital.eu.