Travel Grants to support startups in outreach

Tua Huomo (Action Line Lead), Asparuh Koev (Transmetrics) and Udo Bub (Node Director Germany), from left to right.

First Travel Grants issued

XEU Outreach Programme presents a fund to support startups with the opportunity to travel to an important event or to interact with an important players in the field. Those so-called travel grants can be requested by the finalists of our startup contests in 2013 and 2014 from the XEU Outreach countries e.g.

The funds are available only for invited events, such as presentations at conferences, workshops or contests, for which the inviter does not cover the travel costs.

Conditions for rewards

Important characteristics for a possible approval are relevance, exclusiveness and priority, among others. Teams can get up to a 1000 EUR grant. It is for the first time that EIT ICT Labs awards travel grants for innovators outside the existing network.

Six startups already took a opportunity and were awarded for a certain project: Excalibur, QGo and asiqo (finalists at Telekom Innovation Contest, and EIT ICT Labs’ own Startup Activation Contest and Idea Challenge) have already successfully requested grants for travels in June and July.

Pipeline

Further travels are also already in the pipeline. Transmetrics will benefit to visit their business contact DHL in Brussels in August. And in September, Agroptima will travel to attend the agricultural fair Fira de Lleida in Catalonia. The Hungarian ANGL team will get funding for travels to The Summit CEO in Dublin in November, and Bliu Bliu will travel to Novi Sad Polyglot Conference in Serbia.

More travel grants

Until October, a call for travel grants will be launched every two weeks.

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