Open Innovation Factory

Boosting the next generation of digital ventures

Are you planning to boost a digital tech startup and need support?

Whether you are just moving your first steps or need help to grow internationally, EIT Digital is the right partner for your endeavour! We provide

  • Mentoring & Coaching
  • Support in attracting investors and customers
  • Access to EIT Digital's pan-European ecosystem of 350+ innovation partners
  • Financial support for part of your project costs

The EIT Digital Open Innovation Factory supports the boost of early-stage European startups interested in gaining market traction for their products and services.

Specifically, the programme is looking for world-class digital DeepTech Activities developed by corporates, research and technology organisations and/or universities together with early-stage ventures that have demonstrated market and investor traction and can leverage the program to boost their growth even further.

With this call for proposals, we invite European innovators and entrepreneurs to jointly grow their digital innovations in one of our strategic focus areas: Digital Industry, Digital Cities, Digital Finance, Digital Wellbeing and Digital Tech.

Selected proposals become embedded in our pan-European ecosystem of partners and receive financial support and professional guidance to package their technology, sign up customers and attract investors.

Check out our dedicated Open Innovation Factory 2024 webpage and learn more about your benefits, the process and current application deadlines.

Open Innovation Factory 2024


Ventures created


Products launched


Business and Research partners all over Europe

Our focus areas and domains

Mobility, City Analytics, Safety

Serving the cities with digital technologies addressing 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.

Success stories

"Thanks to our collaboration with EIT Digital, we were able to launch our startup SARA Robotics. Through the Open 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 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

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Co-Funded by the European Union