EIT Jumpstarter is a pre-accelerator program for innovators in the healthcare, agri-food, raw materials, energy, urban mobility and manufacturing industries.
EIT Jumpstarter is ideal for teams with innovative business idea, who want to jumpstart their company. With the contribution of best-in-class experts, creative community, unique know-how our aim is to support idea-holders to turn their ideas into business. We help them build a viable business model around their innovative product or service idea, validate it and if their business idea is proven to be sustainable, we encourage them to register their company.
We introduce teams to partners, investors, regulatory bodies and companies that can produce their products, their first buyer or a test site. They meet major innovation hubs in Europe, which is important when they want to enter foreign markets.
The program contributes to boosting innovation and entrepreneurship within Central-Eastern and Southern-European Regions by validating innovative solutions and connecting them with the articulated demands from the industry. The program has trained 348 start-up teams since 2017, and in 2019 EIT Jumpstarter won the Best Association Training Initiative Award of the European Association Awards.
Are you part of a scientific project team, innovator, scientist, PhD or Master’s student with a product or service idea ready to disrupt the energy sector? Do you want to bring your idea out of the lab to the market? Then EIT Jumpstarter is ideal for you.
During the eight months-long program, you will find and validate the best business model for your innovative idea. The courses build on the lean start-up methodology from the Silicon Valley translated to the European environment. You will learn about: how to refine your deal, market segmentation, customer value proposition, financials, investment basics, legal basics
To enter the competition, submit your idea of an innovative product or service that can make an impact in the energy sector. The winners will win a EUR 10 000 prize and will be involved in various events organised by the EIT InnoEnergy Hubs, and have an opportunity to network with the world’s largest community in the energy sector!
Phase 1: Submission of ideas
Phase 2: Boot Camp and Coaching
Phase 3: Local Joint Trainings
Phase 4: Mentoring and Final Pitching
The winners of the EIT Jumpstarter 2020 competition are unveiled. 36 teams from all over Europe competed for the prize pool worth over 160 000 EUR.
Check out the winners:
1st prize – Drone Plan (Latvia)
2nd prize – Gas Trade (Germany/Ukraine)
3rd prize – Smarth-Prop (Greece)
Impact prize – Green and Clean Tech (Serbia)
Events will occur either online or in-person, depending on the COVID-19 pandemic situation. At this time the programme is planned to run entirely online.