Are you part of a scientific project team, innovator, scientist, PhD or Masters student, with a product or service idea to disrupt existing markets in one of the following sectors:


EIT Jumpstarted is ideal for you if you want to take your idea from the lab to the market and win €10,000.

During the 8 months-long programs, you will find and validate the best business model for your innovative idea. The courses build on the lean start-up methodology from Silicon Valley translated to the European Environment. You will learn about how to refine your deal, market segmentation, customer value proposition, market segmentation, financials, investment basics, and legal basics.

Important dates 2021

14 April Pre-Jumpstarter workshop (3-hour-long training)

Please register on the following link:

30 April 23:59 CET Deadline for submitting business ideas is extended to 30 April 2021
16 May Selection of ideas and invitation to the bootcamp
June Bootcamp (online)
September Local joint training
November Grand Final

You will receive travel and accommodation support during the program, and the best teams in each category will have the chance to win a €10,000 money prize from EIT.

EIT Jumpstarter is a very selective, competitive program; participating in it opens doors towards the European markets and connects the best teams with the three EIT Communities’ large industrial partners such as GE Healthcare, Siemens, Philips, Roche, Bosch, Nestlé, Pepsico and Maspex, among others.
Accelerator UKIM will be closely monitoring your progress and for most advance, an investment opportunity of up to €100.000 will be open.




EIT Health – healthy living, active ageing, and improved healthcare

  1. Forming Care Pathways: From diagnosis to treatment, care pathways are essential, yet current strategies focus heavily on the treatment phase. EIT is extending care pathways to provide end-to-end care before the onset of disease through to end-of-life support. And, EIT is optimizing long-term care to enable people with chronic conditions to live as well as possible.
  2. Healthcare Transformation: EIT brings together innovators and pool their talent to overcome fragmentation across healthcare delivery and create a sustainable healthcare system that can support an ageing society.
  3. Harnessing Real-world Data: Healthcare data provides rich insight into diseases and, when used efficiently, it will open up new possibilities. It will deliver prediction models for early diagnosis, enhance treatment and inform how people can lead healthier lives. EIT want to exhaust the wealth of healthcare data available across Europe to improve the lives of patients and citizens.
  4. Bringing Care Home: EIT is tackling the health challenges of an ageing population by prioritizing innovative solutions that support healthcare delivery in the home and away from the hospital, improving health outcomes. Significantly enhancing the integration of health and social care will be vital in ensuring European citizens receive optimal treatment while releasing pressure on hospital services.
  5. Health in the Workplace: In Europe, work-related stress affects one in four employees, leading to significant levels of absence – this is just one of the many work-related conditions we need to address. EIT wants to improve workplace health at every level through better education, improved personal awareness and helping to make healthy choices easier.
  6. Fostering Healthier Lives: EIT wants to change lifestyle behaviors by creating the tools and incentives for patients that help protect their health, preventing early ageing and reducing disease and disability.

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EIT Food:

Optimizing resource efficiency and environmental sustainability of agriculture supply, primary production, processing, storing, packaging, logistics/distribution, retail, consumer research, nutrition monitoring and food service;  developing nutritionally-customized food products, addressing unmet needs and generating consumer-relevant functionalities;  building trust in the food system, securing traceability and auditability of food quality, safety and authenticity, combining digital and sensor technologies to acquire and transmit information through the food value chain.

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EIT RawMaterials: sustainable discovery & supply of materials, materials for future mobility & circular societies.

  1. Exploration and raw materials resource assessment: EIT would like to see ideas focused on new exploration technologies, innovative research and advances in education. EIT will facilitate all of this through bridging and synergies of knowledge from industry, research and education.
  2. Mining in challenging environments: EIT aims to build up Europe’s mineral extraction industry, providing opportunities through the development of innovative, smart and efficient technologies, specialist higher education with an added focus on entrepreneurship, and integration of the entire raw material value chain.
  3. Increased resource efficiency in mineral and metallurgical processes: The modern-day solutions face a number of challenges — fluctuations in resource quality, the introduction of new resources, increased safety demands, environmental impact, and increasingly rapid changes in demands and markets. At the same time, it is crucial to ensure an efficient transfer of knowledge within the skilled processing workforce so that it can be retained by newer generations. EIT has set out to meet these challenges by supporting and facilitating the improvement and creation of innovative processing methods and technologies. In turn, these will catalyse new business opportunities for the processing of both primary and secondary resources. Within EIT’s unique and comprehensive community covering the entire raw materials value chain, such developments can be matched with needs and demands — both upstream in the mining and mineral exploration sectors as well as downstream in the recycling, substitution and circular economy sectors.
  4. Substitution of critical and toxic materials in products for optimized performance: EIT supports innovation and business creation offering solutions and added value, particularly in the fields of sustainable mobility, energy, machinery, and ICT. The current portfolio encompasses projects on topics including energy storage, magnetic materials, hard materials, lightweight design, and materials and systems modelling. Innovative new services and business models that enable an optimized use of raw materials are also supported. These activities harmonize with education projects to encourage future experts in substitution-related fields and to raise awareness across wider society.
  5. Recycling and material chain optimization of end-of-life products: EIT supports innovation projects and new businesses that scale up and introduce new technological solutions to the market. These are aimed at improving both the amount and quality of raw materials recovered from secondary sources, that is, end-of-life products, industrial residues, tailings, and urban and landfill mining.
  6. Design of products and services for the circular economy: The challenge for EIT is to fully utilize the potential of industrial symbiosis by applying a systemic perspective and revitalizing the human capital in the raw materials sector through two strategic objectives:

DESIGNING SOLUTIONS: At the concept stage, many key decisions are made which have significant and lasting consequences from a raw materials perspective. In terms of system design in the future, a systemic approach to materials innovation, products, product-service systems, processes and wider systems across the whole lifecycle is essential. EIT RawMaterials will use powerful multi-scale modelling and decision-making support tools based on big data to offer new opportunities for designing smarter solutions.

CLOSING MATERIAL LOOPS: A radical shift is required: from linear to circular thinking. End-of-life products must be considered as resources for another cycle, while losses and stocks of unused materials must be minimised all along the value chain. In addition, interactions between materials must be taken into account in order to define the best circular solution from a systemic standpoint. Awareness of the benefits of closing material loops must be raised amongst students, industry and society.

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EIT Manufacturing:

EIT Manufacturing: people and robots for sustainable work, additive manufacturing for full flexibility, waste-free manufacturing for a circular economy, platforms for digitalized value networks.

EIT Manufacturing defined four Flagships as prime demonstrations of the community’s ability to solve complex challenges, while delivering high societal and industrial impact. EIT Manufacturing’s flagships are:

  1. Excellent manufacturing skills and talents: adding value through an upskilled workforce and engaged students.
  2. Efficient manufacturing innovation ecosystems: adding value through creating ecosystems for innovation, entrepreneurship and business transformation focused on innovation hotspots.
  3. Full digitalization of manufacturing: adding value through digital solutions and platforms that connect value networks globally.
  4. Customer-driven manufacturing: adding value through agile and flexible manufacturing that meets global personalised demand.
  5. Socially sustainable manufacturing: adding value through safe, healthy, ethical and socially sustainable production and products.
  6. Environmentally sustainable manufacturing: adding value by making industry greener and cleaner.

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EIT Urban Mobility:

EIT Urban Mobility: active mobility, sustainable city logistics, future mobility, mobility and energy, and public realm, are the most focused areas, but other actions areas are also welcome to change the city transport/citizen engagement.

Urban mobility is always under pressure. Future challenges ahead include growing urban populations, how to build and maintain infrastructure, the economic and environmental costs of congestion, demands for greater accessibility and safety, and the question of how to improve air quality. Based on a thorough analysis, EIT Urban Mobility will address eight societal and urban mobility challenges.

We will meet these challenges through the activities of the City Club, Academy, Innovation, Business Creation and Factory.

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More info about EIT JUMPSTARTER 2021

The strategic aim of this program is to create a sustainable impact in the Central-Eastern and Southern-European Regions by boosting innovation and entrepreneurship within this part of Europe. The program’s concept originates from the real needs of the innovation ecosystem of these regions. Countries face similar challenges; they have enormous innovation potential, with bright scientific minds, but the research results are likely to remain within the labs.  At the same time, there is a significant number of needs that have been unmet from the corporate side. To overcome these challenges connecting the innovative solutions with the articulated demands from the industry and increase the competitiveness of our regions – six EIT Communities teamed up to jointly running EIT Jumpstarter. The competition is organized by EIT Health, EIT Raw Materials, EIT Food, EIT InnoEnergy, EIT Manufacturing and EIT Urban Mobility. They are six Knowledge and Innovation Communities of EIT, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. They bring together businesses, research centers and universities as partners creating a favorable environment for creative thought and innovation to flourish. EIT is a valuable, credible partner to get your business idea up and running.

Graduates of the program possess the skills and knowledge to launch their company, and as part of the alumni community, they receive further support and dedicated advisory from the EIT Communities regarding the next stage of their start-up journey.  We introduce teams to partners, VCs, 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 has trained more than 348 start-up teams since 2017, and interest in our competition is growing.

In 2019 EIT Jumpstarter won the Best Association Training Initiative Award of the European Association Awards.

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