Are you part of a scientific project team, innovator, scientist, PhD student or master’s student with a product or service idea to disrupt the existing markets in (1) HEALTHCARE, (2) AGRO-FOOD, (3) RAW MATERIALS, (4) MANUFACTURING, (5) URBAN MOBILITY or (6) ENERGY??

Do you want to bring your idea out of the lab to the market?

Then EIT Jumpstarter is ideal for you to take your idea from the lab to the market.

Watch the Pre-Jumpstarter Workshop video to learn more about the program:

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.

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.

EIT Jumpstarter is a very selective, competitive program; participating in it opens doors towards the European markets and connects the best teams with the six EIT Communities’ large industrial partners such as GE Healthcare, Siemens, Philips, Roche, Bosch, Nestlé, Pepsico and Maspex, among others.

Important dates

  • Pre-Jumpstarter workshop for idea holders from North Macedonia (3-hour-long training): 30 march 2022 by registration on the FOLLOWING LINK
  • Deadline for submitting business ideas: 10 April 2022 at 23:59 CET
  • Selection of ideas and invitation of the bootcamps: 4th May 2022
  • Bootcamps will be held online in May-June 2022
  • Local joint training: July-September 2022
  • Grand Final: November 2022

You will get:

  • Training and mentoring from the best-in-class mentors
  • Cross-sectoral validation
  • Grant to cover your travel and accommodation, or develop your project and create your start-up
  • Exposition to the KICs’ networks
  • Super tools to create and validate your business model
  • A chance to win the € 10,000 first prize



Do you have an innovative idea and want to jumpstart your business?

Creative community, advanced know-how, unique program, expert trainers, and mentors, this is EIT Jumpstarter. 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 innovators and entrepreneurs 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.

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 run EIT Jumpstarter. The competition is organized by EIT Health, EIT RawMaterials 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 550 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.

New European Bauhaus
As of its 2021 edition, EIT Jumpstarter is accepting applications from the fields that the New European Bauhaus initiative covers.
The New European Bauhaus proposes to focus our conversations on the places we inhabit and on our relationship with natural environments, beyond the built space. It is a practical approach to discover beautiful, sustainable and inclusive ways of living and to use them to inspire our way forward. It is also a design lab, accelerator and network at the same time. A creative and interdisciplinary movement, convening a space of encounter to recuperate and revisit sustainable practices from, empower the most inspiring practices of today, and design future ways of living, at the crossroads between art, culture and science.

Eligible countries
Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion, Martinique, Mayotte and Saint-Martin (France), the Azores and Madeira (Portugal), and the Canary Islands (Spain).


Terms and conditions

Application form – List of questions

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What’s next? 

EIT Health

Innostars Awards: The purpose of InnoStars competitions is: to support the applicants in realizing next steps towards the market and shorten time-to-market for innovative products and services; to verify the need/benefit of the product/service for users/ customers/ payers/ partners; to increase the possibility to attract private investment.

Bridgehead: The European Bridgehead programme allows European start-ups and scale-ups individualised internationalisation support. It follows an individual and needs-based approach by matching suitable start-ups and suitable SMEs to clusters, accelerators and incubators (so-called “CATs”) all over Europe. Participating start-ups have the unique opportunity to benefit from mentoring, physical spaces and services offered by the CATs. The goal of the Bridgehead programme is to support participating start-ups in creating a soft-landing to enter new markets beyond their home markets.

Startup Meets Pharma:  The EIT Health Start-Ups Meet Pharma is a challenge-based acceleration programme connecting start-ups developing innovative solutions for chronic care with key pharma partners in Europe. The programme invites start-ups developing solutions which impact both the pharma industry and patients, to tackle set challenges in collaboration with top pharma partners.

Headstart: The EIT Health Headstart Programme provides start-ups support in accelerating their product launch timeline. The EIT Health Headstart Programme provides eligible companies (registered entities) that are selected up to €50,000 to support the development of these innovative products and services. Selected companies will create a project plan with the support of the EIT Health Business Creation Managers to help start-ups harness the local and international network to accelerate their product launch.

Mentor and Coach Network: Start-ups require a hands-on and well guided mentoring program by EIT Health, as a trusted European institution. The MCN program leverages the EIT Health network’s variety and depth of competence, creating dynamic processes for mentoring and support of innovative EIT Health projects. The MCN aims to provide support to all the EIT health projects by accelerating innovation and European collaboration and generating new opportunities for EIT Health and MCN.

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EIT Raw Materials

RawMaterials Accelerator: The RM Accelerator aims to develop Start-ups so that they can rapidly become suppliers to, and perhaps future partners of, the EIT RawMaterials network. The RawMaterials Accelerator is novel because it can make an introduction to customers in the EIT RawMaterials partner network who are willing to adopt innovations; and, it connects local and national ecosystems to the Pan-European network of a pilot and test infrastructure facilities as well as potential customers. We also supply grant funding to enable your team to participate in the RM Accelerator.

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EIT Food

EIT Food Accelerator Network: The EIT Food Accelerator Network (FAN) is an accelerator programme delivered across Europe, supporting high impact agrifood startups to maximise their success.

EIT Food Innovation Prizes: The Innovation Prizes competition is one of Europe’s largest startup competitions in the agrifood sector. Prizes are awarded to entrepreneurs and early-stage startups to support the development of new products and services which can help transform our food system; making it healthier, more sustainable and more trusted.


EIT Innoenergy

PowerUp!: The challenge for start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs from Central and Eastern Europe whose products in the fields of energy, smart technologies, mobility are solving today’s problems with tomorrow’s technology.

Entrepreneurs from all 24 listed countries are invited to apply: Bulgaria, Albania, Croatia, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, The Czechia, Estonia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Georgia, Hungary, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Latvia, Serbia, Lithuania, Turkey, Ukraine, Poland, Cyprus, Slovakia, Slovenia and Romania

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EIT Manufacturing

EIT Manufacturing will create an encouraging environment for business creation and support entrepreneurs, researchers, start-ups, scale-ups and established companies.

Business Creation activities will be channeled through three programmes that ensure the creation, acceleration and transformation of the companies that will lead Europe’s Manufacturing Innovation. These are aimed at creating European gazelles – high-growth ambitious companies which, through their unique know how and ambitious strategy, can achieve high rates of value-added job creation.

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EIT Urban Mobility

Accelerator programme

Support for start-ups working on innovative mobility solutions:

  • Business coaching, training and mentoring
  • Access to living labs and cities for the creation of new products and services
  • Technology and market validation, product-market fit, access to customers
  • Access to financial investors and funds
  • Co-working spaces
  • Use of local ecosystems/infrastructure/accelerators to drive growth and internationalisation


Providing financial support for early business creation:

  • Matching innovative ideas with different funding options from a pool of local, public funders
  • Facilitating access to private venture capital too
  • Creating an EIT Urban Mobility investment fund

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