Founders ABCD Deep Tech Start-up Support Program (2024)

The second edition of the Founders ABCDeep Tech Startup Support Program (2024) will focus on improving the business model and capacity of participating startups, their investment readiness / access to finance potential, and their awareness of the opportunities offered by the Pan-European innovation networks of the EIT KICs.

The goal is to improve the maturity level of the startups and open the doors to Europe through EIT KIC Accelerator programs.

The two-month (startup support / acceleration) program aims to strengthen the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Western Balkans, while being light enough to allow participants to focus on their business development journey.

The second edition of the program will offer an award of up to EUR 10,000 to the best performing startup(s).


Online program duration: 7 May 2024 – 5 July 2024

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The Founders ABCDeep Tech Startup Support Program is looking for innovative and unique solutions from deep tech, related areas, such as:

Advanced Computing, Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Aerospace, Automotive and Remote Sensing, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Big Data, Biotechnology and Life Sciences, Communications and Networks, Cybersecurity, Electronics and Photonics, Internet of Things, Semantic Web, Robotics, Semiconductors, Clean Technologies, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Web 3.0, Blockchain and other.

The maturity of technology should be on at least TRL3.

Participation requirements

Only startups from the WB economies (Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo*) and Hungary can apply, which are legally registered entities (or to be registered at the duration of the program).

Startups wishing to apply must submit their application online on the following LINK, by 19 April 2024 at 11:59 pm CET.

About 10 applicants will be selected to take part in the online startup support program.


  • Joint online sessions delivered by experts and guest speakers on selected topics, geared to improve your business models (covering 8 modules);
  • Carefully selected mentors for each startup, based on your specific needs, that will devote their time and support your development.
  • The chance to compete for a prize of EUR 10,000 for the best performing startup(s) in the program.
  • Develop your investment readiness potential, and learn about EIT, EIC and other EU funding opportunities.
  • The chance to pitch your venture in person to ABCD’s partners and investors in Hungary.
  • Enlarge your network of regional startups, experts, executives, academic representatives, investors, strategic partners, and other.


More details about the Founders ABCDeep Tech Startup Support Program please find in the Terms and conditions for applicants on the following LINK.