EIT Digital invites European deep tech companies to enter this year’s edition of their annual contest to win international growth support.
Who will become Europe’s next tech success story? This is the question asked by EIT Digital, a leading European player in digital innovation and education. Companies focusing on digital deep tech solutions are invited to apply for the fifth annual EIT Digital Challenge. The best ten companies will receive prizes totaling €750,000, including comprehensive international growth support.
The contest for European deep tech innovators, is now open for entries and the application deadline is 14 June 2018.
Fast-growing startups that already have customers – so called scaleups – are invited to enter their successful technology products in one of the following five categories: Digital Industry, Digital Cities, Digital Wellbeing, Digital Infrastructure and Digital Finance.
In each category, the best two companies will receive a full year of dedicated support from the EIT Digital Accelerator. The winner in each category will also receive a cash prize of €50,000.
“In this fifth year of the contest, we’re offering our most comprehensive prize package ever, with a total value of €750,000, and admitting ten companies at once into our acceleration programme,” says Dolf Wittkamper, Head of the EIT Digital Accelerator.
The Accelerator comprises a team of around 40 experienced business developers and finance experts operating from 13 cities across Europe, along with a hub in Silicon Valley. Since 2012, the EIT Digital Accelerator has supported more than 270 startups to access new markets and raise capital.
Both the Accelerator and the contest focus on deep tech innovations, meaning cutting edge technologies which are built around unique and differentiated scientific or technological advances, and which are often protected or hard to reproduce.
Chahab Nastar, Chief Innovation Officer of EIT Digital, commented: “Deep tech scaleups develop disruptive solutions that are crucial for Europe’s future as they fuel digital transformation. But even though VC investment into deep tech companies is growing fast, these companies face unique challenges. Within the EIT Digital Accelerator, the winners will receive the specific support that they need to acquire European customers and raise capital.”
Application Criteria: To successfully apply for the EIT Digital Challenge the applicant’s company must be based in one of the member states of the European Union, the company has to be in the growth stage (to be proven by showing annual revenue of over €300,000 or at least €2 million in total funding), and they should be in their first ten years of existence. The best entrants will be invited to a final event in the autumn to pitch in front on an expert jury. Since its launch in 2014, the EIT Digital Challenge has attracted more than 1,600 entries from 27 EU countries. Most of the winning scaleups have gone on to become internationally successful companies.
Submit your application until June 14, 2018. For further information and an application form can be found here.