Innovators from Central, Eastern and Southern Europe: Get support in turning your ideas into a successful business.


If you are from Central, Eastern or Southern Europe and want to commercialise your innovation, this competitive programme will give you the jumpstart you need. We support ideas in healthcare, agri-food, raw materials, energy, urban mobility, manufacturing or the New European Bauhaus.

Experts will help you validate the best business model for your idea and develop a business plan. Teams who produce the most promising projects will get to pitch in a final competition, where you can gain recognition from investors and a have chance to win a cash prize of up to €10,000.

How it works

Phase I: Your application will be judged on the innovativeness of the concept, competitive advantage, target customers and potential market. The top 210 applicants will receive 16 hours of virtual training designed to help you develop a business case for your idea and practice pitching for investor funding.

Phase II: The best 15 teams in each of the seven areas will be invited to 40 hours of local training, focused on your business model canvas, the competitive landscape, your go-to-market strategy and the creation of a roadmap for your business.

Finals: We’ll invite the six teams judged to be the best in each of the seven fields to pitch before a jury and audience of investors at the EIT Jumpstarter Grand Final, where the grand prize is €10,000.

Who should apply

The programme is for scientific project teams, innovators, scientists, PhD students or master’s students in the following fields:

  • healthcare
  • agri-food
  • raw materials
  • sustainable energy
  • urban mobility
  • manufacturing
  • New European Bauhaus

You should be based in one of the following countries: Albania, 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.

Key details

Application period: 9 February–10 April 2022 at 23:59 CET

Programme dates:

  • May-June 2022: 16 hours of training
  • August-September: 40 hours of local training sessions
  • November: EIT Jumpstarter Grand Final

Programme location: Online and in-person

Programme cost: Free of charge


Apply here by 10 April 2022.

Dóra Marosvölgyi
InnoStars | Activity Leader | EIT Health