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 you want to commercialise your innovation in the fields of healthcare, agri-food, raw materials, energy, urban mobility or manufacturing, this competitive programme will give you the jumpstart you need.

Experts will help you validate the best business model for your idea and develop a business plan. Teams who produce the most promising plans 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 180 applicants will receive 16 hours of virtual training, designed to help you develop a business case for your idea and to give you practice pitching for investor funding.

Phase II: The best 15 teams in each of the six 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: The six teams judged to the best in each of the six fields will be invited 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

You should be based in one of the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey or Ukraine. Individuals (only) from Kosovo can also apply.

Key details

Application period: 9 February–16 April 2021 at 23:59 CET

Programme dates:

  • June 2021: 16 hours of training
  • 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 16 April 2021.

Dóra Marosvölgyi
InnoStars | Activity Leader | EIT Health