The European Commission launched Women TechEU – a new EU scheme supporting deep-tech start-ups led by women and helping them grow into tomorrow’s deep tech champions!
Enhancing synergies between the EIC and Startup Europe
For digital and deep tech startups
To support scaling up of companies in Europe, the EIC is seeking to build synergies with the wider European startup ecosystem via a new wave of actions under the Commission’s existing Startup Europe initiative. The actions will act as a catalyst to fulfil the potential of European startups, in delivering market-ready applications and technology solutions that can contribute to the competitiveness and strategic autonomy of EU industry in key technology areas and value chains.
Connecting local digital and deep tech startup ecosystems and supporting crossborder acceleration activities for startups. Among the startups ecosystems to be connected, specific attention will be given to including of ecosystems in Widening countries.
Actions will reinforce the activities of the European Innovation Council by targeting digital and deep tech startups that have received support from EIC to support their scale up in Europe. The actions can support also deep tech startups not yet been supported by the EIC, including startups that have already received private investment or EU funding (e.g. under Horizon Europe or the Digital Europe Programme), and raise their awareness of the opportunities on offer from the EIC. It is foreseen that the targeted startup communities will contribute to development of applications that foster climate-neutrality, digital and circular economy, clean industry and user-centric technology development, while also encouraging inclusiveness, and incorporating European social and ethical values.
For more details, including the expected outcome and impact, as well as a guidance document for potential applicants, check out the Topic conditions and documents section on the Funding and Tenders Portal here.
Applications close on 18th November at 17:00 CEST (original deadline of 22nd September has been extended).
Scale-up Champions Investment Readiness Programme
Startups working in deep-tech
Scale-up Champions has launched a call for its last Investment Readiness Programme.
The programme comprises a set of training activities to increase the fundraising capacity of deep-tech startups and a series of networking events to connect entrepreneurs, corporates, mentors and investors from all over Europe.
Applications will be open until 13 September for startups working in deep-tech that want to accelerate their growth. All the applicants will undergo a challenge-based selection to identify the best projects. The chosen ones will then be matched and provided mentoring sessions, followed by a series of workshops, networking events and individual meetings with experts. Once the startups are prepared and equipped to raise investment, they will be brought together with investors, business angels and venture capitalists to pitch their ideas.
If this sounds interesting, don’t miss your chance – apply for this last call here.
Apply Now: Women TechEU
For women-led deep tech start-ups
This scheme comes under the new Horizon Europe innovation ecosystems programme, reinforced by the European Innovation Council (EICs).
Up to 50 promising deep tech start-ups from EU Member States and Associated Countries will be funded under the first Women TechEU pilot call. Applicants must have founded or co-founded an early stage deep tech startup, and hold a top management position (CEO, CTO or equivalent) in the company. The company must be registered and established in an EU Member State or Associated Country for at least six months at the time of the submission.
Support provided to Women TechEU beneficiaries under this initiative is made up of the following components:
- financial support to the company as an individual grant of EUR 75 000 supporting activities such as upgrading the business model, updating the business plan and growth strategy, finding partners and investors, market validation, etc.;
- mentoring and coaching provided by the EIC Business Acceleration Services (BAS), under the new ‘Women Leadership Programme’, which includes dedicated networking and pitching events;
- the possibility to participate in dedicated activities organised by InvestEU and the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN).
Project results are expected to contribute to the following expected outcomes:
- Support deep tech innovation as a basis for a modern, knowledge-driven, resource-efficient and competitive economy;
- Promote female leadership in the deep tech industry to build fairer, more inclusive, and more prosperous innovation ecosystems in Europe.
The call for proposals closes at 17:00 (Brussels time, CET) on 10 November 2021. Apply here.
X-Europe Cohort 6 – FinTech
Startups in the FinTech sector
X-Europe has opened its sixth and last open call and is looking for promising European deeptech startups in the FinTech sector to provide top-notch training, mentoring services and guiding partnerships with investors, corporations, and ecosystem builders.
The remote acceleration programme of Cohort 6 – FinTech will run from October 2021 until February 2022, and applications are open from 12th July to 10th September at 5 PM CEST. Winners will get:
Free entry and showcasing at TechChill Conference, February 2022
Matchmaking opportunities with investors
The possibility to build partnerships with corporations (your idea might be the right solution to their business challenges)
Online training sessions, including market-leading courses from Growth Tribe and other workshops
A dedicated coach and one-on-one mentoring sessions
Talent matchmaking support
Access to the Acceleration week by Design Terminal and TechChill’s and TNW’s community incubators in Riga and Amsterdam
Apply here before 10th September at 5 PM CEST.
Startups in the AgriFood Tech sector
RootCamp – A SpinLab Incubator – is a stage-independent incubation program focused on AgriFood Tech innovation based in Hannover, Germany.
RootCamp supports startups who want to accelerate their paths to market and have a positive impact in the AgriFood Tech sector with disruptive solutions.
RootCamp provides an acceleration curriculum for early stage startups but also fuel later stage startups. They also assist international companies to implement their solution within the European market, and provide access to their support network to help participants with whatever they need to start scaling.
FOR EARLY STAGE STARTUPS:
FOR LATER STAGE STARTUPS:
extension of customers base
Applications close on 17th August. Apply here.
GARDENA gardenaward 2021
For entrepreneurs of the gardening industry
The gardenaward strives to find and reward the most innovative and dedicated entrepreneurs who want to define the future of gardening.
Startups are invited to apply with their individual idea, business case or even product to participate in this year’s gardenaward.
The overarching topic this year will be:
What role does the garden play in the new tomorrow?
Innovators are invited to submit their ideas and business cases in one of the following areas:
- Smart systems / Internet of Things
- Water technology
- Garden technology
- Cutting technology
- City / Urban gardening
- E-commerce and service with garden focus
- Mobile Apps with plants / garden focus
- Sustainable gardening
- Gardening and food
- Garden: the place to be, meet and work
Besides start-ups and established players of the gardening sector, universities and other educational insitutions are welcome.
Four winners will be awarded cash prizes of up to €5,000.