EU Prize for Women Innovators
This prize celebrates the women entrepreneurs behind Europe’s game-changing innovations
The EU Prize for Women Innovators celebrates the women entrepreneurs behind game-changing innovations. In doing so, the EU seeks to raise awareness of the need for more women innovators, and create role models for women and girls everywhere.
The prize is awarded to the most talented women entrepreneurs from across the EU and countries associated to Horizon Europe, who have founded a successful company and brought innovation to the market. The prize is managed by the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency, and the winners are chosen by an independent expert jury.
Three prizes of €100,000 each are awarded in the main category. A fourth prize of €50,000 is awarded to a promising ‘Rising Innovator’ aged 30 or younger.
Find out more and apply by 30th June here.
EIC Accelerator Open 2021
Calling top-class innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and scientists!
The EIC Accelerator supports high-risk, high-potential small and medium-sized enterprises and innovators to help them develop and bring onto the market new innovative products, services and business models that could drive economic growth.
Selected companies receive funding and optional equity and are offered business coaching and mentoring to scale up their innovation idea. They get extra acceleration services to connect with investors, corporates and likeminded entrepreneurs.
As an EIC Accelerator client, you will gain visibility and boost your chances of success in European and international markets.
Who should apply?
The EIC Accelerator is designed for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMES) with radically new ideas underpinned by a business plan for rolling out marketable innovation solutions and with ambitions to scale up. It targets for-profit SMEs only, including young companies and start-ups, from any sector – there are no set topics.
Find out more and apply by 9th June here.
EIC Pathfinder Open 2021
The EIC Pathfinder is one of the instruments of the European Innovation Council Work Programme
EIC Pathfinder Open Call
Scope: The EIC Pathfinder programme aims to support early-stage projects (TRL levels 1 to 4) that have the potential to create new markets and address global changes. With a high-risk/high gain approach, a consortium of minimum 3 partners from academia or industry can work together to develop an innovative technology, based on science-towards-technology breakthrough research, up to the point of proof of principle. The results obtained from the research should lead to top publication, and, it is expected that following the Pathfinder, measures will be taken to ensure the continuation of the project, such as generating Intellectual Property.
Deadline: 19 May 2021
Subsidy: max. €3M
Consortium: a consortium of minimum 3 partners from academia or industry (including SMEs) established in at least 3 different EU Member State countries can work together.
Find out more here.
EIT Food Test Farms Application
Get matched with a farmer and test your solution on the field!
Need help with testing your agritech solution?
Apply for Test Farms and validate your product with farmers!
Test Farms links agricultural startups with farmers and testing-land.
Through enabling these links EIT Food wants to help innovative agritech ideas to validate and test their products and services, showcase their business to customers and investors and finally support the technological transformation in European agriculture.
This year, EIT Food is offering Test Farms program to the following applicants:
- RIS startups – startups registered in countries eligible for the Regional Innovation Scheme (see point 4.a of Terms and Conditions – Eligibility criteria for RIS participants for the list of countries).
- non-RIS startups – startups not registered in RIS countries = not eligible for the funding from Regional Innovation Scheme.
Participation in the Test Farms program as well as financial subgrant to support testing needs will be available under specific conditions for eligible RIS startups. Non-RIS startups cannot receive the subgrant, however they will be given the possibility to join the program and benefit from the match-making and expert support provided by EIT Food. The cost of these services is 1500 EUR.
Full information on eligibility, selection criteria and commitment is available in Terms and Conditions of the programme (update on the 29.03.2021).
Find out more and apply by 30th April here.
DEEPSEA – THE STARTUP ECOSYSTEM ACCELERATOR
Laboratory for Startup Ecosystem Builders
TOGETHER WE GROW ECOSYSTEMS
DEEPSEA is a unique laboratory for startup ecosystem builders. As a community we share
experiences and work together on joint projects for transnational ecosystems!
DEEPSEA continues the success story of the first global startup ecosystem accelerator program we launched in 2018. Now, we do it all online.
Who should participate?
Managers of startup programs, accelerators or incubators. Economic Development agencies, investors, innovation scouts and startup relations managers. Non-profits and community builders as well as entrepreneurs who are eager to give back.
Find out more and apply by 30th April here.
The HHL Accelerator
WHAT YOUR STARTUP CAN GET FROM THE SPINLAB
We put founders first, and this is the startup accelerator application you want to submit if scaling your startup is a priority for you.
Leipzig is an awesome place to live, work, and grow, and your startup will truly be taken to the next level if you’re accepted into one of our classes. To summarize some of the key points that will be of interest to founders looking to apply, here’s what you can get excited about:
AMAZING POTENTIAL FOR PILOT PROJECTS
Strong business relationships and first customers are crucial for helping an early stage startup grow and scale quickly. We can help you land pilot projects with global players such as Porsche, Deutsche Bank, DELL, Leipziger Gruppe, VNG, and AOK.
Our accelerator operates in both English and German, as long as your startup can communicate fluently in one of these languages we welcome you to apply! Furthermore, if you want to expand internationally, we have excellent partnerships with international companies and the HHL that can help you plan your internationalization right from the start.
NOTHING IS TAKEN FROM YOUR STARTUP
We’re unique in the sense that we take ZERO equity, shares, or intellectual property from your startup. Your company stays as much yours when you finish our program, as it was before you ever started with us. Our main goal is to push you to success.
THE SPINNEREI IS AWESOME
We’re housed in a re-invigorated cultural and art industrial hub in Leipzig. The environment here will inspire you to be your best, day in, and day out.
Find out more and apply by 20th April here.