European open innovation organisation EIT Digital is calling out high-growth European startups active in digital technologies to apply for the 2015 edition of its Idea Challenge contest.
The call for application opened May 6 and runs till July 6. You can win up to 40,000 Euro and benefit from the pan-European Business Development Accelerator of EIT Digital to become European success stories.
Startups can submit their application in one of the eight topics:
- Health & Wellbeing
- Smart Spaces
- Cyber-Physical Systems
- Future Cloud
- Cyber Security and Privacy
- Internet of Things
- Urban Life and Mobility
- Smart Energy Systems
In each topic, finalists will compete for significant benefits: Prize money in each of the eight topics is 40,000 Euro for the winner, 25,000 Euro for the second place and 15,000 Euro for the third place. Free co-working space; business acceleration in Europe and beyond; access to an ecosystem of over 130 excellent partner organisations across Europe. With a dedicated team of business developers active in nine European countries as well as in Silicon Valley, EIT ICT Labs will actively support the winners to boost their business internationally.
While last year’s edition of the contest focused on early-stage startups, this year we reach out to “scale-ups”. We aim for support fast-growing startups that are typically already being noticed in their home country; we help them scale up their business quickly across Europe and beyond.
Per topic, 10 finalists will pitch in front of a jury in eight finals, taking place in Autumn 2015.
For more information on Idea Challenge, visit the challenge site.