EIT Digital organizes the EIT Digital Challenge, a pan-European innovation contest in five thematic categories aiming to reach out, identify and support the best digital startups in Europe, that are focused on fast growth of their business in Europe and worldwide.

The three winning teams per category gain access to EIT Digital’s pan-European innovation network with more than 130 partners as well as free publicity and greater visibility through EIT Digital’s network channels. In addition, the three winning teams per category are invited to an exclusive two-day event in Berlin in order to personally work with Business Developers as well as Finance experts and pitch in front of potential investors and clients during a networking event. The winning teams also have the chance to join the EIT Digital Accelerator for a full year. Furthermore, the first prize winners of each category receive a cash prize of €50,000.






The EIT Digital Challenge seeks innovative companies in the realm of Digital Technologies. In particular, submissions shall be classifiable in one of the following five categories:

Digital Industry
Digital Cities
Digital Wellbeing
Digital Infrastructure





Ignition Days – Kick-start your growth:
We invite the best three teams per category to an exclusive two-day event in Berlin, where you will work directly with our business developers and access to finance experts to develop your growth strategy and identify potential leads. In addition, you will get the chance to pitch in front of selected investors and partners during a networking event.

Access to EIT Digital’s pan-European innovation network:
With more than 130 partners, EIT Digital brings together Europe’s leading corporations, SMEs, startups, universities and research institutes in the field of digital technologies. The EIT Digital Challenge is your entrance ticket into this unique ecosystem.

Free publicity and greater visibility:
We communicate your success and share your story through our powerful network channels to make sure to spread the word about your business across Europe.

Prize money and travel expenses:
In each of the five categories, we will award the best team with a prize of €50,000. Furthermore, we will cover the travel costs for the final events and the Ignition Days.

Chance to join the EIT Digital Accelerator for a full year:
With a dedicated team of experienced business developers and finance experts, operating from major cities all across Europe as well as a hub in San Francisco, we support you to scale your business internationally. All winners have the chance to join the EIT Digital Accelerator for a duration of up to 12 months.


 The deadline for applications is July 31, 2016.