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EIT Raw Materials startup programs

Klímainnovációs Közösség supports EIT RawMaterials with startup recruitment and entrepreneurship activities in Hungary. Pre-register below, we will go through your application and if your idea/startup seems to be a good fit to one of the programmes, we will recommend you to EIT RawMaterials directly. 


EIT RAW MATERIALS ACCELERATOR

Are you the next top innovation team offering radically sustainable products or services in the raw materials sector? Accelerate your solution to the market, apply for the RawMaterials Accelerator!

What will you gain in the program? 

  • Group work, individual coaching, local and international networking
  • RawMaterials Accelerator comprises three phases (Explore, Build, Grow). There are stage gates between each of the phases, where start-ups need to be approved for entering the next phase. Each phase has specific objectives, process, funding and timeline: 
    • Phase 1: 3 months of expert business coaching with a focus on building a proof of concept for your business model and discovering your market niche and provides 15.000 EUR grant
    • Phase 2: 6 months, supports your validation of customer needs and verification of business assumptions while identifying criteria for market entry and provides 30.000 EUR grant 
    • Phase 3: 9-12 months, tailors your business for launch through market entry, raising financing and expansion of your team and provides 45.000 EUR grant

Who might apply?

  • Raw materials relevant start-up or spin-off companies with at least 2 team members
  • Team should be ready for acceleration with TRL4-6
  • The company is preparing for entering the market
  • At least one team member has decent English knowledge

Focus areas: 

  • Exploration and raw materials resource assessment
  • Mining in challenging environments
  • Increased resource efficiency in mineral and metallurgical processes
  • Recycling and material chain optimisation for End-of-Life products
  • Substitution of critical and toxic materials in products and for optimised performance
  • Design of products and services for the circular economy

Application:

  • Application process: Klímainnovációs Közösség supports EIT RawMaterials with startup recruitment and entrepreneurship activities in Hungary. Pre-register below, we will go through your application and if your idea/startup seems to be a good fit to one of the programmes, we will recommend you to EIT RawMaterials directly. 
  • Extended pre-application deadline: 12th September 2021 (we will confirm your pre-registration and in case we encourage you to apply to one of the programmes, the official application deadline is 13th September 2021)
  • More information: https://eitrawmaterials.eu/accelerator/

 

Pre-application

 


EIT RAW MATERIALS Regional Innovation Competition 2021

For startups and SME-s

What will you gain in the program? 

  • Regional Innovation Competition is an innovation programme with workshops, coaching vouchers, local support with RIS Incubators closing with a final pitching competition and prize awards. The competition is divided into three phases.
    • Phase 1: Submission of ideas (The best start-ups will be selected to go to the next phase)
    • Phase 2: Workshops and coaching vouchers (2 online workshops, 3-5 hourly vouchers for coaching and connection with local EIT RawMaterials RIS Incubators for support)
    • Phase 3: Final pitching - The start-ups will pitch their idea in front of a Jury, composed of the EIT RawMaterials team and external evaluators. The TOP 3 start-ups selected from the Jury will be awarded: 1st prize: EUR 5,000; 2nd prize: EUR 3,000; 3rd prize: EUR 2,000

Who might apply?

  • SMEs (according to the European Commission’s definitions) having innovation projects relevant to the prize topics defined above
  • Start-up or spin-off companies at least registered at the time of the application

Focus areas: 

  • Sustainable Discovery and Supply of primary and secondary resources (innovative solutions based for example on artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality etc.) for securing and processing strategic mineral resources in a sustainable and safe way and with a social license to operate.
  • Sustainable Materials for Future Mobility (materials for electrification such as batteries, fuel cells, magnets; materials for lightweight design including steels, non-ferrous alloys, composites, multimaterials).
  • Raw Materials and Circular Societies (new circular business models such as reuse, repair, remanufacturing, sharing economy).

Application:

  • Application process: Klímainnovációs Közösség supports EIT RawMaterials with startup recruitment and entrepreneurship activities in Hungary. Pre-register below, we will go through your application and if your idea/startup seems to be a good fit to one of the programmes, we will recommend you to EIT RawMaterials directly. 
  • Pre-application deadline: 26th September 2021 (we will confirm your pre-registration and in case we encourage you to apply to one of the programmes, the official application deadline is 28th September 2021)
  • More information: https://eitrawmaterials.eu/regional-innovation-competition-2021/

 

Pre-application

 


EIT RAW MATERIALS BOOSTER - Scale up your business!

For startups and SME-s

Does your start-up or SME offer sustainable solutions for the raw materials sector? Apply to the Booster Call to get financial support and access to the EIT RawMaterials partner network to scale up your business!

What will you gain in the program?   

  • Financial support of up to EUR 60 000
  • Access to the EIT RawMaterials partner network
  • Participating in EIT RawMaterials networking events
  • Gaining visibility through EIT RawMaterials network channels
  • Speeding up a technology challenge resulting in a higher TRL, bringing the technology closer to the market
  • Acceleration of market penetration by dedicating financial resources for a specific segment or target market
  • Facilitation of product portfolio diversification, enabling product adaption or new product features to address a concrete market need

Who might apply? 

  • Raw materials relevant start-up or spin-off companies at least registered in Hungary at the time of application
  • Raw materials innovation- and technology-related SMEs willing to boost their business through the introduction of new and innovative products and/or services
  • Fits into the thematic scope: Europe is home to world-leading manufacturing industries, game-changing innovative technologies and an entrepreneurial infrastructure that can enable the transition to a resource-efficient, sustainable, society. A sustainable supply of mineral resources (metals, construction material) is vital for the development of these core industrial activities and their long-term economic success
  • At least one team member has decent English knowledge

Focus areas: 

  • Sustainable Discovery and Supply of primary and secondary resources (innovative solutions based for example on artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality etc.) for securing and processing strategic mineral resources in a sustainable and safe way and with a social license to operate.
    Sustainable Materials for Future Mobility (materials for electrification such as batteries, fuel cells, magnets; materials for lightweight design including steels, non-ferrous alloys, composites, multimaterials).
    Raw Materials and Circular Societies (new circular business models such as reuse, repair, remanufacturing, sharing economy).

Application:

  • Application process: Klímainnovációs Közösség supports EIT RawMaterials with startup recruitment and entrepreneurship activities in Hungary. Pre-register below, we will go through your application and if your idea/startup seems to be a good fit to one of the programmes, we will recommend you to EIT RawMaterials directly. 
  • Pre-application deadline: Application for the new batch will be open in spring 2022. Please fill out the "Pre-application" form if you are interested. 
  • More information: https://eitrawmaterials.eu/booster-call/

 

Pre-application

 


EIT JUMPSTARTER

Van egy innovatív ötleted a fémek, ásványi anyagok területén? Gondold tovább ötleted és valósítsd meg az EIT Raw Materials Jumpstarter program keretében!

Is it for me?

  • Are you part of a scientific project team, innovator, scientist, PhD or Master’s student with a product or service idea to disrupt the raw materials sector? Do you want to bring your idea out of the lab to the market? Then EIT Jumpstarter is ideal for you. 
  • Which topics are relevant?
    • EIT RawMaterials aims at supporting new solutions in the fields of exploration, mining, and processing of raw materials as well as their manufacturing into products, recycling, and integration into a Circular Economy (including design and manufacturing of tools and equipment, smart products and services, end-of-life product management).
    • Metals and minerals are the main target of the EIT RawMaterials innovation community. Bio-based materials (energy, agricultural, polymers) are excluded, if not considered for the potential substitution of critical, toxic mineral or metallic materials or for optimized performance.
  • You live and want to jumpstart your business in Hungary or have Hungarian nationality
  • At least one team member has decent English knowledge

What will you gain in the program?  

EIT Jumpstarter is ideal for teams with innovative business idea, who want to jumpstart their company. With the contribution of best-in-class experts, creative community, unique know-how our aim is to support idea-holders to turn their ideas into business. We help them build a viable business model around their innovative product or service idea, validate it and if their business idea is proven to be sustainable, we encourage them to register their company.
We introduce teams to partners, investors, regulatory bodies and companies that can produce their products, their first buyer or a test site. They meet major innovation hubs in Europe, which is important when they want to enter foreign markets.

During the eight months-long program, you will find and validate the best business model for your innovative idea. The courses build on the lean start-up methodology from the Silicon Valley translated to the European environment. You will learn about: how to refine your deal, market segmentation, customer value proposition, financials, investment basics, legal basics.
To enter the competition, submit your idea of an innovative product or service that can make an impact in the raw materials sector. The winners will win a EUR 10 000 prize and will be involved in various events organised by the EIT RawMaterials, and have an opportunity to network with the world’s largest community in the raw materials sector!

The EIT Jumpstarter 2021 is divided into four phases:

  • Phase 1: Submission of ideas
    • To participate in the Competition, the applicants must present a brief description of their idea of the innovative product or service proposed, answering predetermined questions online. A template is available which includes the questions and guidelines. The applicants should put emphasis on: the innovative concept, competitive advantage, customers and potential market. Ideas submission deadline: 16 April 2021 at 23:59 CET.
    • The best ideas will be selected to go to the next phase.
  • Phase 2: Boot Camp and Coaching
    • The applicants selected in phase 1 will be invited to participate to a two-day bootcamp, where they will be trained on fundamental business skills (business modelling, pitching etc.). Bootcamps will be held online in June 2021. At the end of the Bootcamps EIT RawMaterials will evaluate the pitch decks and the pitches and based on those will invite the best 50% of the participants to continue in Phase 3.
  • Phase 3: Local Joint Trainings
    • The applicants that went through phase 2 and have succeeded in the final pitch of phase 2 will be invited to Local Joint Trainings in September 2021. Among the applicants to Phase 3, six finalists will be selected to go to the next phase.
  • Phase 4: Mentoring and Final Pitching
    • The invited finalists will have a chance to get further training and dedicated mentoring through the EIT RawMaterials Business Development Managers to compete at the Joint Grand Finals with other EIT Innovation Communities. The teams will pitch their idea in front of the Jury, composed of EIT RawMaterials team and partners. The top 3 winners will be selected from the Jury and awarded, the first prize is EUR 10,000. 

Application:

  • Application process: Klímainnovációs Közösség supports EIT RawMaterials with startup recruitment and entrepreneurship activities in Hungary. Pre-register below, we will go through your application and if your idea/startup seems to be a good fit to one of the programmes, we will recommend you to EIT RawMaterials directly.
  • Pre-application deadline: until spring 2022
  • MOre information: https://eitrawmaterials.eu/eit-jumpstarter/

 

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What start-up teams say about the EIT Jumpstarter program?

"The most important thing we got during the competition is valuable feedback on various aspects of our business and good connections to industry partners and general advice about how to start our business. EIT is down the right road to bring us up to par with innovation capitals like San Francisco." - Marious Chryssolouris, Freshstrips

“EIT RawMaterials’ financial support and business coaching have helped us develop our technology and company, growing from a group of scientists who had an idea, to an equity-invested company with a validated and piloted prototype of our product. We will definitely remain a part of EIT RawMaterials’ community in the future.” - Tuomo Nissinen