EIT launches EIT Community Booster to help new European Bauhaus ventures scale and evolve: Here’s how to apply

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The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has recently announced its support for the new European Bauhaus initiative with a budget of €5M for 2021 and 2022. 

Launched by the European Commission, the New European Bauhaus translates the European Green Deal into a tangible and positive experience in which all Europeans can participate and progress together.

EIT Community Booster

In a bid to create sustainable and inclusive Europe, EIT announced the launch of the ‘EIT Community Booster’ to support innovative ventures and teams enabling the New European Bauhaus transformation.

A joint initiative of the EIT Community, including EIT Digital (lead coordinator), EIT Climate-KIC, EIT Food, EIT Urban Mobility, and EIT Manufacturing, twenty companies will be selected as part of the new booster. 

The selected companies will receive business growth support worth €1M in grants and services designed to help them accelerate their business to the next level.

Three core dimensions

In order to foster the New European Bauhaus transformation, the EIT Community is looking for the most innovative ventures driving sustainable change for cities, industries, climate, food, wellbeing and overall quality of life in order to support their business growth and help them become the international game-changers.

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The EIT Community Booster is set to identify and support startups and scaleups integrating the three core dimensions of the New European Bauhaus:

  • Sustainability (from climate goals to circularity, zero pollution, and biodiversity)
  • Aesthetics (quality of experience and style, beyond functionality)
  • Inclusion (from valorising diversity to securing accessibility and affordability)

Gioia Ghezzi, Chair of the EIT Governing Board, says “The EIT Community contributes to all aspects of the New European Bauhaus and has the ecosystem in place to find exciting ideas and startups from across Europe. We can’t wait to discover and scale the creative and

innovative solutions that will help reimagine sustainable living and make living spaces more beautiful and affordable!”

Business growth programmes 

EIT Community booster also combines the best business growth programmes offered by EIT Digital, EIT Climate, EIT Food, EIT Manufacturing, and EIT Urban Mobility. 

If you are a startup or scaleup developing innovative solutions, you can apply for one or more programmes within the EIT Community Booster and their dedicated track for the New European Bauhaus.

EIT Digital Accelerator: It’s for scaleups leveraging the power of digital transformation to create innovative solutions and products across industries, cities, and communities integrating circularity, inclusion, and aesthetics to foster a green, safe and sustainable future.

The Clean Cities ClimAccelerator: It is for startups developing innovative projects for the renewable energy industry, mobility, green spaces, and retrofitting, contributing to more sustainable and clean cities. 

EIT Food Accelerator Network: It is for agri-food startups making a big impact on any part of the agriculture or food supply chain.

EIT Manufacturing Accelerator: For startups enabling green and socially sustainable manufacturing, fostering long-term, life cycle and integrated thinking in the industrial ecosystem.

EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator: It’s for startups developing sustainable alternatives for hardscapes as urban spaces, biodiversity, enhancing the public realm, and accessibility to improve citizens’ wellbeing and/or ensuring universal mobility for everyone as a key enabler for social inclusion.

How to apply

The deadline for applications is December 17, 23:59 CET. Interested parties can find more information on each programme, selection criteria, and prizes here.

About EIT

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) aims to strengthen Europe’s ability to innovate by powering solutions to pressing global challenges and by nurturing entrepreneurial talent to create sustainable growth and skilled jobs in Europe. The EIT is an EU body and an integral part of Horizon Europe, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. 

The Institute supports dynamic pan-European partnerships, EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities, among leading companies, research labs and universities. 

The EIT Community, together with their leading partners, offers a wide range of innovation and entrepreneurship activities across Europe: entrepreneurial education courses, business creation, and acceleration services, and innovation-driven research projects.

The EIT Community New European Bauhaus initiative supports sustainable ventures by boosting education and engagement with citizens to scale the mission of the New European Bauhaus connecting innovation, creativity and design to improve citizen’s quality of life.

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