You have a vision how to revolutionise the information and communication technologies of tomorrow? We have what it takes to get your business up and running! 

Submit your idea and become part of the unique European innovation ecosystem of EIT ICT Labs.

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Prizes in each category:

  • 1st Prize: 40,000 €
  • 2nd Prize: 25,000 €
  • 3rd Prize: 15,000 €
  • Coaching and mentoring from experts of the EIT ICT Labs Business Development Accelerator
  • Integration into future EIT ICT Labs Action Line Activities
  • Integration into pan-European partner network of the EIT ICT Labs
  • Office space for up to 6 months in one of our Co-Location Centers


10 Finalists selected in the category Smart Energy Systems

The first 10 finalists in the category Smart Energy Systems were selected last week and confirmed their particpation in the pitch final on October 31 in Berlin ...

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Booming second wave: 479 ideas from 27 EU countries

Over 850 early stage startups and innovators from 27 EU countries have registered for second wave of the Idea Challenge from September 1st to 30th. 

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Video: Dream Big

Sometimes a short video says more than any long articles. That’s why we save our words and just invite you to watch this video that EIT ICT Labs has produced to highlight the crucial role of startups in Europe. 

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Founders' Pit Stop: Company Culture, Team & Growth

There are two things that come straight to our minds when we think of Apple: company culture and Steve Jobs. Like no other company, Apple manages...

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EIT ICT Labs Idea Challenge: Submission is Open

For the second time in this year, EIT ICT Labs calls ICT startups and innovators with entrepreneurial spirit to come up with “game changing” business visions. 

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Founders' Pit Stop: How to Pitch to Investors

Investors see a million of interesting ideas. So, if you want their money, you need to impress them with an excellent pitch...

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Event: Smart Energy Startup Booster

When: September 3, starting at 4.30pm

Where: EIT ICT Labs Berlin, Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7, 6th floor, Berlin

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Lights, Camera, Action: Startups Needed for Inspirational Video

You are an active part of a dynamic startup and wouldn’t mind getting some more international visibility? Great - we want you for our video!

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Founders' Pit Stop Recap: Road to Successful Crowdfunding

At the second Founders’ Pit Stop following our first event in July, over 20 Berliner techies were keen to find out how to build a kick ass crowdfunding campaign. 

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Founders' Pit Stop: How to Build a Kick-Ass Crowdfunding Campaign

We don’t need to tell you that crowdfunding has become a very popular instrument to raise money for your startup. It’s so popular nowadays that it keeps becoming more and more challenging ...

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Idea Challenge is going to launch the next round

After a fantastic kick off in March, followed by an excitement period of pitch finals and the celebration of twelve winners, we are proud to kick off the next submission ...

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Founders’ Pit Stop: The place to fuel your startup

Last week, on July 24, the EIT ICT Labs Idea Challenge team kicked off the very first Founders’ Pit Stop – an event designed to provide startups with ...

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12 Startups gain injection to boost their businesses

The first wave of the Idea Challenge is over. But for the twelve winners of the Idea Challenge it’s just the beginning. With enough cash, office space, and coaching support ...

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Marketing & Communications 101: How to Pimp your Public Appearance

For a startup it can be very challenging to approach the different target groups (consumers, media, investors etc) and convince them about the uniqueness, the usability, or quality of a no name product ...

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Over 300 ideas from 25 EU countries: EIT ICT Labs Idea Challenge celebrates remarkable interest 

More than 600 early stage startups and innovators from all over Europe registered for the first wave of the Idea Challenge, and 311 proposals were finally submitted to the EU-wide idea contest organised by the ...

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EIT ICT Labs challenges startups to shape the Future of the Cloud 

Winners receive a combined price money of 80,000 Euros, the invaluable opportunity to join Europe’s biggest innovation network, office space for six months, and coaching by EIT ICT Labs’ Business Development ... 

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Tinnitracks wins in the category Health & Wellbeing 

A team of innovators from Germany have claimed the top prize of €40,000 as winners of the EIT ICT Labs Idea Challenge 2014 in the category Health & Wellbeing. Tinnitracks won with their idea proposal ...

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Six EIT ICT Labs Idea Challenge winners chosen at finals in Helsinki and Munich 

In seeking innovative ideas to address Smart Spaces and Cyber Physical Systems amongst other tech trends, the EIT ICT Labs Idea Challenge announced on June 3rd another six winners ...

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Video: Idea Challenge Smart Spaces Finals 2014

The Idea Challenge final in the category Smart Spaces took place on June 3 in the capital city of Finland, Helsinki, and attracted more than 100 visitors including ICT innovators and investors.

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Video: Interview with 3rd prizewinner Avansera

Interview with Cormac Walsh, CEO of Avansera. The Finnish startup won the third prize of the Idea Challenge in the category Smart Spaces. Avansera provides advanced real-time consumer behavioural and product ...

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Video: Interview with 2nd prizewinner QGo

Interview with Christinne Cuyugan and Jakob Schröger from QGO. The Austrian startup won the second prize of the Idea Challenge in the category Smart Spaces. QGo provides a system which uses graphical data ...

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Video: Interview with 1st prizewinner Homey

Interview with Stefan Witkamp and Emile Nijssen from the Dutch startup Homey. The two founders won the first prize of the Idea Challenge in the category Smart Spaces. Homey offers speech-controlled home ...

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Main Facts

28 EU countries

Open for innovators and early stage startups from all 28 EU member countries

More than 120 partners

Become part of the biggest innovation network in Europe with more than 120 partners

Coaching & Mentoring

Get coaching & mentoring from a team of experienced business developers

Co-working space

Get co-working space for up to 6 months in Europe’s startup hotspots

680.000 Euro prize money

We will support 24 teams in total – 3 per category – with a total prize money of 680.000 Euro

And the best...

And the best: We don’t take any equity!

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