Accelerating innovative ideas with EIT Jumpstarter

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13 innovative teams trained in Budapest at the EIT Jumpstarter Bootcamp last weekend. Bright minds were coming from 9 of countries and across three thematic fields: healthcare, food, raw materials, gathered in Hungary. They shared the same vision of setting-up their own business and bringing a change towards an innovative Europe. The EIT Jumpstarter Budapest […]

13 innovative teams trained in Budapest at the EIT Jumpstarter Bootcamp last weekend. Bright minds were coming from 9 of countries and across three thematic fields: healthcare, food, raw materials, gathered in Hungary. They shared the same vision of setting-up their own business and bringing a change towards an innovative Europe.

The EIT Jumpstarter Budapest bootcamp was the second event of the six Bootcamps organized in Central-Eastern- and Southern-Europe (EIT’s RIS region) by EIT Health, EIT Food and EIT RawMaterials jointly.

Bootcamps are the first round of trainings organized under the EIT Jumpstarter program. This year 90 teams were selected 30-30 from the Health, Food and Raw Materials sectors to the EIT Jumpstarter. They participate in the 8 months-long program that kicks-off with a two-days bootcamp, where teams learn how to present their innovative idea and the importance of staying focused and supporting their assumptions with data. After the bootcamps, the best 50% will be invited to further work on their business model at local trainings in a cross-industrial setting in 9 locations over September. The 8 months-long learning and mentoring hard work will culminate at the Grand Final in November, where the best-of-the-best from each thematic sector will pitch in front of an international expert jury and compete for the 10,000 € first prize.

“The workshop helped us a lot to create a solid structure for our presentations in the future, but the feedback I got from everybody, from the trainer, mentors and the other participants are way more valuable.” – said a participant from the Bootcamp.

EIT Jumpstarter is a very selective, competitive program, that opens doors towards European markets and connects participants with the extensive networks of EIT Health, EIT Food and EIT RawMaterials. With the contribution of best-in-class experts, creative community and unique know-how our aim is to support idea-holders to turn their ideas into business.

“EIT Jumpstarter, is a unique cross-industrial scheme that […] was designed to create a sustainable impact in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe by boosting innovation and entrepreneurship to revolutionise the EU market.” – emphasized the jury of the European Association Awards, when selecting EIT Jumpstarter as winner of the Best Association Training Initiative in 2019.

Before Budapest, he first EIT Jumpstarter bootcamp was organized in Riga. The Jumpstarter trainer and mentor team will visit Naples this week-end, to be followed by two more bootcamps in Warsaw and Madrid during the spring.