Call for Applications

Data Pitch EU-funded open innovation programme 2018 for Startups & SMEs ( Investment up to €100,000, equity free)

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Application Deadline: October 2nd 2018

Applications are now live for the second open call for Data Pitch, giving European data startups another chance to join this groundbreaking accelerator programme which provides the opportunity to work alongside major corporates.

Data Pitch is a EU-funded open innovation programme bringing together corporate and public-sector organisations that have data with startups and SMEs that work with data. It is centred around a competition with several tracks which describe challenges, and a virtual accelerator programme (6 months) to help startups and SMEs develop solutions to meet these challenges.

The startups and SMEs will put forward proposals for creating high impact, innovative products and services in response to the challenges defined by Data Pitch.

The Met Office, Konica Minolta and Greiner International Packaging are some of the latest internationally renowned organisations to agree to share their data with European startups for Data Pitch, an accelerator funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme.

Other data providers include Netherlands-based multinational telecoms company Altice, the University of Dundee’s GROW Observatory, Portugese healtchcare company Jose de Mello Saude pan-European travel community MASAI and a global financial services provider.

Startups will be able to apply for a place on the accelerator, which provides world-class business support and up to €100K to companies who can propose data-driven solutions to a series of challenges, using combinations of open, closed and shared data.

Successful applicants chosen after the closing date in October 2018 will be able to join the six-month programme which offers:

  • up to €100K equity-free funding
  • expert mentoring
  • investment opportunities
  • access to data from established businesses and the public sector
  • webinars, training sessions and networking opportunities

Eighteen startups are already participating in the programme, working with data providers including Deutsche Bahn, the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe, and Portuguese retail giant Sonae.

How to Apply:

  • Applications may be submitted only while the call is open. Go to and follow the instructions.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Data Pitch Innovation Programme 2018

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