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What ?

Between October and December 2022, student teams with great ideas in mobility, manufacturing, circular economy, food and health can use the project work they work on within their courses to team up with other international teams in an international setting, and get entrepreneurial with their idea!

Teams will create a business model canvas and pitch their idea to industry experts to win rewards and prepare for startup creation!

Applications are closed at the moment.

Start for Future ?

Start For Future is an alliance for open entrepreneurship and co-creation, supported by 16 European universities, their associated partners and the European Institute for Innovation & Technology (EIT).

Student from the below international universities & incubators will be matched with each other during the Learn programme to turn their startup idea into reality!

  • Germany, Munich: HM University of Applied Sciences
  • Austria, Vienna: FH Campus Wien
  • Belgium, Ghent: Ghent University
  • Greece, Athens: Athens University of Economics and Business
  • Scotland, Edinburgh: Napier University
  • Germany, Esslingen: Grundess!University of Applied Sciences
  • Italy, Pisa: University of Pisa
  • Bulgaria, Sofia: The Edge Ltd.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo: International Burch University
  • Portugal, Aveiro: University of Aveiro
  • Czech Republic, Prague: Czech Technical University
  • Spain, Barcelona: Technocampus
  • Croatia, Osijek: University of Osijek
  • Bulgaria, Varna: University of Economics Varna
  • Ireland, Dundalk: Dundalk Insitute of Technology
  • Denmark, Odense: Foundation for Entrepreneurship
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The Start For Future Learn programme empowers student entrepreneurship by challenging students to:

  • think with an entrepreneurial mindset
  • develop innovative solutions to current innovation challenges of EIT Urban Mobility, Manufacturing, Health, Food & Raw Materials
  • interface and work together with a tandem team through international exchange
  • pitch to international EIT industry experts
  • make their idea ready for startup creation!
  • students whose course participates in the ‘Learn’ programme
  • students outside of a participating course who form a team, consisting of at least 2 people
  • students from a HEIs alliance
  • students from a HEI partner university

Students that join Start For Future Learn enjoy a number of benefits:

  • connect with a huge network of international teams, incubators & startups
  • pitch your idea to industry experts and get valuable feedback
  • receive an EIT certificate for participation
  • pitch in the grand final and win rewards
  • kickstart your idea and make it ready for incubation & startup creation in the next semester

Do you want to join with your team but you have some questions? Are you looking for more information? Reach out to Andreas Wauters via email or LinkedIn.

Learn schedule

Between 17th of October and 12th of December 202, Learn teams participate in 5 International sessions, for a total of 7,5h international exchange.

The sessions will be online videoconferences, and follow the below schedule. Your team can choose to be in the early or the late session for the entire track. Choose wisely, because switching mid track is not supported.

17 Oct: Start For Future Kickoff & EIT input
Start For Future presents the programme and EIT experts provide input.
12:00-13:30 CET or 16:00-17:30 CET
24 Oct: Project team & peer feedback
Teams present their project and will be matched to a tandem team.
12:00-14:00 CET or 16:00-18:00 CET
14 Nov: Feedback of experts and tandem team
Pitch your project to an industry expert & get feedback
12:00-13:00 CET or 16:00-17:00 CET
28 Nov: business model & pitch preparation
Present your business model to an expert and prepare your pitch.
12:00-13:00 CET or 16:00-17:00 CET
12 Dec: Final pitch & rewards ceremony
Pitch your project and win a nice EIT prize.
15:30 - 17:30 CET

Project complete: what's next?

Pitching your idea at thefinal presentations is not necessarily the end! Motivated teams with a strong, viable project can choose to take their idea further during the Match & Start phase and eventually join the International Open Incubator, such as Expedition DO!.

Match & start
Open Incubator
Growth & Co-creation Network

Convinced? Rightfully so!

Registrations are closed at the moment but you can already pre-register for the next edition.