Under the umbrella of “DATA against COVID-19”, EIT Digital is rapidly mobilizing and supporting its community as well as the broader European innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem to overcome the current crisis.
For example, the DeepHack that we organized in early May brought together students, entrepreneurs and innovators to develop digital solutions for data driven epidemic and pandemic lifecycle management. A team of EIT Digital Master School won the #EUvsVIRUS hackathon with a 3D printed remote monitoring device for coronavirus patients. Several EIT Digital Accelerator scaleups provide solutions to manage the pandemic. In addition, internally, EIT Digital is taking measures for our current activities to overcome the crisis.
Today, we announce two additional efforts, with activities running in 2020 and embedded in our 2020 portfolio.
Venture Support is about providing targeted support to high impact and growth startups, scaleups and SMEs which are impacted by COVID-19 crisis, with the goal to adapt and accelerate within the post crisis economic reality. European startups, scaleups and SMEs focused on digital deep tech, operating in any of EIT Digital’s focus areas – Digital Tech, Digital Cities, Digital Industry, Digital Wellbeing, or Digital Finance – can be supported. A specific project plan with milestones will need to be submitted. A maximum support of €500K over 6 months (July to December 2020) will be provided to selected ventures. Ventures that will be supported will need contribute to the EIT Digital sustainability.
Innovation Activities can be supported when it comes to “DATA against COVID-19”. The support will be for innovators operating in the Digital Wellbeing focus area and developing concrete data-driven solutions against COVID-19 to make a significant impact in six months (July to December 2020). In particular, we invite interested partners to join efforts to develop contract tracing using physical tokens. The rules of EIT Digital Innovation Activities will apply to the supported activities.
If you are interested, please fill the relevant form below. All requests will be assessed by EIT Digital with the support of independent external experts. The opportunity to benefit is open until May 25. After that date, we will be in touch to let you know if we can honour your request for support.