Welcome to BoostUp! BRIDGE


BoostUp! BRIDGE, a pan-European innovation competition organized by EIT Manufacturing, seeks to build “bridges” for the technologies of startups to be implemented in addressing the industrial challenges of our corporate partners.

The competition is dedicated to startups and scaleups with products and solutions of Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 8 and higher which aim to address specific industrial challenges submitted by large corporates.  More details on the challenges are available at this link.  The 2021 edition of BoostUp! BRIDGE is dedicated to the thematic area (EIT Manufacturing flagship): ”Low Environmental Footprint Systems & Circular Economy for Green Manufacturing.”

BoostUp! BRIDGE will award several prizes to support the implementation of solutions to industrial challenges. Third-party jury members will select the winning solutions from amongst the project proposals submitted by applicants.


Submitting an expression of interest

If a startup is interested in addressing more than one challenge, multiple EOIs should be submitted. However, only one EOI per startup shall be accepted for each challenge.

An EOI shall be considered eligible if all of the following criteria are met:

  • submitted by a startup registered in the EU or in a Horizon Europe associated country who established their legal entity in 2016 or later and has cumulative commercial revenues of 5 million EUR or less (grants and royalties are excluded);
  • which is offering products, services and systems of a high technology maturity level: TRL 8 – system complete and qualified – or higher shall have been achieved. TRL 7 solutions (system prototype demonstration in operational environment) will only be accepted along with a committed roadmap to achieving TRL 8 by September 2021;
  • the startup has clearly defined the advantages of adopting their technology or solution for each challenge.

Please note that BoostUp! RIS 2021 winners are not eligible to apply.

Expressions of Interest will be accepted until 6 September 2021, 12:00 CEST. The organizers reserve the right to extend the submission deadline; any extension of the deadline will be communicated to the public on the competition website.

Please read the Rules & Regulations for full details related to BoostUp! BRIDGE.

EIT Manufacturing invites female innovators (i.e. professionals, researchers or entrepreneurs) from EIT RIS eligible countries who have played a leading role in developing innovative manufacturing-related solutions to apply to the LEADERS – Women Innovators in Manufacturing at EIT RIS competition within the EIT Manufacturing's RIS programme.

Eligibility criteria – who can apply

Eligible applicants must be females and have played a leading role in developing innovative solutions/initiatives addressing manufacturing-related challenges with a strong financial, environmental, or societal impact. It is possible to propose a team-invention. However, it will be necessary to prove a leading role within the team who invented the innovative solution/ initiative.

The call is open for females being either citizens of or residents in one of the following EIT RIS eligible countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain; or in one of the EU Outermost Regions: French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, Reunion Island and Saint-Martin, Azores and Madeira, and the Canary Islands. The applicants must be able to prove their permanent residence or citizenship of one of the aforementioned EIT RIS eligible countries or Outermost Regions.

Welcome to the application page of the
EIT Manufacturing SME Transform Call 2021

SME Transform Call 2021 is a European initiative by EIT Manufacturing to support manufacturing SMEs in transformation projects related to their manufacturing line(s) or production systems.

Applicants can apply for a tailor-made Transformation Services Package (mandatory) from the EIT Manufacturing Business Creation team including project facilitation, introduction to transformation experts and introduction to technology providers.  Applicants may also apply for a Transformation Financial Support Package (optional) up to 150k € to kickstart their project.

Downloadable Templates (for upload into the application form):

Please click the blue Download button (next to Share) for the files to download in Word/Excel rather than PDF.

Financial Sustainability Mechanism:

EIT Manufacturing is committed to supporting the best ideas and the projects with the highest potential to generate an impact in the manufacturing value chain as well as to developing its financial sustainability strategy as mandated by the EIT.  Details of the financial sustainability mechanism are presented in the EIT Manufacturing SME Call 2021 Terms & Conditions.

The call will be open from 28 June 2021, 12:00 CET until 30 September 2021, 23:59 CET with applications reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis.  As such, SMEs are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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