The New European Bauhaus Catalyse programme is looking for socially innovative start-ups

The EIT Community New European Bauhaus (NEB) has announced a new call for its pioneering Catalyse programme.

The call has been launched by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, and five of its Knowledge & Innovation Communities: EIT Climate-KIC, EIT Digital, EIT Food, EIT Manufacturing, and EIT Urban Mobility. The NEB Catalyse programme is looking for start-ups that view social innovation as the key to delivering systems change and new ways of living together. This year will be the programme’s largest ever cohort with 28 spots available for successful start-ups.

European start-ups or scale-ups driving change in the areas of climate, cities, transport, industry and food are encouraged to apply. The winning 28 applicants will receive support services worth a total of €50,000 from the EIT, a body of the European Union. Within this, they will benefit from unique NEB-specific training, in addition to leadership coaching, business mentoring and access to one of the most prominent innovation communities in Europe.

Applicants must demonstrate the social relevance and economic impact of their innovation and most importantly, how it embodies the three core principles of the NEB:

• Sustainability – achieving climate goals through circularity and biodiversity 
• Aesthetics – emphasising quality of experience and design beyond functionality
• Inclusion – championing diversity, securing accessibility and improving affordability


Applications are open until 4 December 2023.

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The EIT Community New European Bauhaus initiative supports sustainable ventures by boosting education and engagement with citizens to scale the mission of the New European Bauhaus, connecting innovation, creativity and design to improve citizens’ quality of life. This initiative by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is led by EIT Climate-KIC and includes EIT Digital, EIT Food, EIT Manufacturing and EIT Urban Mobility to bring science, technology, arts and culture together in the fight against climate change.


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EIT Climate-KIC is Europe’s leading climate innovation agency and community, using a systems approach to shape innovation to support cities, regions, countries and industries meet their climate ambitions.

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Applications are open until 4 December 2023