Minerals, metals and advanced materials are key enablers to achieve the objectives of the European Green Deal. Today, only a fraction of the most relevant raw materials is produced in Europe. This can be changed through a circular economy approach, through innovation in recycling, substitution, processing, mining, and exploration. The goal of EIT RawMaterials is to secure a sustainable raw materials supply by driving innovation, education, and entrepreneurship across European industrial ecosystems.
EIT RawMaterials provides a collaborative environment for disruptive and breakthrough innovations by connecting business with academia, research, and investment.
The initiative supports innovation projects through calls for projects that will generate a significant impact on European industrial competitiveness, innovation capacity and human capital, as well as empower students and entrepreneurs driving towards the circular economy and the contribution towards the EU Green Deal goals.
Additionally, it provides funding and entrepreneurship coaching to early-stage start-ups, with a focus on idea-to-market/early-stage start-ups with relevance for the partners (first customer).
The Business Creation and Acceleration activities include:
EIT Jumpstarter: supports research teams turning ideas into business models.
RawMaterials Accelerator: supports scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs in developing their concepts for raw materials innovations into market-ready products and services.
Start-up and SME Booster: supports promising start-ups and SMEs at regional Innovation Hubs to validate their business models and connects with the networks of partners.