InnoPitch Competition for the European Young Innovator of the Year 2016

Deciding to become an entrepreneur is a career that requires significant sacrifices and a great deal of self-discipline. It will never have the ‘comfort’ of the 9 to 5 job. Furthermore, there are problems like not enough access to skills, finance, expertise, networks or legal regulations that are not suitable for the Digital Age. In Europe it’s harder than it should be for bright ideas to prosper. Thus, InnoPitch can perfectly act as a springboard for these bright ideas.

Already at its 5th edition, InnoPitch gives young entrepreneurs the opportunity to meet Venture Capitalists, make connections, receive feedback and turn their idea into reality.

The InnoPitch Competition for the European Young Innovator of 2016 will run from the 1st September to 31st December 2016. If you want to apply, submit a video of maximum three minutes explaining how your project answers to as many questions listed below as possible, together with the pitch presentation you would like to present in front of the jury.

Make sure your Power Point Presentation does not exceed the 10 minutes where you convince the jury of your idinnopitch2017ea (normally no more than 10 content slides). During the pitch, your microphone will be cut off after 10 minutes. Your presentation will be followed by a 5 minutes session of questions and answers.

The 12 finalists and 6 winners will be announced in the first week of January 2017. Pitch rendezvous is the EYIF Unconvention on the 23 January 2017. If your pitch is selected as one of the 6 Best pitches competing for the award, you will be allowed to update the pitch presentation submitted as part of this stage of InnoPitch, before you actually pitch it live to the jury.


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The InnoPitch Challenge is a pan-European competition to select the best early-stage ideas from young Innovators and Entrepreneurs and support their development with intense mentoring from top professionals.

InnoPitch takes the top 12 finalists and puts them through intense mentoring workshops with the leaders of Seedcamp, Amadeus Capital and the European Investment Fund. The 6 best pitches contesting for the European Young Innovator of the Year award present their ideas directly to Europe’s political and business leaders live in the European Parliament. The InnoPitch is the only award competition that allows for this level of access for young innovators and entrepreneurs across Europe.