Start for Future: Open Call 2021/22

To all Entrepreneurial Individuals & Early-Stage Startups: Today is the day to join the most impact-driven, Pan-European incubator: START FOR FUTURE. This 2-month (29.01.22-31.03.22) pre-acceleration program matches the most promising future entrepreneurs and early-stage startups to boost their way to scale. 

Start for Future supports early-stage startups and entrepreneurial spirited individuals looking to join a startup in its early days. It provides members with expert coaching and startup development. Eventually, you will have the chance to join one of our top 18 partner incubators. 

In Start for Future, we are addressing the most pressing SDGs. We are working on the challenges of: 

  •  Manufacturing
  • Circular Economy
  • Sustainable Urban Mobility

The time is ticking. Join us now to design and build a better future within this community. Apply NOW until December 19th, 2021. 

Open Call Flyer for more Information: https://cutt.ly/0TWY4fS

APPLICATION LINKS

Teams and startups: https://cutt.ly/ETn4owg

Individuals/Talents: https://cutt.ly/eTn4doX

Start for Future is a co-developed program initiated by European Universities, reinforced by the EUAcceL and Tandem+ Consortium and EIT Urban Mobility and EIT Manufacturing.

This initiative is brought to you by HM Hochschule München University of Applied Sciences & Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship and the 20+ partners in the Start for Future Alliance. 

Athens University of Economics and Business | Universidade de Aveiro | International Burch University | HM Hochschule München University of Applied Sciences | California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) | Czech Technical University in Prague | Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship | Dundalk Institute of Technology | The Edge - Research and Business Development | FH Campus Wien | Ghent University  | GründES! Centre for Entrepreneurship der Hochschule Esslingen | Junior Achievement Bulgaria | King's College Nepal | La Trobe University | Edinburgh Napier University | Università di Pisa | University of Economics - Varna | Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University | Ryerson University | Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek | Tecnocampus 

Supported by: EIT - European Institute of Innovation and Technology | EIT HEI Initiative | EIT Manufacturing | EIT Urban Mobility | EU Science, Research and Innovation

Start for Future

Start for Future is a co-developed program initiated by European Universities, reinforced by EUAcceL and Tandem+ Consortium and EIT Urban Mobility and EIT Manufacturing. The program aims to connect young talents and start-ups with the assets of EIT KICs and its industry partners, addressing UN SDGs and combining it with highly impactful, profitable and scalable business models. 

The program is also powered by the eBridge Alliance. 

Start for Future Program

The Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship gGmbH and 15+ partner universities in the eBridge Alliance, EIT Manufacturing and EIT Urban Mobility are running the START FOR FUTURE program. Currently, it is in the Matching phase, the 2nd stage of Start for Future. This 2nd stage is a joint two-month (10.07.21-23.10.21) pre-accelerator to get early-stage startups and individuals idea ready to change this world.

 In Start for Future, we are addressing the most prominent SDGs. We are working on the challenges of: 

  • Manufacturing
  • Sustainable Urban Mobility
  • Circular Economy
  • Sustainable Food 
  • Health


In this 2nd Stage, Matching phase, teams have the opportunity to cross-collaborate with entrepreneurial individuals, teams or startups around the globe who are ready to tackle these topics. Eventually, they will have the chance to join one of our top 15 partner incubators. 

Follow our LinkedIn Page to check out updates on this year's Start for Future program. 

IDEA

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The Munich University of Applied Sciences (MUAS) with the Strascheg Center of Entrepreneurship (SCE) initiated the eBridge Alliance as an international collaboration between universities and incubators. In the alliance, talents with innovative business ideas and a strong entrepreneurial mindset are given resources to further foster their business concepts and incubate them in ecosystems where they can thrive. Stakeholders, such as established companies in the alliance, are given access to entrepreneurial talents, teams and students. This creates a global network with resources for internationalization and scaling.

The eBridge process is inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals because it is impact driven and fosters responsible entrepreneurship. Based on challenges defined by these goals, teams and talents develop solutions that have an impact on society as a whole.

 

 

Key Pillars 


The eBridge Alliance has a focus on 3 main pillars. First, through the university exchange, stakeholders will utilize established and successful programs and research to educate and scout talents, teams and start-ups. Second, it creates new synergies and adds new value to ecosystems worldwide, by strengthening accessibility for regional university networks to worldwide ecosystems and vice versa. Finally, university alliance members can connect and internationalize their incubation, acceleration and co-creation programs in regional ecosystems.

 

The Process 

 

 

To achieve its goals, the eBridge Alliance has set up a program which is based on a structured process with 5 concrete phases. First, university students and teams with start-up ideas are scouted in topic-based seminars. In the second phase, the teams are matched with suited coaches and are onboarded so that they can potentially team up with other individuals to create international start-up groups. In the third and fourth phase, the established start-up teams will participate in open incubation and co-creation to develop business concepts and co-create projects with professional industry partners. In the final phase, the start-ups will further develop and continue to evolve in these interconnected ecosystems.

 

 

Munich Entrepreneurship Ecosystem: Munich Global Impact Sprint (MGI)

 

The international activities of the eBridge Alliance align with the Munich Global Impact Sprint (MGI), an initiative led by the three Munich based universities HM Hochschule München University of Applied Sciences, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich, and Technical University of Munich (TUM). MGI aims to be a key hub for innovation and entrepreneurship in the regional Munich ecosystem.

 

The universities are supported by their respective innovation and entrepreneurship centers: Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE), LMU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (LMU IEC), and UnternehmerTUM. 

 

The universities within MGI are committed to partnering with other higher education institutions worldwide to strengthen Munich’s position as a key player in the international entrepreneurial ecosystem. The eBridge Alliance and the MGI are funded and supported by the EXIST-Potentials program of Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

 

 

 

 

 

Benefits

 

HEI’S

• Co-create entrepreneurship programs with experts &professors from other institutions

• expand your pool of professors, experts and potentialinternational students

STUDENTS

•work with other students from our international network

•Be incubated in one of international incubators worldwide

INCUBATORS

• Attract and Incubate international early stagestart-ups in defined sectors.

• Access the worldwide incubation facilities ininternational ecosystem exchange

• Grow your existing business cases with start-upsthrough internationalization

COMPANIES

• Work with existing start-ups to find synergies thatwould benefit both parties

• Scout talents from a pool of entrepreneurial students

• Invest in new promising companies

SOCIETY

•SDG driven economic impact

•Solutions to societal challenges

THE TOPIC

Annually, the e-Bridge Alliance consortium selects an SDG inspired topic for the SPRINT answering one global challenge which our societies are confronted with.

PARTNER

The eBridge Alliance is a network of international universities and university-linked entrepreneurship located in worldwide Startup hotspots.


eBridge Alliance Partners

Athens University of Business and Economics, Katerina Pramatari, k.pramatari@uni.fund and Stratos Baloutsos, acein@aueb.gr
California Polytechnic University, Thomas Katona, tkatona@calpoly.edu
Edinburgh Napier University, Nicholas Fannin, n.fannin@napier.ac.uk
FH Campus Wien, Petra Pendl, petra.pendl@fh-campuswien.ac.at
J.J. Strossmayer University of Osijek, Slavica Singer, singer@efos.hr
King's College Nepal, Udgum Khadka, udgum.khadka@kingscollege.edu.np
International Burch University, Malcolm Duerod, malcolm.duerod@ibu.edu.ba
La Trobe University, Eddie Custovic, e.custovic@latrobe.edu.au
Munich University of Applied Sciences and Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship, Pavlina Vujovic, pavlina.vujovic@sce.de and Klaus Sailer at klaus.sailer@sce.de
Ryerson University, Steven Gedeon, sgedeon@ryerson.ca and Camila Londono, clondono@ryerson.ca
St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Aleksy Efimov, efimov@kafedrapik.ru
Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Kaisa Kokko, kaisa.kokko@tuni.fi and Anna-Elina Pekonen, anna-elina.pekonen@tuni.fi
Tecnocampus, Ester Bernadó Mansilla, eberando@tecnocampus.cat
UE Varna, Valentina Makni, valentina-makni@ue-varna.bg
University of Applied Management, Ismaning (Munich), Min Tang, min.tang@fham.de
University of Aveiro, Barbara Gabriel Coelho, barbara.gabriel@ua.pt and Eduardo Anselmo de Castro, vr.cooperacao@ua.pt