Deadline: September 5, 2022 00:00 CEST
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Eligibility: startups from around the world

PROMETHEUS International Startup Competition 2022

The PROMETHEUS International Startup Competition aims to embrace early-stage business ideas leading to either innovative startups or social entrepreneurship approaches including new applications and technological ideas.

Fostering institutional engagement and change

The PROMETHEUS project is an initiative of Universities, Research Centres and Enterprises from Greece, the Netherlands, Italy, Romania and North Macedonia.

The vision is to foster institutional engagement and change, through developing innovative and sustainable systems and services, promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in the area of digital transformation related to a circular economy, climate change and sustainable development.

Who should apply?

  • Track A – Students of a university program of study (undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral candidates, postdoctoral), individually or in teams, in which the majority of members have the above qualities;
  • Track B – Operating research teams (researchers, Ph.D. and postdoctoral candidates, students, or graduates, but also faculty members) who will propose business ideas for the commercial exploitation of research results that have been completed;
  • Track C – Individuals/ Citizens, individually or in teams, who do not fall into Tracks A or B, and who want to come up with innovative business ideas related to the competition.

Proposals must be submitted in one of the following thematic areas

  • Digital Transformation: e.g., data-driven entrepreneurship, digitally-enabled business models and digital transformation in new digital products & services.
  • Circular Economy: e.g., circular economy solutions and management, sustainable materials, circular industries, cities, and buildings, utilisation of technology in circular economy as well as the relation between climate change and circular economy.
  • Smart Manufacturing: e.g., smart manufacturing technologies, smart and green connection, Industry 4.0, computer integrated manufacturing as well as smart and sustainable product development and management.
  • Environmental Protection: e.g., environmental awareness, sustainable development, the “reduce, reuse, recover” policy, waste and wastewater streams, treatment & valorization methods and finally the environmental monitoring and protection.
  • Bio-Economy: e.g., strategic innovation in the area of bioeconomy, biobased economy, biotechnology, bioresources management as well as SMART integration of bioeconomy to a circular economy.
  • Climate Change: e.g., climate mitigation, climate adaptation, climate sustainability, “smart climate” integrations, communicating climate change as well as policy-making aspects related to climate change.
  • Sustainable Development: other innovative ideas or solutions for Sustainable Development, relating to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (

All proposals must come up with a clear business model for revenue generation and focus on scalability.

Why apply?

Emphasis will be placed not only on awards but on the systematic assistance and finding of resources for startups in the long run.

The best business ideas will be awarded, widely publicised and further supported for their implementation through associated incubators, accelerators and funding agencies.

Interested in applying for the PROMETHEUS International Startup Competition 2022? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.

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