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Rocket-up – Internationalization activity for female-led start-ups

26 May 2022
EIT Food North-East

The Rocket-up activity has opened a call for female-led start-ups that address challenges related with EIT Urban Mobility, EIT Manufacturing or EIT Food focus areas, to support their access to new European regions.

Women-led startups receive only 2% of the Venture Capital funding in Europe. Accessing new markets is especially difficult for women due to normally having fewer connections. Through activities like Rocket-up we support ventures to achieve growth, as part of our compromise with reaching gender balance in the European startup ecosystem.

Rocket-up is a 3-month initiative that supports women-led startups in accessing a new country or region by connecting them with experts and networking opportunities all around Europe. We seek mature start-ups, with a product market fit, based in Europe or Europe related countries, that add to the Sustainable Development Goals (all details can be find in the webpage).

For the activity, a total of 10 startups will be selected to take part in the activities, which will promote international outreach and sales to the most innovative ventures.

We offer:

  • Internationalization squad: Tailored and individual mentoring with 3 handpicked local experts for a new market entry.
  • Organized mission: Introductions with potential stakeholders of the preferred target city.
  • Online group events: Four online events with training activities, successful female entrepreneurs as speakers and opportunities for networking and connection with other entrepreneurial women.
  • EIT network: Access to the EIT network (including European cities, industries partners, investors) and financial opportunities
  • Visibility: We give startups more visibility through EIT communication channels as an EIT Community supported venture

Rocket Up is held inside Supernovas, a Cross KIC project that aspires to promote a more gender balance entrepreneurial ecosystem. The project is led by EIT Food, EIT Urban Mobility and EIT Manufacturing.

Deadline for the submission of proposals: 12 June 2022

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