Are you a young entrepreneur or startup (to be) with a strong project or idea that focuses on sustainability? VITO4STARTERS brings the network and technical expertise of VITO within reach of sustainable startups through an interactive Pitch Competition. The competition matches the ambitions of startups to VITO technology in areas such as sustainable materials, sustainable processes and sustainable energy.

MyGrid wins VITO4STARTERS 2022!

After an exciting pitch competition at Love Tomorrow, our jury chose MyGrid as the winner of VITO4STARTERS 2022. MyGrid provides a unique plug-and-play homebattery and portable battery pack all-in-one attractive device that can be plugged into any standard power outlet. You can read more about their technology in an interview here soon.

About VITO4STARTERS

With the VITO4STARTERS competition, VITO supports young companies that contribute to more sustainability with its technical knowledge, a proof of concept and/or access to infrastructure. In this way, VITO strengthens the startup community and the Flemish economic fabric. 

VITO highly values sustainability and is very active in the startup community through its own spin-offs. For example, VITO recently launched four new spin-offs in 2021 with its own technology. With VITO4STARTERS, VITO wants to give existing startups a helping hand. VITO thinks in the long term and offers various opportunities for cooperation after the competition. VITO has various technologies with a lot of potential and its own investment fund - the Clean Vision Invest fund.

Who can participate?

All starters with a project or concept that focuses on sustainability can register for VITO4STARTERS. Do you have an idea to make materials or processes more circular? Have you developed a process that reduces CO2 emissions or uses less water? Or have you developed an intelligent or efficient energy system? If so, VITO4STARTERS is the ideal programme for letting these ideas grow. The participation criteria for the startups are:

  • Flemish company, focusing on sustainability

  • Established by the start of the support period and maximum 5 years old

  • Need for technological support or access to infrastructure

  • SME according to the EU definition

Selection criteria

The following selection criteria are applied in 2 rounds. First, there is a written pre-selection and then a second round with the finalists at a live pitch event at the Love Tomorrow Sustainability conference at Tomorrowland:

  • The link between the start-up and the VITO expertise/technology
  • The strength of the team
  • The strength of the business plan

The written pre-selection is carried out by a team of VITO experts. The finalists were invited to pitch at the Love Tomorrow Sustainability conference, on 28 July 2022 on the grounds of Tomorrowland. The pitches were open to the conference guests and were judged by a jury of both VITO and external experts. The winners were announced on the day of the event.

What can you win?

Free support worth EUR 20,000 consisting of one or a combination of the following:

  • Technological advice
  • A proof of concept
  • Access to infrastructure (labs, pilots, ...)

You will also get:

  • Access to the VITO network
  • Visibility and promotion on the VITO channels
  • The opportunity to pitch for the Clean Vision Invest fund of VITO, including a training course (conditions will be clarified during the support period)

Practical details

As the winner, you receive individual support. Together, we draw up a work plan and timeline in function of your needs (worth EUR 20,000). At the end, an evaluation is made.

Possible follow-ups after the guidance trajectory are:

  • Joint research project with VITO
  • Technology transfer of existing VITO technology
  • Investment by the Clean Vision Invest Fund

Any questions? Feel free to email vito4starters@vito.be.

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