Open Opportunities

This page lists current calls, job vacancies and open opportunities that may be of interest to the innovation community. Scroll down for opportunities for startups, SMEs and R&I actors.

For startups and SMEs

IT Arena Startup Competition: Startups with less than 2 years of existence and 500k of total investments are invited to apply for the biggest early-stage startup battle in Ukraine. The competition will take place on 30 September in Lviv, with a $53,000 prize on offer as well as investor connections. More info

Deadline: 11 September 2022

E.I.N.S Open Call: European startups are encouraged to apply to this EIT-funded project's open call. E.I.N.S is a project that seeks to co-create new pathways of interaction and collaboration between startups, universities, and European regions. As a result, its open call is offering a range of services to startups such as mentoring, consulting, training programmes, networking and collaboration. More info

Deadline: 12 September 2022

Supernova Challenge: SMEs are invited to apply to the Supernova Challenge Pitch Competition at North Star Dubai. This is the biggest pitch competition in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, and offers groundbreaking innovators the chance to win a $200,000 cash prize. More info

Deadline: 30 September 2022

Women DeepTechEU: Funded under the European Innovation Ecosystems work programme of Horizon Europe, Women TechEU is a brand new initiative of the European Union offering first-class coaching and mentoring to female founders, as well as targeted funding to help take their business to the next level. More info

Deadline: 4 October 2022

The Arch: IASP is collaborating with EBN on The Arch, a project that is looking for 100 innovative companies with inspiring green solutions. These ideas will be shared with Europe through a boat trip that will call at cities in Poland, France, Italy and more, promoting sustainability as well as educating on ecological innovation. More info   Apply here

Deadline: 31 October 2022

Start-Up Chile: This public accelerator offers high potential tech concepts from all over the world the chance to form their startup in Chile. They receive a range of services and support, whilst also benefiting from funding, office space and investor relations during the 24-week programme in Santiago. More info

Deadline: TBC

5th China, Shenzhen, International Innovative & Entrepreneurial Competition: Open to all foreign innovation and entrepreneurship projects, the competition includes a venture capital pool of RMB 25 billion, spread over 40 investment institutions, to support outstanding projects. More info

Deadline: Various

European Space Agency Funding: Businesses can apply for funding from ESA Business Applications in two main ways: through Open Calls for Proposals and through Competitive Tenders. Companies are expected to already be engaged in commercial or developmental activities within the target sectors. More info

Deadline: Various deadlines

10000 startups by NASSCOM: The programme was started in 2013 with the idea of funding 10,000 Indian startups in 10 years. Selected startups are helped to raise money from VCs, government funds, and angel investors, among others. Focus sectors: healthcare, agriculture, education, smart cities and AI. More info

Deadline: Ongoing

SMEBOOK provides a matchmaking service that uses algorithms to recommend partnerships between technology companies based on their needs and interests. By mapping value chains and compiling information on tech companies, accurate matching of technology partners is possible. More info

Deadline: Ongoing

Brazil-Europe matchmaking platform: Enabling virtual direct contacts and business initiation among RTI focused start-ups, companies, soft landing hubs, and other organizations between Brazil and Europe. Coverage soon to be expanded to the wider Latin American and Caribbean Region in the near future. More info

Deadline: Ongoing 

IFC Projects:  Any company or entreprenuer seeking funding can do so by approaching IFC directly. There is no standard project, application form or model that is expected, but the project must be aimed at the developing world whilst being environmentally and socially sound. More info

Deadline: Ongoing 

Funding and projects 

Waitro and Research Beeline: This platform offers many funding opportunities for registered companies with a specific focus on the Africa and ASEAN regions. This comprehensive and relevant tool publishes opportunities that cover all areas of research and all levels of researchers. At the same time, the platform also alerts businesses when new funding offers appeared. More info

Deadline: Ongoing 

European Innovation Council Accelerator: Companies meeting the EIC criteria for excellence, impact and risk-level are invited to prepare full applications for grants of up to €2.5 million. This financial support also comes with a range of Business Acceleration Services, providing access to leading expertise, corporates, investors and ecosystem actors. More info

Deadline: Ongoing

EIT-EIC CollabPilot: Two funding opportunities are available for companies in the science/health fields. Ready for Investment will provide ventures with expert advice and support with a market value of €10,000 tailored to each business’ needs. Gold Track offers startups the chance to attend workshops with top science advisors, as well as present to hand-picked investors and industry partners. More info

Deadline: Various

IFC Projects:  Any company or entreprenuer seeking funding can do so by approaching IFC directly. There is no standard project, application form or model that is expected, but the project must be aimed at the developing world whilst being environmentally and socially sound. More info

Deadline: Ongoing 

Horizon Europe: The EU's key funding programme for innovation and research has a budget of €95.5 million for the 2021-2027 period. A huge range of funding opportunities that work to support EU policies and achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals are open, with more to come over the course of the programme. More info

Deadline: Various 


Falling Walls Labs: Students, young professionals and academics are encouraged to apply to share their innovative idea in just 3 minutes, convincing a jury of its positive impact on science and society. The best from around the globe will win a spot in the Falling Walls Lab finale, where a cash prize and prestigious award are on offer. More info

Deadline: July, August and September 2022 (country dependent)

MSCA Staff Exchanges: This opportunity offers staff the chance to increase their transferrable skills, boost research and improve employability in a variety of sectors. The exchanges foster a culture of research and innovation that is international and interdisciplinary, and will help participating companies to boost cooperation and R&I. More info

Deadline: March 2023

PTE Marketplace: DISRUPTIV's international marketplace shows collaboration alerts related to the field of disruptive digital technologies. Companies and entities from anywhere in the world can participate in this marketplace by simply filling in a quick questionnaire where they explain what their alert consists of, whilst those seeking opportunities can find multiple chances for collaboration. More info

Deadline: Various

Useful links

World Bank







Global Innovation & Technology Association

European Commission funding programmes

TED E-tendering

European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot


European Investment Bank (EIB)

European Investment Fund (EIF)

Open Research Europe

PTE Marketplace

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