The best way to predict the future is to create it.

Abraham Lincoln


We’re on a Mission to find Millennials who are rethinking entire industries 

We're selecting the region’s most promising startups, leveraging technology to build disruptive solutions, addressing Europe's most pressing challenges

Europe’s Top 50 innovators will be revealed at the European Parliament, during the European Innovation Summit


The Competition will gather 800 entrepreneurs, policy makers, investors and corporate representatives in one room. The EU Top 50 will:

- Pitch in the Hemicycle of the European Parliament

- Showcase their venture in the Summit Exhibition area

- Participate in speed-dating sessions with corporate decision makers

- Attend an intimate networking gathering with millennial founders

- Participate in workshops on how to get access to EU funding for your startup

- Gain media exposure: the EU Top 50 will be presented in a Special Competition Magazine


Startup HQ: The headquarters of the startup must be based in Europe

Age-Eligibility: S/he must be under the age of 35

Co-founder Status: The applicant must be a founder or a co-founder of the startup

Impact & Innovation: Startups need to demonstrate potential to disrupt a billion-dollar marketplace and make an impact on society

Working Product/Prototype: Each company must be able to demo a working prototype at the European Innovation Summit on the 27th of November 2017

Fundraising: Startups should be pre-series A and shouldn’t have raised more than 3 million euros

Leadership: The startup founder(s) must demonstrate exceptional leadership

References: Applicants must have at least one reference to give more insight into their product and traction


  1. 16 August 2017

    Application Opens

  2. 15 October 2017

    Application submission deadline

  3. 27 November 2017

    Summit Opening

    18:30 - 20:30 | European Parliament

    Opening Ceremony and Partner Cocktail

  4. 28 November 2017

    09:00 - 12:30 | EU Top 50 'Hemicycle Start-up Convention’

    EU Top 50 pitch in front of Members of the European Parliament, Members of the European Innovation Council, Corporate Representatives, Investors and Business Angels

    12:30 - 14:00 | Exhibition Opening and Networking Lunch

    14:00 - 18:00 | Demo Sessions

    Organization of face-to-face meetings with corporates and investors

    14:00 - 18:00 | Workshops

    EU support for Startups
    Scale-up and Internationalisation

    19:00 - 21:00 | EU Top 50 Networking Reception

  5. 29 November 2017

    Possibilty to schedule more demos and face-to-face meetings

  6. January 2018

    Corporates invite finalists to their headquarters

Turning European knowledge and ideas into value

A space for debate on the Future of Innovation in Europe

Empowering the next generation of European Startups