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

Abraham Lincoln


We are building the most influential innovation leader mentorship programme in Europe.

Our mission is to empower young founders who are building breakthrough products and technologies that meet Europe’s most pressing needs.

We believe that the only way to do this is by connecting them to likeminded millennial entrepreneurs, fostering knowledge exchange among young founders in a trusted community.

Innovation Leaders

Facilitating knowledge exchange among the next generation of founders






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


Horizon 2020’s SME Instrument is a €3 billion EU fund to support high-potential companies to develop “ground-breaking innovative products, services or processes”. 

- The SME Instrument will help 7,500 companies to put their innovations onto the market, by the end of 2020.

- Since 2014, more than 2,400 SMEs were selected to receive funding in 36 countries

- The fund has already supported 11 startups that made an exit in 2017

You will learn more about EU support for startups a la conference

EUtop50 Competition and Conference Programme

26-27 November 2018, Brussels

Europe has achieved world-class scientific discoveries and continuous to develop breakthrough technologies in many fields but still needs to find ways and approaches to overcome the innovation gap.

EUtop50 2018 edition is putting Europe’s Future Innovation Leaders at centre stage and launch a novel mentorship initiative building a community of innovators that stays connected over time.
The EUtop50 is facilitating knowledge exchange among the next generation of founders in cooperation with corporate venture organisations.

Participating stakeholders

1. Future Innovation Leaders
2. Start-ups
3. R&D Innovators
4. Technical Universities, universities of applied science
5. National Science, research and development Institutions
6. Innovation ecosystem actors
7. Foundations & Family Offices
8. Knowledge Partners
9. Third Country Partner 2018 Africa
10. Media and Communication Partners


1. Pitching Panels
2. High-level Roundtables
3. Showcase/Exhibition
4. Matchmaking & Networking sessions
5. Workshops:
    - EU support for start-ups and scale-ups
    - Pre-incubation
    - Tax incentives & IP
    - Innovation Financing

Sectors and technologies covered

Sectors: Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0, Climate change mitigation, Clean Energy, Food for all, Healthcare for a better life, Materials/Chemicals for sustainability, Urban Mobility/Carbon free transport, FinTech/Financial services, Education it’s about STEM and more

Technologies: Artificial Intelligence/machine learning, Big data analytics, Blockchain, Quantum Technologies, Next generation computing, Internet of Things/5G mobile, Genome Editing/Crispr, Augmented/Virtual\Reality

Application for the competion is now closed

EU TOP 50 Programme

  1. 16 August 2017

    Application Opens

  2. 25 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

EU TOP 50 Organizers

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