Open Call 3 for Startups

IT’S TIME! You can now apply to European Data Incubator, the 8-month Big Data programme that will take you startup to next level.

70 Big Data startups have already been a part of EDI and benefited from tailored mentoring, access to major European corporates, free cloud environment for scalable data processing and equity funding. Join them and grow your business!

Applications open on 17th March



There are 3 ways to take part in European Data Incubator – check them out:

Pick one of our ‘ready-made’ challenges, where the challenge, data sets and data providers are all pre-defined by us, ready for you to solve!

Bring your own challenge, but solve it using one EDI data set and one external data set

You are free to propose your own challenge, and solve it working with your own data provider and external data sets


Applying to EDI incubator is simple, you just need to take a look at our guidelines document.

Here you’ll find a calendar of the project stages, how to submit your proposal, information about EDI services, and more.


A dedicated coach from the Deusto Entrepreneurship Centre, DeustoTech or etventure Startup Hub

Training on state-of-the-art Big Data tools by University of Deusto and Engineering

Major visibility for your start-up as part of the Big Data Value PPP European initiative.

A technical infrastructure using FIWARE Lab providing a free Cloud based scalable Big Data tools stack.

Connection with top Big-Data startups from all over Europe participating in the programme.

Access to data providers to discuss and improve your product while reaching agreements for future exploitation.

Training on soft-skills and on fundraising by etventure Startup Hub, Deusto Entrepreneurship Centre and Zabala Innovation Consulting.

And yes… up to €100,000 equity-free funding.


EDI is a three-phase incubation programme: Explore, Experiment, Evolve.



SME/start-up legally established in one of the eligible countries described below.


SMEs must comply with the Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC and the SME user guide.

They must fulfill these criteria:

  • Headcount in Annual Work Unit (AWU) less than 250.
  • Annual turnover less or equal to €50 million or annual balance sheet total, less or equal to €43 million.

Only one proposal per SME is allowed.

Group of individuals

When there is not a constituted SME, the applicants could be a group between 2 to 4 individuals legally established in one of the eligible countries as describe below. A written commitment to have set up a legally registered SME if reaching the second phase of the incubation (the “Experiment” phase) will be required.

Only applicants legally established, and working, in the case of the individuals, in any of the following countries will be eligible:

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