A new European-funded project, led by the University of Southampton, is to bring together established businesses and start-ups to meet today’s challenges with data.

Data Pitch will provide up to 50 European start-ups and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) with world-class business support including:

  • Up to €100k equity free funding,
  • Expert mentoring,
  • Investment opportunities,
  • And access to data from established businesses and the public sector.

Overall the European Commission has committed €7.1 million into data driven innovation, and €4.8m to directly fund start-ups and SMEs.

The three-year project will be delivered by the University of Southampton, the Open Data Institute, Portuguese innovation company Beta-i and French data marketplace platform Dawex.

Data Pitch is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

Can I join Data Pitch?

Data Pitch is for startups and SMEs who:

  • Want to create products and services with data
  • Want to work alongside established businesses and corporates
  • Are registered in an EU country

Why join Data Pitch?

  • Build new solutions to challenges that affect businesses and the public with data
  • Receive equity free funding of up to €100k
  • Demonstrate your data expertise to potential clients and investors
  • Be part of an ecosystem where you can share ideas and collaborate with other startups.
  • Benefit from mentoring, office space, networking opportunities, communications support and other business resources

Is my startup or SME eligible?

  • Come and explore new data at datathons in Spring 2017 (more coming soon)
  • Apply for the Data Pitch programme from 1st July 2017
  • Applications are assessed in the autumn and successful startups join our Data Innovation Lab in January 2018
  • Receive funding and a support package to develop new services and products

What are the timeframes?

In Spring 2017 Data Pitch will work with organisations and businesses to define the challenges and provide datasets. We will also partner with established datathons in June 2017 so startups can explore the data in advance of the application period.

Applications for startups to join Data Pitch will open in July 2017.

Successful applicants will be notified in October, and will begin the programme in December.

Completion of the programme will take place in July 2018, when the process starts again with another call.

Where do I start?

We’re looking for data challenges! Got an idea? Tell us about it.
Apply for a space on Data Pitch from 1st July (more information coming soon and will be found on their website).