EIC Innovators’ Summit Video Challenge
Join the most innovative companies in Europe at the EIC Innovators’ Summit 2018 in Berlin! Take on our video challenge and submit your best pitch until 19 July to get your ticket. 
Take a video
Step 1
Take a camera or mobile phone and record your pitch. The video should be between 1 and 3 minutes long.
Upload your video
Step 2
Upload the video to your YouTube channel, fill in the application form and make sure to include the link to your video. You should also provide written consent/signed release form for everyone appearing in your video and ensure that you haven't infringed any copyrights.
Spread the message
Step 3
After we have checked your submission, it will go online here. Tell your friends and spread the message through your network once the voting phase opens. Remember every vote counts!
In the video, you must answer the following questions, keeping the motto “Innovation Kitchen” in mind:
What’s your name? What’s your company’s name? What’s your product? What’s the secret ingredient of your startup? What’s your recipe for current and future success? Why should you be the winner of a free ticket to the EIC Innovators’ Summit? 
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At the EIC Innovators’ Summit, the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot will host more than 600 top small and mediumsized enterprises from the most relevant innovation funding programs of the European Union (i.e. SME Instrument, FTI and FET Open). Together with invited investors and corporate representatives, the event will provide a networking platform for 1,000 participants from all over the European Union (EU). Participating innovators and companies will have the opportunity to exchange on best practices, pitch their ideas and solutions, attract investors, and engage in new business partnerships. 
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To increase awareness of the services and funding programs under the EIC, we have 10 tickets for start-ups that are not yet part of the EIC family. How can you get one? Take part in our video pitching challenge and submit your best video pitch (1 – 3 minutes).
The best videos will be will be selected through public voting. The video that gets the most number of votes will also be shown on the main stage during the closing ceremony.
Submissions are open between 7 June and 19 July.
Public voting will be open from 20 July until 27 July.
Winners will be announced on 30 July.
» Please check out our Rules and Terms for all relevant information on the challenge and the admission «
Please read the following rules for your entries. By submitting an entry, you agree to be bound by these rules.
Call for entries: This is a call for a start-up pitch under the Innovation Kitchen Europe motto. There are questions to be answered in the pitch. The winners may also be interviewed, and all entries may be highlighted by EASME on their websites, their YouTube channel, and the event website of the EIC Innovators’ Summit. Entries will be accepted from 7 June to 5 July 2018, no later than 12:01 p.m. Berlin time (UTC+2). Your submitted videos will be added to an EASME YouTube playlist and/or uploaded to the EASME YouTube channel periodically at least once a week and right before the start of the voting phase to give the organizer time to conduct an initial eligibility and rule compliance check. 


Who May Enter: You are 18 years of age or older by the start of the challenge. You are the CEO or a designated employee of your company, the person to pitch and the one to attend the event. You are presenting your company’s product/service and you have all rights to participate in this pitch challenge. Your company needs to be registered in the European Union. EASME and its representatives will determine an entrant’s eligibility in its sole discretion. 


What to Enter: Eligible videos are from 1 to 3 minutes in total length. A YouTube link is provided by the contestant via the submission form of the challenge. EASME and its representatives reserve the right to ask any entrant to provide written consent for certain or all persons appearing in the entered documentary or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian and provide it to EASME and its representatives upon request. Failure to comply may result in disqualification. Do not submit videos that are off-topic, partisan-political, contain personal attacks or expletives, or are otherwise abusive, threatening, unlawful (under any applicable federal, state, or local law, regulation, or rule), harassing, discriminatory, libelous, obscene, false, pornographic, or that infringe on the rights of any third party. Videos that do not comply with the rules will be disqualified. 


Reminder to Respect Copyright: You must be the original author of the content that appears in your submission or have permission to use copyright-protected material. If you are considering using existing materials (music, photos, etc.) for your entry you must secure permission and provide documentation of that permission. 


How to Enter: Please submit videos and requested contact and contextual information via the submission form. We do not accept videos submitted through any other means. Incomplete entries may be disqualified. 


All Entrants Grant EASME Permission: By entering the contest, entrants allow EASME and those authorized by EASME to download the submitted video from the entrants account and link and/or upload it to an EASME YouTube channel and show it on the EASME website (https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en, www.eicsummit.eu), as well as at the event itself. By entering the contest, entrants grant EASME, and those authorized by EASME, an irrevocable royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any purpose. EASME will be granted the right to upload the videos natively on their social media channels including Twitter. EASME and those authorized by it will not be required to pay any consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with the foregoing uses. 


Entry Deadline: All entries must be received through the event website by 5 July 2018, no later than 12:01 p.m. Berlin time (UTC+2) .


Evaluation Criteria: Eligible videos will be judged by the public audience on the event website. 


Judging Process: Voting commences from 6 July 2018, from 12:01 p.m. Berlin time (UTC+2) to 13 July 12:01 p.m. Berlin time (UTC+2). The winners will officially be announced on 16 July 2018.


Prizes: There will be 10 tickets overall. The first place will receive 2 tickets and their pitch will be shown on stage at the welcome. Second place receives 2 tickets and their video will be shown during the event. Third to fifth place will receive 1 ticket and might be shown as the program allows. Winners have to arrange travel and accommodation on their own. 


Release and Additional Legal Rules:  Each entrant holds the EASME, its regents, officers, employees, fellows, interns, research associates, and volunteers, harmless from and against all claims of any nature arising in connection with the entrant’s participation in the contest, acceptance or use of prize. EASME and its regents, officers, employees, fellows, interns, research associates, and volunteers shall not be liable for any costs, damages, injuries, or other claims incurred as a result of any entrant’s participation in the contest or winner’s acceptance and usage of a prize. The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. EASME and its representatives reserve the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at its sole discretion. In the event of a dispute regarding the winners, EASME reserves the right to award or not award the prizes in its sole discretion. EASME reserves the right to disqualify any entrant whose entry or conduct appears in any way to: inhibit the enjoyment of others; tamper with the competition; violate these rules; infringe on the rights of third parties; or act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Decisions of EASME are final and binding. Winners must sign an affidavit, license, release and declaration of eligibility. 


Please do not contact us about the status of entries or judging.