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By turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities, Europe is striving to be the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. In this light, the European Innovation Council is giving all EIC-beneficiaries the opportunity to participate in the very first European ‘Greenathon’: an ideation hackathon that will digitally connect innovators funded by the EIC. From 27 October to 30 October 2020, we will address pressing key sustainability challenges proposed by large European corporate players like HenkelX Ventures, Saint-Gobain and with many more on the way.

Is your company or research activity contributing to a more sustainable future in the fields of energy, construction & renovation or food & agriculture? Do you want to team up with peers and corporates to co-create, innovate and learn in an intensive 4 days event? Then you’ve come to the right place! Join us in hacking the European Green Deal and contribute to a greener Europe for all!


Applications are open until 28 September 2020. 

Apply now! 


Co-create the future with other like-minded innovators 

Climate change and environmental degradation are an existential threat to Europe and the world. To overcome these challenges, Europe needs a new growth strategy that transforms the Union into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy. The European Green Deal is the European Commission’s roadmap to fulfil this transformation and innovative and eco-friendly SMEs are crucial to make a successful green transition in Europe.

The EIC Greenathon will take advantage of this momentum, bringing together innovative EIC beneficiaries and business partners to solve tangible challenges and construct new collaborations for sustainability and business growth.

The challenges proposed are genuine, complex problems linked to sustainable transformation on energy, construction and food & agriculture. All of them will require fresh thinking and a new approach based on novel technologies and models.


Who can apply?   

The event is open to all EIC beneficiaries, both EIC Accelerator and EIC Pathfinder. If you’re interested in these topics, take a chance, apply and compete for one of several prizes offered by our business partners.


How the EIC Greenathon will work 

The EIC Greenathon will be a fully virtual event, taking place over four mornings from Tuesday, 27 October to Friday 30 October 2020, 9.00 to 13:00 CET. The event will start with an introduction by the European Innovation Council, providing an insight into the new opportunities created by the European Green Deal. Following the in-depth challenge briefings, participants will work together in teams. They will identify collaborative solutions that will leverage the combined creativity and resources of enterprises, SMEs and researchers. The Greenathon will close with a round of pitches in front of a jury and the final prize ceremony.


What’s in it for you 

  • Further knowledge on innovative technologies that will help Europe reach its European Green Deal goals.
  • Networking opportunities with like-minded innovators and representatives from big European players.
  • Personalised online training on pitching technics before the event.
  • Privileged access to large corporates.

Besides this, the winning teams of each challenge will:

  • Meet with Corporate’s senior staff for in-depth feedback, networking and pitching.
  • Explore potential Proof-of-Concepts (POC) opportunities.
  • Strengthen possible collaborations with business partners on the longer-term.


The Challenges 

The challenges proposed by the EIC business partners require specific expertise. However, the EIC beneficiaries will apply to the overall event, not only to a particular challenge. After the introduction session, on 27 October 2020, the attendees will have the chance to participate in ideation workshops to have a more detailed idea on which challenges they would like to work on in teams. After that, participants will be able to register for the challenge they are most interested in/suitable for.

The Greenathon will gather sustainability challenges from several European players. Please find below the ones from Saint-Gobain and HenkelX Ventures and keep your eyes on the EIC Community to discover more!


Saint-Gobain is concretely looking for innovative solutions in the areas of:

Energy performance of industrial furnaces: 

  • Develop high temperature and heat flux monitoring (>1,000 C) solution including IoT sensors, and data analysis to be combined with Saint-Gobain refractories to monitor and optimize the thermal performance of industrial furnaces such as glass furnaces and calcination kilns in order to reduce energy consumption.

End of life management of ceramic-based industrial furnaces: 

  • Create automated and optimized systems for end of life recovery of ceramic parts from industrial furnaces or toolings.

More details regarding Saint-Gobain challenges can be found here (this page is only available for EIC Community members. Please access the member area in the platform to see this information).


HenkelX Ventures prepared two distinct challenges that aim at different target participants:

Sustainable Marketplace 

  • Build a sustainability certification algorithm that serves as the backbone of a sustainable marketplace.

Biotech for Sustainable Packaging 

  • Find the sweet spot for an innovative packaging concept that builds on the concept of zero waste.

For more detailed information on HenkelX Ventures challenges, please check this dedicated page


EIC Business Acceleration Services 

This opportunity is brought to you by the EIC pilot Business Acceleration Services. To explore other opportunities to connect with the largest corporates in Europe, keep an eye on our events page. Should you have any questions regarding the event, please refer to our helpdesk: (please choose “EIC Greenathon” as the subject).

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