Startups and SMEs

About Data Pitch

Data Pitch is a EU-funded open innovation programme bringing together corporate and public-sector organisations that have data with startups and SMEs that work with data. It is centred around a competition with several tracks which describe challenges, and a virtual accelerator programme (6 months) to help startups and SMEs develop solutions to meet these challenges. The startups and SMEs will put forward proposals for creating high impact, innovative products and services in response to the challenges defined by Data Pitch.

Why join Data Pitch?

Startups and SMEs will receive funding and support for their data-centric business idea, including:
  • Investment up to €100,000, equity free;
  • Introduction to investors;
  • Six-month business accelerator with the help of the Open Data Institute (ODI) and Beta-i;
  • Introduction to business partners sharing data via Data Pitch;
  • Peer-networking and support via meetups in major European cities;
  • Access to technology and datasets, as well as training and advice by Data Pitch experts.

Data Pitch builds on a series of similar publicly funded innovation instruments, including ODINE and the ODI startup programme. You can learn more about our success stories here.

What is this competition about?

The Data Pitch competition consists of two calls.  The first call opens at 12 noon on the 1st July 2017 and closes at 12 noon on the 1st of October 2017. The second call is expected to open in summer 2018. Each call consists of a series of tracks that refer to challenges which can be addressed by applicants. Each challenge can be addressed via the use of one or more datasets, open, shared or closed. Each challenge is accompanied by examples of expected outcomes and impacts. Applications must target one challenge only, and explain how it will address it. Winners receive support and up to €100k equity free funding in the Data Pitch accelerator.

How do I apply?

Applications may be submitted only while the call is open. Go to and follow the instructions.