South3E - Deep Tech in South Europe

Publication date
November 7, 2022
February 10, 2023
Short description

The call is open for researchers, start-ups, scale-ups or SMEs from a southern European country who have a deep tech idea and want to bridge the gap from lab to market. With the call for innovative Deep Tech projects, applicants get the chance to accelerate their ideas to boost the social and economic growth in Southern Europe.

S3E Open Call #1 welcomes applications from the following Southern European countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Republic of Cyprus, Romania, Slovenia and Spain and the following Associated countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey

S3E will select research teams, growth stage start-ups, scaling start-ups and SMEs to support them in their lab to market journey to improve the connectedness and efficiency of the Southern European entrepreneurship ecosystems. There are three different funding lines:

  • S3Estart (researchers, tech transfer offices)
    S3E Start is for research teams with deep tech projects, grounded in a scientific discovery or meaningful engineering innovation and in any stage of development, that want to explore the path from the lab to the market.
    S3E Start is also for technology transfer officers that want to learn a thoroughly tested methodology to foster science-based entrepreneurship and technology commercialization.
    It offers 25 available spots for research teams and 20 for TTOS for a 18-week Hands-on Training Program on science-based entrepreneurship.
  • S3Echarge (start-ups)
    Start-ups in their growth phase are welcome to submit their deep tech project ideas solving an unmet (or ill met) need that impacts at least one of the SDGs on focus. In exchange, S3E will support them developing a solid investment-ready Business Plan to facilitate their access to non-dilutable and dilutable funding and connect them to ‘Innovation Leaders’ and ‘Strong Innovators’ Ecosystems.
    It offers 30 available spots for growth startups who will be part of a Mentoring and Networking program on Deep Tech.
  • S3Ereverse (corporate or public entity or scale-up/SMEs)
    Corporates and Public Organisations are invited to submit a deep tech challenge aiming at solving an unmet (or ill met) need that impacts at least one of the SDGs on focus (as Challengers). On a second stage, scale-ups and SMEs will be able to respond to the selected challenges with their innovative deep tech solutions (as Solvers).
    The programme offers 15 corporate challenges for 60 available spots for saleups participate in an Open Innovation program on Deep Tech.

More information about the respective programme is available from the source page of this call:

The S3E project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 101072135.

  • Horizon Europe / H2020
Geographical focus
  • Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Montenegro
  • Republic of North Macedonia
  • SEE
  • Serbia
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • General

Entry created by Elke Dall on November 11, 2022
Modified on November 11, 2022