Ready to Innovate?

BASF is prepared to support
your Cleantech solution.
Ready to Innovate?

BASF is prepared to support
your Cleantech solution.

What is BASF Innovation Hub 2021?

BASF Innovation Hub 2021 is a regional pitch event hosted by the world’s leading chemical company BASF, where young innovators and start-ups from Central and Southeast Europe present their ideas related to Cleantech, in order to gain further funding.

Who can apply?

Both individuals and start-ups, established or in a concept stage coming from selected countries: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia, aged 18+ years. If this is you, BASF could help you to develop your idea further.

How can you use the funds from BASF Innovation Hub 2021?

BASF, the world’s largest chemical company is giving you the chance to accelerate your start-up or innovative idea by providing you with the funding you need to go to the next level.
Build a product
Promote your product
Design your product
Upgrade or Optimize your product
Test your product
Hire external people to develop a feature for your product
Market your product

What your solution needs to fulfil in order to qualify for the BASF Innovation Hub 2021 funding?

Regardless of the development phase, from concept to scaleup, BASF can help to move your innovation solution or start-up forward.

Your idea needs to cover one of the following topics:
Clean energy
Solutions for clean, reliable and affordable energy, examples include: Digital solutions that focus on increasing process and energy efficiency, solutions for increasing the share of renewable energies in power supply (thermal, solar, wind), thermal energy and insulation solutions, optimizing heating and cooling and ventilation, decarbonizing energy systems or promoting zero-emission technologies.
Farm to fork
Solutions for sustainable agriculture, examples include: Precision application technologies, digital farming advisory services, digital farming solutions, solutions that contribute to more sustainable food systems, selective crop protection products and biological crop protection.
Circular economy
Solutions that enable transition to circular economy, examples include: Solutions that contribute to more sustainable, more environmentally-respectful production cycles, digital base for closed-loop recycling, solutions for biodegradable and biobased plastics, (bio)chemical recycling solutions, recycling process catalysts, recycling of battery materials and resource-efficient products and services.

For more information, take a look at our Terms and Conditions.

Steps to Funding

How it works
Apply for BASF Innovation Hub 2021
Apply here
Qualify for the local competition by getting selected as one of the top 5 participants per country
Prepare your pitch deck
Present your idea in front of a local jury, be the best and secure your place at BASF Innovation Hub Grand Finale together with an investment of EUR 2,500 gross
Winning the local competition automatically extends your participation to Grand Finale, where you’ll get to present your idea together with 6 more local competition winners
The winner announcement!
Become a winner of BASF Innovation Hub Grand Finale. Secure initial funding of EUR 5,000 gross to further develop your idea - You get to decide how to spend it, even if the solution will not be further supported by BASF

Apply now

If you are applying as an individual send us your full name and a contact number. If you are applying as a team, send us the full name and contact number of your team leader. This is an obligatory first step to count you in.
Next, download and fill out the Application Form and submit it together with a .pdf about your project. Read more about how to do it in Terms and Conditions.
Terms and Conditions
Here you can find detailed information about BASF Innovation Hub 2021 implementation, phases, timeline, requirements and correct application steps.

About the program


About the program

After a pilot project in 2018 and Start-up Science in 2020, this year we have decided to extend on every possible scale. Instead of 4 countries, this year we will host participants from 11 countries (for country clusters and partnerships read more in our Terms and Conditions or refer to BASF site). Jury members will come from 10 different countries in Central and Southeast Europe. The topic is Cleantech, with three subtopics with endless possibilities for ideas.