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Competition Stages

The application window closed on 4 December, 2023.


Reminder – Who Can Apply? 

Eligibility criteria

• Age: 18-35 years at the time of application

• Resident in one of the Euro-Mediterranean countries

• With at least a high school diploma

• Higher Education Student (under or post-graduate) or on a job

• With a novel idea or invention that can eventually be commercialised

• Must be the sole owner of the idea or assigned by the co-owners to solely present and develop it

• The idea can be converted to a functional prototype in maximum 3 months

• Good command of English Language

The innovation must address one of these 3 thematic areas:

• Health

• Renewable Energy

• Environment, including Climate Change


  • Novel or differentiated from existing products
  • At one of these stages of the Innovation cycle: idea, proof of concept, prototype
  • Addressing one of the three areas: Health, Renewable Energy, or Environment
  • Not necessarily patented, but would be a plus
  • Described in info, supported by schematic diagrams, info-graphics, literature articles…(as attachments)


  • Novel or differentiated from existing products
  • Already developed or will be later developed during the workshop
  • State clearly the target or end users
  • Feasible to develop in no more than 3 months
  • Described in info, supported by schematic diagrams, info-graphics, literature articles…(as attachments)


Applications will only be accepted via the dedicated application form on EMUNI website and within the specified deadline.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of experts for their novelty, applicability and feasibility of implementation within the available timeframe.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to the next phase.


Shortlisted candidates will pitch their ideas via an online platform in front of a Jury of experts in the different fields of their innovation. They will respond to questions of the jury members, who will evaluate their ideas and select the most innovative and appropriate to benefit from the workshop.

After, the Jury Council will meet online with the selected candidates following pitches, to assess the feasibility of their ideas before being granted entry to the bootcamp and announced as the final workshop candidates. 


The contestants will be invited to travel to Slovenia &/or Morocco to be hosted in the workshop facility at EMUNI, Jožef Stefan Institute, (both in Slovenia) or the EuroMed University of Fes (Morocco).

During the period of 10 weeks, they will receive technical assistance and mentorship from subject matter experts, experienced engineers, product developers & designers and innovation experts. They will compete against each other through multiple elimination stages.

All travel and accommodation expenses and the expenses of mentoring and building the prototypes will be assumed by EMUNI.



This is a live event organised about one week after the last stage. Around 3-4 finalists are prepared for the event through training on marketing and pitching their prototypes/products to a wider audience by marketing and communication experts.

The event will be attended by on-site audience, including the mentors, representatives of the partner institutions and other invitees. In addition, the event will be live streamed on Youtube and other media.

The final scores and ranking of the contestants will be awarded 50% by the jury and 50% by the audience (on-site and remote) voting.

Khaiereddine Bourguiba from Tunisia and Saleh Saleh from Palestine both reached the Workshop stage of EMIC Season 1. Their prototypes were on Renewable Energy.