The next deadline for the startup application will be: 31 March 2016.

We welcome applications from businesses that deliver on achieving social, environmental and economic impact – our triple bottom line.

How to apply

Please fill in the Google form at the end of this page and submit your slide deck in PDF form via email to [email protected].

Please use the following convention for the file name: shortStartupName-YYYY-MM-DD.pdf

Please be as clear as possible in your presentation slides. The clarity of your communication will be a critical factor in the initial assessment: reviewers will see many applications, so please do not exceed the 10 slide maximum limit.

The recommended slide deck template is here.

Scoring criteria

We assess every application based on the following criteria:


An explanation of our scoring criteria is outlined in this [spreadsheet](

Frequently asked questions

1. Can I apply to both the ODI Startup programme and the Open Data Incubator in Europe?

Yes. In fact, this is strongly encouraged.

2. Can I meet the startup team to talk about how to apply?

We would be delighted to meet you. However, this may not always be possible, so please send us any questions via email. You might want to come along to a Friday lunchtime lecture or open data meetup and chat with us there.

3. I love the idea of open data, but I'm unsure how my startup fulfils your criteria in that respect.

If you have a strong business model, we can work with you to draw on our open data expertise and explore its potential for your startup.

4. What is your definition of open data?

Open data is data that anyone can access, use and share. Find more in this short video.

5. Can I use data that is not open data in my proposal?

Yes. The call focuses on open data, but this does not mean that your product cannot use other types of data. In fact, sometimes combining closed and open datasets can bring a lot of benefits.

A panel of external reviewers will decide if open data plays a central role in your proposal.

6. Do I need to deliver the outcomes of the project as open source or open data?

No, it is not mandatory to deliver your outcomes or enriched datasets as open data. But we strongly encourage you to follow an ‘open by default’ culture.

Apply now

The application form can be found below and in this Google doc.