MIT Innovators under 35 Europe 2018

Take part in MIT Technology Review's annual competition and be on the list of the 35 most outstanding innovators under 35 in the European Union.

Goal of the competition

Innovators Under 35 is the global community of young innovators, pioneers, and promoters of social change curated by MIT Technology Review since 1999.  We are looking for the brightest minds in Europe that are changing society and business with their innovations in biotechnology and medicine, computer and electronics hardware, software, Internet, artificial intelligence, robotics, telecommunications, nanotechnology and materials, energy or transportation. 

The objective of this initiative is to award innovation, ingenuity, and advances toward addressing the world’s most important challenges.

Why would you participate?

MIT Technology Review hopes to find people who are capable of materializing the fascinating, inspiring and original ideas that will revolutionize the world of technology and business in the near future. Past winners of this competition include, for example, Sergey Brin (2002), one of the founders of Google, and Mark Zuckerberg (2007), the founder of Facebook.

Today, the European program lends visibility to the work of the most talented, young, technological leaders and consolidate an international innovation community. Each year, brilliant men and women are recognized for their advancements in diverse technical fields which have been extended this year to: biotechnology and medicine, computer and electronics hardware, software, Internet, artificial intelligence, robotics, telecommunications, nanotechnology and materials, energy or transportation. MIT Technology Review relies on its committee of judges, made up of experts from leading universities and companies, to select the 35 best profiles of 2018 within the European region: inventors, entrepreneurs, visionaries, humanitarians or pioneers.


Areas of work

Innovators Under 35 Europe looks for young people whose accomplishments and personal qualities suggest a great potential to become highly influential through their contributions in the following areas: 

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biotechnology and medicine
  • Computer electronics and hardware
  • Energy 
  • Internet and web
  • Nanotechnology and materials
  • Robotics
  • Software
  • Transportation
  • Telecommunications

In addition, we recognize five different categories of winners: Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Visionaries, Humanitarians, and Pioneers, according to their profile as innovators.

Our objective is to recognize the development of new technologies or the creative application of existing ones in order to create new services and solutions for current problems. Candidates can stand out by having developed products that are already on the market, or by carrying out advanced research and promising planning, while their idea has yet to be materialized.


This call is open to people of all education and professional backgrounds. Candidates can come from universities, be founders of small businesses, employees in large companies or government institutions, or members of non-profit organizations.

The candidates must be under 35 years of age before December 31st of 2018. There is one exception: candidates may be women who are younger than 36 years old before that date if they have had one or more children. The dates of winner selection and all information about the awards may be accessed at our platform and social networks.

The candidates must be nationals of the European Union country they apply for and be in possession of a passport, birth certificate or National Identification Document, or a residency card for foreign nationals (please note that the latter must also provide proof that they have resided in an EU country for at least 5 years prior to application).

Nomination of candidates

Candidates may apply through the online platform at the competition website or can be nominated by experts in their areas of expertise, or people in their academic or professional field. Candidates should fill out the sections of the application form which refer to their personal information, describe briefly why they are suited to receive this recognition, and finally, submit a Curriculum vitae, a Project description and two reference letters (plus the contact details of two people in their area who know their background). 


The MIT Innovators Under 35 Awards do not include a monetary provision for winners. They serve as recognition of the trajectory and potential of the top 35 most promising young people in the area of emerging technologies. The great value of the awards lies in the visibility and international prestige which follows when winners are recognized by MIT Technology Review as innovative leaders in the areas of work.

Similarly, the young people who are awarded in each competition can present their projects before an audience specially comprised of investors, entrepreneurs, academics, technologists, and business leaders during the respective awards presentation ceremonies that will take place in 2018. In addition to the regional awards ceremonies, some of the countries included in the competitions may organize other events to showcase the winners or finalists from said countries.

Questions and more information?

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