MIT Innovators under 35 Europe 2019

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.

Innovators Under 35 is the global community of young innovators, pioneers, and promoters of social change curated by MIT Technology Review since 1999. The objective of this initiative is to award innovation, ingenuity, and advances toward addressing the world’s most important challenges.

Why would you participate?

From generating new opportunities to reimagining how things are done, this competition creates a unique platform for those individuals that strive to make a disruptive and impactful change. Past winners of this competition include Konstantin Novoselov (Nobel Prize in Physics), Max Levchin (developer of PayPal) and Sergey Brin (founder of Google).


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 2019 the competition will be recognizing five different categories of winners: Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Visionaries, Humanitarians, and Pioneers. 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 2019. 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 until March 14th 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.

The names and projects of the winners will be published throughout the world as a series of articles in the MIT Technology Review Innovators under 35 edition website in the months following the presentation of candidatures. A special European event focused on showcasing the winner's stories could be organized so they can present their projects before an audience specially comprised of investors, entrepreneurs, academics, technologists, and business leaders. In addition, some of the countries included in the competitions may organize other events to showcase the winners or finalists from said countries.


More information about the terms and conditions can be found here. Questions can be sent to


14 maart 2019


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