The South3E consortium is thrilled to launch the second Open Call for Experts who would like to join our mission — to build a robust deep tech innovation ecosystem in Southern Europe. This a unique opportunity to actively contribute towards the EU’s ambition to foster entrepreneurship and innovation in these key regions, by sharing your valuable knowledge to support startups and researchers shaping a more sustainable and forward-thinking future for Southern Europe.

🚀 Apply now to join our community of S3E Experts!

How can you contribute towards the S3E mission?

You can be a part of our community of S3E Experts in different ways, depending on your professional experience and how you would like to contribute towards South3E’s mission:

  • Evaluators will be responsible for assessing proposals submitted by applicants for our S3E Open Call #2 – you will help to select the research teams and TTOs that get to join the S3E Start program and which startups will make into the S3E Charge accelerator program.
  • Mentors for deep tech projects will guide research teams selected for the S3E Start program to develop a business case for a product, service or process grounded on a scientific discovery or a meaningful engineering technology.
  • Mentors for deep tech growth startups will assist the selected participants in the S3E Charge program to develop an investment-ready business plan that will help access dilutive and non-dilutive funding opportunities.

* On 15 November we will also launch a separate call for Deep Tech Brokers for the S3E Reverse program, to help to match corporate challenges with the solutions offered by scaling startups. Sign up to our newsletter to receive a reminder!

What type of profiles are we looking for?

To be eligible to apply, experts must meet the following criteria:

  • You have a high-level of expertise in supporting technological innovation, preferably in deep tech projects developed by researchers and startups
  • You have vast knowledge in the following scientific fields: agricultural sciences, engineering and technology, medical and health sciences and natural sciences
  • You are able to efficiently communicate in English (the official language of the program), both speaking and writing
  • You are familiar with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations
  • You are passionate about providing innovation support, and are experienced in evaluating, mentoring and/or coaching

Note: The selected Experts will act as individuals and not as representatives of a specific organisation.

What do you get in return?

There are many personal and professional benefits to gain from helping others by sharing your own experience and knowledge. On top of the ‘feel good factor’, you will also get to take advantage of the following opportunities that come from joining the S3E community:

  • Being publicly recognised for playing an active role in building the Southern European deep tech ecosystem
  • Expand your professional network by connecting with other innovation leaders and relevant EU institutions and stakeholders
  • Gain exclusive exposure to new ideas, approaches, and perspectives shaping the present and future of Europe
  • Enhance your professional profile by gaining recognition for your skills, experience and contributions towards S3E
  • Be at the forefront of the South European deep tech revolution!

How to apply and key dates to keep in mind

To apply to become an Expert for S3E, simply download the guiding materials we have prepared, where you will find all the key information you need to know, and then submit your online application form via the F6S platform.

The deadline closes on 30 November 2023 at 17:00 CET. Once our internal team evaluates all applications, we will announce the selected Experts on 11 December 2023. Depending on the role you have applied for, you will be expected to commit to the program for the following timeframes:

  • If you are selected as Evaluator for S3E Open Call 2: You will be reviewing S3E Charge applications between 18 December 2023 – 8 January 2024, and S3E Start applications between 12 – 26 January 2024
  • If you are selected as Mentor for S3E Start: You will be mentoring your designated research team between 6 February – 6 June 2024
  • If you are selected as Mentor for S3E Charge: You will be mentoring your designated startup between 18 January – 26 April 2024

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us! You can email the S3E Team at

S3E Open Call for Experts

We look forward to welcoming you into our community of Experts!

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