June 1st to 25th, 2021Fully Digital
Appications Open

Applications close on May 14th! View eligibility criteria.


Catapult: Kickstarter is a Fintech acceleration programme for early stage startups.

The programme is aimed at helping early stage, innovative, Fintech entrepreneurs to develop their business models. Participants will receive guidance on how to build their business, identify and manage risk, develop a realistic business plan and practical tactics for customer acquisition and growth. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and learn from industry leaders, investors and key fintech stakeholders. On the final day, the entrepreneurs will pitch their project to an elite group of judges, to be awarded €50.000 in subsidies.

What to expect:


Expert interactive sessions on business building, such as marketing, customer acquisition, operations, growth and scale. The Business Model Canvas will be used to understand and adapt your business to a new market.


Enjoy working alongside the other programme participants, sharing stories, helping each other, developing relationships and building a lifelong support network.


Meet and speak with a multitude of mentors and business professionals from the extensive Luxembourg startup and financial services ecosystem who can advise and guide you in your startup journey.


The opportunity to become one of the five laureates of the programme that will receive 50,000 EUR in subsidy from the Luxembourg Ministry of Economy based on fulfilment of eligibility criteria.


Networking events, making new friends, and a generous amount of laughing.

Catapult: Kickstarter

Fully Digital

June 1st to 25th, 2021

A four week bootcamp.

Why Luxembourg

Luxembourg is the largest financial centre in the Eurozone, largest fund center in the EU and largest center for microfinance in the EU, draws on its political, economic and regulatory stability, benefiting from a unique pool of multilingual, highly skilled talent providing the key to unlock Europe’s huge and diverse single market.

Luxembourg is recognised as one of the most innovative countries in the EU. (source: Innovation Leader, European Innovation Scoreboard, Index 2018)

Luxembourg’s economy is the most open in Europe, and one of the most open in the world. (source : Business Openness, US News and World Report, Index 2020)

Luxembourg has built up a very supportive and strong startup ecosystem including easy access to public and private decision makers, incubation facilities, a balanced mix of public and private funds, the presence of major international players as key potential partners.

Luxembourg is a key university and research center: 1 university, 4 research institutes active in ICT, industrial and health sectors.

Luxembourg is the gateway to the EU for international Fintechs, the home to major e-payment and e-commerce companies, hosting over 185 innovative Fintech companies, active in Mobile payments, RegTech (compliance and regulatory solutions), Big Data analytics, DLT technologies, InsurTech, Automated investment services or Alternative lending…

With Luxembourg’s ambitions related to the technology sector and creating a robust startup nation, the Ministry of the Economy in partnership with the LHoFT believes that Catapult: Kickstarter will help catalyse more Fintech entrepreneurship.


Catapult: Kickstarter is a four week acceleration bootcamp, open to fintech startups from across the globe that are aiming to evolve financial services; be it by providing tools to traditional financial services firms to digitalise their businesses (B2B) or by providing new and improved services direct to customers (B2C).


10 Fintech firms will be selected for each Catapult: Kickstarter program. B2B Fintech firms with solutions in Regtech, Wealthtech, Insurtech and Cybersecurity using Blockchain, AI and Big Data technologies are of particular interest to the Luxembourg financial services ecosystem.


Catapult: Kickstarter is a 4-week program. The inaugural session of the programme will be on Tuesday June 1st, and it will close with the final pitching event on Friday June 25th.


Catapult: Kickstarter is structured around classroom tutorials, experts talks, customer discovery, challenges, one-to-one meetings, pitching sessions, mentorship sessions and networking events.


The program will be fully digital, held online in a virtual format.

Get Involved!

Applications open now!

If you're interested in being a mentor or sponsor for the program, get in touch with the contact information below.

Eligibility Criteria

Selected firms will have, at least, a demonstrable Minimum Viable Product (“MVP”) and will likely be in the pre-seed to seed stage of funding.

Companies must comply with the European definition of a small enterprise and shall have been incorporated within the last five years at the date of granting the subsidy.

Companies will submit all necessary information to the LHoFT in order to assess the viability of the project, company, background of owners and key shareholders to limit the risks of non-compliance or doubtful application to the program.

Companies must agree and shall provide on-going performance metrics and business status for a period of three years post programme completion to the LHoFT for the purposes of programme evaluation.

The selected firm must guarantee that a founding team member, typically the CEO, will attend the programme for the duration of the four weeks.

To Be Eligible to Receive the €50.000 Award:

The participating firm must attend all modules of the Catapult: Kickstarter programme.

Companies will be required to have a registered business in Luxembourg, with substance and a minimum, fully paid-up, share capital of 10,000 EUR. They must also hold the necessary business license.

Companies shall provide any additional and all necessary information as required by the grantor of the award, the Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy.


Do you have any questions or would like to send us a comment?

We look forward to hearing from you.


Apply now

Applications open until May 14th! View eligibility criteria.

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