Vienna Textile Lab Joins EIT Community’s Catalyse NEB Program

The New European Bauhaus aligns with Vienna Textile Lab’s mission of creating a positive impact through sustainability and the production of biobased, safe, and high-performance textile dyes and pigments

Vienna Textile Lab, a startup specializing in microbial dyes and pigments, has been selected for the New European Bauhaus (NEB) innovative Catalyse program by the EIT Community. It aligns with Vienna Textile Lab’s mission of creating a positive impact through sustainability, social innovation, aesthetics, and the production of biobased, safe, and high-performance textile dyes and pigments.

New European Bauhaus

  • Enriching Aesthetics: The NEB invites us to reimagine our living spaces beyond mere functionality. It’s not just about walls and roofs; it’s about creating enriching experiences inspired by art, culture, and human needs.
  • Sustainability in Harmony: Sustainability isn’t a buzzword for the NEB; it’s the foundation. Our living spaces should harmonize with nature, the environment, and our planet.
  • Inclusive Dialogue: The NEB transcends boundaries. It encourages dialogue across cultures, disciplines, genders, and ages. Let’s create spaces where diverse voices are heard—a symphony of ideas and perspectives.

Connecting at the Launch Event

Recently, during the program’s launch event in Leuven, Belgium, Vienna Textile Lab had the privilege of connecting with fellow entrepreneurs who share our passion for driving positive change. The energy was palpable as innovative ideas flowed freely, and creative individuals came together under one roof.

Participants of the Launch Event of New European Bauhaus Catalyse in Leuven, Belgium © EITFood

Back with EIT: A Thrilling Journey

Vienna Textile Lab is no stranger to EIT. Having participated in the Climate LaunchpadClimate KIC Accelerator, and Supernovas Rocket Up program, we’re excited to be back with this inspiring tribe. Our membership allows us to explore the vast potential of sustainability, expand our network through strategic partnerships, and implement cutting-edge eco-friendly technologies. Together, we can create a more sustainable world.

VTL’s Journey

As winners of the ClimateLaunchpad in 2017, we embarked on our mission fueled by a passion for sustainable solutions. We accelerated our vision through the Climate KIC Accelerator. Collaborations blossomed as we participated in the WORTH Partnership Project II. Soaring to new heights, we proudly joined the Supernovas Rocketup Program in 2022.

At the New European Bauhaus Festival in Brussels, our CEO and Founder, Karin Fleck, discussed fashion and sustainabilityon stage with peers.

What Lies Ahead

Over the next months, Vienna Textile Lab will delve into sustainability, forging partnerships with other forward-thinking enterprises. We’ll explore innovative eco-friendly technologies, pushing boundaries and reimagining the textile industry. It’s an inspiring journey, and we’re honored to be part of the Catalyse NEB tribe.

Stay Tuned

Follow our Catalyse NEB journey as we share updates, insights, and progress. Whether you’re curious about our project or simply want to connect, feel free to reach out. Let’s build bridges, spark creativity, and drive positive change together.

Engaging with EIT and Climate-KIC Community

Vienna Textile Lab eagerly anticipates engaging with other representatives from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)EIT Climate-KICEIT FoodEIT Manufacturing, and EIT Urban Mobility. Together, we’ll shape a more sustainable future—one dyed in vibrant, responsible hues.

About Vienna Textile Lab

Vienna Textile Lab is a pioneering biotech and fashion tech company that merges science and style. The company is dedicated to the research, development, and production of textile dyes derived from microorganisms, aiming to revolutionize the textile industry through the power of biotechnology. Sustainability is at the core of their operations, with a commitment to eco-friendly dyes that reduce the environmental impact of textile production. Vienna Textile Lab ensures that its dyes meet safety standards without compromising performance, embodying the belief that fashion can be both beautiful and responsible. Their ultimate goal is to successfully integrate sustainability, safety, and performance, providing a commercially viable alternative to traditional synthetic dyes.

About New European Bauhaus (NEB) Catalyse Programme

NEB Catalyse Programme isn’t just another acceleration program; it’s a catalyst for change. As part of this dynamic initiative, Vienna Textile Lab joins a community of like-minded entrepreneurs, visionaries, and change-makers.

The program’s focus on sustainability, design, and inclusion resonates deeply with our project’s core values.

  • EUR 50.000 Boost: As winners of the NEB call, Vienna Textile Lab receives EUR 50.000 from the EIT. This investment fuels our mission.
  • Training and Mentorship: We’ll benefit from NEB trainings, leadership coaching, and business mentoring.
  • Network Expansion: Access to Europe’s largest innovation network opens doors for collaboration and growth.


European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
New European Bauhaus (EU-network)
Vienna Textile Lab


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