First FRANCIS Frugal Innovation Challenge

You want to provide ideas, devices or solutions to facilitate household and kitchen tasks? Participate to the first FRANCIS Frugal Innovation Challenge!

Join the challenge and improve your life at home!

The partners of the project FRANCIS are delighted to welcome you to the first FRANCIS Frugal Innovation challenge!

When you do household and kitchen chores, do you constantly feel something is missing to help you with these activities? Do you need quick and efficient solutions? 

We are so happy to invite you to innovate with FRANCIS project and be the creator of your own space with the help of our team of mentors: industry coaches, buddies and facilitators.

FRANCIS Frugal Innovation challenge is for everyone, who needs simple, sustainable and affordable solutions at home, for example for food preparation, cooking, preserving leftovers, cleaning the dishes or washing your clothes. At the end of the challenge, we provide support for bringing the best ideas to life. If we love your idea, you can sell it to the industry coach, go the next steps together or start a business by yourself – you decide.

This challenge specifically welcomes participants from India, Germany and Turkey but is open to everyone, who is at least 18 years old and speaks English, German or Turkish. We aim at attracting citizens that value simplicity – families with restricted budget and space, people with a minimalist mindset and senior citizen managing their own household. We are also looking forward to your application if you are an entrepreneur with new ideas that could change the market.

Excited by the challenge but no time or no ideas? Don’t worry. You can also join as a supporter, who provides input and feedback to the participants.


Make life more simple and sustainable

 You will help to develop products that are easy to use and are good for the environment.

Be an inspiration

You will inspire other citizens to take an active role in research and innovation.

Change industry mindsets

Your involvement will demonstrate the benefits of involving citizens in the design of new solutions.

Join an adventure

You can let your imagination go wild, learn about innovation trends, and meet new people.

Have a real impact

You can stay involved after the end of the challenge to see ideas turn into real products. 



Find new, sustainable ways to store, prepare, cook or preserve your food.



Create innovative eco-friendly solutions for cleaning dishes, laundry or floors.

Final Event

The grand final will be an opportunity for the finalist projects to pitch to our jury of scientists and partners. You will be invited to pitch your idea in front of representative of the European Commission and our sponsors.
Your travel expenses will be covered for the duration of the event.

Stay tuned for the location and date.