A mentor at work: Mentessa secures EU grant for piloting its intelligent skills agent

Mentessa, a pioneering startup in skill-based organizations, is proud to announce that it has successfully secured funding and support from EIT Digital, a grant co-funded by the European Union, for an innovative project in collaboration with Raiffeisen-Landesbank Steiermark.

January 22, 2024
January 22, 2024

Munich, January 22nd, 2024 - Mentessa, a pioneering startup in skill-based organizations, is proud to announce that it has successfully secured funding and support from EIT Digital, a grant co-funded by the European Union, for an innovative project in collaboration with Raiffeisen-Landesbank Steiermark.

This strategic partnership marks a significant milestone for Mentessa, validating its commitment to a silo-free workplace and creating cutting-edge solutions that will shape the future of work. EIT Digital's endorsement is a testament to the potential impact of Mentessa's project on the European innovation landscape. 

The grant will provide Mentessa with the financial support and valuable resources to accelerate the development of its groundbreaking technology in collaboration with Raiffeisen-Landesbank Steiermark. The project aims to pilot Mentessa’s intelligent skills agent, leveraging the predictive power of AI and Large Language Models to help Raiffeisen-Landesbank Steiermark understand, connect and develop the skills of their workforce.

"We are grateful for the opportunity to work closely with Raiffeisen-Landesbank Steiermark and the EIT Digital ecosystem. The project will not only foster technological innovation but also contribute to a more inclusive workplace. We are thrilled to make a lasting impact on how we work together," said Tina Ruseva, Founder and CEO of Mentessa.

"This collaboration with Mentessa is a prime example of how EIT Digital aims to foster innovation and skill development in the European digital sector. Mentessa's approach to leveraging AI for skill enhancement aligns perfectly with our mission to support digital transformation and workforce upskilling across Europe. We are excited to see how this project unfolds and contributes to the evolution of workplace dynamics," says Diva Tommei, Chief Innovation and Education Officer at EIT Digital.

"We are excited to work with Mentessa on this project. Only by understanding the skills of the workforce we can connect and develop them. The collaboration with Mentessa will bring us one step closer to our strategic HR agenda. Their vision aligns with our commitment to driving continuous learning and development for our employees and leading the industry transformation in the region." commented Peter Krtschal, Head of HR Management at Raiffeisen-Landesbank Steiermark.

About Mentessa

Mentessa is a skills discovery platform that enables more knowledge sharing, learning and collaboration in hybrid organizations. The start-up from Munich has been committed to a silo-free corporate culture since 2019 by enabling employees to learn and work from and with one another. More than 5000 people use Mentessa in different organizations and communities to find a mentor, advance their career or share their experiences. In addition to prominent networks and the media, Mentessa was also recognized by NASDAQ for creating equal opportunity for all in the workplace. For more information, visit

About EIT Digital

EIT Digital is a leading European open innovation organization that brings together a partnership of over 350 leading corporations, SMEs, startups, universities, and research institutes. EIT Digital fosters digital technology innovation and entrepreneurial talent for economic growth and quality of life in Europe, helping business and entrepreneurs to be at the forefront  of digital innovation by providing them with technology, talent, and growth support. For more information, visit

About Raiffeisen-Landesbank Steiermark

With more than 70,000 corporate and private customers and a wide range of competence fields, Raiffeisen-Landesbank (RLB) Steiermark is the market leader in southern Austria and the central institution of the Raiffeisen Banking Group Styria. In times of increasing automation we remain true to our core values such as proximity, security and trust. As an IT-driven regional bank we offer our customers the best of both worlds: Digital banking and face to face advice. Our customers benefit from a high level of expertise, innovative solutions, and fast decisions. Around 1,000 employees and numerous company benefits make RLB Steiermark one of the most important and attractive employers in the region. We offer exciting career paths in various professional fields such as financial consulting, controlling, treasury, risk management, IT and more. For more information, visit

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