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DigiFed launches Digital Challenge open call for startups and small medium enterprises

Posted 9 Jun 2021

On the Wednesday 09 June the DigiFed project will start to offer a new series of match funding opportunities that can help to accelerate access to advanced digital technology and solve real-world challenges. Through partnerships with medium and large enterprises, DigiFed launches the second round of the so called “Digital Challenge” – a call designed to foster partnerships between start-up and SMEs and medium to large Enterprises to prototype potential solutions in the field of Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) & Embedded Systems.

DigiFed and the “Digital Challenge Owners” will jointly offer grants of up to € 100k as well as technical and business support for the development of smart applications in Europe. Startups or small medium businesses that respond to the call will need to develop a customised solution to address the business challenge of the “Digital Challenge Owner”.

The first challenge is called “Next-generation conductivity sensors for predictive operation of water treatment” and is led by Acciona who is looking to establish an end-to-end digital wireless solution for measuring, reporting, and visualising the conductivity of each reverse osmosis membrane from the pressure vessels part of their desalination facilities. For the full details of the challenge click HERE.

The selected Startups and small medium businesses who respond to the Digital Challenge will have the opportunity to address real-world industry needs, adding a relevant use case to their unique value proposition. In addition, they will receive Innovation management support focusing on sustainable business development – to help their innovation get to the market via DigiFed and the Smart Anything Everywhere ecosystem.

More challenges will be announced in the coming days and weeks.

About DigiFed

Operating within the framework of the Smart Anything Everywhere Initiative, the EU funded project “Digital Innovation Hubs Federation For Large Scale adoption of digital technologies by European SMEs (DigiFed) seeks to boost the adoption of advanced digital technologies, or cyber-physical systems (CPS), by EU SMEs with a focus on non-digital businesses.

Through its multiple innovation pathways – Application Experiments, Digital Challenges and Generic Experiments; it helps applicants implement business plans for the sustainability of a federation of Digital Innovation Hubs designated by the European Commission, while also providing key support mechanisms for both individual companies and groups of SMEs to foster the introduction of digital technologies in their product-and-service offerings.