#FUNDINGCHAMPIONS OPPORTUNITIES 💸
1. AI4EU Call for Challenges - Looking for 13 Artificial Intelligence ‘Challenge Owners’! The AI4EU Platform has launched a Call for Challenges to select SMEs, Mid-Caps and large corporates to set a particular problem or challenge that would like to be solved with Artificial Intelligence technologies, besides getting 10,000€. The ‘Challenge Owners’ will work together in a 6-month Support Program with ‘Solutions Providers’ selected in two Open Calls for Solutions to develop two solutions per challenge. They will also get visibility in AI4EU digital channels, events and ambassadors. Apply before 26 January!
2. NGI Assure First Open Call - Supporting projects that design and engineer reusable building blocks for the Next Generation Internet! The selected projects will receive financial (up to 50,000€), technical and business support. Submit your proposal if you want to improve and further develop Distributed Ledger Technologies, advanced blockchain technologies and related enabling technologies. Apply before 1 February!
3. UFO First Call for Proposals - Seeking for Small Flying Objects collaborative projects! UFO (Innovation Boosted by Small Flying Objects) is looking collaborative projects (of 2 or more SMEs) to develop innovative products and services by integrating new embedded technology solutions in the Small Flying Objects (SFO) area i.e. Smallsats, Drones and High Altitude platform systems, to support the six targeted emerging industries: mobility, climate, blue growth, environment, finance & insurance, and digital & creative/gaming. Benefits include up to 60,000€. Apply before 18 February!
4. BOWI Widening Call for Developing Hubs - Supporting DIHs, SMEs, and Midcaps by facilitating the access to SAE and I4MS technologies! The Boosting Widening Digital Innovation Hubs (BOWI) has launched a call to select emerging DIHs from regions where these two technologies are underrepresented to collaborate with well-established DIHs (mature hubs). The beneficiaries will receive, on top of mentoring and other benefits, up to 100,000€ and will enter a 21-month support program. Apply before 1 March!
5. SMART4LL First CTTE Open Call - Searching for 4 Pathfinder Application Experiments! SMART4ALL’s first Open Call on Cross-Domain Technology Transfer Experiments (CTTE) is accepting proposals from applicants with a background in Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), and the Internet of Things (IoT) to submit proposals focusing on Low-Energy Computing Technologies (CLEC) in one of the following verticals: Digitised Transport, Digitised Environment, Digitised Agriculture and Digitised Anything. The benefits include up to 80,000€. Apply before 1 March!
6. RIMA Second Open Call - Boosting robotics for Inspection and Maintenance (I&M)! RIMA will support the development and deployment of I&M robotics applications with grants through one type of action: Robotics Innovation Experiment (RIE). RIEs consist of developing, testing, and validating the technical and economic viability of a robotics-based representative model or prototype system to be applied in ‘Target-Use Domain’ operational environment. RIEs may receive up to 150,000€. Apply before 17 March!
7. SMOOTH Market Pilot - Calling for micro-enterprises to help them become GDPR-compliant! The SMOOTH Platform supports small businesses becoming GDPR-compliant and improving their data management. Micro-enterprises and SMEs can quickly test if their data storage and management are compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation of the European Union. By joining this pilot, you will get a free assessment of your data processing, tailored suggestions on what you can improve and cut costs of storing data, legacy applications and inventory software both in silos and inconsistent formats. Register before 31 December!
8. eSSIF Lab Infrastructure-Oriented Open Call - Inviting innovators to populate the eSSIF-Lab Self-Sovereign Identity Framework! eSSIF-Lab is calling for internet innovators to develop technical enhancements and extensions of eSSIF-Lab's SSI Framework with up to €155,000. Applicants should be able to work in an agile way with regular communication and interaction with other participants in the eSSIF-Lab ecosystem, together developing the eSSIF-Lab Framework and testing the interoperability of delivered components. Apply before 4 January 2021!
9. SCORE Open Call - Hunting for champions startups in the sports-tech industry! FundingBox has teamed up with Real Madrid Next to launch an innovation programme that will scout around for scalable businesses, leading-edge technologies and resourceful entrepreneurs in the sports-tech industry. The key areas of this programme are: performance, audiovisual content, e-health, cybersecurity and technology, fan engagement and social. Benefits include equity-free funding, mentoring support, startup boost and global growth. A total of €4.5M will be distributed. Apply now!
17 December: I4MS Webinar: ‘I4MS Talk about the Digital Europe Programme’. Are you a manufacturing SME struggling to become digital or you found a particular solution but cannot afford all the equipment? Don't miss this I4MS webinar coordinated by TECNALIA to learn about Digital Europe Programme. When & Where? At 11:30 CET. Registration details right here.
18 December: ‘AI4EU – European AI Platform for united European AI Ecosystems’ and ‘All what you need to know about AI4EU Call for Challenges’ live presentations at the Innovation Capacity Track of the 5th Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF2020): ‘The Challenge of AI'. When & Where? At 18:05 CET. Registration details right here.
14 January: NGI Talk: ‘How is Digital Innovation Shaping the Post-Digital Era’. Today, digital innovation is at the heart of every organization. You need to digitize internal operations to do things better, faster, and cheaper, find new ways to engage users and bring new products and services to market. Join the NGI Ambassador Sam Butler to speak about this. When & Where? At 13:00 CET. Registration details right here.
26-27 January: EDIH - Gearing up towards European Digital Innovation Hubs. The first European Digital Innovation Hub (EDIH) conference will be virtual. It is jointly organised by the European Commission, Luxinnovation, the Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy and DIHNET, and will gather DIHs, designated EDIHs, regions and Member States, and various representatives of EEN, Clusters, SME associations, public sector organisations and vocational training institutes. More details right here.
IoT Tribe Space Endeavour is inviting students and academics active in tech, space tech, engineering, economics and business to join the second episode of the online meetup series. This is your chance to explore the steps which might take you to the third cohort of start-ups to be included in the IoT Tribe Space Endeavour Acceleration Programme (https://space.iottribe.org/)
Clear your schedule for November 18th (5PM-7PM EEST) and register for free here: shorturl.at/jlS48
In the second round we will be exploring practical case studies, good practices and examples from the industry on how innovation can be processed and implemented.
Take your chance to boost your career early on and stay ahead of the game.
Join the talks with international experts in the field of aerospace technologies, innovation, engineering and startup support confirmed for this session:
We are so excited to announce our Open Innovation Contest 11 event.
NTT DATA opens the selections to the most innovative companies to propose revolutionary solutions in the Information Technology field. The 2020 edition is addressed for the first time at the European level and it aims to promote the creation of new businesses at a global level, in rapidly growing sectors.
If you have a great solution to one of our challenges we are inviting you to subscribe to our virtual event.
Participating in this contest is the best way to ensure that your proposal will be heard by all partners, clients and group companies of NTT DATA. The goal is to reach a win-win-win situation for the registered companies, customers and us.
Please submit your registration until November 20th.
The online pitching event is scheduled for December 4th.Each pitching presentation will take up to 10 min.
How to join:
1. Make sure that you are registered on our platform to receive your token code
2. Review the challenges on NTT DATA Discovery and select the one that best matches your solution
3. Upload the solution proposal in pdf. format
4. We will review your solution and contact you
The participation is free of charge.
For more information or support in the registration process do not hesitate to contact us at +40731996257 or email@example.com
About Open Innovation Contest
Since 2014 our Open Innovation Contest pushes the boundaries of possibilities for technology and business. Annually we invite start-up companies with great ideas to enter Open Innovation.
Worldwide, regional contests are held in more than 15 cities, where the regional winners will be invited to present their pitch to a panel of judges for the Tokyo grand finale.
To develop innovative business together with NTT DATA, the ultimate grand champion contest winner will receive up to $100,000 USD to develop a proof of concept (POC) with NTT DATA clients in addition to receiving support of a dedicated team of consultants, technical specialists and business experts that will help you bring your start-up to the next level.
Between 22 and 24 of September will take place virtually the event EUROPEAN RESEARCH & INNOVATION (EU R&I) DAYS.
The EU R&I days brings together world leaders to debate and shape the future of research and innovation especially in this crucial year. The event follows an unprecedented global crisis. It also takes place just ahead of the launch of Horizon Europe – starting its next research and innovation programme in 2021 - and an enhanced European Research Area. The EU R&I days therefore will provide a unique chance to discuss how research and innovation will benefit the future of Europe and beyond
Is your SME (small and medium enterprise) providing digital technologies? Join the HUBCAP programme and we will help you with the process of finding new customers and selling your assets.
Within the HUBCAP project (www.hubcap.eu), coordinated by University of Aarhus, Dk, the OpenCall PULL #1.1 competition for SMEs was opened. Call PULL is looking for innovative European SMEs providing digital technologies in multiple application domains. Each PULL call provides a mini-grant of €1,000 to help individual SMEs integrate existing CPS (Cyber-Physical Systems) and MBD (Model-Based Design technology and tools in the HUBCAP collaboration platform. The asset integration is supported by the DIHs (Digital Innovation Hubs) through the participation in workshops. SMEs are invited to define the price structure for their assets and will thus benefit from exposure in the HUBCAP marketplace, as well as the opportunity to find new customers and participate in the subsequent EXPERIMENT and INNOVATE calls.
Information on financing possibilities of up to 55,000 euros for SMEs who want to develop an innovative idea.
There are types of experimental applications (AE) for which projects can be submitted
• UNIC partener: a company has the idea of an innovation, a clear vision on the market, needs technical support to validate the concept and partners with a DigiFed member (up to € 55k)
• TWIN: two companies are partners: the first aims at the idea of an innovation and the technical support is offered by the second company (up to 110k €, 55k € each).
Details can be found below at the address and in the attached document
On December 4, 2019, at the Kronwell Hotel in Brasov, the Regional Innovation Consortium (CRI) Center meeting took place. From the University of Lucian Blaga from Sibiu participated Mr. Prof.dr.ing. Adrian Florea - director of the HPI-ULBS Knowledge Transfer Center. The discussions within the CRI Center focused mainly on the implementation and monitoring of the Intelligent Specialization Strategy of the Center Region (RIS3) and financing models for innovation and the business environment during the current programming period, as well as between 2021-2027. During the meeting, the stage of implementation of RIS3 in the Center Region was presented and discussed - activities carried out, perspectives, correlation with national RIS3.
The agenda of the event included discussions between CRI members regarding the competitiveness of the Center Region from the perspective of the contribution of the field of research, development and innovation. The participants were invited to discuss, in the workshops, what are the development needs and directions of action needed to increase the contribution of innovation and smart specialization in the regional economy. The agenda and some of the presentations from the event are attached to this message.
The meeting ended with informing the participants that starting with January 2020, the ADR center will make a series of visits to partner universities in order to strengthen the collaboration and to identify concrete projects implemented using specific ROP operations.
On October 17th, in the Avram Iancu Aula from the Faculty of Letters and Arts of the Lucian Blaga University in Sibiu, Professor Ulrich Weinberg, director of the School of Design Thinking, Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam, Germany, held the opening speech at the 12th edition of the international conference "Engineering and Business Education" (ICEBE 2019) with the presentation "Design Thinking 4.0" - methods of applying the concept of Design Thinking in the development and implementation of innovative solutions for solving problems involving complex processes.
During his visit to Sibiu, Prof. Weinberg together with Prorector prof. Claudiu Kifor and prof. Adrian Florea, the director of the KTC HPI-ULBS inspected the work stage at the Design Thinking laboratory of ULBS being pleasantly surprised by the evolution of the works (completion of the first level) and assuring the Sibiu team with support from HPI Germany in order to complete the works, the training of the instructors and start of Design Thinking activities at ULBS.
Dear collegues, researchers and interested parties,
The BAK S3 (https://www.linkedin.com/company/27095580/) is delighted to announce the third Massive Open Online Course on Smart Specialisation Strategies starting 7 October 2019. We cordially invite you and the members of your organization to participate.
About the course
The course enrolment is free. The course offers an overview of the concept and methods to design and apply smart specialisation strategies. The lecturers and will use theories and case studies to explain the practice and implementation of a smart specialisation strategy. Hereby the MOOC is proud to present that among others Peter Berkowitz will inform the participants on the S3 lessons learned from the past and on new regulations. The subject of the course – smart specialisation – was originally developed by D. Foray (EPFL), P. David (Stanford) and B. Hall (Berkeley) within the framework of a European Commission Expert Group. Smart Specialisation has had an immense impact in Europe and then beyond after the European Council’s decision to adopt smart specialisation as an essential principle of European regional policies.
The smart specialisation concept involves both a general innovation policy concept and a method designed to operationalise this concept. This method enables regions to design a regional innovation policy, to encourage the emergence and growth of innovation microsystems in the selected sectors. It means identifying the unique characteristics and assets of each region and thus highlighting each region’s true competitive advantages and unique potential. However, smart specialisation requires a substantial amount of knowledge in order to be designed and successfully implemented. It is there, where our MOOC wants to set the focus. The goal is to stimulate enthusiasm for innovation in each of the participants regions, developing creative structures and finding out the most potential. Find more information in the attached documents.
On July 9th at the headquarters of the LBUS Learning Center, located in Sibiu, on Victoriei Blvd., no. 31, Prof.dr. Ulrich Weinberg, from HPI School of Design Thinking in Germany held the "Design Thinking: The Creative Power of Teams" workshop . In the workshop were described methods of application of the concept of Design Thinking in the development and implementation of innovative solutions for solving problems involving complex processes.
The concept of Design Thinking was first introduced worldwide at Stanford University in Palo Alto USA in 2005 and then implemented at the European level by the Hasso Plattner Institut Potsdam in Germany in 2007. The concept involves thinking of a new product by starting from the technical phase (technological feasibility) to the project phase, to the necessity and use by the company as well as to the economic viability. It is based on the creative power of teamwork, collaboration, innovation, interdisciplinarity. The implementation of this concept involves an iterative process based on the following states: understanding, observation, defining a point of view, conceiving, developing a prototype and testing
From 5th to 7th of July, the Engineering Faculty of "Lucian Blaga" University of Sibiu organized the 9th edition of the international conference "Manufacturing Science and Education - MSE 2019". During the conference Prof. Eng. Christoph MEINEL, Ph.D. CEO Hasso Plattner Institut Potsdam Germany, was invited and lectured on "Re-Imagine the Future in an Age of Digital Transformation" addressing current issues, challenges and possible solutions for digitization of the education system, company employees, from simple workers to managers, but also across the entire industrial sector
Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu supported the participation of the members of the Valak team from the "Octavian Goga" National College Sibiu and Quaternion team from the "Gheorghe Lazar" National College Sibiu to the final of the 2018 edition of the Zero Robotics High School Tournament organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in partnership with NASA, held on January 12, 2019, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
The administrative body of LBUS has approved the award of the gold medal to Mr. Hasso Plattner and to Prof. Christoph Meinel PhD, CEO HPI, for their major contribution in the development of the “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu, through the act of donation offered by the Foundation Hasso Plattner..
The ULBS Senate approved the Status of the HPI-ULBS Knowledge Transfer Center in its ordinary meeting on July 26, 2018, with ammendments to the Board of Directors’ Decision regarding its Name and Organigram
The Romanian Embassy in Berlin hosted on 19 July 2018 the signing ceremony of the agreement between the "Hasso Plattner" Institute and the "Lucian Blaga" University of Sibiu, through which the German institution donates 4.2 million euro to the Romanian university.
The project has been negotiated over the past two years by Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel - Director of the Hasso Plattner Institute and Professor Ioan Bondrea, the rector of ULBS, following an initiative and through the Embassy of Romania in Berlin and Ambassador Emil Hurezeanu
The donation is for the construction of laboratories and the development of research projects, as well as the scholarships of the Romanian students of the Hasso Plattner Institute.
At the ceremony was present the Romanian Minister of Education, Mr. Valentin Popa, authorized by the Brandenburg at the federal level and the Commissioner for International Relations, State Secretary Thomas Kralinski, members of the leadership of the two educational institutions.