This week the Horizon 2020 ECOPOTENTIAL project launched an interesting photo exhibition in the premises of the European Parliament. The event was hosted by MEP Monika Hohlmeier who is the Vice-Chair of the Budget Committee, and Chair of the “Sky and Space” Intergroup at the European Parliament. Monika Hohlmeier and Kurt Vandhenberge, Director at the European Commission, gave inspiring opening speeches, where they insisted on the crucial importance of protected areas such as national and regional parks. These are a mainstay of biodiversity conservation, while also contributing to people’s livelihoods, particularly at the local level. Furthermore, they contribute to mitigate the impact of climate change: it has been estimated that the global network of protected areas stores at least 15% of terrestrial
From 26 to 28 February, 79 high-potential SME Instrument companies participated in Mobile World Congress (MWC) and 4YFN in Barcelona (Spain) thanks to the EIC Business acceleration services in collaboration with EEN-Acció. Twelve of them pitched their business ideas on mobile solutions to repsresentatives of big companies at a bespoke pitching contest. Lumen Research Limited, a company that uses eye tracking technology to optimize creative development and cross-channel media placement of advertising, won the pitching contest. The 2nd place went to Secure Secure Ltd, that presented a system to detect cybersecurity vulnerabilities. The 3rd place was given to SAT4M2M GmbH, for their system for industrial IoT data communication.
The Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum – Energy Efficiency Market Place gathered this year over 300 practitioners of finance for sustainable energy to share experiences in developing investment projects, and to inspire their peers to replicate such solutions in their own cities and regions. A total of 25 front runner projects and initiatives from all around Europe were showcased this year.
SOCLIMPACT is a new Horizon 2020 project, which joined the portfolio of those working on decarbonisation. It aims at modelling downscaled climate change effects and their socioeconomic impacts in European islands for 2030–2100. In the context of the EU Blue Economy sectors, it will assess corresponding decarbonisation and adaptation pathways. Furthermore, it will complement current available projections for Europe and nourish actual economic models with non-market assessment.
Close to 10,000 pupils, students and teachers are achieving reductions in their energy consumption from 15% to 30% thanks to the Green Awareness in Action (GAIA) project where youngsters are using digital technology to drive behavioural change.
Just like urban planning would do on land, maritime spatial planning caters for the economic, social and ecological development of a stretch of marine waters. It brings different sectors together and works across borders to ensure smart growth that preserves marine ecosystems.
As part of the new European Innovation Council pilot (EIC), the SME Instrument business acceleration services offers exclusive services providing investment, dissemination and networking opportunities for the companies participating in the programme. On 29-30 january a selected group of 30 SME Instrument top innovators had the opportunity to pitch their business cases, receive feedback and network with top managers of the global leader in aeronautics AIRBUS.
SME Instrument and Innovate UK are inviting you to pitch your service or product in the field of blockchain, insurtech & fintech to a hand-picked investor’s jury on 6 March 2018, in London.
Getting the first client is a landmark for any company, but signing for 75 million € with the first client is a real record for a start-up. After years of research, testing and certification, Greenrail has signed their first contract with an American company to license their sustainable railway sleepers that close the circular economy loop by using recycled plastic and end-of-life tyres as a material.
As part of the European Innovation Council pilot (EIC) Business acceleration services, the EIC SME Instrument continues to expand its exclusive services providing investment, dissemination and networking opportunities for the companies participating in the programme. The next event will take place in Hamburg (Germany) on 29th-30th January with global market leader in aeronautics AIRBUS hosting SME Instrument grantees for an exclusive and intensive Corporate Day.
IMPACT Connected Car, an acceleration programme funded by the European Union, closes its first call with over 218 applications coming from 41 countries, among which Spain, Poland, Italy and France take the lead.
The EU is the first touristic destination in the world and Europe’s rich maritime heritage offers huge opportunities for further sustainable coastal tourism. New companies successful in the “Nautical Routes of Europe” call kicked of their projects today.
Algal bloom may sound pleasant but in fact it kills aquatic life by consuming all the oxygen from the water, suffocating wildlife and seriously damaging our environment. Most of it is due to excess nutrients applied to the soil, including nitrates. SME Instrument-funded Hydrokemos has built a plant to purify nitrate-polluted water with clean-tech equipment in Borrassà, Spain. Once fully operational, the plant will produce drinkable water to the city of Borrassà, the first town to use this new technology. In 2017 Hydrokemos also received an extra investment of € 500.000 from Victòria Venture Capital to help their project skyrocket.
The FIESTA project set out to tackle both heating and cooling efficiency in households by setting up Energy Helpdesks at local level to deliver behavioural tips, low-cost measures, and investment support to families in Southern Europe.
A total of 262 small and medium-sized companies have been selected for funding under the latest round of Horizon 2020’s SME Instrument. The total amount to be distributed to the companies under both Phases of the programme is €114.237 million. With this funding, companies will be able to finance their innovation activities ranging from feasibility studies to market launch.
We expect our homes, offices, and public buildings to meet the building regulations put in place by our country to save energy and protect the environment. Modifications that take place during building construction leading to divergence from the design can result in significant discrepancies in energy performance ratings. Identifying these gaps and making recommendations are at the heart of the EU funded QUALICHeCk project.
As part of the SME Instrument Business Acceleration Services, global market leader in aeronautics, Airbus, is hosting SME Instrument grantees to a company day in Hamburg, Germany January 30, 2018. A limited number of hand-picked SME Instrument companies will have the opportunity to pitch and present their business cases and their ideas, network with Airbus product managers, research and technology scouts, procurement representatives and meet with affiliated companies.
The IMPACT Connected Car project will create through two open calls for project proposals a portfolio of 64 disruptors of the connected car industry.
Around two thirds of aviation accidents are caused by pilot errors who have to translate information from the control panel into a 3D environment. Aeroglass’ head-mounted display shows the information in the lenses and help pilots visualise the information in 3D in real-time in front of them. SME Instrument supported Aeroglass has been nominated for the Innovation Radar Prize! Get ready to support them by voting here!