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Innovation network offering €25k for solutions to corporate challenges

A European open innovation network promoting collaboration on advanced technology between corporates and SMEs has launched its first challenges for SMEs to respond to by 1 March 2021.

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The ‘corporate challenges’ have been launched by PITCCH, a new platform which facilitates collaborative projects that match large companies seeking advanced technological solutions with SMEs or start-ups providing an innovative solution.

Through the initiative, which was launched in December 2020, technology centres and other innovation agencies act as intermediaries to broker projects and provide continuous support.

PITCCH focuses on the following sectors:

  • Digital Transformation
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture and bioeconomy
  • Health, demographic change and wellbeing
  • Smart, green and integrated transport
  • Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials.

The first seven ‘corporate challenges’ have now been launched online and are open to solution proposals from SMEs and start-ups up until 1 March. The challenges include:

  • Digital Technologies: Open Data systems for buildings (SPIE)
  • Advanced Manufacturing: Eye See Glasses - Remote Support (Aptiv)
  • Energy Technologies: Climate-friendly process steam (Siemens Energy)
  • Industrial Biotechnology: Bio-indole for gasoline octane (Repsol)
  • Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology: Plastic-free recyclable packaging (P&G)
  • Digital Technologies and Micro & Nanoelectronics: Smart Digital Transformer (EFACEC).

SMEs and start-ups selected from the first stage will then be invited to submit a full stage proposal. This will be followed by a PITCH Day, where the technology seeker will select the final solution provider for the project. Each collaborative project will have a duration of six months.

Successful SMEs and start-ups will receive €25,000 for the implementation of their solution and up to 40 hours free consultancy services from the PITCCH consortium.


For more information, sign up to the PITCCH platform.

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