On 29 September 2021, the DIGI-B-CUBE project held a 2-hour coaching workshop on the topic of the Horizon Europe programme and recommendations on the successful development of proposals. The workshop was moderated by the DIGIBCUBE partner SPI – Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação with the key expert Francisco Rocha, a senior specialist consultant at SPI.
After the introductory presentation, the fifteen participants and representatives of the European SMEs had a chance to learn more about the specificities of the programme and had a chance to clarify their doubts with the key expert. Within this process, participants demonstrated great interest in the EU funding opportunities and their successful approaches in getting funding to commence or continue with the development of their innovation projects.
The coaching session encouraged a thematic discussion on the topic of interest for SMEs and also helped SMEs learn more about eligibility and relevant calls for SMEs in Horizon Europe. Participants had the chance to learn more about tools and places to identify relevant calls, about the EIC Pathfinder challenges and the EIC Accelerator, amongst other topics.
The next learning opportunity will be on ‘Practical approach to patent search with free tool Espacenet’ on 12 October 2021 at 09:00 AM, CEST. The registration is open and free to anyone at 🔗 https://bit.ly/3CcUBMs
Event Organiser: Business Upper Austria Date: 12-10-2021
DIGIBCUBE partner, Business Upper Austria, is organizing an online workshop to introduce the patent searches with the database “Espacenet”. This workshop will let participants perform first own searches and will be informed about practical tips and proper search approaches for subsequent independent use in their field of activity. The workshop will be presented by Udo Gennari from Business Upper Austria.
DIGI-B-CUBE partner, SPI, is organising a workshop to promote and discuss funding opportunities for SMEs through Horizon Europe; the biggest ever research and innovation funding programme with a budget of 95 billion Euros. Do you want to find out more about European research funding? Then join this upcoming workshop.
📣 DIGI-B-CUBE is organizing a set of coaching workshops to broaden the knowledge of SMES in innovation related topics.
We invite innovative SMEs to join these workshops which will be conducted online by well-experienced experts from Austria, Belgium, Portugal and Spain.
All the workshops will be carried out in English and will be free of charge.
The upcoming workshops are as follows:
1. Funding opportunities in Europe & partners’ identification on September 29th, 2021. 2. Practical approach to patent search with free tool Espacenet on October 12th, 2021. 3. GDPR & Data Protection on November 16th, 2021. 4. How to manage an investment round: legal and financial aspects on December 2nd, 2021.
The project announced the results of the Open Call applications. 16 projects involving 38 SMEs will be funded.
The DIGI-B-CUBE consortium is glad to announce that the second round of voucher applications by SMEs was a full success. In total, 198 applications from a total of 450 unique SMEs were received in this second cut-off date (3rd February 2020). Applications were received from SMEs based in 35 countries, including all European Union member states and Horizon 2020 associated countries.
In line with the Open Call objectives, SMEs submitted 157 ideas for Customised Solution Innovation Voucher projects and 41 ideas for Prototyping Voucher projects. While the first ones foster cross-sectoral cooperation between SMEs to support joint development of a novel product or service based on an existing proven concept that addresses a digitalization challenge, the later aim at supporting the prototyping or conceptualising of a solution (e.g. with a proof of concept or feasibility study) for a digitalization challenge in the Medical Diagnostics and related value chains.
Detailed results corresponding to deadline 2 of the Open Call can be seen in the figure below.
The huge competition of good and excellent proposals required a strict selection of projects to be funded, based on the evaluation criteria defined in the voucher framework, involving both internal DIGI-B-CUBE reviewers as well as external experts.
In the next few months, 19 SMEs will be granted financial support to implement their Customised Solution Innovation Voucher projects with an overall budget of almost 1 Million Euros. In addition, 19 SMEs with an overall budget of 256 k€ will be financially supported by the DIGI-B-CUBE project to implement their Prototyping Voucher projects.
The full list of projects approved (including the companies involved and the countries of origin) can be found here:
The project team thanks all applicants that contributed to this success story with their participation.
About the project
DIGI-B-CUBE project, funded under the European Union´s Horizon 2020 Programme, aims to unlock the cross-sectoral collaborative potential of SMEs by combining novel Digital Technologies with the Bioimaging-Biosensing-Biobanking industries. The project will support development and delivery of new market sensitive disruptive technologies and key digital innovations to reconfigure patient-centred diagnostics towards a Health Economy 4.0.
The project offers direct financial support up to €60,000 per SME from relevant sectors including healthcare, medicine, biotech, biopharma, IT, robotics, automation, electronics, and nanotech. It supports digital innovations and solutions for the reconfiguration of the Medical Diagnostics and related value chains towards a Health Economy 4.0 with a special focus on Biobanking, Bioimaging, Biosensing and related industries.
The final deadline for Open Call applications was 3rd February
The DIGI-B-CUBE consortium concluded the final round of Open Call voucher applications. In total, 198 new applications were received in view of the second cut-off date (3rd February 2021, 17.00hrs CET).
The applications covered 35 countries covering Europe and Associated Countries. In line with the Open Call objectives, SMEs submitted 157 ideas for Customised Solution Innovation Voucher (CSIV) projects and 41 ideas for Prototyping Voucher (PV) projects. While the first ones foster cross-sectoral cooperation between SMEs to support joint development of a novel product or service based on an existing proven concept that addresses a digitalization challenge whereas The PV projects aim at supporting the prototyping or conceptualising of a solution (e.g., with a proof of concept or feasibility study) for a digitalisation challenge in the Medical Diagnostics and related value chains.
The project team thanks all applicants that contributed to the overall success of the Open Call. The results are scheduled to be announced on 10th March and the selected PV and CSIV projects will start by 31st March.
Are you working on developing novel digital technologies for better healthcare, or are you finding new ways to use technology within medical diagnostics? Are you interested in bilateral project partnerships? Or do you want to find out what are the funding opportunities for your company?
If so, find out how you might be able to receive funding from the DIGI-B-CUBE open call. A project can receive between € 60 000 and € 150 000 in grants, depending on the type of project.
This event will inform about specific funding opportunities under the DIGI-B-CUBE project and also other funding opportunities within Norway and EU and is a platform to match potential companies that would like to cooperate on a project.
When? Workshop: 10.00-12.30 CET 20 January 2021. B2B matchmaking sessions after the workshop (meetings must be booked via B2Match)
DIGI-B-CUBE – a EU funded Horizon 2020 project where Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the areas of Health & ICT can receive funding, innovation & technical support, and become part of a large pan-European network of forward-thinking companies and researchers within the health sector.
Sitting in home office? Take your lunch break during the workshop and get informed about:
The opportunities the DIGI-B-CUBE project, Innovation Norway & Research Council of can offer for the Health & ICT sector
Opportunities for international cooperation in the relevant sectors
Specific examples for potential collaboration projects
Bring new perspectives to research projects and, together with the health approach, provide comprehensive and very competitive solutions in the market.
What is a matchmaking event? A matchmaking event is essentially a meeting place for businesses. Here companies get the opportunity to meet with other companies for rather brief, rarely more than 20 minutes, 1-to-1 meetings to discuss potential projects and assess if their goals are compatible. It is often compared to speed-dating, but for companies.
In a short amount of time you get to explore whether the two of you have overlapping project interests and might benefit from talking further about potential cooperation. The great thing about a matchmaking is that each meeting is long enough to explore the important topics, but short enough that you have not invested a lot of your time if you realise that you are not compatible.
Why should I attend a matchmaking? Innovating is a challenging endeavour – it takes time, resources and dedication. But innovation is also the way to solve the challenges of tomorrow, and to stay competitive. Facilitating partnerships for a more competitive and innovative Europe is the main goal for our matchmaking events. In these events, we seek to facilitate a meeting place where European companies with innovative ideas can meet and discuss how they can cooperate across borders to create successful projects.
Do you have an idea or a plan that will innovate a product, service or technology? And will it, as a result, boost your own competitiveness? Will it, in addition, help solve societal and environmental challenges? Then the EEA and Norway Grants matchmakings is an event you cannot miss – here you can meet potential partner companies from various European countries, all seeking to innovate and solving the challenges of today and tomorrow.
How is a digital matchmaking different? A digital matchmaking, also known as a virtual matchmaking, works the same way as a physical matchmaking. The purpose is for the attending companies to identify and meet potential cooperation partners. The only difference is that instead of having to travel to the location, you can do it from the comfort of your own home or office.
This indicates both challenges and opportunities. When an event is not physical, you don’t get to mingle and establish connections face to face. But there are instead new opportunities:
The barrier of entry is almost completely removed. We know that it can be hard to take a day out of your busy schedule to attend an event, no matter how interesting it might be. Hence, we plan our digital matchmakings to be effective and concise. We rarely want it to last for more than an hour.
Because the event is more concise, more will be left up to you. The quality of the event will increase the more time you spend creating a good profile, assessing the other participants and evaluating what you would like to get out of a meeting.
Are you convinced?
Digital matchmakings are, above all, flexible – they are designed to be as user-friendly as possible. Hence, you can trust that the event will be designed with the participant in mind. Have a look at the event agenda on the top of the page.
How do I fill out the profile?
The profile is the principal way that you present yourself to the other participants. We therefore want you to cover a few key topics:
1) Registration Register via the green “Register now” button
2) Create your profile When you fill out your profile, there will be specific mandatory boxes you need to fill out. These are:
What is your project plan / idea for innovation? This ensures that you and your meeting partner have similar ideas for a project.
What do you need for your potential partner to provide? Competence, research, technology, etc.? This ensures that you are talking to a potential partner which can actually provide you with what you need.
What will you provide to a potential partner? This ensure that other companies know what you can provide them with.
By covering these points you will increase the chance of generating more and better meeting requests.
3) Browse profiles of attendees
Find other participants by entering ‘Participants’ and identify the companies which ideas or plans meet your needs.
4) Send & receive meeting requests
When you’ve identified the company you would like to meet 1-on-1, send them a meeting request.
Incoming meeting requests have to be accepted to be scheduled – so make sure to reply when you get one.
Adding a meaningful remark why you are interested in a meeting will increase the chance that your request will be accepted.
TIP: Download the “b2match” mobile app (iOS/Android) to * get access to your meeting schedule on your mobile phone
In this matchmaking event participant SMEs of the INAH project will have the opportunity to present their work in developing a better structure, security, medical knowledge, tools and privacy-by-design to health data access of the Walloon region for research purposes.
DIGI-B-CUBE project partners Business Upper Austria (Biz-up) & SECPHO are organising an online matchmaking event to present and discuss innovative ideas in order to adapt digital solutions for improving healthcare.
DIGI-B-CUBE project partner Cluster for Individualized ImmuneIntervention (Ci3) is organising a matchmaking webinar to present and discuss innovative ideas to adapt digital solutions for improving healthcare.
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