NEPTUNE Blue Growth accelerator supports the emergence of innovative solutions
The overall objective is to develop new cross-sectoral and cross-border industrial value-chains led by SMEs to foster the development of three key aspects for the Blue Growth industries in Europe and beyond: (1) the water management in urban and rural environment, (2) the fluvial and maritime transport and port logistics; (3) and the environment and renewable marine energy. This development will be allowed by the integration of new technologies and know-how between Water, Aerospace, ICT and Agriculture cluster actors/industries.
To reach this objective, the NEPTUNE accelerator is designed around 2 main concepts:
Entrepreneurship and innovation support toolbox to leverage the innovation potential of SMEs
A mix of measures to directly support SMEs cross-sectoral product or service for Blue Growth with a complete coaching, mentoring and voucher system:
· Up to € 60,000 grant (incubation and entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property, Scalability and internationalization, large scale demonstrator, etc.)
· Support services provided by the NEPTUNE accelerator partners (business model development, search of funding opportunities, etc.)
· Launch of calls for expressions of interest in November 2016 with two cut-off dates: February and August 2017
NEPTUNE will receive €4,1 million grant from the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 framework programme of which 75% will be dedicated to the direct support of SMEs either through vouchers (2,68M€) or services provided by NEPTUNE accelerator partners (550K€). NEPTUNE expects to support at least 100 European SMEs for the development of 40 new innovative solutions from the company creation to the reinforcement of the SMEs beneficiaries.
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8 Innovative clusters and 2 cluster and entrepreneurship support organisations : Aerospace Valley (France), Agence de Développement et d’Innovation Aquitaine Limousin Poitou-Charentes (France) Corallia Clusters Initiative/Research Center Athena (Greece), Fundació Eurecat (Spain), Asociación Clúster de Movilidad y Logística de Euskadi (Spain), Agentia de Dezvoltare Regionala Nord-Vest / North-West Regional Development Agency (Romania), Fondazione Parco Tecnologico Padano (Italy), Pôle Mer Méditerrnée (France), Polish Space Industry Association (Poland), WIN - Water Innovation Accelerator (Sweden).
1 Engineer School and reseach center : Ecole Supérieure des Technologies Industrielles Avancées (France).
1 Consultant Company: INNO TSD (France).
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- July 07, 2016