Reference case – CERV

Reference Case: Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme (CERV) 

GDPR4CHLDRN: Sports associations and hobby clubs as gatekeepers providing practical tools to ensure children’s data protection 

Project description

The project will provide the SMEs with a very simple toolkit for assessing their data processing practice to achieve the following goals: 

  1. Ease the SME’s work needed to meet the GDPR requirements. 
  2. Produce complementary materials that simplify the currently available materials and tools even further 
  3. Decrease the number of complaints at the Data Protection Ombudsman’s Office (outcome of the better processing practices adopted by the SME’s). 
  4. Set the threshold to enter the DSM lower. 

This will strengthen the SMEs’ capabilities to ensure that their data-processing practice meet the GDPR requirements. This should also lead to fewer complaints from the data subjects to the Data

Protection Ombudsman. Simultaneously, it will provide an opportunity for the SMEs to enter easily on the digital market, because they can be confident that their practice is in line with the GDPR. 

Objectives

This project aims to reach the following target groups: 

13-17 year olds: 

  • Provide information in a form best digested by children when informed of data protection rights 
  • Produce easily understandable content of data protection for 13- 17 year olds. 
  • Improve understanding of the GDPR and data protection. 
  • Ensure that the children know their rights and can take action to protect their data. 

Parents of 13-17 year olds: 

  • Produce informational materials for parents 
  • Improve understanding of the GDPR and data protection. 
  • Improve understanding on how data protection affects children and how children can take action to protect their rights and data. 

Hobby clubs and associations, especially football and scouting, during the pilot phase: 

  • Produce concrete and practical guides and videos 
  • Produce an operations model for sports clubs that describes how data protection can be taken into account in practical club activities. This model will then be scaled to other associations and clubs during the last part of the project 
  • Produce digital “Data protection badges of excellence” for people active in different roles in the clubs 
  • Produce a set of self-assessment questionnaires for volunteers 
  • Produce informational materials for parents and children to be distributed through the clubs 
  • Pilot the icons, operations model and informational materials with four football clubs and a scout group 

National associations: 

  • Spread information of data protection to different sport clubs and other associations 
  • Scale the project results in Finland and in Europe 

Companies that produce services for sports clubs: 

  • Survey whether the companies need additional support 
  • Provide incentives to begin using icons to clarify how data protection is taken into account 

Participants

  1. Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, TSV (Coordinator)
  2. Finnish Information Society Development Centre, TIEKE

Key Figures

  • The total budget is 330 309€
  • The grant is 297 278€
  • The schedule is 2022-2023

Links

Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, TSV (Coordinator)

Reference case – EIT

Reference Case 1: EIT RawMaterials

Reference Case 1: EIT RawMaterials

MetalCirc: technology to neutralize waste ash and recover valuable materials for reuse

Innovation

Finnish innovator MetalCirc Oy has received a funding boost to produce an innovative material for antimicrobic, including anti-coronavirus, applications in surface coatings. The coating contains catalytic active metal oxide nanoparticles which have been proven effective against pathogens.

User Needs and Benefits

MetalCirc technology is a circular economy solution to recycle valuable metals obtained from waste and produce materials from the remaining material. The result is valuable and reusable materials and no more hazardous waste. MetalCirc technology has tremendous environmental value because the metals reused from the waste ashes reduce the need to mine from ore.

The technology represents a cost-effective, safe, and sustainable way to effectively destroy viruses (Sars-Cov-2 pathogens) and bacteria from large surfaces.

Project Goals and Results

The overall objectives of the project are:

  1. Boost technology development: Increasing the TRL to 7 (from TRL 6)
  2. Boost the development of solutions for new market opportunity in antiviral coatings
  3. Demonstrate coatings for two applications and carrying out SARS-CoV-2-capability testing
  4. Boost the business development to CRL 6 (from CRL 4)

Key Figures

  • The total budget is 198.000 €
  • The grant is 200.000 €
  • The schedule is 2020 – 2021 (6 months)

Links

MetalCirc

Reference Case 2: EIT RawMaterials

Reference Case 2: EIT RawMaterials

Tracegrow: Development of new trace nutrient products

Innovation

Finnish innovator Tracegrow Oy has received a funding boost to provide new micronutrient fertilizers made from suitable trace nutrients recycled from industrial wastestreams and to develop a recovery process for their reuse.

User Needs and Benefits

Tracegrow ecologically extracts zinc and manganese from black mass. The recycled and purified trace elements are safely recycled as ZM-Grow liquid micronutrient fertilizer, enabling higher crop yields.

Tracegrow fertilizer offers farmers a cost-efficient, ecological micronutrient that boosts yields, plant nutrition value, and profitability. It outperformed ‘market leader’ fertilizers in field tests in 7 countries.

The benefits are the recycling recovery rates of 90% to 99% for zinc, manganese, iron and potassium and significant reduction of CO2 emission because the process operates at a temperature of less than 100°C, compared to more than 1300° required by conventional smelting process.

Project Goals and Results

The overall objective of the project is to expand the fertilizer product portfolio and establish clear differential advantages for its fertilizer.

The following tasks will be performed during the project:

  1. Material flow R&D
  2. Chemical process development to raise recycling rate
  3. Validation and certification of new micronutrient fertilizers

Key Figures

  • The total budget is 212.000 €
  • The grant is 200.000 €
  • The schedule is 2020 – 2021 (6 months)

Links

Tracegrow

Reference case – Erasmus +

Reference Case: Erasmus+

EUYOUTH4HEALTH: Engaging European youth in promoting health prevention

Project Description

Coordinated by Avempace asbl, EUYOUTH4HEALTH aims to improve, enhance and enrich the training programmes that VET institutes and educators developed in the field of health promotion. By creating an innovative programme addressing unemployed people aged between 23 and 30 and targeting digital communication and marketing and development of partnerships with SMEs and public agencies working in the field of health prevention, the project will allow VET providers to transfer significant and relevant skills to the final beneficiaries (i.e., unemployed people) of their activities.

Project Objectives

The project wants to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Pave the way for a better integration of groups of unemployed people (aged between 23 and 30) in the today job market, by working together on a definition and validation of a CV addressing skills gap in digital communication and marketing strategies for health prevention.
  2. Increase and update knowledge of groups of unemployed people by providing them with a new set of skills very useful for the today job market, particularly in their cities and countries.
  3. Increase the interaction between VET providers, groups of unemployed people and SMEs and public agencies/companies working in the field of health prevention, by creating interaction occasions for them aimed to improve their practices and to communicate more and better with the wider public (i.e., citizens).

Participants

AVEMPACE (BE)

CESIE (IT)

IDEC (GR)

DIE BERATER (AU)

PRO ARBEIT (DE)

Key Figures

  • The total grant is 271.544 €
  • The schedule is 2019 – 2021

Links

EUYOUTH4HEALTH

Reference Case: Erasmus+ (Alliances for Innovation) 

Industry 4.0 Upskilling for SMEs (I4U)

Project description

The project aims to support the digital transition and Industry 4.0 skills upgrade for SMEs employees in labour intensive sectors such as engineering, mechanical, automotive, and manufacturing industries. 

The project will develop a digital learning platform and deliver modular, short cycled ICT trainings for SME employees to comply with the Industry 4.0 technology skills’ needs, such as augmented reality, automation, and robotics. It will bring together, in a number of national ecosystems, SMEs in labour intensive sectors with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Schools and High Education Institutions (HEIs). The objective will be to build capacity on relevant digital competences and develop easy-to-access ICT training concepts. 

Objectives

The project’s objectives are to set up:

  • One EU-wide digital training program delivered at workplaces to upskill and build capacity of SMEs employees to comply with Industry 4.0 requirements. The trainings will be made of 20 modular courses in a digital format which will be easy to adapt by each consortium partner for their own countries and context. 
  • One EU-wide digital learning platform to improve the knowledge transfer developed among consortium partners, other training providers and the general public and to keep the EU added value at its highest.
  • Four country-specific digital learning ecosystems, one per each partner country, to engage the local SMEs community, VETs and HEIs to exchange ideas, formats and concrete initiatives to upskill SMEs employees.

Participants

  1. Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency – Slovakia (Coordinator)
  2. Prios – Norway 
  3. Progress Consult – Hungary 
  4. Olemisen – Finland 
  5. Daugavpils Technical School – Latvia 
  6. University of Economics and Innovation – Poland 
  7. Şehit Özcan technical VET school – Turkey

Key Figures

  • The total budget is €2 Million
  • The grant is €1,5 Million
  • The schedule is 2022-2025

Links

Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency – Slovakia (Coordinator)

Reference case – Blue economy window

Reference Case: Blue Economy Window

Innovation

Finnish innovator AW-Energy Oy has received a funding boost to scale up the WaveFarm WaveRoller technology from stand-alone units to large wave farms generating 5-10 MW. WaveRoller is the world’s first certified and demonstrated commercial-scale wave energy converter unit. WaveFarm will be the first wave energy generation solution for large-scale energy production.

User Needs and Benefits

AW-Energy has developed, certified and demonstrated the WaveRoller, a wave energy conversion technology that can be scaled-up for multiple-MW wave farms. The WaveRoller is a device which is submerged to the sea bottom in a nearshore location, with a vertical panel that captures the movement of the waves, converting this energy into electrical power and transmitting it to onshore electricity grids.

Project Goals and Results

This project will prepare AW-Energy to deliver the world’s first large-scale WaveFarms. Two public energy companies in Sri Lanka and Indonesia stand ready as customers for pilot developments. These pilots will serve as models for additional WaveFarms with up to 500 MW capacity. The deployment process will become the blueprint for WaveFarm installations globally.

The specific objectives of the project are:

  1. Ensure the market readiness of WaveRoller WaveFarm technology by preparing an industrial process to deliver 5-10 MW WaveFarms.
  2. Facilitate the market uptake of wave energy by developing a scalable business and service model for WaveRoller WaveFarms.

Key Figures

  • The total budget is € 3.8M 
  • The grant is € 2.5M 
  • The schedule 2020 – 2023

Links

WaveRoller WaveFarm

Reference case – Eurostars

EIC Accelerator references

SuperDryer™: clean fiber drying system to reduce energy use and GHG emissions in paper production. 

Innovation

Finnish company TM Systems has received a funding boost to complete the development of SuperDryer™, a breakthrough fiber dryer with a patented closed heat and emissions recapture system. Its flash fluidized bed dryer uses low heat and recaptures 100% of it, saving 25% of energy compared to current systems. Its patented closed system recovers almost all vapour, compared to 40% in today’s best dryers. SuperDryer thoroughly cleans exhaust, reducing emissions by 100%. 

User Needs and Benefits

SuperDryer™ is a versatile drying system and a taylormade solution can be designed for any client and sized for all production capacities. TM Systems’ SuperDryer™ is suited for drying pulp and paper sludges, digested sludges, sewage sludges and other fibrous cakes and pastes and particulate solid materials such as pulp, sludge, wood chips, peat and biofuels and textile products.

The benefits of SuperDryer™ are high drying rates with zero emissions. It fits a compact installation and has slow costs of ownership. It ultimatelly turns wasteful reject flows into profit.

Project Goals and Results

The key objective of the project is to enable the SuperDryer™ technology to be deployed, tested, verified, and later certified and commercialised. As a result of the project’s pilot installations, SuperDryer™ will be manufactured at scale to meet commercialisation targets. 

SuperDryer will add capacity to Europe’s pulp recycling facilities, which are now struggling to process the 1.6M T of additional collected paper which can no longer be exported to China, India and Indonesia. Using SuperDryer, more players can enter the market, process pulp and export it as a high-grade pulp, which is in high demand. SuperDryer also disrupts the urban sludge market. It will enable wastewater treatment companies to turn toxic sludge into a valuable fertilizer or fuel and earn additional revenue. 

Links

TM Systems’ SuperDryer™

Reference case – EIC Accelerator

Reference Case: SME Instrument 2 by H2020

Reference Case: SME Instrument 2 by H2020

FS MARINE+: Hydrogen synthgas injection unit for ships to save fuel and cut emissions

Reference Case: SME Instrument 2 by H2020

Innovation

German cleantech innovator Fuelsave GmbH has received a funding boost to complete the development of FS MARINE+, that is the world’s first hydrogen-powered engine assistant unit for shipping vessels. The patented hydrogen generator produces a proprietary synthetic gas that is injected into a ship’s engines to significantly improve combustion efficiency.

User Needs and Benefits

The vital maritime transport sector is large and growing, but at the same time, it must reduce the ecological impact from its highly polluting heavy fuel, which contributes 2.2% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The European Commission (EC) has set a goal of reducing maritime CO2 emissions by 40% by 2050. 

Shipping companies are struggling to reduce fuel costs and to stay profitable. Fuel comprises 50-60% of all shipping industry expenses and maritime bunker fuel prices are rising quickly. Shipping companies must invest in energy efficiency measures, at a time when their financial capacity to do so is limited. In addition, diesel-powered marine engines suffer from very poor fuel efficiency due to their high operating temperatures and slow combustion. A significant proportion of energy produced is wasted due to inefficient engine operation.

FS MARINE+ technology has been proven to:

  • Reduce net fuel consumption by at least 10%.
  • Cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by at least 10%.
  • Cut nitrogen oxide (NOX) emissions by at least 50%.
  • Save at least 33% on engine maintenance costs

The customizable unit can be installed on any vessel and amortized within three years, making FS MARINE+ the most viable technology for improving the global shipping industry’s environmental and economic challenges.

Project Goals and Results

The project goal is to complete development and commercialize the FS MARINE+ technology for global markets. 

Key Figures

  • The total budget is 2.3 million €.
  • The grant is 1.6 million €
  • The schedule is 2018 – 2020.

Links

FuelSave GmbH

Reference Case: EIC Accelerator

Reference Case: EIC Accelerator

RePack: Reusable packaging as a service for e-commerce

Innovation

Finnish innovator Plan B From Outer Space Oy has received a funding boost to complete the development of RePack, a reusable packaging service and loyalty program for e-commerce, whereby delivery packages can be conveniently and easily returned, and then reused.

User Needs and Benefits

Online retail is on the rise in the EU but so is the amount of packaging thrown away. Only half of the packaging material is recycled. As a result, e-commerce packaging is unpacking a huge problem. 

RePack is delivered as a service, where webstores pay a cycle fee, covering the cost of the package and prepaid empty returns. Empty packaging is returned to a RePack hub, where packages are checked, cleaned and redistributed back to the webstores. RePack includes a support service, where end-users can be rewarded for taking part with vouchers, charity donations or deposits. 

RePack simply replaces single-use delivery packaging with a reusable and returnable solution. It is proven to work on pilot scale with over 50 web-stores in 14 countries and is a concrete solution to reduce packaging trash in e-commerce.

Project Goals and Results

The key objective of the project is to reduce the cost per delivery of the RePack sustainable solution from 2,0 eur to 0,50 eur to compete with current unsustainable alternatives. This is enabled through establishing a new returns channel and by scaling RePack to 100.000 weekly deliveries by fully automating all aspects of the service. 

The service is cost-effective and already tested on a small-scale in an operational environment. The project expects its RePack solution to replace single-use packaging all together.

Key Figures

  • The total budget is 1.7 million €
  • The grant is 1.2 million €
  • The schedule is 2019 – 2021

Links

RePack

Reference case – Horizon Europe

Reference Case: Horizon Europe

REPRODIVAC – next-generation vaccines and diagnostics to prevent livestock reproductive diseases of worldwide impact

Project description

The REPRODIVAC project will develop next-generation vaccines and diagnostics to prevent and control infectious reproductive diseases of livestock of worldwide impact.

It will also develop improved vaccines and diagnostics for endemic and zoonotic reproductive pathogens of livestock to strengthen the profitability of food animal systems, improve animal welfare, reduce antimicrobial usage in farming and protect public health, with a ‘One Health’ perspective.

Objectives

REPRODIVAC revolves around the following four main objectives:

  1. To genetically engineer a rationally attenuated B. suis vaccine and develop improved differential diagnostic tests to aid porcine brucellosis surveillance programs. 
  2. To develop novel viral vectored vaccines designed to elicit antibodies that broadly neutralise PRRSV and  an immunoassay to better measure PRRSV neutralising antibodies.
  3. To produce recombinant proteins to facilitate the identification and prioritisation of DIVA vaccine candidate Ags for Q fever and OEA, and companion diagnostic test.
  4. To refine the manufacture of a recently developed C. abortus subcellular chlamydial outer membrane complex (COMC) vaccine and its evaluation for commercialisation, and to produce a companion molecular diagnostic test.

Participants

  1. The Pirbright Institute (Coordinator)
  2. Moredun Research Institute     
  3. University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna
  4. Wageningen University & Research
  5. Agenzia Nazionale per le Nuove tecnologie, l’Energia e lo Sviluppo Economico Sostenibile     
  6. University of Lleida
  7. Consorci Centre D’estudis Porcins
  8. Ceva Animal Health
  9. Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut
  10. Centro De Investigacion Y Tecnologia Agroalimentaria De Aragón
  11. University of Navarra
  12. University of Murcia
  13. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  14. Grup de Sanejament Porcí
  15. CZ Veterinaria S.A.
  16. Global DX Ltd

Links

The Pirbright Institute (Coordinator)

Tips for Successful Fundraising in India

Tips for Successful Fundraising in India

Tips for Successful Fundraising in India

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About this episode

In this episode of Fundraising Without Borders we sit down with Harsh Deodhar, Partner at ah! Ventures, which is India’s largest fundraising platform for early stage startups. Harsh is also one of Innovation Manager fundraisers covering the Indian market.

Harsh explains that the key for successful fundraising involves a dedicated team, solid market potential, a flexible product/service and a track record of recurring revenues. He continues telling the difference between a pitch story and a pitch book and how he is assessing foreign startups’ potential to be investment-worthy and enter the Indian market. 

We close by asking Harsh what’s his best piece of advice for founders wishing to get involved with venture capital and pursue fundraising in India. 

Fundraising is synonymous to patience, persistence and focus. It is almost like a long elaborate game of chess, the smarter moves you place in making first impressions today, will help you close funding rounds faster tomorrow.

Harsh Deodhar

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