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Innovative mobile e-government applications by SMEs

Deadline: 16/12/2015 Number: INSO-9-2015
The scope of this call is to provide support to innovative SMEs, including start-ups, for the design and creation of innovative applications, in order to foster the delivery of mobile public services. Specific Challenge: Current societal and economic challenges as well as rising expectations to reduce the burden on users, put pressure on all public administrations to provide efficient, open and citizen-centric public services. Due to the increased use of mobile technology as well as the increasing availability of public information, data and online services, public services can be transformed. Coupling open public data and services with information and services offered by the private sector can lead to innovative, user-friendly and personalised services that can be accessed easily. Because of their size, knowledge and agility, SMEs are key actors for the provision of those innovative services. The “apps” market for mobile devices is a very dynamic market, which mostly lacks application specifically for the public sector. Engaging SMEs into the potentially huge public sector innovation market is a challenge for local and regional public authorities. The scope of this action is to provide support to innovative SMEs, including start-ups, for the design and creation of innovative applications, in order to foster the delivery of mobile public services. The aim is to help the interaction of citizens and businesses with public administrations. This may be done through the combination of public and private sector services, through mobile technologies. Although they may be first piloted in a local context – with the involvement of public administrations and end users – the solutions need to ensure replicability, also taking into account multi-lingualism and, where necessary, the cross-border dimension. Scalability and sustainability issues are to be considered.

Supporting SMEs efforts for the development – deployment and market replication of innovative solutions for blue growth

Deadline: 17/12/2014 Number: BG-12-2014
The results of this call will enhance access to finance for SMEs for the development of innovative maritime economic activities Specific challenge: The potential of Europe’s Oceans, seas and coasts is significant for job and growth creation if the appropriate investments in research and innovation are made. SMEs contribution to the development of the ‘Blue Growth Strategy’ (COM (2012) 494) can be significant in particular in the fields of marine biotechnology (related applications, key tools and technologies) as well as aquaculture related marine technologies and services. However, SMEs lack access to finance to develop their activities and the economic and financial crisis has made access to finance even more difficult. This is particularly true in the previously mentioned maritime sectors, where access to finance for SMEs is considered as one of the most important barriers for the development of innovative maritime economic activities[1] . Scope: The SME instrument consists of three separate phases and a coaching and mentoring service for beneficiaries. Participants can apply to phase 1 with a view to applying to phase 2 at a later date, or directly to phase 2.

Energy system

Deadline:  17/12/2014 Number:  SIE-01-2014-1
The SME instrument consists of three phases (i: feasibility study; ii: support for innovation projects and iii: indirect support measures and services) and a coaching and mentoring service for beneficiaries. Specific Challenge: SMEs play a crucial role in developing resource-efficient, cost-effective and affordable technology solutions to decarbonise and make more efficient the energy system in a sustainable way. They are expected to strongly contribute to all challenges outlined in the legal base of the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge ‘Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy’[1] , in particular with regard to
  • Reducing energy consumption and carbon footprint by smart and sustainable use (including energy-efficient products and services as well as ‘Smart Cities and Communities’),
  • Low-cost, low-carbon electricity supply (including renewable energy as well as CCS and re-use),
  • Alternative fuels and mobile energy sources,
  • A single, smart European electricity grid,
  • New knowledge and technologies, and
  • Robust decision making and public engagement.
Scope:The SME instrument consists of three separate phases and a coaching and mentoring service for beneficiaries. Participants can apply to phase 1 with a view to applying to phase 2 at a later date, or directly to phase 2.

ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs

Deadline: 09/12/2014 Number: FoF-09-2015
Emerging innovative ICT technologies and processes need to be customized, integrated, tested and validated in order to strengthen European SMEs. Specific Challenge: For Europe’s competitiveness in manufacturing, it is crucial that advances in ICT are taken up in engineering and manufacturing “at large” as soon as they have the appropriate maturity level. Two types of innovation experiments are supported: Driven by the requirements of first-time users, Application Experiments bring together all actors of the value chain and experts necessary to equip new users with novel products or services and assist them in customising and applying these in their respective environments. In Equipment Assessment Experiments, suppliers of innovative high-tech equipment install and assess their prototypes or products in production-like environments and validate them in a manufacturing line or in an industrial environment that is very close to manufacturing conditions. Activities are expected to be clustered in larger projects to achieve critical mass and to better exploit EU-added value. Common tasks include: targeted dissemination; management of calls for new actions; exploitation of synergies across actions. The action may involve financial support to third parties. The consortium will define the selection process of additional users and suppliers running the experiments for which financial support will be granted (typically in the order of EUR 50 000 – 150 000 per party).  Maximum 50% of the EU funding should be allocated to this purpose.
  1. Three areas of technologies are targeted for the Innovation actions::
–        Highly flexible and near-autonomous robotics systems (application experiments). –        HPC Cloud-based modeling, simulation and analytics services for modeling multiple interconnected phenomena; –        Integration of Cyber-Physical-System modules in manufacturing processes and process chains.

Startup weekend Sarajevo AUG 29 2014

This is your chance to pitch an idea, work in multidisciplinary teams and present your work not only to the judges but possibly to the whole world in just 54-hours! Designers, developers, marketers, business enthusiasts and just enthusiasts should register now for a weekend filled business model creation, coding, designing and market validation. Whether you launch a startup, find a cofounder, meet like-minded people, learn a new skill, you will have a head-start in the startup world. Join us for a weekend you’ll never forget. And just a reminder – Startup Weekend Sarajevo is held completely in English. So be ready to share your business ideas, innovative new tech creations and impressive designs in English.


Aug 29
  • 6:30pm Registration Starts
  • 7:00pm Dinner & Networking
  • 7:20pm Welcome & Speakers
  • 7:30pm Pitches Start
  • 9:00pm Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • 9:15pm Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • 10:00pm Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Aug 30
  • 9:00am Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • 9:30am Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • 12:00pm Lunch
  • 1:00pm Call for needs & skills
  • 2:00pm Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • 6:30pm Dinner
  • 7:30pm Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • 10:00pm Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Aug 31
  • 9:00am Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • 10:00am Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • 12:00pm Lunch
  • 12:30pm Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • 3:00pm Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • 4:00pm Dinner
  • 7:30pm Judging & awards
  • 8:30pm Wrapup
  • 9:00pm Go home!

Business in Horizon 2020: the SME Instrument in detail

Business in Horizon 2020: the SME Instrument in detail 24-25 July 2014 Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium Registration is open until 22 July! COURSE OVERVIEW: A unique opportunity for your SME to learn how to effectively prepare top quality proposals under Horizon 2020′s SME Instrument, both for Phase 1 and Phase 2, and get ready to thrive through commercialisation of your product/technology/process/service in Phase 3! The SME instrument is a Horizon 2020′s funding scheme that is open for two years, mainly 2014 and 2015, with different cut-off dates for submission of applications. Many doors are open for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises from EU countries and Associated countries from several sectors: ICT, Biotechnology, Eco-Innovation, Health, Energy, Social Innovation, Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing, Food processing, Blue Growth (marine and maritime sector), Transport, Space, etc. INCLUDED IN THE COURSE: Training material Refreshments and coffee breaks Lunch at the venue Certificate of training WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE? Professionals from SMEs, micro enterprises, small and medium consultancies, business support organizations, innovation agencies, chambers of commerce, entrepreneurship-friendly organisations,  etc. Professionals from the business sector who have been participating in FP7 and/or CIP projects Professionals from the business sector who intend to participate in Horizon 2020, especially the SME Instrument Professionals from the business sector who would like to improve their project development and business planning skills to increase their chances of submitting a winning SME-friendly proposal (commercial plan) Full details will be sent after your registration. PRICE: 695€ (excl. 21% Belgian VAT)

International Conference on IoT as a Service

International Conference on IoT as a Service October 27-29, 2014, Rome, Italy The “IoT as a Service” conference is meant to bring together researchers and practitioners, from academia and from the industry, being it large Telcos and service providers, or SMEs who are interested in creating IoT based value added services. The main aim is to present existing, evolving, or novel ideas, exchange points of view, and foster discussions and future collaborations between different stakeholders. Papers are welcomed representing the point of view of middleware and platform providers, smart object providers, application developers, as well as researchers. The “IoT as a Service” conference is seeking original research and industrial papers on the confluence of IoT and advanced delivery models. NEWS
  • Submission is now open (extended deadline is June 30th)
  • Dr. Aleardo Furlani, Founder and major shareholder of INNOVA®, is the First confirmed Keynote Speaker:
  • The event is endorsed by the European Alliance for Innovation, a leading community-based organization devoted to the advancement of innovation in the field of ICT and will be co-located with the IOT360 Summit;
  • Participation in this event will give attendees the unique opportunity to be exposed to all technical scientific aspects of IoT related topic areas at co-located conferences, as well as be able to have full access to the IoT market place and business aspects in practice at the IOT 360 Summit.
All accepted papers will be published by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library, one of the world’s largest scientific libraries. Best papers will be invited to publish also in the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Cloud Systems.

Signed Agreement for participation of Montenegro in COSME 2014-2020

In Brussels on 25th of June was signed an agreement between the European Union and Montenegro on the participation in the Competitiveness of enterprises and SMEs, COSME for the period 2014 – 2020. Given the importance of SMEs for the Montenegrin economy, for Montenegro, the participation in projects within the program COSME, will be of great significance in terms of further strengthening the competitiveness and growth and development of small and medium-sized enterprises.

Summer School of Technological Entrepreneurship in Pančevo

Summer School of Technological Entrepreneurship, called “Startup Supermarket”, organized by the Association of Citizens Connecting people, will be held from 14 to 17 August in Čardak (40km from Pančevo). During four intensive days, participants will have the opportunity to learn what it takes to run your own business. Speakers will share with participants the knowledge on how to choose the right idea, how to form a winning team, to develop and sell a product, how to find appropriate investors and to get the necessary funds, and how their entrepreneurial ideas implemented. Applications Summer School of Technological Entrepreneurship is intended for all those who are thinking about starting their own business under the age of 30 years. Competition for the participants of the first summer school of technological entrepreneurship will be open from Wednesday, June 18, to July 15. Space is limited, and priority in the selection of those who will have worked out the idea. Applications can be made on the official website of the Summer School of technological entrepreneurship, the following link.