BIND 4.0 Open Innovation Platform Opens Eighth Call for Acceleration Program, Seeking Disruptive Startups

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The BIND 4.0 Open Innovation Platform has announced the opening of its eighth call for applications to its Acceleration Program, inviting disruptive startups to collaborate with 70 industry-leading partner companies on new innovation projects. The call, which will be open until September 8th, presents an opportunity for startups to develop cutting-edge solutions in collaboration with renowned companies, addressing the future needs of the industry in four key areas: Intelligent Industry/Advanced Manufacturing, Clean Energy and Sustainability, Health, and Food Technology.

Interested startups can apply to the eighth edition of the acceleration program by submitting their disruptive technologies and, for the first time this year, they can also apply to any of the 12 Use Cases proposed by the 70 partner companies of BIND 4.0. Each startup can select up to three Use Cases in their application, aligning with the specific needs of their businesses.

Disruptive technologies that can be presented include Connectivity and Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Immersive Technologies, Big Data, Cybersecurity, Robotics and Electronics, Hydrogen Generation, Computing, Additive Manufacturing (AM), Food Technologies, and Health Tech Solutions.

Participants in the BIND 4.0 Open Innovation and Acceleration Program will enjoy several benefits:

1. Immersion in the Industry 4.0 innovation ecosystem: Direct access to leading companies in the field and participation in networking activities.
2. Reference customer opportunity: Collaborate with one or more of the 70 top companies in the sector to develop innovative technologies and test their viability in the market. All participants will receive one or more paid contracts.
3. Expert advice: Each startup will be assigned a mentor specializing in business acceleration, market strategies, innovation, and entrepreneurship for personalized guidance.
4. No equity taken: Startups retain intellectual property rights and are not required to give up equity or pay fees to participate in this government-sponsored program.
5. Access to investors: BIND 4.0 operates a Venture Club, an investors club aligned with the accelerator’s specialization.
6. Funding sources, financial aid, and free workspace in the Business and Innovation Centers of the Basque Country.

Startups can submit their applications through the program’s website, www.bind40.com, until September 8th. BIND 4.0 is seeking startups from around the world with disruptive technological products and services. It is also required that the technological solution is already on the market or in its final stage of development and can add value to the corporate partner companies.

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