DigiFed launches Digital Challenge Open Call for Start-Ups and SMEs

The second DigiFed “Digital Challenge” Open call is targeted at European Start-Ups and SMEs that are seeking to provide digital solutions for specific business needs of medium to large enterprises.

On the  9th of June the DigiFed project will start to offer a new series of match funding opportunities that can help to accelerate access to advanced digital technology and solve real-world challenges. Through partnerships with medium and large enterprises, DigiFed launches the second round of the so called “Digital Challenge” –  a call designed to foster partnerships between start-up and SMEs and medium to large Enterprises to prototype potential solutions in the field of Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) & Embedded Systems.

DigiFed and the “Digital Challenge Owners” will jointly offer grants of up to € 100k as well as technical and business support for the development of smart applications in Europe. Start-Ups or SMEs that respond to the call will need to develop a customised solution to address the business challenge of the “Digital Challenge Owner”.

The first challenge is called “Next-generation conductivity sensors for predictive operation of water treatment” and is led by Acciona who is looking to establish an end-to-end digital wireless solution for measuring, reporting, and visualizing the conductivity of each reverse osmosis membrane from the pressure vessels part of their desalination facilities. For the full details of the challenge click HERE.

The second challenge is called ‘How can drones guarantee visual inspection in a confined, metallic, humid, and complex environment?’ and is led by EDF Hydro France who is looking to address one of its key challenges around hydraulic inspection, namely to improve its turbine inspection procedures, reducing time and costs whilst enhancing inspection quality and predictive maintenance. For the full details of the challenge click HERE.

The selected Start-ups and SMEs who respond to the Digital Challenge will have the opportunity to address real-world industry needs, adding a relevant use case to their unique value proposition. In addition, they will receive Innovation management support focusing on sustainable business development – to help their innovation get to the market via DigiFed and the Smart Anything Everywhere ecosystem.

About DigiFed

Operating within the framework of the Smart Anything Everywhere Initiative, the EU funded project “Digital Innovation Hubs Federation For Large Scale adoption of digital technologies by European SMEs (DigiFed) seeks to boost the adoption of advanced digital technologies, or cyber-physical systems (CPS), by EU SMEs with a focus on non-digital businesses.

Through its multiple innovation pathways – Application Experiments, Digital Challenges and Generic Experiments; it helps applicants implement business plans for the sustainability of a federation of Digital Innovation Hubs designated by the European Commission, while also providing key support mechanisms for both individual companies and groups of SMEs to foster the introduction of digital technologies in their product-and-service offerings.


Ana Gheorghe ana.gheorghe@digicatapult.org.uk

Info info@digifed.org

DigiFed Digital Challenge Open Call Coordinators I Digital Catapult