ACCELERATION LED BY
IMPACT GROWTH SMART MANUFACTURING
IMPACT Growth Smart Manufacturing is the new project from IMPACT Accelerator, one of the top ten accelerator programs in the world.
In partnership with MADE, we are looking to select growth-stage startups working to solve problems related to advanced intelligent manufacturing, human-centered manufacturing, product data and knowledge in product life cycle, collaborative and mobile product lifecycle management, cloud manufacturing, manufacturing as a service, product-service manufacturing ecosystem.
The startups that are selected for the program will receive €100,000 equity free — up to €250,000 for the best projects — as well as training and mentoring and the option to receive private investment from one of our partner investors and VCs, Kibo Ventures and Invesdor.
This acceleration program is powered by FIWARE, an open-source technology that is enabling a new generation of smarter applications which exploit large scale, real-time ‘context information’. Startups selected for IMPACT Growth are expected to make relevant use of FIWARE technologies.
Learn more about FIWARE here.
IMPACT Growth connects startups with mentors, top experts from all around the world. Each startup has its own Follow Up Mentor, who helps startups with all aspects of their business. Startups also can request mentoring sessions with specialists from fields such as strategy, digital marketing, legal, and more. Meet our mentors here.
Additionally, each vertical has a special partnership with an international corporation. Smart Manufacturing is partnering with MADE to offer startups specialized mentoring, commercial partners & further opportunities.
IMPACT acceleration kicks off with a week-long, face to face bootcamp taught by internationally renowned “teachers” (founders, investors, hackers). Startups also receive courses in subjects such as internationalization, founding strategy, growth hacking, and more.
Smart Manufacturing startups rely on technologies and concepts of value chain organization, which combines cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things and the Internet of Services. In the Smart Manufacturing factory, cyber-physical systems monitor physical processes, create a virtual copy of the physical world and make decentralised decisions. Through the Internet of Things, the systems communicate and cooperate with each other and with humans in real time. Via the Internet of Services, both internal and cross-organizational services are offered and used by participants of the value chain.
Start Manufacturing startups work to tackle issues such as advanced intelligent manufacturing, human-centered manufacturing, product data and knowledge in product life cycle, collaborative and mobile product lifecycle management, cloud manufacturing, manufacturing as a service, product-service manufacturing ecosystem.
The partner for this vertical is MADE. MADE – Manufacturing Academy of Denmark – will strengthen manufacturing in Denmark through research, innovation and education. Among its members are large and small companies, universities, academic institutions, advanced technology groups and other actors with an interest in promoting manufacturing through research, innovation and education. MADE will bring its experience and knowhow to help startups in the Smart Content sector succeed.
IMPACT Growth is designed for startups in the growth stage. The ideal startup:
- has a product already on the market
- already has initial investment
- has established partnerships with corporates or strategic partners
- is looking to open in new territories in the short term
- is looking for investment to grow the business
- is established in Europe or willing to open in Europe before entering the program
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