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Follow the IMPACT Connected Car journey

Take a peek into IMPACT Connected Car’s second batch of acceleration

First Lublin, then Madrid… What’s next for IMPACT Connected Car startups?

IMPACT Connected Car wrapped up its second and final call in October with the participation of over 200 startups and SMEs from 39 countries. In February, 24 projects were chosen to enter the three-stage acceleration program. A month later, these selected startups traveled to Madrid to participate in the IMPACT Connected Car Digital Bootcamp, a week-long event that gathered startups, consortium partners, superstars from previous IMPACT programs, and experts from all around the globe.

First stop... Lublin

The program kicked off in February with a three-day Disruptive Bootcamp held in the Polish city of Lublin, and organized by LPNT, one of the partner organizations in charge of connecting IMPACT Connected Car startups to the ecosystem at large.

In total, 37 pre-selected startups from among over 200 applicants attended the bootcamp,  where they participated in various training sessions and workshops, and had the chance to meet with consortium partners for the first time. The event concluded with a jury day. You know the drill: founders pitched in front of a jury composed of representatives from IMPACT Connected Car partners, and at the end of the day 24 startups were selected to enter the second phase of the program, a two-month acceleration led by ISDI and CTAG.

Selected startups and consortium partners take a group photo at the end of Disruptive Bootcamp.


Here’s a list of the 24 startups selected to participate in IMPACT Connected Car’s second batch of acceleration. Check them out!

  • 25ways (Germany): A provider-independent mobility platform that encourages behavioral changes towards sustainable mobility options.
  • 2hire (Italy): 2hire’s technology acts as a gateway enabling the interaction and both standard parameters and non-standard parameters reading.
  • Anadue (Ireland): An analytics platform to help Connected Car Service Providers to maximize the value of their real-time data.
  • Ainomaly (Sweden): RoboTest enables software developers to deliver high quality code quickly.
  • BeNomad (France): A navigation software tailored to helping companies manage their mobile resources as effectively as possible.
  • Better World (France): Better World collects feedback from customers, analyzes the data and shares it with car-making businesses.
  • Capricode (Finland): Cyber security of connected vehicles in form of automated updates and configurations.
  • Discoperi (Spain): Discoperi develops System Eye, able to prevent roads accidents and monetize automotive data, thanks to its built Discoperi Blockchain Protocol.
  • Drive Buddy (Turkey): Drive Buddy is a mobile solution that analyzes driver’s driving habits and detects car accidents by just using sensors on the smartphones.
  • Drivvisor (Spain): An app-based driving monitoring system that uses the front camera of a smartphone to perform driver distraction and fatigue detection while driving.
  • Eiver (France): Eiver is based on Al algorithms and big data analytics, and has been designed to improve the user’s driving performance and inspired by popular health and wellness quantified self applications.
  • Go To-U (Ukraine): An app for drivers to book the charging EV station at the most convenient time.
  • Journify (Spain): A carpooling app for daily commutes, such as going to work or to school.
  • Letos (UK / Germany): Real-time monitoring of a person’s heart and respiration rates, all without coming in direct contact with the person under test.
  • Make My Day (Israel): A car software system that uses a unique algorithm and big data to provide the optimal route.
  • Mappo (Israel): A geo-culture content layer created by an algorithm.The geo-culture content combined of texts, music, TV and AR.
  • Micocar (Spain): An app to save 10% to 50% on all taxi rides. An efficient marketplace where ride prices are calculated according to supply and demand.
  • Newport IMS (France): A vocal companion providing in-car mobility services and products.
  • Ozone Drive (Spain): A tech-based EV car-sharing solutions to address the zero-emissions mobility challenges as an optimized way of transportation.
  • Parquery (Switzerland): Parquery analyzes images from any camera to detect objects and provide parking managers with real-time answers.
  • Safemode (Israel): SafeMode profiles driver behaviour using Big Data & AI algorithms based on behavioral economics techniques.
  • Secmotic Innovation (Spain): An awareness and safety system for work zone invasion that increases safety and controls accessibility in temporary working areas of roads.
  • X-Motion (France): An app that leverages artificial intelligence and smartphone sensors to provide predictive analytics for driving behaviour and vehicle management.
  • Zify (France): A carpool service that has become an alternative to pre-existing mobility networks.

Second stop... Madrid

In March, the 24 selected startups traveled all the way to the Spanish capital to take part in the Digital Bootcamp. The event was held at ISDI, the leading digital business school in Spain, and the partner organization in charge of leading business coaching in IMPACT Connected Car.

The first day was a chance for startups to learn more about the acceleration process and for the IMPACT Connected Car partners to learn more about the startups’ needs. As a result, the event began with partner introductions and live product demos where founders had the chance to show what their startups actually do.

Elisabetta Mari, COO of 2hire, presents her startup’s product.

The day closed with an inspirational talk by Talal Benjelloun, CEO and co-founder of Glamping Hub, a startup previously accelerated by IMPACT, that was followed by a networking cocktail, where founders got to meet their peers and chat with consortium partners. As much as we believe in the benefits of remote work, this type of face-to-face activities are also essential to startups’ success in the program.

Startups snap a photo during the post-Welcome Day networking drinks.

The following days were packed of classes and workshops led by experienced professional from all around the world with multinational, consultancy or entrepreneurship experience. In the evenings, startups were given the opportunity to meet privately with specific consortium members in order to get to know each other better, discuss next steps in the program, and ask for help and support if needed. Startups got to meet with the coordinator of the program (FundingBox), the business coaching leaders (ISDI), some of the technical coaching providers (CTAG and AUTOKLASTR) and corporate partners (Ferrovial Servicios, PSA Groupe and FIA).

Founders having one-to-one meetings with consortium partners.

Next stop...

All 24 selected startups are now well into the second stage of the program, during which startups receive customized mentoring from top experts in the mobility and business sectors, as well as technical coaching. At the end of this two-month period, only 18 companies will be selected to remain in the program. These startups will then enter the third and last stage of acceleration, which will last four months and will include two new features: funding coaching (led by FundingBox) and corporate guidance to foster startup-corporate collaboration (led by Ferrovial Servicios). Startups will also have access to an international network of mentors, founders and investors with expertise in the digital sector and the automotive industry, and will have the opportunity to showcase their companies at top international events organized by 4YFN and Mobile World Capital Barcelona.


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Digital Bootcamp: an inside look

Digital bootcamp is the week-long event that kicks off IMPACT Connected Car's acceleration

But what, exactly, does that mean?

Digital Bootcamp is part of the acceleration process designed for the startups in IMPACT Connected Car, the automotive and mobility-focused vertical of IMPACT Accelerator. Normally it’s an exclusive, invitation-only event, but in this post, we’re throwing open the doors to give you a glimpse of what goes on. If you’re inspired, apply to IMPACT Connected Car (before October 18th, 2018) and who knows? You might find yourself taking part in the next Digital Bootcamp.

What is a Digital Bootcamp?

Digital Bootcamp kicks off the acceleration program. It’s a week-long event that brings the newly-selected startups together with mentors, IMPACT Connected Car partners, digital experts from top organizations, and star entrepreneurs from all over the world. Each day is packed with intensive classes and seminars from experts. Not only do startups learn a lot, but it’s the first chance for them to get to know each other, so there’s also plenty of time for networking – and fun.

The first Digital Bootcamp took place at ISDI’s headquarters in Madrid and was attended by the fourteen startups that comprised IMPACT Connected Car’s first batch. The startups came from all over Europe, including The Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Italy, and more.

A startup founder gives his product demo pitch.
(Photo from April 2018.)

Representatives from IMPACT Connected Car’s partners were also present. There are 17 partners in total:

Welcome Day

Digital Bootcamp starts with a grand Welcome Day. In the morning, startups meet the partners and hear about the acceleration program to come, what’s expected of them, and what they will learn.

Mentors play a key role at the event, as they do throughout the mentoring process. At IMPACT Accelerator, each selected startup is paired with a “follow up mentor,” an expert custom-matched for the startup’s needs. Mentors come from well-known organizations such as Google, Tesla, and more. This mentor will meet regularly with the startup and, over time, forge a positive relationship with the startup team that will help the company grow.

Startups and mentors meet each other for the first time on Welcome Day in a mentor unveiling ceremony, one of the more dramatic moments of the day.

In the afternoon, startups give their pitches but with a product demo twist. The focus isn’t on trying to “sell” their startup — they’ve already been selected for the program, after all — but rather to demonstrate what, exactly, their startup does. Gone are the PowerPoint presentations and market projections. Instead, startups show off dashboards, give live demonstrations, and reveal the day-to-day of their product.

Towards the end of the day, an exclusive keynote speaker addresses the startups, offering advice and valuable insights. The keynote speaker for the first IMPACT Connected Car Digital Bootcamp was Soujanya Bhumkar, former VP of Global Partnerships and founder of Cooliris.

Finally, the day ends with an informal drink and a chance to network.

It was an honor to have Andy Stalman, author of BrandOffOn, as a speaker at the Digital Bootcamp.

Roll up your sleeves

The rest of the week is devoted to an intensive schedule of classes, workshops, and inspirational talks. All material is carefully curated to help startups get the most out of their time in the Bootcamp, and teachers are expert professionals drawn from top tech companies around the world.

Each day tackles a different theme, including internationalization, funding, dashboards, culture, and exits. It’s a tiring week, but well worth it. Startups come away with a solid knowledge base, skills, and connections to help them grow their companies. In the words of one startup:

IMPRESSIVE!! I don’t think that I have ever come across such quality accelerator program. The content of the lectures is extremely appropriate with a good mix of both hands on tools and theoretical explanation plus real life examples. The speakers were simply amazing and inspiring.

The rest of the startups agreed. Participants were asked to fill out a daily survey – part of our ongoing commitment to live due diligence and constant improvement.

At the end of the week, the average class session was rated 8.8 out of 10, meaning the startups were taking away a lot of value.

What’s next?

On the last day, startups hop on trains or catch planes back to their home cities. IMPACT’s acceleration program is “delocalized,” meaning that startups don’t have to move to a new place in order to take part. They can strengthen the European startup ecosystem without disrupting their local network.

Over the next three months, the startups will meet with their mentors, set goals, measure progress, and grow, grow, grow!

What do startups get out of IMPACT?

Don’t take our word for it. Let them tell you:

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If this sounds like something you’d like to be part of, apply to IMPACT Connected Car before October 18th.

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FAQ: IMPACT Connected Car’s six challenges

What are the six IMPACT Connected Car challenges?

from the IMPACT Connected Car FAQ

  • IMPACT Connected Car is currently looking for innovative mobility startups and SMEs focused on six verticals, or challenges. The verticals are broad enough to admit a wide range of projects while narrowing the scope and specialization of the program.
  • To learn more about the six verticals and which one your startup fits into, read on. Further information about IMPACT Connected Car on the official FAQ. Apply before October 18th, 2018 at 17h CET on the website

You’ve probably heard of IMPACT Connected Car, the mobility & automotive vertical of IMPACT Accelerator. You might even be in the process of applying to the open call right now. If so, you may have encountered the question about what challenge your startup fits into. In Connected Car, we use the word “challenge” to refer to vertical or focus. There are six main challenges in the program.

The six challenges are:

  1. Safety and security
  2. Driver assistance
  3. Well-being
  4. Mobility management
  5. Vehicle management
  6. Infotainment

Let’s dive in and take a deeper look at what each one of these challenges entails and what projects we might see applying in each category.

Before we go any further, however, please note that projects are not limited to the categories detailed here. What’s most important is that applicants show how their startup or project will directly impact the connected car space.

1. Safety and security

The challenge of safety and security is to develop functions that warn the driver of external hazards and to create internal responses to those hazards.

Features that are included in this challenge include: collision avoidance (blind spot monitoring), intersection pilot, lane assistant, autonomous braking, traffic sign violation warning, hazards warning, emergency calling (eCall), protection of vulnerable road users, cybersecurity, stolen vehicle tracking and recovery, roadside assistance, measurement of pavement conditions, and cybersecurity dedicated to blockchain.

This is not a comprehensive list! However, projects that apply under this challenge must demonstrate their impact (no pun intended) on the connected car space. Some examples of expected applying projects include:

  • services to inform drivers about the state of the roads and other external
    environmental hazards,
  • projects related to the protection of software in the vehicle, to prevent cyberattacks,
  • projects related to the protection of the vehicle occupant’s data,
  • services (C-ITS applications) to connect cars with VRUs and warn of danger.

2. Driver assistance

The challenge driver assistance focuses on partially or fully automatic driving. Up to 90% of all traffic accidents are caused by human error. Thus, automating driving in part or in full will greatly reduce the number of accidents and increase safety on the road. Projects applicable for this challenge might include operational assistance or autopilot in heavy traffic, in parking or on highways; 3D cloud-based navigation; cruise control; self-driving; speed or distance advice; or artificial intelligence (AI) for autonomous driving.

Example startups that fit in this challenge might be working on:

  • projects related to cooperative adaptive cruise control or autonomous cruise control,
  • services (C-ITS applications) related to control self-driving, speed, and distance.

3. Well-being

Well-being is focused on identifying functions that relate to the driver’s comfort, ability, and fitness to drive. This might include fatigue detection, alco-lock, seat adjustment, services or funcions to assist elderly drivers, driver distraction alert, or driver health monitoring.

Projects that might fit in this challenge include:

  • startups with innovation solutions to prevent accidents resulting from driver fatigue, driver distraction, or driver health problems,
  • services that provide the elderly with access to connected cars,
  • monitoring services to track drivers’ abilitites and behaviors.

4. Mobility management

The challenge related to mobility management is all about making sure drivers reach their destinations quickly, safely, and in a cost-efficient manner. Mobility management covers current traffic info (floating car data/ITS), maps/street view, journey planning, parking lot or garage assistance, electric vehicle services (including charging slots, locating charging stations, prices), estimating battery and driving range, home charging, optimised fuel consumption, hazardous climatic conditions warnings and driving tips.

You might fit into this challenge if your startup is working on improving journeys with something like the following:

  • integrating the car into the journey context, helping ensure the journey is relaxing, planning the journey, and so on,
  • making journeys with electric vehicles more pleasant by shortening travel time, reducing consumption, or finding charging stations,
  • journey planning, taking into account possible climatic hazards and offering advice on driving in unusual conditions such as black ice, animals on the road, and so on.

5. Vehicle management

Startups in the challenge of vehicle management seek to aid the driver or car owner in reducing operating costs and improving ease of use. This includes vehicle conditions and service reminders, remote operation, transfer of usage data, driver performance analytics, electronic tolling and road usage, car sharing, vehicle-to-grid capabilities, customer profiling, load identification and characterization, vehicle communication (V2X), or artificial intelligence.

You might be right for this challenge if your startup is focused on:

  • intelligent route payment,
  • improving customer experience in the car,
  • new services based on customer profiles,
  • projects related to load control on the road to avoid accidents,
  • sevices to connect the vehicle to any other device, car or infrastructure.

6. Infotainment

Startups in the infotainment challenge, as might be guessed from the name, look to entertain driver and passengers. Topics included in this challenge may be related to the smartphone interface, Internet services & hot spots, social media & networking, personal info management, the mobile office, ads & points of interest, or easy booking at hotels and restaurants.

Your startup might belong in this challenge if you are working on something like:

  • projects related to implementing and optimizing the mobile office,
  • entertainment services for driver and passengers in self-driving cars.

Behind the curtain

IMPACT Connected Car is supported by the collaboration of 13 partners from across Europe:  ISDI, FundingBox, CTAG, INSERO, Mov’eo, Autoklastr, LPNT, Mobile World Capital Barcelona, PARP, Ferrovial Servicios, Groupe PSA, Federation Internationale de l’Automobile and FIWARE Foundation. IMPACT Connected Car is funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for the European Union under grant agreement no. 731343.

To learn more about the six verticals and which one your startup fits into, visit the official FAQ.

IMPACT Connected Car is currently seeking disruptive mobility solutions. Apply on the website before October 18th, 2018 at 17h CET.


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IMPACT Connected Car welcomes 14 new #IMPACTers

Fourteen top connected vehicle startups have been selected from more than 500 applicants to enter IMPACT Connected Car

The 14 top startups have been selected from more than 500 applications to enter the first batch of the IMPACT Connected Car program and receive acceleration, mentoring, training, and equity-free funding. The startups are all focused on solving problems in the connected vehicle sector, including safety, vehicle management, and more.

IMPACT Connected Car Disruptive Bootcamp

IMPACT Connected Car, the acceleration program that aims to respond to the industrial needs in the automotive industry, has announced the 14 startups that will enter the program and get acceleration, training, mentoring, and equity-free funding.

These startups are the top companies who applied to IMPACT Connected Car’s first open call. This call for startups launched in October and received applications from more than 500 startups and SMEs coming from 41 countries. Of these, 25 projects were invited to attend the three-day Disruptive Bootcamp that took place last week in the Automotive Technology Center of Galicia (CTAG), in Vigo, Spain.

The Bootcamp included one-to-one and speed meeting sessions and concluded with a jury day during which the 25 participating startups pitched in front of a panel of experts, including the coordinator of the program (FBOX), the business coaching leaders (ISDI), technical coaching providers (CTAG, INSERO, MOVEO, and the clusters AUTOKLASTR and LPNT) and large corporations (PSA Group, Ferrovial Servicios, FIA, FIWARE Foundation). Ultimately, 14 companies were selected to continue on to the next phase of the program.

Spark Horizon was one of the companies selected to enter IMPACT Connected Car's first batch.

The 14 selected startups

IMPACT Connected Car is focused on six challenges or verticals within the connected vehicle sector: safety & security, driver assistance, well being, mobility management, vehicle management, and infotainment.

  • CardioID Technologies (Portugal): Enabling safer drivers and vehicles through a technology that is able to biometrically identify the driver and produce fatigue and drowsiness alerts.
  • CARFIT (France): AI based technology that reads the vibration of the vehicle to make the car maintenance easier and mobility safer.
  • Carricare b.v. (Chargetrip) (The Netherlands): Development of predictive deep learning models for fleet managers and energy operators around the world.
  • Eccocar sharing S.L. (Spain): Car Sharing solution that optimizes and digitalizes the use of the existing fleets.
  • HOMYHUB SL (Spain): Universal plug and play solution for garage openers that turns the smartphone into a Smart Garage Remote enabling users to control, monitor and manage access to the garage, anywhere at anytime.
  • Motor Ai (Germany): A developed device which enables digital services in vehicles by collecting data of parked and driving vehicles.
  • Parkbob GmbH (Austria): Parkbob enables a seamless last mile experience by delivering context-aware parking rules & restrictions as well as real-time on-street parkability.
  • Situm Technologies SL (Spain): indoor positioning provider that enables corporations developing new location-based services.
  • Spark Horizon (Switzerland): Universal charging solution. Spark Horizon conceive, install and operate the 1st European network of free charging stations for electric vehicles, sponsored through AI based advertising.
  • TRAFFIC NETWORK SOLUTIONS SL (Spain): Using connected floating car data for optimizing mobility in junctions, roundabouts, work zones.
  • Worldsensing SL (Spain): Platform to provide Operational Intelligence to cities through a plug and play approach which creates a customized solution to solve problems such as traffic or public space safety.
  • Xapix Software GmbH (USA): Helping enterprises to drive sales and partner engagement by creating easy-to-integrate digital services with their legacy data
  • Ximantis AB (Sweden): The project aims to forecast and anticipate, exact traffic congestion hot spots, before they have a chance to form.
  • Y.Share S.r.l. (Italy): The only patented off the shelf technology to share the car, optimize its usage and turn it into a profit machine.
Christian Umbach, Co-founder and CEO of selected startup Xapix, pitched at 4YFN 2018.

What's next?

All 14 selected startups will receive up to €60,000 in equity-free funding and will now begin a six-month acceleration program led by ISDI (business coaching) and CTAG (technical coaching).

The program will kick off with a Digital Bootcamp held next month at ISDI Madrid, during which startups will have the chance to meet each other, network with project partners, and learn from workshops and face-to-face sessions with global experts in the vertical.

Following the Bootcamp, startups will return to their home ecosystems to participate in the rest of the de-localized program. The focus will be on acceleration and training, with an emphasis on mentoring. The entrepreneurs will have access to an international network of more than a hundred recognized mentors as well as founders and investors who are experts in different key areas of knowledge, both in the digital sector and in the automotive industry.

New mobility solutions

Due to the increased importance of mobility solutions, Europe is placing priority on finding ways to tackle the arising opportunities and challenges posed by these technologies. The new market is expected to represent a €141 billion business opportunity by 2020.

IMPACT Connected Car supports, connects and funds with €2.1 million companies with innovative projects in the fields of wireless chargers, cyber security measures and smart mobility. The program provides a direct link between entrepreneurs and large corporations, as well as addresses the fragmentation in the automobile industry, which until now has hindered its digital transformation.

IMPACT Connected Car is supported by the collaboration of 17 partners from across Europe: HEVO, Little Electric Cars, BOTCAR, Argus, ISDI, FundingBox, Mobile World Capital Barcelona, Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, Ferrovial Servicios, FIWARE Foundation, Groupe PSA, INSERO, Moravskolslezský Automobilovy Klastr, Lublin Science and Technology Park, CTAG, Mov’eo, PARP.

*This article has been updated to reflect changes to the participating startups.

The selected startups celebrate their win after Jury Day at the Disruptive Bootcamp in Vigo.

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IMPACT Accelerator at 4YFN 2018

Meet IMPACT Accelerator at 4YFN 2018

There are lots of opportunities to connect with IMPACT and the team at 4YFN Barcelona, coming up at the end of February.

  • IMPACT Connected Car meetup, Monday 26 February at 16h in the IMPACT space.
  • IMPACT Demo Day, Tuesday 27 February at 16:30 on the Airbus Stage.
  • IMPACT Meetup, Tuesday 27 February at 18h in the IMPACT space.
  • Or just swing by the IMPACT space and say hello whenever you have a free moment!

Tell me more...

Got a startup in the connected vehicle sector? Join the IMPACT Connected Car meetup at 4YFN Barcelona on February 26 at 16h in the IMPACT space. Meet like-minded people and network in the vertical.

Meet 12 of the most outstanding IMPACT startups at 4YFN Demo Day! The event will take place on Tuesday, February 27 at 16:30h – 18h on the Airbus Stage. Some of the top #IMPACTer startups from three different programs —  IMPACT Growth and IMPACT ConnectedCar — will be presenting their respective companies. Startup pitching will be combined with brief interlaced panel discussions to introduce the various verticals around which these IMPACT programs revolve.

Who will be pitching?

  • from IMPACT Growth: DelSuper, FruitsApp, GymCraft, RezGuru, XapiX, YBVR
  • from IMPACT ConnectedCar: Botcar, Hevo Power

Following startup pitching, all attendees are invited to join the IMPACT Accelerator meetup with a light cocktail at 18h in the IMPACT space.

About the event

4 Years From Now (4YFN) is the startup business platform of Mobile World Capital Barcelona that enables startups, investors and corporations to connect and launch new ventures together.

4YFN Venue: Hall 8, Fira Montjuïc, Av. Reina Maria Cristina, Barcelona

4YFN dates and times: 26-28 February 2018, 9h-20h

Register here.

Hope to see you there!

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Using FIWARE to make an IMPACT

Solving the problems of today and tomorrow with open-source technologies

Some facts about FIWARE...

  • FIWARE technologies are being used to solve critical problems all over the world.
  • Solutions powered by FIWARE are as diverse as cleaning solar panels, allowing deaf people to interact with a sound-based world, maintaining the handling temperature of food, and visualizing real-time weather information.
  • The FIWARE community links more than 1,000 startups in nearly 90 cities. The community gets together twice a year for the FIWARE Tech Summit and the FIWARE Global Summit.
  • FIWARE is trusted by super startups like Carto and Glamping Hub.

But what is FIWARE?

In 2011, the European Commision launched a €300 million initiative, the Future Internet Public Private Partnership (FI-PPP), to “increase and share the social and economic benefits of the future internet for consumers, citizens, businesses and the public sector.” The FI-PPP set to work and subsequently developed FIWARE.

FIWARE is a scalable, open-source platform that provides a simple yet powerful set of APIs to ease the development of smart applications. FIWARE’s technologies are royalty-free and available to all–along with support materials, including a Generic Enablers catalog, video tutorials, guides for developers, and more–on the FIWARE website.

The mayor of Málaga, Francisco de la Torre, tries out a VR headset developed by IMPACT startup YBVR. | photo: FIWARE Foundation

A tool for any occasion

FIWARE offers a wide range of solutions for startups and other technology-based organizations. Think of it as a toolkit. Any good toolkit contains a wrench, a hammer, several screwdrivers, pliers and so on. You don’t need to use all the tools at once, but you do expect the right tool to be at hand when you encounter something to be fixed. FIWARE works the same way. You can pick and choose which Generic Enablers to incorporate into your technological base depending on what solution you need. Looking for software to enable complex data visualization? Need to retrieve aggregated information from IoT devices? Want a springboard for developing your augmented reality (AR) platform? FIWARE covers all this and more.

Currently, FIWARE is solving real problems all over the world. Its Enablers make it especially well-adapted for Smart City solutions. For example, it’s being implemented in Seville, Spain to monitor water quality in public fountains.

Another powered-by-FIWARE solution aims to use robots to make life easier for the elderly and other people who may have reduced mobility. This project is a collaboration between eProsima robots and Situm indoor navigation software; they were able to build a bridge between their services using a FIWARE Enabler, thus taking steps toward making robotic assistance a reality.


The histories of FIWARE and IMPACT have been intertwined since the beginning of the accelerator program’s existence. IMPACT Accelerator was created by a consortium of European companies in 2014, when the European Commission awarded the consortium with a €6.4 million fund to be used to accelerate European FIWARE startups.

The fund was put towards a variety of FIWARE-promoting activities, including international events and hackathons. Most of it was centralized, however, in the acceleration program, which paired high-quality training with equity-free funding for startups. IMPACT held three open calls for startups over two years. More than 5,000 startups applied from more than 60 countries, representing sectors as diverse as education, e-commerce, and infrastructure and security. All applicants were already using FIWARE or submitted a FIWARE implementation plan.

Through our open calls, more than 5,000 startups were therefore actively engaged in the FIWARE community. Many of them liked what they saw, becoming contributors to the open-source repository of code and improving existing enablers.

The best 60 startups were selected to participate in the IMPACT Acceleration program. Most of these are still in existence today, and many of them have become FIWARE success cases.

The FIWARE Summit showcases the best startups and companies implementing FIWARE, while connecting developers, founders, corporates, and more. | photo: FIWARE Foundation

A deeper relationship

Over the course of our history with FIWARE, we saw it grow from an early-stage project into the mature suite of solutions it is today. When we began to prepare our second program, IMPACT Growth, we realized that we could benefit from a deeper relationship with FIWARE. That’s why the FIWARE Foundation entered IMPACT as a consortium partner in IMPACT Growth. This program is focused on four verticals identified by the European Commission as key areas for future investment: Smart Cities, Smart Content, Smart Manufacturing and Smart Agrifood. It’s important to us at IMPACT to align our goals and objectives with European Union policies, and the IMPACT Growth program is making that happen.

Soon after the launch of IMPACT Growth, we embarked on yet another program, IMPACT Connected Car. The FIWARE Foundation is also a consortium member in this initiative, which is focused on unifying and strengthening all parts of the connected vehicle value chain.

All IMPACT startups, therefore, have access to extensive FIWARE support, and they’re taking advantage of it: IMPACT startups are using the technologies to power amazing things. For example, Insylo is using FIWARE to remotely monitor the stocks of the silos of the livestock farms and optimize the replenishment routes. FIWARE has allowed LeeLuu Stories to create interactive nightlights that track children’s sleep. Measurence has implemented Enablers to detect presence, position and activity of people within physical spaces, thereby creating an actionable data platform for any physical commerce business. The possibilities are endless!

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IMPACT Connected Car launches its first open call with €2.1 million equity-free funding for SMEs and startups

IMPACT Connected Car launches its first open call with €2.1 million equity-free funding for SMEs and startups

  • IMPACT Connected Car sets out to support, connect and fund companies that offer to disrupt the emerging market of the connected car, expected to reach €141 billion globally by 2020
  • Wireless electric charging, hacker-protected cars, smart driving and zero-emission transport are some of the innovative concepts brought forward by pioneering companies who have been preselected to join the initiative.
  • In the next couple of years, over 60 SMEs and startups will join the IMPACT Connected Car program and receive up to €60,000 equity free as well as expert mentoring and support
  • Top performing companies will have the opportunity to receive additional private funding of up to €200,000 from prominent venture capital funds

IMPACT Accelerator launches the first call of IMPACT Connected Car, a new program led by FundingBox and ISDI.

Over the next five years, the connected car is expected to disrupt the entire automotive ecosystem and the consumer market. 220 Million cars are expected to be connected by 2020, representing a €141 billion business opportunity.

With a fund of €2.1 million, IMPACT Connected Car will help SMEs (small to medium enterprises) and startups to capture this business opportunity. It will identify companies that will lead the creation of new value link-chains in the Connected Car OpenSpace, with vehicle, infrastructure and device interactions as well as consumer and business services.

IMPACT Connected Car has support from a wide range of partners

About IMPACT Accelerator

IMPACT Connected Car is funded by the European Commission, under the INNOSUP Initiative. It builds on the legacy and expertise of the IMPACT Accelerator, which invested over €7 million in 78 startups from 2014 to 2017. IMPACT has recently been named among the global top ten in Gust’s Global Accelerator Report, after evaluating 579 programs from five continents, and has been selected as the number two seed accelerator in the European Accelerator Report.

The current open call will be receiving applications from connected car startups and SMEs until January 10th, 2018. During this period numerous infodays will be organised across Europe, as well as online, in order to give applicants a deeper understanding of the program and the application process.

Benefits of IMPACT Connected Car

By March 2018, the best 13 companies will be selected to enter the 3-stage smartization program, upon the completion of which they will receive up to €60,000 equity free funding. Top performing startups will have the opportunity to receive additional private funding of up to €200,000 from participating venture capital funds.

As in other IMPACT programs, funding will go hand-in-hand with a high-performance training program in which renowned experts and international entrepreneurs will deliver practical classes across Connected Car Hubs and partners facilities. In addition, entrepreneurs will have access to an international network of more than one hundred recognized mentors, founders, and investors who are experts in different key areas of knowledge, both in the digital sector and in the automotive industry.

The selected companies will showcase at top international events organised over the course of the year by 4YFN and Mobile World Capital Barcelona. They will specifically benefit from the support and expert advice of industry leaders, namely Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, Ferrovial Servicios and PSA Peugeot Citröen, and that of leading clusters and research centres including PARP and the 5 connected car hubs: CTAG, Mov’eo, INSERO, LPNT and Autoklastr. Technical support and access to smart open source software will be facilitated via the FIWARE Foundation.

Pioneer Success Cases

To inspire companies in the industry, IMPACT Connected Car has preselected 4 pioneering connected car companies that are already making an impact on the emerging value chains in their respective sectors:

  • Argus (Israel) offers advanced cyber security systems to protect connected cars from hackers
  • Botcar (Spain) delivers high compatibility smart driving and monitoring solutions
  • Hevo (The Netherlands) has developed an innovative wireless charging experience for electric vehicles
  • Little (Spain) brings affordable small-sized zero-emission transport concepts to life
Little Electric Cars is the first provider of electric cars in Spain, and a pioneer success case in IMPACT Connected Car

Apply now

Interested SMEs and startups are invited to apply to enter the IMPACT Connected Car program here by January 10th, 2018.

IMPACT Connected Car has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 731343.

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