Launched on February 27 at 4YFN Barcelona, IMPACT Growth is the new acceleration programme developed by IMPACT international accelerator, focusing on four verticals: Smart Infrastructure & Cities, Smart Content, Smart Manufacturing, and Smart AgriFood. The program is powered by FIWARE and by led by FundingBox, ISDI and Accelerace.
In the first stages of the program, the accelerator will start financing 28 startups with €100,000 and they will be able to achieve up to €250,000 funding, equity free. IMPACT Growth will distribute a total fund of €3.6 million, among startups from all over the world in the growth phase, plus raising further capital from private investors and funds, already focused on scalability and international growth. The final aim is identifying four European super-startups.
After 4 weeks on the programme, almost 500 applications has been started, with more than 20 completed and already submitted. Most of the applications have come from Spain (44%), with noted interest also from Italian startups (21%), and with Poland (5%), UK and Denmark (4%) as the next top countries.
To support this submission process and to help the applicants to make the most of their projects’ presentations, IMPACT is organising a series of events where the participating teams will be able to get together with the experts and mentors from ISDI, Accelerace and FundingBox, and to meet other teams and succesful use cases from the previous acceleration programme.
These info sessions will provide the new applicants with valuable information, best practices examples, direct guidance and inspiration.
This week, two events will take place in Andalucia (Spain), taking advantage of the FIWARE Zone facilities, both in Sevilla and Malaga.
- On Tuesday, April 4th, at FIWARE Zone Center in Sevilla (Isla de la Cartuja, Pabellón de Europa).
- On Wednesday, April 5th, at FIWARE Zone Center in Malaga (Edificio Tabacalera, Modulo 5)
Remeber that, as IMPACT Growth expresses it, FIWARE is the market-ready software that is driving key standards for IoT-enabled smart solutions, following best practices of open source communities. ‘Powered by FIWARE’ and ‘FIWARE-ready’ labels will help to gain visibility, build partnerships and reach the market.
Let’s seize this opportunity to work with an innovative, mature technology while you get support and funding to scale-up your business. Come to the IMPACT Growth Info Days, apply and succed!
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