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We write winning proposals. We are specialized in the most competitive European funding programmes, such as:

  • EIC programmes (EIC Pathfinder, EIC Transition, and EIC Accelerator), the funding schemes supporting breakthrough technologies and game-changing innovations.
  • Eureka- Eurostars the funding instrument that supports innovative SMEs and project partners (large companies, universities, and research organisations) by funding international collaborative R&D  projects.
  • Cascade funding, the EU mechanism distributes smaller amounts of funds allocated to various types of specific activities, from studies to experiments and pilots.

Through our network of investors, we can help you raise the private funding you may need. Raising private capital may be time-consuming, and we know you don`t have time. We follow you along all the process from material preparation, pitch training, preparation of investor lead-list to investor reach-out and finalisation of investment. We minimise the time and increase the chance of successWe want you to be dedicated to growing your business and not to deal with red tape.

We leverage the contacts we have built with corporates. We work with you to build the technological project in collaboration with corporates that will help to validate your technology and complete your product-market fit.

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SAALG Geomechanics

Programme EIC accelerator

Budget Grant € 1.5 million + Equity € 1.8 million

Picture © SAALG Geomechanics. All rights reserved

Challenge

Mainly funded by taxpayers’ money, the construction industry has a poor track record in sustainability, efficiency, and safety, which are, in many cases, linked to the lack of understanding of ground behaviour. The construction industry is responsible for 11% of global carbon emissions from construction embodied carbon, 9 out of 10 projects experience cost overruns (+45% of project cost) and 60,000 fatal accidents in construction yearly. Geotechnical uncertainty translates to over-designs, unforeseen events, and impacts overall safety.

Solution

The EIC Accelerator co-funded project GEORGIA responds to the opportunity to reshape the Capital Infrastructure and Large Building Projects market by introducing and consolidating the concept of interactive design. GEORGIA will enhance the development and commercialization of DAARWIN as the pioneer end-to-end digital platform based on an Adaptive Genetic Algorithm to address the ground uncertainty problem, reduce carbon footprint and cost overruns and increase the safety of construction projects.

Impact

DAARWIN makes the automation of geotechnical back-analysis possible to match the construction progress pace and empowers decision-making for a more sustainable, efficient, and safer construction industry. As long as construction projects adopt DAARWIN, they save up to 20% on carbon-intensive materials, such as steel and cement. Moreover, DAARWIN reduces up to 30% of cost overruns and 20% of accidents in complex construction industry environments.

mjn-neuro

EIT Health Startup Amplifier Instrument Program

Budget: 2.76 million euros

 © mjn-SERAS.  All rights reserved

Challenge

Epilepsy is a chronic disorder of the brain that affects people of all ages. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy, making it one of the most common neurological diseases globally.

People affected by uncontrolled epilepsy suffer from unpredictable seizures. They do not know when they could have a seizure or if it could cause a serious accident.

All this uncertainty means that 50% of people with drug-resistant epilepsy also have anxiety, depression, or both. The ability to lead a full life is drastically reduced, and fear of attending school, inability to get a job or loss of social life becomes routine.

Solution

mjn-SERAS is a wearable medical device, wireless, non-invasive, and discreet, that can generate an alarm signal between one to three minutes before seizures start. Patients can reach a safe place within this time until the seizure is gone. Bridge the Gap helped the consortium to prepare the project’s proposal, define the technological developments, craft the workplan and the go-to-market strategy and coordinate the submission process.

Consortium

Nine partners with complementary competencies and roles share this mission.

The Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (UK), Diakonie Kork,  Epilepsiezentrum (Germany), Clínica Universidad de Navarra (Spain) and Synaptia (Spain) will carry out the clinical trial to validate the technology with actual patients in daily life and outside the hospital.

In close cooperation with DKV Salud and Medtronic, two leading health and medical device players, mjn-neuro will optimise the technology and the device’s design.

The Medical Valley (Germany), IESE Business School (Spain), Biocat (Spain) and Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (UK) will take care of the communication and business activities, including the insurance reimbursement aspects.

Finally, the DKV Integralia Foundation will support the social inclusion of people affected by epilepsy by providing job placement opportunities.

Impact

This project, led by mjn-neuro, aims to accelerate the penetration into the European markets of its mjn-SERAS device, the world’s first device capable of providing early warning of an epileptic seizure.

mjn-neuro provides a solution to reduce stigmatisation and improve the quality of life and social integration for people affected by epilepsy in Europe.

mjn-SERAS will drastically improve the quality of life of people affected by epilepsy.

ECO2Blocks

Cascade funding Innowide

Budget 60.000 euros

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Challenge

Yearly, around 2 trillion paver blocks are produced worldwide in long production cycles (15 days), requiring vast and expensive warehouse areas for stocking and unnecessary immobilisation of billions of euros. Moreover, the standard paver blocks manufacturing process emits more than 14 billion tons of CO2, consuming more than 300 million tons of water and 6.5 billion tons of natural resources.

The steel industry faces challenges in giving proper destination to its waste. Yearly, 400 million tonnes of steel slag are generated, and most of this is dumped at landfills, giving rise to environmental problems and the costly obligation for steel companies to store them adequately.

Solution

ECO2Blocks, a patented technology, uses 100% steel slag and wastewater to produce pavement blocks that are 5x more mechanically resistant and 2x more fire resistant compared with current concrete pavement blocks.

The pavement blocks made using our technology show a mechanical resistance 5x higher and a fire resistance 2x higher when compared with current cement materials.

The project has helped the company to exploit the business opportunity by introducing the technology in Brazil by conducting a small-scale pilot with the  Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN) to validate the improved process for ECO2Blocks production. This pilot will be used as a showcase for commercial activities and to contact potential partners and other regional stakeholders.

Impact

ECO2Blocks has a tremendous impact on the steel industry and the construction sector. ECO2Blocks, facilitate the transition of the steel industry towards a circular economy paradigm under two perspectives. We give value to the steel slag, which currently is treated as a waste output of the steelmaking process and is often stored in landfills. For each ton of steel slag, steel producers pay 5 euros for its management.

Using our technology, the steel slag, which represents with dust 32.9% of the steelmaking process by-product output, is re-used to produce value. Moreover, we store the Co2 present in the flue gas resulting from the steelmaking process in the pavement blocks contributing to limiting the emissions.

The cement manufacturing industry represents 5–7% of the total CO2. ECO2Blocks will replace the current method used to produce pavement blocks with a cement-free technology, permanently storing the Co2 in the block´s matrix.

ENERGIOT DEVICES SL

Cascade funding IoTNGIN

Budget €150.000

Picture © ENERGIOT DEVICES SL. All rights reserved.

Challenge

The energy market faces unprecedented challenges caused by climate change and the urgent need to build a decarbonised, digitised, and decentralised ecosystem. Most of the existing infrastructures to transport and distribute energy will require upgrading to guarantee a supply of clean, affordable, and secure energy. High costs in operation and maintenance or millionaire investments in new electricity lines are needed to secure the electricity of our economy and society. In addition, the increase in variable and distributed renewable energy sources claims for the digitalisation of the grid to have an intelligent operation. Global IoT deployment for a smart grid has not been feasible until nowadays. The available technology is too expensive for a vast deployment, requires batteries, or is not suitable for any asset.

Solution

Thanks to the project named 𝗘𝗚𝗠𝗢𝗜, ENERGIOT will develop a solution that aims to be the ‘Google Maps’ of the electrical grid where all the events are monitored in real-time and precisely located.

Just as Google Maps indicates the best way to move between two locations, avoiding traffic jams, EGMOI can decide which power lines have a greater capacity to absorb renewable energies, avoiding congestion. Google maps provides information about the exact position where an accident happened; similarly, EGMOI monitor in real-time the electric grid, enabling the reduction of congestion on power lines, the optimisation of asset utilisation, efficiency improvement, and cost reduction. This permit increased solar and wind integration, reduces curtailment for these renewable energies and makes power generation dispatch more cost-effective.

Impact

EGMOI is a unique HW and SW solution consisting of smart self-powered wireless sensor nodes integrated into a SaaS platform, increasing the power grid capacity (ampacity) between 50 % and 100 % and saving up to 20 % of maintenance costs.

EGMOI enables a global IoT implementation in the grid for the grid operators, TSO and DSO, to instantaneously detect unpredictable events that affect power losses and operational costs. The solution can achieve savings of up to 10 % in energy and 20 % in maintenance costs. This means 2.1 GWh and €1.5 million of saving per year for every thousand km. Instead of batteries, our devices harvest residual ambient energy to power sensors that gather data about grid status. EGMOI represents a previously unthinkable solution due to the large amount needed sensors, high technology costs, troublesome battery use and replacement, and difficulty of sensor placement. 

ENERGIOT DEVICES SL and ELEMENT SARL

Cascade funding DIGIFED

Budget: 110.000 €

 © ENERGIOT DEVICES SL  and  ELEMENT SAR.  All rights reserved

Challenge

Globally, electricity as an energy source is expected to grow from a 20% share of final consumption to an almost 50% share in 2050 due to the expansion of renewable energy and electro-mobility. Consequently, most of the existing infrastructures and assets will require smart and digitised management to guarantee a clean, affordable, and secure energy supply. Power system operators face costly challenges as an adaptation to shifting conditions caused by decarbonisation and decentralisation of power generation and prevention of power outages or damages caused by unforeseen meteorological events or wildfires. This is the situation of ENERCAL, the distribution and transmission system operator (DSO/TSO) of New Caledonia, with 43% of energy production coming from renewable energy.

Solution

Thanks to the Digifed Application Experiment, named DYNAGRID, ENERGIOT and ELEMENT will collaborate to provide a solution of smart grid management to ENERCAL, the electricity utility of New Caledonia, which has a goal of 100% renewable energy supply in 2030.

ENERCAL aim to implement Dynamic Line Rating algorithms to adapt the capacity of the lines according to the environmental and physical conditions of the conductors. The objective is to avoid curtailment of solar and wind farms and increase the penetration of distributed renewable generation when available, avoiding millionaire investments in the network. Furthermore, fault detection can be optimised, and maintenance expenses reduced, including preventing severe and harmful accidents such as wildfires.

Impact

DYNAGRID solution enables global IoT implementation in the grid helping grid operators instantaneously reduce congestion allowing higher penetration of renewable energy, optimising assets utilisation safely, increasing incomes from power generation assets, reducing power losses, and avoiding investment in new lines. DYNAGRID can help their clients to increase grid capacity by up to 30 % and save up to 20 % of maintenance costs.

AgriIsland Srl

Cascade funding DIH world

Budget: 123.250 €

 © AgriIsland Srl.  All rights reserved

Challenge

According to FAO study “Looking ahead in world food and agriculture: Perspectives to 2050” world population
is expected to grow by over a third, or 2.3 billion people, by 2050. Feeding the growing world population
poses an unprecedented challenge. Even in the best of circumstances, sustainably satisfying this hugely
increased demand for crops and livestock will be an enormous task. By 2050, food production must increase
by 70% to meet the increasing demand. At the same time agricultural sector needs to decrease its
environmental impact, that currently accounts for the 9 % of total EU greenhouse gas emissions 1 . The
increasing food demand and the necessity to reduce the ecological footprint of food production represent a
huge challenge for the Agrifood sector.

Solution

AGRI ISLAND has already developed and implemented the "AI AQUAPONICS APPLICATION" system that
combines remote sensing, IoT devices, Robotics, Big Data analysis, Artificial Intelligence and other emerging
technologies into a highly innovative integrated agricultural production system.
The LIFERITHM project takes place inside the R&D dedicated greenhouse and consist of dedicating the R&D
plant to testing, modelling and finally delivering the predictive algorithm, using both new and historical data
collected over the years.
The main challenge of the proposed experiment is going to be about improving the already existing "AI
AQUAPONICS APPLICATION" system by developing and implementing the predictive algorithm to enable the
industrial aquaponics system to perform data collection, analysis and management, automation and control of
the technical components. AGRI ISLAND aquaponic technology does not require the use of pesticides as well as
the use of mechanical vehicles usually employed for traditional agriculture. In addition, by optimising this
method of cultivation, AGRI ISLAND, aims to reduce waste related to agricultural production, addressing
environmental issues such as food loss and waste, water scarcity and climate change.

Impact
  • Reduction of farmer’s exposition to pesticides: 100%
  • Reduction of pesticides in the air: 100%
  • Reduction of water used for irrigation, resulting from big data & predictive models: 5%
  • Reduction of energy used in irrigation, resulting from big data & predictive models: 15%
  • Reduction of CO2 emissions as a result of lower energy consumption 16%
Consortium

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