Accelerator Programme

Attention technology provider SMEs and startups! The MIND4MACHINES accelerator programme has been enhanced to include Cascade Funding opportunities. This means you can access additional funding and support to advance your Industry 4.0 solutions and shape the future of manufacturing. Stay tuned for updates on the latest Cascade Funding opportunities.

There are also good European funding opportunities for SMEs like yours. Do not miss your chance to access grants, loans, and investments to boost your business growth. 

Stay tuned for updates on tailored programs that can fuel your innovation and drive your success.

 

👉🏻 Download the European funding opportunities here

It will be updated each six month

👉🏻 Download : Scale up with the public sector 

A brochure for start-ups

Beneficiaries of the Mind4Machines Open Call will be regularly informed about upcoming matchmaking opportunities and events.

Challenges

Developed and launched by QRDI Council, the Qatar Open Innovation (QOI) program connects strategic entities within Qatar (Opportunity Owners), such as government agencies and large local enterprises with a global pool of innovators and technical experts. QRDI Council works with local Opportunity Owners to identify and frame these opportunities, issue innovation calls, evaluate submitted proposals, and award winners to pilot innovative solutions.

Qatar Open Innovation offers a unique opportunity to develop breakthrough technologies and solutions for priority sectors in Qatar.

Innovators stand to obtain funding of up to $100,000 to develop, pilot and test their prototypes in collaboration with a strategic entity in Qatar.

This space is the meeting point for those who post challenges and those who generate opportunities between Catalan and international companies and organizations.

Here you will be able to publish, as well as find and present yourself to different international business challenges and opportunities: 

  • Open Innovation Challenges: challenges from different companies, administrations, and large corporations, Catalan and from all over the world, looking for innovative solutions and proposals.
  • R&D and innovation partners: local and international collaborative projects, looking for partners with complementary technologies and knowledge.
  • Public procurement: the best public procurement opportunities around the world, both in the field of innovative public procurement and international public procurement.
  • International trade: opportunities and demands for products or services looking for suppliers.

ISE Open Innovation Challenge 2024 is a B2B international meetings event with 33 corporations looking for new technologies/solutions providers. The meetings with the corporations can be held physically in the venue of ISE Congress, online or both. 

  • Physical meetings will take place in the venue of ISE Congress in Barcelona on February 26th to February 29th. We will provide a pass to ISE Congress to all participants joining our event. 
  • Online meetings will be held on March 4th to  8th

Matchmaking events

Upcoming events

The Mobile World Congress (MWC) is an annual event that serves as a global platform for the mobile and telecommunications industry.

Mobile World Congress can offer SMEs a wealth of opportunities, from networking and learning to showcasing their products and staying abreast of industry trends. It can serve as a strategic investment in the growth and success of small and medium-sized businesses in the dynamic mobile and tech landscape

  • From 26th to 28th of February will be only physical meetings between corporates/investors and technology providers. Physical meetings will take place in the venue of 4YFN congress in Barcelona.
  • Other meetings  will be online on separate days between March 4th and 8th.

The Technology & Business Cooperation Days 2024 will be organised again as traditional brokerage event with personal meetings on the fairground (22. – 25. April 2024). Convenient online-meetings for those organisations, which cannot attend personally due to travel restrictions, high distances or costs will be possible two weeks before the fair (09. – 11. April 2024). 

  • Focus

    • Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory solutions
    • Resource and energy efficient manufacturing technologies
    • Sustainable Energy & Mobility
    • Measurement Tools

ISE Open Innovation Challenge 2023 is a B2B international meetings event with 9 corporations looking for new technologies/solutions providers. The meetings with the corporations can be held physically in the venue of ISE Congress, online or both. 

  • Physical meetings will take place in the venue of ISE Congress in Barcelona on January 31st to February 2nd. We will provide a pass to ISE Congress to all participants joining our event. 
  • Online meetings will be held on February 7th and 8th

Past events

The International Conference on Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing (ISM) is a yearly open forum fostering the smart culture and exploring the transformative impact of digital technologies characterizing the 4th industrial revolution across the full breadth of economic sectors. The manufacturing community is leading a series of world-class breakthroughs driven by the convergence of physical and digital spaces, operational excellence and human-automation symbiosis that are intimately changing the profile and behavior of socio-technical ecosystems at all levels of public and private sectors.

Dedicated to the Key Enabling Technologies in “Horizon Europe”, the event will target upcoming 2024 calls in Destination 1 (Twin green and digital transition) and 2 (Resilient value chains) of Cluster 4 and Destination 2 of Cluster 5 (Batteries). The event will be held in Mainz (Germany) on the 27th of October, but also allows for long-term online matchmaking.

Taking place between November 13th and 16th, 2023, at the Altice Arena & Fil in Lisbon, Web Summit promises to be an unparalleled event, bringing together over 71,000 people and companies that are redefining the tech landscape. This is a unique opportunity for SMEs to immerse themselves in a thriving ecosystem of innovation, ideas, and networking.

At Web Summit, you’ll have access to a wide range of benefits and opportunities that can help grow your business:

The hybrid B2B Matchmaking is one of the important events of the World IoT Expo in China, aiming to effectively promote trade, investment and technical cooperation between Chinese and European IoT enterprises and related institutions, and to build an exchange platform.

The organizing committee will invite Chinese industry clusters, institutions and enterprises in the field of IoT, together with European enterprises, to conduct one-on-one precision matching talks in the fields of life sciences, manufacturing, smart manufacturing, supply chain, energy, public utility equipment, smart cities, smart buildings, connected transportation, AI, edge computing, augmented reality, digital twin, etc.

The Virtual Brokerage Event @ Innovation Village 2023 provides a unique opportunity to meet private companies (including start-ups, spin-offs, SMEs and large companies), as well as public authorities and municipalities, university and research centres, industry and associations companies, working on new technologies and solutions for achieving the so-called “twin” (green and digital) transition to a zero carbon, zero waste economy that leaves no person or place behind. It is also an important opportunity to stay up to date on the latest corresponding advanced technologies, the demand for innovation from institutions and municipalities, new applications from SMEs and technical challenges faced by large companies.

The Lisbon beyond Summit, scheduled from November 20th to 13th, 2023, offers a favorable setting for bilateral meetings and the chance to establish contacts across borders.

The Event will be a unique opportunity to:

  • Reach foreign markets and its key players;
  • Access new and innovative technologies;
  • Find research, business and financing contacts, as well as partners for future EU projects

The Hack4reSTART are innovative events that bring together traditional European manufacturing SMEs with technology providers that can offer them the right solutions for their digital transformation needs and for transitioning to Industry 5.0.

IAA – The world’s largest and most important mobility event offers manufacturers, suppliers, tech companies, service providers and start-ups a chance of success in many ways. 

Topics addressed?
  • Connected mobility
  • Electromobility
  • Hydrogen
  • Transformation
  • Automotive
  • Funding programs

The international business event Meet4Business AGRA 2023 is organised as part of the 61. International fair of agriculture and food in Gornja Radgona, Slovenia.

The event will focus on inovative solutions for agriculture, targeting the topics of agriculture.

The biggest agricultural matchmaking event in Slovenia will provide you with the unique opportunity to meet potential partners related to the innovative solutions & technologies that are revolutionizing businesses.

Connect to 21st February session to discover:

  • Eight success stories where AI has been implemented successfully
  • European funding opportunities

Also, participate in the Brokerage Event to be able to schedule meetings with the leading companies of these success stories & with other participants.

The Hannover Messe 2023 will be organised again as traditional brokerage event with personal meetings on the fairground (17. – 20. April 2023). Convenient online -meetings for those organisations, which cannot attend personally due to travel restrictions, high distances or costs will be possible two weeks before the fair (04. – 06. April 2023)

  • Focus

    • Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory solutions
    • Resource and energy efficient manufacturing technologies
    • Sustainable Energy & Mobility
    • Measurement Tools

It is a hybrid event that starts on May 8 in Vienna but the online meetings will take place on May 10 and will consist of:

• Two face-to-face sessions (8/9.5.23) and one virtual (10.5.23)
• Featured topic workshops: metaverse, feature development, IP strategy, security and many more
• Present your start-up idea in front of more than 50 international investors
• Promote your offers and business requests
• Book online 20 minute B2B meetings with your next business partner
• Contribute to corporate challenges through co-creation labs
• Virtual participation is free, for on-site participation a catering fee is charged.

The fair targets the entire industrial ecosystem ), and covers the whole value chain and all user markets.  

This challenge is made possible by bringing together four complementary exhibitions which are leaders in their field:  

  • MIDEST (industrial subcontracting) 
  • SMART INDUSTRIES (smart, efficient and digital industry) 
  • INDUSTRIE (manufacturing technologies and equipment) 
  • TOLEXPO (solutions and equipment for sheet metal working). 
MWC Open Innovation Challenge 2023 is a B2B international meetings event between all agents of the innovation ecosystem: corporations, investors and solution/technology providers.

European SMEs, industry 4.0 technology providers and stakeholders are meeting on the 31st January, 1st and 2nd February in Barcelona, and 7th-9th February ONLINE. The place where disruptive technologies converge to help industries boost their digital transformation.

This Brokerage Event will provide you with the unique opportunity to meet potential partners related to industry 4.0 technologies and their impact on industries, such as manufacturing, energy or healthcare, among others.

ISE Open Innovation Challenge 2023 is a B2B international meetings event with 9 corporations looking for new technologies/solutions providers. The meetings with the corporations can be held physically in the venue of ISE Congress, online or both. 

  • Physical meetings will take place in the venue of ISE Congress in Barcelona on January 31st to February 2nd. We will provide a pass to ISE Congress to all participants joining our event. 
  • Online meetings will be held on February 7th and 8th

Ideal-ist, the network of National Contact Points for ICT research, in cooperation with the Enterprise Europe Network invites you to participate in a brokerage event with pre-arranged online Face2Face meetings complementing the first Horizon Europe event the Information Day on Cluster 4 – Digital, Industry & Space.

The goal of this international brokerage event is to create a strong network of research and development institutions, business and industry partners, European and national institutions, non-government organizations in close relation for better knowledge and understanding of the digital transformation in areas: digital economy & society, artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, data science, industry 4.0, cybersecurity, internet of things, 3D printing, robotics and automation…

For companies interested in meeting potential partners for developing proposal for Horizon Europe Cluster 4 “Digital, Industry and Space” 2023

For companies interested in meeting potential partners for developing new solutions based on Digital Technologies, such as Artificial IntelligenceIoTCybersecurity, Free SoftwareData Management and others

This event provides a unique opportunity to meet companies, research centers and public administrations working in Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0.

This year’s SME Congress will focus on the following greatest challenges faced by entrepreneurs operating in Europe, i.e. energy, security of supply chains, finance and investments for business,  development, leadership, start-ups, industry 4.0 for SMEs, law and taxes, marketing and sales, entering foreign markets, and others

IAPMEI – The Portuguese Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation, Coordinator of the Enterprise Europe Network in Portugal will organize the 5th edition of  “Lisbon Beyond Summit”, as a parallel brokerage event, thus making the most of the Web Summit participation.

IAPMEI – The Portuguese Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation, Coordinator of the Enterprise Europe Network in Portugal will organize the 5th edition of  “Lisbon Beyond Summit”, as a parallel brokerage event, thus making the most of the Web Summit participation.

IAPMEI – The Portuguese Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation, Coordinator of the Enterprise Europe Network in Portugal will organize the 5th edition of  “Lisbon Beyond Summit”, as a parallel brokerage event, thus making the most of the Web Summit participation.