The European Project FINODEX is an EU initiative which will support the creation of innovative products and services based on open data and FIWARE technologies. It will fund up to 100 projects in two open calls.

See the very nice set of videos of the companies on official YouTube Channel.

  • 1st call startups here.
  • 2nd call startups here.

As FI-ADOPT is approaching the end of its lifecycle as an A16 accelerator, we are pleased to annouce some statistics related to the created impact. Please note that the information is based on feedback from our sub-grants and public info at their websites, and have not been further verified. Yet, I believe they are anyway quite impressive:

  • SMEs Income: At the beginning of the acceleration phase, the income from activities related to FI-ADOPT of the top-15 companies (January 2015) accounted for a global sum of 104.000€. Towards the end of the acceleration, the income from activities related to FI-ADOPT reached 1.780.000€ (April 2016). That is an increase of a 1700% in 15 months (of course any funding from FI-ADOPT has been excluded in these calculations). In total, by the end of 2016, we estimate that for each 1€ spent by FI-ADOPT, additionally 1.5€ to 1.7€ will be created.
  • the number of jobs in activities related to FI-ADOPT in the top-15 companies at the beginning of the acceleration was 24. By the end of the acceleration it is 62. That is an increase in jobs of over a 258% in 15 months. Projections for the end of 2016 indicate around 80-85 full-time employees in these 15 companies.
  • Income per employee. In the top-15 FI-ADOPT companies, income per employee has significantly increased from an average of 4,334€/emp. to 28,710€/emp. As such we expect that many of the created jobs will sustain well after the end of FI-ADOPT.
  • Users (B2C market): The top-5 FI-ADOPT companies started with 22.300 registered users and have already exceeded 950.000 users (more than 420.000 in activties related to FI-ADOPT). Especially the top three companies: Leverade (https://leverade.com/en/), GoSpeaky (https://www.gospeaky.com/) and Documenta Creaciones Multimedia Avanzadas (http://www.mydocumenta.com/) sum more than 870.000 users in total (at least 392.000 users related to FI-ADOPT activities). It has to be noticed that most of the FI-ADOPT business models are based on free users’ access .
  • Paying customers (B2B market): Five companies offer already their FI-ADOPT related products and rose their customer base from 2 paying customers at the beginning of the acceleration to 263.
  • Creation of SMEs: Three of the groups of individuals, who submitted a proposal, were converted to SMEs; one in Italy (Seides s.r.l. supporting thewww.foodways.world market-place/community), one in Poland (Memo24, https://www.memo24.net/) and one in Israel (noviQr, http://noviqr.com).
  • Additional private & public funds: Five FI-ADOPT supported companies have already received 550K€ from private funding, two of them have being partially acquired (the amount has not been disclosed) and two additional companies are in the process of raising funding from Venture Capitals. In addition, three companies have received 377K€ additional public funding and three companies will submit proposals in June 2016 requesting in total 1.44M€ additional public funding.

In his closing speech, Commissioner Oettinger made a strong plea to participations and the wider public to support FIWARE.

He linked FIWARE to the need to open the platform layer and was very explicit in the support for FIWARE:

"Europe's relative weakness in digital consumer markets, in web and internet services and notably in data platforms is becoming a major challenge to the whole economy. In addition, users feel that proprietary platforms do not satisfy their needs. They get locked-in to a specific provider and have very little influence on the evolution of the platform. On the other hand, large and complex software systems are developed through large collaborations that need a common licensing to function and be effective. Therefore, industry-friendly open source licenses become the norm, for example Open Air Interface, Drupal and FIWARE.

The Digitisation of European Industry is being talked about a lot these days here in Hannover. And this is a good thing. Because, if it succeeds and if it happens fast, it will help ensure the future competitiveness of our economy and our economic and social welfare more broadly.

On the Commission booth, we also have information about the upcoming calls in Horizon 2020 for Smart Anything Everywhere and I4MS (=ICT Innovation For Manufacturing SMEs). These are concrete calls for Digital Innovation Hubs. The deadline for Smart Anything Everywhere will be in November 2016 and for I4MS it will be in January 2017.

The Digital Innovation Hubs have the potential to spur a wave of bottom up innovation. Of course, we are not building innovation hubs from scratch. There are good examples of competence centres already in Germany and across Europe. Many of you will for example be aware of the "Mittelstand 4.0" competence centre right here in Hannover. We now need to make sure that there are no gaps, that new ones are put in place where needed, and we also should ensure that these centres are properly linked up.

Delivering on its Strategy to create a Digital Single Market, the Commission unveiled its plans to help European industry, SMEs, researchers and public authorities make the most of new technologies.

The European Commission presented a set of measures to support and link up national initiatives for the digitisation of industry and related services across all sectors and to boost investment through strategic partnerships and networks. The Commission also proposes concrete measures to speed up the development of common standards in priority areas, such as 5G communication networks or cybersecurity, and to modernise public services. As part of today's plans, the Commission will set up a European cloud that, as a first objective, will give Europe's 1.7 million researchers and 70 million science and technology professionals a virtual environment to store, manage, analyse and re-use a big amount of research data