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This Call for Innovation is based on the needs of 10 large companies in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, who are seeking to source innovation from global start-ups/scale-ups. Here is the event website: The deadline for application is November 30. Please share with any company contacts or partners who you think might be interested. This opportunity has been shared by the Pennsylvania Office of International Business development on behalf of their partners in Italy.

Here is a brief description of how the program works:

This open innovation program is organized by ART-ER on behalf of the Emilia-Romagna Region, with the support of Deloitte Officine Innovazione.

This second edition, co-funded by Enterprise Europe Network, aims to scout start-ups / scale-ups to create business matches between them and 10 corporates selected by ART-ER, with the aim to initiate pilots and collaborations for the resolution of specific business needs.

The challenges of the International Open Call focus on the European Union’s Green Deal and are grouped into 3 main thematic clusters. The details of these challenges are linked here:

Once admitted to the program, the start-ups and the scale-ups will have access to a matchmaking platform, where they will have the opportunity to come into touch with corporates and organize meetings for getting to know each other and, possibly, start a collaboration on a specific challenge. Applications for this phase are open until November 30th, while matchmaking calls will be allowed until December 10th. The sooner start-ups / scale-ups will register, the longer the time they will have to interact with the corporates.

A final event will be held (virtually) on December 16th: in addition to the institutional presentation of the project and its main results, matchmaking and networking sessions will be organized.

Further details on the specific challenges, on the list of companies participating in the program and further practical information, such as how to apply are available on the website.

Post Author: Melissa Stone