Page tree
Skip to end of metadata
Go to start of metadata


Introduction

In the context of the Digital Single Market, and with the European Commission’s support, public administrations across the EU have adopted open and reusable solutions to create generic digital public administration components that make it possible for them to provide better services to citizens and businesses.

Recognising the importance of SMEs within the European economy, the European Commission is launching this Challenge to SMEs and startups across Europe — to the ones that are willing to innovate and grow their business by taking the lead towards making a digital Europe, the ones who think big, play smart and stand out.

Through this Challenge, the European Commission aims to experiment new ways to engage with SMEs and startups to re-imagine how open and reusable solutions are created and promoted, stimulate awareness and, ultimately, increase their adoption.

The winning SMEs and startups stand to win EUR 50 000 (first place), EUR 20 000 (second place) and EUR 10 000 (third place).

The Challenge

The Digital Innovation Challenge invites SMEs and startups, providers of digital services across Europe, to propose innovative services and solutions based on the European Commission’s open and reusable solutions. The Challenge is particularly targeted at Digital SMEs and startups that would like to accelerate their digitally-enabled growth and leverage on already existing components that provide basic capabilities to facilitate the delivery of digital, interoperable, cross-border and cross-domain services and solutions.

 As a participant, SMEs and startups will develop a concept of a service or solution that can:

  • Reinforce their service offering by using standards-based solutions,
  • Facilitate cross-border operations and tap into pan-European markets,
  • Reach a higher level of security, interoperability and compliance of the services and solutions offered.

This Challenge invites participants to shape a concept for a service or solution that could be integrated in their company business offer. The proposed service or solution concept must be based on one or more of the open and reusable solutions provided by the European Commission.

The closing date for application is 28 February 2020, 12.00 pm Brussels time, following which applications are no longer possible.

Participants are requested to complete an application form via the Challenge website: https://ec.europa.eu/cefdigital/sme

Timeline 

What 

When 

Launch of the Challenge at the Web Summit (Opening of call for applications)

7 November 2019  

First info session (register here)

25 November 2019

Second info session (register here)

30 January 2020

Deadline for submission

28 February 2020 

Announcement of the 10 best applicants

March 2020

Co-creation bootcamp for the 10 best applicants

Mid-April 2020

Announcement of the winners

End of April 2020

Award ceremony at a European Commission flagship event (venue and date to be announced)

Q2 2020

Communication resources and materials

This Challenge is only as good as those SMEs and startups that participate! Your help is needed in letting as many people know that they have this chance to THINK BIG, PLAY SMART, STAND OUT.

The below table presents an overview of the resources and materials that can be used to promote the Digital Innovation Challenge in different channels.


ItemLink / File

Digital Innovation Challenge Website

https://ec.europa.eu/cefdigital/sme
Official email addressEC-SMEs-Connecting-Europe@ec.europa.eu
Official hashtag of the Digital Innovation Challenge#SMEsConnectingEurope 
Videohttps://youtu.be/qMYv6nP5oR4
Teaserhttps://youtu.be/rd2VOoED5zw
Web Summit after videohttps://youtu.be/mE1msyKKprI 
Web Summit pictures
Ambassador success story videos

Branddocs (eSignature reuse) : https://youtu.be/EG-IPrVnwmo 

MITMYNID (eDelivery reuse): https://youtu.be/hDdjm7-854o 

Ubiwhere (Context Broker reuse): https://youtu.be/LxlVDEN8-I0 

Digital Innovation Challenge Instagram accounthttps://www.instagram.com/digitalinnovationchallenge/?hl=en
Brochures (*) 
Book markers (*)
Roll up (*)
Stickers (*)

(*) Available at the Web Summit and any other events where the Challenge can be promoted. 


Social media content - ideas for inspiration 


Online info session on 30 January 2020

Please note that we are currently promoting the second online info session on the Digital Innovation Challenge to be held on 30 January 2020 (registrations here).

You can reuse the Web Summit after video to promote this info session: https://youtu.be/mE1msyKKprI or the three success stories videos listed below.



What?Call to ActionDraft proposed content for social media (e.g. Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram)Supporting materials


AFTER THE LAUNCH @WEB SUMMIT 


Launch @Web Summit + first online info session Register to info session

Option 1:

The European Commission went to the Web Summit to launch the Digital Innovation Challenge for European’s SMEs and startups.

Do you want to be one of the SMEs or startups shaping a Digital Europe? Take part in the Challenge and imagine new services using the European Commission’s open and reusable solutions. Win up to €50 000 and stand out at European level. Interested? Think big, play smart, stand out! 

Visit our website https://ec.europa.eu/cefdigital/sme
And register to our first info session on 25 November here: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/DigitalInnovationChallenge_infosessions

(Web Summit after video)

Option 2:

Ready to Think big, Play smart and Stand out? Take part in the Digital Innovation Challenge for SMEs and startups launched at the Web Summit. Here's how it works:

  • Imagine a new service based on open and reusable solutions
  • Co-create with coaches from the European Commission
  • Pitch your idea at award ceremony, win up to EUR 50.000 and stand out at European level

Call for applications closes on 28 February 2020.

Visit our website https://ec.europa.eu/cefdigital/sme
And register to our first info session on 25 November here: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/DigitalInnovationChallenge_infosessions

(Web Summit after video)


Dialogue with potential participants to the ChallengeCheck the challenge and the solutions we have for you

Digital SMEs are already using our open solutions to innovate and grow their businesses. And you, How do you want to grow?

Broaden your vision for big impact in shaping a digital Europe? Reinforce your position in the market with a plug and play solution that scales? Enhance your visibility across Europe with a unique service offering

Visit: https://ec.europa.eu/cefdigital/sme

And register to our first info session on 25 November here: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/DigitalInnovationChallenge_infosessions

#SMEsConnectingEurope

Success story (Context Broker) post 1Read the story on the website and watch the video

Digital SMEs are using open solutions to innovate and grow their businesses.

Think big: Ubiwhere

Bring data to life and innovate new smart services by consolidating the data scattered around the city.

Read the story on the website: https://ec.europa.eu/cefdigital/sme and watch the video: https://youtu.be/LxlVDEN8-I0

#SMEsConnectingEurope

Success story (eSignature) post 2Read the story on the website and watch the video

Digital SMEs are using open solutions to innovate and grow their businesses.

Stand Out: Branddocs

Become a Trust Service Provider to validate and preserve documents for a more secure digital tomorrow.

Read the story on the website: https://ec.europa.eu/cefdigital/sme and watch the video: https://youtu.be/EG-IPrVnwmo

#SMEsConnectingEurope

Success story (eDelivery) post 3Read the story on the website and watch the video

Digital SMEs are using open solutions to innovate and grow their businesses.

Play Smart: MITMYNID

Build you own communications network that connects players globally across sectors and borders.

Read the story on the website: https://ec.europa.eu/cefdigital/sme and watch the video: https://youtu.be/hDdjm7-854o

#SMEsConnectingEurope


BEFORE THE WEB SUMMIT TO   


Web Summit presence postRegister to the workshop

Option 1:

(x days left to the Web Summit) Are you a SME/startup ready to Think big, Play smart, Stand out? Join us at the Web Summit to learn more about the Digital Innovation Challenge. Register here to our workshop on 7/11 at 10.00 am: https://websummit.com/workshops 

Option 2:

Learn all about the Digital Innovation Challenge for startups and SMEs in Europe. Come meet us at the European Commission booth during the Web Summit in Lisbon, November 4-7, and discover how your business can grow, while shaping a digital Europe.

Register here to our workshop at the Web Summit on 7/11 at 10.00 am: https://websummit.com/workshops and visit the website to know more: https://ec.europa.eu/cefdigital/sme

Option 3:

Europe is becoming increasingly digital. Do you want to be one of the SMEs or startups shaping a Digital Europe? Take part in the Digital Innovation Challenge and imagine new services using the European Commission’s open and reusable solutions. Win up to €50 000 and stand out at European level. Interested? Think big, play smart, stand out ! 

Register here to our workshop at the Web Summit on 7/11 at 10.00 am: https://websummit.com/workshops and visit the website to know more: https://ec.europa.eu/cefdigital/sme

Option 4:

Ready to Think big, Play smart and Stand out? Take part in the Digital Innovation Challenge. Here's how it works:

  • Imagine a new service based on open and reusable solutions
  • Co-create with coaches from the European Commission
  • Pitch your idea at award ceremony, win up to EUR 50.000 and stand out at European level

Call for application closes on 28 February 2020.

Register here to our workshop at the Web Summit on 7/11 at 10.00 am: https://websummit.com/workshops and visit the website to know more: https://ec.europa.eu/cefdigital/sme

  • Square format digital banner (Instagram)

  • Rectangular format medium digital banner (Twitter, LinkedIn)

  • Rectangular format large digital banner



DURING THE WEB SUMMIT  TO  


Web Summit presence & Generic Challenge postsRegister to the workshop + Check the Challenge websiteOption 1:

Join the #EUatWebsummit workshop on 7/11 @ 10.00 & Learn all about the Digital Innovation Challenge for startups and SMEs in EU: https://websummit.com/workshops

Details of challenge: https://ec.europa.eu/cefdigital/sme

#SMEsConnectingEurope

Option 2:

This week during the #WebSummit: the Digital Innovation Challenge for startups & SMEs in Europe (1st prize, €50k!). Learn more @ the workshop on 7/11 @ 10.00 https://websummit.com/workshops

Details of challenge: https://ec.europa.eu/cefdigital/sme

#SMEsConnectingEurope

#EUatWebSummit

Option 3

Are you an SME/startup ready to Think big? Take part in the Digital Innovation Challenge launched @ #WebSummit (& win upto €50k).
See someSMEs already ahead of the curve: https://youtu.be/5y4n7_LvvnM
Details of challenge: https://ec.europa.eu/cefdigital/sme
#SMEsConnectingEurope
#EUatWebSummit

Option 4

Are you a SME/startup ready to Think big, Play smart, Stand out? Join us @ the Digital Innovation Challenge at #WebSummit & win upto €50k! https://websummit.com/workshops

How? Check out the teaser: https://youtu.be/rd2VOoED5zw

#SMEsConnectingEurope

#EUatWebSummit


  • Rectangular format medium digital banner (Twitter, LinkedIn)

  • Rectangular format large digital banner
Official announcement of the Challenge 

Announcement of the Challenge

Check the Website and register to the Challenge

@GabrielMariya

Scheduled for  at around 10.00 am


Do you want to be one of the SMEs/startups shaping a #DigitalEurope? We’re opening a Digital Innovation Challenge where you can imagine new services using @EU_Commission open&reusable solutions and win up to €50 000!

https://ec.europa.eu/cefdigital/sme

#SMEsConnectingEurope #EUatWebSummit








  • No labels