Whether it's smart cities or the internet of things – there are many great innovative ideas and apps out there. But many of them rely on the same "generic" enablers, basic building blocks from which you can create great things.
And this is where we can help. FI-WARE is a "toolbox" making all those building blocks available to use and innovate with, open, fast, reusable, and reliable. Without the risk of getting "locked in" or dependent on one supplier.
So you don't have to worry about fixing basic problems that others have already solved, but can focus on developing the specific of your bright idea. And you can try all these out at the "FI-Lab". (All part of our Public-Private Partnership on the Future Internet—and of our commitment to helping EU entrepreneurs startup in Europe, and stay in Europe).
Many apps have already been built using these tools – from warning about earthquakes to helping taxi drivers. Below you can see the CEO of FoodLoop talk about how he used FIWARE building blocks to support his own work:
But I know the building blocks are not enough – you need the resources to help you see your idea through. FI-WARE also offers business support, mentoring and the chance to network and share with your peers. And from September there will be €80 million of EU money available for around 1300 small businesses and web entrepreneurs using those FI-WARE tools. That money won't come direct from the EU: but via those best able to understand and support startup needs – accelerators. The full list of the 16 accelerators is here—and each can choose to have a different focus.
Come to Florence to meet some of the accelerators and present your idea!