SME Instrument

  • 85 companies applied to take part in a business acceleration event with MAN Truck & Bus in Munich. 18 of them were selected to present their ideas in front of 150 leading MAN employees and Group partners. Travelling from the 12 different countries, the participants showcased ideas, prototypes, and products ranging from electric trucks to cargo bikes.

  • Tesvolt has developed a lithium-ion battery system based on high-voltage technology, which is said to gain in efficiency and improve the battery’s lifespan. Tesvolt’s batteries will reach a service life of 30 years, or the equivalent of 8,000 complete charge cycles with a 100% depth of discharge, thanks to its system. The technology is also expected to slash electricity storage costs by more than a half.

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  • Plastic packaging is everywhere, from toiletries to disposable coffee cups to fruit and vegetables. Of the 78 million tonnes of plastic produced for packaging each year, more than 30 % ends up polluting the environment, with much of it turning up in the ocean where it has a devastating effect on marine wildlife.

  • Kunak Technologies SL is installing air quality devices at stadiums around the world as part of a campaign to draw attention to the effects of air pollution. The campaign  has started with Stade Louis II in Monaco Addis Ababa Stadium in Ethiopia. The company will install four more devices on athletics tracks in the stadiums in Argentina, Mexico, Sydney and Japan in the coming months. 

  • Under the first Phase of SME Instrument, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that seek funding can receive a lump sum funding of €50,000 to carry out a concept and feasibility study.

    The biggest number of proposals for this batch were submitted by Spanish applicants (341), followed closely by Italian (314) and British applicants (148). The most popular areas of activity for applicants were ICT, health and engineering.

  • The headset built by Varjo Technologies, a Finnish start-up funded by the European Innovation Council pilot, is the first in the world to bring human-sight resolution to virtual and mixed reality (VR/XR). With 50 megapixels per eye, the resolution is over twenty times more precise than existing consumer devices.

  • In this phase of the SME Instrument, each project will receive up to €2.5 million to finance innovation activities like demonstration, testing, piloting and scaling up. The companies will also benefit from 12 days of free business coaching and acceleration services.

    The biggest number of proposals for this batch were submitted by Spanish applicants (276), followed closely by Italian (199) and British applicants (151).

  • On 16 October 2018, selected companies funded by the European Innovation Council pilot, gathered at the Solvay Campus in Brussels to pitch their ideas, network and discuss with Solvay managers, venture capital investors and representatives from other large corporates like L’Oréal and Safran.

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