After a nail-biting wait, EDI has selected the 40 lucky startups and SMEs to take part in the next round of incubation, starting this autumn 2019. The winning teams were selected from a pool of +490 applicants and work in a variety of sectors, from retail to sports.
The successful startups come from all over Europe, including the H2020 associated countries, and impressed the evaluating judges with their innovative big data proposals, which either set out to solve the challenges put forward by the EDI data providers, or to resolve their own proposed challenges.
You can read about how many startups applied to this second round of EDI in our last blog, including where most applicants came from, and which tracks they applied to.
What can our new startups expect?
Over the next 8-months, the startups will embark on a supportive acceleration journey, with 1:1 help from their mentor and with direction from their data provider, as they accelerate a solution to their chosen big data challenge.
The first ‘Explore’ phase will begin in autumn 2019, with the startups flying to Berlin in October for the kick-off. Here they will meet their mentors, the other startups, the EDI team and have trainings with their data providers. During this first stage, the startups will receive access to a free Cloud environment for scalable data processing, mentoring, free business support and up to €5k equity free.
Resources for our new startups
While our startups prepare to begin EDI, they can take a look at the journeys of our alumni to gather tips, insights and advice on how to best manage each phase of the programme:
- Interview with Statice
- Interview with Zylk
- Interview with LIS-Solutions
- Interview with Amigo Climate
- Interview with BigDa Solutions
- Interview with Ciclogreen
If you’re more of a visual learner, you can check out the videos on our YouTube channel. In particular, you watch what will happen during the first ‘Evolve’ phase visit in Berlin (pitches, evaluation and sessions with your mentor):
The new EDI startups can also find golden words of advice from our alumni MorphL and Leapcraft, in our application webinar, from 34:00 minutes:
Finally, a big thank you to all the teams that applied to EDI the time around. If you weren’t successful, don’t forget that we will have a final round of applications opening in the summer of 2020, so please do apply again.
In our next blog we will announce the names of the EDI startups, so stay tuned by following our social media channels!