What we achieved

Class of 2019 – 2020

On March 2019, we launched round 2 of the European Data Incubator into the world. Our second round of incubation gave both Big Data startups and corporates the chance to collaborate on big data challenges. Here are some of our highlights.

Incubation for 40 big data startups

A big data community of 3500+

Up to €100K awarded to our startups, plus €6.4 million additional funding raised

Data Challenges for 17 large corporates

EDI startups faced real-world challenges through Big Data Technologies.
All the challenges are available here.

Migros Ticaret
Migros Ticaret A.Ş. was founded in 1954 in İstanbul through the joint initiatives of the Swiss Migros Cooperatives Union and the İstanbul Municipality. Embracing the mission of procuring food supplies and consumables from producers under the supervision of the municipal authorities and of serving these products to İstanbul inhabitants in hygienic conditions and at economic prices, Migros opened its first store in Istanbul in 1957. Today, Migros offers spacious stores in a wide range of formats and locations whose vast selection of stationer, glass and kitchenware, appliance, book, recorded media, clothing and other necessities give it the ability to satisfy nearly all of the shopping needs of its customers. As of 31 December 2016, Migros operates 1558 stores across all seven geographic regions of Turkey serving to its customers including 8 million of loyalty card holders.
JOT Internet Media
Internet Media España SL is a specialist digital marketing agency that generates large amounts of qualified search traffic to premium partners. This means we help our clients increase their web traffic, monetize it and generate extra revenue.

JOT is one of the three largest worldwide players in internet traffic brokerage and its main strategy for growing is based on the incubation of new business lines related to traffic generation. As such, JOT can benefit from its excellent knowledge and competitive edge in order to enter the Ad Tech sector.

Automobil Club Assistencia S.A.
Automobil Club Assistencia S.A. (ACASA) is the company of the Reial Automòbil Club De Catalunya (RACC) group –the biggest Spanish motoring club with around 1 million members – dealing with the direction, organization and management of assistance services and operations for the RACC members. RACC is a non-profit-making organization dealing with the promotion of motor sports, the provision of services to its members as well as the advice, protection and defense of car users, the improvement of road safety, sustainable mobility and environmental protection, being able to carry out these tasks either through its different departments or through co-operation agreements.
Virtual Power Solutions (VPS) is an innovative, market leader in the design and operation of dynamic connected platforms, providing real-time granular data to consumers, network operators and utilities. Minimising consumption by increasing energy efficiency, optimising the time of use and realising the monetisation of loads. VPS has a proven team of experts with a strong track record of providing significant benefits to all stakeholders in the modern energy network. Its aim is to become the largest builder and operator of Virtual Power Plants in Europe. VPS is a tech company that provides ESaaS (Energy Savings as a Service) to all sectors: industrial and commercial, SME and domestic, addressing important market needs arisen from the current energy transition: i) Energy Consumers that want to minimise, optimise and monetise their energy demand, be protected against the future introduction of time-of-use tariffs in European markets, manage the challenges associated with the growing number of electric vehicles and, simultaneously, increase the energy independence and sustainability through Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (NZEB); ii) Utilities and Network Operators who need to balance their grid, assure a secure operation and minimize the deviations to the forecasted demand by introducing ADR capabilities in their customer base.
Sonae is a leader in the Portuguese retail market (food and non-food). Established in 1959, grew and strengthened its core business during 1980’s and 1990’s and achieved a turnover of €4.9Bn in 2014. Innovation in products and services has been the main tool to increase the company’s competitiveness. Sonae holds other businesses and interests such as retail properties, and core partnerships, such as shopping centres and telecommunications (one of Portugal’s biggest Telco companies). The retail business came a long way since the opening of the first hypermarket in 1985, changing along the way the consumer habits and starting a revolution in the commercial landscape in Portugal. Today it owns hypermarkets & convenience supermarkets, electronics stores, fashion stores, cafeteria and restaurants, book shops & stationery, health & wellbeing stores. Sonae’s vision is “to create economic and social value in the long run, taking the benefits of progress and innovation to an ever increasing number of people”, that’s why the company sees innovation in the service of sustainability as a priority.
Yapı Kredi Technology is the Technology Company and subsidiary of Yapı Kredi Bank. The main functions carried out by Yapı Kredi Technology are to conduct research, development, technology transfer and technology
commercialization acitivities mainly in software and informatics. YKT is one of the pioneers in R&D in banking operations having a cutting edge R&D team, which so far has developed various projects nationally and internationally funded. The team has shown significant outputs in fields like machine learning, pattern recognition, and natural language understanding.

Yapı Kredi (YKB) established in 1944 as Turkey’s first retail focused private bank and the 4th largest private bank. YKB has been the leader in credit card market for the last 25 years and maintains leadership position.

International Game Technology (IGT) is a multinational gaming company that produces slot
machines and other gaming technology. The company is headquartered in London.
The company is engaged in operating and providing an integrated portfolio of technology
products and services across various gaming markets, including lottery management services,
online lotteries, electronic gaming machines, sports betting, interactive gaming and
commercial services.
Founded in 2004, UBIMET GmbH is the largest private provider of meteorological services in Austria and among the top three largest weather companies in Europe. Headquartered in Vienna, UBIMET runs several branch offices in Melbourne, Berlin and New York. Currently, UBIMET has about 200 employees. The company’s main area of expertise lies in the field of meteorology, specifically in developing forecast models, issuing weather forecasts and severe weather warnings with high temporal and spatial resolution, as well as in preparing data and forecasts tailored to suit individual customer requirements, such as information services, risk management, personnel planning, decision support, etc. The clientele includes insurance agencies, infrastructure operators, municipalities and individuals, as well as mass media, such as daily newspapers and private radio stations. Due to the essential advantage of an in-house research and development department, UBIMET can provide state-of-the-art knowledge in all areas of meteorological technology and has experience in different joint research programs dealing with meteorology and ICT.
Elektro Ljubljana is the largest power distribution company in Slovenia. It covers the main part of Slovenia, including Ljubljana, the country’s capital city. Elektro Ljubljana’s grid covers a third of Slovenia, i.e. 6,166 sq km. Over 36 % of the population relies on the supply of the power provided by the Company; hence it supplies electricity to over 326,000 customers. The Company is also responsible for the development, maintenance and management of the grid and it employs almost 1,000 employees.

Presenting the grid in figures, the Company oversees 16,390 kilometres of underground cables and overhead lines as well as 5,183 substations. Ljubljana, the capital city, relies almost exclusively on the underground network and covers an area of 149 sq km while the cables stretch on over 2.697 km. The Company boasts with the following certificates: ISO 9001 (Quality Management System), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System), ISO 27001 (Data Protection Management System) and OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health & Safety Management System), which attests company’s dedication towards quality-orientated organisation and policy. The Company’s mission is a complete supply of electricity to consumers and performance of ancillary services.

World Athletics

World Athletics is the international governing body for the sport of athletics. It is headquartered in Monaco. It was founded in 1912 as the International Amateur Athletic Federation by representatives from 17 national athletics federations in Stockholm, Sweden. IAAF’s name changed in 2001 becoming the ‘International Association of Athletics Federations’ to reflect the growth of a professional sporting world which did not exist in 1912 and then again in 2019 to World Athletics. As World Athletics enters its second century of existence, the aim is to further enhance this vibrant sport to offer new and exciting prospects for athletes and spectators alike.

Empresa Municipal de Transportes de Valencia S.A.U
EMT Valencia is the Municipal Transport Company of Valencia that provides public transport
by bus in the city of Valencia (Spain) and the towns of Alboraia, Alfara del Patriarca, Burjassot,
Moncada, Tavernes Blanques, Sueca, and Vinalesa. It belongs to the City Council of Valencia
The Valencian EMT is the urban bus company from Valencia. This city hast 1 million inhabitants
and the bus company has more than 1.200 drivers, 450 buses and around 200.000 bus trips
per day.
The Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroep (VRT) is the public broadcaster of the Flemish Community in Belgium. Its mission is to reach the largest possible number of viewers and listeners with a diversity of programs that arouse and fulfill their interest. To accomplish this, VRT owns 3 TV channels (Eén, Ketnet, Canvas), 5 radio stations (Radio1, Radio2, Klara, Studio Brussel and MNM) and 2 web portals (deredactie.be and sporza.be). VRT has been active in research and innovation projects with a dedicated lab for research activities for over a decade. This lab is currently called VRT Research & Innovation. VRT Research & Innovation (VRT R&I) carries out research into the creation, management, distribution and consumption of media content. The lab has an independent multidisciplinary team of 14 highly qualified researchers with an expertise in many facets of media production and media management. This team is often extended with VRT professionals from the creative domain creating a bridge between research project and the production floor.
ENERGA Operator SA is distribution network operator (DSO) responsible for the development and maintenance of distribution grid located in northern and central part of Poland. Energa Operator SA is also a member company of Capital Group ENERGA SA. ENERGA SA is owner of 47 hydro power plants, Ostroleka coal power plant with rated capacity 722 MW. Total energy production in year 2015 was equal to 4.1 TWh. Total capacity of wind turbines connected to the Energa Operator grid is equal to 1966 MW.

Energa Operator runs grid consisted of 110 kV lines (6,442 km), 15 kV lines (67,366 km), 0,4 kV lines (110 619 km), 110/15 kV/kV, main system substations (493) and 15/0,4 kV/kV substations (59 084). Energa Operator supply electrical energy to 2.8 mln customers, including 0.29 mln business customers. The energy delivered to customers (sold) in Q2 2016 was equal to 5,5 TWh.

AMI Project started in Energa Operator in 29.06.2010. It included the implementation of a central IT system, and the implementation of smart metering infrastructure. Developed standards for communication, which take into account the meter data model COSEM objects and Data Terminal Unit, precise guidelines for the implementation of all the used communication protocols (eg. DLMS, HDLC, PRIME), its own communication protocol between the application and the hub (DCSAP) and defined security mechanisms for all system components. More than 840k meters was installed on Energa-Operator grid within 6 years of the roll out of the project.

EMASESA is the first water company in Andalusia and the second national company that manage the integral water cycle, by volume of customers, with 100% public capital. It is also the seventh national company by volume of turnover in the sector.

EMASESA began its activity on October 23, 1974, when it was created by the City of Seville as a municipal private company, having changed its denomination as Metropolitan on May 8, 2007. EMASESA manages the direct supply of drinking water in the capital of Seville and other 12 municipalities in the area. He is also responsible for the public sewage and purification service in this area.

The organization of EMASESA has been characterized as a pioneering one in the management of the Integral Water Cycle from the public service perspective along with environmental responsibility. Both concepts have also been transferred to the citizenship, obtaining a significant index of environmental awareness.

EMASESA has defined a Policy of its Integrated Management System, which encompasses the Quality, Environmental, Occupational Risk Prevention, RTD and Water Safety Plans.
EMASESA belongs to national and international networks and platforms in the field like: PLANETA, Asociación Española de Abastecimientos de Agua y Saneamiento; European Public Water.

The Technical University of Berlin (TUB) is represented by its Distributed Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (DAI-Labor), which is a government – and third party funded research institute (http://www.dai-labor.de/en/) at TU Berlin under the leadership of Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr. h.cc. Sahin Albayrak, with over 150 researchers, post-docs, graduate students, and support staff. Since its inception in 1992 the DAI-Labor at TUB has become a bridge between research and industry with the development of distributed systems as well as tools and frameworks that facilitate these developments in many different domains.

Research at DAI-Labor is being conducted within six Competence Centers (CC); each center applies its competences for the development and evaluation of Smart Services. Additionally, the expertise and experience of researchers from different competence centers are integrated to the six different Application Centers of DAI-Labor to ensure applicability and practical relevance of research outcomes. DAI-Labor at TUB is a team of high scientific expertise in many different areas and is widely recognized in the research community. As such, it will have the chance to produce high-quality scientific results, which will be disseminated through journal publications, conferences, workshops, and standardization activities. DAI-Labor has already participated in a number of EU co-funded projects as well and has comprehensive experience with international consortia.

EDP España
EDP is a leading company in the energy sector. The group is present in Spain through
generation, distribution and commercialization of electricity, gas and utility services.
The Spanish electricity sector is based on a market model, in which regulated activities coexist
under a natural monopoly, such as transport and distribution, with others on free competition
conditions such as production and marketing. The level of security and quality of electricity
supply is high, given the level of investment in the distribution networks in recent years and
the existence of a mixture of sources of diversified energy sources, especially if we take into
account the low level of interconnections. EDP Spain holds an important place in the various
activities of the value chain of electricity.
Nipe Fagio is a Tanzania-based civil society organization focused on increasing awareness,
facilitating and promoting sustainable development initiatives in the country, particularly in
the solid waste management field
Nipe Fagio, as a recognized and well-known local organization, has engaged in World Bank
activities across the years, participating in multiple community engagements. In 2018, the
World Bank supported Nipe Fagio to lead the World Cleanup Day in Tanzania as part of the
Let’s Do It Tanzania project. As part of LDI-TZ, we mapped over 5,000 trash spots in Dar es
Salaam and conducted over 150 cleanups.

It is definitely worth applying! Besides funding, the support network that EDI supplies is very valuable. The EDI personnel are genuinely supportive and helpful and a great variety of trainings are provided. While some trainings are closer to our current needs than others, every training provided valuable insights into building and creating a big data startup.”


“When talking about startups, having an idea is important, but far more important is to transform the idea into something tangible. The EDI program gives you the right tools to enable you to transform your vision into a product. The unique set of competencies learned during the incubation path is extremely valuable. The program will not only support you in developing your first MVP but will also serve as the basis for any further entrepreneurial activity you will run in the future.”


“EDI is the must-to-attend incubation programme, which provides data (to build solution), visibility (to attract customers and investors) and money (to finance the company). A data-science startup requires all three to accelerate. We got a great coach and a mentor during the experiment phase who helped us by walking an extra mile with us in guidance, offering help in meeting customers and helping us not lose our focus.” 


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