The FIWARE Accelerator Programme, supported by the European Commission as part of the Digital Agenda 2020, has demonstrated to be a fantastic tool to reach-out to SMEs and STARTUPS. The European network of 16 ACCELERATORS, operating within the programme, has attracted over 8,000 submissions to their open calls, of which more than 1000 SMEs and STARTUPS have been part of the FIWARE business acceleration programme.
During the Programme, accelerators have been focusing on boosting the most promising proposals, aimed to outreach in the sectors with more business potential and targeting our principal areas of development such as :
Over a thousand new or fast-growing small enterprises, part of the FIWARE Accelerator Programme, will be key actors in the most innovative markets, offering disruptive apps, IT solutions and web based services. At present, a great part of the FIWARE startups and SMEs have already developed their market-ready products. By 2020, a revenue of more than €330 million is expected around the SMEs leveraging the FIWARE platform. They will be serving at least 1.5 million business customers and reaching a market of more than 20 million consumers.
Fully in line with the objectives of the Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy , FIWARE is ensuring portability, interoperability and openness of services across Europe. It will contribute notably to the digitisation of European Industry and European Cloud Initiative.
The future of tech applications is in open standard Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that will ease the development of new digital products and services through the use of standard components, ensuring portability, interoperability and openness of services across Europe and making the Digital Single Market a reality
With presence all over the world thanks to its Mundus programme, FIWARE enhances social cohesion by fostering job creation and growth, and is now moving to the market with the support of the FIWARE Foundation. The Foundation is now becoming the central actor driving the FIWARE open platform technology and ecosystem forward and making companies, institutions and contributors very visible in a key initiative of DG CONNECT and the European Commission. ZABALA is gold member of the FINODEX Foundation.
As a result of our accelerator, 101 companies from 19 countries were selected. The ROI of the acceleration has widely exceeded expectations reaching over a 75% and obtaining over €10.5m of additional funds for our companies.
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