September Fresh Start: Boost your Business with OI2Lab
In Europe, September means a ‘fresh’ start. The new academic year kicks off, struggling businesses scramble and re-focus their energy to achieve their preset goals, while more successful organizations see it as a moment to invest in innovative ideas to grow their business.
For the OI2LAB, September is also an opportunity for a new start. A new start materialized with a new open call, with new opportunities for our continuously growing network of SME’s, startups and entrepreneurs.
‘OI2Lab may Boost your Business Growth through Open Innovation’.
On September 2nd, the OI2LAB launched its second open call entitled ‘Boosting Business Growth through Open Innovation’.
With this open call, the OI2LAB invites SMEs, start-ups and entrepreneurs to take yet another fresh start and ask the community to help them solve some internal challenges either technology or commercially based. Likewise, businesses wanting to bring innovative ideas to life are invited to submit their ideas to address future demand.
In other words, OI2LAB offers support to identify innovative solutions to solve a (technological) need or a market challenge that may hinder you from responding to a customer or a market request.
Based on the innovativeness of the submitted applications, OI2LAB will reward the 36 most promising SMEs with customized business support and innovation vouchers of a face value of €5000. The voucher is to be used to tackle the proposed challenge, to address the described need or to realize the idea. The vouchers should be considered as the starting point of an innovation journey towards a new or improved product or service, realized and accelerated by a cooperation with a European partner. (More information about what can be purchased is available in the Guide for applicants)
OI2LAB will help you to identify a suitable partner for free, assist you during the collaboration with this partner and seek further funding, if required, to realize your proposed innovation project.
You have time until 2nd December 2019, 5 pm CET to submit your proposal and apply for the OI2LAB second open call.
In case you are interested in participating, and you think your SME or start-up has a need that, once solved with OI2Lab help, may boost your business, please do not hesitate to visit the open call page or reach out to us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, a fresh start may mean it is time to act!
Short CV of the Author
Dr. Tom Vranken is Program Manager of NineSigma Europe. He joined the company in February 2015 as technical researcher, made it to Program Manager in 2017 and has since supported multiple industrial clients with identifying technological opportunities and with connecting them to the technology owner(s). Tom has a background in biomedical sciences, bio-electronics & nanotechnology and preceding his position at NineSigma, he obtained his PhD degree at the chemical laboratory of the University of Hasselt, Belgium.