Throwback: STARTUP3 AI Innovation Challenge

Throwback on rich exchanges on Artificial Intelligence – Congratulations to Detektia!

On the 11th of May 2021, the last STARTUP3 Innovation Challenge was hosted on the SCS Plenary AI/Big Data Work Group. SMEs, Corporations, and academics experts in this field shared observed trends and challenges, and fresh news on their activities with the SCS ecosystem players in order to update the cluster’s roadmap. A nice stage for our startups to pitch their innovative solutions with cutting-edge AI use cases! 

For this occasion – welcoming European startups – this event was open to the European sphere, an opportunity to share practices with European counterpart clusters. A special thank to the French SCS team and members for having performed their keynotes in English!

The AI Innovation Challenge was opened to 5 STARTUP3-accelerated startups, and to 5 startups from SCS’ ecosystem, involving AI in their solutions. And the most innovative solution in which AI has the most impact was won by the STARTUP3 Top 5 Detektia! Followed by Haruspex (STARTUP3 Top 10) and the Polish startup MTap.


STARTUP3 Startups
BotX Cloud
Read More
Read More
Read More
Read More
Read More
SCS Ecosystem Startups
Read More
My Data Models
Read More
Read More

1st place Detektia won a visibility package on the SophIA Summit worth 1 800€. This conference gathers major experts who will share last scientific advances in AI. The startup will expose on a virtual booth and have full access to the conferences.

Detektia is a Spanish startup offering a low-cost infrastructure monitoring tool based on the latest RADAR satellite technologies and Artificial Intelligence, which provides accurate data on the deformation of terrains and infrastructures at any point of the planet, without the need of in situ instrumentation.

Candela Sancho photo

Candela Sancho

I really appreciate the invitation and the opportunity to participate in the AI challenge. I really enjoy pitching and learning from other startups. The organisation of the pitch session was very agile and dynamic, as well as the voting phase. It is a pride and a great opportunity for Detektia to participate in challenges like this.
Etienne Delhaye photo

Etienne Delhaye

Sophia Club Entreprises
I really appreciated the dynamism of the Innovation Challenge, and the high level of the contestants who performed quality pitches. It was a pleasure for the SophIA Summit to support SCS and the STARTUP3 project on this event, and we are looking forward to welcoming Detektia in November!
The event was supported by
Learn More

Roundtable discussion “Deep-tech startup acceleration: when collaboration with corporates becomes crucial”

What is the true potential of deep-tech startups and how can corporates help them grow?

Latvian IT Cluster and STARTUP3 Accelerator invite you to join an online Roundtable “Deep-tech startup acceleration: when collaboration with corporates becomes crucial” on May 20th, 10:00-11:00 CEST at the biggest Baltic startup conference TechChill.

The roundtable discusses if and how corporates should partner with startups in developing new products and what such partnership entitles. Among the participants are:

  • Vasilapostolos Ouranis, Co-founder & CSO at Magos (Greece) 
  • Candela Sancho, CEO at Detektia(Spain) 
  • Georgios Zampetas, Managing Director at RTsafeManaging Director (Greece) 
  • Dragana Vukasinovic, Founder and CEO at Fauna Smart Technologies (Denmark)
  • Jean-lucFretard, CEO at HOLA-UP (France)

The Roundtable is moderated by the Latvian IT Cluster.

The event is one of many events that happen in the TechChill and is open to TechChill pass holders only.

Learn More

Masterclass “Academic potential to build great products: Journey from Academia to Startups and then to Industry”

Latvian IT Cluster and STARTUP3 Accelerator Consortium invites to join Masterclass “Academic potential to build great products: Journey from Academia to Startups and then to Industry” on May 19th, 16:00 – 17:00 CEST at the biggest Baltic startup conference TechChill.

What does it take to transition from academia to the world of entrepreneurship to products for the biggest and oldest industry in the world, farming? Presented by the academic-turned-entrepreneur Dr. Dragana Vukasinovic, the masterclass explores how startups can use the academic potential to build quality products, needed in the industry, and what the preconditions are to make such a partnership successful in the long term.

The event is one of many events that happen in the TechChill conference that annually brings together 2000+ attendees, including the fastest-growing startups, most innovative corporations, investors active in the region, and talented tech enthusiasts.

Learn More

ELISE – First Open Call

Receive funding up to 60.000!

For the best 16 SMEs and Startups that develop novel AI-based services or applications!

With the support of a scientific advisor, the European Network of AI Excellence Centres (ELISE) will select 16 SMEs and start-ups in one of the ELISE/ELLIS focus areas with the support of a Scientific Advisor.

Learn More

X-Europe – Call for SpaceTech Startups

X-Europe’s Cohort 5 will upscale 25 startups that focus on SpaceTech technologies between July and December 2021!

X-Europe has opened its fifth open call, this time in the Space Tech sector. Entering its second year, the programme opens applications to support startups and SMEs with an innovative business idea in space downstream and upstream technology. Applications are open from 3rd May to 30th June at 5 PM CEST, and the programme will run from July to December 2021.

The EU-funded programme has previously promoted cohorts in HealthTech, Agritech, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, and Smart Cities & Sustainability, helping more than 100 cutting-edge startups grow and develop their technologies. Now, X-Europe is preparing to support 25 more startups by providing top-notch training and mentoring services and guiding partnerships with investors, corporations, and ecosystem builders.

Also, the selected startups gain free access to the Design Terminal Space Conference, held in November, the possibility to participate in the Acceleration week by Design Terminal, and access to TechChill and TNW community incubators, providing opportunities to networking, digitally mingled among the global business elite and shared knowledge between companies and startups.

The open call winners will get:

  • Free entry and showcasing at Design Terminal Space Conference, November 2021

  • Matchmaking opportunities with investors

  • The possibility to build partnerships with corporations (your idea might be the right solution to their business challenges)

  • Online training sessions, including market-leading courses from Growth Tribe and other workshops

  • A dedicated coach and one-on-one mentoring sessions

  • Talent matchmaking support

  • Media exposure

  • Access to the Acceleration week by Design Terminal and TechChill’s and TNW’s community incubators in Riga and Amsterdam

The programme is designed by five key players in the startup community: F6S, TNW, Design Terminal, Growth Tribe, and TechChill and optimised for a complete digital experience without physical attendance. Also, is free of charge thanks to Startup Europe.

Learn More

DIGIFED – Application Experiment and Digital Challenge Call

DigiFed offers grants of up to €50 000 as well as technical and business support for the development of smart applications in Europe!

The EU-funded project “Digital Innovation Hubs Federation For Large Scale adoption of digital technologies by European SMEs” has just opened its third call for applications.

Operating within the framework of the Smart Anything Everywhere Initiative, DigiFed seeks to boost the adoption of advanced digital technologies, or cyber-physical systems (CPS), by EU SMEs with a focus on non-digital businesses.

It will help applicants implement business plans for the sustainability of the federation of Digital Innovation Hubs designated by the European Commission, while providing key support mechanisms for both individual companies and groups of SMEs to foster the introduction of digital technologies in their product-and-service offerings.

If you are:

  • Developing novel and innovative smart solutions worthy of market leaders.
  • Bridging the physical and virtual worlds with advanced technologies and industrialized solutions.
  • Interested in using premium resources and competencies to speed up development.
  • Wishing to access a unique European ecosystem composed of leading industrial companies, world-class research organizations, innovation accelerators and private investors.

DigiFed offers you:

  • Access to industrial platforms in the domain of cyber-physical and embedded systems (CPS).
  • Product support aimed at bringing your innovations to target markets.
  • Up to € 50k in funding per applicant SME – representing 70% of your project’s total declared budget.
  • Access to high-level technical expertise pooled from research centers across Europe.
  • Innovation management support focusing on sustainable business development – to bring your innovation to market via DigiFed and the Smart Anything Everywhere ecosystem.
  • Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) services to identify technical partners, commercial opportunities in Europe and receive tailored support, webinars, and boot camps through the DigiFed project.

Application Experiments (AEs) are the core activity of DigiFed. This pathway directly supports SMEs and Midcaps with different levels of digital maturity:

  • For SMEs with low digital maturity, it offers the capacity for SMEs to catch up and upgrade their skills and existing products with dedicated services, tools, and solutions.
  • For SMEs with higher digital maturity, it offers further innovative technology integration as well as access to potential customers including larger industrial stakeholders.

The third open call presents three types of Application Experiment:

  1. Single AE: involves one European SME and one DigiFed Technical partner which provides support and expertise.
  2. Twin AE: involves two European SMEs with complementary expertise and legally based in two different countries (cross-border condition).
  3. Twin AE with one low-digitalized company: involves two SMEs cooperating cross-border, of which at least one with a low digital maturity level. In this configuration, Twin applicants can request the additional optional support of a DigiFed Technical partner.
Learn More

EBAN Annual Congress 2021

Virtually join hundreds of investors and corporates on June 16-18th 2021– make connections, learn from experts and pitch in front of the world’s best angel investors1

The EBAN Congress will welcome more than 400 Business Leaders; Early Stage Investors; Business Angels; VCs; Entrepreneurs; Accelerators; Corporates; Policy Makers Seed Funds and Startups. The event will focus on how business angel investors can support the EU on accelerating the innovation cycle and overcome the many challenges our society faces in the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis.

The EBAN Annual Congress is widely recognized as one of Europe’s largest international private investment & entrepreneurship events. The event will take place over a three-days, including Investor Led Workshops, Keynotes, pitching sessions, round table workshops etc.

Who can apply?

  • Early stage companies (not older than 5 years);
  •  Actively fundraising for an equity investment of between €50K – €5M;
  • Company based in any EU country.

What you will find:

  • Up to 5 complimentary Annual Congress tickets per team;
  • Pitching slot;
  • Booth at the Virtual Exhibition Fair with a featured video pitch;
  • Profile listed on the Congress website and promotional campaigns;
  • Access to various workshops for entrepreneurs;
  • Access to virtual networking area and possibility of 1-1 matchmaking meetings facilitated by EIPP.

Shortlisted startups – Join the Virtual Exhibition Fair!

All shortlisted startups not selected to pitch at the Congress will receive 1 free ticket to the event with access to all workshops, sessions and networking opportunities, as well as being featured in the virtual exhibition fair with a video pitch, company profile, chat and more.

Learn More

EIT Digital Challenge 2021

20 scaleups will compete in the final of the EIT Digital Challenge, Europe’s leading competition for European digital deep tech companies. Take part in the 2021 edition to win international growth support totaling €250,000 that will be awarded to 3 winners!

Being awarded by the EIT Digital Challenge represents a significant milestone for scaleups on the verge to grow and expand internationally. Europe’s flagship Deep Tech competition for fast-growing digital scale-ups, the EIT Digital Challenge, covers a wide variety of topics spanning from Digital Finance, Digital Tech, and Digital Wellbeing to Digital Cities and Digital Industry.

Wim Van Hecke

CEO & Co-founder of 2020 winner Icometrix
This is a very prestigious award. Having followed my competitors’ pitches already made me feel humble to be among these finalists coming from such a wide range of sectors. This variety also shows a strength of Europe that we sometimes forget.

Since its launch in 2014, the EIT Digital Challenge has attracted more than 2,500 entries from all over Europe. Prominent award winners include KONUX, Medicus.AI, or SidekickHealth, digital technology scaleups that have become internationally successful companies. In 2020, a record number of 403 scaleups from 32 countries applied for the competition. Almost 40% of applicants, 55% of the 20 finalists, and 60% of winners feature women as founders or C-level executives. With average revenues of €1.4M, average funding of €7.6M, and average staff of more than 40, the 2020 laureates are the most mature prize winners in the 7-year history of the Challenge. Overall, the EIT Digital Accelerator has supported startups and scaleups from 18 countries that have raised over 1 billion euros in investment.

Chahab Nastar

EIT Digital Chief Innovation Officer
It is our ambition to help companies overcome the fragmented European market and successfully grow across the continent. The EIT Digital Challenge is our key instrument to identify the best European deep tech entrepreneurs and help them, through our Accelerator, to raise funds, access new markets, and scale up internationally. We support them to become leading companies on the global market and enhance Europe’s competitiveness in digital.

Charlotte Journo-Baur

CEO of 2020 winner Wishibam
I can see all the new opportunities that are opening up for Wishibam across Europe thanks to EIT and it is very very exciting. This is really a team victory that is going to do so much for our development, we are truly thrilled. […] I think we will benefit a lot from the accelerator’s network to reach customers in parts of Europe where we haven’t yet had a chance to show our potential. The accelerator will also help us meet investors from diverse backgrounds and give us a better appreciation of the different fundraising options that exist across the continent.

Win Cash Prizes & Tailored Growth Support totaling €250,000

This year, the competition intensifies with one winner across all focus areas. “We will select 20 companies out of all applicants and invite them to an exclusive event in the autumn where they will pitch to a jury of high-profile corporates and investors,” says Shehryar Piracha, Head of the EIT Digital Accelerator.“ A total of 3 winners will be announced during this event, one Challenge winner and two runners-up. They all will receive a full year of tailored support from the EIT Digital Accelerator, valued at €50,000. On top of that, the Challenge winner will receive a cash prize of €100,000.”

The EIT Digital Accelerator was recognized as one of the five World Top Public Business Accelerators and the program with the best pan-European reach, and as Top 4 European Accelerator brand in the Startup Heatmap Europe report. The Accelerator supports the EIT Digital Challenge winners in scaling up their business by helping them secure international customers in target markets and raise growth funding. In addition, your business gains:

  • Access to International Markets
  • Access to Funding & Strategies
  • Access to Networking with 200+ Pan-European Innovation Partners
  • International Visibility

Eligibility Criteria for the EIT Digital Challenge 2021

This year, the EIT Digital Challenge takes place for the eighth consecutive year and focuses on Deep Tech digital scaleups with a differentiating product offering, leveraging sophisticated, hard-to-reproduce digital technologies that fuel Europe’s digital transformation in five main thematic areas:

  • Digital Technology: Inventing the digital future with core technologies providing secure, robust, responsive, and intelligent communications and computation.
  • Digital Cities: Serving the cities with digital technologies addressing urban mobility, citizen inclusiveness and engagement, and city safety.
  • Digital Industry: The digital transformation of the industry, from production to logistics to retail.
  • Digital Wellbeing: Safeguarding health for the youth, the working professional, and the elderly by analyzing sensor data.
  • Digital Finance: The disruption of digital transactions and institutions with technologies that allow transparency, efficiency, security, and trust.

In terms of technologies – the doors are open to all ranging from Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Drones, and Blockchain to 3D Printing, Big Data, IoT, and more!

Your business is ready to join the challenge if:

  • Nationality: You are incorporated in the EU 27 + Horizon Europe associated countries (full list here)
  • Innovative Product/Service: You have an innovative digital product or service in one of the five Deep Tech thematic areas:
    • Digital Tech, Digital Industry, Digital Finance, Digital Cities, Digital Wellbeing
    • Additional Information on the Focus Area/Categories here
  • Founding Year: Your company is less than 10 years old (01/01/2011)
  • Maturity: Your business is at the growth stage and ready to scale internationally, to be proven by meeting one of the following criteria:
    • minimum revenue of €300,000 in 2020, or
    • minimum revenue of €300,000 in 2021 until the date of submission, or
    • minimum €2,000,000 of total funding

To further support women in tech, EIT Digital especially encourages female founders and leaders (CXO) to join the Challenge in 2021.

Timeline of the EIT Digital Challenge

  • Submission Deadline: 10 May 2021
  • Finalist Selection 10 May – July 2021
  • Finalists Announcement: July 2021
  • Final Event: September 2021
Learn More


ViennaUP’21 is happy to offer a platform for matchmaking across events. If you want to engage with the ViennaUP community, you have the opportunity to send and receive meeting requests 24/7 from 27th of April to 12th of May, 2021!

Vienna sends a unique digital sign to a global audience: With ViennaUP´21 digital the city will host the largest decentralized and community-driven virtual startup event in Spring 2021.

Given recent developments and the remaining uncertainty in terms of COVID-19, ViennaUP´21 takes the next leap and goes 100% digital. Health comes first, but that doesn’t mean forgoing networking with an international audience of startups, investors, companies, and talents, as well as learning opportunities and having open conversations.

Participants have the opportunity to dive into hotly discussed topics across different industries, start a conversation with other smart minds, expand their international network, and get inspired.

What to expect?
  • 40+ program partners – key players from the local and international startup scene 
  • dozens of online events – from conferences, network meetings, workshops to lectures
  • a strong focus on trending topics such as
    • Health Tech & Life Sciences
    • Social Entrepreneurship
    • Smart Cities & Clean Tech
    • Creative Industries
    • Smart Manufacturing
    • Fintech & PropTech
How can you benefit from this event?
  • Meet and connect with people globally
  • Publish and showcase your products, projects, services or business needs to event participants
  • Initiate and arrange promising pre-scheduled 1:1 meetings from 27th April to 12th May 2021
  • Generate fresh leads and meet new contacts in a time and cost-efficient way
Learn More

ACCIO OPEN CHALLENGE B2B Matchmaking event

Find your innovation partner!

Reach your business goals by joining the #ACCIOpenChallenge!

STARTUP3 supports the ACCIÓ Open Challenge, a B2B meetings event between corporations, investors, and startups with cross-sector solutions and deep-tech innovations. ​​The main organizer of the event is ACCIÓ, a department of the Catalan Government’s Ministry of Enterprise and Labour, partnering with the Enterprise Europe Network, the largest business support network worldwide.

During the event, meetings will be organized online in the venues of the ISE (Integrated Systems Europe) congress and MWC/4YFN (Mobile World Congress Barcelona).

Why participate?

  • Identify potential international partners for future cooperation in tech or commercial projects
  • Increase your presence in a global event and gain the attention of potential partners
  • Get your personalised B2B agenda according to your interests & availability
  • Deal with open innovation challenges of large corporates
  • Gain promotion by the organizers through the EEN network market place
  • It’s a free (zero-cost) opportunity to engage with corporates and investors
  • Increase your presence in a global event
  • Launch a Challenge and discover a cutting edge solution
  • Identify potential venture opportunities
  • Get your personalised B2B agenda according to your interests & availability
2020 figures

The last edition, ACCIO Open challenge had the following figures:

Learn More