Call resourcing water

Call Resourcing Waterrawmaterials
Joined Start-Up program by EIT RawMaterials and WaterCampus Leeuwarden

5 European start-ups with innovative ideas and concepts oriented to raw materials and water will be supported in accelerating time to market of their innovative business cases. Support will be provided within the start-up ecosystem of the WaterCampus and EIT RawMaterials as well as at partner institutions. Logo met tekst

The following themes are considered in this call:
o Metal and mineral recovery and recycling technologies for (waste) water streams
o Upcycling of waste components to high value secondary materials with specific functionalities and innovative/sustainable products.
o Innovative water related collaboration concepts focussed on metal or mineral recovery across production industries and supply chains, digital collaboration & management services, hire and leasing based systems, etc.

The following themes are not addressed in this call:
• Technologies for waste water treatment processes without environmental and societal advantage in terms of secondary raw materials production and management
• Recovery, handling and valorization of organic waste and biomass treatment.

Selection criteria:
o The start-ups has a high potential innovative business idea
o The start-up business case is within the scope of this call
o The start-up is European
o The start-up applies in the appropriate way with a clearly written 1 pager in English or Dutch (see below)

The 3-level start-up program: Kickstarters, boosters and incubators

Start-ups in the different phases are invited to apply as our joined start-up program is divided in 3 distinct levels: the kickstart, booster and incubator program (see below). Appropriate funding packages are agreed on depending on the phase and the need of the start-up.

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1. Kickstart program: (PhD) students, professionals and start-ups with a good idea are provided with the means to show a proof of concept after which a first business case validation takes place. Funding packages up to a maximum of €20,000 are available that
may consist of:
– Office space at the WaterCampus
– Technical support and facilities for testing and experimenting at the WaterCampus
– Educational programs and activities
– Business coaches

2. Start-up booster program: start-ups are provided with all the means to validate the idea in a relevant environment and develop a sound business model. Funding packages up to a maximum of €70,000 are provided that may consist of:
– Office space at the WaterCampus
– Technical support and facilities for testing and experimenting at the WaterCampus
– Educational programs and activities
– Business coaches
– Access to demo sites (or launching customer) for testing and validation
– Participation in WaterCampus Business Challenge
– Support with IP protection
– Finding additional resources

3. Incubator program: The final transition is made from a proven technology and business idea into an investable company. Funding packages up to a maximum of €100,000 are provided that may consist of:
– Access to soft loan program (20-150 k€) via BISON
– Office space at the WaterCampus
– Technical support and facilities for testing and experimenting at the WaterCampus
– Educational programs and activities
– Business coaches
– Access to demo sites (or launching customer) for testing and validation
– Participation in BeStart acceleration program
– Membership Water Alliance SME business network
– Support with IP protection
– Finding additional resources

Procedure and program

Phase 1: Application: “1 pager” before the 31st of December stating:
o What is your innovative idea and why does it fit within the scope of the call?
o What is the current status of your start-up and what are your future ambitions?
o What would be the need for your start-up in order to accelerate time to market?

Please apply as soon as possible: assessment of applications will take place several times in the period November-December

Phase 2: 1st round selection:
o At first 10 start-ups will be selected
o Pitching of business cases at the Waterlink event (26th of January 2017) before an assessment committee (IP sensitive business cases will be handled with care)
o Top 5 start-ups are selected
(3 phases of start-up are represented)

Phase 3: Improvement of business case and acceleration activities:
o Will be supported by a business coach
o Will start appropriate program and activities to strengthen their business case

Phase 4: Final pitch business case where after:
o Negotiation and agreement on the support package
o Start cooperation

Information and application

For more information and application please contact us (resourcingwater@watercampus.nl). Please apply as soon as possible.