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EIT RawMaterials and Eramet are calling all innovators to join the Water Resource Innovation Challenge 2023

World-leading mining and metallurgy group Eramet is teaming up with Europe’s leading raw materials authority, EIT RawMaterials, to launch the Water Resource Innovation Challenge 2023. Send us your groundbreaking solutions to solve water management challenges within the mining and metals industry and become a candidate company.

The Innovation Challenge 2023 invites your start-up or SME to give your solutions to water-related challenges like pollution, wastewater management and erosion, water consumption, and closed-loop systems in the field of hydrometallurgy.

Apply by 13 September 2023 to transform your breakthrough innovation into reality!

Apply here 

What happens after you apply?

A group of 10 pre-selected teams will be invited to participate in an online pitching round on 25 October 2023.

Three finalists will be selected for the innovation seminar pitch in January 2024 and the winning team will be awarded a collaboration contract with Eramet and EUR 50 000 in funding to realise a Proof of Concept.

A challenge to make mining more responsible

Since water mismanagement within mining operations can harm local communities and habitats, the industry has a heightened obligation to adopt sustainable water management practices to minimise its environmental impact while also ensuring access to valuable resources.

For decades, Eramet has been actively implementing water management measures in its mining ventures. The company possesses a broad portfolio of successful projects that use creative solutions in numerous locations throughout the world, including Argentina, Gabon, and New Caledonia.

Capping water consumption and preserving its quality is a paramount global challenge. At Eramet, we believe that innovation plays a vital role in addressing this in our industry. We are excited to launch the Water Resource Innovation Challenge 2023, as we seek to discover and support the next innovator who can contribute to this crucial cause in cooperation with our teams.

 Marion Lenoir, Open Innovation Director at Eramet Ideas

The ultimate goal of the Challenge is to create lasting partnerships between Eramet and start-ups. This presents both an opportunity to collaborate with a global mining group at the forefront of sustainable mining solutions and a way to gain visibility on an international scale.

The winner will be awarded EUR 50 000 to carry out a Proof Of Concept (POC) to develop and test their solution in the field, with Eramet's support. 

Promoting sustainability in the mining and metals industry and fostering innovation are fundamental elements of EIT RawMaterials’ mission, so I am thrilled to announce our support for Eramet’s Water Resource Innovation Challenge 2023. Initiatives like this have a key role to play in providing sustainable access to strategic raw materials and Europe’s transition to a green and digital economy.

Bernd Schäfer, CEO, Managing Director, EIT RawMaterials

For more information, please contact:

EIT RawMaterials

Elisabeth Ippel

Communications Manager

E: M: + 49 173 2391504

ERAMET Media Contact

Fanny Mounier

Media relations manager

E:  P: +33 7 65 26 46 83

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