EIT Food together with EIT Climate KIC, EIT Digital and EIT Manufacturing, Athena RC, Bioazul and TU Delft , are leading a multiannual and multidisciplinary programme designed to alleviate water scarcity in Southern Europe.
The EIT Innovation Communities work together considering water scarcity as a thematic field from agrifood to manufacturing.
The main objective of the programme is to ease the transition to a water saving economy across Southern Europe and to contribute, in the long run, to reduce Europe’s water consumption, wastage and pollution. This is achieved by targeting different stakeholders, from policy makers to business, industry leaders and citizens through different actions.
The EIT – through the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) – is launching this call for start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs with the target of supporting innovators to reach the market with innovative solutions tackling water scarcity in Southern Europe.
This call is framed within in InnoWise Scale activities, the entrepreneurs support branch of the Water Scarcity project. The InnoWise Scale activities have been designed to enable agile water management in different sectors, optimise and match water supply and demand, and foster climate change readiness while fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, especially in the Mediterranean region, namely Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta Portugal and Spain.
Forty applications will be selected to participate in the InnoWise Scale activities, which includes:
- Market-oriented trainings and 3-months mentoring period,
- Networking sessions with potential end-users
- Sectoral competitions, with the possibility to implement a demo site at the end of the period with potential end-users based in Southern European countries.
The InnoWise Scale activities provide a unique opportunity, tailored to the real needs of specific sectors (through problem holders’ participation). These market-oriented activities are intended to foster the market launch of advanced water-related technologies.