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Thank you so much for your participation and contributions at the WIN Water meeting last week. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! An evaluation form has been sent out by email, to make sure that we make the next meeting even better.
See you at next WIN Water meeting on May 9th 2019!
We are very proud to say that WIN Water’s new website was picked as 1 out of 10 best community Divi website submissions from January 2019 showcased in the design blog “Elegant themes”.
Special thanks to our web developer and designer Victor Duse at Duse Media! Big thanks as well to Alice Hedin, the creator of the new graphic profile!
Altered creates low effort-high impact solutions for your everyday habits. They strive to enhance the quality of life through products that reduces water, energy and greenhouse gas emissions without losing functionality, design or experience.
IRRIOT’s unique product saves water, electricity and human resources. It provides quick to deploy and maintenance free installation, possibilities for remote access and management, data collection and processing. Better usage of soil humidity and rain sensors is also one of the key features of IRRIOT’s solution.
AXsensor offers smart, simple and robust liquid level control. Sonic Level Sensing (SLS) is AXsensor’s unique patented liquid level control technology that lets you control your tanks, groundwater, liquid levels and channels smart and easily.
As the NEPTUNE project ends this month a final project documentaion has recently been released.
Design a simple and innovative product or service to preserve water, make it cleaner and accessible to everyone, all over the world.
- € 2,000,000 prize
- Applications opened until February 15, 2019
Who can apply to the Famae Water Challenge PRECIOUS WATER?
The FAMAE Foundation launches on November 15 PRECIOUS WATER!, an international innovation challenge with €2,000,000 as prize amount aimed at entrepreneurs, startups
and small businesses, students, researchers, NGOs, and community groups. Unique in its size and global scope, the goal of the competition is to support brilliant initiatives with a major impact on access to drinking water, water treatment, water preservation, improving water quality and reducing the waste of water.
A challenge open to the whole planet
The PRECIOUS WATER competition is the world’s largest innovation competition dedicated to water and open to the business world, academic teams, and the non-profit sector.
From November 15 candidates can submit their projects in French or in English, finding all the necessary information via the Foundation’s secure web platform: https://famae.earth.fr. The application process will end on February 15, 2019. The selection of successful candidates and the evaluation of detailed projects will then take place until May 2019 with the prize award ceremony scheduled on May 18, 2019 at the Vivatech trade show.
Find more information and apply on the FAMAE Foundation website: https://famae.earth/en/water
With the project lifetime coming to its end, you’ll find interesting information about the Neptune project’s achievements.
Check out the Communication Kit on the Neptune website where you can download the newsletter as a PDF: http://bit.ly/project_library
The NEPTUNE project was launched in July 2016 and will come to its end on the 31st of December 2018. The aim, in leading this project as a European consortium is to support SMEs’ innovation in Blue Growth through the creation of new cross sectorial value chains across the European Union.
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Press release #6, October 2018
On October 17th 2018, the NEPTUNE project organized its Showcase Event in Brussels. The final event of the Blue Growth Accelerator aimed to present the excellent results obtained and gave the opportunity to its beneficiaries to showcase their innovative projects through pitches, booths and networking sessions.
The event gathered in total 117 participants, of which:
- 74 SMEs;
- 4 large companies;
- 10 clusters;
- 7 associations;
- 14 governmental or public authority.
11 European countries were represented, showing the high interest for companies to search for new collaborations and ideas abroad.
After an opening speech from the lead partner Aerospace Valley represented by Ms. Fabienne Daveran – European Desk Manager, to provide an overview about NEPTUNE, Mr. Felix Leinemann – Head of Unit Blue Economy sectors at DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission and Mr. Gunnar MATTHIESEN – Senior Project Officer at the Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME), were invited to share information about existing and forthcoming European funds available for SMEs and the potential of Blue Growth in the EU.
The following four thematic pitching sessions: Environment & Marine Renewable Energies, Port Logistics & Maritime Transport, Environment and Water Management in Rural and Urban Areas followed this introduction involving the presentation of 24 projects funded through NEPTUNE. The SMEs showcased the activities performed so far and the impacts of NEPTUNE on their organisations from improved sales to jobs creation.
Each session was introduced by key stakeholders in the topic, large companies’ representatives and experts, who provided a panorama of the subsector and exposed their own strategy upon the domain as well as their interest for the innovations developed by SMEs and startups:
- SBM Offshore, the market-leader in providing floating solutions over the full product life-cycle for the energy industry, represented by Ms. Stéphanie St Hill – Business Development Manager, presented the Marine Renewable Energies sector needs;
- ADUR, a software developer company for Transport and logistics, represented by Mr. Lander Tolosa – Service Manager, introduced the Ports Logistics and Maritime Transport overall vision;
- Veolia group, the global leader in optimized resource management, which designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions contributing to the sustainable development of communities and industries and represented by Ms. Marie-Christine Huau, Market Business Development Director, highlighted the actual and future issues addressed to coastal and maritime Environment;
- FARAL Consult, a water infrastructure and management company, represented by Mr. Florin Iliescu – Water Management Expert, presented the challenges in Water Management in Rural and Urban Areas.
Ms. Anna Sobczak – Policy Officer for Clusters and Emerging Industries at DG GROW, European Commission, concluded the event by stressing out the importance and the added-value of clusters in the innovative SME support, notably through the cascade funding scheme carried by INNOSUP-1 projects.
Two B2B sessions and a networking lunch gave the opportunity to participants to exchange with each other. At the end of the day, 81 formal meetings took place in order to envision new opportunities and create new business partnerships, not including the spontaneous ones occurring all day long.
NEPTUNE partners are staying at the disposal of the awarded SMEs in order to support them further in the next steps of their development.
Coordinated by Aerospace Valley, NEPTUNE which stands for New Cross Sectoral Value Chains Creation across Europe Facilitated By Clusters for SMEs’ Innovation in Blue Growth is a European Union funded innovation action financed by the INNOSUP component of the HORIZON 2020 programme.
NEPTUNE targeted the support of 100 European SMEs (individual or in groups) and the creation of 10 new companies in 15-20 new or reconfigured cross-sectoral/-cluster/-border value chains for the development of around 40 impactful and innovative solutions to improve existing or develop new technologies, services or products, improve production processes replacing or reducing the use of critical resources and deploy large scale demonstrators. It was driven by the integration of new technologies and know-how, facilitated by clusters in Water, Maritime, Aerospace, ICT, Microelectronics, Agrifood, Logistics, Creative Industries, Energy, and Mobility to foster the development of Blue Growth industries in Europe.
- € 2.8 million of direct financial support;
- 41 innovative projects;
- 72 SMEs and 3 would be entrepreneurs beneficiaries;
- 15 Large scale demonstrators;
- 100+ coaching and mentoring services provided by the clusters partners.
Mrs. Pauline THEOPHANE, Coordinator, +33 (0)5 56 84 54 41, email@example.com
Mr. Colin RUEL, Communication contact, +33 (0)4 94 03 89 03, firstname.lastname@example.org
NEPTUNE Website: http://www.neptune-project.eu/
Twitter: Neptune B_Growth
LinkedIn: Neptune Blue Growth Accelerator group
NEPTUNE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 691554
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A UK utilities company is looking for SMEs who have an innovative solution in order to incubate them and then purchase their product/service through a services agreement. The UK utilities company manages water treatment and delivery of drinking water over 1.2 million customers across a 2,600 km2 area. They currently supply approx. 266 million litres of drinking water daily.
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Thank you so much for your participation and contributions at the WIN Water meeting yesterday. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! An evaluation form has been sent out by email today, to make sure that we make the next meeting even better.
See you at next WIN Water meeting on Febryary 7th 2019!