'New EU funding opportunity “FRACTALS” for ICT SMEs and Web entrepreneurs to develop FI-WARE based applications for the Agricultural Sector’
FRACTALS is a new EU funding opportunity for ICT SMEs and Web entrepreneurs to develop FI-WARE based applications for the Agricultural Sector. FRACTALS will distribute a total grant support of 5,5 m€ to 50-60 SMEs. Grants per SME will be from 50K - 150K Euros. The duration of projects will be from 4 to 9 months.
The FRACTALS Open Call dates from November 30th, 2014 to February 28th, 2015. FRACTALS will provide multi-dimensional support in the sense that it aims to span beyond grant assistance to also include: (1) the technical capacity building of ICT SMEs and Web entrepreneurs with respect to developing applications based on the FI-PPP enablers and the achieved results from the first two phases, (2) the testing and validation of applications in an open innovation context (by involving end-users in the testing/validation assignment through a short of Living Labs environment), and (3) clustering and mentoring services related to entrepreneurship and venture capital finance. FRACTALS Call will be open to all European SMEs and Web entrepreneurs but will additionally focus on areas which are considered as “white spots” with respect to FI-PPP Phase 1 and 2 (Balkans, South East Europe).
Check for dates of currently planned Info Days in Podgorica, Poznan, Novi Sad, Banja Luka, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Sofia, Thessaloniki and Istanbul on FRACTALS website.
There will be more in January and February in Bucharest, Sarajevo, Nis and Skopje.
For more detailed information check out the overview, value proposition, criteria for applying, accelerator activities, selection process) here and a detailed presentation here.
Applications will open online at the end of November 2014.
For more information or additional questions, please feel free to e-mail directly Grigoris Chatzikostas and Mladen Radisic.
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