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BIND 4.0 connects startups with established companies to provide third-party solutions for their digital transformation challenges. The program also promotes the development of commercial skills and encourages the immersion of startups in the Basque industrial ecosystem, catalyzing new business opportunities. The seventh edition of the BIND 4.0 Open Innovation & Acceleration Platform is looking for innovative start-ups that develop solutions for the sectors Intelligent Industry, Clean Energy & Sustainability, Health Tech and Food Tech.

What is the BIND 4.0 Open Innovation & Acceleration Program?

Since the start of the program in 2016, more than 130 startups have accelerated and more than 200 projects have been developed with BIND 4.0, with a turnover of more than 6.5 million euros. With six proven successful editions, BIND 4.0 helps implement mutually beneficial partnerships between startups and companies.

You reach over 65 industry leaders – acting as Venture Clients – by offering startups contracts for real Industry 4.0 projects. The BIND 4.0 Open Innovation and Acceleration Program has three main goals:

  • Accelerate the development of startups in the Basque industrial ecosystem
  • Promote the digital transformation of companies
  • Position the Basque Country ecosystem as a leading hub for advanced industrial entrepreneurship

BIND 4.0 Corporate Partners are looking for various solutions for Industry 4.0

Is your startup ready to offer and sell a proof of concept (POC) to business partners? BIND 4.0 looks for new technological solutions to advance industrial processes and help you accelerate your business. Explore the various themes for the seventh edition of BIND 4.0 and register your solution today.

Industry and vertical themes for BIND 4.0 2022

  • Intelligent industry
  • Clean energy and sustainability
  • health technology
  • food technology

Technology Solutions include:

  • internet of things
  • Industrial IoT
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Additive production
  • Collaborative Robotics
  • Big data and advanced analytics
  • Augmented Reality
  • Virtual reality
  • Cybersecurity
  • Smart energy and network solutions
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Indoor & Geo-positioning
  • Bio-based solutions
  • Nanotechnology
  • New materials
  • Medical equipment
  • Smart sensors
  • wearables
  • Clean technology
  • Electric mobility
  • waste management
  • machine learning
  • drones
  • Artificial and computer vision
  • Digital Twin
  • Energy storage

Discover the exciting benefits of the BIND 4.0 Open Innovation & Acceleration Program

With more than 200 Industry 4.0 projects realized since 2016, participating in BIND 4.0 gives you the opportunity to be part of an influential group of startups, companies, investors and professionals who form a large business support network.

The BIND 4.0 programs zero equity approach to investing and active acceleration enables your startup to retain ownership and gain reference clients while earning paid contracts for implementing solutions in real-world environments.

In addition, the venture client approach means your startup has at least one paid Industry 4.0 pilot project with respected companies, in addition to unparalleled acceleration and support services, including:

  • POC and Market Validation
  • Access to 65+ business customers
  • Introductions for industrial investors
  • 1:1 High Impact Guidance
  • Immersion in cross-vertical networks
  • Access to Executive Education & Key Business Workshops

Ready to partner with industry leading players?

For this edition, the BIND 4.0 community continues to grow and now includes more than 65 global companies based in the Basque Country. These partners will participate in the selection and development of innovative use case projects.

Get the chance to work with major companies participating in the program, including Mercedes-Benz, Siemens Gamesa, Iberdrola, Petronor Repsol, Michelin, Uvesco, ArcelorMittal, Enagas, Gestamp, Maier Group, Quirónsalud, FAES Farma and Unilever, among many others!

Immerse yourself in the unique entrepreneurial and industrial environment of the Basque Country

With over a century of industrial activity and pioneering technology, the Basque Country is home to some of the world’s most influential manufacturing companies. BIND 4.0 is part of the Invest in Basque Country public initiative that promotes, attracts and invests in innovation and emerging technologies that strengthen the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Timeline and Structure of the BIND 4.0 Program 2022

Registration is now open, apply here today† The closing date for registration is September 8, 2022

Read more about the structure of the BIND 4.0 program:

  • July-Sept 2022: Call for startups, scouting process and pre-selection of desired solutions
  • September-December 2022: Pitching Sessions and Matchmaking with over 65 leading enterprise clients
  • Jan-June 2023: High Impact Acceleration and Industry 4.0 Project Implementation – 24 weeks of active acceleration where startups deploy their technologies to one or more of our corporate clients.
  • Throughout the year: Innovation showcase and activities in Basque industrial ecosystem – Steady immersion through networking, company visits and industry events.

Every BIND 4.0 program ends with the Open Innovation Demo Daypresenting the results of the Industry 4.0 projects realized during the acceleration cycle.

Read about the BIND 4.0 Impact & its successful track record

Basque startup Ikustec develops machine vision solutions for the advanced manufacturing industry that provide highly accurate metrology. In their BIND 4.0 pilot project, Ikustec developed a vision machine that they adapted for the factory process at Tubacex† The startup business project went beyond the 24-week BIND 4.0 acceleration cycle and Ikustec continued to work with Tubacex as a client for almost two years.

Acoustic Extra Freezing (AEF) from Finland, worked on their startup business partnership with local leaders in the food industry Angulas Aguinaga in 2021. AEF was developing a pilot project to demonstrate new freezing technology to keep frozen foods fresh. Their project has moved beyond the BIND 4.0 Acceleration cycle with different time trials and food varieties.

In fact, 6 out of 10 Startup Alumni sign a second contract with their Corporate Venture Client, a metric that shows that BIND 4.0 helps increase market immersion and provide ongoing business opportunities.

Ready to accelerate your startup with BIND 4.0 in the Basque Industry 4.0 Hub?

Register your startup today

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