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BIND 4.0 connects dynamic startup teams with well-established companies, to provide external solutions for their internal digital transformation challenges while promoting the development of commercial skills and encouraging the immersion of startups in the Basque Industrial Ecosystem, catalyzing new business opportunities. The 8th edition of the BIND 4.0 Startup Acceleration Platform seeks innovative startups applicable to the Intelligent Industry, Clean Energy & Sustainability, Health Tech, Food Tech, Supply Chain, and Mobility sectors.

With over 260 Industry 4.0 projects realized since 2016, joining BIND 4.0 presents you with the opportunity to become part of an influential group of startups, corporates, investors, and professionals forming a large business support network.

Why Participate in BIND 4.0 Startup Acceleration Program 2023?

The BIND 4.0 program’s zero-equity approach to investing and active acceleration allows your startup to maintain ownership and get reference customers while earning paid contracts for implementing solutions in real environments.

Moreover, the venture-client approach means that your startup will have at least one paid Industry 4.0 pilot project with well-respected companies, in addition to unmatched acceleration and support services, such as:

  • POC & Market Validation
  • Access to 70 Corporate Clients including Mercedes-Benz, Siemens Gamesa, Coca-Cola European Partners, Unilever, Uvesco, Aernnova, Maier Group, Iberdrola, Petronor Repsol, and many others
  • Average Contract from previous editions stands at EUR 45 K
  • Introductions to Industry Investors
  • High Impact 1:1 Mentoring — 24 weeks of active acceleration with high-impact workshops, a dedicated expert mentor, regular networking events, access to financing, and exceptional business support. You get to implement your startup’s technologies with one or more of the corporate clients.
  • Cross-Vertical Network Immersion
  • Access to Executive Education & Key Business Workshops
  • 24-week Startup Program — 2 Immersion weeks in the Basque industrial ecosystem along with online activities. Which means no need to relocate to Basque Country

Witness one of BIND 4.0’s corporate partners’ seeking innovative solutions from new-age startups like yours:

Learn Everything About BIND 4.0 Program’s 7 Editions of Proven Success

Since the program began in 2016, more than 190 startups have been accelerated and more than 260 projects developed, exceeding 7.7 million euros in turnover. With 7 editions of proven success, BIND 4.0 helps implement mutually beneficial startup-corporate collaborations. Get all the details about previous edition success stories here.

The BIND 4.0 platform enhances the digital transformation of established corporate companies, and in addition, increases the growth of technology startups through real projects and reference customers.

Check out what founders of winning startups of previous editions of the BIND 4.0 have to say about the program:

“The biggest advantage of taking part in BIND 4.0 is the established community: BIND 4.0 Team, world-leading corporates, mentors and startups altogether pursuing new challenges and solutions.”

— Flythings Technologies

“The combination of workshops, company visits and project collaboration is unique and useful for every startup.”

— Nordbo Robotics

“BIND 4.0 offers a unique opportunity to boost your project through a partnership with a leading company and accelerate your time to market”

— Accexible

Don’t miss to explore the success story between Beeplanet and Mercedes Benz at BIND 4.0 Open Innovation Showcase:

What Makes You Eligible to Apply for the Program?

BIND 4.0 requires you to consider the following eligibility criteria before starting your application:

  • Your startup has already completed technological development & can offer and sell proof of concept (POC) to corporate partners.
  • Your startup uses new technologies to improve industrial processes and you are ready to accelerate your business.
  • Your startup is legally incorporated within the last 8 years.
  • Your startup has Less than 50 employees and is in the seed stage.
  • Your startup has not participated in previous editions of the BIND 4.0 Program.

Explore the Wide-Ranging Solutions Required by BIND 4.0 Corporate Partners

Main Industry & Cross Vertical Themes for BIND 4.0 2023

  • Intelligent Industry
  • Clean Energy & Sustainability
  • Health Tech
  • Food Tech
  • Mobility
  • Supply Chain

Technology Solutions BIND 4.0 is Looking For in this Year’s Program

  • Connectivity & IoT Solutions — IoT sensors and platforms, Geolocation, Traceability,
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) Solutions — Image processing, Artificial Vision, Machine Learning (ML), Adaptive AI, Explainable AI (XAI), Natural Language Processing (NLP), Intelligent Document Processing (IDPs), etc.
  • Immersive Technologies like digital twins, Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Mixed Reality (MR), and Human Machine Interfaces (HMI)
  • Big Data for Advanced Analytics, Advanced graphics representation, Big Data Platforms, and Log analysis
  • Cybersecurity & Digital Immune Systems strengthening the security of industrial assets and advancing cyber-intelligence, software, and hardware security engineering
  • Robotics & Electronics products like collaborative robotics, exoskeletons, power electronics, and nanotechnology
  • Sustainability & Eco Solutions including technologies enabling hydrogen generation, recycling, smart grids, and cleantech
  • Health Tech products like medical devices and biobased solutions
  • Food Tech Solutions
  • Software Solutions like Content Management Platforms, Document Management Systems, and Workflow Platforms
  • Computing Solutions such as Edge computing, Quantum computing, Cloud computing – Iaas, Paas, Virtual and Physical servers’ management
  • Additive Manufacturing solutions, especially metallic, plastic, and food additive manufacturing

In addition to the disruptive technologies in demand, the BIND 4.0 Corporate Clients have prioritized 12 Use Cases (check website for full details) that address current Industry 4.0 challenges. Apply today if you have developed any technologies listed above, or solutions that address these use case challenges.


Apply for the BIND 4.0 Startup Acceleration Program 2023

BIND 4.0 Corporate Clients for the 8th Edition

Timeline & Structure of the BIND 4.0 Startup Acceleration Program 2023

Registrations are now open, apply here today!
The last date for registration is 8 September 2023.

Here’s the structure of the program:

  • July to September 2023 — Call for Startups, Scouting Process, and Pre-Selection of Desired Solutions.
  • September to December 2023 — Pitching Sessions and Matchmaking with over 65 Industry Leading Corporate Clients.
  • January to June 2024 — High Impact Acceleration and Industry 4.0 Project Implementation.
  • All Year Round — Innovation Showcase & Activities in Basque Industrial Ecosystem including steady immersion through networking, visits to companies and industry events for ongoing promotion of exciting new solutions in the local ecosystem, and regular connection with large companies.

Each BIND 4.0 program ends with the Demo Day Open Innovation Showcase, presenting the results of the Industry 4.0 projects realized during the acceleration cycle.

So, are you ready to accelerate your startup with BIND 4.0 in the Basque Industry 4.0 Hub? Apply for the BIND 4.0 Startup Acceleration Program 2023 today!






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