New Europe-wide data accelerator
European data research groups are encouraging enterprises to form collaborative data-sharing alliances with small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and startups, as part of the newly launched Data Pitch project. This is a new European-funded project, bringing together established businesses and startups to meet today's challenges with data.
The ambition is to create an innovation ecosystem for Europe, where larger organisations work closely with agile start-ups to innovate and learn from each other, using (open) data as an enabler to solve problems. The three-year programme will see around 50 SMEs and startups receive a share of €4.8M in funding to support the growth of their businesses during its course.
The project will be accepting invitations to join Data Pitch from 1 July 2017, with the first cohort of successful applicants set to enter the programme for a period of six months from December 2017. Data Pitch follows the lead of Open Data Incubator Europe (ODINE).
Data Pitch will begin by running online and offline 'datathons' in Spring 2017, around themes including smart cities, health, food and agriculture.Read everything about this new initiative on the project website.