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Open Call for SMEs/Mid-caps under the Better Factory project
2021-02-08 15:00:59
Better Factory invites Small and Medium-sized Manufacturers (SMEs) to redesign their current product portfolio together with Business and Arts mentors and Technology experts.


Better Factory will help manufacturers to enter new markets with customizable, personalized product or service portfolio. Together with Business and Arts Mentors and technology partners, manufacturers will be able to discover new business models and digitalise their factories to match the production of new or personalized products. During the project, Better Factory will assign high-skilled Business and Arts experts to analyse the current product/service portfolio with the core knowledge from manufacturers, to redesign customizable products and service portfolios using new digital technologies. This may spark new product designs, business models or brands. Moreover, the project will enable artists collaborating with the industry to create new business models for themselves and reach new potential customers, it will also enable technology providers to test the technology in real-world situations with low financial risk.

Better Factory - Open Call

The first Better Factory Open Call process started on 18th January 2021 and will be opened until 18th March 2021. It consists on a Call for Expressions of Interest from Manufacturing SMEs and Mid-Caps and a Call for Experts from Artists and Tech suppliers. With the support of the Better Factory consortium, the pre-selected applicants will follow a matchmaking process through the RAMP (Robotics Automation Marketplace) which is a free and open IoT platform (FIWARE) running on state of the art servers, with access to cloud storage and computing, enabling connection with robots, sensors, cameras, AR/VR and other equipment. RAMP will provide 3D simulation tool to create Digital Twin for virtual testing, co-creation space for teams to collaborate online among other digital services. Teams will consist of one SME/Mid-Caps, one artist and one technology provider.

Finally, 8 teams will be selected. They will receive funding to implement their idea and mentors' support for a period of 12 months.

Registration and all more information about the Open Call are available on: https://better-factory.fundingbox.com/


In the coming weeks you can participate in 2 webinars related to the Open Call for KTE. The first one will concern the rules of registration for the first stage of the competition:

Date: 15th February 2021, at 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4101960536953598221

During the second webinar experts will be Q&A session:

Date: 9th March 2021, at 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Registration:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5566360491569970701

Webinars are for free but registration is obligatory. We encourage everyone interested in Better Factory and the possibility to take part in the Open Call!

More information about the project on: www.betterfactory.eu



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