What is DigiCirc?

DigiCirc project will galvanize the development of the Circular Economy through digitization, leveraging SME innovation potential under cluster leadership. The project creates an Innovation Ecosystem linking a wide network of quadruple-helix stakeholders to support SME innovation through partnering and to define innovation priorities in their domain. In turn, the project implements an intensive accelerator programme – driven by key challenges addressing cluster-defined innovation priorities and supported by extensive and holistic thematic and business training – to spur SME innovation, foster large scale demonstration, and transfer innovative solutions into new value chains. The project targets 3 strategic high-growth domains where the potential for digital-driven Circular innovation is recognized but not realized, with each domain including several emerging and established industries: Circular Cities, Bioeconomy and Blue Economy.

How can DigiCirc help me?

DigiCirc will design and implement 3 intensive, market-driven accelerators programmes that will support the scaling and demonstration of 45 high-potential innovations. The beneficiaries will be provided with:

(i) support for access to follow-up funding to empower commercialisation and scaling, including investability training by FST and assisted access to exploit the F6S platform (which annually delivers >€2B to SMEs), and,

(ii) IP training and direct support provided during and after physical trainings by a law firm dedicated to IP issues and data ownership (ARL),

(iii) financial grant of €100k to 5 consortia with the most promising commercialisation/demonstration plans as judged by a deck of experts (domain, business, and CE); and,

(iv) visibility and promotion by being showcased and pitching at the DigiCirc DemoDays to which the consortium will attract industry actors and investors.


How does DigiCirc Accelerator Programme works?

DigiCirc will have 3 accelerator programmes, based on the 3 domains of Circular Cities, Bioeconomy and Blue Economy. Each accelerator will have 2 phases, the 1st phase aiming to develop a value proposition and business plan, while identifying, through 1-on-1 mentorship and systemic design modelling, gaps in knowledge, market access, expertise, equipment, etc. needed to further develop and/or enable commercialisation. The DigiCirc Innovation Ecosystem will be leveraged through a matchmaking tool to help SMEs create complementary consortia, meeting SME capacity gaps, and enabling large scale demonstration.

The 2nd stage will spark consortia’s potential by closely working on solutions’ market potential and go-to-market strategies, as well by providing financial and knowledge-based support to speed up MVP improvements.

During both phases, accelerator beneficiaries will have free access and specific support to use all DigiCirc digital tools and IP services, preparing for and initiating LSD.


What is the official language of the DigiCirc Accelerator?

English is the official language for DigiCirc Open Calls. Submissions done in any other language will not be evaluated. English is also the only official language during the whole execution of the DigiCirc programme. This means any requested submission of deliverable will be done in English to be eligible.


What kind of projects is DigiCirc looking for?

DigiCirc is looking for innovative digitalized solutions based on circular economy principles in the thematic areas of Circular Cities, Bioeconomy, or Blue Economy.


How does the funding mechanism work?

The aid provided is relying on a cascade-funding scheme involving H2020 funds. The scheme is based on a Grant Agreement signed by the European Commission and the DigiCirc Consortium partners. The Consortium partners as such receive the H2020 funds which are then transferred to the winners of our open calls based on the rules and regulations explained in the Guidelines for Applicants that will be available at our website. This means that funds that will be received by the call winners are H2020 funds.