SOUL-FI

Startups Optimizing Urban Life with Future Internet (SOUL-FI for short) is one of 16 accelerator projects funded by the European Commission which will be awarding start-up funding through open calls to SMEs and web entrepreneurs who are developing innovative internet applications with FI-WARE technology, the open cloud-based infrastructure for cost-effective creation and delivery of Future Internet applications and services.

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The project’s mission is to enhance the development of FI to make cities smarter, more sustainable and more cohesive and thereby boost web entrepreneurship and citizen empowerment.  The SOUL-FI accelerator will focus specifically on business ideas that promote quality of life, mobility and resource efficiency (energy, water, materials and waste).  It is intended that the new products and/or services that are created take advantage of real time information, open data and crowd-sourced data.                                                                                                 

 

The project is structured around 2-round open calls, the first of which will be launched in September 2014. Round A will invite ignition/business plans for FI applications and services, offering €10,000 for up to 100 projects. Round B intends to fund the development of an app or service from the idea stage to a working prototype. Grants of up to €75,000 will be available for some 50 promising projects. There will be 3 cut-off dates for each round and 3 subsequent evaluation periods stretching into 2015.

Each of the 16 accelerator projects will also provide mentoring and coaching so each selected startup or web entrepreneur makes the most of FI-WARE technology and can achieve tangible success in their innovative Future Internet project/business. The ultimate ambition is accelerate the development of at least 1,300 businesses by 2016.

SOUL-FI is coordinated by TII member IPN – Instituto Pedro Nunes, based in Coimbra (PT) – with TII as one of the partners. More info at http://soul-fi.ipn.pt/ It is intended to report regularly on the project’s progress on the TII blog so that members can promote the funding opportunities to their client companies.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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