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1 INTERNATIONAL OPEN INNOVATION PROGRAM

MATCHER is the International Open Innovation program based in Emilia-Romagna region that aims at supporting local companies to address specific business challenges by creating strategic matches with other actors of the international innovation ecosystem, in particular start-ups and scale-ups.

The program involves three types of actors: 10 selected companies from Emilia-Romagna region, national and international start-ups and scale-ups and all the actors from the Italian and international innovation ecosystem.

The business challenges addressed by the second edition of the program regard the European Green Deal, and they are grouped into three thematic clusters:

The program is composed by three key points.

Match.Point is the International matching program dedicated to the 10 selected companies based in Emilia-Romagna and to the admitted start-ups/scale-ups with the goal of addressing the companies’ challenges. Companies and start-ups/scale-ups will have about 3 months to match, connect and find opportunities to co-create solutions around shared business needs.

Big.Match and Final.Match are the closing moments of MATCHER, where further matches, as well as networking with the national and international innovation community, will take place. The event will be open to innovation actors from all over the world.

TIMELINE

1.

PRE-CALL

JULY – AUGUST 2021

Corporates have been interviewed in order to prioritize their sustainability objectives and needs around innovation, strategy, and future-proof solutions during 1to1 dedicated calls.

2.

INTERNATIONAL ROADSHOW

SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER 2021

International Roadshow to scout startups from all over the world in the three fields of the Green Deal topic: green materials, digital processes & smart monitoring, greener production & technologies.

3.

CALL IS OPEN

SEPTEMBER 15th 2021 – NOVEMBER 30th 2021

Applicant startups will be admitted to the program if they satisfy two criteria. The first one takes into account a high-level fit with the challenges of the Corporate partners; the second one is based on the maturity of the applicant (TRL minimum 4).

4.

STARTUP/SCALEUP PREPARATION

SEPTEMBER 15th 2021 – NOVEMBER 30th 2021

Admitted startups will have the chance to be supported by professional consultants to be prepared for meeting the Corporate partners though either virtual courses on business modeling and pitching will and 1to1 meetings.

5.

MATCH.POINT

SEPTEMBER 15th 2021 – DECEMBER 10th 2021

Corporate partners and startups matchmaking meetings to build and create win-win relationships aiming to improve their business in accordance with the European Green Deal ambitions.

6.

BIG.MATCH + FINAL.MATCH

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16th 2021

Meetings among innovative corporations, startups and research laboratories from all over the world to enrich each other; an Open Innovation Event with keynotes from international guests and inspiring talks.

GREEN
MATERIALS

• Materials for logistic & retail packaging
• Materials for food packaging and accessories
• Materials for waterproofing of dams
• Materials for outdoor power equipment
• Innovative and sustainable solutions for building flooring

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DIGITAL PROCESSES & SMART MONITORING

• IoT solutions for industrial machineries and for collective catering
• Advanced sensors for water analysis
• Carbon footprint live auditing solutions for dairy barns
• BIM solutions for standardization of production process

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GREENER PRODUCTION & TECHNOLOGIES

• Innovative predictive maintenance solutions
• Innovative laying techniques for sloped surfaces
• Autonomous navigation systems for outdoor and indoor power equipment
• New surface coating technologies for oleodynamic applications
• 3D printing technologies for industrial plants
• New physical scanning technologies
• Agro-energy technologies
• Materials for very high pressure application
• Hydrogen / oxygen based solutions

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Advantages for applicants

Access to corporates

Get in touch with multinationals that are keen to innovate and ready to collaborate with startups

Network opportunity

Expand your network, meet innovative corporates ready to disrupt the industry, create new business opportunity!

Internationalization

Making a deal with a multinational corporate opens up new international market opportunities

GREEN
MATERIALS

Corporates

DIGITAL PROCESSES & SMART MONITORING
Corporates

GREENER PRODUCTION & TECHNOLOGIES
Corporates

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