In the framework of the project, Innogate to Europe has launched an Open Contest that might be interesting for EBN Members and their startups/SMEs coming from any EU member state and working in aquaculture and related sectors: INvertebrateIT Open Contest - Call for market-ready invertebrate-based fish feed.
The aim is to to find and support the three projects with the most innovative solutions for invertebrate production for sustainable fish feeds, competitive aquaculture and integrated waste management, across the EU Atlantic Basin.
Ten projects will be short-listed by the project partners of INvertebrateIT, including Innogate to Europe, and promoted via their communication channels. Three projects will then be awarded by an expert jury, following the evaluation criteria and procedures.
EBN members, spread the news among your startups/SMEs!
The winning projects will receive support in their development to a pre-commercial level. Each project will receive:
- Tailored capacity building and technical assistance vouchers to increase their capacity and develop sound business models along the project’s objectives
- Opportunities to network with potential investors and transversal public and private stakeholders
- Assistance to elaborate their concept to be put into action through PPPs
- Guidance through testing business plans and assessing their economic potential through market analysis
- Support to develop business cases to secure financing, whilst finding solutions to cover innovation risks and ensure implementation along a well defined timeline.
The capacity building process will include coaching, mentoring and specific support services that will be delivered through technical assistance vouchers (for instance, testing infrastructures or equipment, research support, or other specific services) of a value of up to EUR 10.000 per demonstration project.
What topics should the project target?
The contest is open for any innovation, at any point in the value chain, around the theme of integration of invertebrates into feed for aquaculture. Here are some examples of domains, but this list is not exclusive:
- Local production of insect-based fish feeds to improve aquaculture competitiveness, resilience, diversification and sustainability
- Use of marine substrates for innovative invertebrate production for fish feeds (such as algae and seafood by-products)
- Production (aquaculture) of suitable marine invertebrates for fish feeds (such as amphipods and polychaetes)
What degree of maturity should the project have?
Technology Readiness Level: Level 5 or above – “Technology validated in relevant environment (industrially relevant environment in the case of key enabling technologies)
To learn more about the contest, tune in on Tuesday, December 12, and listen to the webinar!
More info available here
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