The European Commission (EC) has launched the FIWARE Accelerator Programme, and is looking for start-ups and entrepreneurs in high-tech sectors to submit their innovative idea for a startup or App that will make a disruptive impact on the market.

They are looking for ideas that make use of FIWARE technologies in key sectors such as Smart Cities, eHealth, transports, energy & environment, AgriFood, Media & Content, Manufacturing & Logistics, and Social & Learning. Successful ideas will receive an investment in the form of a share of the 80 million euros of grant money available, mentoring, coaching and where appropriate networking and introductions to other businesses.

What is FIWARE? To put it simply its an open cloud-based platform that allows the design and interaction of Future Internet applications and services. Its also extremely scalable and uses public and royalty-free APIs.

The service seems genuinely exciting, and anyone with an idea or a new technology, service or App that falls into any of the sectors listed should definitely apply. Your proposal must be well thought out though, the EC is not just looking for the idea, but people that have a strong team behind them, a sound business case, and the ability to put together a prototype of their idea. They are looking to take advantage of the current economic climate where businesses are starting to regain some confidence and look to the future by investing in new technologies and services – take advantage of this massive opportunity now!

What do you think of the project? Do you have an amazing new idea that you’re ready to share with the world and make a reality? If so head on over to the FIWARE Accelerator Programme and signup now!

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