During the event the 40 startups and SMEs were offered exhibition space, a business bootcamp, pitching training, networking opportunities and tailored coaching activities. All of them are present in Riga and showcase their solution and how they are using the FIWARE technology into their products.
Leader of the second phase of the FICHe project Myriam Martin mentioned: "It has been great to see that the 40 participant create value from being here and improve themselves and each other. This was a great opportunity to start our FIWARE eHealth community."
The booth was included in the VIP exhibition tour showcasing the FICHe project and its 40 participants to European Commissioner for Health & Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis.
FICHe project ambassador Paul Pelsmaeker said: "eHealthWeek is one of the important European events for eHealth initiatives, including FICHe. It make sense to show here our progress with the acceleration project, including the 40 startups and SMEs that we are supporting. The opportunity to show European Commissioner the project and startups was exciting as well as rewarding, because of the positive feedback he expressed."
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FICHe provides companies with the overall funding of EUR 6.24 million for developing eHealth applications and creating sustainable business models. Funding will be distributed through a three-step process. In the first stage, companies will receive 15 000 euro for business model development. In the next phase, 40 out of the 80 companies will receive 50 000 euro for proof-of-concept. The third phase entering 20 out of the 40 companies will receive additionally 152 000 euro for working prototype development. At best, companies are therefore offered up to 217 000 euros funding.
FICHe is co-funded under the European Union's Programme for research, technological development and demonstration. Project partners are University of Oulu, Business Oulu, TIC BioMed, FFIS de la region de Murcia, TNO, Amsterdam Economic Board, Stichting zorg Inc., Dutch eHealth Fund Management BV and Stichting Digitalezorg.nl.
About FIWARE technology
FIWARE is an innovative, open cloud-based infrastructure for cost-effective creation and delivery of Future Internet applications and services, at a scale not seen before. FIWARE API specifications are public and royalty-free, driven by the development of an open source reference implementation which accelerates the availability of commercial products and services based on FIWARE technologies.