Close to 30 participants in the first edition – call for next round starts in September
The 2020 Gazelle Accelerator programme organized their 1st matchmaking event mid-June, with already 27 start-ups joining pitch training, intensive business coaching, and match-making events. The objective is to accelerate SMEs and start-ups by refining their pitches and business plans, to succeed in front of potential clients and investors to elaborate on collaboration.
This first open call to join this EIT Manufacturing programme received a total of 43 applications from entrepreneurs focusing on four selected industry challenges. These challenges had been identified through a survey done across the industry: analytics and artificial intelligence, internet of things, simulation and augmented/virtual reality and manufacturing applications.
“We receive very high-quality applications in terms of potential business leads, and addressing the industry 4.0 related challenges identified by the sector prior to the call”, says Oriana Rodriguez, activity leader. “I am confident about this need-based approach connecting the right start-ups and ideas that focus on the right technologies that will enable Europe to take a leap into the industry of the future!”.
The Gazelle Accelerator started with four virtual Community Booster Camp Days, including training on access-to-market and feedback coaches on pitches. At the end of June, the program will continue with a Roadshow Day after which some selected start-ups are chosen to pitch in front of investors at the beginning of July.