IMPACT Growth Open Call in numbers

IMPACT Growth open call was closed last May 16th. During the eleven weeks that the call was open, we organized and participated in around 30 events, in 8 countries, all over Europe. The communication efforts included also actions in social media, newsletters and media, involving the 12 partners’ of the project network. All this caused that 1,932 applications were started and 710 applications submitted.

In this post we will share with you the main insights of the applications received. Remember that we will open a new call on September this year, to be up to date subscribe to our newsletter and sign up to our Spaces to share with us the doubts you might have.


Geographical Scope


IMPACT Growth is funded by Horizon 2020, the research and development program of the European Commission. Therefore this open call was open to the 28 countries of the EU and the 16 associated countries to H2020, but also to more than 100 countries from America, Asia and Africa. The companies in the latter countries can apply to the accelerator but to be beneficiaries they need to establish in one of the 28 countries of the EU.

Applications from 60 countries all over the world were started and from 51 countries were submitted. IMPACT received applications from four continents: America, Asia, Europe and Africa.

Below you can see the % of applications received by country from the 11 countries with more applications.


Applications submitted by country


Regarding the number of cities, there were started applications from 316 and submitted applications from 258 cities. Applications cover almost all the world, from Helsinki to Cape Town and from San Francisco to Yangon in Myanmar. Among the top cities there are centers of entrepreneurship in Europe like Barcelona, London, Copenhagen or Warsaw.


Applications Submitted by City


Types of projects received


IMPACT Growth was looking for projects in four verticals: Smart Agrifood, Smart Cities, Smart Content and Smart Manufacturing. Also projects that are already using or willing to adopt FIWARE as a core part of their technology roadmap.

The ideal projects type IMPACT Growth Consortium is looking for are high growth projects with an already existing market footprint (TRL 8 or 9) with some investment on place and looking for additional investment for scaling their business globally and looking to open a new territory in less than 6 months.

Below you can find the applications received by sector, by use of FIWARE and by investment on place.


Applications per sector


Applications per use of FIWARE


Applications per investment received


It is important to highlight that 2% of the applications aren’t in any of the 4 sectors addressed by the project so they are not eligible. Also the 2 % of the proposals neither are using FIWARE nor are willing to use it, so they are again not eligible. Regarding investment, almost 21% of the proposals didn’t have investment on place, so, they are also not eligible either.

As you can see, the most competitive sector is Smart Content with more than 40% of the applications received, followed by Smart Cities, Smart Agrifood and Smart Manufacturing. More than 20% of the proposals received are already using FIWARE. Finally, regarding investment, most of the proposals have already received investment from 100-500K and 7% more than 1 million.

We want to thank to all the applicants for participating in this open call. We wish you all the best for the evaluation phase. As you know, the winners will be announced on June 21st, after the Jury Day that will take place in Madrid.

And remember, if you are not a beneficiary this time you can apply to our next open call that will be launched in September 2017!

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