For the EU deep-tech startup scene to grow sustainably and achieve its potential impact, access to real market problems and test beds is required. Driven by real market needs, or as STARTUP³ defines it, Key Performance Areas, the project builds and facilitates an open and collaborative ecosystem for high impact deep-tech innovators and corporates and acts as a cross-border/sectoral market-maker. The project aims to generate, take up, ensure market penetration and further capitalize on the growth and impact potential of profound research by providing access to dynamic and 3-phase across the board growth support framework UPTAKE-UPGRADE-UPSCALE. The catalysation is aimed at creating synergies across the Europe, networking, raising understanding of the benefits of deep-tech technology and stimulating their uptake - Cluster Missions and Clusters-Corporate Assembly. The STARTUP³ consortium is a fusion between geographically scattered Clusters (POLE SCS, LITC, ITC) international innovation and Tech-transfer specialists (INO and EKT), SME focused on upscaling research and technology (AGENSO), startup studio (HOLA-UP).
In order to navigate investment risks and opportunities in the high-risk, high-reward deep-tech sector, European SMEs need simultaneous access to market and technical & industrial expertise and capability unique to deep-tech commercialization. STARTUP³ aims to offer exactly this type of access to startups/ SMEs by harnessing the potential of ‘corporate open innovation’ and through a systemic approach geared towards viable commercialization of high-potential deep-tech products and services. In our overall concept, the following main dimensions play a major role: a) UPTAKE is about finding and engaging innovation, i.e. high-potential startups/ SMEs from deep-tech fields, b) UPGRADE here we unveil a dedicated growth support framework called ‘Ideation2Market’ and c) UPSCALE is designed to bring growth-stage startups/ SMEs right into the VCs/ CVCs community to showcase/ pilot their products, get feedback and gain access to capital, new customers and future partners. Finally, STARTUP³ will allow innovative deep-tech startups and scaleups to explore different incentives, tools/ platforms and resources along its intensive growth support program. The underlying aim is to facilitate deeper understanding of the latest trends and dynamics behind deep-tech commercialization, and how startups and corporates can (soft) land successful business partnerships.
AGENSO is WP2 Ideation to Market Evaluation & Monitoring Module Leader, responsible for setting up an appropriate module for evaluation and monitoring of future deep technologies based on 360° Strengths and Weaknesses Radar by HOLA-UP in order to identify and specify technical/ business services to be delivered to STARTUP³ innovators, to set up technical knowledge & resources repository to accelerate deep tech innovations across various verticals, to prepare / organize all technical/ business support services and finally to improve services offered based on insights collected in WP3 (D3.4); this is critical to ensure the sustainability of STARTUP³ post-project.
Help deep-tech Startupsto grow sustainably and achieve their potential impact
Bridge deep tech innovators and top-tier corporatesfor synergy, industry guidance/ support, funding, and the likes (STARTUP³ Innovation Hub)
Offers unique possibilitiesas technology support, community and go-to-market benefits
Facilitate deeper understandingof the latest trends and dynamics behind deep-tech commercialization
AGENSO Main Tasks
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