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Join the EC's Digital Innovation Challenge for SMEs and startups

28 November 2019

European SMEs and startups Challenge - Deadline 28/02/2020

The European Commission is happy to inform you of the Digital Innovation Challenge for Europe’s startups and SMEs launched recently at the Web Summit in Lisbon.
Everyone is invited to share this Challenge with colleagues and their wider network. To this end, the Commission has prepared an online briefing page with information about the Challenge, links to videos, teasers, visuals and draft social media posts.

Recognising the importance of SMEs within the European economy, the European Commission is launching this Challenge to SMEs and startups across Europe — to those willing to innovate and grow their business by taking the leap towards a digital Europe, those who think big, play smart and stand out.

Public administrations across the EU have adopted open and reusable solutions to create generic digital public administration components that make it possible for them to provide better services to citizens and businesses.

Through this Challenge, the European Commission aims to learn new ways to engage with SMEs and startups to re-imagine how open and reusable solutions are created and promoted, stimulate awareness and, ultimately, increase their adoption.

The winning SMEs and startups stand to win EUR 50 000 (first place), EUR 20 000 (second place) and EUR 10 000 (third place).

The Digital Innovation Challenge invites SMEs and startups, providers of digital services across Europe, to propose innovative services and solutions based on the European Commission’s open and reusable solutions. The Challenge is particularly targeted at Digital SMEs and startups that would like to accelerate their digitally-enabled growth and leverage on already existing components that provide basic capabilities to facilitate the delivery of digital, interoperable, cross-border and cross-domain services and solutions.

The closing date for application is 28 February 2020, 12.00 pm Brussels time, following which applications are no longer possible.
Participants are requested to complete an application form via the Challenge website: https://ec.europa.eu/cefdigital/sme

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