A pilot service offered by NearUS, the Horizon 2020 initiative supporting the creation of ENRICH - European Network of Research and Innovation Centres and Hubs – in the USA.
Call opened: October 5, 2017 | Call closes: November 20th, 2017 – 23h59 CET (updated)
NearUS is an initiative funded in the framework of Horizon2020, the most comprehensive EU Research and Innovation funding program to date. The NearUS initiative will increase European and US research and innovation collaborations while strengthening the position of Europe as the world´s leading partner in science, technology and innovation. Its overarching aim is to create a sustainable network of centers with US and EU-based nodes, to enable cross-continent R&I partnerships.
During its pilot phase, NearUS proposes a variety of services for researchers and entrepreneurs. The pilot activities will be evaluated to inevitably retain the initiative’s most successful components to ensure a sustainable plan for NearUS in the future.
Services will target various, commercially viable technology maturity levels: Research2Research (R2R), Research2Market (R2M) and Business2Business (B2B) stages. This includes research connection symposia, business matchmaking opportunities, working visits and innovation tours to US organisations to explore technology/product partnerships and/or business development middle / long term opportunities, pitching to potential investors, R2M and B2B boot camps, work space access, hands on business acceleration programmes, media promotion service and more.
The pilot services will be offered separately in specific calls. This call only refers to the NearUS Match&Pitch @ CES Tour taking place January 7th – 11th, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. This first Match&Pitch is open to EU, early-stage Start-up founders, Researchers (pre-start-up stage), and Research Organizations with portfolio of R&D projects.
This NearUS program will take place around and during the Consumer Electronic Show (CES), number one show in the world promoting innovation in ICT, IoT, Wireless Industry and all “Convergence” impacting consumers and the B2B value chain leading to the consumers, at such a level and with such a force: 175,000 attendees and 3,900 exhibitors (2.47 million net square feet of exhibit space). For more info please visit: www.ces.tech
Therefore the call for NearUS Match&Pitch @ CES is Business to Consumer (B2C), and Business to Business to Consumer (B2B2C). The industries covered are the following:
Audio (includes HR and 360)
Broadcast & OTT
Content Creation & Distribution
Fitness and Sports
Personal Privacy and Cyber Security
Health and Biotech
Internet of Things
Smart City / Smart Society
Virtual reality / Augmented Reality / 360 Immersion
Wireless Devices & Services
In partnership with the organizers of the Euro Tech Week, NearUS is launching a first call for EU early stage entrepreneurs, researchers & research organizations looking for partnering and investment opportunities in the US (focusing on the West Coast) for their ICT, IoT & Wireless Industry Focus, and related “Convergence” innovations.
The selected 10 innovators will have the opportunity to present their prototypes and/or V1 to selected potential US partners during NearUS Match&Pitch @ CES 2018. More precisely, the selected organizations will be matched with partners, buyers, channels and investors during a matchmaking event (co-organized by Enterprise Europe Network/EEN) and introduced to early-stage focused investors during a specially organized NearUS pitch session.
The participants will also receive complimentary CES Exhibits Plus Passes, which provides access to all CES exhibits, Super Sessions, Keynote addresses and select conference sessions, in addition to an invitation to the US Department of Commerce International Reception, access to private business centres, and other exclusive benefits.
This service gives you the opportunity to:
NearUS Match @ CES is a 5-day long program of matchmaking sessions from Sunday, January 7th to Thursday, January 11, 2018, organized via the Euro Tech week matchmaking platform
NearUS Pitch @ CES is on Monday, January 8, 2018 - morning
The CES exhibit halls are open from Tuesday, January 9th to Friday, January 12th, 2018
Expected outcomes and impact per participant:
In order to qualify for the provided services, applicants have to:
This call will fund 10 participants. The costs for the venue, materials, guest speakers, matchmaking platform, and catering during the welcoming cocktail are covered.
Participants will however have to cover the costs for flights to and from the United States, as well as other costs not mentioned above (e.g. ESTA/VISA application costs, health insurance, accommodation, dinners, etc.) by themselves.
All applicants must register at the electronic submission tool PT-Outline https://secure.pt-dlr.de/ptoutline/app/nearus_Services. It is highly advised that applicants submit no later than two days before the participant cycles end of each program, NearUS staff will assist with questions or portal issues for applicants. Besides basic information, applicants must mark checklist for actual criteria and must complete each section of the application.
The Online Submission Form is structured in four different pages, each one including various sections that need to be filled in by the applicant.
On page four you will find the "Application form" and “Pitch deck”, which have to be uploaded at the final submission stage.
Additionally, there is a fifth page for checking and submitting the application.
The fundamental principles governing the evaluation of the applications are:
The evaluation process involves three steps:
The applicant must:
Evaluation rubrics (criteria) can be consulted on the page of this call.
For questions regarding the Innovation Tour, please contact: