Why is innovation in the raw materials sector so important?
The EU is home to world-leading manufacturing industries, game-changing innovative technologies and an entrepreneurial infrastructure that can enable the transition to a resource-efficient, sustainable society as envisioned in the EU 2020 agenda.
Providing the sustainable supply of raw materials is vital, but the EU is highly dependent on imports of raw materials that are crucial for these core industrial activities. In particular, the supply of a range of ores, metals and rubber is vulnerable. Several European initiatives have been developed to tackle this challenge through increasing resource efficiency of current processes and products and re-thinking of the current linear economic model towards a circular approach. Increasing the supply of materials from all types of sources requires a range of technologies, infrastructures, trade measures and policies that can dynamically adjust to different resource types, availability and product composition.
The challenge for the Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) EIT RawMaterials to fully utilise the potential of the European industry and to revitalise the human capital in the raw materials sector.
Enable sustainable growth and competitiveness in Europe
EIT RawMaterials, initiated and funded by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology), a body of the European Union, is the largest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. Its vision is to develop raw materials into a major strength for Europe. Its mission is to enable sustainable competitiveness of the European minerals, metals and materials sector along the value chain by driving innovation, education and entrepreneurship.
EIT RawMaterials unites more than 120 core and associate partners and over 180 project partners from leading industries, universities and research and technology organisations from more than 20 EU countries. Partners of EIT RawMaterials are active across the entire raw materials value chain: from exploration, mining and mineral processing to substitution, recycling and circular economy. They collaborate on finding new, innovative solutions to secure supplies and improve the raw materials sector in Europe.
EIT RawMaterials aims at significantly enhancing innovation in the raw materials sector by sharing knowledge, information and expertise: Entrepreneurs, Start-ups and SMEs receive funding and support through its partner’s network and collaboration activities.
What is in it for you?
Business Creation and Support is one of four activity lines that serves as base for how EIT RawMaterials translates strategy into operative actions. Since 2016, our Booster grant funding for supporting selected Start-Ups and SME has supported over 100 Start-Ups accelerate their development from idea to market. Booster funded companies have gone on to provide value for the EIT RawMaterials partners.
To increase and advance the support to innovative Start-Ups, EIT RawMaterials is now starting an Accelerator Program. The aim of the Accelerator Program is to provide support for Start-Ups so that they can more rapidly develop innovative products/services that can generate impact in the raw materials sector.
In addition to customized support and funding, the selected Start-Ups will also get access to EIT RawMaterials partner network, participating to our networking events, as well as gain visibility through EIT RawMaterials network channels. In the long term, supported Start-Ups and SMEs may join our network as members and continue working with our partners to fully benefit from the ecosystem.
Through activities in the area of Business creation and Support EIT RawMaterials aims to support new businesses that develop raw materials into a major strength for Europe along the whole material value chain as follows:
- a) Exploration and raw materials resource assessment
- b) Mining in challenging environments
- c) Increased resource efficiency in mineral and metallurgical processes
- d) Recycling and material chain optimisation for End-of-Life products
- e) Substitution of critical and toxic materials in products and for optimised performance
- f) Design of products and services for the circular economy
In particular, the supply of a range of scarce metals and minerals is the main target of the EIT RawMaterials innovation community. Bio-based and polymer materials will be considered only in view of their substitution potential of critical and toxic materials and for optimized performance or for multi-material product recycling. Petrochemical raw materials, food/agricultural raw materials and common minerals construction materials are excluded.
How to apply?
The Start-up & SME Booster Call 2019 is open all year long. For sake of clarity and to ensure smooth selection and operational progress of the selected Start-ups and SMEs, 3 cut-off dates for proposal submission are organised. The next cut-off dates are14 June and 20 September 2019.
Find out more here
Business Development Manager
EIT RawMaterials, Innovation Hub CLC Central
M: +49 1624320229
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