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Call for problem holders and solution providers to tackle water scarcity in Southern Europe

EIT Food together with EIT Climate-KIC, EIT Digital and EIT Manufacturing are looking for 3 problem holders and 20 solution providers to participate in the Cross-KIC initiative “Finding innovative solutions for water scarcity in Southern Europe”.
EIT Food South
Deadline: 02 June 2021

About the programme

EIT Food together with Climate KIC, Digital and Manufacturing KICs, Athena RC and Bioazul S.L., are leading a multiannual and multidisciplinary programme designed to alleviate water scarcity in Southern Europe. We work together considering water scarcity as a thematic field from agrifood to manufacturing.

The main objective of the programme is to ease the transition to a water saving economy across Southern Europe and to contribute, in the long run, to reduce Europe’s water consumption, wastage and pollution. This is achieved by targeting different stakeholders, from policy makers to business, industry leaders and citizens through different actions.

Does your entity want to improve its water management process? Tell us about it!

We are looking for private companies, associations of companies, cooperatives, or public entities from the food & beverage industry, the agricultural sector and/or the water utilities and large infrastructures willing to find solutions tailored to their specific needs through the provision of a case study.

More specifically, the EIT KICs are looking for 3 problem holders in total, presenting a case study related to at least one of the challenges in the document of the call. Priority will be given to entities located or at least have a production site in the Mediterranean region, specifically in Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta or Spain.

Are you a scaleup or SME with an innovative solution for improved water management or reduced water consumption?

The EIT community is looking for twenty scaleups – startups seeing accelerated growth after demonstrating a product-market fit- and innovative SMEs working on new solutions tailored to one or several of the challenges faced by the food & beverage industry, in agriculture, or by utilities and infrastructure. The solution providers can submit their SMART solutions for a maximum of two of the sectorial challenges. Twenty applications will be selected to participate in the Programme, which includes market-oriented training, a 3-months mentoring period, 66k EUR cash prizes, and the possibility to implement a demo site with one of the problem holders at the end of the period.

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