The Open Data Incubator for Europe (ODINE) is set to award a total of €1m to the eleven businesses selected for its second cohort.
The startups and SMEs hail from Austria, Greece, Netherlands, Israel, France, the UK and Slovakia and provide solutions to pressing issues including air pollution, access to legal information and transparency in supply chains.
The businesses will receive up to €100k of EU grant funding each after being selected in the second round of the programme, which supports European startups and SMEs to build sustainable businesses using open data.
Between 50 and 70 open data-focused businesses will be welcomed on to the programme up until August 2016. ODINE has €3.9m of funding still to award and interested companies are urged to register.
In addition to grant funding, the businesses will have access during their six month incubation to peer-networking, technology, datasets, mentorship, investors and the media.
ODINE is being delivered by the Open Data Institute (ODI), the University of Southampton, Telefónica, the Guardian, Telefónica Open Future, Fraunhofer, Open Knowledge Foundation (Germany). New startups are being recruited every two months on a rolling basis, until August 2016.
ODINE is modelled on the ODI’s highly successful startup programme, which has so far supported 30 companies, with 178 employees. Since 2012, ODI Startups have accumulated £10.5m in sales, investments and efficiency savings. You can find the five latest ODI startups at the bottom of this page. The ODINE programme was co-developed by the ODI and Telefónica Open Future.
An introduction to each company:
- openlaws helps you find legal information more easily, organise it the way you want and share it with others and gives you better access to justice. Connect open legal datasources from the EU and member states in the openlaws platform and let the community (citizens, businesses, legal experts, scholars and public bodies) collaborate on legal information.
- OpenResort S/I-as-a-Service provides guest engagement platform for luxury hotels & all-inclusive resorts, linking them with local business communities and experiences leveraging open data.
- IBeacons Living Lab – actionable, data based, sensor operated cities. It provides the infrastructure to accelerate emerging IoT innovations for smart city and smart citizen solutions thus stimulating the creation of new startups and next generation IoT applications making a rapid impact on the local economy.
- Open Data based Fire Risk Assessment provides a web-based service to access dwelling fire risks in neighbourhoods based on open data to help redistribute resources and fire safety education.
- Farm Dog is leveraging open data to benefit small and medium farms. It’s an internet of things and open data driven insights platform for small and medium farms that helps them reduce resource inputs, increase yields, and optimise managerial time.
- Plume Air Cloud builds an API to beat air pollution. Plume helps you learn, track and forecast what you breathe in order to beat air pollution and lower your exposure to the world’s largest single environmental risk.
- DataPress – pain-free data portals for smart cities. DataPress is a highly innovative open source data portal that helps local and regional governments to release data, present it in a dashboard, manage transparency commitments and engage with the community.
- OpenGazettes provides new insight into EU companies. A sister project to OpenCorporates, it “de-silos” critical company-related notices in government gazettes for greater insight into the life and activities of companies in the EU.
- Provenance – blockchain technology for transparency in supply chains. Provenance uses a new technology called the blockchain to bring transparency to product supply chains, enabling key sustainability data to be trusted as it’s gathered and transferred through a complex chain of custody.
- RentSquare is a marketplace where tenants and landlords in the private sector connect directly and exchange contracts around the best rent price.
- Unigraph – combines disperse open data sources in a common schema to provide additional information and map all connections between the entities from the world we live in: people, companies, products, places etc.
This week the ODI startup programme also welcomes five new companies:
- openlaws, also an ODINE recruit – see above
- Senseye works with companies of all sizes to strengthen operational reliability and reduce maintenance costs for IoT connected equipment.
- imin uses open data to make fitness activities searchable and better connected, helping communities become more active.
- Land Insight provides the foundations for property developers to discover and build on off-market land in the UK.
- Amiqus is an online service that facilitates and resolves commercial disputes quickly and affordably without appearing in court or tribunal.