The Open Data Incubator for Europe (ODINE) has awarded a total of €600,000 to the six businesses selected for its third cohort.
The startups and SMEs CityTree, IMIN, openlaws, SUADE, Sun Energia and UNICS hail from Germany, UK, Austria, Finland and Spain and provide solutions to pressing economic, social, and environmental issues including air pollution, sun energy, access to legal information, and increasing physical activity.
The businesses will receive up to €100k of EU grant funding each after being selected in the third 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 to the incubator up until August 2016. €3.2m of a total of more than €5.5m is still available and interested companies are invited to apply.
In addition to grant funding, the businesses will have access during their six month incubation to peer-networking, technology, datasets, mentorship, investors and media services.
ODINE is 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. The next deadline is the 29th of February 2016. For more information regarding the application please read the Guide for Applicants.
An introduction to each company from the third cohort:
- openlaws helps you find legal information more easily, organise it the way you want and share it with others in order to establish better access to justice.
- Sun Energia is the world’s most accurate and easy-to-use web-based decision-making tool for assessing the feasibility, viability and profitability of a solar energy system in any specific rooftop.
- CityTree Green City Solutions makes cool and clean air profitable!
- UNICS SIRIS Academic is a consultancy for HE&R, specialising in data-driven approach to organisational change. We combine a) deep expert knowledge of HE&R, b) systemic consulting approach to organisational development, c) tailored tools for data mining, visualisation and analysis.
- IMIN makes physical activity searchable. IMIN uses technology to help significantly increase levels of physical activity across all communities. IMIN achieves these objectives by using open data and technology to establish a data infrastructure that empowers innovators and organisations both within and outside of the health and fitness industry.
- SUADE is an open platform financial regulation
This article first appeared on The Guardian.