All the 25 selected projects (12 projects on the first cut-off and 13 projects on the second cut-off) from the LAUNCH phase will enter the phase 2: SUSTAIN. This phase runs during the following 11 months after the project’s selection.
Projects will be requested to fine-tuning their technical requirements and to develop a minimum viable product which serves to (i) verify some key functional aspects of the intended solution, (ii) demonstrate the technical feasibility of the proposed solution under a representative operational environment, (iii) provides technical solutions for all critical functionalities, but usually does not have all the functionalities of a final product.
During this phase, SMEs will receive a full package of Business Support Services, including training activities, mentoring and coaching sessions.
At the end of the SUSTAIN phase, the EPICENTRE Gala will be held. SMEs-projects will have to pitch their projects in front of an audience of different innovation actors. The corporate board will evaluate and select the best 3 projects from each group (6 projects in total) that are ready to make a test- bed with corporates, will pass on to the next phase.
The main outcome of the SUSTAIN phase is the submission of the “Strategic and Technical development Plan of the prototype” (D2) and the “Prototype ready to test with Corporates” (D3).
These outcomes must be delivered within 3 months from entering the SUSTAIN phase for D2 and 9 months for D3. Upon completion and approval of the deliverables (D1 and D2) all 25 selected projects will receive EUR 31.000 financial support.
Within the EPICENTRE Academy, the 25 top ranked selected projects for the SUSTAIN phase will be entitled to receive a customized business support package in the form of mentoring and coaching services. Up to 32 hours of mentoring and coaching will be provided to each project. Some sessions could be provided in groups, as training on critical topics is envisioned to be provided.
The one-to-one customized support from these European experts will help bring EPICENTRE SMEs’ projects to the prototype phase, maximizing the success ratio when implementing the strategic plans on collaborating with corporates.
The EPICENTRE Gala will be held at the end of the EPICENTRE SUSTAIN phase. The 25 top-ranked projects will have the opportunity to present their project results to the Corporates and audience and to exchange and interact with the participating Corporates and other European stakeholders.
The event will be held in Barcelona, all the 25 top-ranked SMEs-projects are invited to attend the event. The language will be English.