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Today, March 22nd, World Water Day is celebrated to raise awareness about the use and management of this resource

  • Finnova Foundation joins this celebration that focuses on the importance of water, a vital agent for the preservation of the environment and biodiversity.
  • ONE-BLUE, LIFE ECOdigestion and RES4CITY, projects committed to water care and management

22/03/2024, Brussels. Today marks World Water Day, an emblematic date that reminds us of the importance of preserving and responsibly managing our water resources for future generations. In this context, Finnova Foundation focuses on water as a vital agent for the preservation of the environment and biodiversity. Finnova is a partner in several European projects that focus on the protection of water from pollutants, the protection of coasts from rising seas and the sustainable use of water.

One of the outstanding projects in which the Finnova Foundation is involved is ONE-BLUE, a research initiative funded by the Horizon Europe program of the European Union. With a budget of more than €6,200,000, ONE-BLUE focuses on research into the impact of emerging pollutants and the effects of climate change on marine biodiversity, thus contributing to the understanding and preservation of our aquatic ecosystems.

The other project with funding from the Horizon program in which Finnova participates is RES4CITY, focused on the development of sustainable urban environments. With a budget of 2.5 million euros, RES4CITY promotes the use of renewable technologies and fuels in cities, thus boosting sustainability and circularity in the urban environment. Within the RES4CITY STARTUP EUROPE ACCELERATHON initiative, framed within the project, solutions will be proposed for the reuse of gray water, practices that contribute to saving drinking water and reducing the impact of climate change.

LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 generates biogas from mixed organic waste, transforming sewage sludge into green energy and helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The project has a budget of €970,000 and is funded by the LIFE program , the European Union’s instrument for the environment and climate action.

The main objective of the LIFE COSTAdapta project is to address the adaptation of the coast of Gran Canaria to sea level rise through an innovative and progressivetidal pool-reef system. This project is also supported by the LIFE program, and is budgeted at 3,409,864 €.

From the Finnova Foundation we are committed to building a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future, World Water Day is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of this resource and to collaborate to preserve it for future generations. Finnova reaffirms its commitment to continue working on projects that promote sustainability and water conservation, thus contributing to a more prosperous and equitable future for all.

About the Finnova Foundation

Finnova is a Spanish-Belgian non-profit foundation based in Brussels, which focuses on fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in the European Union. The foundation works in collaboration with various organizations and partners in the member countries to communicate and disseminate European projects. In addition, it offers support to start-ups and businesses through programs such as accelerators and incubators, and selection and award ceremonial events.

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The LIFE NextFUMIGREEN project arrives at SMART AGRIFOOD SUMMIT thanks to Fundación Finnova

  • The Finnova Foundation has presented several projects related to the circular economy and the environment at the SMART AGRIFOOD SUMMIT fair in Seville.
  •  In addition to presenting the LIFE NextFUMIGREEN, HIBA+ and RES4CITY projects, it has also informed about the dates of the new calls for the Interreg Next Med and SUDOE programmes.

18/03/2024, Brussels. The Finnova Foundation presented the LIFE NextFUMIGREEN project on Friday 15 March, during the 7th edition of the Smart Agrifood Summit that took place on 14 and 15 March in Seville. This is the largest event on innovation and digitisation of the agrifood chain in Europe organised by the European Foundation for Innovation and Technology (INTEC).

The CEO of the Finnova Foundation, Juanma Revuelta, presented the objectives of LIFE NextFUMIGREEN, a European project that seeks to develop natural fumigants from plant extracts to control whitefly populations and fungal outbreaks of botrytis in horticultural greenhouse crops. With a total budget of 2,758,921.01 euros, the LIFE NextFUMIGREEN project has 3 main objectives to align its activity with environmental protection. 

The technical objective is based on fine-tuning the methodology for the formulation and development of natural fumigants to combat pest populations.

As for the commercial objective, the idea is to initiate a line of business in the agricultural sector through the introduction of two sustainable products with proven efficacy, which currently do not exist on the market.

 And with regard to environmental objectives, the aim is to develop two fumigants with insecticidal and fungicidal efficacy in line with European “zero waste” product policies.

Commitment to the circular economy and the environment

The CEO of the Foundation highlighted Finnova’s commitment to projects related to the circular economy and care for the environment, and gave the example of the HIBA+ and RES4CITY projects, in which the entity participates. 

The HIBA+ project, financed by the Interreg VI-A Spain Portugal 2021-2027 Cross-border Cooperation Programme – POCTEP through the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) with a budget of 2,845,222.77 €, focuses on promoting sustainable growth and innovation in the agri-food sector. 

The RES4CITY project, funded by the Horizon Europe programme with a budget of €2.5 million, focuses on training support for the development of sustainable environments in urban areas. In addition, its RES4CITY STARTUP EUROPE ACCELERATHON programme provides solutions to existing challenges in land management and greywater reuse for the urban economy.  

The foundation will also use this space to present LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0, a project that generates biogas by mixing organic waste. This action favours the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the use of sewage sludge generated in wastewater treatment processes, achieving a positive environmental impact. The initiative is part of the European Union’s LIFE programme and has a budget of €970,000. 

Thanks to this technology, it favours the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the use of sewage sludge generated in wastewater treatment processes, achieving a positive environmental impact. This programme is easily scalable with other funds such as FEDER, NextGenerationEU or Repower EU.

To conclude his presentation, the CEO of the Finnova Foundation wanted to underline the importance of using European funds to support innovative projects that are committed to the ecological transition and the circular economy. At this point, Revuelta took the opportunity to announce the next calls for proposals related to the Interreg Next Med and SUDOE programmes, calls that will allow the financing of innovative European projects.

About LIFE NextFUMIGREEN

The European project LIFE NextFUMIGREEN actively promotes food safety by developing natural fumigants from plant extracts to control pests in intensive horticultural crops under glass. With the leadership of Fumihogar and with the collaboration of the Foundation for Agricultural Auxiliary Technologies, the Finnova Foundation, B&B Asesores Auditores Ambientales, Comercial Quimica Masso and BrioAgro Tech, the project has a total budget of 2,758,921.01 €, 60% subsidised by the LIFE Programme.

About the Finnova Foundation

Finnova is a Spanish-Belgian non-profit foundation based in Brussels, which focuses on promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in the European Union. The foundation works in collaboration with various organizations and partners in the member countries to communicate and spread European projects. In addition, it offers support to start-ups and businesses through programs such as accelerators and incubators, and selection and award ceremonial events.

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Finnova Foundation has attended a forum in the European Parliament about the new European regulation on artificial intelligence

• The aim of the event has been the dissemination of the latest developments in AI legislation and its impact on citizens
• Finnova Foundation, partner of the LivAI project, committed to the ethical use of artificial intelligence
07/03/2023, Brussels. Finnova foundation attended last Tuesday March 5th the “Forum on Legal Guarantees for the implementation of the European Artificial Intelligence regulation”, held at the European Parliament headquarters in Brussels (Belgium). Our colleagues from the European projects department Roger Bellido, Renata Luduvice and Diego Correro had the opportunity to learn first-hand about the latest developments in legislation related to the use and application of artificial intelligence proposed by the EU.
The event aimed to disseminate and inform about the process that has been followed in the development of the regulation for AI, its evaluation as a first common legal framework, as well as the guarantees that the application of the regulation implies for the rights of citizens. Among the speakers at the meeting were the director of the legal department of the European Commission, Alberto de Gregorio Merino, and the MEPs Adrián Vázquez Lazara and Juan Fernando López Aguilar. The forum was attended by stakeholders interested in AI legislation in the EU, from European affairs consultancies and representatives of the media sector, to employees of the Spanish Association of Registrars, among others.
Finnova, committed to AI ethics
This has been a presentation of great interest for the team of our foundation, since the legislation and regulation of AI is a topic that is on the agenda of the European agenda. In addition, this cutting-edge regulation aims to be a globally replicable model, being the first regulation at regional level on artificial intelligence. This regulation is focused on the technological and ethical development of artificial intelligence, establishing limits that do not violate fundamental rights and security.
From Finnova Foundation, as partners of LivAI project focused on the ethical approach to AI and the use of data, we strongly believe in this type of initiatives in order to regulate the revolution that the expansion of AI is bringing to our society. With a budget of 250,000 euros from the Erasmus+ program, the project aims to improve digital skills and the ethical use of AI in adults. It is led by Universitat Jaume I (Spain) in collaboration with Finnova Foundation (Belgium), Konnektable Technologies Ltd (Ireland), EFCoCert (Switzerland), Project Consult (Italy) and UBITECH (Greece).

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Finnova will host a hybrid webinar on Tuesday, February 20th to inform about the RES4CITY Startup Europe Accelerathon

  • The webinar will be held at the European Parliament, within the event “Innovate4change: Transforming Societal Challenges through Social Entrepreneurship”
  • The webinar will be used to present the RES4CITY Accelerathon and to answer any questions that may arise

15/02/2024, Brussels. Next Tuesday, February 20th at 12:40 pm (CET) the RES4CITY Startup Europe Accelerathon hybrid webinar will be held from the European Parliament headquarters in Brussels (Belgium). The webinar will be held as part of the event “Innovate4Change: Transforming Societal Challenges through Social Entrepreneurship”, organized by the European project LADESE.   

The webinar will serve to present the Accelerathon and resolve any doubts that may arise regarding its development or the challenges posed. This way, those interested will be able to have more information before the registration deadline on Wednesday, March 6th at 23:00 (CET). The CEO of the Finnova Foundation, Juanma Revuelta, will be in charge of presenting the RES4CITY STARTUP EUROPE ACCELERATHON. The head of European projects of the Foundation, Patricia Tejada, and the European projects assistant, Laura Velasco, will develop the main activities of the Accelerathon. 

The main objective of the RES4CITY Startup Europe Accelerathon is to promote initiatives to address social challenges through social entrepreneurship. RES4CITY Startup Europe Accelerathon employs an innovative project acceleration methodology that drives solutions and funding for these ideas through an open innovation competition focused on promoting circularity in urban environments. 

The Accelerathon is an online competition with training, mentoring and a European acceleration ticket to access European funding programs. The ideas to be developed during the Accelerathon will have to pose solutions that seek to solve one of the following challenges:

The Accelerathon is part of the European RES4CITY project, an innovative 2.5 million euro educational project funded 100% by the European Commission through the Horizon Europe Program. RES4CITY brings together 17 partners from eight countries, including the presence of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the leading UN training body providing innovative learning solutions to individuals, organizations and institutions to improve global decision-making and support country-level action to shape a better future. Project partners include Maynooth University and Tipperary Energy Agency in Ireland, University of Genoa, University of Sassari and Artemat in Italy, University of Coimbra in Portugal, Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain, the Technical University of Denmark, Grenoble Alpes University and Three o’clock in France, WiTEC and Halmstad University in Sweden, Finnova in Belgium and Global Hope Network International in Switzerland complete the list of beneficiaries of this European project. 

About Finnova Foundation  

Finnova is a foundation working for the promotion and development of innovation and entrepreneurship at EU level. Based in Brussels, it operates through collaborations and partnerships in all EU countries. Finnova’s experience in leading European project communication and dissemination activities is combined with a strong proven track record in programs supporting start-ups and businesses, such as accelerators, incubators and selection and adjudication of ceremonial events. 

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Registration deadline extension, new challenge and hybrid webinar, latest updates presented by the RES4CITY STARTUP EUROPE ACCELERATHON

  • The registration period will remain open until Wednesday, March 6
  • The European Parliament headquarters in Brussels will host, on Tuesday, February 20, a hybrid webinar to present the Accelerathon and answer questions about it
  • A new challenge that will be launched, focus on the reuse of domestic wastewater

 

13/02/2024, Brussels. The European RES4CITY project announces new developments regarding the RES4CITY STARTUP EUROPE ACCELERATHON, the acceleration program that seeks to boost ideas related to sustainability and circularity in urban environments. The Accelerathon is framed within the RES4CITY project, which offers inclusive opportunities for all students to develop skills in renewable energy systems, fuel technologies and sustainability. RES4CITY is a 36-month project with a budget of 2.5 million euros, fully funded by the European Commission through the Horizon Europe Program. These changes were announced at the 5th Mediterranean Water Forum, which brought together more than 1,000 people in Tunis.

March 6, new deadline for registration

The first of the changes is the extension of the registration deadline to participate in the RES4CITY STARTUP EUROPE ACCELERATHON, which will be extended for three more weeks, until Wednesday, March 6th. This date will coincide with the participation of the Finnova Foundation in the WEX Global event, which will bring together multiple projects and stakeholders advocating for sustainable water management. The Foundation will take advantage of its participation to present the accelerator and recruit interested parties who want to be part of it.

February 20, hybrid webinar

Two weeks before the call closes, on Tuesday 20 February at 12:40 pm (CET), a hybrid webinar (face-to-face and online) will be held at the headquarters of the European Parliament in Brussels (Belgium) to present the Accelerathon and resolve any doubts that may arise. The webinar will be part of the event “Innovate4Change: Transforming Societal Challenges through Social Entrepreneurship, organized by the European project LADESE. Anyone interested in attending or following the webinar can sign up through this link.

New challenge: reuse of greywater

Finally, the RES4CITY STARTUP EUROPE ACCELERATHON opens its range of challenges and includes a fourth one related to the reuse of domestic wastewater, also known as gray water. The challenge lies precisely in developing innovative ideas that optimize the reuse of this water as it can be used in activities such as watering gardens or flushing toilets. The aim of this initiative is not only to mitigate the effect of climate change processes such as the impact of heat waves, but also to highlight the environmental benefits of taking advantage of these treated water resources.

Four challenges to find green solutions for smart cities

This fourth challenge is in addition to the three challenges that were already announced: optimizing electric vehicle charging efficiency through smart energy solutions; achieving efficient land and soil management by changing business operations in line with circular economy principles; and designing green hydrogen production projects.

The first challenge, “Optimizing electric vehicle charging efficiency through smart energy solutions,” seeks smart energy storage proposals to optimize energy flow, ensuring efficient and cost-effective charging of EVs, reducing grid stress during peak demand, and stabilizing the power grid and integration of existing infrastructure. In addition, it will also consider ideas that integrate information and communication technology to improve renewable energy efficiency, and those that propose solutions to establish a legal framework that accelerates the adoption of more efficient energy mobility practices.

The second challenge, “Achieving efficient land and soil management by changing business operations in line with circular economy principles,” calls for alternatives that address efficient land and soil management by changing operations in line with circular economy principles. In addition, it will also value ideas that include the revaluation of organic waste and the creation of vertical gardens.

Finally, solutions to the third challenge, “Designing green hydrogen production projects, should focus on designing well-thought-out green hydrogen production projects that adequately manage impacts on water supply and land use.

What do you need to know about the RES4CITY STARTUP EUROPE ACCELERATHON?

The Accelerathon is an online competition designed to seek innovative solutions for ideas or projects that are transforming cities towards a more sustainable future. It is open to participants from all over the world: students, entrepreneurs, researchers, SMEs, start-ups, universities, public sector organizations and entities in general (registration can be individual or in groups of 3 to 5 people), who respond to one of the four challenges posed in the Accelerathon.

Participants will benefit from training focused on the use of European funds, access to the RES4CITY community network, and development of ideas that can have a global impact in the field of urban greening. The winner of the Accelerathon will be able to enjoy a European Acceleration Ticket, a prize that will allow him/her to apply for European funds from various programs (INTERREG, HORIZON, LIFE, PRIMA,…) to bring his/her idea to reality.

In case you want to know more about the Accelerathon, how it works, its challenges, and to access the registration form, you can click here to solve your doubts.

About the RES4CITY project

RES4CITY is a 36-month project with a budget of 2.5 million euros, fully funded by the European Commission through the Horizon Europe Program. It aims to enhance the development of sustainable renewable energy and fuel technologies in cities by co-designing an innovative educational program with stakeholders and promoting sustainability and circularity, filling knowledge and skills gaps for a successful energy transition.

About the Finnova Foundation

Finnova is a foundation working for the promotion and development of innovation and entrepreneurship at EU level. Based in Brussels, it operates through collaborations and partnerships in all EU countries. Finnova’s expertise in leading European project communication and dissemination activities is combined with a strong proven track record in start-ups and business support programmes, such as accelerators, incubators and ceremonial event selection and awarding.

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