Accelerathon Spain – Portugal, a new opportunity to boost innovation and cooperation against Covid-19 and climate change

The launch webinar, hosted by Finnova, will take place next Tuesday, 9 March 2021.

The central theme will be the presentation of the challenges posed by the fight against climate change in the context of the pandemic caused by Covid-19.

The event will be co-financed by the Consejería de la Presidencia, Administración Pública e Interior de la Junta de Andalucía. Experts and representatives of the Euroregion Alentejo-Algarve-Andalucía (AAA) will participate in the event and the requirements that proposals must meet in order to participate will be detailed during the session.

Seville, 25.02.2021. The « Spain-Portugal Accelerathon: innovation and cooperation against Covid-19 and climate change » will be presented in an online event, in which the challenges faced by the Euroregion Alentejo-Algarve-Andalusia (Euroregion AAA) in issues related to Covid-19 and climate change will be discussed. This initiative is co-financed by the Ministry of the Presidency, Public Administration and Interior of the Andalusian Regional Government.

Next Tuesday, 09 March 2021 from 17:00 to 19:00 (CET), this open innovation programme ( will be presented to boost innovation in the Alentejo-Algarve-Andalusia Euroregion in the fight against Coronavirus and climate change. The webinar w

ill include the participation of the entities that collaborate with Finnova in this initiative (University of Évora, IrRADIARE and the Intermunicipal Community of Algarve-AMAL) for the realization and implementation of the tasks included in the celebration of the « Spain- Portugal Accelerathon: innovation and cooperation against Covid-19 and climate change ».

Register for the webinar at:

The event will last two hours and the experts who will participate in the virtual session will be specialised in the topics to be discussed in the Euroregion. The target audience of the Accelerathon will be entrepreneurs, research organisations, public and private entities, SMEs, startups and universities. In addition, it will be attended by representatives of the CILIFO Project ( from Spain and Portugal, which will be the partner project of the event. In addition,

Once the interventions have concluded, the working methodology known as « Accelerathon » will be presented, a methodology implemented by Finnova that aims to identify innovative ideas and facilitate access to resources so that they can materialise these projects.

Specifically, all entities and individuals interested in participating must submit their proposal (Summary Sheet) in accordance with the established requirements before 19 April 2021 and, from among all the applications submitted, three winners will be chosen. The first place winner will be mentored and guided by Finnova towards the possible materialisation of the proposal and its likely submission as a project to a European call for proposals; the second and third place winners will receive partial mentoring and may benefit from a financial aid information service provided by Finnova. In addition, the five highest scoring proposals will be disseminated through Finnova’s communication channels and the Firefighting Open Innovation Lab – CILIFO accelerator/incubator to increase the chances that entities interested in investing in them will get to know them.

The Accelerathon launch agenda, submission requirements and confirmed jury members are available at:

About Finnova (

European Foundation for the Financing of Innovation. It is a European foundation based in Brussels whose objectives are to promote public-private cooperation through innovation to address societal challenges such as employment, training, entrepreneurship, the UN SDGs, the circular economy, etc. Finnova organises the Startup Europe Awards, an initiative of DG CONNECT of the European Commission and the Finnova Foundation, to recognise the best European Startups in the social field.


Accelerathon is an open innovation methodology that starts with the launch of a challenge, after which teams compete with the support and mentoring of experts. In addition, all participants get training in European Funds on Finnova’s gamified training platform, EU Training Platform.

About Startup Europe Awards (SEUA) (

It is an initiative of DG CONNECT of the European Commission, implemented by Finnova Foundation, and institutionally supported by the European Parliament, Committee of the Regions and Economic and Social Committee since 2016. With the participation in Accelerathon Startup Europe Accelerathon, the projects are linked to Startup Europ eAwards achieving greater dissemination and European recognition and taking part as Spanish semi-finalists in the European awards.

About CILIFO Collaborating Project (

The Iberian Centre for Research and Fight against Forest Fires (CILIFO) project is 75% funded by the Interreg VA Spain – Portugal Cross-Border Cooperation Programme – POCTEP (2014-2020) and focuses on the fight against forest fires and their consequences for the adaptation and mitigation of climate change; in a framework of cross-border cooperation for risk prevention and improvement of the management of natural resources in Spain and Portugal in the Euroregion Alentejo – Algarve – Andalusia. CILIFO is framed within the Thematic Objective 5 of the POCTEP Programme: Promoting adaptation to climate change in all sectors; and responds to the investment priority, under the POCTEP Programme, 5B: Promoting investment to address specific risks and ensuring adaptation to disasters and development of disaster management systems.

About Firefighting Open Innovation Lab CILIFO (

The CILIFO Project funded by the Interreg POCTEP programme (2014-2020), through its Firefighting Open Innovation Lab (accelerator – incubator managed by Finnova) supports initiatives of entrepreneurs and companies in the field of prevention and fight against forest fires.

Initiative subsidised by the Ministry of the Presidency, Public Administration and Interior of the Regional Government of Andalusia, External Action Service, in the framework of the promotion of cross-border cooperation in the Alentejo-Algarve-Andalusia Euroregion. [Order of 13 July 2020]

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