FICHe is a challenge for SMEs and startups in Europe developing innovative ICT applications for the e-Health market building upon the FIWARE technology, i.e. FIWARE generic enablers, specific enablers and/or domain specific platforms (http://www.fiware.org
), combined with actual user needs and business development, targeting the public and private sectors as well as consumers. FICHe will provide SMEs or startups with direct funding, technical training, business coaching and co-creation with end users.
Total of 6,24 million euros are given to companies in the FICHe challenge for application development. The grant will be given in three phases. 80 companies are chosen to attend the challenge and will receive 15 000 € for business model development, 40 companies will continue with 50 000€ for developing proof of concept and 20 companies will be chosen for the final round with 152 000€ to create and test a prototype. As a result SMEs and startups have a field lab tested prototype, elaborated business plan and go-to-market strategy.
FICHe is a Collaborative Project and Coordination and Support action co-funded by the European Union under the 7th Framework Programme. The project partners are the University of Oulu, Business Oulu, TIC BioMed, FFIS de la region de Murcia, TNO, the Amsterdam Economic Board, Stichting zorgInc., Dutch eHealth Fund Management BV and Stichting Digitalezorg.nl.
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