July 2015 Newsletter


The next and last “Round B” deadline, for web entrepreneurs committed to develop a pilot project, is provided for September the 30th.
We remind that “Round B” offer:

  • Co-funding of 75% of project budget, with a maximum of a € 75.000,00 for incentive.
  • Benefiting from a wide range of free support services to speed up the development process (tutoring, mentoring, matchmaking and networking).
  • Accessing a pro-active, networked environment to get connected with investors, potential customers and stakeholders.
  • Negotiating eventual large-scale testing of the product through in situ pilots in different EU cities (Florence, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Valladolid and Birmingham) and access to specific typology of open data.
  • Identifying additional funding (investment readiness path, crowd-funding, fundraising support).

If you are an ICT developer and you have a good idea for a smarter urban life of EU citizens, about topics like quality of life, mobility, resource efficiency, tourism, cultural heritage, health and whatever can make citizens modern life easier, you can participate directly “Round B”, without passing through “Round A”, to develop your idea in a project.

The next and last deadline "round B" is: 30 September 2015


An important event

On February the 21st, in Florence city center, the Food-Firenze Open Data Day took place, within the framework of the Italian Open Data day events. It’s been a very important appointment, attended by the Municipality of Florence, Tuscany Region, some Universities and the ICT companies belonging to the territory. The audience included also citizens, students and entrepreneurs related to the regional and national ICT environment. The open data topic was presented and discussed, in particular how to manage the open data and the already existing experiences of open data use and relates Apps. SOUL-FI was present and presented within the workshop: “The European Commission and Open Data: Fi Ware and the opportunities for Tuscany SMEs”. read more

Start acceleration program to suppot developers

Something about Portuguese experience:

On January the 22nd, IPN hosted the kick-off session of the 13 Portuguese projects approved in project SOUL-FI's first call. These 13 projects are a result of the first Round A cut-off date, in which a grand total of 49 projects were awarded across Europe. They are going to be granted 10.000€ for the development and validation of their projects' business model by implementation of a proof of concept, as well as specialized tutoring provided by a dedicated SOUL-FI team member. Through the session each of the teams had the opportunity of presenting their project to the other participants, and get to know IPN's SOUL-FI team, which will guide them through the next three months, in the acceleration program designed for this Round A.

Something about Italian experience:

On February the 5th, Foundation for Research and Innovation of the University of Florence hosted the kick-off session of the 6 Italian awarded projects, SOUL-FI's Round A1. All the participants presented, by means of a pitch, their business and the winning design of the call. Some of them were present n person and other via Skype. It was a good opportunity to get to know the Italian team, relate to them and begin the acceleration program, through the services of tutoring, mentoring and coaching included in Soul FI Project.

Success cases from SOUL-FI

Globales - Interview with Mario Criado Briz, Project Manager at Globales Informática of Sergovia, Spain
Primelayer - Interview with Paulo Caridade, CEO of Primelayer in Coimbra, Portugal
SIRC - Interview with Radoslaw Piesiewicz, Technology Entrepreneur at SIRC Sp. Z o.o. in Gdynia, Poland
Magenta Interview with Walter Nunziati, CEO of Magenta srl in Florence, Italy
Cyclodeo Interview with Samir Bendida, Founder of Zaneris in Nijmegen, Netherlands

Read all these interviews

Other News/Articles

SOUL-FI Round A Applicants: a statistical snapshot
SOUL-FI held an open call for projects from 1 September 2014 to 31 March 2015 with two cut-off dates on 31 October 2014 (round A1) and 31 March 2015 (Round A2). In total, 341 applications were commenced under Round A1 and another 544 started under Round A2.
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SOUL-FI Round B results
At the first cut-off date in the SOUL-FI Round B Open Call on 30 April, a total of 109 proposals had been received, of which 36 were finally selected for funding. The 109 proposals came from 19 countries, with the majority of web entrepreneur teams coming from southern Europe as in the first two A Rounds.
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News from other A 16 - Fi Ware Hackathon by Impact, SOUL-FI present!!
On Friday April the 10th and Saturday the 11 th, a Fi Ware Hackathon was held in Florence. The event was organized by Impact, one of the 16 accelerator selected by European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme.
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Upcoming events and opportunities

Porto, Portugal - 25 September 
2015 Future Cities

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Lisbon, Portugal - 20/22 October
ICT Proposers Day

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Hamburg, Germany - 4 November
ECFI 2015

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We will keep you informed of new events as and when they are programmed! Check out here

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