The smart industry public-private startup accelerator, BIND 4.0, closes the registration period for its 4th edition on September 13. From 5 July, startups from all over the world can access the new edition of this program, with the support of the Basque Government’s business development agency, SPRI, to develop their projects with 52 leading companies.
The initiative, which was born with the aim of promoting the digital transformation of the industry through collaboration between large companies and emerging talents, has new incorporations this year such as Coca Cola, Eroski, Grupo Uvesco, Unilever, Angulas Aguinaga, EDP and Avia Ferrovial, among the leading companies.
For startups, BIND 4.0 is a great opportunity to grow. On the one hand, one of the biggest claims is the possibility that all participants can obtain contracts with leading companies in the industry sector. On the other hand, during the program, the startups participants will also be able to attend a mentoring given by professionals worldwide, as well as access to a complete training program for developing the skills to succeed in the industrial, health and food sectors.
And, thirdly, to have access to different sources of financing, economic aid and free entry to a workspace in the BICs (Business and Innovation Centers). In the same way, this year the participants will be able to present their projects to the group of investors specialized in Industry 4.0 linked to the Venture Club created exclusively for BIND 4.0.
THE FOOD SECTOR AND A VENTURE CLUB FOR THIS NEW EDITION
The fourth edition of BIND 4.0 has already been launched and this year has great new features. On the one hand, leading companies have gone from 40 to 52, among which are major reference firms such as Ferrovial, EDP, AVIA, SNA Europe or Sarralle, among others, which are joining names such as Mercedes-Benz, Arcelor, ABB, Iberdrola, Michelin, ITP Aero, CAF, BTI, Quirónsalud and Siemens Gamesa.
The second novelty of this edition is the food sector, which this year joins the acceleration program with leading companies such as Coca Cola, Unilever, Eroski, Grupo Uvesco, Angulas Aguinaga, Natra and Okin. In this way, the growing foodtech sector is added to the areas already included in previous editions, such as advanced manufacturing, energy and health.
And as the latest news of the 4th edition, BIND 4.0 has created a Venture Club, an investors’ club aligned with the specialization of the accelerator the aim of which is to reinforce the support services of the accelerator and promote contact between the participating startups and specialized investment entities, promoting the development of new financing opportunities that speed up the development of new companies.