What is the BIND 4.0 SME Connection?

Through the BIND 4.0 SME Connection, innovative Startups discover current industry challenges and get immersed in the cooperative Basque Entrepreneurial and Innovation Ecosystem through Open Innovation. Participating Startups earn reputable reference customers while working on paid contracts implementing solutions in real environments for one or more leading local companies. 

Currently approaching its second edition, this public-private initiative, led by industry Cluster Management Organisations (CMO) in the Basque Country, aims to connect them with exciting Startup teams, to provide specialized solutions for their open innovation, digital transformation needs.

The driving force behind the SME Connection initiative is to make the most of the connections and expertise gained from six editions of success of the BIND 4.0 Open Innovation Platform, in order to generate new collaborative opportunities between Basque SMEs and Startup teams worldwide, following the model of Cluster-led Challenges.

Startup Benefits

  • Real Projects with Real Turnover
  • Facilitated Access to Market
  • Rapid Implementation of Solutions
  • Reputable Reference Customer
  • Positioning and Visibility
  • Maintain Technology Ownership
  • BIND 4.0 Proven Success Model
  • Join the Basque Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
BIND 4.0 SME Connection benefits

Startups benefit from the active participation of technological SME companies seeking targeted solutions to joint challenges created by the SMEs with the Cluster Management Organisation in BIND 4.0 SME Connection.

What type of Startups should apply?

  • Startups developing new technologies for the industrial sector and its related services, which have already completed their technological development. In other words, startups that have a product or solution that can be seen, tested, proven, or even already available on the market.

  • Startups that are no more than 8 years old, that present the use of new technologies to improve industrial processes and that are ready to accelerate their business development.

  • Startups with disruptive solutions that can be applied to the Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, Environmental and Automotive industries, including:

    Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics, Computing, Cybersecurity, Artificial Vision, IoT, 3D Printing – Additive Manufacturing, Collaborative Robotics, Nanotechnology, New Material, AR/VR and so much more!

Sector-led Challenges for Industry 4.0

Through the Dynamic Industry Cluster Organizations of the Basque Country, the members of the BIND 4.0 SME Connection identify a series of common challenges that directly affect their businesses. The goal is to respond to these challenges through the development of innovative projects in collaboration with technology startups. Once the startups’ applications have been submitted, the SMEs can select the solutions presented that best fit their demand, depending on the challenges posed. In some cases, more than one startup may be selected for the same challenge.

2nd Edition SME and Cluster Organizations, Looking for New Technologies

The SMEs that form the BIND 4.0 SME Connection are active members of different Basque Clusters and leaders of reference in their sector. This year, 28 SMEs are looking for innovative solutions to respond to the new challenges faced by the industry in its digital transformation process, through the application and development of disruptive technologies.

Environment Cluster

aclima logo
aac logo
LogoPyme2 agrupalab 1
LogoPyme2 sercontrol 1

Business Association

ADEGI Logo SME Cluster
LogoPyme2 comercialhostelera
LogoPyme2 couth
LogoPyme2 euskabea
LogoPyme2 Korta
LogoPyme2 salva
LogoPyme2 Sariki

Food & Beverage

Basque Food Cluster Logo SME Cluster
Logos Pyme2 Artomana
Logos Pymes2 Giraldo
Logos Pymes2 paturpat

Construction Cluster

Eraikune Logo SME Cluster
Logos Pymes2 fhimasa
Logos Pymes2 grupo repair
Logos Pymes2 obrasespeciales

Equipment, Furniture & Design

habic logo
Logos Pymes2 alcad
Logos Pymes2 burdinola
Logos Pymes2 daisalux
Logos Pymes2 ojmar

Advanced Manufacturing

uptek logo
Logos Pymes2 ibarmia
Logos Pymes2 lantek
Logos Pymes2 ONA
Logos Pymes2 zayer
loire logo

Key dates

2nd Edition Launches Jan 2023

1st Edition Sector-led Challenges

In the 1st Edition of this program, leading Basque companies from dynamic industry cluster organizations defined twelve joint challenges that affect their businesses. The SME Connection Challenges are characterized by a common technological need shared by several businesses within each sector or industry cluster. Participating SMEs aspire to select a Startup solution that appeals to them, in some cases there may be more than one startup selected for a challenge. Alternatively, each Startup can have as many client contracts as they are capable of, the contracts are defined and signed directly with the SME companies and there is no equity exchanged.

BIND 4.0 SME Connection - cluster energia
BIND 4.0 SME Connection - uptek
BIND 4.0 SME Connection - acicae

1st Edition Participating SME Members

BIND 4.0 SME Connection - Flexix
BIND 4.0 SME Connection - Kimua 1
BIND 4.0 SME Connection - Zabalgarbi
Garita automotive
BIND 4.0 SME Connection - Lantek
BIND 4.0 SME Connection - Glual
BIND SME Connection - Lazpiur
BIND 4.0 SME Connection - Ibarmia
BIND 4.0 SME Connection - Metal Group
BIND 4.0 SME CONNECTION -Indumental recycling
BIND 4.0 SME Connection - Ona
BIND 4.0 SME Connection - Izar
BIND 4.0 SME Connection - Tivoly

1st Edition Startup Success Stories

The first edition has just wrapped up with 18 Startups working on challenges with Industrial SMEs. These startups responded to the cluster-led challenges with new technologies and innovative solutions. The second edition call for startups will be launched in January 2023, please click the “Connect Now” button to stay informed about BIND 4.0 SME Connection.

Startup SME Connection - Alchemy
Startup SME Connection - Inalia
Startup SME Connection - Linq
Startup SME Connection - Amebi
Startup SME Connection - Innovae
Startup SME Connection - Nablavision
Startup SME Connection - Dattium
Startup SME Connection - Innovako
Startup SME Connection - Nuavis
Startup SME Connection - D & A
Startup SME Connection - Immersia
Startup SME Connection - Siali
Startup SME Connection - Hupi
Startup SME Connection - Ironchip
Startup SME Connection - Sincropool
Startup SME Connection - Ikustec
Startup SME Connection - Kevo
Startup SME Connection - Vi4Crane
The 2ª Edition launches in January 2023. Interested?

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