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. 

This public-private BIND 4.0 program is led by industry Cluster Management Organisations based in the Basque Country. The goal is twofold, to bring startups clients by presenting their disruptive solutions to SMEs in order to boost digital transformation and face their technological challenges. 

The driving force of the SME Connection is to use the BIND 4.0 open innovation ecosystem and platform model to facilitate innovation projects between Basque SMEs and startups. BIND 4.0 SME Connection generates new opportunities for collaboration following the model of Cluster-led Challenges and the open innovation model of the BIND 4.0 platform.

Startup Benefits

  • Real Projects with Real Turnover
  • Facilitated Access to Market & SMEs

  • 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 innovative companies seeking targeted solutions to joint challenges defined by the SMEs and their Cluster Organisations.

What type of Startups should apply?

  • 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 new technologies, that have already completed their technological development. In other words, Startups that have a product or solution that can be tested, proven, or is already available on the market.

  • Startups and Scale-ups with disruptive solutions that can be applied to the Clean Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, Environmental, Construction, Design, Automotive and Food industries, including: Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics, Computing, Cybersecurity, Artificial Vision, IoT, 3D Printing/  Additive Manufacturing, Collaborative Robotics, Nanotechnology, New Material, ARVR and so much more!

Sector-led Challenges for Industry 4.0

Through their cooperation within Basque industry Clusters, the members of the BIND 4.0 SME Connection identify a series of common challenges that directly affect the SMEs. The goal is to respond to these challenges through the development of innovative projects in collaboration with technology startups. Once the 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, 24 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 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

Equipment, Furniture & Design

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

Advanced Manufacturing

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


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GHI hornos

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