The Market Acceleration Grant (MAG) and the Development and Acceleration Grant (FI-TECH) are closed. Both calls for open applications started on 1 March 2017, initiating the selection process of frontierCities2 Acceleration programme. For the MAG call, enterprises needed to have already trialled their FIWARE solution when submitting their application. This requirement obviously reduced the number of completed applications received but ensured that the submitted solutions were market- and customer-ready. For the FI-TECH call, beside submitting a Smart City solution using the FIWARE technology, enterprises needed to provide letters of commitment from third parties interested in their product and willing to trial their solution. The third parties could be town halls, public organisations and different industries that will directly benefit from tailored and free Smart City solution.
On 24 April, the frontierCities2 MAG call for applications closed. The largest number of applications came from Italy followed by Spain. On third place, there are Portugal, The Netherlands and Germany. Followed by Belgium France and Israel in fourth place.
The FI-TECH call received applications from 14 different countries. When the clock struck at 18:00 in Brussels on Tuesday 2 May and the call closed, Italy was still ahead with the number of finalised applications submitted. However, unlike the MAG call, they shared first place with Spain who submitted just as many applications to the FI-TECH call. Well done to both countries for their entrepreneurial spirit.
The frontierCities2 team of evaluators still have to assess the applications received, so it remains to be seen which country ends up having the biggest number of applications funded under the frontierCities2 programme.
We will keep you updated with the most recent developments of the frontierCities2 call results in our upcoming newsletters.