SmartX Europe has completed three funding calls aimed at textile start-ups and small businesses (SMEs) in the European Union and affiliated countries.
The program aims to build a strong sustainable community to foster interaction and collaboration within the European smart textile industry. It is operated by a consortium of 13 partners across Europe from various industries, including textile manufacturing technology, microelectronics, data processing, and IoT.
25 innovative projects from a total of 50 European SMEs, selected by a committee of external experts from the textile and electronic industries, will receive funding in the amount of 60,000 euro per project and one year of free expert coaching. The remarkable support capacity of 2.4 million euro comes from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under grant agreement No. 824825. The main goal of the ambitious 3-year programme that began in 2019 is to accelerate the development of promising prototypes and their successful introduction to end markets.
The SmartX platform features a virtual showcase room where you can read about the funded projects and their goals, see where they are in the development process, and connect with the start-ups and SMEs who are developing them. The projects are grouped into four categories of health, industrial, protection and sport.