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On 5 May the Basque Government will unveil the II BIND 4.0 programme, the first private-public startup accelerator

2017 April 18
  • It will also be an opportunity to take stock of the first time this advanced industrial entrepreneurship initiative was run  and to showcase  the projects of the 13 startups selected by cutting-edge Basque companies in different sectors 

  • Companies, investors and the media will have the chance to be in direct contact with the project promoters 

  • The  Basque Country has worked with ABB, Alcor, CAF, CIE Automotive, Danobat, Euskaltel, Fagor Ederlan, Iberdrola, ITP, Maier, Mercedes-Benz, Michelin, Microsoft, NEM Solutions, Repsol-Petronor, Siemens and Ulma to get this initiative up and running 

  • There are two companies from Álava, three from Bizkaia, two from Gipuzkoa, two from the rest of Spain and four from other countries among the shortlisted 13 emerging companies, and their projects are in areas such as the Internet of Things, augmented and virtual reality and big data 

  • It is a private-public initiative to promote, accelerate and launch innovative business projects on the market, generated both in the Basque Country and around the world


On 5 May, the Central Building of the  Álava Technology Park will host a demo day, a session to showcase and take stock of the I BIND 4.0. advanced industrial entrepreneurship programme. It is the first public-private startups accelerator, an initiative of the Basque Government and some of the main industrial companies based in the Basque Country.  The aim is to harness and support innovative Industry 4.0 initiatives both in the Basque Country and around the world.

The  Basque Country has worked with ABB, CAF, CIE Automotive, Danobat Group, Euskaltel, Iberdrola, ITP, Mercedes-Benz, Michelin, Microsoft, Repsol-Petronor and Siemens to get this initiative up and running.  Other industrial companies such as Fagor Ederlan, Grupo Alcor, Ulma, Maier and NEM Solutions have subsequently signed up to the scheme.

BIND 4.0 is a private-public partnership commitment to attract innovative initiatives to the Basque Country.  This accelerator offers the startups (recently created companies with innovative proposals in the sphere of Industry 4.0) the opportunity to work with and establish a customer-supplier relationship with some of the most important companies operating in the autonomous community. The first call of this programme, launched last July, attracted a total of 257 projects from 41 countries.  Fifty-two were shortlisted, out of which the major Basque companies chose a total of 18 projects 13 startups: two in Alava, three in Bizkaia, two in Gipuzkoa, two from the rest of Spain and four from France, Portugal, Poland and India.

Programme and talks

Estíbaliz Hernáez, the Basque Deputy Minister for Technology, Innovation and Competitiveness, will open the event, and the Basque Government's Director for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and the Information Society, Aitor Urzelai, will take stock of the first call of the programme and will announce the second. Apart from showcasing all the initiatives shortlisted in the first call, the programme includes the "Innovatingby Working with Startups" roundtables, where there will be representatives of promoters, investors, mentors and companies.

Apart from unveiling the II BIND 4.0 programme, this Demo Day seeks to showcase the selection of innovative projects from the first call to companies, investors and the media, which will have the opportunity to be directly in contact with the project promoters.

Those projects includes areas as diverse as the Internet of Things, eyetracking, augmented reality and virtual reality, big data and data analytics, machine learning or additive impression. These experiences consolidate the Basque Industry 4.0 strategy of the Basque Government's Ministry of Economic Development and Competitiveness, the framework in which BIND 4.0 was designed in order to strengthen the Basque entrepreneurial ecosystem and position the Basque Country on the advanced industrial entrepreneurship map. This will all be organised in coordination with the Basque Business Agency (SPRI) and with the cooperation of the BIC-Innovation and Companies Centres and the Provincial Councils.

BIND 4.0 is a private-public acceleration programme aimed at driving the development of the best startups as part of Industry 4.0, by fostering projects being conducted with leading industrial companies and a comprehensive support programme.. It is likewise an excellent opportunity for industrial companies, as it streamlines the process to identify and contact the best talent in the world, allows access to cutting-edge technologies, and fosters the development of projects and solutions in the sphere of the so-called Cyberindustry of the future or "Smart Industrial Revolution".



10:00 a.m. Opening of the session

Estíbaliz Hernáez Laviña - Basque Government's Deputy Ministry for Technology, Innovation and Competitiveness

10:05 a.m. Presentation of the I BIND 4.0 Programme

Aitor Urzelai - Basque Government's Director of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Information Society

10:20 a.m. Presentations of participating startups (I)

11:40 a.m. Coffee break

12:10 p.m. Presentations of participating startups (II)

13:10  "Innovating by Working with Startups” roundtable

Leire Bilbao - Euskaltel
Iñaki Pertusa - Decidata
Mentor Bind 4.0 - Eduardo Diez-Hocheitner
Inversor - to be confirmed

2.00 p.m. Presentation of the II BIND 4.0 Programme

Aitor Urzelai - Basque Government's Director of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Information Society

2.15 p.m. Closing the session

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