About Us

ReStartSME is the initiative promoted by the European Commission to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and thus economic downturn. The project aims to build resilience of manufacturing SMEs in automotive, machinery & equipment, food and textile by analyzing their digitalization needs and offering concrete tools to adopt modern technologies such as AI, robotics, cybersecurity & IoT.

      THE GOAL

      The project goal is to match the technology providers, traditional manufacturers and supportive organisations to build meaningful connections and together transition to Industry 5.0.

          ReStartSME’s services for manufacturing SMEs?

          • A free assessment of your digital transformation readiness
          • Free training on digitalization, Industry 5.0 and specific technologies
          • Connection to technology providers during international hackathons
          • Tailored support to develop a technology adoption roadmap
          • Matching with the right technology providers to advance in your digitalization journey
          • Strategic alliances with technology providers

          ReStartSME’s offer for technology providers?

          • Access to a wide network of potential clients in Europe
          • Showcasing your solutions during five international hackathons
          • Matching with companies with digitalization needs looking for technology providers
          • Visibility on a European level

          ReStartSMEs journey for traditional SMEs

          • Assessment of digital transformation readiness
          • Joining the online community
          • Customised technology adoption roadmap
          • Matching with technology providers during hackathons
          • Workforce training and upskilling
          • Business Coaching


          Baden-Württemberg: Connected e.V. (bwcon) is the leading business initiative for the promotion of the high-tech sectors in in the South-West of Germany and a Silver Label Technology Cluster. With over700 members in its network, of which 500 SMEs, bwcon’s main goal is to foster key-technologies in order to strengthen the region’s economic development. bwcon GmbH is an integrated innovation service provider and supports companies in their digital transformation process by managing ideas, designing new business models and making innovation processes more flexible.

          Website: www.bwcon.de/en

          Eurecat is the leading technology centre in Catalonia and the second largest private research organization in Southern Europe. With 70 EU-funded collaborative projects, mainly within the Horizon 2020 programme, and more than 160 ongoing research and development programmes sponsored by the Spanish and Catalan administrations, Eurecat manages a turnover of 43 million euro, 600 professionals and a portfolio of over 1,000 companies.
          Eurecat works in the fields of research and development, innovation and training activities. Eurecat’s fields of expertise range from industrial technologies (metallic, plastic and composite materials, manufacturing processes, autonomous and professional robotics, functional printing and fabrics, simulations and sustainability) to digital technologies (digital humanities, big data analytics, IT security and smart management systems, e-health, data mining and multimedia technologies) and biotech.

          Website: https://www.eurecat.org/

          Fondazione Piemonte Innova

          Fondazione Piemonte Innova is a non-profit organisation that acts as a bridge among companies, research institutes and innovation policy makers. It manages the Regional ICT Innovation Cluster (Polo ICT) in Piedmont and the Italian Technology Cluster for Smart Communities (SmartCommunitiesTech), providing innovation-related services to companies, universities and research centers, public stakeholders and other relevant actors, with a special focus on complex projects related to digitalisation and Smart City.
          Within its network, Piemonte Innova has more than 1100 mapped companies working on different industries within ICT developing and offering technologies through R&D&I project, supporting digitalisation of other industries.

          Website. https://piemonteinnova.it

          CLUSTERO is the representative body of Romanian clusters and the main platform of cooperation, exchange of information and support towards the development of the national cluster landscape based on innovation and internationalisation. Currently, the Association gathers 47 of the most active Romanian clusters in the field of textiles, renewable energies, wood and furniture, ICT, agri-food, automotive etc. At their turn, they represent around 2000 enterprises, 189.000 employees, 9 billion EUR turnover and 1 billion EUR exports. CLUSTERO is member of the European Cluster Excellence II Initiative as well as a driver of the new established European Cluster Alliance.
          Inter-university Microelectronics Center (IMEC) is a world-leading independent research center in nanoelectronics and digital technology. IMEC is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium. IMEC’s uniqueness relies on the combination of a widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and a profound software and ICT expertise. IMEC leverages its world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of partners across a multitude of industries to create innovation in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, and energy. IMEC’s research bridges the gap between fundamental research at universities and technological development in industry.

          Website: https://www.imec-int.com/en

          FundingBox is the go-to platform for innovators in the quest for funding and investors and corporates hunting for the next unicorn.

          FundingBox supports entrepreneurs at every stage of their growth journey with adapted public and private funding opportunities. Besides, FundingBox helps corporates and VCs to find the perfect start-up and scale-up match so that they can boost their innovation processes and maximise their return on investment.

          And because it is not only about the amount of money but also how it is invested that makes a difference, the deep tech communities in the FundingBox platform gather over 40,000 funding stakeholders willing to shape the destiny of others in a brighter way by sharing experiences and thus triggering exponential growth.

          Website. https://fundingbox.com/

          LINPRA, the engineering and technology industries association of Lithuania, represents interests of Lithuanian engineering / technology sector both nationally and internationally, and at present unites about 130 organizations, among which: metal products, machinery and equipment, electro-mechanics and electronics, plastics and rubber industry companies, technology service providers, educational institutions. LINPRA’s aim is to promote sustainable growth and international competitiveness of industry’s companies. Fuelling and accelerating Industry 4.0, LINPRA helps businesses reshape the way they work, innovate and create. In addition to public policy advocacy, LINPRA also supports its members in getting involved in European projects, accessing financial aid, worker education and more. By promoting engineering professions at vocational as well as higher education and training, LINPRA is also helping to ensure that Lithuania has the right talent to realize its potential.

          Website: https://linpra.lt

          MOBINOV – AUTOMOTIVE CLUSTER OF PORTUGAL is characterized as a platform that aggregates knowledge and competence within the automotive industry, to promote a growing appreciation of the sector’s competitiveness and internationalization. The main objective of the Cluster is to make Portugal a reference in research, innovation, design, development, manufacture and testing of products and services in the automotive industry.
          Website: https://mobinov.pt/index.php/en/

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