Bio-Innovation Support for Entrepreneurs throughout NWE Regions


Project Summary

The BioBase4SME network, representing many leading bio-based economy experts, will advise SMEs from across North-West Europe on how to develop new ideas into marketable products. The BioBase4SME project intends to help Start-ups and SME to overcome technological and non-technological barriers to bring their innovation to market. The project offers:

  • Free workshops and professional training (see 'events')
  • Innovation Biocamps (see 'events')
  • Innovation vouchers worth up to €100.000.

The support offered through the voucher system can consist of:

  • Technical assistance such as scale-up to pilot scale
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Techno-economic evaluation
  • Market research
  • Feedstock analysis
  • Social acceptance
  • Business planning and business plan support
  • ...

or a combination thereof.

Partners involved are AC3A (France), Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (Belgium), CLIB2021 (Germany), Ghent Bio-Economy Valley (Belgium), Materia Nova (Belgium), NNFCC (UK), REWIN (NL), TCBB Resource (Ireland). 

In the biobased economy lays a big opportunity for Europe. Locally produced biobased feedstocks rather than imported fossil resources are used to produce materials, chemicals, energy… creating a new knowledge and technology intensive economy with high employment potential and with reduced environmental impact.

“BioBase4SME" expects to bring at least 20 promising innovations closer to the market, resulting in new investments and job creation, and provide training to about 200 entrepreneurs active in the biobased economy, thus boosting their innovation capacity. Other main outputs are a strong, interregional network to guide entrepreneurs towards successful innovation, improved regional support for the biobased economy in terms of innovation and investment climate, legal framework and public approval.”

Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Contact name Address Email Website
Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant vzw Tanja Meyer 1 Rodenhuizekaai
Gent
9042
Belgium
Tanja.Meyer@bbeu.org www.bbeu.org
Name Contact Name Email Country
CLIB2021 Cluster Industrielle Biotechnologie e.V. Katrin Kriebs kriebs@clib2021.de Germany
Flanders Biobased Valley Sofie Dobbelaere sofie.dobbelaere@fbbv.be Belgium
REWIN Projecten BV Roel Koevoets r.koevoets@rewin.nl Netherlands
Materia Nova Olivier Talon Olivier.Talon@materianova.be Belgium
The National Non-Food Crop Centre Lucy Montgomery l.montgomery@nnfcc.co.uk United Kingdom
tcbb RESOURCE Pádraic Ó hUiginn pohuiginn@tcbb.ie Ireland
Association des Chambres d'Agriculture de l'Arc Atlantique Pascal Dagron contact@ac3a.chambagri.fr France
University of York Elspeth Bartlet elspeth.bartlet@york.ac.uk United Kingdom

News


Start-up, biobased businesses can benefit from fully funded, intensive business training for successful innovation.

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The BioBase4SME project, co-financed by Europe’s Interreg NWE programme, is now providing start-up companies working in the bioeconomy with €7,000 worth of specialist training, fully funded by the project. An intensive, week-long Innovation Biocamp will give these companies the tools they need to commercialise their idea and grow their company. The training culminates in a live pitch to investors. Read More

Press Release 27.03.2017: Natural Fibertastic Workshop aims to encourage SMEs to apply for fully funded Bio-Innovation Coupons for fibre application testing.

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The BioBase4SME project (co-financed by Interreg NWE), offering bio-innovation support for SMEs, herewith proudly announces its Natural Fibertastic Workshop hosted at the Natural Fiber Application Center (NAC, The Netherlands) on April 5th, 2017. The theme of the day is natural fiber application development focusing on thermoplastic composites. Delegates will benefit from an update on application advances, inspiration for new developments and gain experience from knowledge exchange between entrepreneurs through networking in a first-class atmosphere. The workshop will be a good opportunity to learn about the services NAC offers and how they can be accessed by SMEs via fully funded BioBase4SME Innovation Coupons worth 4000 €. Read More

Success story: BioBase4SME proudly announces the successful pitches of Flemish SMEs Avecom and Millibeter at the EFIBPitchFest 2016!

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BioBase4SME offers Bio-Innovation Support for Entrepreneurs throughout North-West Europe. One of the main pillars of this support is coaching, mentoring and training of young and ambitious start-ups and SMEs with the aim to bring their bio-innovations closer to the market. BioBase4SME proudly announces the successful pitches of Flemish SMEs Avecom and Millibeter at the EFIBPitchFest 2016! Read More

Press Release 26.09.2016

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The European Commission has launched through its INTERREG NWE Programme a three-year project “BioBase4SME” to further support the development of the biobased economy in North West Europe (NWE). The €5.83 million project will help start-ups and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to overcome technological and non-technological barriers on their path to turn biobased research into commercial innovation. BioBase4SME offers training, innovation biocamps, workshops and innovation coupons worth up to €100.000. The BioBase4SME partnership includes eight organisations from six different countries. Read More


Events


BioBase4SME Training: Intellectual Property Strategy

, Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Urmonderbaan 22 (Gate 2), 6167 RD Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands

You are invited to join our intellectual Property Training with focus on industrial biotechnology and the biobased economy organized by CLIB2021, Flanders Biobased Valley and REWIN West-Brabant. This training course is organized within the framework of the BioBase4SME project and is designed to meet the emerging needs of SMEs, startups and upcoming spinouts from universities.
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Meet BioBase4SME @ the 3rd edition of the international Greenwin conference "Green chemistry and White biotechnology: Industry of the future"

, Université de Mons (Grand amphithéâtre : Auditoire Van Gogh); 23, Avenue du Champs de Mars; 7000 Mons

The purpose of the conferences is to take stock of the innovative technology used to boost activities in the fields of green chemistry and white biotechnology around the world, to share knowledge and encourage the creation of new R&D projects involving the academic world, research centres and industrial players in the sector.
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BioBase4SME Workshop: Technology transfer in bioeconomy

, RWI4-Building, Völklinger Str. 4, 40219 Düsseldorf, Germany

This forum event aims to introduce innovative approaches in technology transfer for the bioeconomy, taking into account the specific requirements of life sciences. Therefore the forum will compare diff erent approaches in Germany and the Netherlands and will not only focus on the transfer from lab to industry, but will also take a broader view on open innovation approaches to create favorable conditions to stimulate collaboration between companies.
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BioBase4SME Workshop: New solutions for biobased painting

, UniLaSalle Rouen, 3 Rue du Tronquet, 76130 Mont-Saint-Aignan, France

Pulled by the marketing request, the paint sector is more and more interested in the agro-resources and in "natural" products. The paint market does now offer some products which are partially biobased, but very few 100% biobased paints are available. This workshop will be an opportunity to have a look at what is new in biobased paint.
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BIO BASE EUROPE PILOT PLANT (Ghent, Belgium) - COORDINATOR

Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant is an open innovation pilot and demonstration facility for process development, scale-up and custom manufacturing of bio-based products and processes from lab to multi ton scale. A wide and flexible spectrum of modular unit operations combined with a team of highly trained and experienced engineers and operators facilitates the translation of lab processes into viable industrial processes.

SERVICES offered within the BioBase4SME INNOVATION COUPON Scheme: 
Technological Scale-up and Industrial Proof-of-Concept
(CLICK HERE for more info)

Flanders Biobased Valley (Ghent, Belgium)

Flanders Biobased Valley is a non-profit organisation supporting the development of sustainable biobased activities and resulting economic growth in the region of Ghent, Belgium. Ghent Bio-Economy Valley promotes the development of the biobased economy of the future through collaborative programs, joint initiatives and synergy creation between the partners in the fields of Research & Development, structural measures and policy, industrial integration and communication towards the general public.

SERVICES: Organisation of Training and Workshops, Networking

MATERIA NOVA (Mons, Belgium)

Established by the University of Mons, Belgium, Materia Nova - Material research and development centre has operated as an autonomous non-profit organisation since 2001 and employs 80 multidisciplinary researchers. Research teams in Materia Nova are mainly involved in activities linked to biobased products: bioplastics, white biotechnology.

Since 2012, Materia Nova has created a Life Cycle Assessment team (YLCA) that has developed within the framework of its R&D projects an expertise in using LCA as a tool for evaluating the environmental performance of innovations and monitoring the innovation process, from early R&D stages up to high TRLs.

Materia Nova’s experience in LCA of biobased products has been growing since the inception of this dedicated unit, with studies about fiberboards, flax-based insulation panels, polylactide production process, polyurethanes and NIPUs from renewable resources or extraction of cellulose nanocrystals.

SERVICES offered within the BioBase4SME INNOVATION COUPON Scheme: 
Life-cycle assessment (LCA) of biobased processes
(CLICK HERE for more information)

REWIN West-Brabant (Breda, The Netherlands)

The regional development company REWIN West-Brabant promotes the growth of employment and strengthens the innovative capacity of the West-Brabant region of the Netherlands. We do this on behalf of our shareholders, the West-Brabant municipalities.

REWIN has been achieving successful results for 30 years. We do this proactively, professionally and result-oriented. The region attracts entrepreneurs and businesses with innovative strength and growth potential to West Brabant by focusing on the region’s three top sectors: biobased economy, logistics and maintenance.

REWIN West-Brabant initiates business development plans and innovative projects within and between these sectors. We stimulate partnerships between businesses, research institutions and centers of expertise and generate more innovative potential.

SERVICES offered within the BioBase4SME INNOVATION COUPON Scheme:
Application testing of Biopolymers, Natural Fibres, Natural colors, Agricultural breeds/crops, Green Chemistry and Lignin
(CLICK HERE for more information)

CLIB2021 (Düsseldorf, Germany)

CLIB2021 is an international open innovation cluster of large companies from the chemical and bio-based industry, SMEs, academic institutes and universities as well as other stakeholders active in industrial biotechnology and the bioeconomy. The membership of the cluster comprises an international share of about 30%. CLIB aims to network its members across value chains within and beyond the cluster to initiate new research and business projects. Another task is to inform policy makers about chances the bioeconomy offers and to signal challenges to overcome. The cluster’s goal is to establish the bioeconomy in industrial application.

SERVICES: Organisation of Workshops, Training and Networking 

Association des Chambres d’Agriculture de l’Arc Atlantique, AC3A (Atlantic Area, France)

AC3A is a network of the French Chambers of agriculture from the Atlantic Area. The Chambers of Agriculture have a public responsibility to prepare farmers and rural businesses to face today’s most important issues (environment, productivity, policy…). To support the Chambers in this process, AC3A was set up to develop new, innovative solutions for farming, via European cooperation.

AC3A is an expert in Social Acceptance studies and training. Involving stakeholders in a series of activities to establish relationships is essential, and will lead to an SME being able to form a strong and well-communicated company mission statement and clear long-term vision. “Social acceptance” is the result of this involvement process.

SERVICES offered within the BioBase4SME INNOVATION COUPON Scheme:
Social acceptance training
(CLICK HERE for more information)

NNFCC, The Bioeconomy Consultants (York, UK)

NNFCC is a specialist business consultancy focussed on the bioeconomy. NNFCC consults on a range of topics, particularly markets and regulations for bio-based feedstocks, technologies, and products. NNFCC aims to analyse, explain and de-risk the bioeconomy for their clients, who include technology developers, investors, energy companies, manufacturers, brand owners, governments and universities.

SERVICES offered within the BioBase4SME INNOVATION COUPON Scheme:
Market landscape reviews, stakeholder mapping, strategic market reviews...
(CLICK HERE for more information)

University of York (York, UK)

The University of York is a world leader in research on novel agricultural products and green chemistry with a particular focus on second generation fuels & chemicals, high value chemicals from from plants and microbes and adding value to biowaste. Its subsiduary, the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) bridges the gap between the science base at the University of York and the needs of industry to develop and scale-up new greener processes and products. The University and the BDC are both founding members of the the innovation cluster, BioVale, which helps regional enterprise profit from the valuable business opportunities in the knowledge-based bioeconomy. 

SERVICES: Innovation Biocamp

tcbb RESOURCE (Ireland)

tcbb RESOURCE collaborates with higher-education research groups, enterprises and state agencies in publicly-funded programmes to support industry in the transition towards a low-carbon economy. It is a test-bed for bio-based innovation, scale-up, demonstration and pilot technology for resource recovery and renewable gas. 

It's keywords: Bioeconomy, circular economy, clean-tech resource efficiency & resource recovery, advanced anaerobic digestion, pyrolysis.  

tcbb RESOURCE is a participant in the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine-funded BioÉire project. 

tcbb RESOURCE is Ireland's representative on the International Energy Agency (IEA) Task 42 Biorefining, sponsored by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). 

tcbb RESOURCE is a partner in the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-funded OF-PYR project - Valorisation of composted organic fines and sewage sludge using pyrolysis. tcbb RESOURCE was lead partner and co-ordinator for the Irish Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) RDD Programme 2017 funded ReBIOGEN report, which developed a model for recovery of energy from residual biomass.

tcbb RESOURCE is Ireland's partner in the European Union Interreg North-West Europe-supported BioBase4SME project. 

SERVICES offered within the BioBase4SME INNOVATION COUPON Scheme:
Pilot line for anaerobic digestion and pyrolysis
(CLICK HERE for more information)

The BioBase4SME is kindly co-financed by:

TECHNICAL SERVICES that can be accessed using a BioBase4SME INNOVATION COUPON:

SCALE-UP SERVICES by Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (Ghent, BE)

The innovation coupons offer access to the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BE), an open innovation pilot and demonstration facility for process development, scale-up and custom manufacturing of bio-based products and processes.

Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant offers a wide and flexible spectrum of modular unit operations combined with a team of highly trained and experienced engineers and operators facilitates the translation of lab processes into viable industrial processes.

SERVICES: Technological scale-up and industrial proof-of-concept:

Development and scale up of biobased processes i.e. biomass pretreatment, fermentation, biocatalysis, product recovery and purification, if needed under ATEX conditions. The coupon corresponds to a technical feasibility study at pilot scale and can comprise a desktop study, lab work and/or pilot tests performed at Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant. 

TESTIMONIALS:

Dr Florence Gschwend from Chrysalix Technologies:

“As an early-stage start-up we are always strapped for cash. The BioBase4SME coupon has enabled us to get more value out of the external funding we have received while connecting us to a highly skilled organisation for our scale-up work.”

INNOVATION COUPON VALUE:

Max of 100.000€; 50% supported by the project. For more information and application, see INNOVATION COUPONS

APPLICATION TESTING facilitated by REWIN (Breda, NL)

The Innovation Coupons offer access to application testing in several application testing centers, these services are facilitated by REWIN West-Brabant (Breda, The Netherlands), a regional development agency.

Below you can find a list of Application Centers and an indication of the services they can offer. The centers characterize themselves by pragmatism and there extensive network which means they can offer more than is possible to inventory.

INNOVATION COUPON VALUE:

Max of 4.000€; 100% supported by the project. For more information and application, see INNOVATION COUPONS

 

BAC (Biopolymer Application Center) 

  • Material selection
  • Material research
  • Product design
  • Product prototyping
  • 3D design and printing
  • 3D scanning
  • Injection molding
  • Compounding
  • 3D printing of trial mold
  • Proof of concept with trial mold
  • Market research and exploration
  • Campaign development

KlAC (Colorants Application Center)

  • Development of new applications using bio colorants
  • Extracting of biobased colorants
  • Determining of properties by ISO-standards
  • Advise and support for research of new biobased colorants
  • Facility sharing

NAC (Natural Fibers Application Center)

  • Recipe and business case development for paper, cardboard and composites (thermoplast and thermoset)
  • To process fibers the facilities: grinders, refiners, milling, pilot paper machine (till 50 kg) and a 3D heat press
  • Knowledge and laboratory equipment to qualify the properties of fibers
  • 3D-printer

Rusthoeve, Biobased Innovation Garden

  • Material selection
  • Breeding crops
  • Optimization of breeds
  • Connection industry to farmers
  • Storing of biobased raw materials
  • Searching for new applications

Biorizon Lignin Application Center

  • Analytics and characterization throughout the value chain (lignin, fractions, modified lignins and polymers)
  • Purification of lignin derived streams
  • Fractionation of mixtures of bio-aromatics issued from the conversion of lignin/wood (‘lignin oils’)
  • Modification/functionalization of lignin derived streams/fractions
  • Polymerization of lignin derived streams/fractions
  • Application testing of lignin derived molecules/polymers
  • Lab and pilot infrastructure

For more information, please contact Roel Koevoets

PILOT LINES for ANAEROBIC DIGESTION and PYROLYSIS by tcbb RESOURCE (Thurles, Ireland)

tcbb RESOURCE will operate two central pre-pilot test lines at an integrated pre-pilot facility to provide advanced anaerobic digestion and pyrolysis tests. These test lines will be available in a co-located facility allowing for integrated pre-pilot testing, using both advanced anaerobic digestion and pyrolysis to assist innovators with preliminary process development, scale-up and validation (TRL4) prior to engaging sophisticated pilot plant resources for final process optimisation. tcbb RESOURCE will provide industrial proof of concept tests bringing biobased developments from Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4 (validated in lab) up to TRL 6 (demonstrated in a relevant environment). Basic research and commercialisation are thus excluded. In 2018 tcbb RESOURCE has added biomass testing and compositional analysis to its suite of services available through BioBase4SME.

The SERVICES at the integrated pre-pilot will be of benefit to the following SME sectors across all of the North-West Europe region: e.g. dairy processing facilities for low-temperature, high-rate AD wastewater treatment; cheese producers for whey by-products for functional foods and nutraceuticals; apple and other fruit processors (fruit pulp); brewers; marine and sea fisheries sector; forestry wastes and by-products.

DOWNLOAD here the folder on the Irish Pre-Pilot Facility.  

INNOVATION COUPON VALUE:

50% supported by the project. For more information and application, see INNOVATION COUPONS

NON-TECHNICAL SERVICES that can be accessed using a BioBase4SME INNOVATION COUPON:

BUSINESS COACHING by NNFCC (York, UK)

The Innovation Coupons offer access to the services of NNFCC, the bioeconomy consultants (York, UK) 

NNFCC is a specialist business consultancy focussed on the bioeconomy. NNFCC undertakes market landscape reviews providing information on market size, geographical breakdown, product value, key stakeholders and industry trends. Stakeholder mapping exercises are performed to provide insight into key actors with value chains, supply chains or innovation chains. Stakeholder mapping includes competitor and potential collaborator analysis. NNFCC also offer strategic market reviews covering political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental (PESTLE) considerations, as a basis for trend impact analysis. Strategic reviews are completed with strengths, opportunities, threats and weaknesses (SWOT) analysis and recommendations for next steps. For longer term market research NNFCC are also able to offer horizon scanning and scenario planning.

TESTIMONIALS:

Dr Ed Marshall, CTO Plaxica states:

Plaxica is delighted with the quality of work produced by the NNFCC on this BioBase4SME-funded project. The objective of the study appeared to be well-understood from an early stage – but the rather open-ended nature of some of Plaxica’s questions meant that some ambiguity and uncertainty was to be expected. Regular review meetings throughout the study allowed both parties to refine the overall approach and resulted in a report that is comprehensive, relevant and very useful in helping Plaxica identify the products and companies to target in short and medium terms.

The quality of the written report is exceptional and warrants particular praise. Literature searches have been recorded in full, meaning that the output of the study will remain relevant to Plaxica for a significant period of time. Arguments for and against each candidate molecule are explained lucidly, and the report strikes an excellent balance between reviewing production technologies and commercial aspects (e.g. applications, likely growth factors, global geographical issues).

We would not hesitate to strongly recommend similar projects to other SMEs in the bio-based products field.

INNOVATION COUPON VALUE:

Max of 10.000€; 50% supported by the project. For more information and application, see INNOVATION COUPONS

WORKSHOP and TRAININGS:

BioBase4SME organised several workshops and trainings on Business Coaching topics. Please, go to our EVENT section to find out more. 

LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT (LCA) by Materia Nova (Mons, BE)

The Innovation Coupons offer access to à la carte LCA SERVICES by Materia Nova

The coupon will enable to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product's life from cradle to grave (i.e. from raw material extraction through materials processing, manufacture, distribution, use, repair and maintenance, and disposal or recycling). LCA can help SMEs to avoid a narrow outlook on environmental concerns even at R&D or scaling-up stages (e.g. selection of the best environmentally friendly pathway to produce). The LCA service is meant to be used as a tool for eco-designing the developed product/process and will provide results that may in fine be used for product environmental footprint declaration.

Materia Nova will provide a wide range of Life Cycle Thinking services for SMEs

  • From eco-design coaching with limited scope…
  • … up to a cradle-to-grave complete LCA comparing your biobased product with benchmark.

INNOVATION COUPON VALUE:

2.000€ to 25.000€; 50% supported by the project. For more information and application, see INNOVATION COUPONS

 

VIDEO: “What benefits can SMEs expect from a life cycle journey? CLICK here and Check the feedback of SMEs involved in the LCiP project!”

 

TESTIMONIALS:

“What benefits can SMEs expect from a life cycle journey? CLICK here and Check the feedback of SMEs involved in the LCiP project!”

Dr. Frank Kensy, Smart Bioprocess, Germany:

“I believe LCA is a great tool which should be applied throughout the whole bioprocess development phases. The BioBase4SME seminar on LCA gave me a good overview on industrial practice and theoretical background.”

WORKSHOP and TRAININGS:

BioBase4SME organised several workshops and trainings on LCA topics. Please, go to our EVENT section to find out more. 

SOCIAL ACCEPTANCE by AC3A (Atlantic Area, FR)

The Innovation Coupons offer access to Social Acceptance studies and training by Association des Chambres d’Agriculture de l’Arc Atlantique, AC3A (Atlantic Area, France)

AC3A is an expert in Social Acceptance studies and training. Many companies implementing emerging technologies encounter at some stage barriers or objections from consumers or local stakeholders.

It is important to be aware that the stakeholders affected by a new product or process go way beyond the SME’s customer base.  Involving stakeholders in a series of activities to establish relationships is essential, and will lead to an SME being able to form a strong and well-communicated company mission statement and clear long-term vision. “Social acceptance” is the result of this involvement process.

SERVICES: AC3A offers 'social acceptance' training to SMEs and provides them with a complete panel of technologies and marketing tools to obtain social acceptance and thus to inform and consult local stakeholders. Social acceptance is to avoid investments that will be protested against by the neighbourhood thus decreases SME development risks. Moreover it interests the neighbourhood (local customers) in the new products.

TRAINING GUIDE:

You can DOWNLOAD HERE a Training Guide to Social Acceptance

TESTIMONIALS:

Amber van Dillen, Founder SEADISH, The Netherlands:

"The next day I already got the chance to add my experience from the Social Acceptance Training into a business meeting. So I was STOKED! I am looking forward to the next follow-up."

INNOVATION COUPON VALUE:

Max of 25.000€; 50% supported by the project. For more information and application, see INNOVATION COUPONS

WORKSHOP and TRAININGS:

BioBase4SME organised several workshops and trainings on Social Acceptance topics. Please, go to our EVENT section to find out more. 

OTHER SERVICES, these services can be accessed without a BioBase4SME INNOVATION COUPON:

WORKSHOPS, TRAINING and NETWORKING by CLIB2021 (Düsseldorf,DE)

SERVICES: CLIB is the German contact point (Bio-Innovation Agent) for the BioBase4SME project, furthermore it organises workshops as well as training on specific topics (see our events page).

 

WORKSHOPS, TRAINING and NETWORKING by Flanders Biobased Valley (Ghent,BE)

SERVICES: Within BioBase4SME, FBBV is the Flemish contact point (Bio-Innovation Agent) and organises workshops as well as training on specific topics (see our events page and news page).

 

INNOVATION BIOCAMP by University of York (York, UK)

SERVICES: The University of York is responsible for design and delivery of Innovation Biocamps. These are aimed at young, innovative companies with high growth potential which are operating in the knowledge based bioeconomy. The Biocamps comprise a week of intensive training, mentoring and peer to peer learning, culminating in a pitch to a panel of specialist investors.

For more information, go to our events and news pages.  

 

Within BioBase4SME, innovation coupons are offered to SME’s and start-ups. These coupons provide access to innovation services for obtaining proof-of-concept of a promising biobased technology, and for developing a strong business strategy. The offered services can be summarized as follows:

Service provider   Short service description

Service value (€)

% of support 

Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BE) Technological scale-up and industrial proof-of-concept in a multipurpose pilot plant. For lab to kilo or ton scale.

Max of 100.000€

50% supported by the project

Materia Nova (BE)  Life Cycle Analysis

Max of 25.000€

50% supported by the project

NNFCC, the bioeconomy consultants (UK) Market research, Value chain assessment, Business plan coaching

Max. of 10.000€

50% supported by the project

Association des Chambres d'Agriculture de l'Arc Atlantique (FR) Creating social acceptance for innovative investments

Max of 25.000€

50% supported by the project

REWIN projecten BV (NL) Testing of new biomass as feedstock, application testing for fibers, colorants and coatings, lignin

Max. 4000€

100% supported by the project

tcbb RESOURCE (IE) Anaerobic digestion tests and pyrolysis tests in dedicated pilot lines; biomass testing and analysis 50% supported by the project
     

1. Who can apply for an Innovation Coupon?

All small and medium enterprises (SME’s), and potential start-ups from North West Europe can apply. An SME is an enterprise with less than 250 employees and a revenue of at most €50 million. Potential start-ups are defined as 'almost SMEs with a promising technology and a concrete spin-out plan.

Please, carefully read the 'Terms of reference' for all information on criteria, conditions, application and selection procedure.

 

2. How to apply for an Innovation Coupon?

The call is continuously open from 1/9/2016 until 1/11/2018 (while coupons for the specific service lasts; first come first served)

Contact the BIO-INNOVATION AGENT in your region. He/she will guide you through the process and can assist you in completing the short application form. 

 

3. Important documents:

You can download all important documents by clicking on the links below:

 

By August 2018 the BioBase4SME Project:

  • Reached out to over 525 SMEs with bio innovation support for entrepreneurs throughout the NWE regions.
  • Granted Innovation Coupons to 47 SMEs with a total amount of over 1 Mio € spend on SMEs.
  • Enhanced innovation performance in 14 Workshops through interaction between different stakeholders.
  • In 11 Trainings outfit entrepreneurs with practical knowledge regarding important aspects of innovation in the biobased economy.
  • Organisation of two Innovation Biocamps with in total:
    • 37 young entrepreneurs from 33 different companies; 18 from the UK, 6 from Belgium, 4 from The Netherlands, 3 from Ireland, 1 from Germany and 1 from France. 

Webinars

  1. Non-technical service webinar (18 January 2018), click here to watch the webinar video
  2. Technical service webinar (19 June 2018), click here to watch the webinar video

Social Acceptance: Developing a dialogue with your stakeholders

Brochure available – in English / in French

Factsheets available here:

Factsheet Belgium

Factsheet France

Factsheet Germany

Factsheet Ireland

Factsheet Luxembourg (in preparation)

Factsheet Netherlands

Factsheet United Kingdom

Factsheet Zwitserland (in preparation)

Innovation BioCamp

Biocamps are intensive, fully funded entrepreneurship training for biobased SMEs.

  • Edition 2017: Read/watch the feedback we received from the 2017 participants. https://vimeo.com/244015186 
  • Edition 2018: scheduled for 3-8 June 2018

The BioBase4SME Investments

  • Pilot facility for anaerobic digestion and pyrolysis in Ireland, Brochure available
  • New Equipment installed: New hopper, syngas kit, AD pump, milling & pelletisation unit

The BioBase4SME Partnership:

  • Two project meetings per year
  • Monthly teleconference
  • Daily contact with partners 
  • 50 % of the project partners are represented by females; 3 of 4 main leadership roles in the project are held by females

BioBase4SME and Social Media:

Active Twitter account: @BioBase4SME (status by 5.10.2017:310 tweets, 614 followers)

 

 

Bio-Innovation Agents and other relevant contacts:
Our network of Bio-Innovations Agents acts as your access point to the BioBase4SME project. You can contact them regarding anything related to the BioBase4SME project: training, bio-camps, workshops, innovation vouchers...

 

for BELGIUM:

Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant

  • BioBase4SME Project Manager: Tanja Meyer – +32 (0)492 25 55 37
  • BioBase4SME Communication Manager: Katrien Molders – +32 (0)486 951 109
  • Services: Process development and scale-up incl. techno-economic evaluation, networking

Flanders Biobased Valley

  • BIO-INNOVATION AGENT for Flanders: Sofie Dobbelaere – +32 (0)9 264 59 05
  • Services: Networking, Training, Workshops

Materia Nova

  • BIO-INNOVATION AGENT for Wallonia: Olivier Talon – +32 (0)65 55 49 18
  • Services: Life-Cycle Assessment, Training, Workshops

 

for FRANCE:

AC3A 

  • BIO-INNOVATION AGENT for France: Pascal Dagron  – +33 (0)253 466 257
  • Services: Social acceptance, Training, Workshops

 

for GERMANY:

CLIB2021

  • BIO-INNOVATION AGENT for Germany: Katrin Kriebs – +49 (0)211 679 31 38
  • Services: Networking, Training, Workshops

 

for IRELAND:

TCBB Resource 

  • BIO-INNOVATION AGENT for Ireland: Pádraic Ó hUiginn – +353 (0)87 905 3806
  • Services: pilot equipment for anaerobic digestion and pyrolysis, biomass testing and compositional analysis, including life-cycle analysis of materials, training, workshops

 

for THE NETHERLANDS

REWIN 

  • BIO-INNOVATION AGENT for The Netherlands: Roel Koevoets – +31 (0)6 226 639 34
  • Services: Application testing, training, workshops, networking

 

for the UNITED KINGDOM

NNFCC 

  • BIO-INNOVATION AGENT for UK: Lucy Montgomery – +44 (0)1904 435182
  • Services: Market research, feedstock analysis, business plan support, training, workshops, innovation bootcamps, networking

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