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Open Call – EIC Corporate Day with VELUX: A window of opportunity

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Oriana Baptista

The European Innovation Council and VELUX Group invite EIC beneficiaries to apply to our joint EIC Corporate Day on 6 and 7 March 2023, taking place physically in Copenhagen (Denmark). VELUX is looking for EIC-funded startups/scaleups to work together addressing today’s challenges in the construction industry. 

 

Does this challenge you? 

Make sure to APPLY until 1 December 2022 then! 

  

The VELUX Group has created better living environments for people around the world for more than 80 years, by making the most of daylight and fresh air through the roof. VELUX’s product programme includes roof windows and modular skylights, decorative blinds, sun screening products and roller shutters, as well as installation and smart home solutions. These products help to ensure a healthy and sustainable indoor climate, for work and learning, for play and pleasure. 

 

VELUX aims to play its role in driving and pioneering the transition towards sustainable buildings that are healthy for both people and the planet together with partners, as systems thinking will be needed to address today’s challenges facing the construction industry. VELUX invites the most innovative EIC-funded companies to join and follow in the mantra of its founder to deliver on this mission: “One experiment is better than 1000 expert assumptions - Villum Kann Rasmussen. 

 

EIC beneficiaries selected to join the EIC Corporate Day with VELUX will have access to specific training, pitching, pre-arranged meetings with top decision-makers from VELUX and the possibility to network with high-level partners and like-minded innovators in a dedicated physical event in Copenhagen (Denmark)

  

Who can apply? 

Applications are open to all EIC beneficiaries that are working on innovations related to the following challenges: 

 

Challenge 1 – Product sustainability: For products to be sustainable, they should be produced and/or consumed in a socially responsible way, does not deplete natural, nonrenewable resources, and does not harm the environment, e.g., using low-impact materials, alternative material technology (e.g., biobased materials), alternative design and production methods (e.g., design for disassembly), material sourcing workflows, waste management, etc. 

 

Challenge 2 – Circular economy: Circular construction aims to close building material loops by reusing, sharing, leasing, repairing, refurbishing, upcycling or recycling. This will require initiatives such as circular material and product workflows (e.g., design for reuse), product lifetime extension schemes (e.g., material reuse and upcycling models), etc. 

 

Challenge 3 – Energy-efficient homes and buildings: Making buildings more energy-efficient will contribute significantly to the EU achieving its energy and climate goals. This could be addressed using photovoltaic and thermal solar systems, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, etc. 

 

Challenge 4 – Healthy homes and buildings: Europe’s buildings are, on average, old, inefficient, and not particularly healthy. The aim is to provide better indoor climates that safeguard the health of individuals exposed to them, by considering daylighting systems, air cleaning/filtration systems, ventilation systems, sound insulation (e.g., acoustic panels), etc. 

 

Challenge 5 – Smart homes and buildings: Smart home devices continue making inroads to drive convenience, safety, and optimised indoor climate, in the form of smart locks, smart heating and ventilation systems, sensors and sensor boxes, building/device management systems, etc. 

 

Challenge 6 – Digital tools: Architects and consulting engineers make increasing use of digital tools throughout the building design process. Regarding modelling, simulation and calculation tools used to analyse and evaluate different parameters influencing overall building performance (e.g., energy, environmental impact, daylight, indoor air quality, thermal, etc). 

 

Please note that applications aren’t limited to the exact challenges but are open to topics that are somehow related to the challenges presented above.

  

Opportunities for selected EIC-funded SMEs 

  • Privileged access to one of the world’s leading companies in providing integrated healthcare solutions, with the potential to initiate strategic partnerships along with increased visibility and possible access to new markets. 

  • Networking opportunities with relevant business counterparts based on your company profile. 

  • Personalised training on pitching techniques and VELUX specifications before the event. 

  • Services related to support before, during and after the matchmaking event. 

  

Application 

You can apply by clicking on the following link: LINK 

After logging in with your EU-Login, please fill in the respective form. 

In your application form, you should include the answer to the questions: 

  • What is your business compliance with the corporate challenge(s)? 

  • What are your expected specific synergies/outcomes for your potential business with the corporation? 

Please acknowledge the information you provide on the application form is shared with VELUX to maximise potential benefits and ensure the effectiveness of meetings. Based on its business interests, VELUX will select the final participants among the applicants. 

 

The EIC Business Acceleration Services team will contact all selected applicants once the process finishes. However, this contact does not include feedback or recommendations for those not selected. 

  

Additional information 

 

About VELUX 

For more than 80 years, The VELUX Group has created better living environments for people around the world; making the most of daylight and fresh air through the roof. Their product programme includes roof windows and modular skylights, decorative blinds, sun screening products and roller shutters, as well as installation and smart home solutions. These products help to ensure a healthy and sustainable indoor climate, for work and learning, for play and pleasure. 

 

Sustainability is the way they do business. Launched in 2020, their sustainability strategy is a 10-year transformational journey in which they pioneer climate and nature action, innovate sustainable products and secure a responsible business. Their pioneering commitment is to become Lifetime Carbon Neutral by 2041. This means taking responsibility for both their past and future carbon emissions. 

 

About the EIC Business Acceleration Services 

This opportunity is brought to you by the EIC Business Acceleration Services. Explore other opportunities to connect with the largest corporates in Europe by keeping an eye on our events page. For more information on physical EIC Corporate Days, also check out our video here. 
  
All participants are expected to fill out a brief satisfaction survey shortly after the event and a business impact survey after six months. Failure to do so may lead to exclusion from future Business Acceleration Services. 

  

Cancellation policy 

Cancellations will only be considered in duly documented cases of “force majeure”. Unjustified cancellation can lead to exclusion in future Business Acceleration Services events. For additional information, please refer to our Helpdesk (please choose “EIC Corporate Day with VELUX” as the subject).

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