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Open Call for Challenge Owners

Apply until 23 March 2023, 18h CET

SoTecIn Factory is looking for both private and public industry actors from 4 value chains across 7 economical regions wishing to engage in the SoTecIn Factory missions of becoming sustainable and resilient by actively seeking a low-carbon and circular solution for the obstacle in their journey.
The project offers high-tech, social innovation solutions for such challenges identified within your organisation via Open Call for Challenge Owners.

Your Role and Benefits as a Challenge Owner

Challenge is defined as a critical sustainability problem in the context of circular economy and its 7 Higher R’s strategies (Refuse, Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Refurbish, Remanufacture).
The challenge should be related to one of the regional value chain-based Mission, bringing greater societal value in the long-term.


Check out the Missions
Receive a sustainable, high-tech solution for your organisation’s circular problem by participating directly in its implementation.
  • Strengthen your own network of core circular economy actors in the EU while gaining first-hand insights into high-impact technologies.
  • Be recognised as a core contributor to the project.

From Challenge to Solution – The Process

Challenges can submitted on the F6S platform until March 23, 2023 (18:00 CET)
The content of the online form consists of the following parts:
–  Description status quo (brief company description, what is the „problem“)
– More detailed description of what kind of solution is being sought for ((technical) requirements etc.)
– Summary of the challenge (possibly different options that the solution can address)
After the eligibility check, SoTecIn Factory regional Missions Councils will participate in the evaluation phase by reviewing the submitted challenges and might ask for clarification/ adaptation of the formulated Challenges. Any challenge that has been subjected to modifications will first have to be approved by the Challenge Owner before its selection.
Once the challenges are selected, they will be published during the Open Call for
Social Innovators, to which tech-savvy actors can then apply with their respective solutions.
50 tech-savvy researchers, SMEs and startups will offer their innovative circular solutions for selected real-life challenges via two SoTecIn Factory Open Calls for social innovators in 2023 and 2024 (25 per year 2023 and 25 per year 2024).  For their ideas, social innovators will be provided with 15k EUR and capacity-building support.
30 selected ventures from the initial group of 50 will engage in a pre-market technological demonstration with additional 85k EUR funding support (15 per year 2023 and 15 per year 24). It is expected that the challenge owners contribute to the co-development and co-design together with the tech-savvy innovators.

Who Can Apply

– a private, public, non-profit party
– an incorporated organisation
– Challenge Owner refers to the pre-defined mission within their region in which the organisation is located
– Organisation established in the European Union or Horizon Europe Associated Countries (see the list here)
Note: Challenge Owner can be a member of the regional Mission Council at the same time.

Need Help?

Contact [email protected] anytime for further information and support with the submission.
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