Supporting deep-tech based innovative market players to uptake opportunities, upgrade performance, and upscale their business

Start date: 01/01/2020

Duration: 24 months

Topic: ICT-33-2019 – Startup Europe for Growth and Innovation Radar

Total budget: EUR 1 555 921,16


For the EU deep-tech startup scene to grow sustainably and achieve its potential impact, access to real market problems and test beds is required. Driven by real market needs, or as STARTUP3 defines it, Key Performance Areas, the project builds and facilitates an open and collaborative ecosystem for high impact deep-tech innovators and corporates and acts as a cross-border/sectoral market-maker. The project aims to generate, take up, ensure market penetration and further capitalize on the growth and impact potential of profound research by providing access to dynamic and 3-phase across the board growth support framework UPTAKE-UPGRADE-UPSCALE.

The catalysation is aimed at creating synergies across the Europe, networking, raising understanding of the benefits of deep-tech technology and stimulating their uptake – Cluster Missions and Clusters-Corporate Assembly.

The STARTUP3 consortium is a fusion between geographically scattered Clusters (POLE SCS, LITC, ITC) international innovation and Tech-transfer specialists (INO and EKT), SME focused on upscaling research and technology (AGENSO), startup studio (HOLA-UP).


STARTUP3 embraces a very innovative technology (deep-tech) which has recognised potential to disrupt existing verticals and markets
STARTUP3 offers an intensive growth support and access to relevant networks
Access deep-tech investment opportunities pre-vetted by STARTUP3 network of industry experts
STARTUP3 offers an intensive growth support and access to relevant networks
STARTUP3 will select and engage 25 innovative projects with a high market and growth potential in a dynamic and challenging acceleration programme
STARTUP3 builds bridges between deep tech innovators and top-tier corporates, VCs and private equity firms for synergy, industry guidance/support, funding, and the likes


Within STARTUP3, InoSens will conduct communication, exploitation and dissemination activities, thus enable the strong uptake of the project. These activities will contribute to the stakeholder engagement within Ecosystem Discovery Missions and other events. The team will be dedicated towards creating and enabling the ecosystem of research-fuelled innovators and corporates focused on leveraging innovation for the creation of new value chains. Through the communication, exploitation and dissemination involvement, InoSens will tap into and establish its own Europe-wide ecosystem of innovators, entrepreneurs, corporates to offer commercialization support post-project.