Smart Industry Open Innovation + Acceleration

Reach 70 Industry Leaders who act as Venture Clients by offering contracts to Startups for real Industry projects.

The BIND Open Innovation and Acceleration Program connects dynamic startup teams with well-established companies, to provide external solutions for their internal digital transformation challenges while promoting the development of commercial skills and encouraging the immersion of startups in the local ecosystem, catalyzing new business opportunities.

This zero-equity approach to investing and active acceleration allows startups to maintain ownership and get reference customers while earning paid contracts for implementing solutions in real environments.

Ready to work with paying clients on real use cases with the companies driving the Intelligent Industry, Clean Energy & Sustainability, Health and Food sectors?

What Startups Get

  • POC, Market Validation

  • Access to 70 Corporate Clients
  • Startup Acceleration

  • 43K Average Contract

  • Introductions to Industry Investors

  • High Impact Mentoring

  • Cross-Vertical Network Immersion
  • Retain Ownership, No Equity Taken

  • Key Business Workshops

Seeking innovative technologies

The disruptive technologies of interest expand each year to meet the needs of the 70+ Corporate Clients from the sectors of Intelligent Industry, Clean Energy & Sustainability, Health Tech and Food Tech in the Basque region. If you have developed any related solutions, we encourage you to apply to put your innovation into action.

  • Connectivity and IoT: Smart sensors, Geolocation & Traceability…

  • Artificial Intelligence: Artificial Vision, Machine Learning, Adaptative AI, NLP, IDPs…

  • Immersive Technologies: Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality, Virtual Reality, Digital Twin

  • Big Data: Advanced Analytics, Advanced Graphics Representation…

  • Software: Content Management Platforms, Document Management Systems…

  • Computing: Edge and Quantum Computing, Cloud Solutions, Virtual and Physical Servers…

  • Additive Manufacturing: Metallic, Plastic and Food Additive Manufacturing.

  • Cybersecurity: Digital Immune Systems, Securitization of Industrial assets…

  • Robotics and Electronics: Collaborative Robotics, Exoskeletons, Power electronics, Nanotechnology…

  • Sustainability & Circular economy: Recycling, Smart Grids and Cleantech.

  • Hydrogen Technologies

  • Health Tech: Medical devices, Biobased solutions…

  • Food Tech

Get Connected with 70 Potential Clients

12 Business Use Cases for 2024 Open Call

In addition to the disruptive technologies in demand, the BIND Corporate Clients have prioritized 12 Use Cases that address current Industry Challenges. Apply today, if you have developed any technologies listed above, or solutions that address these Use Case challenges.

Technical applications enabling traceability and process monitoring, including:

  • Physical Traceability of manufacturing routes and out-of-standard routes, linked with MES and ERP data. to optimize the implementation of new products and processes.
  • Development of platforms for traceability and waste management with certification based on Mass Balance methodology.
  • Service workflows to guarantee the traceability of special processes that require personnel or machinery approvals.
  • Connectivity and integration of production or business processes.
  • Sensorization of processes for data collection and optimization of additional uses.

Technological solutions for the mitigation of the environmental and energetic impact of industrial activity:

  • Implementation of intelligent management systems to optimize the use of natural resources, minimizing waste and reducing the environmental impact of industrial operations.
  • Integration of eco-design principles in product development and industrial processes, considering the entire life cycle of the product, seeking to minimize its environmental impact.
  • Implementation of smart sensors and IoT devices to monitor and control energy consumption in real time, enabling more efficient and optimized management of energy resources.
  • Use of automation and active control systems to dynamically adjust energy consumption based on demand and environmental conditions.
  • Implementation of CO2 capture technologies in stationary sources, such as power plants and industrial processes, using chemical, physical or biological methods to capture and separate CO2.

Technologies linked to the optimization of energy resources in a variety of cases, such as:

  • Use of hydrogen as a fuel in transportation vehicles, including cars, buses and trucks, as well as in marine and railway applications, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Use of thermal storage systems, such as molten salts and phase change materials, to store heat generated by solar energy or surplus electrical energy, and then use it for electricity generation or heating.

Operation and resource optimization in the manufacturing activity, including technologies for:

  • Deployment of inventory and stock management systems through radio frequency identification (RFID), barcode and sensor technologies.
  • Utilization of shift and workforce planning systems considering business demand, personnel skills and labor regulations.
  • Performance tracking and analysis systems.
  • Use of route optimization algorithms.
  • Connecting fleet management systems with warehouse management systems (WMS) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.

Technological solutions related to the integration of robotics in the logistics field:

  • Integration of robots into production lines increasing efficiency and reducing physical workload.
  • Use of cutting-edge robots to perform complex and high-precision tasks, such as welding, painting and assembly of electronic components, improving the quality and consistency of the final product.
  • Implementation of automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) to optimize the use of warehouse space, reduce access times and improve operational efficiency.
  • Connecting warehouse automation solutions with warehouse management systems (WMS) for integrated, real-time management of logistics operations, including inventory tracking and management.

Increasing predictability and machine health through technological solutions that enable:

  • Prediction of machinery failures and predictive maintenance through the sensorization of machinery and development of machine learning algorithms.
  • Optimize machine performance and reduce friction and wear through automated control systems adjusting machine operating parameters according to specific production conditions.
  • Implementation of sensors and machine vision systems for automatic inspection of products in real time ensuring that the production line quality specifications are met.
  • Integrated platform development connecting quality control systems with ERP and MES, enabling comprehensive quality management throughout the entire product life cycle.

Fostering process innovation in industry:

  • Using new materials and methodologies in industrial processes and management processes (CRM).
  • Additive manufacturing, including polishing technologies for 3D printing metal components with complex structures, and other unconventional or novel technologies.
  • Digital innovation applied to the workforce (PRL solutions, immersive technologies, HMI interfaces).

Solutions to improve user experience and business processes, such as:

  • Deployment of platforms to manage and improve the customer journey funnel, providing personalized and consistent experiences.
  • Implementation of predictive analytics solutions to anticipate customer needs and adjust marketing and sales strategies accordingly.
  • Deployment of BPM (Business Process Management) tools to map, model and automate critical workflows.
  • Implementation of automated document management systems to efficiently digitize, organize and manage documents.

Innovation in mobility efficiency:

  • Autonomous mobility. ▪ Industrial electric mobility / Electrification of industrial fleets.
  • Automation and robotization in warehouse and logistics (EGV).
  • Methodological and operational innovation far fleet management or automation.
  • Energy storage / components, modules and systems for electric mobility.

Technology-based proposals to improve preventive diagnostics in patients:

  • Analysis of blood and other body fluids to measure specific biomarkers.
  • Use of wearable devices such as smartwatches, physical activity monitors and sensors.
  • Improved diagnosis accuracy through the analysis of large volumes of data and the use of AI in image interpretation.

Disruptive medical therapies such as:

  • Computer-aided design (CAD) and additive manufacturing, such as 3D printing, to create customized medical devices.
  • Miniaturized sensors and telemetry technology in biocompatible devices.
  • Application of bioengineering techniques for the development of customized artificial tissues and organs.
  • Development of personalized drugs by integrating individual genomic and clinical data.

Technology for new medical assistance models based on:

  • Integration of miniaturized sensors and telemetry technology in biocompatible devices.
  • Implementation of specialized telemedicine services in specific areas.
  • Data management systems and predictive analytics.
  • Innovative medical devices and new technologies, such as 3D printing for personalized prostheses.

Now Accepting Startup Applications

Ready to Learn More?

Register for our webinars to learn to learn more about BIND benefits and listen to our Alumni StartUps and Mentors

16 July, 2024

17:00 CET

29 August, 2024

11:00 CET

What To Expect…

+ Connection
+ Acceleration
+ Validation
+ Growth

The BIND Open Innovation & Acceleration Program can be broken down into four interconnected phases.

What to expect


Call for Startups, Scouting Process and Pre-Selection of Desired Solutions.


Pitching Sessions and Matchmaking with 70 Industry Leading Corporate Clients.


High Impact Acceleration and Smart Industry Project Implementation.


Innovation Showcase & Activities in Basque Industrial Ecosystem.

BIND Supports your Startup and puts your Innovation into Action

8 Editions Of Proven Success

With over 300 Smart Industry Projects realized since 2017, joining BIND means being part of an influential group of startups, corporates, investors and professionals forming a large business support network.

“BIND offers a unique opportunity to boost your project through a partnership with a leading company and accelerate your time to market”


“The combination of workshops, company visits and project collaboration is unique and useful for every startup.”

Nordbo Robotics

“The biggest advantage of taking part in BIND is the established community: BIND Team, world-leading corporates, mentors and startups altogether pursuing new challenges and solutions.”

Flythings Technologies

BIND Program Impact

Projects developed
Euros Real Turnover
Startups Impacted
Average Project Amount
Contract retention Post-Program
Startups Double Billing

2024 International Startup Open Call

Accepting Applications