FABulous, the Future Internet Business Acceleration Programme for 3D Printing Services, launched its second Open Call in April, in which SMEs and entrepreneurs submitted innovative ideas for the development of new web business, as well as the implementation of a new business line in their company.
This second Open Call, which has been ongoing until the 18th of June, is divided in two phases. The first one, spanning 4 months, will fund startups and SMEs that will start new internet services. In the second phase, from January 2016 to August, the best projects will receive 60.000€ funding for the evolution into a commercial application.
33 projects from 12 countries have been selected for this second Open call and started the Service Maturity Level 1 (Phase 1) on the 1st of September. Among those selected, there are 12 projects from Spain, 4 from Belgium, 4 from United Kingdom, 3 from The Netherlands, 2 from Germany, 2 from Italy, 1 from Romania, one from France, one from Latvia, one from Denmark, one from Poland, and the last one from Greece. A total of 24 projects are from SMEs, while 9 are run by entrepreneurs.
The projects are monitored throughout the runtime of their projects to ensure the continued viability of carrying out their tasks. “Crowd-sourced and Cloud-based Design & Services for 3D Printing” has been the most selected topic (11 projects), “Manufacturing & Logistics Tools and Services” has been chosen 6 times, “Advanced Content Management Related to 3D Printing” has been selected 5 times and “Mobile Apps and Services for 3D Printing” has been the choice of two of the projects.