• Searching for the 60 most promising startups in Europe

    by  • May 8, 2014 • Uncategorized

    OPENAXEL is an EC FP7 funded project that is looking for the best entrepreneur talent in Europe. They have organized  2 contests (one in year 2014 and the other in 2015) to select the 60 most promising startups all over Europe.  30 startups will be selected in each contest and they will receive acceleration...

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    CloudSME Market Survey

    by  • November 28, 2013 • Uncategorized

    Our colleagues of CloudSME project are running a survey to find out the simulation needs of manufacturing and engineering companies. If you are a manufacturing SME you might be interested in runing this survey. There will be funding opportunities within this consortium for  SMEs piloting simulation software. You can learn more about the survey...

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    2013 ICMA Classified Media Innovation Award

    by  • February 27, 2013 • Uncategorized

    VAIBMU, partner of the ExtremeFactories project, organizes the fourth Classified Media Innovation Award together with the International Classified Media Association (ICMA). All the classified media companies are invited to present the innovation projects they are carrying out. The 2013 Award will be announced at the ICMA “Marketplace Innovations” Innovation Awards Gala Party on Saturday...

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    by  • November 26, 2012 • About the project, Innovation methodology

    Biomimicry or biomimetics is the examination of nature, its models, systems, processes, and elements to emulate or take inspiration from in order to solve human problems. The term biomimicry and biomimetics come from the Greek words bios, meaning life, andmimesis, meaning to imitate. Similar terms include bionics. Biomimicry is one of the techniques that...

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    Views about a General Meeting in Finland

    by  • June 26, 2012 • Meetings


    Recently the whole ExtremeFactories consortium met in Finland on June 13th and 14th. The first day was committed to hold the General Meeting of the Project focused on presenting the advances of the project and scheduling the activities for the coming months. This meeting was hosted by one of the ExtremeFactories partners, the manufacturer...

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    Collective ownership of ideas

    by  • March 2, 2012 • Uncategorized

    When proposing the ExtremeFactories project we had in mind to create an agile methodology to boost innovation within SMEs, specifically manufacturing SMEs. There are two important concepts that are not brought for free to this sentence: one is “manufacturing SMEs” and the other one is “agile”. During the last years companies have very well...

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    Play to Innovate

    by  • January 11, 2012 • Readings

    Sometimes, SMEs have to deal with problems that can´t be resolved with traditional methods. Breaking rules and exploring radically new methods may help us to obtain a different point of view about the way of overcoming a problem of any kind at any level of the company (marketing, finance, manufacturing, engineering, etc). In “Gamestorming....

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