European Smart Textiles Accelerator aims to fund up to 40 smart textile innovators by 2022

PARIS, DECEMBER 18, 2019 — SmartX Europe, short for the European Smart Textiles Accelerator, has launched. The 3-year programme will support up to 40 smart textile projects with a remarkable total budget of €2.4 million (€60,000 per project) and one-year of free coaching to help SMEs monitor the development of their innovation and get the contacts they need. SmartX has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under grant agreement No. 824825.

SmartX intends to boost smart textiles innovation to develop an end-to-end smart textiles manufacturing value chain in Europe and help drive promising prototypes faster to market. The underlying long-term objective of the programme is to build a professional and sustainable community, bringing together previously dispersed SMEs and fostering greater interaction and collaboration within the European smart textile industry.

The acceleration platform is driven by a consortium of 13 European partners from the textile and technology industries, focused on manufacturing technology, microelectronics, data processing, and IoT. Their combined natural outreach exceeds 1,000 relevant SMEs. In an effort to prepare companies for the upcoming calls and share state-of-the-art knowledge, SmartX partners have started hosting workshops across Europe. SmartX has also developed an online collaboration platform for European smart textiles businesses and experts, with efficient tools to identify and contact partners and create a true community with top specialists.

“The world market for smart textiles and textile wearables has now entered a rapid growth phase. It should reach $3 billion by 2024.” says Lutz Walter, Secretary General of Textile ETP, The European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing, one of SmartX partners and the programme coordinator. “With a growth rate which is 80 times faster than the whole textile market, smart textiles are now acknowledged as a top priority by European textile industry and by EU research authorities.”

The first call for formal applications is now open. As a necessary first step before the formal project application, SmartX has opened a call for Expressions of Interest, intended for European SMEs and start-ups within the smart textile and related sectors. The submission deadline is February 15, 2020.

It should also be noted that the SmartX platform will remain in full operation after 2022, when the European Commission’s financial support is over, as it will become part of Textile ETP.

More information can be found in this video and on the SmartX website, which also lists upcoming events.

About SmartX

SmartX, the European Smart Textiles Accelerator, is an acceleration platform for innovative smart textile projects, driven by a cluster of thirteen European partners from the textile and technology industries. The 3-year programme will help support up to 40 individual projects with a total budget of €2.4 million. SmartX has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under grant agreement No. 824825.

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innoLAE Industry Day 2020

Event Details
Start Date: Mon, 20 Jan
End Date: Mon, 20 Jan
Location: Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton CB10 1RQ
Cost: Free

innoLAE 2020 industry day is the UK’s leading networking event focusing on the industrialisation of printed electronics based technologies.

Come along to the industry day to gain access to decision-makers associated with large-area electronics. You will hear from industry experts on what the market drivers are and how the technology can be used across markets to get significant benefits. You’ll also have an opportunity to be part of the networking session and gain access to leaders in research, technology innovation and manufacturing active today in printed, flexible and large-area electronics.

Join CPI for this exciting event and come away with an understanding of how flexible large-area electronics can benefit your business and the markets you work in.

Drinks and canapés will be provided in the networking session which will round off the event and lead onto the innoLAE 2020 conference the following day.

Click here for more details and registration.

From flexible electronics projects to ecosystem

Over 40 participants came to Prague on 11th December 2019 to take part in the Workshop on APPLICATIONS AND INDUSTRIALISATION WITH FLEXIBLE ELECTRONICS.  The event was organized in the framework of the InSCOPE and SmartEEs projects with the objective of presenting the InSCOPE project results and informing the public about the opportunities offered by the flexible electronics community.

The workshop was opened by Rudolf Frycek, CEO of AMIRES, and Corne Rentrop, the coordinator of the InSCOPE project. During the first session, participants were able to hear more about the four partners of the InSCOPE project – Bosch, Signify, KONE and GSK – and their experiences and results obtained during the 3-year project implementation. Matthias Mahlich, Peter Bancken, Rasmus Lonnqvist and Panagiota Tsapuornioti gave some interesting insights into the printed electronics applications in automotive, smart buildings and medical packages.

The second session was dedicated to examples of flexible electronics in the health, packaging/logistics and building sectors, which were realized through a development case of the Dutch company UNITRON supported by the InSCOPE project as presented by Pieter de Wilde, and thought SmartEEs application experiments of innovative companies – Small Data Garden,  Esyst and 3DMA which were represented by  Timo Liukko, Jaroslav Sochor, and Robert Fuhrmann respectively. Representatives of large volume manufacturers, Kari Ronka and Marek Ramski from Flexbright and OledWorks shared their developments and ideas with flexible electronics technologies.

Finally, Rudolf Frycek informed the participants about the future opportunities / benefits and EU support for SMEs and Mid-caps.

With the motivation from speakers, a chance to interact with key industry stakeholders, and touch and feel the displayed demonstrators, it was truly an event to remember. Stay tunes for next events and we hope to see you there!


We are pleased to announce that in cooperation with Technology Centre, AMIRES is organizing a WORKSHOP ON APPLICATIONS AND INDUSTRIALISATION WITH FLEXIBLE ELECTRONICS in Prague, Czech Republic on 11th December from 9.30 a.m. – 14.00 p.m. in the framework of InSCOPE and SmartEEs projects. The workshop targets companies willing to use and integrate flexible electronics in existing or new products. Participants of the workshop will have the opportunity to see examples of new products and prototypes based of flexible, large area and wearable technologies, and to listen to manufacturers and suppliers presenting their scalable technologies and existing business opportunities.

Last but not least, a support for SMEs and midcaps in the form of micro grants will be presented, including prototyping and faster translation to large volume manufacturing.

Detailed information can be found in the Flyer.

We look forward to seeing you in Prague, and please do not forget to register your participation here.

SmartEEs Open Call – 4 proposals selected for the 5th cut-off date

Following the evaluation process of proposals submitted by the 5th cut-off date, the SmartEES consortium has selected 4 proposals to proceed with the contracting phase. The projects are focused on integrating flexible electronics into advanced new products.

Altogether 21 proposals were received for this cut-off date, all of which were evaluated by the SmartEEs Evaluation Panel. The funding amount for each of the selected projects will be decided during the contracting phase.

If you would like to know more about the 5th cut-off evaluation results, please check the Public Evaluation Report.

This was the last cut-off organized through the SmartEEs, but all interested parties are invited to stay tuned and follow us on social media to learn about new opportunities  which will be offered by the SmartEEs Community.