The Robotics Digital Innovation Hub of Europe

RobotUnion is an ecosystem that encompasses SMEs and startups together with corporates, researchers, acceleration programmes and investors. The aim is “to create the best conditions for long-term business success for all involved”, as per the DIH definition by the European Commission.

The RobotUnion consortium is comprised of 14 partners from 7 European countries and Canada. RobotUnion congregates a constellation of top players representing all the links of the innovation value chain from research to market.

RobotUnion selects 20 startups that are financed with up to €223,000 in cash plus acceleration services. The 20 startups selected receive €3,800 each equity-free in cash and mentoring services in the first 2-month Feasibility Plan stage. The 10 best of these startups enter the product acceleration program and receive up to €120,000. 8 Startups selected from the previous phase enter the intensive 4-month Business Acceleration program which finishes with a selection of the 4 best startups which receive up to €100,000 in the final Investment phase. In total, Startups can receive up to €223,000 in cash plus services.

The four best startups also have the possibility to be privately funded with around €1M with the help of BlumorphoOdense Seed and Venture and Chrysalix that are part of RobotUnion consortium.

Selected companies are able to participate in a 16 months online Premium Acceleration Service, led by top Research and Technology Organizations from all over Europe, key world-class digital ecosystem professionals and entrepreneurs.

The Robotics Digital Innovation Hub in Europe

RobotUnion is an ecosystem that involves SMEs and startups together with corporates, researchers, acceleration programs and investors. The aim is “to create the best conditions for long-term business success for all involved”, as per the DIH definition by the EC.

The RobotUnion consortium is composed by 14 partners from 7 European countries

(Denmark, Finland, France, Poland, Spain and Netherlands) and Canada. RobotUnion gathers a constellation of Top players representing all the links of the innovation value chain from Research to Market.

RobotUnion is brought to you by

BLUMORPHO is a private innovation and business accelerator. It drives innovation by bringing its understanding of economic and industrial challenges and its global connections to the smart solutions ecosystems.
Chrysalix invests and supports technologies and entrepreneurial management teams addressing the changing demands of global industries in Energy, Robotics, Sustainability, Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy and more.
Odense Municipality is a Danish city with 200,000 inhabitants. ODENSE SEED & VENTURE is part of the mayors department at the town hall. The City of Odense represents a healthy fast growing business environment.
DTI aims to be a pioneer in Denmark and abroad for application-oriented technology and knowledge transfer between research and the business community. DTI support startups with expertise in cognitive abilities.
Fenin is a multi-sector federation that groups manufacturing, import and distribution companies and associations of healthcare technologies and products who supply to all  Spanish healthcare institutions.
Ferrovial Servicios, SA, a Services Division of Ferrovial Group, operates in Spain, UK, Portugal and other countries in the areas of comprehensive maintenance of facilities, industrial facility and energy management.
FundingBox is a project coordinator of RobotUnion, responsible for coordinating the Open Call Management and the selection process and participating in the follow up of the supported Scaleups all along the project.
ISDI is a comprehensive and vertical educational and entrepreneur ecosystem on digital knowledge, created by the key leaders of the Spanish digital industry. Its mission is to accelerate individuals, startups and organizations.
MADE is an independent association led by industry executives that aims to facilitate the development of innovative world-class manufacturing solutions to and for primarily European industry.
MWCB is a public-private initiative that promotes the digital transformation of society, to improve people’s quality of life. It’s three focus areas: digital empowerment of new generations, professionals and citizens; the digital.
PIAP Institute (a Polish research Institute) have specialists with a wide, interdisciplinary experience in realisation of unique solutions in the field of information technology, robotics, security, telemetry and artificial intelligence.
RoboValley, founded by TU Delft to perform valorisation activities in robotics have over 170 robotic researchers from a multitude of fields collaborate with industrial experts, entrepreneurs and decision makers.
Tecnalia is a private, independent, non-profit applied research center of international excellence aiming to transform technology into GDP, meaning wealth to improve people’s quality of life and business opportunities.
VTT Technical Research Center of Finland Ltd (state, non profit) is ranked among the leading European research and technology organisations and happens to be the largest public applied research activity in Nothern Europe.

Community Partners

The Protik Innovation Center’s mission is to become the Albanian ICT hub: a connection point for those seeking the latest and most innovative ideas, products, and services.
BioSense Institute is a multi-disciplinary scientific research institute and a regional provider of advanced ICT in agriculture and environmental monitoring. With a special focus on micro and nano-technology sensors, Internet of Things, Robotics, Remote Sensing and Big Data.
AFIL is the Lombardy Technological Cluster focused on Advanced manufacturing to support and develop the leadership and the competitiveness of the Production System of Lombardy. It is a no-profit organization, which groups more than 140 members.
European SMEs Robotics Applications is a starting point for European SMEs designing and developing robotic solutions. To unlock the innovation potential of these SMEs, ESMERA promotes applied robotics technology developed for industrial challenges set by key European companies
Sunrise Valley Science and Technology Park is a perfect place for anyone, who aims to monetize their knowledge, establish and develop businesses and expand their innovative activity. We target talents and help them grow, we enable start-ups to scale-up.
EMC2 is the French Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Hub: which gathers 370 industrial and academia members partnering internationally in collaborative R&D projects on Advanced Manufacturing Technologies. is the one stop shop for Belgian tech entrepreneurship. Since our foundation in 2013 we: partner with startups to achieve their global ambition, facilitate joint innovation with business partners worldwide, are the independent reference centre of excellence in the startup ecosystem
SmartCityTech partnership is a European Strategic Cluster Partnership which aims to facilitate global cooperation between city stakeholders aiming at the development and realization of innovative value models for urban areas enabled by digital solutions.
The etventure Startup Hub is based in Berlin, since 2014 it has built a broad network into the European startup ecosystem as well as valuable investor and corporate contacts.
 CETEMET aims at fostering economic development in Andalusia by promoting innovation in companies within the metal-mechanical and transport industries two core areas: technology services and R&D&i projects.
We are a team of accelerators, investors, and corporations in the startup ecosystem. Since 2014, it has consistently been named one of the top accelerators in Spain and Europe. In 2016, we launched IMPACT Growth, a project that is kicking this high-performing excellence to the next level.
Odense Robotics the gold certified robotics cluster, a high-tech ecosystem consisting of 120 robot and automation companies, suppliers, education and research facilities, investment capital and public actors in and around the city of Odense, Denmark, the global CoBot capital.
We innovate and create new professional services, using and hybridizing knowledge and experience, looking for the best professionals and the most advanced and disruptive technologies in the world, wherever they are.
 This European initiative is supporting manufacturing SMEs and mid-caps in the widespread use of ICT in their business operations. Under I4MS, SMEs can apply for technological and financial support to conduct small experiments allowing them to test digital innovations in their business via open calls.