The objective of Future Internet CHallenge eHealth (FICHe) is to accelerate small and mid-sized enterprises (SME) and startups that develop innovative applications in the eHealth market building upon the FIWARE technology, i.e. FIWARE generic enablers, specific enablers and/or domain specific platforms. FICHe will provide SMEs or startups with direct funding, technical training and business coaching and co-creation with end users. Selection criteria will be based on technical excellence, eHealth solution and team.
FICHe is open for applications on September 15, 2014 and closes on October 31, 2014. Selected SMEs and startups will enter into a 18-month challenge, split in a three phase acceleration program. SMEs and startups will translate their idea into a field lab tested prototype, while elaborating their business plan and go-to-market strategy. The most promising and innovative proposals complying the requirements of each phase will be selected by External Independent Review Committee (EIRC) to continue to the next phase. 80 teams will enter the first phase with grant of 15 000€, 40 will continue with 50 000€, and 20 finalists entering the third and last phase will receive 152 000€. Total amount of funding is 6 240 000€.