Open Innovation 4.0 is a public-private collaboration initiative between IDEPA, CEEI Asturias and 7 tractor companies, with interests in Asturias, for the development of an innovative program that allows the acceleration and traction to the market of young innovative companies through a process of open innovation in which they interact with other more consolidated companies to jointly face a series of technological challenges on Industry 4.0.

The programme was structured as follows:

Tractor companies have defined their specific challenges and an open call is opening to attract young innovative companies to offer their solutions as digital enablers. To this end, a working meeting was held with the tractor companies.

27/01/2017 – Working meeting with the driving companies to define the challenges to be faced.

15/03/2017 – Open session to present the challenges: “Tech Challeges Open Innovation 4.0”.

Phase 1

It started once each tractor company selected the solution it considered most appropriate, whose promoters will now participate in an Industria 4.0 acceleration program with individual and joint tutoring and financing of 2,000 euros for the preparation and definition of the tractor/enabling project.

31/03/2017 – Closure of the call for projects to meet the proposed technological challenges. Result and start of Phase 1 together with the first meeting with an expert.

30/05/2017 – Second meeting with expert in the V Metal Forum.

03/07/2017 – Third Open Innovation 4.0 meeting and start of Phase 2.

Phase 2

The developed viable tractor/enablement projects were eligible for a specific financing line that IDEPA called last September for the development and real implementation of these projects in the tractor companies. The 7 collaborative projects (tractor – startup) were presented, all of which were approved with a total of 190,747.83 euros of funding obtained.

During the development of the program, a new company, Energy Intelligence Systems, was created and put in place, from the binomial that emerged with EDP.