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It is an initiative created to generate new opportunities for collaboration between SMEs and startups; opportunities based on a model of joint sectoral challenges posed between the participating SMEs.

Applications must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Each ODC will prepare a single application proposing a group of companies to participate.
  • These groups of companies must be made up of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 SMEs.
  • Each working group can propose up to a maximum of 2 challenges. All SMEs in the working group must participate in the challenges, which means that no subgroups can be made within each ODC.
  • The applications (challenges) will have a specific structure, must meet standard requirements for all of them, and will be evaluated on the basis of a set of predefined criteria. For more details on this point, see sections 5 (Application structure) and 6 (Criteria for evaluating applications).
  • Those that meet the minimum quality criteria will be selected.

These are the characteristics that participating SMEs must meet:


  • SMEs associated with the ODCs that are members of the initiative.
  • SMEs external to the ODCs that have been accepted by the corresponding sectoral ODC to be included in its application.
  • SMEs linked to the BIND 4.0 verticals and/or to the areas of the Basque Country RIS 3 smart specialisation.
  • SMEs with at least one centre of activity in the Basque Country.
  • SMEs with less than 250 employees.
  • SMEs with interest in and commitment to working with the startups and that have the resources to provide sufficient dedication and involvement in the different activities of the initiative.
  • SMEs with sufficient technological maturity, or human resources trained for the process, who assign a person to be responsible for the programme and who commit to the different activities of the initiative

BIND SME Connection is mainly focused on the following startup profiles:

  • Startups that develop new innovative technologies applied to the industrial sector and its related services, or that have direct application in the production processes and/or services of the participating SMEs that have already completed their technological development, and that are in a position to finalise the configuration of their service/product. That is, that have a product or service that can be seen, tested, proven, or that is already available on the market.
  • Startups no more than 8 years old, proposing the use of new technologies to improve business processes, and that need to accelerate their business development.
  • Startups with application in the challenges proposed by the SMEs, and that are a fit with the specialisation sectors and opportunity areas of the Basque Country Specialisation Strategy.

Participating SMEs commit to:

  • Accept and comply with the terms and conditions of the initiative.
  • Attend and actively participate in the dynamics proposed in the initiative, and comply with the work and tasks defined.
  • Provide the required dedication for the development of the project once a collaboration contract between the SME and the startup has been signed.

The latter implies a minimum dedication of 40 hours in order to get involved and benefit from the programme, which implies a proactive participation in the programme and the work to be done internally in the organisation.  The minimum tasks and hours to be performed are as follows:

  • Launching + Identification and Characterisation of challenges = 12 hours
  • Analysis + Selection of startups = 8 hours
  • Matchmaking Sessions (Pitching + B2B Event with startups) = 10 hours
  • Other internal reflection work + Communication = 10 hours

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Dictionary of Basque SMEs

It is a specialised dictionary where you will find all the words and concepts related to Basque SMEs.
New concepts are created and existing ones are updated continuously.
For this reason, it is essential to keep track of all these innovations, establishing both the content of the concepts and the terms for which they are designated, collecting them and publishing them in a common space. In this way, people who in one way or another work in the field of the New Industry will have a new work tool that will help us in our daily work.

To create this resource, the SPRI Group has collaborated with the Language and Technology Unit of Elhuyar, which has developed this dictionary.


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