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The Open Innovation Platform for Smart Industry for startups and large companies in the Basque Country

We connect, advise and train disruptive startups and leading companies in the industry to develop open innovation projects. With BIND you accelerate innovation, market access, digital transformation and growth of your company and startup.


The registration period for startups is open from June 28 to September 6

What it is

In BIND we make innovative companies and startups grow by collaborating together

BIND is the space for connection and advice in open innovation, for collaboration and innovation between startups and leading companies of international reference based in Basque Country. The aim is to promote the growth, transformation and evolution of Smart Industry, Clean & Sustainable Energy and the Health and Food sectors.

“Eight successful editions with more than 210 Startups accelerated, 70 Partner Companies and more than 310 projects developed.”

Key Performance Indicators


Startups Participants


Projects Developed


Industry Leading Partner Companies

+ 0 M€

Total Turnover


of Startups continue working with the Partner Company

For whom it is

Disruptive Startups

If you have developed a solution capable of revolutionizing the industry of tomorrow and want to grow in one of the world's leading Intelligent Industry Ecosystems, this is your space. We are looking for innovative technology startups from all over the world to develop their projects and accelerate the innovation of large reference companies in the Basque Country.

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Open Innovation through startups is an agile and successful way of industrial innovation. If you belong to the sectors of Intelligent Industry, Clean & Sustainable Energy, Food or Health & Pharmaceuticals, this is your program to learn and implement the most cutting-edge technologies, discover the success stories of your ecosystem and receive expert advice to find the most appropriate solutions for your business.

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If you are a Startup,
you can...

Connect to the Innovation Ecosystem in Smart Industry: You will have access to reference companies based in Basque Country and participate in networking activities within the open innovation ecosystem.

Get your first customers: You will be able to develop your innovative technology hand in hand with the best companies in the sector and test its viability in the market. All participants get one or more contracts.

Expert advice: More than 40 mentors specialized in business acceleration, market strategies for new smart industry technologies, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Gain access to investors, funding sources, financial aid and workspace in the BICs, Business and Innovation Centers of the Basque Country.

If you are an innovative company,
you can...

Be connected to open innovation and corporate venturing: With dynamic and targeted events, you will learn about local success stories of value to your company, and you can share experiences and compare knowledge.

Get an analysis of startups: Access to a platform where you can discover and learn about the most disruptive and successful technologies in the market and analyze how they can help you improve your processes.

Hire the best technologies: Identify the technologies you need and hire those startups of greatest interest to your business, through a Venture Client collaboration.

Improve your competitiveness: With the incorporation of pioneering solutions in your company, developed by innovative startups to implement directly and quickly into your processes.

Access training and education: With events and workshops designed to connect startups and companies, helping to create a collaborative framework that ensures the success of working together.

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About the platform

This is how it works

It is an open innovation platform that facilitates the access of startups to the market through leading benchmark companies based in the Basque Country. The aim is to develop disruptive projects with new technologies to make companies more competitive and accelerate the transformation of industry.

Phases of the programme


Call for startups and project pre-selection

July - September

Opening of the call for startups from around the world to submit their proposals and present their disruptive technological solutions.


Shortlisting participants

September - January

The pre-selected startups present their solutions to the BIND 4.0 trail-blazing companies that choose the finalists that best adapt to their needs to participate in the programme.


Acceleration programme

January - June

Programme for the startups that have obtained one or more contracts with our corporate clients. Sessions with expert mentors, networking and contact with investors, at the same time as implementing their projects with the clients.


Call for corporate partner companies


Innovative companies from the fields of smart industry, clean and sustainable energy, health and food can apply to take part in the programme.


Project presentation


Unique event which connects the whole innovation and investment industrial ecosystem to present the projects develop by the startups in conjunction with the partner companies.


A Program of International Reference

BIND is, since 2016, the Open Innovation Platform of international reference, promoted by the Basque Government through the SPRI Group to support the transformation of industry and increase its competitiveness through startups with cutting-edge technological solutions.

The platform ensures the development of innovative projects in well-established companies, with pioneering startup technologies, in addition to offering advice and training to enhance the benefits of open innovation and growth with real projects and reference customers.


6 Reasons to Participate in BIND

  • Be part of the largest Open Innovation network.
  • Connect with the industry and leading Smart Industry startups.
  • Learn to innovate with well-established companies.
  • Validate your technology with large customers.
  • Access to the best, groundbreaking technologies in the market.
  • Get expert advice & training in acceleration and innovation.
Frequently Asked Questions

Solve your doubts

BIND is a public-private initiative, an open innovation platform that promotes interaction and collaboration between disruptive startups and innovative companies. BIND has an annual acceleration program that connects startups with technological solutions with large corporations in the smart industry, clean and sustainable energy, health and food industries. In addition, the open innovation platform provides services to large companies in their digital transformation process.

This program does not accept early stage or development stage projects. BIND is aimed at incorporated startups less than 8 years old that have completed their technological development and are ready to launch their product or service to the market.

Yes, startups must be legally established, have completed their technological development and be ready to launch or have recently entered the market.

No. Startups from all over the world can participate.

  • To apply, startups must fill out the application form, which will be active from June 27 to September 6, 2024.
  • Each team must submit a video in which the founders present their startup. Other accompanying documentation providing additional information (demos, presentations, etc.) will also be considered.
  • Applications must be submitted in English, using the application form available on the website

Contact us.

Basque company customer service line

Call us at: 900 929 393

Apply here

We are looking for innovative technology startups from all over the world, who want to develop their projects and accelerate the innovation of large benchmark companies in the Basque Country

If you are a disruptive startup interested in this initiative, please complete this form.

  • SPRI-Basque Business Development Agency, as data controller, collects your personal data for the provision of services related to our programmes and services. You are entitled to withdraw your consent at any time, object to the processing, access, rectify and delete your data, as well as other rights, by sending an e-mail to the address You can also find the additional and detailed information on Data Protection in the Privacy Policy section. By clicking "Send" you consent to the processing of your data in the terms indicated.

The strategy

Accelerating innovation by means of collaboration between organisations and startups

BIND is the public-private open innovation platform for smart industry created by the Basque Government's Ministry for Economic Development, Sustainability and the Environment through the SPRI Group and its Up!Euskadi platform of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Basque Country. It is currently working with 100 of the sector's leading benchmark companies based in the Basque Country.

This initiative started with the tripe goal of accelerating the development of the startups in the Basque industrial ecosystem, of fostering the digital transformation of companies and of positioning the Basque Country's ecosystem as an advanced industrial entrepreneurship hub. Since 2016, BIND has driven 210 startups and implemented 320 projects, generating a turnover of over €9 million.

BIND has three initiatives to innovate and respond to the new technological challenges.

  • BIND Corporate: Open innovation and acceleration for corporations and startups.
  • BIND SME: Open innovation technological challenges for SMEs and startups. Full information here.
  • BIND Govtech: Open innovation technological challenges for the Public Administration and startups.