Guide for Applicants

We are looking for European Micro-SMEs interested in the Industrial Metaverse.

IntellIoT’s mission is to enable the execution of semi-autonomous IoT applications for AI-enabled systems. Today, IntellIoT keeps building an ecosystem united by a shared vision committed to privacy, security, and trust, in which the intelligence of humans and devices can seamlessly intertwine. The consortium’s projects aim to overcome the limitations of traditional cloud-centric IoT, such as unreliable connectivity, privacy concerns, or high round-trip times.

To give especially Micro-SMEs that change to contribute to our IntellIoT framework, we invite all startups and SME with up to 10 FTE and a turnover of up to 2 Million Euro to co-develop technological solutions to four specific challenges within a special HackWeek: This HackWeek represents the third and final Open Call of our EU-project which will end in January 2024.

At the end of the HackWeek, four SME will be selected to join a special 1-month pilot programme to further co-create the developed solutions with some of our 14 IntellIoT partners, among them Siemens, Hololight, TTTech, AVL, the University of St. Gallen, Sphynx Analytics, the University of Oulu, Aalborg University and our ecosystem partner Startup Colors. For their efforts, the selected startups will receive grant of 7,000 Euro per SME.

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HackWeek Challenges

Eligibility criteria:

  • Micro-SME incorporated in the EU or one of the Horizon 2020 associated countries: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, UK and Ukraine.

  • An Micro.SME according to the definition of the European Commission: 1) Staff headcount: <10; 2.) Turnover: <2m Euro or balance sheet total: <2m Euro.

  • no subsidiary or affiliated party of one of the consortium members

Guide for Applicants

Please find here all the information you need to understand our Open Call Concept and how you can join via our HackWeek. In the Guide for Applicants you will also find the detailed eligibility criteria and get familiar with the evaluation process and the timeline.


Why join IntellIoT?


Receive up to 7,000 Euro per SME to apply the IntellIoT framework and solve the HackWeek Challenge.


Get access to a pan-European innovation network


Explore novel business models and exploitation opportunities for your solutions


Work with top-shelf experts on innovative next-generation IoT applications


The IntellIoT Framework

Infrastructure Management

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Do you have any other questions? Or maybe you’d like to talk to us before applying? Sure thing! Contact our Open Call Coordinators from Startup Colors via Maren.Lesche(at)


IntellIoT is a pan-European Research and Innovation Project, supported by the European Commission, as a part of the Horizon2020 programme. The project aims to develop a reference architecture and framework, enabling IoT environments for semi-autonomous IoT applications. The IntellIoT consortium consists of 13 partners, spread across 9 countries. We facilitate two Open Calls to involve Startups and SMEs in the framework development process.
The Open Call 2023 takes place between August 8th and November 28, 2023. Interested Micro-SME can apply via our HackWeek taking place from October 9th – October 13, 2023 to qualify for the 1-Month-Pilot and the grant support of 7,000 Euro per SME:

We are looking for European Startups & Micro-SME developing innovative solutions relevant to the four challenges defined in our HackWeek.

Joining a pan-European Research and Innovation project has many perks.
You will get access to a well-established innovation network and ecosystem. You will work with top-shelf experts on innovative next-generation IoT applications that can change the market. It is also a significant growth opportunity for your organisation — you will explore novel business models and exploitation possibilities for your solutions.
Finally, you will receive equity-free funding of up to 60,000 Euro.

To be eligible for the Open Call, your company needs to be considered a Micro-SME, as per definition by the European Commission, which you can find here.
In addition, you need to be incorporated in one of the member states of the EU or one of the Horizon2020 associated countries (the list of countries is available here).
IntellIoT partners and their related entities — or entities in which IntellIoT partners have shares or other interests — are entirely excluded from participating in the Open Calls.

For more information about the eligibility criteria, please read the Guide for Applicants.

No. Each proposal must be submitted by a single applicant, consortia are not allowed. 

Yes, we do. You will receive funding to work with us. Within the Open Call 3, up to 4 Micro-SME will receive up to 7,000 Euro for execute an up to 1-month pilot.

The above amount is the maximum total funding that can be applied for and received by one company.

The application period for our Open Call 2023 starts on August 8th, 2023, and ends on October 8th, 2023 at 12:00, Central European Time. After that deadline, no applications will be considered or accepted for the Open Call 2023.

Unfortunately – no. This Open Call is dedicated only to organisations that are already incorporated.

Your need to register for our HackWeek before October 8th, 12:00, and also actively attend then HackWeek. Only Micro-SME that are presenting on October 13th in our Pitch Finale / DemoDay will be evaluated by experts and qualify for the grant and the 1-month pilot.

The evaluation and selection process of the Open Call is designed to create an open, accountable, multi-step selection process based solely on the merit of the submitted application. All submissions shall receive the same opportunity. Projects will be evaluated in 3 phases: an eligibility check, an evaluation by at least two independent experts, and a final consensus meeting. Selected teams will sign a sub-grant agreement with the consortium, which will include all the terms of engagement.

We will do the eligibility check immediately after the application deadline on October 8th, 2023. If we determine that you are not eligible for the funding, we will inform you about our decision within 24h. Eligible SME can enter the HackWeek.

The duration of the pilot projects is up to 1 months, starting on October 23 and ending on November 28th with a final presentation of your achievements.

Firstly, make sure to carefully read the Guide for Applicants. It’s a document with all the information necessary to apply. If you have further questions, reach out to maren.lesche(at)

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the Open Call Coordinators via maren.lesche (at)

Relevant Links

Please find here all the information you need for your application. Get the full overview of use cases and the exemplary contributions, explore the detailed eligibility criteria and get familiar with the application process.

Project Flyer
Guide for Applicants
HackWeek Registration
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