Participates in the Accelerathon on prevention, extinction and habitat recovery after forest fires in the Euroregion Alentejo-Algarve-Andalusia

  • If you have a challenge or innovative idea, you can still participate in the open innovation competition.

22.06.20. The Finnova Foundation, as the beneficiary of the Iberian Centre for Research and the Fight against Forest Fires (CILIFO), is organising the Accelerathon on the prevention and extinction of forest fires and the recovery of the habitat in a burnt area.

The aim of this initiative is to promote innovative challenges and be able to apply them to the real world of forest fire prevention, extinction and recovery through European funding. Furthermore, thanks to this tool, the CILIFO project and the progress of the project developed by the beneficiaries in the territory of the cross-border region of Alentejo-Algarve-Andalusia are given visibility.

Accelerathon-CILIFO also promotes networking and open innovation through the project’s incubator, the “Firefighting Open Innovation Lab – CILIFO”. CILIFO’s accelerator will be able to capture innovative solutions to common challenges that will be eligible for EU funds, through open calls such as the LIFE Environment Programme call.

The teams are as follows:

TEAM 1: Circular Economy for Fire Prevention

  1. Ana Blasco – HyperIN,S.L
  2. Jordi Aura Estevan – AURES TI CONSULTORS, S.L.
  3. Sebastian Shrady -Emergent Coal
  4. Perla Adorno – Finnova Mercosur
  5. Tapio Eerikäinen – Natural Resources Institute Finland

TEAM 2: New technologies for fire fighting

  1. Gilson Batista da Silva – Uffire
  2. Leonardo Rico Fernández – Solid Rain
  3. Ricardo Gil Casanova – Nieblagua S.L.
  4. Irene Carrasco – ICA
  5. Juan Sebastiá Portalés – WILDFIRE SECURITY S.L.

TEAM 3: IoT for early warning

  1. Wladimiro Arce Pérez – Cloudsensing
  2. José Javier Dávila Fortín – Internet of Trees
  3. Marcos Rodrigo Mardones Rojas – Private
  4. Gersón Beltrán López – Play&Go Experience
  5. Marta Castander – Student

TEAM 4: Fire Prevention

  1. David Vinué Visús – Polytechnic University of Valencia
  2. Agustín Aparicio OBC
  3. Antonio Costa Ballester – Private individual
  4. Pablo Corbalan Pelegrin – University of Trento

TEAM 5: Drones and unmanned vehicles

  1. David Vinué Visús – Polytechnic University of Valencia
  2. Juan Carlos Sesma Fraguas – CO2 Revolution
  3. Paco Morente – Kowat Biomimetic Control
  4. Fernando Moreno-Torres Camy – MTC Soft, S.L.
  5. Enrique Moreno-Torres García-Torres – MTC Soft, S.L.

TEAM 6: Habitat recovery

  1. José Luís Bustos Jiménez – BRIOAGRO TECH, S.L
  2. Mario Cappalletti – Soc.Coop.ARCA di Como S.C.S.
  3. Nuno Cavalho – Fundação das 500,000 Árvores
  4. Gregorio Antonio Valencia Abrego – Ecotourism La Yeguada OBC
  5. Sara Lago – EDAFOTEC

If you have a challenge or innovative idea, you can still participate in the open innovation competition.

How? By sending an email with your idea to before Friday, June 26, 2020.


The Accelerathon is an acceleration program for innovative projects promoted by the Finnova Foundation. This methodology of the Finnova Foundation aims to find solutions and funding, through an online system of applied open innovation that brings together the innovative ecosystem in the environmental sector, in which the European Commission works.

To this end, there will be training, mentoring, a jury and some very special prizes, including the possibility of the winning project being submitted to a call for proposals, such as, for example, under the LIFE Programme: a project of up to 2 million euros over three years.


The aim is to meet the challenge 13 and 15 of the UN SPOs to innovate in taking urgent action to combat climate change and its effects, as well as to protect, restore and promote the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
The challenges ahead:

Prevention of forest fires.
Extinguishing forest fires.
Habitat restoration after forest fires

These challenges aim to identify innovative solutions, in addition to attracting companies, public or private entities, start-ups or entrepreneurs who define their environmental challenges in terms of forest fire prevention and recovery.


Who is it aimed at?

Accelerathon is an innovation competition in which entrepreneurs, universities, technological institutes, business associations, city councils, industrial parks, SMEs and entities in general (public and private) from all over the world can participate, on the condition that they are committed to the challenges of the above mentioned.

A team competition with training: the competition of the different teams will be carried out with e-learning tools and with the methodology of European projects, a joint work will be carried out to obtain optimal solutions. Participating users will be able to take a training course on European funding.

Duration and prizes

The Accelerathon-CILIFO program will last approximately two weeks (from June 21st, when registration closes, until June 30th, 2020, when the final will be held). As a prize, a European Acceleration ticket will be awarded to access EU funds, to go international or to co-draft a European project in the field of CILIFO.

Download the Accelerathon-CILIFO roadmap here.


Beatriz Martínez Muñoz (European Projects and Communication Technician at Finnova)

Adrian Noheda (European Project Manager at Finnova)