The final of the Accelerathon – CILIFO will be held on July 01, 2020

  • The winners will be eligible for a European fast-track ticket to access EU funds, go international or access an investment of up to ?2 million per project.

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.

Next Wednesday, 01 July 2020, at 17:00h (CEST) the final of the Accelrathon – CILIFO will be held in webinar format through the Zoom platform. The winning team will be eligible for a grant of up to 2 million euros to develop their project through the European Commission programme.

Throughout these weeks, the six finalist teams have been working and training online on European projects thanks to the experts of the Finnova Foundation. The most innovative ideas have been the following:

The teams are as follows:

TEAM 1: Circular Economy for Forest Fire Prevention
TEAM 2: New technologies for forest fire fighting
TEAM 3: IoT for forest fire early warning
TEAM 4: Forest Fire Prevention
TEAM 5: Drones and unmanned vehicles applied to forest fires
TEAM 6: Recovery of habitats after forest fires

During the awards ceremony, each team will present its project with an elevator pitch, which will be assessed by a jury of experts (80%) and the public will be able to vote for their favourite project (public vote is worth 20%). After the jury’s verdict, the winning team will receive a European elevator pitch ticket awarded by the Startup Europe Acceleraton and the winning project will then participate in the Startup Europe Awards.

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.

What is Accelerahton?

What is StartUp Europe Awards?

What is Finnova Foundation?

What is Startup Europe Accelerator?


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

Adrian Noheda (European Project Manager at Finnova)