What is the Innovation radar?
The Innovation Radar is a data-driven initiative of the European Commission focused on the identification of high potential innovations and the key innovators behind them in Horizon 2020 projects. It supports innovators by suggesting a range of targeted actions to assist them in fulfilling their potential in the market. It is an initiative that involves:
- Assessing the maturity of innovations developed within the H2020 projects and identifying high potential innovators and innovations (using a methodology developed by JRC-IPTS)
- Providing guidance during the project duration in terms of the most appropriate steps to reach the market
- Supporting innovators through EU (and non-EU) funded entrepreneurship initiatives to cover specific needs concerning networking, access to finance, Intellectual Property Rights, etc.
Using the radar, the best EU-funded innovators are identified to compete with their EU-funded innovation for the annual Innovation Radar Prize. The 2019 Innovation Radar Prize was won by SUPSI from Switzerland for their lead role in developing robotic tech capable of executing repair tasks in harsh industrial environments.
On 10 April 2018 at the Digital Day in Brussels, the Commission launched an Innovation Radar data-driven online tool that makes information about EU-funded innovations publicly available.
The Innovation Radar platform is also available as a smartphone app:
Who can benefit from the Innovation radar?
The Innovation Radar covers all ICT research and/or innovation projects that the Commission has launched under┬áHorizon 2020. Therefore, innovators participating in a project can benefit.
The potential innovations and/or innovators are identified with the help of external innovation experts and based on objective criteria discussed in the project reviews. The best innovators will be promoted through the Digital Single Market webpages in order to gain visibility among potential investors, users and buyers.