Benefit from the infrastructure of the Research Fab Microelectronics Germany
The competence center "Green ICT @ FMD" would like to motivate you as a start-up or small and medium-sized enterprise to engage in resource-saving product development at an early stage.
Through the Green ICT Space, you can benefit from the infrastructure of the competence center and thus from the technologies of the Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (FMD) and realize acceleration of your product and company development.
The focus of the Space projects should be on the savings potential of your innovative ICT hardware from an ecological and economic point of view.
In the current round of applications for Green ICT Space projects, there will be two directions:
1. You apply for a life cycle assessment of your product. This will probably be a project lasting less than one year.
2. You need support in developing your ICT hardware and, at the same time, want to focus on the savings potential of your product. These projects are scheduled to run for approximately one year.
The Green ICT @ FMD competence center institutes work with you to develop your product ideas into a functional demonstrator or prototype and/or determine the life cycle assessment of your product. The institutes receive up to €250,000 in funding for this.
Start-ups and SMEs benefit from:
- the FMD infrastructure
- the FMD technology
- the technological skills of FMD employees
- the non-technical expertise of FMD employees (assessments of alternative solutions, competitions and markets)
Terms of participation
You qualify as a start-up if you have founded your company less than three years ago. In addition, you aim to scale quickly with your innovative product idea.
You qualify as an SME if you employ up to 249 people and generate an annual turnover of up to 50 million euros or have an annual balance sheet total of no more than 43 million euros.
Please check if at least two of the five listed criteria are key aspects of your business activity:
- Reducing the carbon footprint2footprint
- Hardware Ecodesign
- Sustainable digitalization
- Sustainable business model
- Sustainable consumption
During the program, start-ups or SMEs are recommended for funding by the jury in several selection rounds and funded by the BMBF. The first application phase ran until July 30, 2023, the second until January 15, 2024. The next application phase will start on March 1 until April 30, 2024..
Support throughout the entire development process
Based on a successful proof-of-concept, necessary improvements to the demonstrators or prototypes can be realized at FMD and transferred to pilot production. Subsequent large-scale production can be transferred to suitable foundries in Germany or Europe via the FMD network, enabling support for the startup throughout the entire development process.
Benefits of investor contacts
FMD's broad network represents an opportunity for start-ups here. Investor contacts can be used to provide promising start-ups with a professional demonstrator (proof-of-concept) and financial support on the way to a product.
The joint development and use of suitable demonstrators in the green ICT sector not only supports the start-up ecosystem in the hardware sector but also further research and development based on application and market-specific findings. The charisma of the start-ups is used to inspire additional market participants for the topic based on the emerging demonstrators and conclusions.
Consulting offer for all start-ups in the field of green electronics
The Green ICT Space also offers a unique consulting service in green electronics. Interested start-ups can contact us with their wishes and challenges to receive comprehensive advice from FMD's scientific staff and discuss possible implementation projects together.