Date: Friday, March 22, 2019

Lessons learned from the first Open Call

L4MS mission is to help small and medium-sized manufacturers to automate their intralogistics faster and cheaper. The mechanism for this are the two Open Calls (2018/2019) in which we provide companies equity-free funding, technical and business mentoring and most importantly, access to our IoT platform called OPIL.    

Our first Open Call in L4MS closed on December 7, 2018 with 42 applications submitted from all over Europe. Finally, 22 consortia went through the scored evaluation process and were ranked by the external evaluators based on their impact, excellence and implementation plans.

The L4MS consortium then agreed on the 10 final experiments to the first phase of the L4MS support program. L4MS acceleration program is divided into three stages over a period of 11 months.

L4MS program is divided into three stages: Application Experiments with most innovation potential will make it to the next phase.

The feedback from Applicants

The Applicants were submitting their projects online, allowing them to include a detailed description of the idea. This part, a 10-page document, was the core element evaluated by experts and consortium partners.

The most challenging part of the proposal writing was the proper understanding and adoption of the OPIL technology. The applicants were asking about the layers, functionalities and potential usability of the platform, as they were addressing the integration of OPIL in the proposals. If you want to know more about OPIL, its technology or frequently asked questions, just click here. 

Some Applicants were also struggling with finding suitable consortium partners, as L4MS has specific requirements regarding the eligible entities (at least 1 manufacturing SME/Midcap having an established logistics process that could be improved with OPIL plus at least one other entity, i.e. a technology supplier or an integrator).

The grant available from L4MS (up to 250k Euros) was also mentioned in the questions from candidates – the allowed purpose of the money, allocation of resources or categorization of costs. If you want to know more about the funding, read our Guide for Applicants 

Next steps for finalists?

All 10 finalists are now going through the initial stage of the program, where they create detailed feasibility plan, including the scope of the project and the business strategy. Once this is completed, all experiments will be asked to pitch their ideas for a panel of judges at the L4MS Bootcamp in May. Only six  out of ten projects will be moving to the second stage of the program where the actual implementation of OPIL will begin.

Next Open Call launched this year!

In the upcoming Open Call (2nd call will be running between September 1 – November 30, 2019), we will include several new elements in the process;  more active and structured match-making services, potential review of project ideas prior to submission, material to explain OPIL and updated Guide for for Applicants

We are all hoping to obtain many interesting proposals in the next Open Call! Our offer remains the same: OPIL technology, mentoring, business coaching and up to 250k Euros equity-free per consortium.

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Ola Skalska

Project Manager, FBOX


More information:

News: L4MS Open Call results

Open Call: Guide for Applicants & Frequently Asked Questions

OPIL - The Architecture

Case Chemi-Pharm: Estonian chemicals manufacturer eliminates production bottlenecks at new factory



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