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Data Pitch is an EU-funded open innovation project bringing together corporates and public sector organisations that want to discover the untapped opportunity in their data, with startups and SMEs innovating with data.

It is centred around a competition with several challenges set by the data-owning organisations, and an incubation programme to help startups and SMEs use the data to address these challenges with innovative products and services.

Data Pitch is a collaborative project: data-owning organisations help define the challenges, and select the most promising startups and SMEs. Startups and SMEs own the IP for the solutions they produce, while data-owning organisations have the right to use the work for commercial purposes.

The competition will run twice, with calls for startups in July 2017 to July 2018. There are multiple challenges in each call which draw on data sets from several organisations.

Data Pitch manages the overall programme, organises the competition ‘calls’ and selection processes, funds the best ideas, and helps the winners deliver.

Data Pitch is funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, and is being delivered by:

University of Southampton (UK):  The University leads the Data Pitch initiative. It is a renowned authority in Web and data science and a trusted provider of secure data hosting facilities to government and industry.

Beta-i (Portugal): Beta-i is one of the most active accelerators in Europe and recipient of the European Enterprise Promotion Award.

The Open Data Institute (UK): The ODI is a data and open innovation facilitator, with strong links to data protection and privacy stakeholders.

Dawex (FR): Dawex is a marketplace for private and worldwide data monetization and acquisition, and winners of the 2015 French Digital Innovation Competition.