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PITCCH, the Pan-European Open Innovation Network for Corporate Challenges in advanced technologies, is an H2020 Coordination and Support Action funded by the European Commission under the Grant Agreement: ID 882463.

PITCCH promotes collaboration between big corporations, SMEs and startups, technology centers and other relevant innovation actors through targeted and concerted actions that take in consideration the needs of the businesses involved.


We aim to increase the competitiveness of European industry by building a Pan-European Open Innovation Network.”
- Pitcch


Enel and PITCCH are in a collaboration aimed at the mutual promotion of challenges in the field of Open Innovation.

For further information, please visit https://pitcch.eu/associated-open-innovation-opportunities/

Join the PITCCH Open Innovation Platform! Take part to the PITCCH Open Innovation network to discover potential Open Innovation opportunities. Challenge yourself, collaborate with key players of the European scene, and expand your business with us!



PITCCH operates through the PITCCH Open Innovation platform. If you are a legal entity, you can register, create your profile, showcase your competences, and search for partners.
Registration is open to:

  • Challenge owners: like big corporations willing to submit a Challenge. Challenges are technological requests outlining the need to develop a new product, process or service and/or to improve an existing product, process or service;
  • Challenge solvers: SMEs or start-ups capable of proposing technological solutions based on advanced technologies;
  • Challenge facilitators: such as technology centers, interested in offering their competences and services to support SMEs and start-ups in developing solutions addressing Challenges. Services range from but are not limited to feasibility study, technology advice, testing, validation, prototyping, technology positioning and/or access to specialised infrastructure and equipment;
  • Ecosystem support organizations: like business and innovation support agencies, DIHs, Cluster organizations, EEN offices/Chambers of commerce and industry, universities, science and technology parks, associations or networks, incubators/accelerators, regional/national public authorities, eager to disseminate Open Innovation opportunities among their local, national, or sectorial ecosystems.

Challenges are addressed to Challenge solvers working with advanced technologies (including but not limited to: advanced manufacturing, industrial biotechnology, digital technologies, connectivity, mobility, nanotechnology, micro and nano-electronics, internet of things (IoT), robotics, blockchain, cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence, and security).

In the last two years, PITCCH has selected and published 16 Corporate Challenges, and it became the springboard of 13 Open Innovation collaborations. The PITCCH network will continue its efforts of open innovation promotion and will publish more Challenges starting from 2023!



Challenges contribute fostering the following sustainable development goals (SDGs), transforming our world:

  • SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13: Climate Action

Challenge rules

In the case of open Challenges, the following evaluation process applies:

  • Eligibility check, performed by the PITCCH consortium.
  • Evaluation of solution proposals, performed by a panel appointed by the Challenge owner (e.g., R&D, or technical/engineering, operations, marketing, and management departments).

In case of an open Challenge, all proposers are invited to carefully read the challenges and the challenge regulation, available at PITCCH Open Innovation platform, before submitting a solution.

By submitting a solution, you will be subjected to the regulations and Terms of Use of our platform.



Award contribution is dependent on the Challenge owner. In the former challenges, winners were funded up to 10.000 EUR of cash prize!



The selected Challenge solver shall enter into a collaboration agreement with the Challenge owner, and, where necessary, with the selected Challenge facilitators for the implementation of the collaborative project.

The agreement shall regulate the collaboration between the parties, including specifications of the project and other matters (i.e., knowledge ownership, intellectual property, and exploitation of results).

What happens next?


An eligibility check of the compliance to the challenge participation requirements will be performed.

Eligible proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the Challenge owners. At most, ten solution providers will be invited to the PITCCH Day, where they will pitch their solutions.

In preparation to the PITCCH Day, pitch and IP trainings will be delivered by the PITCCH consortium. Challenge facilitators, taking part to the PITCCH network, can also assist Challenge solvers in the preparation for the PITCCH Day with technology advice.

The winning challenge solver will be informed and invited to initiate the Open Innovation collaboration with the Challenge owner and, if applicable, with the selected Challenge facilitators.



PITCCH, the Pan-European Open Innovation Network for Corporate Challenges in advanced technologies, is an H2020 Coordination and Support Action funded by the European Commission under the Grant Agreement: ID 882463.

It aims to build a network where technology centers act as intermediaries to forge Open Innovation collaborations between big corporations and SMEs and stimulate the uptake of advanced technologies.

The PITCCH network will be supported by the PITCCH Open Innovation platform where big corporations can submit their Challenges, and upon selection, launch them to attract SMEs or startups proposing solutions. The PITCCH project will facilitate the scouting of the right partner and provide brokerage services (which include but not limited to: dissemination of Challenges, process facilitation, trainings, negotiation, moderation, technology advice, technology positioning) to assist the Open Innovation collaborations.

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