Register directly for the 2023 SME Challenge

We warmly welcome innovative SMEs to our experimental testing facilities, to collaborate with our experts in advancing the latest techniques and innovations. This way, we, along with SMEs, move closer to solutions for societal challenges.

How does it work?

How does participation in the SME challenge at Deltares work? We follow a 4-step approach:

Step 1: Assessment

An SME or startup should read the 'SME challenge brochure,' where you can find what we can offer and the prerequisites your company and innovation need to meet in order to participate.

SME brochure

Step 2: Registration

As an SME or startup, you register for the ongoing SME challenge using the registration form. You fill it out with information about your company and innovation, and then send it to Madelief Doeleman.

Registration form

Step 3: Evaluation

All registrations will be assessed. Relevant registrations will be invited to present their innovation at Deltares. Deltares forms a jury, and depending on the question, the right experts will be asked to join. The jury evaluates the initiatives based on factors such as impact, feasibility, and relevance. Deltares also assesses whether the innovation fits within Deltares' expertise areas and if there is sufficient capacity available to start. The contribution of the innovation to societal goals (e.g., sustainability) also plays a role in the assessment.

Step 4: Start of the Challenge

Once it has been decided which initiatives will receive free access to our facilities, the SME (or startup) will be assigned a dedicated contact person within Deltares (the coach), and the guidance for the SME challenge begins.

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Registration dates for the SME challenge

Facility Dates
Field facilitiesQ1: Apply between 1 January and 31 March 2023 (closed)
Geo facilitiesQ2: Apply between 1 April and 31 May 2023 (closed)
LaboratoriesQ3: Apply between 1 July and 30 September 2023 (closed)
Hydro facilitiesQ4: Apply between 1 November and 31 December 2023

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