IMPULSE PROGRAMME - The European XR Accelerator
IMMERSIVE OPPORTUNITIES for Tech Ventures, Academics, and Content Creators
WHAT IT IS
XR4Europe, Laval Virtual, Stereopsia EUROPE, and VRDays Europe have teamed up to foster growth for entrepreneurs, creatives, and academics by creating an environment for development and facilitating the matching of high-potential projects with their scaling counterpart. It is dedicated to three verticals: Content, SMEs, and Research. For each one, there are scouting, training, access to market, and nurturing phases involved in the Programme, for a holistic engagement with each selected project. Applications are now open for two verticals: Content and SMEs. Research will join in 2023.
Dedicated to facilitating meaningful connections for early-stage projects, the IMPULSE Programme is now seeking both applicants and commercial partners or investors to participate in its three phases:
- First phase: All interested project holders have until 15 August to apply. Accepted projects will be notified 9 September after an evaluation and validation process by Stereopsia EUROPE & XR4EUROPE, alongside European experts.
- Second phase: Project holders will receive coaching, grooming, and a confidence boost from industry mentors, before one-to-one pitching sessions organised for both Content & SMEs verticals at Stereopsia EUROPE (Brussels, 17-19 October). As outcome, only ten proposals per vertical will be selected for the next phase.
- Third phase: The final pitch and meeting with investors will take place at VRDays Europe (28 November – 2 December) for the ten selected projects of each vertical.
Those three phases will be followed by a fourth and ongoing, nurturing phase, to build and solidify the IMPULSE Community. The Programme will also feature lectures and networking meetups, mainly during all four partners’ events.
Throughout the IMPULSE Programme, attendees will increase their industry connections, their funding potential and further mature their individual projects. Content creators can thereby meet producers or distributors, and entrepreneurs be confronted to investors and venture capitalists.
The IMPULSE Programme is an amplifier of European reach: A unique, productivity-inducing, win-win situation for XR professionals and talents, industrials and investors wishing to develop their XR portfolio and knowledge, or integrate these technologies in their own companies, or provide reach and visibility to immersive artworks.
It aims to nurture the development of new European initiatives, targeting three verticals:
1/ Springboard for Storytellers: IMPULSE | CONTENT
Immersive narrative content creators encounter financiers, producers, and distributors.
2/ Finding the Next Unicorns: IMPULSE | SMEs
Matching tech startups and scaleups with investors.
3/ From Lab to Market: IMPULSE | RESEARCH
Connecting researchers with investors and entrepreneurs – launching Spring 2023.
- IMPULSE | CONTENT
IMPULSE | CONTENT (also known as The Booster) will consist of online masterclasses with expert mentors (10-14 Oct 2022) and participation in Stereopsia EUROPE in Brussels (17-19 Oct 2022), including B2B meetings and pitch presentation of the projects to a jury of potential partners, co-producers, distributors, and film funds. Participants will get the opportunity to create new business networks by participating in networking meetings, and compete for the Booster Award, which will be given to the winner during the Awards Ceremony of Stereopsia EUROPE, held on 19 October 2022.
More information on The Booster webpage.
- IMPULSE | SMEs
IMPULSE | SMEs is an accompaniment programme to prepare entrepreneurs to face investors, during multiple online sessions over the course of three weeks with mentors, to improve their business proposal, to strengthen products value proposition, and to learn how to best defend a project and a vision.
Accessible to all XR – hardware and software, immersive environments, metaverse – startups and small enterprises, this Programme enables meetings with potential investors and VCs to the best scalable ventures.
!! As a follow-up for both IMPULSE | CONTENT and IMPULSE | SMEs, 10 projects will have the chance to continue the journey and receive free accreditation to VRDays Europe Immersive Tech Week (28 Nov-2 Dec), where they will have their place in the Market and will meet with investors and coproducers.
VRDays Europe Immersive Tech Week
12 April – 15 August 2022
9 Sept 2022
10-14 Oct 2022
17-19 Oct 2022 (Brussels, Belgium)
28 Nov – 2 Dec (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Participation Fee: 300 € (+VAT) per participant
Included: Online Masterclasses, Stereopsia EUROPE & VRDays Europe accreditations, and all networking and B2B activities of both events.
Application deadline: 15 August 2022.