Bevica Seed Grants

Start-up funding for technology leaving no one behind

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Line Nykjær Johansen
Project coordinator
AFRI
+45 25 13 97 22

About ‘Technology leaving no one behind’

‘Technology leaving no one behind’ is currently a 3-year project with a total budget of DKK 11 million, of which the Bevica Foundation provides DKK 5 million, while DTU co-finances DKK 6 million.

Disabled Peoples’ Organizations Denmark is contributing as a strategic partner. As part of the project, a project manager at DTU Skylab is responsible for developing offers and programmes for start-ups working specifically with solutions targeted at people with motor disabilities, but also with a broader focus on start-ups and students in general who can benefit from an inclusive mindset. DTU Management is also an important partner in the project, where a postdoc from the department will work on research and educational methods, tools, and cases across all of DTU’s study programmes in collaboration with a professor funded by the Bevica Foundation.

About the Bevica Foundation

With point of departure in the philanthropic effort and intentions of the founder, reverend Hans Knudsen, the Bevica Foundation strives to continue to make a difference for people with motor disabilities through collaboration and with a focus on current societal challenges.

 

Unique funding opportunity through DTU Skylab for start-ups with an innovative idea within universal design and assistive technology of up to DKK 100.000. Bevica Seed Grants are made possible through the partnership initiative ‘Technology leaving no one behind’ between DTU, the Bevica Foundation, and Disabled Peoples’ Organizations Denmark.

 

All DTU students, PhDs and postdocs, alumni (within 1 year from graduation), and teams with at least one DTU profile can now apply for Bevica Seed Grants through Skylab Funding. So, if you are working on a bright idea for an assistive technology to give people with motor disabilities equal opportunities to people without disability, or if you are designing a mainstream product, mindset, or environment with an inclusive design, we are inviting you to apply!

Inclusion through design that creates equal opportunities for people with motor disabilities

‘Technology leaving no one behind’ provides opportunities and support to make inclusion and accessibility a natural part of engineering new sustainable technological solutions at DTU. The initiative will help focus on the future of sustainable technological solutions by contributing to the fundamental principle behind the UN Sustainable Development Goals; “Leaving no one behind”. The principle addresses the imperative that development, in this regard technological innovation, must reach those furthest behind first.

People with disabilities experience discrimination, exclusion and inequality on numerous levels (e.g. access to transportation, education, health, or work) and are one of the population groups who globally face the greatest risk of being left behind. Therefore, DTU is now addressing this issue by taking a stance on how universal design and assistive technology can promote greater equality and inclusion, and reduce stigmatization for this target group.

"“We want to motivate the students’ creativity and open their eyes to how they can contribute to creating equal opportunities and independent lives for people with motor disabilities and in that sense ‘leave no one behind’”"
Marianne Kofoed, CEO, the Bevica Foundation

In doing this, the initiative also focuses on the opportunities of universal design in engineering better technological solutions for all people—aligning with DTU’s new strategy ‘Technology for People’.

“We want to motivate the students’ creativity and open their eyes to how they can contribute to creating equal opportunities and independent lives for people with motor disabilities and in that sense ‘leave no one behind’”—Marianne Kofoed, CEO, the Bevica Foundation.

Student start-ups receive Bevica Seed Grant and blossom

DTU Skylab has been an incubator for several student start-ups targeting people with disabilities that have been kick-started by grants from the Bevica Foundation. Among them is the start-up Obital, which, using software-based eye-tracking technology, has developed an affordable and accessible communication and smart-home app for people with motor disabilities such as ALS, cerebral palsy, or spinal cord injuries. Obital received the Bevica Seed Grant in 2017 and has since attracted many investments, most recently receiving EUR 400,000 from a syndicate of investors from the Nordic Angel Program.

Application deadlines for Bevica Seed Grants and Skylab Funding in general are 16 February and 13 September 2020.

Read more about the guidelines here. https://bit.ly/36zKDVe

Universal Design

According to The UN Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Universal design” means the design of products, environments, programmes and services to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. “Universal design” shall not exclude assistive devices for particular groups of persons with disabilities where this is needed. Read more about Universal Design here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_design

Apply for Bevica Seed Grants through Skylab Funding here: https://www.skylab.dtu.dk/programmes-and-services/funding

Further information

Line Nykjær Johansen, Project Coordinator, DTU Skylab, +45 25139722, linejo@dtu.dk

 

 

 

 

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