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For your convenience, our FAQ are divided in three sections:

  1. General Layout of our Program

  2. Application Process

  3. Evaluation Process, Winners & Pilots

 

General Layout

What’s the evaluation process like?


Once applications have been received, sourcing and tech specialists that partner with Buildings4People will be tasked with analysing and evaluating the projects following our evaluation criteria. After this assessment, a shortlist of finalists will be announced. If needed, we may invite you for a brief interview to know more about your venture and the specificities of your solution. After this assessment, a shortlist of finalists will be announced. These finalists will participate in our Induction Day; an event in which the startups present their “raw” solutions to players in the facility management industry – both tech experts, as facility management experts as final clients of FM Innovators, which are large corporations of all kinds. Based on the feedback of all players, winners will be chosen. These winning startups will be developing pilots within our organisation and run them in real business environments, usually in business cases for our final clients.

For Induction Day, we will not ask you to adapt your actual solution to the facility management industry yet. We want you to present to the attendees how your solution could be used in our sector in the best possible way. It is not a Demo Day where final products are shown; we want to see your solution in a “raw” state.

Induction Day will be held in Barcelona. We expect you to travel to Barcelona to participate in Induction Day in case you’re a finalist, and the flight or train ticket fares from outside the province of Barcelona plus one night of accommodation for one person will be paid for. Based on the feedback of this event, winners will be chosen, and negotiations will start to get ready for the pilot development or commercialisation stage just after.

Maybe your startup does have a final solution that does not require any or little adaptation to the FM industry. Great! We would be very happy to have you on board. Please, apply.

If your project is selected as a winner, you will receive the opportunity to begin negotiations with the interested FM Innovators to determine the viability of the possible collaboration. During this process, the terms and conditions of the collaboration will be established, and the future pilot will be defined to organise pilot kick-off. There will be a mentor involved in the piloting stage. This specialist, coming from outside both organisations, will guide both startups as the contracting FM Innovators through the process.




What are the benefits if I become a winner?


Our final goal is to help you to commercialise your solution through the Global Alliance of Facility Management Innovators: we will become your client or our clients will become your client. Your main benefit will, thus, be the sales that derive from our collaboration. We, FM Innovators, enjoy the benefit of integrating innovative products and processes in our companies and/or offering innovative solutions to our clients. Together, we will boost innovation in the FM industry.

Before this will happen, some of the solutions that startups come up with will have to be piloted in real business cases, giving access to data and infrastructure. Others will be ready to go to market with little or no adaptation. At Buildings4People, we believe that each project and each startup is unique. Therefore, we will evaluate the collaboration model for each pilot specifically to maximise the probability of success.




Will there only be one winner per challenge?


No! All start-ups that meet the defined criteria and have passed the complete process of evaluation will be considered to develop pilot projects with our FM Innovators. For this reason, there is no set number of winners per challenge.




How much investment will each pilot project receive?


There is no budgetary limit. The terms of the collaboration will be defined during the negotiations between each winner and the companies involved. The total sum of investment will depend on the project’s potential, novelty and the needs for its development.




Does Buildings4People provide financial support for subsistence, flights and accommodation necessary to attend internal events?


If you are a finalist, you will be invited to our Induction Day, the Facility Management Innovation Fair where you will present your solution to stakeholders of the industry and FM Innovators. We will pay for your flight or train costs and also one night of accommodation in case you have to come travelling from outside the province of Barcelona. After that, no more specific internal events are foreseen.

The development of the pilot project can be organised at locations where the involved members have an operational base associated with the product or service to be tested. This can be anywhere around Europe, and thus, each case will be studied and negotiated specifically to establish the best conditions for all.




Who will have the rights to the solution developed?


All legal matters and questions concerning intellectual property relating to the pilot to be developed shall be defined during prior negotiations between the startup and the members involved. We believe in a relationship of mutual respect and handle accordingly.




What are the next steps if the FM Innovators are interested in my project after Induction Day?


If your project is selected as a winner, you will receive the opportunity to begin negotiations with the interested FM Innovators to determine the viability of the possible collaboration. During this process, the terms and conditions of the collaboration will be established, and the future pilot will be defined to organise pilot kick-off. There will be a mentor involved in the piloting stage. This specialist, coming from outside both organisations, will guide both startups as the contracting FM Innovators through the process.

Other solutions might be ready to be marketed with little or no adaptation.

Our final goal is to help you to commercialise your solution through the Global Alliance of Facility Management Innovators: we will become your client or our clients will become your client. Your main benefit will, thus, be the sales that derive from our collaboration. We, FM Innovators, enjoy the benefit of integrating innovative products and processes in our companies and/or offering innovative solutions to our clients. Together, we will boost innovation in the FM industry.




Can I bring in another contributor to develop a pilot?


Yes! You can bring another contributor, but the terms and conditions of his/her participation will be defined during negotiations.




Do the winning start-ups need to be in Barcelona to develop a pilot with FM Innovators?


The development of the pilot project can be organised at locations where the involved members have an operational base associated with the product or service to be tested. Each case will be studied and negotiated specifically to establish the best conditions.





Application Process

When and how to apply to a challenge?


The registration or call period must be open to be able to apply to a challenge. You can find the dates of each edition on our website. The candidates must only submit the requested info asked for in the application form regarding their startup and the solution(s) they propose for the challenge(s) chosen. In case the startup wishes to apply to more than one challenge, it must identify in the application form all challenges that may apply. Only one application per startup is needed. Startups can only register through the Buildings4People website (www.buildings4people.com); there is no other channel for application.




Are there any restrictions to the technological areas of the Buildings4People candidates?


The objective of Buildings4People is to solve the business challenges, using any technology that can make a difference. For this reason, we do not restrict the technological areas of the participants.




How many startups can participate in each challenge?


There’s no limit to the number of participants per challenge. If the members of the Global Alliance of Facility Management Innovators are interested in more than one solution presented for the same challenge, they can begin negotiations for pilot projects with any of them. The opportunity to start these negotiations will depend on the solution’s novelty and the project’s relevance to the challenge as well as the facility management industry in general.




Can any member from my team apply?


Yes! Anyone who is a part of your startup can register on our platform and explain your project.




Which language is required to complete the application?


You may choose to apply in English or Spanish. Forms completed in any other language will not be considered.




Can I apply to two or more challenges during the same cycle?


Yes, you can apply to as many challenges as you like, as long as your project can provide a real solution to the challenge. If your solution may apply to more than one challenge, you must identify it while filling out the application form. You only need to apply once.




I applied but was not selected. Can I apply again?


Yes, you can apply to the competition as many times as you wish, provided that your project offers a real solution to the challenges presented.




I don’t live in Barcelona nor Spain, can I still take part in the initiative?


Yes. Buildings4People is a global initiative, and there are no geographical limits⁠. The initiative seeks to expand the innovation ecosystem and encourage international startups from all over the world to participate.

Our Induction Day, the day that finalists of the challenges meet players of the facility management industry and tech experts, will be held in Barcelona. We expect you to travel to Barcelona to participate in Induction Day in case you’re a finalist, and the flight or train ticket fares from outside the province of Barcelona plus one night of accommodation for one person will be paid for. Based on the feedback of this event, winners will be chosen, and negotiations will start to get ready for the pilot development or commercialisation stage just after.




Will Buildings4People provide me with a physical space to work on the pilot?


During the negotiation stage, the members involved in the co-development of a pilot project will decide, together with a winning startup, which resources, spaces and infrastructure will be provided for working on the pilot.





Evaluation Process, Winners & Pilots

What’s the evaluation process like?


Once applications have been received, sourcing and tech specialists that partner with Buildings4People will be tasked with analysing and evaluating the projects following our evaluation criteria. After this assessment, a shortlist of finalists will be announced. If needed, we may invite you for a brief interview to know more about your venture and the specificities of your solution. After this assessment, a shortlist of finalists will be announced. These finalists will participate in our Induction Day; an event in which the startups present their “raw” solutions to players in the facility management industry – both tech experts, as facility management experts as final clients of FM Innovators, which are large corporations of all kinds. Based on the feedback of all players, winners will be chosen. These winning startups will be developing pilots within our organisation and run them in real business environments, usually in business cases for our final clients.

For Induction Day, we will not ask you to adapt your actual solution to the facility management industry yet. We want you to present to the attendees how your solution could be used in our sector in the best possible way. It is not a Demo Day where final products are shown; we want to see your solution in a “raw” state.

Induction Day will be held in Barcelona. We expect you to travel to Barcelona to participate in Induction Day in case you’re a finalist, and the flight or train ticket fares from outside the province of Barcelona plus one night of accommodation for one person will be paid for. Based on the feedback of this event, winners will be chosen, and negotiations will start to get ready for the pilot development or commercialisation stage just after.

Maybe your startup does have a final solution that does not require any or little adaptation to the FM industry. Great! We would be very happy to have you on board. Please, apply.

If your project is selected as a winner, you will receive the opportunity to begin negotiations with the interested FM Innovators to determine the viability of the possible collaboration. During this process, the terms and conditions of the collaboration will be established, and the future pilot will be defined to organise pilot kick-off. There will be a mentor involved in the piloting stage. This specialist, coming from outside both organisations, will guide both startups as the contracting FM Innovators through the process.




What are the benefits if I become a winner?


Our final goal is to help you to commercialise your solution through the Global Alliance of Facility Management Innovators: we will become your client or our clients will become your client. Your main benefit will, thus, be the sales that derive from our collaboration. We, FM Innovators, enjoy the benefit of integrating innovative products and processes in our companies and/or offering innovative solutions to our clients. Together, we will boost innovation in the FM industry.

Before this will happen, some of the solutions that startups come up with will have to be piloted in real business cases, giving access to data and infrastructure. Others will be ready to go to market with little or no adaptation. At Buildings4People, we believe that each project and each startup is unique. Therefore, we will evaluate the collaboration model for each pilot specifically to maximise the probability of success.




Will there only be one winner per challenge?


No! All start-ups that meet the defined criteria and have passed the complete process of evaluation will be considered to develop pilot projects with our FM Innovators. For this reason, there is no set number of winners per challenge.




How much investment will each pilot project receive?


There is no budgetary limit. The terms of the collaboration will be defined during the negotiations between each winner and the companies involved. The total sum of investment will depend on the project’s potential, novelty and the needs for its development.




Does Buildings4People provide financial support for subsistence, flights and accommodation necessary to attend internal events?


If you are a finalist, you will be invited to our Induction Day, the Facility Management Innovation Fair where you will present your solution to stakeholders of the industry and FM Innovators. We will pay for your flight or train costs and also one night of accommodation in case you have to come travelling from outside the province of Barcelona. After that, no more specific internal events are foreseen.

The development of the pilot project can be organised at locations where the involved members have an operational base associated with the product or service to be tested. This can be anywhere around Europe, and thus, each case will be studied and negotiated specifically to establish the best conditions for all.




Who will have the rights to the solution developed?


All legal matters and questions concerning intellectual property relating to the pilot to be developed shall be defined during prior negotiations between the startup and the members involved. We believe in a relationship of mutual respect and handle accordingly.




What are the next steps if the FM Innovators are interested in my project after Induction Day?


If your project is selected as a winner, you will receive the opportunity to begin negotiations with the interested FM Innovators to determine the viability of the possible collaboration. During this process, the terms and conditions of the collaboration will be established, and the future pilot will be defined to organise pilot kick-off. There will be a mentor involved in the piloting stage. This specialist, coming from outside both organisations, will guide both startups as the contracting FM Innovators through the process.

Other solutions might be ready to be marketed with little or no adaptation.

Our final goal is to help you to commercialise your solution through the Global Alliance of Facility Management Innovators: we will become your client or our clients will become your client. Your main benefit will, thus, be the sales that derive from our collaboration. We, FM Innovators, enjoy the benefit of integrating innovative products and processes in our companies and/or offering innovative solutions to our clients. Together, we will boost innovation in the FM industry.




Can I bring in another contributor to develop a pilot?


Yes! You can bring another contributor, but the terms and conditions of his/her participation will be defined during negotiations.




Do the winning start-ups need to be in Barcelona to develop a pilot with FM Innovators?


The development of the pilot project can be organised at locations where the involved members have an operational base associated with the product or service to be tested. Each case will be studied and negotiated specifically to establish the best conditions.





 
 
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