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Eramet and EIT RawMaterials launch the Responsible Mining Innovation Challenge 2021

Following the successful edition of last year, Eramet is launching the 2021 edition of its Open Innovation Challenge on a theme which is crucial for the future of its activities: Responsible Mining.

Consumers, like our customers, are increasingly demanding low-carbon and responsible supply chains. Eramet is particularly well-positioned to meet this demand: CSR is at the center of our strategic model and positions Eramet as a committed and contributive corporate citizen.

Applicable to a wide area ranging from environmentally friendly exploration, water management, safety and monitoring at mining sites, mine rehabilitation and biodiversity to traceability of raw materials, this challenge illustrates the ambition of Eramet to make innovation a major contributor to responsible mining.

Start-ups and SMEs are invited to apply to the Eramet Responsible Mining Challenge 2021 from 15 June to 15 September 2021. The winning team will be awarded a collaboration contract with Eramet (up to EUR 50 000), with potential extension to a long-term collaboration.

This new edition of Eramet’s Open Innovation challenge is building on six years of successful collaboration with EIT RawMaterials which aims to provide efficient, competitive, and responsible technology solutions for a sustainable supply of mineral resources for the European market. It also illustrates the Group’s ambition to grow its network of partners and include more innovative start-ups and SMEs.

Ten successful applicants will be invited to pitch their solution to a jury at an Open Innovation event on 9 November 2021. After this presentation, only three candidates will have the opportunity to be coached by Eramet and EIT RawMaterials experts to better match their solution to Eramet’s specific issues. The winner will be chosen in early 2022.

Welcome to the Responsible Mining challenge!

in partnership with EIT RawMaterials

Eramet is a major player in the extraction and recovery of metals as well as the production and transformation of high-performance alloys. Eramet also develops activities with high growth potential, such as lithium treatment and recycling, which will play a key role in the energy transition and the mobility of tomorrow.

Compete for a chance to win a collaboration contract with Eramet (up to EUR 50k). Together, we will turn your idea into reality, building a better, responsible mining industry of tomorrow!

This is a great opportunity for start-ups and SMEs to collaborate with Eramet!

  • Validate your solution with a large industrial player
  • Prize: EUR 50k for the realisation of your project
  • Possible opportunity for long-term collaboration
  • Gain visibility at the top management level
  • Receive coaching by industry experts

The Call

Do you have an innovative idea that would make an impact, and fits to one of Eramet’s focus areas? Eramet seeks innovative technology solutions that focus on:

  • Environmentally friendly exploration: Large-scale remote sensing and data integration employing various geophysical and geochemical exploration methods in remote, densely vegetated and/or difficult to access terranes that reliably help to target prospective areas for different commodities with reduced environmental impact and cost & time savings.
  • Water management: Reliable and cost-effective solutions for monitoring water quality and erosion associated with surface water.
  • Smart solutions to reduce water consumption and emissions (dust, noise, toxic output) throughout the mining operation.
  • Safety and monitoring at remote mining sites: The management of infrastructure (e.g. geotechnically sensitive areas such as tailings dams, etc.), equipment (e.g, haul trucks), and corresponding data in a time- and cost-efficient manner, ensuring continuous, real-time monitoring that leads to increased resource efficiency and safety.
  • Mine rehabilitation & biodiversity: Efficient and easy-to-use solutions in mine rehabilitation and revegetation of mining sites as well as durable and maintenance-free solutions for biodiversity (wildlife) tracking.
  • Traceability of raw materials and processed materials throughout the operation in a transparent and secure way e.g. by using blockchain technology

This is not an exhaustive list of applications and other solutions that fit the topic of responsible mining will also be considered.

Key Dates

  • Launch: 15 June 2021
  • Submission Deadline: 15 September 2021, 20h CET
  • Assessment: 15 September – 20 October
    10 successful applicants will be invited to pitch.
  • Pitch event: 9 November 2021
    3 successful applicants will be invited to participate in the final
  • Final selection: by mid-February 2021
    Announcement of the winner!

Who can participate?

  • You are a private company (Start-up, SME, or other)
  • Your solution meets at least one of the application areas
  • Your proven solution (>TRL level 5) is state-of-the-art

Evaluation Criteria

The jury will take into account the following criteria in its assessment:

  • The idea’s contribution to Eramet’s business goals
  • Potential for development towards implementation in business
  • Technical excellence, development stage, and IP status
  • Height of innovation, competitive advantage, and value-creating potential
  • Impact of the product/service and exploitation plan
  • The team behind the idea and its composition

You will find the Terms and Conditions here.