Applications are open for the i4Challenge 2020

i4Challenge 2020 in cooperation Upper Rhine 4.0

As part of the Industry 4.0 fair in Mulhouse (BE 4.0), is organizing the i4Challenge, an acceleration program for SME, startups and new projects focused on innovative solutions, new approaches and next-generation products or services for Industry 4.0 transformation.

Have you developed innovative solutions, novel approaches and sophisticated products in the field of Industry 4.0? Then we would like to get to know you.

Through the i4Challenge, offers you a platform for your product or service, as well as access to partners and customers in the cross-border region, giving you the ideal opportunity to test your product in a real environment and receive feedback from experts.

A renowned jury from the industry evaluates the submitted projects. Up to six applicants make it to the final round.

What we look for

The i4Challenge is broken up into three tracks:

  • SME with sustainable industry 4.0 solutions or services
  • Startups with existing Industry 4.0 solutions or services
  • New Ideas in cooperation with the Canton of Jura: open to student projects of universities of applied sciences and universities, intrapreneurs, entrepreneurs, tech teams, spin-offs, and R&D projects of companies.

Eligible are applications from Switzerland, Alsace, and Baden-Württemberg, which can demonstrate a prototype or a product.

Winning project benefits

SME and Startup tracks:

Benefits to help foster successful commercial launch and business success of Industry 4.0 projects including:

  • An exhibition space at the BE 4.0 trade fair in Mulhouse
  • Exposure through online channels
  • Access to the Industry 4.0 network of experts, innovators, businesses, investors and more
  • Mentoring from industry experts
  • Access to a co-working space for six months in one of our three Switzerland
  • Innovation Park Basel Area sites
  • Possibility to appear as key note speaker at one of our events
  • A free one-year membership to the Société Industrielle de Mulhouse (SIM)
  • Privileged access to the network and activities of the partners of the Interreg Upper Rhine 4.0 project.

New idea track:

Benefits to help to bring their idea to market readiness, including:

  • Access the network
  • Preferential access to the network and to the activities of the partners of the Interreg Upper Rhine 4.0 project
  • Tailor-made mentoring from industry experts
  • Funding for further development of the idea
  • Access to a co-working space for six months at the Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area Site Jura

About BE 4.0 Fair for industry 4.0 in Mulhouse

Salon Industries du Futur BE 4.0 is one of the most important meeting places for European Industry 4.0 solution providers and interested parties. The fair offers a platform for 180 Swiss, French and German companies to present their latest innovations in the field of Industry 4.0. Over 3,500 visitors are expected on both days.

Important dates

SME and Startup tracks

Applicatuion deadline 17.07.2020
Pitch days 25-26.08.2020
Winners announced 29.09.2020
BE 4.0 Mullhouse 18-19.11.2020


New ideas track

Applicatuion deadline                 02.11.2020
Winners announced 16.12.2020
Personalized coaching January-June 2021


A big thank you goes to our panel and partners

Our panel

Many companies in the Basel region possess an extensive knowledge of all aspects of production technology. The following applies: maintaining and increasing competitiveness. As a means of support, organises information and technology-oriented networking events in cooperation with schools and research centres. We are proud that we were able to invite the following experts to join our panel:

Markus Krack, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland

Markus Krack, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland

  • Head of Technology Transfer FITT at the University of Applied Sciences FHNW and the Aargau Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AIHK)
  • Head of the CAS Foundry Technology course of studies
  • Lecturer for the degree courses Industrial Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
Cyrille Monnin, Productec SA

Cyrille Monnin, Productec SA

  • CEO of the company Productec SA
  • 30 years of experience in the B2B environment in various roles

Markus Mühlemann, Project Competence AG

  • Founder and CEO of Project Compe-tence AG; founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of TimeWinner AG
  • Investor and business angel at startup companies in the services & ICT sector; entrepreneur for 19 years
  • Project Competence AG was awarded the certificate "Best Business Transformation" by ASCO 2018 for the second time.

Matthias Wagner, Bell Food Group AG

  • Head of Projects / Innovations SSC IT at Bell Food Group AG
  • Many years of experience as project manager and member of the executive board in the areas of IT and operations for companies in the health care, FMCG and finance industries.
  • Focused on international business areas and digitization projects

Dr. Bettina Schneider, FHNW Basel

  • Lehrtätigkeiten in den Bachelorstudiengängen Wirtschaftsinformatik & Business Information Technology
  • Enterprise Ressource Planning, Data Base Technology, Business Process Management, Einführung in die Wirtschaftsinformatik (Schwerpunkt Information Systems)

Peter B. Meier, ABB Power Grids AG

  • Verantwortlich für eine strategisch geschaffene Abteilung mit Schwerpunkt Industrie 4.0.
  • Mitglied der Geschäftsleitung
Marc Nass, Actemium Romandie

Marc Nass, Actemium Romandie

  • Business Unit Manager at Acte-mium Romandie
  • Many years of experience as an automation engineer
  • Active for more than 30 years in the chemical - pharmaceutical - biotechnology industry in the region.
Hubert Schaff

Hubert Schaff

  • 15 Years at Saint Gobain Groupe, Divison hollow Glass, Member of the Management and General Management Germany
  • 15 Years at Plastiques Pöppelmann Frankreich (Rixheim), retired since 2017
  • Elected member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Alsace Eurometropol, Member CESER and PDG Alsace Creation

Martin Scheidiger, Endress+Hauser Flow

  • Head of Department | DRP Process & Test Engineering Endress+Hauser Flow
  • 20 years of experience in electronics and electrical engineering (development QA, production)
  • 13 years of management experience at executive, departmental and project management level
  • 3 years i4Challenge Jury Member

Oliver Laux, RAYCE EURL ARaymond Center of Expertise

  • Master of Sience
  • Langjährige Erfahrung als Projektmanager und Produktentwicklungsmanager
  • General Manager Europa

Alain Dieterlen, Université Haute Alsace

  • Dozent & Forscher IUT von Mulhouse an der Universität des Haute Alsace
  • Langjährige Erfahrung als Forscher

Marco Arnold, ARNOLD IT Systems GmbH

  • Dipl Ing. (FH) HS Furtwangen
  • Geschäftsführender Gesellschafter ARNOLD IT Systems GmbH, QUATRIGA GmbH in Baden-Baden, inovi GmbH in Heitersheim
  • Langjährige Führungserfahrung auf Geschäftsleitungsebene


Media Partners

The partners and will have access to your data in order to select the winners. Your data will be treated confidentially and will not be disclosed to third parties.

We congratulate the winners of the previous i4Challenge!


David Maître, LCB

Jean-Marie Dubois, Qiio

Philippe Crevoisier, Crevoisier

Simona Androvicsova, Stefan Reidy, Arviem

Katrin Beuthner, United Planet

Oskari Vinko, UniteLabs


Philippe Kapfer, NextDay.Vision

Roy Chikballapur, MachIQ

Dominik Trost, holo|one

Albert Hilber

Your contact person

Albert Hilber

Manager Upper Rhine 4.0

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