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High-performance computing enters Fit 4 Start



The Meluxina computer Photo: Matic Zorman / Maison Moderne

The Meluxina computer Photo: Matic Zorman / Maison Moderne

The Ministry of the Economy and Luxinnovation have announced the launch of the 12th edition of Fit 4 Start, Luxembourg’s start-up acceleration programme, with entrepreneurs for the first time standing to benefit from the Meluxina high-performance computer.

Applications are open for start-up companies operating in ICT, healthtech and space with the deadline fixed on 4 October. Innovation-oriented start-ups younger than five years and with a team of at least two people can apply for Fit 4 Start’s next edition which will last from January to June 2022.

Up to five of the selected businesses will benefit from a programme involving Luxembourg’s national high-performance computer (HPC) Meluxina. The grand duchy’s HPC centre will offer them access to computing and data analytics capacities.

“Granting access to Meluxina via Fit 4 Start is a strong competitive advantage to the selected high potential start-ups in the acceleration programme across industries,” says Stefan Berend, head of start-up acceleration at Luxinnovation. “We believe this is an outstanding opportunity for ambitious tech entrepreneurs to deliver cutting edge products and solutions to European markets.”

Meluxina, a €30.4m project, was launched in July as part of Luxembourg’s digitalisation strategy. Around two thirds of the supercomputer’s capacity are commercialised in Luxembourg, with industry, research, as well as SMEs and start-ups among the users of Meluxina.

Applications for Fit 4 Start can be submitted here.