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April

SEN SOIR.EE 1960: Crypto Art Gallery showcasing EU emerging artists and EU startups at the Cibeles Post Office Madrid

  • SEN SOIR.EE features a blend of classic and futuristic artwork, bringing closer business people and emerging artists through a series of 12 experiences from different European cities covering topics such as environment, energy, medicine, robotics and many more.
  • The exhibition is free of charge and open to all artists, entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, students and academics who are looking to experience a unique, new concept where creativity, artistic talent and technology are intertwined as the details behind each picture can be accessed through a QR-code and a radio-frequency identification chip (RFID) available from the 4 to the 29 of April at the Cibeles Post Office (Correos).

Madrid, 4-29 April. As a result of the search for convergence between the culture of entrepreneurship and artistic education, the fourth edition of SEN SOIR.EE 1960, a revolutionary and innovative photographic exhibition that opened on Thursday, April 4 arrived at the Cibeles Post Office. On this occasion, the exhibition has the collaboration of CorreosLabs, Startup Europe and Startup Europe News (SEN) and Nefercity System.

While blockchain technology and art might appear to be as opposite as the yin and yang of Taoist philosophy, they have found the way to travel upon the same path. Together they are taking in a diverse series of locations and landscapes on a truly global scale. SEN SOIR.EE features a blend of “classic” and “futuristic” artwork, which brings ‘’business people and emerging artists’’ together at an exclusive evening event.

SEN SOIR.EE brings a sample of 12 experiences from different European cities covering topics such as environment, energy, medicine, robotics and many more. The details of the project and the story behind the picture can be accessed through a QR-code and a radio-frequency identification chip (RFID).

“This is a disruptive innovation combining technology and creativity, where art and business meet millennials. A different way for startups and emerging artist to gain visibility in this new global and competitive business world.” – Isidro Laso, European Commission.

“There are things that seem incompatible until they are combined. This is how SEN SOIRÉE is presented, as the bridge of the encounter between startups and art.” – Imedi Hassissen, Creative Director – SEN SOIR.EE

The exhibition is free of charge and open to all artists, entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, students and academics who are looking to experience a unique, new concept where creativity, artistic talent and technology are intertwined.

10 months traveling exhibition

The first edition of SEN SOIR.EE 1960 took place in Brussels in September 2017 during a memorable event in honour of the 60th anniversary of the European Union. After visiting Barcelona, the exhibition arrived in Madrid for the first time in June 2018. Hosted at the headquarters of the Representation of the European Commission it was visited for more than 2,500 people. In Madrid, the collection continued its tour through the city, being exhibited in the Science Park of the Carlos III University. As the last stop in the city, SEN SOIR.EE 1960 will be exhibited at the Cibeles Post Office (Correos) until the end of April.

Media Contact

Imedi Hassissen
Founder & Chairman
SEN SOIRÉE – Startup Europe News SOIRÉE
Phone: +34 667720375
Website: startupeuropenews.eu /www.soir.ee
Email: imedi@startupeuropenews.com

About Sen SOIR.EE Mission

WWW.SOIR.EE aims to encourage more people to discover and engage with European cultural heritage and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. Through its unique concept and its technology, SEN SOIRÉE allows emerging artists to move away from the traditional concept of the art gallery as static only exhibition space, in favour of a more complete alternative based on cryptography and travelling exhibitions, which offers access to a more diverse and active audience.

It is a great event for artists and business entrepreneurs where they can learn and share experiences, in a cultural and relaxed setting. Both are often facing similar challenges from the creation to the materialization of their creative ideas.

About StartUp Europe News Media Alliance

Startup Europe News (SEN) aims to be  a catalyst of trustful content from all stakeholders at EU level—SMEs, startups, nonprofit organizations and public authorities.

Social NetworksTwitter @SenSoiree #SENSOIREE, FacebookLinkedIn and YouTube

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Créme de la créme of European startups are heading to Prague in April to clash for the European Champ title

On April 10, 2019, at the Prague Congress Centre, the first ever European Continental Finals of the global competition Startup World Cup 2019  will be held as a part of the Startup World Cup & Summit (SWCSummit). The winner is about to win $ 500,000 USD investment prize and the title of the European Startup Champion. They will also gain entry to the global Grand Finale, which is to be held in Silicon Valley in May. Apart from the competition, the event will welcome keynote speakers from all over the world, including Apple’s first CMO, John Rizzo, the ex-VP of Instagram and CEO of Strava, James Quarles, the bestselling author and founder of Electronic Arts, Dave Evans, Avast CEO, Vince Steckler, and the billionaire Karel Janeček. Along with them the organisers expect dozens of angel investors, founders, and innovators from all around Europe. They will all be ready to network, provide guidance to fresh entrepreneurs, and look for new business opportunities.

 

Hundreds of up-and-coming startups are confirmed to attend SWCSummit, one of the most important events in the startup world in the Central Europe region this year. The goal is to find the European champion, create a talent network, draw the public’s attention to small businesses’ added value, and, most importantly, boost the European startup scene’s confidence. “Europe used to be an unshakeable cradle of innovation. Nowadays, despite Europe’s huge potential to retain its position, we feel momentum is shifting away. With this in mind, we see SWCSummit as an opportunity to spark new connections, investments, and ideas that can help Europe reclaim its reputation of the global innovation epicenter,” says Vít Šubert, the startup incubator UP21 CEO and the event’s co-founder.

 

“There’s an opportunity for everyone at SWCSummit – not only startups vying for the title and $ 500,000 USD investment prize. The event will be divided into special zones dedicated to startups, innovators from the corporate world, investors, and the general public. All attendees will be brought together through Myia, a networking and matchmaking smartphone app,” explains Václav Pavlečka, the CEO of Air Ventures and the second co-founder of the event.

The startup event of the year

For the first time, Prague is going to witness the best startup projects in Europe, the winners of 13 regional finals of the Startup World Cup. The finalists will compete to win $ 500,000 USD investment prize, the title of the European Startup Champion, and participation at the global finals held in San Francisco. Europe is the first continent to hold its own finals of this startup competition.

 

In the scope of SWCSummit, the regional finals of Visegrád Group takes place. 265 confirmed startups will compete to become the winning startup of the V4 Regional Finals, who will gain entry to European Continental Finals as well as entry to the global grand finale taking place in Silicon Valley in May.

 

Learn more about the Startup World Cup & Summit

The Startup World Cup & Summit (SWCSummit) is a unique marriage between the two most significant startup summits to emerge over the last few years. The Startup World Cup is a global startup summit and competition organized by the Silicon Valley venture capital fund Fenox. It was created to support innovations worldwide, interconnect subjects within the startup ecosystem, open doors for talented entrepreneurs,  and identify 20 of the best startup projects on the market today. Regional winners will compete at the grand finale in Silicon Valley for $1 million and other cool prizes. SWCSummit is organized by the investment fund Air Ventures and the startup incubator UP21. Dating back to 2012, the summit has attracted speakers from leading global corporations and startups, including TechCrunch editors, Startupbootcamp chiefs, Silicon Valley investors and representatives from companies like Tesla, SpaceX, Hyperloop Transport Technologies and Kiwi.com. The summit has also headlined corporate leaders like Andre Wehner from Škoda Auto and Tomáš Budník from O2. Learn more at www.swcsummit.com.

 

More about UP21

UP21 is an incubator and investor, providing startups with four crucial elements to help them succeed — financial support, specialized mentoring, personal development, and key industry skills. For each startup, UP21 creates a personalized navigation plan and leads innovators on their path to success in the spirit of its motto: “Investment is not enough. Ask for a great co-pilot.” Learn more at www.UP21.com.

 

More about Air Ventures

Air Ventures supports rising tech startups. The fund invests in dynamic technology companies with the focus mostly on the Central European region, brings unique know-how to marketing strategy-building, and allows startups to reach audiences and attract customers efficiently. Learn more at  www.airvcs.com

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Commissioner Mariya Gabriel endorses the Western Balkan policy recommendations

It was only on 15 November 2018 at Startup Europe Summit in Sofia, Bulgaria, that the Founding Members of the Startup Europe Central and Eastern Europe Network (SECEEN) and the Startup Europe Western Balkans Network (SEWBN) publicly signed a Joint Declaration aimed at reinforcing the tech entrepreneurship ecosystems of their regions. Four months later, the Founding Members of the Startup Europe Western Balkans Network (Seavus Educational and Development Center – North Macedonia; Serbia Start Up- Serbia; Oficina- Albania; Innovation Centre Kosovo- Kosovo*; Digitalizuj.me- Montenegro; SPARK poslovni park d.o.o- Bosnia and Herzegovina) are proud to present the first joint effort from the Network– the Policy Recommendations reflecting the main challenges the Western Balkan countries need to tackle in order to thrive and be further connected to the European entrepreneurial ecosystem.

In her opening speech in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, at the Startup Europe Summit 2019, Mariya Gabriel highlighted the perfect timing for the Startup Europe Central and Eastern Europe Network and Startup Europe Western Balkans Network to be established, which is why she supported their launch back in November.

“[The Networks] focus on existing barriers for growth in the region and this Summit, now in Romania, is crucial because they will present publicly a set of concrete and actionable recommendations for European leaders and policymakers” – Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

The Commissioner strongly believes that the policy recommendations are just the beginning of a long journey and everyone’s support is needed for the winds of change to blow strong. Throughout her speech, she pushed for active participation from all startups coming from Central and Eastern Europe and, in particular, the Western Balkan region and stressed that the opportunities provided by the Digital Agenda for Western Balkans should be seized. This is the only way for a truly Digital Single Market to be created.

Soon afterwards, Mariya Gabriel was handed over the policy recommendations by Europa Media Group, the Hungarian founding member and the leader of the two Networks, about which she said:

“This set of policy recommendations will facilitate the development of the Networks and contribute to the economic progress of their regions.”

Mariya Gabriel’s endorsement is already providing the boost that Western Balkan voices need in order to be heard by ecosystem players across Europe, thereby allowing everyone to benefit from a more equal and leveraged European startup ecosystem.

Concerning the policy recommendations for the Western Balkans

The policy recommendations, which are the very first joint endeavour of the Startup Europe Western Balkans Network, aim to facilitate the internationalisation of the Western Balkan countries and promote them in macroeconomic environments, as well as building bridges across the participating markets and cultures. In the long-run, the Western Balkan countries have a huge potential to become new hot spots attracting startups and innovators from all over Europe. However, common structural challenges must be addressed first through target measures. Some of the strategies that could be highlighted include building new collaboration mechanisms and support the existing ones, nurturing soft-landing opportunities and enhancing coordination both at national and regional levels.

For more information pertaining to the work of the Startup Europe Central and Eastern Europe Network and the Startup Europe Western Balkans Network, please contact Krisztina Toth at krisztina.toth@startupeurope.network.

 

 

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status and is in line with UNSCR 1244/99 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
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