Check out our visual story of #SEW17 launch in Brussels!
We created a visual story of what happened at the launch of
#SEW17 in #Brussels last 6th February!
Startup Europe Week aims to help entrepreneurs and startups find out what support is available for them on a local, regional and European level.
The second ever Startup Europe Week (6th-10th February) was launched in Brussels on 6th February at the Microsoft Innovation Centre, with a host of brilliant speakers and people from the entrepreneur world.
To see the storify, go here: https://storify.com/startupeuw/sew17
You can pictures we took from the event, live streaming which we uploaded via Periscope, and other people’s tweets from the event (including quotes from the speakers!)
Thank you for everyone that came to the event, it was a brilliant way to kick off SEW17!
NITRO STORY: Healthy Road, your reliable driving companion
Many of us have already been there. You are driving along linear roads or in the middle of the night and suddenly feel very tired. The most common solutions to tackle this problem is to drive carrying a talkative companion, listening to some loud music or, if the tiredness is prevailing, to stop somewhere safe and take a nap. These solutions could be soon out of fashion.
A startup from Portugal is now proposing a new technology to address this issue. Healthy Road is developing AI facial biometric tech for driver monitoring (DMS).
How does it work? The software’s main goal is to monitor the driver’s behavior and state in order to alert him in case of danger. The system can in fact recognize if the driver is able to take over the vehicle control after the autonomous driving mode and to alert the driver in case he is adopting a dangerous driving behavior. All in all, the Healthy Road technology provide a better user experience and support other sensors in the vehicle to take action if necessary.
The facial biometric software can process in fact in real time the stream from one single camera, in order to get facial features. Healthy Road aims to use this technology in vehicles in order to reduce accidents due to distraction and drowsiness.
The features of the software are already very promising and allow detecting different state of the driver. Using face movement detection and eye gaze, the software can detect a distraction or a loss of focus. Through eye analysis techniques, it is able to recognize drowsiness and using the blinking analysis the fatigue level of the driver. However, Healthy Road promises to do even more by recognizing emotions using face expression analysis and even stress through the measurement of the heart rate.
Healthy Road is one of the successful startup who took part to the 2nd Nitro Event in Sophia Antipolis (France) on the 1st and 2nd December 2016. The CEO and Co-Founder André Azevedo summarizes in this way the most recent achievement of his company: “We reached recently 90% accuracy in two main features – drowsiness and distraction detection – that allow us to open some closed doors and to have two new business deals for 2017”.
The startup has already received several recognitions and has additionally been chosen as one of the ten startups selected worldwide to the Rockstart’s Accelerator Program. By participating to Nitro they were looking for some focused advice to further growth their company and were eager to meet investors.
“Nitro meant for us two days to look at your startup results and find how you can improve them and plan the next step” – says the Co-Founder Azevedo.Having had the chance to meet several investors at Nitro, they understood one crucial thing: “Most investors are not interested to invest in product development,they want to invest their money on sales, so also the pitch deck should be changed accordingly”.
The call for Nitro 3 taking place in Lisbon on the 4th and 5th May 2017 is now online! If you wish to join amazing startups, be coached by experienced consultants and pitch in front of investors apply till the 15th March 2017 here http://epluseurope.eu/blog-entry/open-call-announcement-nitro-3-extreme-acceleration-event
Startup Europe After 2 Years – Post event blog
The whole day conference ‘Startup Europe After 2 Years’ #SEA2Y took place on the 2 February at the Permanent Representation of Spain in Brussels.
The event took off at 9.30am, moment in which Gerard De Graaf, head of Directorate F at DG CONNECT, greeted the startup initiatives and their achievements and welcomed the over 200 people who attended the event.
Straight after the brief presentation the audience was blown away by the incredible startup data collected by Dealroom, StartupHubs and Nesta, just to mention a few. Don’t you worry if you couldn’t make it to the event, we have all the slides on Startup Europe Slideshare! However, you’ll be missing the interventions provided by the excellent moderator Mike Butcher, ‘Editor at Large’ at TechCrunch.
The morning session finished with some short talks on the internationalization of Startups at the European level and was capped off with a showcase of the best policy practices to support startup ecosystems across Europe. The Startup Visa was one of the hottest topics mentioned, but we also looked at more grass-roots challenges, calling for an open culture.
After a quick look at Startup Europe Awards – Best Public Administration – and the new initiatives that feed on Startup Europe e.i. the Startup and Scaleup Initiative, we all delved into an intense afternoon filled with the Startup Europe projects results and impact, summerised in short pitches which you can find on the Startup Europe slideshare and on our website.
The 5-minute pitches were opened by a quick panel led by the Startup Europe team at the European Commission and its communication agency, Hugin&Munin, which is in charge of the website, The One Stop Shop and of bringing under one umbrella all the projects’ activities and events.
Once the results were shown, the Startup and Innovation team at the EC explained how to apply to the next ICT32 Open Call ‘Startup Europe and Innovation Radar’, which, by the way, there are about 2 months left to apply!
The event proved to be a great opportunity to connect with other important members of the entrepreneurship ecosystem. And hopefully great partnerships were formed to propose great projects for the ICT 32 call!
Startup Europe Projects’ Impact and Results
10 amazing European startups will join the South by Southwest Conference (SXSW)
Interview with Peteris Zilgavis, Head of Startups and Innovation and at the EC.
What is your background?
I’m a barrister, with my J.D. from University of Southern California, and a B.A. in political science from UCLA. I started addressing international law issues in several Latvian ministries (environment, foreign affairs) then moved to private law and then to the World Bank, the Council of Europe and finally the European Commission, working in areas of new technologies, policy and the law.
Is it a logical progression to what you do now?
Yes it is. The Digital Single Market and entrepreneurship in this area follow on my work on how policy and regulatory frameworks can adopt and adapt to innovative solutions rapidly while upholding principles of respect for the environment and our citizens’ interests.
What are you working on now? What are your plans for 2017?
Several important initiatives are implementing the European Commission Communication on the Startups and Scaleups Initiative (innovation procurement, regulatory sandboxes, Startup Europe and ICT standards), and Co-Chairing the European Commission’s Task Force on Financial Technology – FinTech.
What will you be talking about at RVS? / Why are you attending?
I’ll be talking about how Startup Europe aims at mission-based networking between Europe’s Startup ecosystems. We don’t have a single Silicon Valley dominating Europe but different cities that are strong in artificial intelligence, Deep Tech, gaming, FinTech, Insurtech etc. As policymakers, we also are conscious of needing to address societal challenges. The aim is to enable Europe’s entrepreneurs and tech to be part of the solution on the basis of an innovation and investment-friendly business climate.
It was a great year for me because I moved to the Startups and Innovation dossier, which I am very motivated by, but it was a year in which we saw that many voters in the World were dissatisfied with the status quo and were looking for answers. I believe that innovation and entrepreneurship can provide some of the opportunities that have been missing so I’m glad to be working with Europe’s startup communities to ensure that the next scaleups come from the EU and that jobs and growth are generated.
Which influencers and websites do you follow to keep up to date with the latest developments?
Too many to make a choice here (and to show favouritism). Always glad to hear about new sources of info.
How can people find out more about what you are working on?
The Startup Europe websites and social media, the European Commission websites and social media and my own Twitter account ( @PZilgalvis ).
Peteris Zilgalvis, J.D.
Head of Unit, Startups and Innovation
Digital Single Market Directorate
Directorate General Communications Networks, Content and Technology
Co-Chair, FinTech Task Force
Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?
I’m looking forward to a great event in beautiful Riga, Latvia, where I’m always glad to be!
Talent, imagination and innovation: helping Europe’s tech startups to succeed
It was called Startup Europe Week. It was the largest ever multi-event of its kind for startups, certainly in Europe.
Now, to build on last year’s pioneering success, we are doing it again.
Throughout this week across Europe, a wide range of events will take place in more than 40 countries to raise awareness about resources and opportunities that are available locally for tech entrepreneurs and to help startups to create new networks and ecosystems.
Five years ago, we were just scratching the surface regarding startups with the early awareness initiatives of Startup Europe.
This programme’s main objective is to strengthen the business environment for web and ICT entrepreneurs so that their ideas and business can start and grow.
Since then, we have expanded and diversified the list of campaigns and programmes held under the Startup Europe umbrella – like the many events, around 200 expected, being held during this week.
Vibrant startup scene
And so the European startup scene has grown steadily.
Europe has now seen its first $10 billion companies emerge.
Deep tech is thriving, with investments and acquisitions going strong in this area.
European tech shows real diversity across industrial sectors, creating jobs faster than other industries. New tech hubs, where companies are succeeding in areas like fintech, healthcare, cybersecurity and the Internet of Things, are sprouting up to challenge more traditional centres like London and Berlin.
In short, Europe is home to a vibrant startup scene. And that is something we can really be proud of.
But we also know there is still more to do to help startups get off the ground and scale up.
Some familiar problems remain, such as linking up tech hubs, communities and ecosystems.
Networking them closer together would help to unlock their potential, and offer them some scale to compete in the international marketplace. This is exactly the kind of area where Startup Europe Week can help, especially with the local and regional support networks that it can provide.
We still need to encourage more women into tech and overcome what the Atomico/Slush report calls an “alarming gender imbalance”: 80% of companies that raise funding have all-male founding teams.
The Digital Single Market strategy directly addresses many of the problems faced by startups. We are already making changes to remove regulatory and administrative barriers that are holding them back.
To encourage cross-border investment, for example, we have proposed simplifying and modernising EU rules for online and digital cross-border purchases.
The aim is to help e-commerce startups by making it easier for them to comply with laws across the EU. In turn, they will be able to expand across national borders more quickly and offer their services to more customers.
Better public services – fully online and joined up across administrations and borders – will make life easier for startups keen to expand beyond national borders.
I want a “once-only principle” for businesses in their dealings with the public sector to be a reality soon; more e-procurement, and more procurement from startups – a great investment support.
Then, of course, there is financing. This is often – if not usually – the most tricky issue for startups, at whatever stage of the investment cycle, from seed money to late-stage funding.
Here again, we are working to improve the situation, especially with the startup and scale-up initiative that the Commission presented in November 2016.
This puts a new focus on venture capital investment, insolvency law and taxation, bringing them together with all the possibilities that the EU already offers.
Along with improving access to finance, the initiative aims to make it easier for entrepreneurs to have a second chance if they fail.
Last year, Startup Europe Week was a resounding success: the largest Europe-wide event dedicated to local support for startups that want to go global.
I wish this year’s week of events the same success, if not greater. Please get involved and help make Europe a connected continent for tech entrepreneurs: for them to imagine, to innovate, to succeed.
Another blog soon.
European Commission press release on launch of #SEW17!
Startup Europe Week brings together tech startups in 40 countries
For the second year, Startup Europe Week will bring together tech entrepreneurs in different cities all over Europe.
During this week, 200 events will take place in 40 countries across Europe, including countries such as Ukraine, Belarus and Azerbaijan in addition to the EU Member States. The aim is to inform startups about the available support and resources both at local, regional and EU level.
Startup Europe Week is a grassroots movement promoted by the European Commission’s Startup Europe initiative. It is part of the Commission’s efforts under the Digital Single Market and Single Market strategies to boost economic growth and create jobs by helping startups. Last year more than 15,000 startups took part in the first Startup Europe Week which reached over 4 million people on social media.
Vice-President Andrus Ansip said: “Europe is home to a vibrant startup scene, but some problems remain, such as linking tech hubs, communities and ecosystems. Bringing them closer together would help to unlock their potential, and offer them some scale to compete in the international marketplace. This is exactly the kind of area where Startup Europe Week can help, especially with the local and regional support networks that it can provide.” The Vice-President’s blog post on the Startup Europe Week is available online.
For more information:
Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel: +32 2 29 67038
Inga Höglund – Tel: +32 229 50698
Originally published on EC daily news bulletin
“State of European Tech – The future is invented in Europe” report will be presented in Brussels by CEPS
“State of European Tech – The future is invented in Europe” report will be presented in Brussels by CEPS
- Tom Wehmeier, Principal & Head of Research at Atomico, wrote the 2016 report which was published at the Slush conference in Helsinki in November
- Startup Europe will highlight the importance of evidence based policy making on startups policy
- This presentation would take place under the frame of the StartUp Europe Awards initiative
One of the most comprehensive reports regarding the current state of the tech scene in Europe will be presented in an event hosted and organised by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) on January 31st.
An excellent opportunity to highlight the importance of evidence based policy making on startups policythat will benefit the European institutions work towards startups with validated data.
Commissioned and produced by Atomico, a European-based global venture capital firm, in partnership with Slush, the organisers of the Slush technology conference in Helsinki, Finland, the report outlines three key trends underlying the growing influence and success of the European technology industry:
- Deep tech is thriving and diversifying in Europe: 2016 was a bumper year with $88B in deep tech M&A; more US and Asian tech giants buying up European deep tech companies and tapping into a growing deep tech talent pool.
- New tech hubs are emerging across Europe beyond the existing order of London, Berlin, and Stockholm. The report suggests that Munich, Zurich, Lisbon, Madrid, and Copenhagen will be ones to watch over the coming years. Paris is starting to seriously challenge London and Berlin in number of VC-financed deals and deal volume.
- Traditional industries are awakening to tech: two thirds of Europe’s largest corporates by market cap have made a direct investment in tech companies while one third has acquired a tech company since the beginning of 2015.
This is the second year in a row that Slush and Atomico have produced their data-driven look inside the European tech ecosystem, with this year’s report including data from LinkedIn, Meetup, Stack Overflow, Dealroom.co, and the London Stock Exchange.
The presentation of the report “State of European Tech – The future is invented in Europe” is hosted and organised by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) leading think tank and forum for debate on EU affairs, with the support of Finnova Foundation and StartUp Europe (DG CONNECT), under the frame of StartUp Europe Awards.
StartUp Europe Awards (www.startupeuropeawards.com) is promoted by the European Commission and supported by the President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of the European Parliament as Ambassadors and it is implemented by Finnova Foundation in collaboration with Startup Europe.
The objectives of StartUp Europe Awards (SEUA) are to identify local role models in each ecosystem of startups across Europe and to create an alliance of organizations supporting innovation and entrepreneurship.
AGENDA – JANUARY 31st
Conference Room.CEPS. Place du Congrès 1. B-1000 Brussels
Pre-registration is required in the following link.
NITRO STORY: Motionscloud, insurance claims at your fingertip
Have you already been stuck in an insurance claim process? If yes, you know how painful this can be, not just for the refund process but also for the insurer checking the truthfulness of the claim. However, this long process could be soon a memory: the Germany based Startup Motionscloud [LINK: www.motionscloud.com] is providing a new claim solution for non-life insurers.
Motionscloud is a fast, efficient and cost effective ways to settle non-life insurance dispute. The mobile & artificial intelligence claim solutions enablesin fact to digitize and to automate claims processes through customer centric mobile solution.
Through the Motionscloud estimation engine the value of the damages is estimated in real-time. The evidence can be collected through different media format as text, audio, photo and video. All evidence is thensecurely stored, thus eliminating the possibility of fraud. Finally, Motionscloud enables claim experts to work with customers remotely through voice and video communication in order to complete the claim settlement. The claim process is thus more straightforward and efficient with a higher customer satisfaction.