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Startup Europe Summit 2018

The European Startup Event comes to Sofia. This time it will be about technology leadership, European ecosystem funding (more than €10 Billion in the pipeline) and growing your business. During the day startup leading founders and tech leaders share their learning, providing perspective and showing what it takes to build a successful startup. Are you joining?

Startup Europe Summit 2018 logo with star

Featured guests:

  • Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, European Commission
  • Simon Schaefer, Founder & CEO of Factory, President of Startup Portugal and Angel Investor in Europe.
  • Anja Monrad, Senior Vice President & General Manager at Dell EMC, CEE and chair of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Governing Board.

Previous editions have featured key influencers such as Commissioners Kroes, Oettinger, and Moedas, President of the European Committee of the Regions Markku Markkula or executives such as former Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick.

What you will find within the Summit?

Breaking news from EU & Tech Leaders

Get inspired from leading tech stars and EU policymakers. Discover new funding opportunities, including programs to support startups (Startup Europe, European Innovation Council). Learn how you can change the tech game.

Business first

It’s about doing business deals. Meeting with investors, corporates and leading enterprises. Discovering how public administration from across the region and Europe can help. This is the place to be.

Ecosystem building – Networking

Startup Europe Summit attendees are driven and focused. Whether you’re looking for funding, a new job, your new co-founder or investment, the summit offers several ways to help you connect with the right people efficiently and effectively.

Three reasons to attend:

  • Learn about European funding opportunities directly from Brussels. With more than €10 Billions in the pipeline, EU is becoming the main investor in Europe!
  • Network with the key decision makers and tech leaders within EU, notably Central Eastern Europe and Western Balkans regions
  • Have access to business deals with corporates- investors – and public administrations for startups and scaleups.

Register now to join 400 key European startup ecosystem enablers – accelerators, investors, entrepreneurs, academia, policy makers and media representatives.

You can find more details about the programme below:

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Registration concludes on 12 November 2018, 12:00 CET. On-site registration is not possible.

Register for the Startup Europe Summit

Networking marketplace: If you want to get the most out of your participation to the event, take a few minutes to see who else is attending the Summit and arrange bilateral meetings with the participants that are of your interest. Participants can look each other up on the participants directory of the event page, and use the personal messaging feature to arrange a bilateral meeting during the event.

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MY-GATEWAY project wants 22 CEE and Western Balkan startups to attend Startup Europe Summit!

In total twenty-two startups, twelve from Central and Eastern Europe and ten from the Western Balkans, will be selected to attend this year’s edition of ‘The European Startup Event’. A committee comprised of leading startup support organizations from the CEE and Western Balkan countries will select the startups through specific criteria.

Selected startups will be given the possibility to meet high-profile people such as Prime Ministers and European Commission policymakers to discuss European entrepreneurship and new opportunities. The one-day Summit will be filled with workshops on how to access venture capital, business angel funding, EU funding and panel talks on how to scale-up. Travel and accommodation expenses of one representative per selected startup selected will be reimbursed by the European Commission.

Take a look at the Summit’s agenda here.

Would you like to apply? Click here.

‘We need to create programs and policies to connect ecosystems, founders and startups at European level.’

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, and also key-note speaker at the Summit, said at her speech on Masters of Digital.

‘This is with a view to accelerate growth, cooperation and diversity.’

In order to be considered for the application process and be eventually selected to attend Startup Europe Summit, startups need to have a high growth potential, a prototype or viable business plan and a unique business idea.

 

What is Startup Europe Summit?

Startup Europe Summit is a European Commission event which aims to bring together startup founders and policy makers. More than 400 people will attend this year’s Bulgarian edition to learn about new funding opportunities, meet entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders and benefit from the possibility of closing a business deal.

Check out the agenda here.

 

What is MY-GATEWAY?

MY-GATEWAY is an initiative of Startup Europe that aims to strengthen the capacities of high-tech start-ups and innovative SMEs in the CEE region to become better connected, gain higher market exposure, and have improved streamlined access to funding opportunities and talents.

 

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Innovation Fund awards grant to MY-GATEWAY advisor to promote young ideas!

4th September 2018 – MY-GATEWAY project is very pleased to announce that Seavus Incubator, together with Business-Technological Accelerator “UKIM” DOO Skopje and the Company for Business, Technical Support and Education “ICS Factor” received a total of 1.5 million Euros from the Innovation Fund to establish business accelerators for young people.

Seavus Educational and Development Center is one of MY-GATEWAY’s advisors, prividing counsel on how MY-GATEWAY activities can be adapted to the Balkan region.

The aim of those business accelerators is to provide young, creative people with the tools needed to start and develop specific businesses that will profit and participate in the progress of the Macedonian economy.

After signing the agreement, Vesna Ivanovska, general manager of Seavus Educational and Development Center, one of the three companies that received help to form a business accelerator, said she expects this project to have a big social impact.

“This project will encourage young businesses in Macedonia when they need it the most”

said Vesna.

It is thanks to those initiatives and projects that the efforts made by the Government of the Republic of Macedonia to catch up with the European standars of work are undeniable. Young people represent the country’s future and potential to grow. It makes a lot of sense to invest in them.

 

To read the full article in Macedonian, click here.

 

Original article by: Maja Илиевска-Пачемска

 

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The I-BIS Project is an Online Incubator working to Help SMEs and Entrepreneurs Develop their Companies

Project I-BIS (Innovative Business Growth Incubator for Start-ups) is part of the European Commission initiative to develop a pan-European method of growing businesses. The results are an Incubator-led online course that is available to users around the globe. The business experts that have developed the virtual course are from Universities, Consultancies, Science Parks, and Foundations from four partner countries—the UK, Lithuania, Finland, and Spain. I-BIS focuses specifically on supporting SMEs and entrepreneurs during their first years of growth or while in moments of change.
While developing this course, experts paid special attention to: contributing to enterprise and SME growth, supporting female entrepreneurship, to develop entrepreneurship learning in Europe, and to support incubators. These topics have been addressed after an initial analysis of the situation “as is” in the following eight modules:
Module 1: Diagnosis and Business Fit Audit
Module 2: Resource and Capability Analysis
Module 3: Intervention Methods and Leadership for Businesses
Module 4: Developing and Reporting an Information Dashboard
Module 5: Financial Planning and Re-structuring
Module 6: Project Catalylst Operationalisation
Module 7: Support for Female Start-up Entrepreneurs
Module 8: Doing Business in…. (Available for the UK, Spain, Finland, and Lithuania)
The modules are designed to help businesses address one aspect of their company and to dive into different perspectives and solutions around that issue. In addition, the programme is set up in a way that professionals and business people interact together in what are called Think Tanks or groups of individuals that are able to bounce ideas off each other. The modules were then tested at an international level in two different scenarios, with improvements made to the content and platform functions after each session.
The main recipients that can make use of this final product are business incubators, start-ups, policy makers, researchers, regional developers, consultancies, etc. The Project results are currently available online for interested parties by following this link: https://ibis.muova.fi/login/index.php
In addition, more information can be found on the Project website here: http://ibis.group.shef.ac.uk

For any questions about the I-BIS Project in Spain, feel free to contact the representatives at the Fundación General Universidad de Granada – Empresa

Claudia Neiman: cneiman@fundacionugrempresa.es

Aurora Megaides Alonso: amegaides@fundacionugrempresa.es

 

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 11 LUCKY WINNERS!

Congratulations to: Spendee from Czech Republic, GewdTime from Slovenia, bFertile from Slovenia, SettleMint from Belgium, Smart Optometry from Slovenia, Axensor from Belgium, FeliCity LTD from Hungary, CargoPlanning from Romania, Silent Call from Czech Republic and FINQware from Romania, Finbot platform from Denmark!

 

MY-GATEWAY cannot wait to formally meet all of these amazing startups and help them grow through Web Summit and beyond. MY-GATEWAY was astounded by the variety and creativity of the many applications submitted to the ticket giveaway. In the end, we believe we have a great group of entrepreneurs and innovators we believe will be the future of disrupting the startup industry. Stay tuned to keep up with our road to Web Summit!

 

What is Web Summit?

Web Summit is the largest tech conference in the world and is always a complete success. Like every year, we expect to gather in Lisbon over 70.000 attendees, 1.200 speakers and 170 countries for 3 full days of networking and business. Web Summit also gathers the entire investor ecosystem, from big fishes to the most relevant angels and venture investors, as well as over 2,500 international media outlets. Here, startups have lots of opportunities to gain exposure, such us networking, presenting their business and participating in panels, among others. MGW just cover the entry ticket, not the travel cost or any financial support.

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MY-GATEWAY AWARDS 10 STARTUPS WITH WEB SUMMIT TICKETS

July 24, 2018 – MY-GATEWAY holds an open application to give away free Web Summit tickets to ten startups based in or focused on Central Eastern European countries until July 27th.

MY-GATEWAY is searching for the 10 most innovative and disruptive startups to join the MY-GATEWAY delegation at this year’s Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal from November 5th to the 8th. A committee comprised of leading startup support organisations from Romania, Slovenia and Czech Republic will select the 10 startups through specific criteria.Some of the criteria include:having a developed idea, a financial plan and being based in or having a strong interest to work in the CEE region.

Would you like to apply? Click here.

As the largest tech conference in the world, with over 70,000 attendees, 1,200 speakers and 170 countries represented, Web Summit is the perfect event to gain exposure. The affair will consist of 3 full days of keynotes, workshops, and networking opportunities. In attendance will be a vast investor ecosystem,as well as over 2,500 international media outlets.

Krisztina Tóth, Director of MY-GATEWAY, explains, “We´re trying to create connections for these startups with other major ecosystems from within and outside of Europe by introducing them to investors, accelerators and mentors. This is one of the most important parts of MY-GATEWAY…. to create connections and provide access to networks that these stakeholders have in Romania, Slovenia, and Czech Republic.”

MY-GATEWAY is an initiative created by a team of experts who are passionate about improving the startup industry in Europe, specifically in the CEE region. With the aid of Startup Europe, MY-GATEWAY is helping startups gain insight into growth opportunities, access a vast stakeholder database and be represented at major startup related events. Additionally, this project will contribute to the expansion of Startup Europe to the Balkan region as well. This will be done through collaboration with leading startup support organisations in Serbia, Macedonia and Bosnia by analyzing how to adapt to the needs of the Balkan ecosystems.

“The driving force behind MY-GATEWAY is to make them connected, to let them learn from each other and to come up with meaningful activities that will help them support their startups”, says Tóth.

 

MY-GATEWAY is an initiative of Startup Europe that aims to strengthen the capacities of high-tech start-ups and innovative SMEs in the CEE region to become better connected, gain higher market exposure, and have improved, streamlined access to funding opportunities and talents. For more information visit us at http://mygatewayproject.eu/ .

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MY-GATEWAY is selecting 9 startups to attend Web Summit!

MY-GATEWAY representatives are attending Web Summit tech conference in Lisbon this year (5-8th of November), and really want to bring top-notch startups with them! This is surely an opportunity you cannot miss. 

By attending Web Summit, your possibilities to boost your growth potential will  expand exponentially. As you may already know, our main focus are CEE startups from the ecosystems we work with (i.e. Czech Republic, Slovenia and Romania) but if you have some other connection with those ecosystems – maybe you run your business activities in the CEE region? – then you are most likely able to apply!

Make sure you apply through this F6s application: https://www.f6s.com/my-gatewaytowebsummit18

Deadline for application is on 20th July.  Then you should be hearing from our evaluators by 1st August and by 8th August you should be able to confirm your availability to attend the Portuguese event. MY-GATEWAY will only provide you with the entry ticket, unfortunately no travel and accomodation costs will be covered.

The criteria we will followo to make the final decision is the following:

  • Startups at a more advanced phase of development of their idea, have an existing prototype and/or viable business plan. Applications from idea stage startups won’t be taken into consideration;
  • Startups that are running or interested in running their activities in the CEE region;
  • Startups that have a unique idea that stands out from the rest of the competitors.

 

What is Web Summit?

Web Summit is the largest tech conference in the world and is always a complete success. Like every year, we expect to gather in Lisbon over 70.000 attendees, 1.200 speakers and 170 countries for 3 full days of networking and doing business. Web Summit also gathers the entire investor ecosystem, from big fishes to the most relevant angels and venture investors, as well as over 2,500 international media outlets. Here, startups have lots of opportunities to gain exposure, such us networking, presenting their business and participating in panels, among others. MGW just cover the entry ticket, no the travel cost or any financial support.

 

 

 

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MY-GATEWAY partner SPARK was at the We Are Developers World Congress 2018!

SPARK, as one of the communication partners of the Congress, took the opportunity to offer access to the event to 2 startups and while there did not miss the chance to promote the Startup Europe Ambassador initiative to the international audience.

Over the last 2 years, SPARK has been partnering up with the 3-day conference and, as usual, some team members attended the event:

 

  • Sanjin Osmanbašić, Managing Director

  • Ivan Krešić, Executive Director, Research & Development Program Lead

  • Sara Lerota, Partnership & Startup Development

But they did not go alone, they were accompanied by their colleagues from NSoft, a top quality service solution provider.

About 8000 people attended the event, with over a 1000 coming from the Western Balkans. The outcome of the event was positive and software developers, business developers, startups and students would definitely attend the event again. Even Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak was present and declared his strong inclination in favour of the Blockchain Technology.

The startups that SPARK brought to WAD were Amplius electronics represented by team member Robert Rozić and Ante Delić representing Imicron.

If you want to know more about how the story between WAD and SPARK began, read this.

 

 

What is SPARK?

SPARK is an advanced digital technology acceleration platform dedicated to regional startups and projects commissioned by leading European companies. SPARK’s programs are SPARK school, SPARK r&d, SPARK startup and SPARK business. Users are individuals, teams, investors, companies, researchers, and sponsors. SPARK has been listed as a Network Partner.

What is We Are Developers?

 The WeAreDevelopers World Congress takes place in Vienna once a year and provides thousands of developers with the latest insights.

More info: https://www.wearedevelopers.com/about/

What is MY-GATEWAY?

MY-GATEWAY is an initiative of Startup Europe that aims to strengthen the capacities of high-tech start-ups and innovative SMEs in the CEE region to become better connected, gain higher market exposure, and have improved, streamlined access to funding opportunities and talents.

 

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Land in Vilnius, the place to be for Blockchain startups

Soft-Landing is calling Blockchain scaleups and representatives of startup hubs from all over Europe to discover the vibrant Lithuanian startup ecosystem in June. Applications open until 7 May.

Lightning-fast speed of internet, intelligent and talented workforce, low taxes for business, government support, favorable environment for blockchain and one of the most innovative economies in the world make Vilnius startup scene second to none. Too good to be true? 

Prove it yourself during the Soft-Landing activities that will take place on June 11-15. Startups and ecosystem builders will be deeply immersed into the epicenter of the Baltic startup ecosystem: Vilnius.

Why is Vilnius the coolest place for Blockchain?

  • Gateway for global blockchain industry – EU’s only hub for the digital ledger
  • Trending crypto area – In 2017 Lithuania logged 35 ICOs ranging from $3M-$151M, raising a total of $500M in value. The highest ICO per capita in the world!
  • A new regulatory “sandbox” for blockchain startups – The platform will contribute to the creation of better conditions for the development of businesses
  • Blockchain Centre Vilnius – First international centre in Europe for education and development of decentralized technologies

Want more reasons? Check this article by Tricia Levasseur on Medium.com

Vilnius Blockchain centre © Verslo Žinios

 

The Vilnius mission will bring you to:

Vilnius Tech Park © Made In Vilnius

 

What is in it for startups? [11-15 June]

The main goal of the programme is to provide tangible practical support in entering the Lithuanian market or benefiting from access to it.

  • Workshops on specific topics, e.g. overview of Lithuanian business culture, legal matters, etc.;
  • Light business support from the Startup Division team;
  • Individually assigned, specific mentors;
  • Experience sharing with the receiving hubs representatives, as well as between soft-landers;
  • Exciting site visits, events and conferences with free or discounted passes.

You can stay in Vilnius for up to 1-month longer, benefiting from soft-landing mentoring support.

…and for ecosystem builders?  [12-14 June]

Mission participants will explore which Blockchain opportunities Vilnius has to offer, get to know success stories from already flourishing companies, shake hands and have one-on-one chats with ecosystem leaders to identify opportunities for ground breaking collaborations.

Rise Vilnius © Rise Vilnius

 

Convinced? Apply fast.

Soft-Landing stay for Startups and Scaleups*  ||  11-15 June  ||  APPLY ON F6S

Discovery Mission for Ecosystem Builders* ||  12-14 June  ||  APPLY ON F6S

* Participation is free of charge thanks to Startup Europe.

Deadline for applications extended: 7 May

 

Article and programme developed by your local partners in Vilnius, Startup Division.

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MY-GATEWAY at the Startup Europe Campfire and Bootcamp in Paris!

Paris, 19-20 March.

All Startup Europe partners gathered in Paris to be officially presented as Startup Europe Ambassadors and to start planning future synergies!

On Monday 19th March, Krisztina Toth presented the reason d’être of MY-GATEWAY at the Startup Europe Campfire taking place at the Ile de France in Paris.

Krisztina Toth at the Startup Europe campfire
Startup Europe Campfire

The Campfire brought together over 200 main players from European startup ecosystems and it was the perfect opportunity to learn more about all the initiatives and projects which originated from Startup Europe over the years. It was the first of a series of events piloted by the Startup Europe initiative of the European Commission DG CONNECT in order to highlight existing and future opportunities led by the 10 running programs and initiatives and foster networking amongst community partners and stakeholders such as incubators, venture capital organizations, accelerators and many others who also attended the event. The main purposes of this event were to promote Europe as a startup continent and to strengthen the links between pan-European initiatives and local and national ones.

One of the highlights of the day was the official announcement of the Startup Europe Ambassadors at midday, in which all MY-GATEWAY partners simultaneously published a press release declaring their involvement in the democratization of the startup phenomenon.

Startup Europe Ambassadors

MY GATEWAY Ambassador

The following day, 20th March, had a completely different layout: first of all, it was a private event which was only directed to the 10 project partners and it took place at the Le Cargo, a startup incubator and accelerator located in northern Paris. Four workshops focused on Communication, International market access, Deep Tech and Ecosystem building took over the whole morning with the aim of producing a roadmap of activities to be organized over the following two years.

 

Communication Workshop

 

Workshop results

 

One of the main conclusions was the importance that needs to be given to cross-project communication. By communicating effectively a common Startup Europe identity, identifying and producing targeted information for startups and even co-attending important entrepreneurial events can really help Startup Europe continuing making a difference and keep building a startup continent.

 

About MY-GATEWAY

MY-GATEWAY is an initiative of Startup Europe that aims to strengthen the capacities of high-tech start-ups and innovative SMEs in the CEE region to become better connected, gain higher market exposure, and have improved, streamlined access to funding opportunities and talents.

 

About Startup Europe

Startup Europe is an initiative of the European Commission which falls under its priority of the “Digital Single Market”. Startup Europe’s goal is to democratise the startup phenomenon so that every citizen has a fair chance to become a successful entrepreneur wherever they are located in Europe. In addition, Startup Europe helps startups in their growth phase to scale-up across Europe and internationalise worldwide. Startup Europe’s first priority is to develop high quality ecosystems based on talent and high level of connectedness among the players of the ecosystems at EU level.

Startup Europe has mobilised the tech entrepreneurship ecosystem and helped them to have their voice heard at EU institutions. It has helped to gain a better understanding of this environment and has raised political awareness on the subject.  Within the Horizon 2020 framework, 2018-2020 timeframe, 7 projects are working together in terms of financing, skills, entrepreneurial events and growth advice. Startup Europe’s programmes focus on helping startup communities, increase collaborations between startup ecosystems, encouraging entrepreneurship, startup creation and scaling business.

 

 

 

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