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Why Berlin’s Silicon Allee is Europe’s new Silicon Valley [infographic]

As the UK prepares to “brexit,” Berlin’s Silicon Allee is poised to take its place as the EU’s new Silicon Valley. Various entrepreneurs think Berlin will take London’s place as the EU’s capital for business after the departure. In fact, Inc. reports results from a recent Inc. 5000 survey that indicate 26 percent of EU entrepreneurs believe Berlin will emerge as the EU’s new business center. Others surveyed think Frankfurt will take the crown—but only two respondents said London will remain on top.

As Arne Schepker, CMO of online language learning system Babbel explains: “Berlin is here to stay. In Europe, only London can compete right now and the impending Brexit is not going to make the UK any more attractive. I personally think Berlin needs more breakthrough showcases like Zalando to build confidence globally and raise valuations.”

There are several favorable conditions that give Berlin an edge in this race. The city boasts a low cost of living compared to tech competitors like London, San Francisco and New York City. There is also a steady stream of skilled labor in Berlin, not to mention easy access to the rest of the EU.

Furthermore, there is already an American tech presence in Berlin. Several big companies like Airbnb and Facebook already have offices there, and incubator programs are readily fostering German startups such as EyeEm and N26 in Berlin. In fact, according to Ernst & Young, Berlin is now home to around 2,500 active startups, which have attracted about $2.7 billion* in venture capital in total. This means Berlin is attracting more money than startups anywhere else in the EU—but not nearly as much as Silicon Valley.

So, what’s the downside? Entrepreneurs still face barriers to entry in Berlin that don’t exist in Silicon Valley or London. Although it is growing fast, Berlin’s talent pool is significantly smaller than London’s. (This may be changing even more rapidly as Brexit causes a talent drain in the UK.) This problem is heightened by the lack of an alumni network that is dependent on a minimum volume in exits. To get to a better place in this regard, entrepreneurs in Berlin will need to either sell their startups or take them public, triggering more local investment.

All things considered, though, Berlin’s Silicon Allee is EU’s new Silicon Valley. This is especially true since the cost of living is pricing out many tech companies as it prices out their workers. We crunched the data to show you how and why that’s going to happen—and why more and more startups, originating in both the EU and the US, are going to be sprouting in Berlin.

You can read the full article at 99 designs.

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Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley

SEC2SV 2016 kicked off with the flagship pan-European event in Silicon Valley, European Innovation Day on Sep 12th, with Tim Draper addressing 500 entrepreneurs, professionals, and EU policy makers – and closed with an intimate invite only ceremony, on Sep 20th, led by Elżbieta Bieńkowska, EU commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.

Past participants included: The best 15 EU scaleups expanding to the US; Betsy Masiello, Head of public Policy @ Uber; Günther H. Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources; Julie Hanna, US Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship; Francisco de la Torre Prados, Mayor of Malaga, Spain; and Henry Chesbrough, the Father of Open Innovation.

SEC2SV 2017 maintains the above trend, and goes a step further by taking an intricate look at the EU corporate innovation outpost environment in Silicon Valley. Where are they from? When were they established? How can you partner with them and let them help you succeed?

 

Other notable inclusions in 2017:

  • An invitation to EU Commissioner for Research Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas

 

A dive into EU’s dominance on hot topics:

  • Industry 4.0 – From manufacturing  to automation
  • Augmented Reality, AR / Virtual Reality, VR
  • Artificial Intelligence, AI
  • Privacy and Data storage/transfer

Find more info on: SEC2SV 2017

 

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Pilot project: Start This Up!

The European Commission is launching a Call for proposals for a pilot project to leverage the Startup Europe networks and hubs for the benefit of the West Pomerania province for a maximum amount of 750.000€

The aim of the pilot project ‘Start This Up’ is to create links between ecosystems, focusing on connecting people, local ecosystems, international outreach and providing information for the West Pomerania province and neighbouring regions. The Pilot will reinforce matchmaking between investors, corporates, higher education institutions and entrepreneurs as well as networking of regional decision-makers.

The pilot project will on the one hand, help established startups and prospective tech entrepreneurs to achieve market success and, on the other, raise broader awareness of high potential innovators in Europe with specific targeted actions for maturing innovation excellence in EU-funded ICT projects.

Take a look at all the related documents here

 

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Green Summer School 2017

Till the 13th August 2017 young talents and entrepreneurs with a focus on sustainable business models have the possibility to apply for the Green Summer School at Lake Constance in Germany. If you have already accomplished the first steps in finding a solution to a given problem and you are motivated to improve your sustainable product or service in order to go to market, then apply!
 
During the five-day workshop in September 2017 participants will be working intensively on the validation of their business model. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to receive professional feedback from coaches and experts within the sector of green and eco innovation. They will focus on topics like revenue model, finance, marketing and sales as well as intellectual property rights. At the end of the Green Summer School, every participant will have a clear understanding of how revenues can be generated successfully, which promotion channels are the most important for the target group and how they can protect their property rights.
 
On the last days, participants will pitch their ideas to a jury of experts. The best teams will be awarded with the participation to the Green Innovation and Investment Forum in Stuttgart!
 
The Green Summer School takes place from 11 to 15 September 2017 on the campus of the University of Applied Sciences Constance. The event is part of the EcoInn Project implemented within the Danube Transnational Programme and co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF and IPA contribution)! Applications of startup teams and individual entrepreneurs or talents from all over Europe are appreciated and may be submitted here until 13th August 2017.
 
PROGAM OVERVIEW

  • Eco-Innovation & Eco-Design Principles
  • Lego Serious Play
  • Digital Marketing Strategy & Growth Hacking
  • Intellectual Property Right
  • Funding Strategies & Sales Workshop
  • Green Business Model Validation

For possible inquiries please contact Simona Pede from bwcon, pede@bwcon.de.

 
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Date: 11th September 2017 – 15th September 2017
Duration: Five days
Time: 09:00 – 17:00
Place: University of Applied Sciences Constance (HTWG)
Fee: free admission

 

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BECOME A LOCAL ORGANIZER OF THE SEN SOIRÉE

 

The Startup Europe initiative is coordinating a large series of SEN SOIRÉES EXPO GALLERIES throughout Europe every season, via local-organizer short meetups that will bring together startup ecosystem, professional organizations & investors.

We are looking for Local Co-Organizers to organize a 2-hour, free event in their city, and introduce the new showcase where 28 local startups abroad Europe exposed  through an artistic photo to reach direct connection with investors and local innovators at the EU level, through the Startup Europe initiative, and at the local level, via the local structure.

You can find more details about this call for action at the Startup Europe Club and Startup Europe News website.

 

A typical meetup within SEN SOIRÉE will be:

We are selecting the best startups in different European regions to be presented around the world In Artistic Photography.

A contemporary Art Innovative Networking that focuses on showcasing entrepreneurs and emerging artists from Europe. Photography created in accordance with the vision of the artist and the startup idea description from our 17 categories.

  • Focused on the regional/local level: Connecting entrepreneurs with projects and startups from the European regions ecosystem.
  • Based on a hands-on approach: the format and the 28 Artistic Photographs should be accessible as possible;
  • A great occasion to network and find innovative and advanced solutions from entrepreneurs around Europe.
  • Participants should be at least 20-30, including a high number of entrepreneurs and a some local authorities.

One of the best ways for entrepreneurs to socialize with colleagues, customers and potential clients is attending SEN SOIRÉES EXPO GALERIE.

The first 28 participants can take home one of the pictures exposed in the art gallery.

 

If you want to become the SEN SOIRÉE co-organizer of your city, please apply at the official web site: http://startupeuropenews.com

 

Do also follow us on Facebook!

 

We hope to welcome you aboard this exciting initiative and please contact us for any further information.

 

The SEN SOIRÉES Team

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Startup Europe was at the 3rd edition of Startup Olé, held in Salamanca, Spain on 26th & 27th April!

This year over 400 startups took part in the startup fair, as well as there being more than 200 international speakers, 40 corporates, 60 investors, 50 accelerators, 30 public administrations, 25 universities and various press and media organizations at the event.

 


Startup Europe was there with our stand, ready to tell you all about the Startup Europe initiative! The communications agency, Hugin&Munin, which runs the communications for Startup Europe, was there to explain the initiative and give startups more information about how they can benefit, no matter where in Europe they are from.

 

 

Madrid Startup House, a pilot initiative born out of Startup Europe, was also there with startups that they had brought from Madrid. You can read more about Madrid Startup House at Startup Olé here: (article in Spanish).

 



The first ‘Startup Europe Cities Network’ meeting also took place at Startup Olé, with representatives from many cities all around Europe, like Athens, Badajoz, Granada, London, Madrid, Patras, Seville, Skopje, The Hague and Vitoria participating in addition to their time at Startup Olé. The meeting was opened by Isidro Laso, Head of Startup Europe at the European Commission, and was directed by Madrid Startup House. The network hopes to link tech and startup friendly cities via a European cities network, using Madrid Startup House as an example of best practice for One Stop Shops in cities across Europe. The network is very much still in the development stage and is looking to consolidate its community by taking on many more representatives from cities all over Europe. To enquire about the network, please send an email to charlotte@huginandmunin.es or francesca@huginandmunin.es.

Startup Europe thoroughly enjoyed the 3rd edition of Startup Olé, which is growing every year, and looks forward to seeing you at next year’s edition!

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Salamanca acoge los días 26 y 27 de abril la 3ª edición de Startup Olé

Salamanca acoge los días 26 y 27 de abril la 3ª edición de Startup Olé, uno de los mayores eventos de emprendimiento tecnológico de nivel internacional

En esta tercera edición se prevé la participación de más de 2.500 personas, 400 startups, 200 ponentes, más de 50 aceleradoras, más de 50 corporaciones, más de 60 inversores y 25 universidades, así como administraciones públicas y medios de comunicación.

 

Durante los días 26 y 27 de abril Salamanca acoge de nuevo Startup Olé, un foro destinado a impulsar el ecosistema de emprendimiento tecnológico europeo, y que contará con la participación de más de 2.500 asistentes, 400 startups y más de 250 entidades entre corporaciones, aceleradoras, inversores, administraciones públicas, medios de comunicación y universidades.

 

El evento está organizado por la Universidad de Salamanca y su Parque Científico, la Junta de Castilla y León-ADE y la Comisión Europea-Startup Europe, en colaboración con SEPE, Iberdrola, Fundación Repsol, Global Exchange, Madrid Startup House, ViewNext, Europe Money 2020, Banco Sabadell, Ayuntamiento de Alcobendas y Turismo de Salamanca.

 

En la inauguración y a lo largo del evento habrá ponentes muy destacados como Juhan Lepassar (Responsable del gabinete del Vicepresidente de la Comisión Europea Andrus Ansip), Isidro Laso (Responsable de Startup Europe, Comisión Europea), Maria Pilar del Olmo (Consejera Economía de la Junta de Castilla y León), Rodrigo del Prado (CEO de BQ), Blanca Losada Martín (CEO de Gas Natural), Isidoro Alanis (Fundador y presidente de Global Exchange), Daniel Hernández Ruipérez (Exmo. Sr. Rector Mgfco. de la Universidad de Salamanca), y Fermín Albadalejo (Presidente de CEAJE).

 

Startup Olé cuenta asimismo con la colaboración de los siguientes grandes actores: corporaciones como Amazon, Repsol, Telefónica, Iberdrola, Ferrovial, Amadeus, Trivago, Renfe – ADIF, Correos, etc.; inversores como Demeter, Lucey Fund, Faraday, Axon Partners Group, K-Fund, Keiretsu Forum, Socios Inversores, Primomiglio o Ricari, entre otros; servicios de ministerios españoles como ENISA, SEGITTUR, RED.ES o el ICEX; y otras Administraciones Públicas como el Comité Europeo de las Regiones o el Parlamento Europeo; medios de comunicación como RTVE, Intereconomía, y Grupo A3 Media; así como aceleradoras y universidades de toda Europa. El evento también cuenta con más de 250 voluntarios/as, principalmente alumnos/as y antiguos/as alumnos/as de la Universidad de Salamanca.

 

Entre las actividades que van a tener lugar se incluye una feria de startups, una competición de pitches, un evento de emparejamientos entre corporaciones y startups, las reuniones del REDEI, una reunión de las Aceleradoras de la Comisión Europea, una reunión del Grupo Salamanca Investor Club-Investor Forum, una reunión de embajadores latinoamericanos, y la reunión de la red europea de países del este, con asistencia de representantes de más de 7 ministerios de estos países.

 

Startup Olé va a tener lugar los días 26 y 27 de abril en la Hospedería Fonseca de la Universidad de Salamanca. Se pueden obtener los tickets de forma gratuita en https://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-ole-2017-tickets-29105746070

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Congratulations #SEW17 co-organisers! The second ‘Startup Europe Week’ (6th-10th February) is a success!

The second Startup Europe Week (6th– 10th February) is over, having had the participation of +280 co-organisers spread across 40+ countries! Congratulations, #SEW17 co-organisers!

What is SEW?

Startup Europe Week (SEW) is an initiative which aims to support entrepreneurs and startups at a local and regional level. The initiative is run by a small independent international team, and has the support of the European Commission.

So why focus on local regions? Regional diversity and local policy making still play a big role in shaping European startups. From helping entrepreneurs to incorporate a company, to providing grants or taxes breaks, European regions are key players. For this reason, Startup Europe Week events focus on showing entrepreneurs the support available to them in their local cities and regions.

Before the week started, hundreds of official leaflets and posters were designed by communications partner Hugin&Munin in Spain, printed and sent across +40 countries in Europe to each of the +280 co-organisers. Each city started preparing their spaces for their events:

#SEW17 was officially launched at 9am on 6th February in Brussels, at the Microsoft Innovation Center, with the participation of the Vice-President of the European Commission, Andrus Ansip. You can see the official #SEW17 storify for pictures and tweets.

Throughout the week #SEW17 saw a high level of diversity, with events spanning from introductory student workshops, to complex talks on robotics and AI. Each city organised events relevant to their local ecosystem, to show what support and resources were available in their local area. This year, the cities with the most events were London and Rome. If you would like to see some pictures, check out the official #SEW17 Facebook album!

Finally, the #SEW17 hashtag achieved over 18 million impressions on twitter during the campaign, which shows the truly grass roots movement behind this initiative.

The question is, are you ready for #SEW18? 5th -9th February 2018!

Press Contact
Charlotte Tucker, charlotte@startupeuropeweek.eu

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Check out our visual story of #SEW17 launch in Brussels!

We created a visual story of what happened at the launch of  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: 

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!

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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”.

To learn more about Healthy Road visit http://healthyroad.pt/ or https://angel.co/healthyroad

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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

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