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SEC2SV 2018: the names of the European Tech Scaleups invited

A new group of Scaleup Europe tech companies ready to be showcased in Silicon Valley

They come from 8 different countries – Albania, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Spain – and employ nearly 1000 employees for a total of $75M in revenue and more than $135M in funding. They are the 13 tech European companies invited to join the 4th edition of Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley(SEC2SV), the premier program for future European Unicorns organized by Mind the Bridge with the support of the European Commission, the European Parliament, and EIT Digital.

For the 4th consecutive year, SEC2SV will welcome the most promising European companies to spend an entire week, September 9-15, in Silicon Valley. The scaleups will spend time with mentors, meeting potential partners and investors, and adapting their business to the US market. The program exposes them to an intense week of concentrated business development in the Valley to help them in their US expansion efforts, including a showcase to investors on September 11th during European Innovation Day (EID) at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.

“SEC2SV – commented Isidro Laso, Head of Startup Europe at the European Commission is the flagship initiative of the European Commission to build bridges among innovation ecosystems in EU and US. We look at this initiative as a super connector that we be mutually beneficial in  reaching out to new markets for the startups and in generating diverse deal flows for investors in both regions”.

Among the selected scaleups, 3 scaleups have been invited with the support of EIT Digital, the European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation driving Europe’s digital transformation. 4 additional startups, selected by Impact Accelerator, led by ISDI & FundingBox, will also join the 2018 EID showcase.

“This year’s cohort shows very well how much the European startup landscape has changed in just 4 years – Marco Marinucci, CEO Mind the Bridge commented- Compared to last editions, we can see promising businesses coming from new emerging Eastern Europe economies like Hungary, Albania and Poland in addition to the ‘traditional’ ones like France, Germany and Belgium. As suggested in our latest report on Tech Scaleup Europe, we are really looking at an improved scenario, with a stronger and more connected Europe committed to building its own identity, players, roles, regulation and hubs. The European Commission keeps playing its key role to strengthen the Innovation Economy of Europe  and our data confirm this trend: the Scaleup Europe ecosystem last year registered a +28% growth in scaleup population and a +36% growth in capital raised compared to the prior year. These numbers translate to more than 1,200 new scaleups born in Europe and $22B in new capital invested in 2017”.

 

To date SEC2SV has hosted more than 2000 participants, 50+ scaleups and 100+ keynote speakers, such as Elżbieta Bieńkowska, EU commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME’s; Julie Hanna, US Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship; Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality; Betsy Masiello, Head of Public Policy, Uber; Oona King, Diversity Director, YouTube; Henry Chesbrough, the Father of Open Innovation and many others.

The 2018 edition of EID will focus on some of the most relevant topics of the past year in tech:

  • GDPR: Privacy and Data Storage/Transfer
  • ICO’s (Initial Coin Offerings) and CryptoCurrencies Regulations
  • European Economy of Innovation in Silicon Valley
  • Sustainability and Local Government
  • Startup M&A’s

Among the confirmed speakers for this year are: Vivek Wadhwa, author and opinion leader,  Tim Draper, Partner, Draper Associates, Peter Arvai, CEO and co-founder, Prezi, Pēteris Zilgalvis, Head of unit, DG Connect, European Commission, Kristin Schreiber, Director COSME programme, DG Grow, European Commission, Sorin Moisa, MEP, European Parliament, Adam Sterling, Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Business, Sabrina Ross, international privacy and security expert, with more to be announced at a later date.

For the full list of invited companies for SEC2SV 2018, see below.

 

INVITED COMPANIES

 

Agorize – France – 2011 – SaaS
Agorize is an open innovation platform that connects people looking to scout for technology solutions for hackathons or innovation challenges. The platform is open to a wide audience such as students, new graduates, data scientists, programmers, startups and corporate employees.
agorize.com/en

Clairy – Italy – 2016 – Cleantech
Clairy is the most unique natural and smart Air Purifier on the market: it uses common plants to beat indoor pollution. Clairy supercharges the natural power of plants – phytoremediation- to purify the air indoors in a non intrusive and sustainable way. Clairy is also an object of design, and it features a technological core with advanced sensors and it lets users monitor the air quality directly via a dedicated mobile app.
clairy.com

Cleverciti – Germany – 2012 – Smart Cities | EIT Digital Portfolio
Cleverciti Systems turns the daily nightmare of searching for a parking space into a predictable, stress-free experience by using disruptive technology and big data. They have developed a new cost-effective and smart on-street parking system that uses sensor and wayfinding technology mounted to lampposts. This results in less congestion on  city streets and reduced carbon emissions and other pollutants in city centers.
Other verticals are shopping malls, airport and corporates with large parking areas, seeking to offer better service to their customers.
cleverciti.com

Codecool – Hungary – 2014 – Cybersecurity
Codecool has created a 12-month course designed to teach users mainstream programming languages and skills, allowing non-technical professionals to transition into developer roles in just a year. Codecool also serves employers by providing a marketplace for companies to search for and contact developers who have gone through the Codecool sessions.
codecool.com

Fudo Security – Poland – 2012 – Cybersecurity
Fudo Security is a leading security vendor specializing in Privileged Account Management. With offices in the US and Europe and over 100 partners in 35 countries, it’s one of the most innovative and fastest growing security vendors in the world. Several hundred customers mostly from finance/insurance, telco, energy, oil&gas and the public sector are already using Fudo Security’ products.
wheelsystems.com
| fudosecurity.com

Gjirafa – Albania – 2013 – Internet
Gjirafa, Inc., is the fastest growing Internet Services company in the Balkans. Gjirafa is an OTT media services and an e-commerce platform for the Balkans built on top of an Albanian language specialized search engine.
gjirafa.com
 

OptioPay – Germany – 2014 – Fintech | EIT Digital Portfolio
OptioPay processes payments from companies to customers, employees or partners. Recipients can combine bank transfers with higher-value gift cards to increase the actual value of their payment. Between bank transfers, e-wallets and higher value gift cards, OptioPay offers complete flexibility and adds value at both ends by offering diverse payout options. It is a Win-Win-Win situation for advertisers, issuers and recipients.
optiopay.com

Movinga – Germany – 2015 – Mobility
Movinga is a vertically integrated logistics tech company for customers and medium-sized moving companies. As a professional full service provider Movinga offers logistically optimised moves for private individuals and companies, goods transports and courier services. Pricing is done on a case by case basis and is nearly always lower than competitors.
movinga.de

Muving – Spain – 2017 – Mobility
Muving is transforming urban mobility with an electric scooter sharing platform offering eco-friendly and cost effective alternatives to urban commuting.  Available to customers via the Muving app, scooters are located and reserved and highlight the positive environmental impact of each ride.  Pricing is based on per minute rates. Muving is the leading platform in Europe currently in 12 cities including Madrid, Sevilla, Barcelona, Granada, Cadiz and more. The scooters are dockless and completely electric, serving as a green and flexible mobility option for urban areas.
muvingusa.com

Partnering Robotics – France – 2007 – Robotics
Partnering Robotics has produced the DIYA One robot, designed to monitor and maintain indoor atmospheres and encourage worker wellbeing. The robot is equipped with a variety of sensors that generate actionable environmental data on indoor pollution.
partnering-robotics.com

Piwik PRO – Poland – 2013 – Big data / Martech | EIT Digital Portfolio
Piwik PRO has developed a marketing suite package that allows customers to deliver optimized marketing campaigns and manage a database in the most sensitive and secure environments. They have taken the challenge of user privacy and data stewardship and built a full stack solution for marketing that complies with all regulation and privacy concerns.
https://piwik.pro/
 

Smarp – Finland – 2011 – Big data / Martech
Smarp is a SaaS solution companies can use to empower their employees to discover and share content created by the company such as blogs, events, and job listings, to their social media networks. Employees can measure the impact their content has on their network and improve their thought leadership and influence, while employers benefit from greater visibility and evangelism through their employees.
smarp.com

Uberall – Germany – 2012 – Martech
Uberall brings together local businesses and customers by ensuring companies are found across all popular directories, mobile apps, maps, and GPS devices with consistent profiles such as photos, descriptions and other data points. They also facilitate better communication with customers through real-time notifications of reviews or messages on the various platforms.
uberall.com

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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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10 Million Euro Call – Info Day & Networking Event on 12 September 2018 | Topic: Startup Europe for Growth ICT-33-2019 / Innovation Actions

An information and networking workshop is organized by DG CNECT regarding the Innovation Actions of Startup Europe for Growth ICT-33-2019.

Budget: €10 Million.
Opening of the call: 16 October 2018,
Closing: 28 March 2019 17:00.

A budget of 10 million euro will be distributed among ecosystems builders and leaders who want to work with other ecosystems across Europe. We are looking for organisations aiming at “Connecting local tech startup ecosystems and supporting cross-border activities: among the 4-5 startups ecosystems connected by each project, at least half of them will be located in less developed ecosystems. The project should develop a single online entry point to each one of the ecosystems and connect them to the Startup Europe one-stop-shop. Cross-border activities will include: connecting tech entrepreneurs with e.g. potential investors, business partners, accessing skills and services helping startups soft land in new international markets. Particular focus will be placed on stimulating partnerships between scaleups and corporates with a view to procurement, mergers or acquisitions. Similar attention will be placed to support SMEs, startups and scaleups, wherever situated in Europe, to access public procurement opportunities across borders.”

The whole text of the call is available at: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/ict-33-2019.html

 

The Workshop will take place on 12 September 2018 in Brussels in the European Commission’s DG CONNECT building, Avenue de Beaulieu 25. Brussels

The event targets potential applicants to the calls for project proposals under the Horizon 2020 ICT-33-2019 topic.

 

Draft Agenda:

9:30-10 Registration

10:00 – 10:30 Welcome address

10:30-11:00 ICT-33-2019 Startup Europe for Growth topic presentation

11:00-11:30  Proposal evaluation: expert perspective

11:30-12:30 Questions and answers

12:30-13:30 Networking lunch

13:30-15:30 Presentation of ideas for proposals

15:30-17:00 Networking between participants

 

Registration is obligatory: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/startup-europe-growth-call-proposals-info-day-networking-event

For participants interested in presenting their project idea, please write a short email, attaching your one slide presentation to cnect-startup-europe@ec.europa.eu by 1 September.

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Open Calls to Soft-Landing Missions in October-November 2018: Silicon Valley, India, The Netherlands, Berlin and Paris

Silicon Valley, India, The Netherlands, Berlin and Paris: these are the destinations of the upcoming Missions for startups/scaleups and ecosystem builders! Applications open on F6S until 17 September. Don’t miss it!

 

Are you a startup/scaleup based in Europe looking to expand your business and explore new markets?

Are you an ecosystem builder, i.e. startup mentor, incubator or accelerator representative, investor, serial entrepreneur interested in discovering new startup ecosystems?

Soft-Landing is back with multiple Missions for startups and ecosystem builders. Deadline to apply: 17 September 2018 

 

Missions for Startups and Scaleups

Soft-Landing supports startups and scaleups in the discovery of new ecosystems and business development with a 1-week Mission at a particular destination ecosystem and up to one month soft-landing support.

  • Get access and connect with the destination ecosystem network
  • Gain knowledge of the ecosystem’s establishment conditions, incentives, tax and legislation
  • Receive mentorship on market establishment and scaleup
  • Participate in local events and conferences
  • Take part in a Startup Europe initiative – participation is free of charge
  • Get access to tailored support, office space and other facilities (in the European ecosystems you can extend the 1-week Mission for up to 1 month)
Visits to the local key players
Roundtable discussions with experts

 

OPEN CALLS TO STARTUPS AND SCALEUPS

> Zoetermeer, the Netherlands (15-19 October 2018)
> Berlin, Germany (22-26 October 2018)
> Paris, France (5-9 November 2018)
> Silicon Valley (12-16 November 2018)

Find out all further details, including the eligibility criteria and the preliminary agenda of each Mission.

APPLY NOWwww.f6s.com/slsa/apply

 

Missions for Ecosystem Builders

Soft-Landing gives ecosystem builders the opportunity to dive in an intensive & immersive 3-5 day Mission in another startup ecosystem, to explore it and meet with other key leaders, building bridges between them.

  • Gain deep knowledge of other startup ecosystems
  • Learn the processes required to scale there
  • Find out about the available resources for startups
  • Build long-lasting relationships with local startup ecosystem leaders that support scaling
  • Provide better advice to your local startups/scaleups on scaling destinations
  • Break knowledge barriers and misconceptions about the foreign ecosystems
  • Take part in a Startup Europe initiative – participation is free of charge and you can benefit from partial travel and accommodation expenses reimbursement
Learning and sharing best practices
Networking opportunities

 

OPEN CALLS TO ECOSYSTEM BUILDERS

> Zoetermeer, the Netherlands (17-19 October 2018)
> Berlin, Germany (22-24 October 2018)
> Paris, France (5-7 November 2018)
> Silicon Valley (12-16 November 2018)
> India (November 2018 – TBC)

Find out further details, including the eligibility criteria and the preliminary agenda of each Mission.

APPLY NOWwww.f6s.com/slb/apply

 

Previous Missions – what’s it like

  1. The very first Mission landed in Berlin and gathered a diversified delegation of ecosystem builders who got to explore the Berlin startup hub with support from our local partner GTEC. Take a look!
  2. The first Mission for startups was custom made to Fintechs and took place in the Netherlands in April. The group of entrepreneurs mingled with ecosystem builders and met key players in Zoetermeer, Amsterdam and Rotterdam, in a programme organised by Crosspring.
  3. In Paris, each startup had one-on-one mentoring sessions with top mentors. Apart from exploring La French Tech with support from IMT Starter – the French Soft-Landing partner, the startups and ecosystem builders got free access to VivaTechCheck it out.
  4. Soft-Landing and GTEC organised a second Mission in Berlin before the Summer. The group had great talks and discussions about the Berlin startup ecosystem and also went to Tech Open AirMeet the delegation.
  5. Startup Division organised in June the Vilnius Blockchain Week under the Soft-Landing and Startup Lighthouse projects. Startups and ecosystem leaders got to meet blockchain rockstars from all over the world and understand what’s hot about the Lithuanian startup ecosystem. The week culminated with the first edition of the Startup Europe Block Forum. Check all the details and useful links.

 

Keep track of the SoftLanders

We’re growing a community of promising startups and high-level ecosystem leaders.

Follow us on Twitter or on Facebook for fresh news about the #SoftLandingEU Missions.

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Calling startups to join the Industrial IoT Deep Dive Week in Berlin & Analytics in Lisbon – Applications until 31 July

Startup Lighthouse is opening up applications for two mini intensive acceleration programmes that help startups scale-up: DDW Berlin on Industrial IoT (10-13 September) & DDW Lisbon on Analytics (16-18 October).

Preliminary agendas of the Deep Dive Weeks are up on the website (http://startuplighthouse.eu/) and promise busy days, plenty of 1-on-1s with potential clients and immersion into the local communities. Know promising European startups innovating in manufacturing, IoT, analytics, machine learning, data science?

The deadline is 31 July – apply now on F6S! Travel costs are reimbursed. Check all details below.

 

Deep Dive in Berlin  |  10-13 September

DDW Berlin – Industrial IoT: Berlin needs no introduction: the German capital records more than 40 thousand startups, and IoT is one of the key verticals. Over the past few years, over 50 corporate accelerators and other special programmes, such as Lufthansa, Metro, SAP, IBM, Viessmann, Volkswagen, Daimler and Bosch, have moved their innovation hubs to Berlin. The DDW becomes a gateway to the German industry giants and the Mittelstand (+3 million SMEs making up the fabric of the economy) looking to stay competitive through innovation and startup collaboration.

The Berlin DDW will be an action-packed program with real benefits for startups and scale-ups, including:

  • Two-way Pitching: Corporates pitch startups on specific collaboration options
  • Matchmaking with multipliers & corporate partners
  • Industry specific Workshops
  • Access to the local IoT ecosystem

DDW Berlin is delivered by Daniel Moreno and the etventure Startup Hub team, experts in company  building and corporate innovation. Here’s a preliminary agenda of #DDWBerlin.

Apply to DDW Berlin by 31 July on F6S: www.f6s.com/ddwberlin/apply

 

Deep Dive in Lisbon  |  16-18 October

DDW Lisbon – Analytics: Sunny Lisbon is home to an emerging startup ecosystem steadily rising in popularity after becoming the first European Capital of Entrepreneurship in 2015 and then the new home of Web Summit in 2016. This is enabled by growing portfolio of successful companies (analytics examples: Feedzai, OutSystems, Attentive) and network of support through accelerator funding, tech incubators and newly refurbished coworking spaces popping up all over the city. Lisbon is overflowing with talent, with a strong emphasis on tech, analytics and data, being the home to Lisbon Data Science Academy and Universidade de Lisboa, number 11 for Engineering and top 50 for Computer Science in Best Global University rankings.

The highlights for DDW Lisbon include:

  • Corporate innovation session with Accenture
  • Among Investors: Curated 1-on-1s & pitching competition
  • Workshops by Startup Lisboa, Beta-i & SRS on doing business in Portugal
  • Quality networking: Coworking space tour & “A Night in the Brewery” by MUSA

DDW Lisbon is delivered by Tim Brown and the FastTrack VC team, empowering disruptive startups with seed investment, execution expertise and market experience. Here’s a preliminary agenda of #DDWLisbon.

Apply to DDW Lisbon by 31 July on F6S: www.f6s.com/ddwlisbon/apply

 

What’s the cost?

Participation in the programme is 100% free of charge thanks to Startup Europe and travel expenses are reimbursable up to 500€. Startups are welcome to bring 2 team members to the Deep Dive Weeks.

Selection criteria

  • Market-readiness: Must have at least functional MVP, ideally already with recurring revenue in one market.
  • Fit with Deep Dive Week: Must be relevant to the topic / vertical of the Deep Dive Week being applied to.
  • English proficiency: Must be able to communicate well in English, including pitching and Q&A.
  • Validation: Raised 50-250k€ and/or has significant revenue / growth.
  • Scalable: Strong technological component, scalable internationally.
  • Relevant Traction: Significant number of users, growth of revenue or strong commercial agreements.
  • Ambition: Looking to raise for a Round A+ (1 million €) or equivalent.
  • Location: Priority given to startups from Germany, Ireland, Baltics and Portugal.
  • Team: Balanced with both business and technical demonstrated competencies.

These criteria are indicative – high potential startups are always considered! If you have a question – drop us a message.

Previous Deep Dive Weeks

About Startup Lighthouse

Startup Lighthouse mini acceleration programmes provide a combination of sector-specific “softlanding”, acceleration and internationalization. The Deep Dive Weeks provide support and guidance from local ecosystem leaders and gives know-how & access to ecosystem resources. A Scaling Manager identifies each startup the needs and ambitions before the DDW, facilitating contacts during and after the week. Deep Dive Weeks are most beneficial for startups that are ready to scale.

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Vilnius Blockchain Week: Startup Lighthouse & Soft-Landing gather blockchain startups and ecosystem builders in Lithuania

Vilnius Blockchain Week is over – what a blast! Two Startup Europe projects brought it to life: Soft-Landing and Startup Lighthouse!

The initiative brought around 40 participants to deep-dive into the city’s startup ecosystem with the main focus on understanding what part blockchain plays in it and build connections with blockchain leaders in Lithuania. (more…)

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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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