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Pitching contest at Startup Europe Summit

We’re looking for 25 companies that have raised already seed or series A funding to join us at  Startup Europe Summit, 21st-22nd March.

What we offer to the applicants with seed funding:

  • Exhibition possibility
  • Travel (economy) and accomodation (2-3 nights) costs will be covered for one representative from your country to Cluj-Napoca.

What we offer for the Series A companies:

  • Possibility to pitch in front of an expert jury. The selected entries will have about 10 minutes to pitch, followed by a Q&A session. All pitching participants will be rewarded with access to top investors – something that can really mark a milestone in your entrepreneurial life! The companies the jury members represent are: AXON, Early Game Ventures, Index and Atomico. More details will follow.
  • Travel (economy) and accomodation (2-3 nights) costs will be covered for one representative from your country to Cluj-Napoca.

How to apply?

  • We welcome applications from Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia and Croatia.
  • all verticals are accepted
  • send your pitch deck to contest@mygatewayproject.eu
  • in the body of the email, tell us:
    • why you’d like us to attend,
    • what your expectations are,
    • your vertical,
    • contact details of the person who would be attending the event (name, surname, position, email, telephone);
  • Subject: SES19

Apply by 4th March

 

What is Startup Europe Summit? 

Startup Europe Summit is an event that brings together the leading players in technology entrepreneurship and innovation. This year, the summit will take place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania in light of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. At the Summit you will be able to join thematic workshops, network with venture capitalists, engage with policy makers and learn how to grow your business abroad.

Startup Europe Summit draft agenda.

 

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StartUp Europe Awards Special Edition SES19 is looking for the best European startups

StartUp Europe Awards (SEUA), an initiative supported by the European Commission in collaboration with Startup Europe and organized by the Finnova Foundation, is holding a Special Edition for European startups that will be recognized during the Startup Europe Summit 2019 (SES19), to be celebrated in Cluj-Napoca, Romani, on 21 and 22 March 2019.

This SEUA Special Edition SES19 will recognize five startups, one for each one of the following prizes: Female-led startup; Young-led startup (founder under 30); United Nations Sustainable Development Goals startup; Social Inclusion startup and Job Growth startup.

It is possible to apply to the awards for every startup created 5 or less years ago in Europe. To apply, startups must fill in with detail the form found in the website of the SEUA Special Edition, and the deadline to apply ends on 23:59 hours (CET) of 17 February 2019. The startups should choose the prize most suitable for them (just one option).

A multidisciplinary jury, composed by professionals from different countries and fields, will make the selection of the best EU startups taking into account existing startups in the EU that meet these criteria and the applications received. Some of the jury members are part of the High Level group of experts from Startup Europe (European Commission).

Benefits for the selected startups

Winning startups will be invited to participate in the Startup Europe Summit SES19 that will take place between 21 and 22 March in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The expenses during both days for 1 member of the startup will be reimbursed (transport from country of origin to Cluj-Napoca, accommodation and daily allowance).

The startups will be recognized in a ceremony that will be held on March 21 in the frame of the Startup Europe Summit 2019 and will count with the presence of authorities from the European Commission, key influencers, investors, tech leaders, tech journalists, policy makers and entrepreneurs.

In SES19, the selected startups will be able to showcase their innovation in the networking area of the conference and will gain exposure and visibility through the StartUp Europe Awards Media Alliance composed by more than 30 media outlets and social networking sites.

The selected startups will pass to the European level of the next StartUp Europe Awards edition, regardless of any other startup competing or awarded in their country or category.

StartUp Europe Awards (SEUA) is an open innovation initiative promoted by the European Commission and the Finnova Foundation in collaboration with StartUp Europe; it is supported by the President of the European Parliament, the President of the Committee of the Regions, the Vice-President of the Economic and Social Committee and several members from the European Parliament. StartUp Europe Awards is sponsored by StartUp Europe Accelerator.

SEUA has celebrated two European finals (one in Brussels and the other one in Sofia), and is going to launch the third edition during the first quarter of 2019.

The winning startups will have access to information on opportunities offered by the European Union to boost and internationalize their projects through the StartUp Europe Accelerator program of the Finnova Foundation.

For more information about the StartUp Europe Awards Special Edition SES19 please visit https://bit.ly/2RMIL42

 

Startup Europe Summit 2019

Known as an evolving tech hub in Romania, the city of Cluj-Napoca will host the fourth edition of Startup Europe Summit in 2019, the perfect occasion to recognize the best European startups.

In the previous edition of the Startup Europe Summit, startups found information about new funding opportunities; meetings with investors, corporates and leading enterprises and public administration representatives as well as networking with a vivid community of key decision makers and tech leaders within EU, notably Central Eastern Europe and Western Balkans regions.

 

Press contact

Catalina Valencia

eustartup@finnova.eu

 

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Soft-Landing calls are now open: apply to explore a new startup market in 2019!

The Soft-Landing open calls are now open!

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Calling MedTech European startups to join our Deep Dive Week in Dublin – Applications until 15 February

Startup Lighthouse is opening up applications for its next mini acceleration programmes with Dublin being the first. Do you have a #MedTech #startup and you are looking to scale abroad? Have you been considering Ireland? Join us at our Deep Dive Week Dublin (7-10 April).  (more…)

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MY-GATEWAY EMBRACES THE NEW YEAR WITH A GOLDEN TICKET TO STARTUP OLÉ.

What did you write in your New Year’s resolutions list?

Did you wish for happiness, travelling to a Western European country, attending startup events, meeting new investors..? If this is the case, I’m thrilled to announce that Startup Olé is looking for 15 CEE startups to join the event! Yes, you read it well: 15 startups!

MY-GATEWAY will help detect those Central and Eastern European startups that will benefit the most from attending the Spanish event, making sure startups are well aware of the opportunities they can be catered for. The target of our contest are startups based either in Romania, Czech Republic and Slovenia.

Those startups will need to really convince and tell us why they think Startup Olé can help them out boost their business growth, and, of course, send us a pitch deck. Attending Startup Olé can be a truly enriching experience… as you long as you prepare well for it! By using the Startup Olé app, you can gain access to investors, corporates, mentors and set up meetings with our fellow attendees.

Startup Olé startup stand in 2018

To make sure you stand out as you deserve, you’ll be provided with a whole stand to show your product and sell it to your target, so do come prepared with merchandising and flyers that can help you achieve your objectives! And…did I already say that travel and accommodation costs are included for one representative of your team? We really don’t want the distance, and its costs, to be a problem. That’s why travel and subsistence expenses are entirely covered by us.

Last but not least, some of the startups which will go through our selection process will also gain the possibility to join the PITCHING competition.

What do YOU need to do?

In order to be eligible for this contest you’ll have to do the following:

  • send your pitch deck to contest@mygatewayproject.eu

  • in the body of the email, tell us:

    • why you’d like us to attend,

    • what your expectations are,

    • your vertical,

    • contact details of the person who would be attending the event (name, surname, email, telephone);

and also:

  1. on social media, share/retweet a message in which you saw the open call promoted (in your email, we’d like to see the link to your publication or a screenshot)

  2. and follow and/or like MY-GATEWAY social media channels (FacebookTwitterLinkedInInstagram)

 

Deadline for applications: 4th of February 2019

 

What is Startup Olé?

Startup Olé 2019 will take place in Salamanca (Spain) from 26-29 of March and it will gather +30.000 attendees from 120 countries; +850 startups, scaleups and spin-offs; +500 speakers; +250 corporates and investors with an investment portfolio of over €50k M. Our fifth edition will be the biggest so far and we are working hard to make this an event that you will never forget, so do not wait any longer and join the family!

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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You are invited to Startup Lighthouse’s side-event at TechChill: ‘Scaling your startup in Europe’!

Ready to brace the cold in Latvia? Startup Lighthouse (a Startup Europe project) is partnering with TechChill to bring you a special side-event, ‘Scaling your startup in Europe’, on Friday 22 February!

What is TechChill?

TechChill is a winter startup event like no other. Held in Riga, Latvia, at the darkest time of year (21-22 February, 2019), TechChill brings together over 2000+ founders and entrepreneurs, boasts 20+ side-events and numerous after parties.

In summary, it’s the place to be if you’re thinking about scaling up abroad, to meet innovative young entrepreneurs and maybe even make contact with investors.

 

Official TechChill side-event!

As part of TechChill this year, Startup Lighthouse will be organising our own side-event, ‘Scaling your startup in Europe’ where you can hear the stories and experiences of the top startups taking part in Startup Lighthouse. Learn from their first-hand experience of the challenges and complexities of scaling up in Berlin, Dublin, Lisbon and the Baltics.

You’ll also get the chance to hear from two exciting speakers: Tanya Suarez (who has helped startups scale in Ireland, Spain, Netherlands and Lithuania) and Ana Barjasic (who knows what investors are looking for), plus a Q&A with the European Commission.

Scaling in Europe is hard work – but don’t worry – the event will close with some finger food and networking with the startups, so you can see if you’re going to be the next one touring Europe with Startup Lighthouse!

  • Time: 10AM – 12PM, Friday 22 January
  • Location: Teikums co-working space
    Gustava Zemgala Gatve 78, Riga
    2 mins walk from TechChill

Register your spot before places fill up!

Get your free ticket here now

P.S. The event is open to all, not just for those with a ticket to TechChill. Jump aboard!

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Seed The Future – A deep dive into European early-stage tech startup activity

Tech.eu recently released a data-driven report on early-stage tech startup activity in Europe, developed in close partnership with Stripe and Techstars. It’s the first time anyone has ever undertaken research on early-stage technology startup activity on such a scale.

The report – baptised ‘Seed The Future – A deep dive into European early-stage tech startup activity’ features vetted data from a wide range of sources, insights, case studies and additional voices from across the European tech industry. Running a little north of 100 pages, it’s simply the greatest resource to date for anyone with an interest in exploring the state of early-stage tech in Europe.

Best of all, it is completely free of charge.

Here are the key take-aways of the report:

Looking at the period 2015 until Q2 of 2018, investment in early-stage technology companies across Europe has increased four-fold, from roughly €875 million invested in the first six months of 2015 to more than €3.6 billion in H1 of 2018. Total funding in European early-stage tech startups jumped by 36% from 2016 to 2017 (from €14.3 billion to €19 billion), with all signs pointing to another major increase for this year.

The data also shows that ‘Fintech’ and ‘Medtech’ have been the most popular industries for investors, generating over €4 billion in early-stage funding in the past three years, far outstripping other sectors. Also worth noting: while the UK continues to lead on overall and growth-stage funding, the most remarkable growth in the early-stage bucket was seen in France, where financing is well on its way to surpass the UK this year.

For more data and insights, download the free report here.

 

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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:

Button to redirect to the conference programme of the event

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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Secure Your Place at The Startup Europe Summit 2018

The fourth edition of the Startup Europe Summit takes place on 15 November, in Sofia, with 400 key actors from the European startup “ecosystem”. The event will bring together some of the best European startups with investors, media and policy makers. Aside of interesting speakers, who will be analysing key technological and policy trends for European startups, the event provides a great opportunity to mingle with people building the European startup ecosystems, identify new funding opportunities and get a feel of what is happening in the startup world, notably from Central Eastern Europe and Western Balkans regions.

Keynote speakers this year include Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, Simon Schaefer, Founder & CEO of Factory, President of Startup Portugal and Angel Investor in Europe and Anja Monrad, Senior Vice President & General Manager at Dell EMC and chair of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Governing Board. The meeting will also be attended by Boyko Borissov(tbc), Prime Minister of Bulgaria, as well as Yordanka Fandakova (tbc), Mayor of Sofia. You can consult the programme here.

This year’s Startup Europe Summit will be linked to the Digital Agenda for the Western Balkans, launched earlier this year by the European Commission. The aim of this initiative is to support the transition of the region and bring the benefits of the digital transformation to its citizens, by helping modernise public administrations, strengthen cybersecurity, increase connectivity, and improve the business climate.

The region has major assets with its large pool of talented people with strong ICT skills, dynamically growing start-up community and its rapidly improving infrastructure, connectivity and proximity to large markets. The digital transformation is also crucial for the growth of this Region – it can help transform local economies and societies while creating high-quality jobs.

The conference would also be an opportunity to be briefed by experts from the European Commission on the progress in establishing a Digital Single Market policies and what we are doing to support the growth of startups and young innovative companies and to help to SMEs to help take advantage of the digital transformation.

REGISTER HERE.

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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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