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Road Trip to Africa

Following the launch event in Brussels on 6 November, a road trip to South Africa will be the next step to bring Africa and Europe closer. The road trip will take place in both South Africa, 20-22 November, and Nigeria, 23-25 November, and it will ultimately culminate in Abidjan, Ivory Coast for the 5th EU-Africa Summit.

You can read about the trip in detail here below:

  • In South Africa, in addition to the Brenthurst Foundation, we are working with Injini, an educational technology accelerator that will be our primary host and that belongs to a larger initiative called the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi). We are also working with Wesgro, the official trade, tourism and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, and are working directly with Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro and former South African Shadow Minister of Finance, to ensure the event’s success. Finally, Google has opened up its network of African start-up partners to us to access the continent’s best start-ups.

The agenda for the 3 days in Cape Town will be as follows:

  • Monday, 20 November: Arrive in Cape Town and set up event
  • Tuesday, 21 November: Boot Camp for 15 African start-ups. We are asking for start-ups that have either at least $100,000 in annual recurring revenue or at least $100,000 in investment, as a filter to ensure that we are attracting companies with at least a minimum viable product. The Boot Camp will be hosted at Injini.
  • Wednesday, 22 November: An event open to the entire start-up ecosystem, both in person and virtually. The event will be hosted at Workshop 17, a co-working space on the waterfront with views of Table Mountain. A video of the space is available here. The day will consist of 4 blocks and 1 inspirational keynote. Each block will give 15 minutes to an African entrepreneur, 15 minutes to a European entrepreneur, 15 minutes to a moderated panel with both entrepreneurs to highlight commonalities and differences, and then 15 minutes of Q&A. The 4 blocks will be:
    • How to raise capital in Europe and Africa;
    • What investors look for in Europe and Africa;
    • How to work with corporates in Europe and Africa; and
    • How to build a brand and a network in Europe and Africa.

The inspirational keynote will be on “How to create an African Bill Gates” and will be given by a top digital entrepreneur in Southern Africa.

Later that evening, we will host the gala finals to select the best start-up from among the 15 semi-finalists. We are speaking with the Spanish and Dutch Embassies to host the event at their Cape Town consulates. The German Embassy that are keen to support the event, but are remodelling their consulate in Cape Town. We will invite relevant dignitaries from the various European embassies to the gala event.

The winner of the start-up competition will get various prizes, including €76,000 in investment from Wayra and the chance to pitch at St James Palace before HRH, The Duke of York and possibly the Queen of England. Other partners, including Amazon, Google and Facebook, will provide prizes such as €1000 of free Facebook marketing, etc.  If the winning start-up is a preventative health start-up, MSD, the world’s 4th largest pharmaceutical company, may match Wayra’s investment with a €76,000 grant.

  • In Nigeria, our main partner is former President OlesegunObasanjo via his presidential library. In addition to him, we are working with grassroots partners, including our venture partner, EchoVC, a pan-African fund split between Silicon Valley and African markets. They back founders across Africa from seed funding to series A. Eghosa Omoigui, the Managing Partner, is the lead; he has years of experience backing the world’s best start-ups, which he previously did as Director at Intel Capital, the world’s largest corporate VC. Google Nigeria is also supporting.

The agenda for the 3 days in Nigeria will be as follows:

  • Thursday, 23 November: Arrive in Lagos and set up event
  • Friday, 24 November: Boot Camp for 15 African start-ups. As above, we are asking for start-ups that have either at least $100,000 in annual recurring revenue or at least $100,000 in investment. The Boot Camp will be hosted at Leadspace, a local co-working space with 7 locations in Nigeria that has been highlighted on CNN Africa.
  • Saturday, 25 November: An event open to the entire start-up ecosystem, both in person and virtually, will also be hosted at Leadspace. The format will be similar to the Cape Town event: 4 blocks and 1 inspirational keynote. The 4 blocks will again be:
    • How to raise capital in Europe and Africa;
    • What investors look for in Europe and Africa;
    • How to work with corporates in Europe and Africa; and
    • How to build a brand and a network in Europe and Africa.

The inspirational keynote will be on “How to create an African Bill Gates” and will be given by a top digital entrepreneur in Western Africa.

Later that evening, we will host the finals to select the best start-up from among the 15 semifinalists at the Olesegun Obasanjo Presidential Library. President Obasanjo will host the event, and relevant foreign dignitaries will be invited.

As with the Cape Town event, the winner of the start-up competition will get various prizes, including €76,000 in investment from Wayra and the chance to pitch at St James Palace before HRH, The Duke of York and possibly the Queen of England. Other partners, including Amazon, Google and Facebook, will provide prizes such as €1000 of free Facebook marketing, etc. If the winning start-up is a preventative health start-up, MSD, the world’s 4th largest pharmaceutical company, may match Wayra’s investment with a €76,000 grant.

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Startup Europe Comes to Africa (SEC2A) Launch Event 6th November 2017, Brussels

Startup Europe Comes to Africa (“SEC2A”) Launch Event

6thNovember 2017, Brussels

 

WHY?

Africa and Europe are bound together by history and separated by fewer than 14 kilometres. At the first EU-Africa Summit in Cairo in 2000, leaders from both continents agreed to strengthen their partnerships. The public image of Africa, however, tends to highlight Africa’s problems such as civil wars, famine and fleeing migrants, and not its opportunities, such as its ambitious African entrepreneurs.

Startup Europe Comes to Africa aims to change this by introducing grass-roots entrepreneurial efforts and success stories to an international audience. In particular, we aim to add another dimension to the images of Africa by bringing together prestigious African heads of states, entrepreneurs and business leaders on the one hand and European politicians, entrepreneurs and celebrities on the other hand.

Our aim is to connect Africa and Europe through digital trade and not aid. This campaign is just the first step to building a stable, long-term start-up bridge between the two continents.

 

WHO?

Our institutional partners span European and African political leaders, royalty, some of the largest multinational corporates in the world, leading entrepreneurial networks, pan-African venture capital networks, and celebrities. They include:

 

  • The European Commission (EC) is the principal European sponsor, as part of the ‘Digital for Development’ agenda and Startup Europe;
  • President OlusegunObasanjo is the former President of Nigeria, a position he held from 1999 to 2007, and a former Chair of the African Union. He is our primary African sponsor and will host the event in Nigeria in his OlusegunObasanjo Presidential Library;
  • The Brenthurst Foundation is an initiative of South Africa’s Oppenheimer (De Beer) family. They are our primary host in South Africa, though, as described in more detail below, we are also working with the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative and Wesgro (the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape);
  • HRH, the Duke of York’s initiative, Pitch@Palace,will offer winners the opportunity to pitch at Pitch@Palace Global;
  • We are collaborating with the Heart, a European centre for start-up and corporate collaboration. Based in Poland, they have a network of executives and founders that spans over 25 countries;
  • In South Africa, in addition to the Brenthurst Foundation, we are working with Injini, an educational technology accelerator that will be our primary host and that belongs to a larger initiative called the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi). We are also working with Wesgro, the official trade, tourism and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, and are working directly with Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro and former South African Shadow Minister of Finance, to ensure the event’s success. Finally, Google has opened up its network of African start-up partners to us to access the continent’s best start-ups.

 

To see the agenda for the Road Trip you can take a look here.

 

WHEN?

 The campaign will begin with a launch event in Brussels at the European Commissionon 6 November. As described above, it will be followed by a road trip to South Africa (from 20-22 November) and Nigeria(from 23-25 November) that will ultimately culminate in Abidjan, Ivory Coast for the 5th EU-Africa Summit.

 During the week of 6 November, we will host the official EU launch of Startup Europe Comes to Africa.This will be a high-profile event of approximately 100 VIPs, including relevant journalists. We will work with organisations such as Afrobytes, VC4Africa, Wayra, Orange, Africa House, The Heart and Google for Entrepreneurs to get the word out among African and European entrepreneurs to ensure an audience of grassroots organisers as well as corporates, investors and tech journalists.

WHAT DOES GOOD LOOK LIKE?

  • Positive and significant PR and social media presence across European and African publications;
  • Senior European Commission delegates, such as VP Ansip, leaving with excitement and positivity about the SEC2A initiative and Start-up Europe more generally;
  • ‘Buzz’ amongst European and African entrepreneurial communities; and
  • The sense that this event was a meaningful first stepto forging long-term substantive links between Africa and Europe’s entrepreneurial ecosystems.

INVITEES

  • Senior EC representatives, including Vice President Ansip;
  • Representatives from national governments and embassies;
  • European political and business leaders with links to Africa;
  • A selection of the successful European entrepreneurs who have been selected to attend Abidjan;
  • Representatives from EU corporate sponsors, including Telefónicaand Orange;
  • African and EU Journalists; and
  • Noteworthy members of the EU and African start-up ecosystems.

AGENDA

11:00            Guests arrive. Welcome reception and networking over coffee.

11:30            Introduction by VP Ansip

11:45            Introduction by President Obasanjo

12:00            Introduction to Startup Europe by Isidro Laso

12:45             Introduction to SEC2A by Gary Stewart and Emma Fau

13:30            Lunch and Networking

14:30             Africa – Believe the Hype: Panel discussion of African and EU corporates, investors and start-ups

15:15             Start-up Pitches (5 3-minute pitches from selection of EU start-ups chosen to go to Abidjan) 

16:00             Closing

 

 

 

 

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Over 30SEC2U events across Europe from 23 to 26 October

SEC2U is an initiative endorsed by the European Commission (Startup Europe) to create a strong culture of entrepreneurship and innovation within universities across Europe. During the week of 23rd to the 29th of October 2017, over 30 free-to-attend events will bring together universities and the startup ecosystem toform valuable connections andkick-start dialogue between universities and industry. Students and young entrepreneurs will also be able to familiarize themselves with the support available to develop their entrepreneurship skills and grow their businesses.

Universities from 22 countries take part in SEC2U including names like Trinity College Dublin, Polytechnic of Milan and University of Cambridge. Thanks to the coordination from the University of Salamanca and the support of a student/startup project team from Ravensbourne, you can view all participating universities on the SEC2U website: http://startupeuropeuniversities.eu/sec2u-startup-europe-comes-to-the-universities/

With approximately 3000 peopleexpected in attendance, this is a time to showcase the work of universities in the entrepreneurship area, build bridges between university communities and startup ecosystems and facilitate connections!

Take the right step towards your future and don´t miss out on this opportunity. Find out more about SEC2U and the free events near you: http://startupeuropeuniversities.eu/sec2u-events-2017/

See you there!

 

About Startup Europe Comes to the Universities (SEC2U)

Startup Europe Comes to the Universities (SEC2U) is a Europe wide initiative to engage universities (from the Startup Europe University Network and beyond) and enable them to spread an entrepreneurial culture. SEC2U will hold events across Europe during the week of 23rd to 29th of October 2017.

The main objective of the SEC2U events is to showcase the commitment of European universities for entrepreneurship and toconnect universities to the wider startup ecosystem.

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Apply now for GIIF 2018!

The 4th Green Innovation and Investment Forum will take place on 20th and 21st February 2018 in Stuttgart with the focus on “Smart Green Industry”. The application for startups is now open http://green-inno-forum.eu/#apply-attend

The Forum is the only industry-oriented event, looking for smart business ideas and innovative concepts from the Green Technology sector. Trendsetting solutions from areas such as Environmental Engineering, Green IT, Resource and Energy Efficiency, Smart Grid, Material Efficiency or Smart Production are eligible for submission.

If your solution is convincing, you will get the opportunity to present your business idea to investors and market actors in a six-minute pitch. In the generous matching breaks, there will be time for talks with decision makers, experts and investors.

Are you a founder or start-up currently looking for financing and support? Apply now and find your partners for (start-up) financing, development or licensing of your technologies or business ideas in Stuttgart!

Owners Teams of the shortlisted ideas will be entitle to attend the exclusive and personalised Green Training Day (on 20th February 2018). Investors, VCs, and SMEs will be invited to the Pitching Day on 21st February 2018 to award the winners of GIIF 2018.

The event is free of charge for start-ups, researchers and founders.

Interested startups and companies can apply till the 31st October 2017 here http://green-inno-forum.eu/#apply-attend

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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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