Soft-Landing calls are now open: apply to explore a new startup market in 2019!
The Soft-Landing open calls are now open!
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…)
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, MADOU Auditorium, Place Madou 1, 1210 – Saint-Josse-Ten-Noode.
The event targets potential applicants to the calls for project proposals under the Horizon 2020 ICT-33-2019 topic.
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
For participants interested in presenting their project idea, please write a short email, attaching your one slide presentation to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 September.
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)
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)
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
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)
Previous Missions – what’s it like
- 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!
- 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.
- 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 VivaTech! Check it out.
- 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 Air! Meet the delegation.
- 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
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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
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.
- 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
- We’ve brought travel tech and aviation startups from all over Europe to meet some of the industry super stars in Dublin. Take a look at the programme offered by DCU Ryan Academy.
- After Dublin, we were in Lithuania for a full week talking blockchain! Check out the programme organised by Startup Division and the startups we supported.
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.
Access2Europe Discovery Tour: Find out what Berlin’s blockchain ecosystem has to offer!
So, what is blockchain all about?
Don’t believe the hype and find out what is actually happening from experts, founders, and enablers who are involved in this emerging industry every day.
If you are involved in blockchain tech and interested in discovering what Berlin ecosystem has to offer than our discovery tours are just right for you!
Together with European Commission’s H2020, CUBE is providing a unique opportunity for startups to deep dive into all things blockchain and connect with thought leaders, investors and all the major experts in the field during 3 days (September 10th-12th, 2018) of discovery.
All expenses (hotel, tours, local accommodation and travel, main meals) are covered by the program. Your contribution is just the travel tickets to and from Berlin.
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…)
SCIENTIFIC INSIGHTS ON MARINE PLASTIC POLLUTION
The Ocean Plastics Lab is a public exhibition about science. It showcases the contribution of science to understand and combat the problem of plastics in the ocean. The Lab will travel to various locations worldwide, inviting the public to engage with scientific work being done right now around the world. In the context of current discussions about science in society, the Lab demonstrates science’s fundamental role in tackling societal challenges and highlights that society is an integral part of science.
TRAVEL EXPENSES CAN BE COVERED if you are a founder of a startup working with plastic products, plastic waste and you are interested in speaking during the Ocean Plastics Lab exhibition in April, in Brussels, please write a message to catalin.TICHERU@ec.europa.eu.
At their June 2015 summit in Germany, the leaders of the seven largest industrial countries (G7) recognised the growing global challenge of litter in the oceans, especially plastics, and agreed to a G7 Action Plan to Combat Marine Litter. The G7 Science and Technology Ministers echoed this concern and intent to raising awareness among citizens through educational work (“ocean literacy”). The Ocean Plastics Lab is a contribution to this engagement.
The immersive and experienced-based exhibition spans four containers, which invite visitors to assume the role of a scientist and explore in a hands-on manner the extent and impacts of plastics in the ocean. Container 1 introduces visitors to the problem of marine plastics. Containers 2 and 3 take visitors on a tour of how scientific knowledge is created and applied to understand and to tackle the problem of plastics in the ocean. Exhibits highlight what scientists are doing to identify and quantify plastics in the ocean as well as to analyse its effects on marine animals, ecosystems and humans. Container 4 shows how to make informed personal decisions and invites visitors to participate in citizen science activities.
The exhibits encompass interactive installations, displays and animations on loan from science and civil society partners from across the G7 and other interested countries.
ACTIVITIES AND POTENTIAL VENUES
The Ocean Plastics Lab will start traveling from September 2017 onwards. At each location, the Lab will act as a hub for launching further activities, to create a multiplier effect helping to include the local audience in long-term engagement.
The Ocean Plastics Lab is cooperating with another traveling exhibition, the Plastic Garbage Project. Wherever possible, this indoor exhibition – developed by the Zurich Museum of Design with the support of the Drosos Foundation – will be displayed in museums or exhibition spaces in cities the Ocean Plastics Lab is traveling to. By targeting both public places as well as museums, the two complimentary exhibitions will reach and inform an even wider audience about the problem of plastics in
the ocean. The following locations could be considered for the next 18 months. A typical exhibition is expected to last two
weeks in prominent open-air locations.
- G7 Science Ministers Meeting, Torino, Italy
- Parvis Hôtel de Ville, Paris, France
- European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
- Capitol Hill Ocean Week, Washington D.C., USA
- G7 Presidency, Canada
- Berlin, Germany
Startup Europe: leading partner for Entrepreneurs and their ecosystems
STARTUP EUROPE CAMPFIRE PARIS
Paris CAMPFIRE will be the first of a series of events piloted by the Startup Europe initiative of European Commission Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology through consortium leaders, to highlight the opportunities and network the community partners.
Thus the Campfire will be advertised throughout Europe – by setting the first one in Paris, DG Connect and Startup Europe initiative is encouraging Paris area and France for the leading role these ecosystems are taking in the support of start-ups & their ecosystems, and the shift France makes to become a startup nation.
OBJECTIVES OF THE CAMPFIRE OPENING EVENT:
The event gathers several objectives among which:
- Promote Entrepreneurship culture – The European Startup Continent
- Promote the Startup Europe Initiative and tools @overall European level
- Reinforce links between Startup Europe Initiative and national/local initiatives
- Promote opportunities for startups and ecosystems to participate in the 10 running and financed programs
- Discuss potential areas for further implications for next calls
- Showcase Paris Area as a leading hub for start-ups and build bridges with the CEE and Balkans
- Better connect French Tech & Paris Ecosystem players to Startup Europe
PARTICIPANTS AND COVERAGE:
Expected participants: 200 +
- Entrepreneurs and perspective entrepreneurs
- Venture Capital Organization
- Incubators, accelerators, clusters
- Innovation funding organization
- Government representatives
Coverage: National and European media
- Introduction words
- Session 1: Initiative for Entrepreneurs
- Session 2: Presentation of the 10 ongoing StartUp Europe Projects
- Session 3: Supporting Startup Culture
- Session 4: Startup Founders Entering into International Markets
- Session 5: Connecting Balkan and Central East Europe with leading EU hubs
- Session 6: Lead fields for tomorrow
Event in partnership with Startup Europe and the Île-de-France Region
ICT Proposers’ Day 2017
ICT Proposers’ Day 2017 will take place on 9 and 10 November in Budapest, Hungary. This networking event centres on European ICT Research & Innovation with a special focus on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2018-20. An Opening Ceremony and Social Event will be organised by the Hungarian Ministry of National Development and will take place on 8 November.
The event will focus on the 2018 Calls for Proposals of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme in the field of Information & Communication Technologies and Future and Emerging Technologies (FET). It will offer an exceptional opportunity to build quality partnerships with academics, researchers, industrial stakeholders, SMEs and government actors from all over Europe.
To register, create or update your existing personal profile on “My event”. To make the most of the ICT Proposers’ Day 2017, you will be able to add your project ideas and upload presentations, prepare for networking and/or join various sessions via “My Event”.
Once you have registered for the event, check the Practical Information section for more details on how to get to Budapest and accommodation.
The programme will include:
- Networking sessions where potential proposers present their project ideas, organised according to the Pillars and Topics of the Work Programme 2018-20;
- Information sessions on how to prepare and submit a proposal;
- Information stands on the ICT-related topics of the Work Programme 2018-20 and the content of the calls for proposals;
- A European Commission information desk to supply information on the content and logistics of the event;
- Booths, organised by village, which serve as meeting points for people interested in the same research topics;
- Ample space for informal networking and bilateral meetings between participants.
- Workshops and Face2Face Brokerage organised by Ideal-Ist.
You are invited to join the discussions on Twitter, following @ICTproposerEU and using the hashtag #ICTpropday. Please also consult frequently for the latest updates of the programme and for some practical information about transfers.