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.
Worldwide Startup M&As Report: Startup Acquisitions continue to grow
US still runs the show but Europe is catching up.
Mind the Bridge, together with Crunchbase and the support of global law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is launching this year’s edition of our annual M&A activity overview, “Startup M&A Report 2017” on September 20th, at the European Innovation Day conference in Mountain View, the central event of the SEC2SV Program.
Mind the Bridge and Crunchbase have tracked over 15,500 startup exits worldwide since 2010 for a total value of about 1.3 trillion dollars. The US and Europe still control the majority of deals and capital (83%), with Silicon Valley running the show: the top 15 world acquirers are all US companies with 9 from Silicon Valley. In Europe, The UK is the “exit capital”, followed, at a distance, by Germany and France. We have also noticed a trend showing that 48% of the startup acquisitions have been completed by startups or former startups.
2017 has featured the highest YoY increase in deal volume (42%) since 2011. Europe is growing faster compared to the US, even if the gap remains huge, with US corporates acquiring over 3 times more startups than European counterparts.
The US shows a good equilibrium between number of exits and number of acquisitions, while Europe still runs a negative M&A balance (more startups sold than acquired). Countries like South Korea, China and Japan have been confirmed to be “net acquirers” of startups.
This report also confirms the “Power Law” of venture capital: 71% of the exited startups don’t return the capital invested, while 13% return more than a 3x multiple (3% with wild multiples). ‘Click here to learn more’
Check out our visual story of #SEW17 launch in Brussels!
We created a visual story of what happened at the launch of
#SEW17 in #Brussels last 6th February!
Startup Europe Week aims to help entrepreneurs and startups find out what support is available for them on a local, regional and European level.
The second ever Startup Europe Week (6th-10th February) was launched in Brussels on 6th February at the Microsoft Innovation Centre, with a host of brilliant speakers and people from the entrepreneur world.
To see the storify, go here: https://storify.com/startupeuw/sew17
You can pictures we took from the event, live streaming which we uploaded via Periscope, and other people’s tweets from the event (including quotes from the speakers!)
Thank you for everyone that came to the event, it was a brilliant way to kick off SEW17!
NITRO STORY: Healthy Road, your reliable driving companion
Many of us have already been there. You are driving along linear roads or in the middle of the night and suddenly feel very tired. The most common solutions to tackle this problem is to drive carrying a talkative companion, listening to some loud music or, if the tiredness is prevailing, to stop somewhere safe and take a nap. These solutions could be soon out of fashion.
A startup from Portugal is now proposing a new technology to address this issue. Healthy Road is developing AI facial biometric tech for driver monitoring (DMS).
How does it work? The software’s main goal is to monitor the driver’s behavior and state in order to alert him in case of danger. The system can in fact recognize if the driver is able to take over the vehicle control after the autonomous driving mode and to alert the driver in case he is adopting a dangerous driving behavior. All in all, the Healthy Road technology provide a better user experience and support other sensors in the vehicle to take action if necessary.
The facial biometric software can process in fact in real time the stream from one single camera, in order to get facial features. Healthy Road aims to use this technology in vehicles in order to reduce accidents due to distraction and drowsiness.
The features of the software are already very promising and allow detecting different state of the driver. Using face movement detection and eye gaze, the software can detect a distraction or a loss of focus. Through eye analysis techniques, it is able to recognize drowsiness and using the blinking analysis the fatigue level of the driver. However, Healthy Road promises to do even more by recognizing emotions using face expression analysis and even stress through the measurement of the heart rate.
Healthy Road is one of the successful startup who took part to the 2nd Nitro Event in Sophia Antipolis (France) on the 1st and 2nd December 2016. The CEO and Co-Founder André Azevedo summarizes in this way the most recent achievement of his company: “We reached recently 90% accuracy in two main features – drowsiness and distraction detection – that allow us to open some closed doors and to have two new business deals for 2017”.
The startup has already received several recognitions and has additionally been chosen as one of the ten startups selected worldwide to the Rockstart’s Accelerator Program. By participating to Nitro they were looking for some focused advice to further growth their company and were eager to meet investors.
“Nitro meant for us two days to look at your startup results and find how you can improve them and plan the next step” – says the Co-Founder Azevedo.Having had the chance to meet several investors at Nitro, they understood one crucial thing: “Most investors are not interested to invest in product development,they want to invest their money on sales, so also the pitch deck should be changed accordingly”.
The call for Nitro 3 taking place in Lisbon on the 4th and 5th May 2017 is now online! If you wish to join amazing startups, be coached by experienced consultants and pitch in front of investors apply till the 15th March 2017 here http://epluseurope.eu/blog-entry/open-call-announcement-nitro-3-extreme-acceleration-event
Startup Europe After 2 Years – Post event blog
The whole day conference ‘Startup Europe After 2 Years’ #SEA2Y took place on the 2 February at the Permanent Representation of Spain in Brussels.
The event took off at 9.30am, moment in which Gerard De Graaf, head of Directorate F at DG CONNECT, greeted the startup initiatives and their achievements and welcomed the over 200 people who attended the event.
Straight after the brief presentation the audience was blown away by the incredible startup data collected by Dealroom, StartupHubs and Nesta, just to mention a few. Don’t you worry if you couldn’t make it to the event, we have all the slides on Startup Europe Slideshare! However, you’ll be missing the interventions provided by the excellent moderator Mike Butcher, ‘Editor at Large’ at TechCrunch.
The morning session finished with some short talks on the internationalization of Startups at the European level and was capped off with a showcase of the best policy practices to support startup ecosystems across Europe. The Startup Visa was one of the hottest topics mentioned, but we also looked at more grass-roots challenges, calling for an open culture.
After a quick look at Startup Europe Awards – Best Public Administration – and the new initiatives that feed on Startup Europe e.i. the Startup and Scaleup Initiative, we all delved into an intense afternoon filled with the Startup Europe projects results and impact, summerised in short pitches which you can find on the Startup Europe slideshare and on our website.
The 5-minute pitches were opened by a quick panel led by the Startup Europe team at the European Commission and its communication agency, Hugin&Munin, which is in charge of the website, The One Stop Shop and of bringing under one umbrella all the projects’ activities and events.
Once the results were shown, the Startup and Innovation team at the EC explained how to apply to the next ICT32 Open Call ‘Startup Europe and Innovation Radar’, which, by the way, there are about 2 months left to apply!
The event proved to be a great opportunity to connect with other important members of the entrepreneurship ecosystem. And hopefully great partnerships were formed to propose great projects for the ICT 32 call!
“State of European Tech – The future is invented in Europe” report will be presented in Brussels by CEPS
“State of European Tech – The future is invented in Europe” report will be presented in Brussels by CEPS
- Tom Wehmeier, Principal & Head of Research at Atomico, wrote the 2016 report which was published at the Slush conference in Helsinki in November
- Startup Europe will highlight the importance of evidence based policy making on startups policy
- This presentation would take place under the frame of the StartUp Europe Awards initiative
One of the most comprehensive reports regarding the current state of the tech scene in Europe will be presented in an event hosted and organised by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) on January 31st.
An excellent opportunity to highlight the importance of evidence based policy making on startups policythat will benefit the European institutions work towards startups with validated data.
Commissioned and produced by Atomico, a European-based global venture capital firm, in partnership with Slush, the organisers of the Slush technology conference in Helsinki, Finland, the report outlines three key trends underlying the growing influence and success of the European technology industry:
- Deep tech is thriving and diversifying in Europe: 2016 was a bumper year with $88B in deep tech M&A; more US and Asian tech giants buying up European deep tech companies and tapping into a growing deep tech talent pool.
- New tech hubs are emerging across Europe beyond the existing order of London, Berlin, and Stockholm. The report suggests that Munich, Zurich, Lisbon, Madrid, and Copenhagen will be ones to watch over the coming years. Paris is starting to seriously challenge London and Berlin in number of VC-financed deals and deal volume.
- Traditional industries are awakening to tech: two thirds of Europe’s largest corporates by market cap have made a direct investment in tech companies while one third has acquired a tech company since the beginning of 2015.
This is the second year in a row that Slush and Atomico have produced their data-driven look inside the European tech ecosystem, with this year’s report including data from LinkedIn, Meetup, Stack Overflow, Dealroom.co, and the London Stock Exchange.
The presentation of the report “State of European Tech – The future is invented in Europe” is hosted and organised by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) leading think tank and forum for debate on EU affairs, with the support of Finnova Foundation and StartUp Europe (DG CONNECT), under the frame of StartUp Europe Awards.
StartUp Europe Awards (www.startupeuropeawards.com) is promoted by the European Commission and supported by the President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of the European Parliament as Ambassadors and it is implemented by Finnova Foundation in collaboration with Startup Europe.
The objectives of StartUp Europe Awards (SEUA) are to identify local role models in each ecosystem of startups across Europe and to create an alliance of organizations supporting innovation and entrepreneurship.
AGENDA – JANUARY 31st
Conference Room.CEPS. Place du Congrès 1. B-1000 Brussels
Pre-registration is required in the following link.
NITRO STORY: Motionscloud, insurance claims at your fingertip
Have you already been stuck in an insurance claim process? If yes, you know how painful this can be, not just for the refund process but also for the insurer checking the truthfulness of the claim. However, this long process could be soon a memory: the Germany based Startup Motionscloud [LINK: www.motionscloud.com] is providing a new claim solution for non-life insurers.
Motionscloud is a fast, efficient and cost effective ways to settle non-life insurance dispute. The mobile & artificial intelligence claim solutions enablesin fact to digitize and to automate claims processes through customer centric mobile solution.
Through the Motionscloud estimation engine the value of the damages is estimated in real-time. The evidence can be collected through different media format as text, audio, photo and video. All evidence is thensecurely stored, thus eliminating the possibility of fraud. Finally, Motionscloud enables claim experts to work with customers remotely through voice and video communication in order to complete the claim settlement. The claim process is thus more straightforward and efficient with a higher customer satisfaction.
STARTUP EUROPE – TWIST – Time sure flies when you’re always innovating!
Wow! Has it been 2 years already? When you work with innovative technologies and when you’re constantly surrounded by creative minds, time goes by in a heartbeat. It’s those people who can’t think about anything else except finding the next best thing which will change our lives for the better that make technology, our economy and the whole world go round and round.
STARTUP EUROPE and TWIST have been at the forefront of technological innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe for the past 2 years and we loved every bit of the process!
With over 72 meetups, 3 bootcamps on life science, cybersecurity and key enabling technologies, 27 e-pitches with investors and with more than 2.500 participants to our initiatives and events, TWIST has managed to bring together the key players on the European startup scene.
Partnering with Microsoft, Adecco, Meet In Italy for Life Science, Tech-Tour, International Cybersecurity Forum, CISCO, Android and PSA, we have managed to bring our startups in contact with the most valuable resources available today. Experience mentors and experts from different industries have met up with our startups and entrepreneurs in our joint efforts to boost Europe’s startup ecosystem into achieving amazing results.
After 2 incredible years of working with some of the most talented startups and entrepreneurs in Europe and worldwide, we can easily say that the future of technological innovation is close. Real close. It’s here!