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“It has been a great opportunity”: The ‘Startup Lighthouse Awards’ at TechChill!

Are you thinking of scaling your startup in Europe? Join one of our ‘Deep Dive Weeks’ and you’ll forever be a part of our Startup Lighthouse family.

Just like your enthusiastic godparent, we promise we will always find ways to promote you, talk about you, and get you in front of the right people.

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DT4G#Barcelona – Call for applications

We encourage you to join DT4G#Barcelona, our exclusive startup event within the European Commission program, Startup Europe, that will take place on 25 April 2019 at the Pier01 of Barcelona Tech City.

 

DeepTech4Good is an Acceleration Programme, financed under the Horizon 2020 framework, committed to help Deep Tech startups accelerate their development and scale up at a European level. There are 4 application domains: Health & Well-being, Industry 4.0, Smart Mobility, Smart City. DeepTech4Good is led by 4 innovation hubs from Germany, France, Austria and Spain, working together to identify high potential Deep Tech startups.

 

The DT4G#BCN event is an excellent opportunity to present your innovative technologies in front of investors and large companies from different European countries. The startups will have the chance to do pitches, have b2b meetings with investors and representatives of large companies and to participate in the Open Innovation Challenges, focused on presenting innovative solutions to the corporates’ challenges in order to create cooperations with these European corporates.

 

@Startups: Don’t miss the unique opportunity to apply for the call of investor’s pitching & corporate challenge pitching until the end of March. The finalists will be able to pitch in front of investors and international corporates during the event in Barcelona. For more information check out the official event website: https://www.deeptechforgood.eu/events/dt4g-barcelona/.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Barcelona!

 

Contact: Sabine Runge, sabine.runge@secpho.org.

www.deeptechforgood.eu | www.facebook.com/DeepTech4Good/ | https://twitter.com/DeepTech4Good | www.linkedin.com/in/deeptech-4good-126140158/ |

 

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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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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.

 

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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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.

IT’S FREE!

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.

Apply now!

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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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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.

BACKGROUND

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 EXHIBITION

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
    (September 2017)
  • Parvis Hôtel de Ville, Paris, France
    (November 2017)
  • European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
  • Capitol Hill Ocean Week, Washington D.C., USA
  • G7 Presidency, Canada
  • Berlin, Germany
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