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MY-GATEWAY at the Startup Europe Campfire and Bootcamp in Paris!

Paris, 19-20 March.

All Startup Europe partners gathered in Paris to be officially presented as Startup Europe Ambassadors and to start planning future synergies!

On Monday 19th March, Krisztina Toth presented the reason d’être of MY-GATEWAY at the Startup Europe Campfire taking place at the Ile de France in Paris.

Krisztina Toth at the Startup Europe campfire
Startup Europe Campfire

The Campfire brought together over 200 main players from European startup ecosystems and it was the perfect opportunity to learn more about all the initiatives and projects which originated from Startup Europe over the years. It was the first of a series of events piloted by the Startup Europe initiative of the European Commission DG CONNECT in order to highlight existing and future opportunities led by the 10 running programs and initiatives and foster networking amongst community partners and stakeholders such as incubators, venture capital organizations, accelerators and many others who also attended the event. The main purposes of this event were to promote Europe as a startup continent and to strengthen the links between pan-European initiatives and local and national ones.

One of the highlights of the day was the official announcement of the Startup Europe Ambassadors at midday, in which all MY-GATEWAY partners simultaneously published a press release declaring their involvement in the democratization of the startup phenomenon.

Startup Europe Ambassadors

MY GATEWAY Ambassador

The following day, 20th March, had a completely different layout: first of all, it was a private event which was only directed to the 10 project partners and it took place at the Le Cargo, a startup incubator and accelerator located in northern Paris. Four workshops focused on Communication, International market access, Deep Tech and Ecosystem building took over the whole morning with the aim of producing a roadmap of activities to be organized over the following two years.

 

Communication Workshop

 

Workshop results

 

One of the main conclusions was the importance that needs to be given to cross-project communication. By communicating effectively a common Startup Europe identity, identifying and producing targeted information for startups and even co-attending important entrepreneurial events can really help Startup Europe continuing making a difference and keep building a startup continent.

 

About 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.

 

About Startup Europe

Startup Europe is an initiative of the European Commission which falls under its priority of the “Digital Single Market”. Startup Europe’s goal is to democratise the startup phenomenon so that every citizen has a fair chance to become a successful entrepreneur wherever they are located in Europe. In addition, Startup Europe helps startups in their growth phase to scale-up across Europe and internationalise worldwide. Startup Europe’s first priority is to develop high quality ecosystems based on talent and high level of connectedness among the players of the ecosystems at EU level.

Startup Europe has mobilised the tech entrepreneurship ecosystem and helped them to have their voice heard at EU institutions. It has helped to gain a better understanding of this environment and has raised political awareness on the subject.  Within the Horizon 2020 framework, 2018-2020 timeframe, 7 projects are working together in terms of financing, skills, entrepreneurial events and growth advice. Startup Europe’s programmes focus on helping startup communities, increase collaborations between startup ecosystems, encouraging entrepreneurship, startup creation and scaling business.

 

 

 

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MY-GATEWAY partners become Startup Europe Ambassadors

19 March 2018, all MY-GATEWAY partners proudly became part of the “Startup Europe Ambassador” movement in 13 countries. The Startup Europe Ambassadors are a group of key influencers in the European startup ecosystems to provide information and advice about the European Commission’s Startup Europe initiative. The objective is to democratise the startup phenomenon so that every citizen has a fair chance to become a successful entrepreneurs wherever they are located in Europe. The ambassadors will also help startups in their growth phase to have access to all the opportunities offered at European level. All Startup Europe Ambassadors are publicly presented today at the “Startup Europe Campfire” held in Paris.

Throughout the years, European Commission’s Startup Europe initiative has become a top reference in the European startup related field, by supporting directly around 60 local ecosystems and over 750 startups to grow beyond borders. The mission of Startup Europe is to build a Startup Continent by connecting pools of talent. The initiative encourages entrepreneurship, startup creation and growth; and connects startups, investors, accelerators, corporates, universities and the media through an array of grassroots initiatives or networks.

Europa Media, Czech Invest, Spherik Accelerator, Startups Slovenia, European Young Innovators Forum, Startups.be, Startup Ole Accelerator, Universidade Nova Lisboa, Hugin and Munin, NACUE, Bar Ilan University, SPARK Business Park, Start-up Serbia and Seavus Incubator are part of the new Startup Europe Horizon 2020 funded project MY-GATEWAY which was publicly launched during the Startup Europe Campfire in Paris on 19th March 2018.

MY-GATEWAY is one of the 7 Startup Europe projects. It aims to strenghten the capacities of high-tech startups and innovative SMEs in the Central and Eastern European region ot become bettwe connected, gain higher market exposure and have improved, streamlined access to funding opportunities and talent.

Krisztina Toth, MY-GATEWAY coordinator.

In an ever-changing European startup ecosystem the Startup Europe initiative has designed the group of its Ambassadors to democratise the startup phenomenon so that every citizen has a fair chance to become a successful entrepreneurs wherever they are located in Europe. The role of the ambassadors is to provide information and advice about the European Commission’s Startup Europe initiative. In addition, the ambassadors will also help startups in their growth phase to have access to all the opportunities offered at European level.

The Startup Europe Ambassadors will actively contribute to the visibility of Startup Europe activities at the local level by acting as a key information point in their countries and also as connector for the local ecosystem with the other startups ecosystems across Europe. The first members of this group are the organisations who have been selected through the evaluation of proposals of European Commission’s Horizon 2020 ICT 32 call, as well as partners of European funded projects WeP-UP or OpenMaker.

The complete list of Startup Europe Ambassadors is published here: http://startupeuropeclub.eu/startup-europe-ambassadors/ and you can meet us during future Startup Europe events organised in 2018: STARTUP OLÉ 2018 (17- 19 April, Salamanca, 2000 startup stakeholders, free registration), EUROPEAN MAKER WEEK 2018 (18-27 May, 300 maker events in 28 countries), Startup Europe Summit 2018 (European Commission’s foremost technology policy conference for startups. 15 October, Sofia, BG) and WEB SUMMIT 2018 (5-8 November, Lisbon).

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Startup Europe announces its first Startup Europe ambassadors

The first Startup Europe Ambassadors group were publicly presented during Startup Europe Campfire event held in Paris on 19 March.

They represent a group of key influencers in the European startupe cosystems who will provide information and advice about the European Commission’s Startup Europe initiative.

The objective is to democratise the startup phenomenon so that every European citizen has a fair chance to become a successful entrepreneur. The ambassadors will also help startups in their growth phase to have access to all the opportunities offered at European level.

Throughout the years, European Commission’s Startup Europe initiative has become a top reference in the European startup related field, by supporting directly around 60 local ecosystems and over 750 startups to grow beyond borders. The mission of Startup Europe is to build a Startup Continent by connecting pools of talent. The initiative encourages entrepreneurship, startup creation and growth; and connects startups, investors, accelerators,corporates, universities and the media through an array of grass roots initiatives or networks.

In an ever-changing European startup ecosystem the Startup Europe initiative has designed the group of its Ambassadors to democratise the startup phenomenon so that every citizen has a fair chance to become a successful entrepreneurs wherever they are located in Europe. The role of the ambassadors is to provide information and advice about the European Commission’s Startup Europe initiative. In addition, the ambassadors will also help startups in their growth phase to have access to all the opportunities offered at European level.

The Startup Europe Ambassadors will actively contribute to the visibility of Startup Europe activities at the local level by acting as a key information point in their countries and also as connector for the local ecosystem with the other startups ecosystems across Europe. The first members of this group are the organisations who have been selected through the evaluation of proposals of European Commission’s Horizon 2020 ICT 32 call, as well as partners of European funded projects WeP UP! or OpenMaker.

The complete list of Startup Europe Ambassador is published here: http://startupeuropeclub.eu/startup-europe-ambassadors/ and you can meet them during future Startup Europe events organised in 2018:

  • STARTUP OLÉ 2018 (17- 19 April, Salamanca, 2000 startupstakeholders, freeregistration),
  • EUROPEAN MAKER WEEK 2018 (18-27 May, 300 makerevents in 28 countries),
  • Startup Europe Summit 2018 (European Commission’s foremost technology policy conference for startups, 15 October, Sofia).

More information about future events will be published soon on the single point for startups to access all the information they need to grow and thrive, the website you’re visiting right now: http://startupeuropeclub.eu/

Press release on European Comission website.

 

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STARTUP EUROPE LATIN AMERICA Assembly

ABOUT STARTUP EUROPE LATIN AMERICA.–Startup Europe Latin America aims at connecting startups), venture capital funds, angel investors, corporates, and specific ecosystem intermediaries to make EU-LATAM cooperation more effective.

Get your tickets here: Eventbrite

Official presentation to EUROLAT Assembly

European Parliament
March 19th, 2018

16.00 Welcome
Ramón Jauregui, Member of the European Parliament and President of the EUROLAT Assembly

  • 16.15 Opening remarks: Startup Europe: connecting entrepreneurial ecosystems
    Roberto Viola, Director- General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology
  • 16.30 Introduction:  Startup Europe Latin America – Building bridges for startups
    Julia Prats, Associate Dean IESE Business School, Startup Europe Latin America

16.40 Learnings from the SELATAM “doers”: Opportunities and barriers to scale across regions

  • Javier Vallaure, CEO of ALLPAGO, Germany
  • Stefano Portu, Founder SHOPFULLY, Italy
  • Caritta Seppa, Founder of  TESPACK, Finland
  • Daniel Waimann, Founder of LOCATION WORLD, Ecuador (tbc)
  • Fernando Lelo de Larrea, Founder and Partner of ALLVP, Mexico
  • Eduardo Amadeo, Founder MOUNTAIN NAZCA PARTNERS, Argentina

17.20 Startup Europe Latin America: Supporting entrepreneurs across-regions

  • Javier Salinas, Director EmprendeUP, Peru
  • Isabelle Chaquiriand, Director Xcala Angels, Uruguay
  • Felipe Chediak, Director BuenTrip Hub, Ecuador
  • Liliana Gallego, Director Creame, Colombia
  • Agustin Moro, Global Head of Business Development and Global Strategic Partnerships
  • Telefonica Open Future, Spain

18.00 Closing remarks

Audience: Members of the European Parliament and European Commission Cabinets and officers and corporates.

 

STARTUP EUROPE LATIN AMERICA Assembly

Workshop on EU-LATAM opportunitiesfor collaboration
European Commission, March 20th, 2018

10.00 Welcome remarks

  • Startup Europe and ICT Policy Dialogues, Isidro Laso Head of Startup Europe, DG CNECT

10.20 Private sector development and biregional collaboration for high-growth companies, Marc Litvine, Senior Officer, DG DEVCO
10.35 “Learnings from the SELATAM “doers”: How to bring down barriers”.

  • Panel by Entrepreneurs, investors and corporates in Europe and Latam

11.10Funding instruments for startups and innovation,

  • Ignacio Puente, Policy Officer, DG RTD
  • Research and innovation cooperation with Latin America, Piero Venturi, Policy Officer,
    DG RTD

11.25 Helping startups to grow and scale,

  • Rudy Aernoudt, Member of the Chief Economist
    Team of the European Commission, DG GROW

11.40 Supporting entrepreneurs across-regions

  • Panel by Latin American and European entrepreneurial support entities

12.30 Shared opportunities – Same Challenges,

  • Adrián Magendzo, Pacific Alliance Innovation Agenda Leader, Senior Specialist, Competitiveness, Technology and Innovation Division,
    Inter-American Development Bank

 

12.45 Closing

Panelists:

  • Javier Vallaure, COO of ALLPAGO, Germany
  • Stefano Portu, Founder SHOPFULLY, Italy
  • Caritta Seppa, Founder of TESPACK, Finland
  • Daniel Waimann, Founder of LOCATION WORLD, Ecuador (tbc)
  • Fernando Lelo de Larrea, Founder and Partner of ALLVP, Mexico
  • Eduardo Amadeo, Founder MOUNTAIN NAZCA PARTNERS, Argentina
  • Javier Salinas, Director EMPRENDEUP, Peru
  • Isabelle Chaquiriand, Director XCALA ANGELS, Uruguay
  • Felipe Chediak, Director BUENTRIP HUB, Ecuador
  • Liliana Gallego, Director CREAME, Colombia
  • Agustin Moro, Wayra, Global Head of Business Development and Global Strategic
    Partnerships Telefonica Open Future, Spain

Audience: corporates active on entrepreneurship / open innovation / collaboration with startups in Latam, Commission officials from different DGs, entrepreneurs.

 

Get your tickets here: Eventbrite

ABOUT STARTUP EUROPE LATIN AMERICA.

Startup Europe Latin America aims at connecting startups), venture capital funds, angel investors, corporates, and specific ecosystem intermediaries to make EU-LATAM cooperation more effective.

 

 

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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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Eight startups will represent Belgium at StartUp Europe Awards in 2017

  • Creative, Cybersecurity, Fintech, Gastronomy, Green, Smart Cities, Social and Tourism categories are going to be represent at SEUA17

Brussels, 13 of February of 2018. StartUp Europe Awards is promoted by the European Commission and supported by the President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of the European Parliament as Ambassador and it is implemented by Finnova Foundation in collaboration with StartUp Europe.

Digital African Woman is the responsible for Belgium. They are a social enterprise dedicated to the innovation and support for female-led tech business ideation. The Digital African Woman provides our best Master trainers to help startups develop their product and identify investor. We provide the opportunities for these women-led businesses to move from pitching their ideas to pitching a product.

Eight startups will represented Belgium in Startup Europe Awards.

In Creative category Ochola.asbl is the winner. Ochola is a friendly place where you can discover all that Africa has to offer, is also the ideal place to discover new people in love with Africa, and to think together about a better future for this continent. Open to all and in a vision of cultural cohesion, we welcome you around a café to better reflect on the development of the African Continent and the promotion of the know-how of its descendants.

Cyberber Way Finder is going to represent Belgium in Cybersecurity category. This startup helps to create a community of women cybersecurity experts and build up a network of companies that have a need for qualified professionals. Cybersecurity is a social issue. It has the responsibility of keeping our online data safe, and of preventing cyber-attacks from threatening our safety, and critical public infrastructure that provide basic needs such as healthcare and mobility.

In Fintech category, Ewala is the winner. Ewala allows you to send airtime credit to your friends’ and families’ prepaid mobile phone abroad.

Chocolat Guérin Boutron is the Gastronomy representant. They are a prestigious enterprise that today fosters a global awareness where the identity, individuality and cultural diversity of itspartners are not only respected but celebrated.

In Green category the winner is Robin Food. Robin Food store is an application that aims to reduce the food waste of distribution by referencing products close to the final date of sale.

For Smart Cities category Parcify is going to represent Belgium. This startup helps you with your packages, delivering in just a few simple clicks. Parcify connects private senders and businesses to independent couriers that are heading in the right direction, through a crowdsourced delivery platform, to ensure a sustainable, cost effective and convenient delivery of goods.

We Love BXL is the winner in Social category. WeLoveBXL is a brewery of talent. Our mission is to co-create a diverse, dynamic and positive community-driven environment where youngsters can be teased, inspired and stimulated in their personal development process. A physical hotspot to connect in the heart of Molenbeek providing access to a variety of core and hosted recreational and professional activities. Investing in talent and potential by setting up valuable partnerships with relevant stakeholders. Aiming to reach as many youngsters, focused on creating a lasting impact by empowering youth in their socio-economic challenges.

In Tourism, Vindr is the winner. This startup is an online platform where you can choose different Belgian cities and the shops most used by tourists and thus be able to locate them on the map.

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Croatian best 6 startups will be representing this country in the StartUp Europe Awards 2017

  • Edtech, e-Health, Green, Iot, Social and Tourism are the categories in which Romania will take part.
  • PAR Business School is the Croatian Country Manager, they desire to make a change, education as an answer to a need for knowledge and care for the future generations.

Brussels, 24th of January 2018. StartUp Europe Awards is promoted by the European Commission and supported by the President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of the European Parliament as Ambassador and it is implemented by Finnova Foundation in collaboration with StartUp Europe.

In Croatia, Bussiness School PAR is the Country Manager. They desire to make a change, education as an answer to a need for knowledge and care for the future generations. PAR has become known as an innovative international educational centre, professional conference on leadership, the first higher education institution with an entrepreneurial incubator for students and the first sports academy, etc. Apart from the awards ceremony, they had panel discussion, with our dean Gordana Nikolic, Sven Maricic (University of Pula, mentor of Startup Braille Riddles) and Damir Medved (Head Consultant for Ericsson Nikola Tesla). Discussion was about Is Croatia a good country for innovations?

Mathrix is going to participate in the Eurovision of StartUp in the Edtech category. This startups think that education of math in modern age is based on different mathematical techniques and ignores creativity and logic which are primary in understanding mathematics. That causes repulsion towards mathematics instead of new way of thinking and intuition. The idea of project is to change approach in early ages and show the true face of math: it is everywhere around us.

In e-Health, ReDi Isokinetc is the winner. This company wants to improve and manufacture the newest line of very precise diagnostics and rehabilitation devices and become biggest European provider of isokinetic devices to the health-related clinics. Vision is to make therapies affordable to all the patients who need it and to provide them with better quality of life. Device is designed for both diagnostics and therapeutic purposes. This level of diagnostics allows us to have insight in the dynamic state of the knee.

Growncity is the winner of Green category. Their main product is the EcoBox. EcoBox is a mobile food cultivation system integrated inside a shipping container. EcoBox makes food cultivation possible in every part of the world. The EcoBox is 100% mobile and can be deployed on almost every possible location, allowing not only farmers but all people with basic computer and technical skills to set it up anywhere from rooftops of buildings to deserts in the middle east. ”

ePlanet Sport is the Romanian representation for IoT category. ePlanet Sport is a project based on idea to promote sport activities through web platform. Main goal is to connect sport community and to advertise the positive values through sport and education. ePlanet Sports goal is to connect people, people with disabilities, schools, students, sport associations, businesses. Sport events will be easy to track just by sharing events information on our network.

Social category winner is uScope. SCOPE presents first Croatian 3D printed microscope from University of Juraj Dobrila in Pula, Croatia. With special developed software this microscopic device is able to scan and analyse usual objects from leaf’s to other organic samples. Main software was developed by our blind student.

Balkan Roads is the Tourism´s category representation. Balkan Roads is an adventurous travel arrangement that will take you through all the hidden as well as well-known natural, cultural and historical beauties of Balkan peninsula in a tiny, old wreck of a vehicle of Balkan production.

 

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Luxembourg to be represented by 14 selected start-ups in the StartUp Europe Awards 2017

Agritech, Climate, Creative, Cybersecurity, Edtech, e-Health, Energy, Fintech, IoT, Smart Cities, Social, Space, Tourism and Water are the categories which will take part in Luxembourg .

The Country Manager from Luxembourg is Startup Grind, the largest independent start-up community that actively educates, inspires and connects 1, 000, 000 entrepreneurs in over 250 cities.

Brussels, 29th of January 2018. StartUp Europe Awards is promoted by the European Commission and supported by the President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of the European Parliament as Ambassador and is implemented by the Finnova Foundation in collaboration with StartUp Europe.

The Country Manager from Luxembourg is Startup Grid, the largest independent start-up community, which actively educates, inspires and connects 1,000,000 entrepreneurs in over 250 cities. It nurtures start-up ecosystems in 105 countries through events, media and partnerships with organisations like Google for Entrepreneurs. This global community holds monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

In the Agritech category, Evvos has been chosen to participate in the “Eurovision” of StartUp. This start-up designs and develops hardware, firmware and cloud integration services platforms. Their in-house hardware and software teams collaborate to ensure optimal interoperability between sensors, data acquisition devices and software.

In the Climate category, Swirl is the winner. This start-up is working in renewable energies in the digital society.

In the Creative category, Itondo will represent Luxembourg. The itondo app allows people to virtually hang any artwork on their own wall – to scale – so that art can be previewed live.

Trust1Team will represent Luxembourg for Cybersecurity. Trust1Team is an integrator company that provides its own products based on different open source frameworks in combination with their self-developed software, giving the opportunity to governments, enterprises and organizations to digitalise their processes in a secure and trusted way.

Edutech is the winner in the Edtech category. What this start-up does is to set up structures to teach effectively with tablets, as well as the implementation of technological systems for specific cases as a real-time distance learning with networked audio-visual devices or continuing education and pedagogical activities.

Doctena is the Luxembourg company selected for the e-Health category. This app helps people find and book a medical appointment.

Fintech will be represented by Investify. This start-up takes care of your assets according to your own ideas, so you can discover the topics in which you want to invest. Then they do the rest. Digital, flexible, passionate.

AirboxLab is the IoT winner in Luxembourg. They created Meet Foobot, the home air-quality monitor that tells you what is in the air you breathe, and controls your other smart devices.

In the Smart Cities category, Examotive has been chosen. They believe in intelligent automotive mobility solutions. As our cities become ever more congested, keeping people and goods moving is one of the world’s greatest challenges. ExaMotive was founded on the belief that the way vehicles are used must change, so they are working in Project Dragon.

Digital Inclusion is the Social winner. Digital Inclusion is a non-profit organisation that promotes social inclusion through digital technology.

For Space, OQTechnology will represent Luxembourg. OQ TECHNOLOGY satellites have orbits that allow them to scan the entire surface of the Earth offering customers wide visibility of their assets and the possibility to communicate with their sensors and actuators with near-real time communication. Their system is scalable and can accommodate any size of your assets and fleets with minimum intervention.

VR Creative is the Tourism category choice. Their mission is to bring meaningful and deep VR storytelling to life using GoPro arrays.

In the Water category, the winner is WETEQ. This is a vibrant Luxembourg-based cleantech company with a proprietary portfolio of innovative chemistry-based solutions for wastewater treatment. They help customers to reduce costs, increase process efficiency, and be compliant and eco-friendlier by solving their water and wastewater challenges.

 

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Europe is back: Accelerating Breakthrough Innovation

The independent High-Level Group of Innovators advising the European Commission has published its recommendations on how a European Innovation Council (EIC) should fund and nurture breakthrough innovation from start-up to scale-up.

In their report, entitled ‘Europe is back: Accelerating breakthrough innovation‘, they recommend that a future EIC provides simplified and flexible financing, tailor-made for the needs of the innovator and which incentivises private investment for rapid scaling up. They also recommend boosting awareness of Europe’s innovation successes and leveraging European ecosystems, so that highly innovative companies can benefit from expertise and partnerships from across Europe.

Four factors that hold back breakthrough and deep tech innovation in Europe have been identified:

  • Funding – Breakthrough innovation, in particular deep tech, requires large investments, over a significant time period. This is the kind of finance that is missing in Europe and presents a systemic failure;
  • Awareness- Europe needs a flagship initiative on breakthrough innovation that can attract the best innovators and connect local and sectorial ecosystems;
  • Scale – Europe needs continental scale to compete at global level;
  • Talent- Europe needs role models and champions.

The document should provide a critical mass of funding and expertise for high risk / high gain breakthrough innovation, which empowers the innovator and incentivizes private investment.

Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas welcomed the recommendations and said they formed a significant input for the development of a full-fledged European Innovation Council as part of the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The report was first presented to French President Emmanuel Macron at the World Economic Forum in Davos, who has made similar calls for a European agency for innovation.

Commissioner Moedas said:

These recommendations show how a European Innovation Council would empower our most talented innovators and stimulate an environment of risk-taking, entrepreneurship and scaling-up to the international stage. They come at a critical time in the preparations for the next EU research and innovation programme.


The Group’s chair, Hermann Hauser, co-Founder of Amadeus Capital Partners, said:

We are convinced that our fourteen recommendations – on funding, awareness, scale and talent – will constitute a step change in the impact of EU innovation support and help catapult Europe into pole position in the global innovation stakes

Bindi Karia, Start-upexpert and advisor and Member of the High-Level Group of Innovators added in the report:

Ecosystem players from across Europeare all involved in the Startup Europe project, andwhat has transpired is that these leaders fromeach country collaborating and learning from eachother borders. And it continues to grow. From citieslike Paris to Berlin to Stockholm to Lisbon, the keypeople in these communities know each other andare increasingly collaborating with each other, dealby deal and company by company.

 

Background

The High-Level Group of 15 leading innovators was launched in January 2017. Their recommendations will be considered in the Commission’s proposals for the future EU research and innovation Framework Programme (post-Horizon 2020) due to be presented by this summer.

The Commission has launched an EIC pilot programme (2018-20), to test out new approaches within the current Horizon 2020 programme to better support top-class innovators, start-ups, small companies and researchers with breakthrough ideas with scale up potential.

 

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Visual commerce platform Photoslurp receives €750K in investment

Barcelona, November 2017 – Photoslurp, the leading visual commerce platform in Europe, just received an investment of €750.000. Inveready Technology Investment Group, a leading VC in Spain, led the Photoslurp investment with participation from Bankinter VC (through the Entrepreneurship Programme of Bankinter’s Innovation Foundation), Caixa Capital Risc and ICF. This is Photoslurp’s first investment, since the company was co-founded in 2014 by Ben Heinkel and Eulogi Bordas, having been completely bootstrapped to this point.

>From the beginning, Photoslurp has been enabling brands to engage with their customers while increasing their conversion rates by incorporating customers photos and videos in their websites as shoppable social proof. Growing rapidly, Photoslurp is now the market leader in Europe working with over 150 brands in 20 countries. Links of London, Folli Follie, Tally Weijl, Cluse Watches, Adolfo Domínguez and Lindblad Expeditions are some of their flagship clients.

Visual Commerce Platform
Photoslurp’s visual commerce platform allows brands to leverage User Generated Content (UGC) created by their fans and customers. The platform scans social media for photos and videos of customers with a brand’s’ products and integrates them into the brand’s online store. By directly linking this media to products, they become shoppable and lead to increased conversion rates.

As a result, brands benefit from the use of this media by creating an engaging community feeling on their website, while enriching product pages with inspiring real-life social content and boosting their e-commerce conversion rate in the process.

Photoslurp’s extensive analytics suite allows brands to measure real-time the impact of UGC in their online stores as well as provides key ROI metrics. The best performing photos or videos are identified and can then be pushed to Facebook and Instagram to create high performing advertisements. In addition, the suite helps to identify and monitor brand evangelists across social media networks, enabling brands to further engage with them.

Scaling up the business
The investment enables Photoslurp to fully grab the momentum of visual commerce, by scaling up European growth and continuously increasing the added value for their clients by enhancing their technology. “Visual commerce is becoming more important by the day”, says Eulogi Bordas, CEO of Photoslurp.”With the diminishing results of online advertising, UGC is extremely important for both building a community and engaging with your audience, reinforcing consumer trust, driving traffic and increasing your ecommerce conversion rate. Brands embracing photos and videos of customers have experienced significant ROI increases and we foresee that – in addition to fashion, beauty and travel brands – UGC will become indispensable for many brands from other industries as well.”

“The growth that Photoslurp managed to obtain without funding, the technical level of the visual commerce platform combined with its strong leadership team more than validates the investment”, explains Roger Piqué, Founding Partner of Inveready Technology Group. “We believe the importance of brand engagement and UGC will continue to surge, making it a key component in digital marketing campaigns. Therefore we are excited to be a partner in the scaling of Photoslurp as a leading company of the future.

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