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!
10 amazing European startups will join the South by Southwest Conference (SXSW)
Interview with Peteris Zilgavis, Head of Startups and Innovation and at the EC.
What is your background?
I’m a barrister, with my J.D. from University of Southern California, and a B.A. in political science from UCLA. I started addressing international law issues in several Latvian ministries (environment, foreign affairs) then moved to private law and then to the World Bank, the Council of Europe and finally the European Commission, working in areas of new technologies, policy and the law.
Is it a logical progression to what you do now?
Yes it is. The Digital Single Market and entrepreneurship in this area follow on my work on how policy and regulatory frameworks can adopt and adapt to innovative solutions rapidly while upholding principles of respect for the environment and our citizens’ interests.
What are you working on now? What are your plans for 2017?
Several important initiatives are implementing the European Commission Communication on the Startups and Scaleups Initiative (innovation procurement, regulatory sandboxes, Startup Europe and ICT standards), and Co-Chairing the European Commission’s Task Force on Financial Technology – FinTech.
What will you be talking about at RVS? / Why are you attending?
I’ll be talking about how Startup Europe aims at mission-based networking between Europe’s Startup ecosystems. We don’t have a single Silicon Valley dominating Europe but different cities that are strong in artificial intelligence, Deep Tech, gaming, FinTech, Insurtech etc. As policymakers, we also are conscious of needing to address societal challenges. The aim is to enable Europe’s entrepreneurs and tech to be part of the solution on the basis of an innovation and investment-friendly business climate.
It was a great year for me because I moved to the Startups and Innovation dossier, which I am very motivated by, but it was a year in which we saw that many voters in the World were dissatisfied with the status quo and were looking for answers. I believe that innovation and entrepreneurship can provide some of the opportunities that have been missing so I’m glad to be working with Europe’s startup communities to ensure that the next scaleups come from the EU and that jobs and growth are generated.
Which influencers and websites do you follow to keep up to date with the latest developments?
Too many to make a choice here (and to show favouritism). Always glad to hear about new sources of info.
How can people find out more about what you are working on?
The Startup Europe websites and social media, the European Commission websites and social media and my own Twitter account ( @PZilgalvis ).
Peteris Zilgalvis, J.D.
Head of Unit, Startups and Innovation
Digital Single Market Directorate
Directorate General Communications Networks, Content and Technology
Co-Chair, FinTech Task Force
Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?
I’m looking forward to a great event in beautiful Riga, Latvia, where I’m always glad to be!
Talent, imagination and innovation: helping Europe’s tech startups to succeed
It was called Startup Europe Week. It was the largest ever multi-event of its kind for startups, certainly in Europe.
Now, to build on last year’s pioneering success, we are doing it again.
Throughout this week across Europe, a wide range of events will take place in more than 40 countries to raise awareness about resources and opportunities that are available locally for tech entrepreneurs and to help startups to create new networks and ecosystems.
Five years ago, we were just scratching the surface regarding startups with the early awareness initiatives of Startup Europe.
This programme’s main objective is to strengthen the business environment for web and ICT entrepreneurs so that their ideas and business can start and grow.
Since then, we have expanded and diversified the list of campaigns and programmes held under the Startup Europe umbrella – like the many events, around 200 expected, being held during this week.
Vibrant startup scene
And so the European startup scene has grown steadily.
Europe has now seen its first $10 billion companies emerge.
Deep tech is thriving, with investments and acquisitions going strong in this area.
European tech shows real diversity across industrial sectors, creating jobs faster than other industries. New tech hubs, where companies are succeeding in areas like fintech, healthcare, cybersecurity and the Internet of Things, are sprouting up to challenge more traditional centres like London and Berlin.
In short, Europe is home to a vibrant startup scene. And that is something we can really be proud of.
But we also know there is still more to do to help startups get off the ground and scale up.
Some familiar problems remain, such as linking up tech hubs, communities and ecosystems.
Networking them closer together would help to unlock their potential, and offer them some scale to compete in the international marketplace. This is exactly the kind of area where Startup Europe Week can help, especially with the local and regional support networks that it can provide.
We still need to encourage more women into tech and overcome what the Atomico/Slush report calls an “alarming gender imbalance”: 80% of companies that raise funding have all-male founding teams.
The Digital Single Market strategy directly addresses many of the problems faced by startups. We are already making changes to remove regulatory and administrative barriers that are holding them back.
To encourage cross-border investment, for example, we have proposed simplifying and modernising EU rules for online and digital cross-border purchases.
The aim is to help e-commerce startups by making it easier for them to comply with laws across the EU. In turn, they will be able to expand across national borders more quickly and offer their services to more customers.
Better public services – fully online and joined up across administrations and borders – will make life easier for startups keen to expand beyond national borders.
I want a “once-only principle” for businesses in their dealings with the public sector to be a reality soon; more e-procurement, and more procurement from startups – a great investment support.
Then, of course, there is financing. This is often – if not usually – the most tricky issue for startups, at whatever stage of the investment cycle, from seed money to late-stage funding.
Here again, we are working to improve the situation, especially with the startup and scale-up initiative that the Commission presented in November 2016.
This puts a new focus on venture capital investment, insolvency law and taxation, bringing them together with all the possibilities that the EU already offers.
Along with improving access to finance, the initiative aims to make it easier for entrepreneurs to have a second chance if they fail.
Last year, Startup Europe Week was a resounding success: the largest Europe-wide event dedicated to local support for startups that want to go global.
I wish this year’s week of events the same success, if not greater. Please get involved and help make Europe a connected continent for tech entrepreneurs: for them to imagine, to innovate, to succeed.
Another blog soon.
First ‘Challenge the Car of the Future’ Session
On January 12th 2016, at Lazio Innova, TWIST project partner, the first mentorship session of the ‘Challenge the Car of the Future’ program took place. The program was launched by Lazio Innova and Euro Engineering.
With 59 offices in Europe, Euro Engineering operates as an international engineering company for worldwide clients. As a strategic partner, Euro Engineering offers global project support while guaranteeing a consistent level of service.
Six startups are participating to the mentorship program for the development of solutions for automotive sector that will be proposed by Euro Engineering to European clients. The winner of the challenge will be announced during the Startup Europe Week.
Press coverage of startup Job Today winning a Startup Europe Award!
Job Today, la app que conecta empresas y candidatos y que ha revolucionado la forma de encontrar empleo a través de la tecnología móvil, ha sido seleccionada como finalista para competir en los Startup Europe Awards (SEUA).
Los SEUA, una iniciativa promovida por la Comisión Europea e implementada por Finnova en colaboración con StartUp Europe, tienen como objetivo reconocer las mejores StartUps europeas. Los premios, que se entregarán el próximo marzo, se dividen en 10 categorías según el ámbito de actuación de cada start-up. Así, Job Today competirá en representación de Luxemburgo (país donde se fundó la compañía) dentro de la categoría Social, por su contribución a la estimulación positiva del mercado laboral al favorecer la agilidad y eficiencia de los procesos de selección.
Job Today fue lanzada en mayo de 2015 y España fue el primer país donde operó y es dónde actualmente lidera el mercado del recruitment mobile en el sector servicios.
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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!
Startup Scaleup – Startup Europe’s IoT Accelerator
A 6-month acceleration programme, launched in 2015 aimed to find European startups developing cutting-edge IoT innovation. During the past two years, programme ran 2 batches in 4 European locations simultaneously and supported 133 startups. “We have achieved and exceeded expected number of companies, that we wanted to support. This is what happens, when there is so much IoT potential in Europe”, – said Andres Iborra, Startup Scaleup project coordinator.
Both batches started with a IoT’ers week simultaneous in the four different hubs of Startup Scaleup programme: Vilnius – Lithuania, Zoetermeer – the Netherlands, Dublin – Ireland and Cartagena – Spain. Andres Iborra continues – “Because of a great variety in the expertise of Startup Scaleup partners, we managed to offer very high quality support in the technical field of IoT, business management and fundraising.”
Each 6-month journey finished with a Demo Day, where the top startups of each batch were selected to pitch and demonstrate their products at a major event. In May 2016, top 12 startups from the first batch presented their products during the Connected Conference, in Paris. From the second batch, the top 16 were selected to demonstrate their products on November 2016, during Internet of Thing World Europe in Dublin.
From both batches, comprised of 133 companies, more than €10M were raised. “We are very happy to witness rapid growth of our incubated startups and help them raise funds. We are also very happy with the variety of available capital for innovative IoTstartups. Our companies raised money from the government, angels and VC’s simultaneously.” – said Andres Iborra.
He continues – “The funded part of the project is about to end, however having seen such tremendous success and a market opportunity we are looking forward to transform this initiative into a sustainable programme that can further support IoT companies Europe-wide”.
Startup Scaleup in numbers:
About the Startup-Scaleup Project
Startup Scaleup is the 6 month IoT accelerator of Startup Europe powered by the European Commission which is combining physical and virtual acceleration, and looking for talented startups aspiring to take their business to the next level and expanding to international markets.
Startup Scaleup is building a European ecosystem connecting the players of four consolidated entrepreneurial hubs (Cartagena, Dublin, Vilnius and Zoetermeer) in order to provide a greater range and quality services to ambitious entrepreneurs who want to launch and grow companies focused on the Internet of Things (IoT).
Startup Scaleup is run by the Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena, Crosspring LABs, Open Coffee Club Lithuania, the Ryan Academy, F6S and BluSpecs.
About Startup Europe
Startup Europe is a European Commission initiative that aims to strengthen the business environment for web and ICT entrepreneurs so that their ideas and business can start and grow in the EU.
Uniting European startup ecosystems is its value proposition. Some of its concrete activities are:
- Connecting startup ecosystems throughout Europe.
- Bridging the gap between investors, corporates and startups.
- Creating a bottom-up movement across Europe.
- Giving voice to startups to influence new policies (capital markets union, digital single market).
- Celebrating entrepreneurship.
More information at:
Startup Europe Partnership, 3 years later.
Startup Europe Partnership: Highlights
Established by the European Commission in January 2014 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Startup Europe Partnership (SEP) is the first pan-European platform dedicated to transforming European startups into scaleups by linking them with global corporates.
SEP is led by Mind the Bridge, an organization based in Italy and United States, with the support of Nesta (the UK’s innovation foundation), Factory (an acceleration program and campus for tech companies of any stage, originating from Berlin), and Bisite Accelerator (Madrid/Salamanca).
In the past two years a lot has been done by SEP to promote startup-corporate collaboration in Europe and support the scale-up of the European ecosystem. Let’s see how.
- Matching: 18 Matching Events organized with 593 private 1:1 pre-arranged and qualified meetings between startups and corporates. Of them, 328 (64%) are cross-border, meaning involving corporates and startups of different nationalities. 12 deals closed, €2.5M+ of new business generated, €450M+ ofnew capital raised post matching, 2 exits and 1 active acquisition.
- Startup Scouting and Filtering: 898 startups from 18 different countries presented to 43corporates.
- Mapping: 16 SEP Monitors published presenting data about scaleups and exits in Europe and showcasing the most fast growing startups from various ecosystems
- Meet-ups: 2Startup Europe Summit (SES)pan-Europeanconferences organized in Berlin and 2 European Innovation Day (EID) international conferences organized in Mountain View. 4 EU Commissioners, 100+ speakers, 900+ peopleattending.
- Sharing: startup-corporate collaboration reports has been view 7,000+ times and 4,500+ copies has been handed out.
- Best practices: published 2 Nesta reports, Winning Together and Scaling Together, used by Virgin Startups, ABInBev, Sky and many other corporations to inspire their innovation strategy and collaborate effectively with startups.
- 25 Corporate Startups Stars: launched the European ranking of top ‘startup-friendly’ corporates. Check out the winners’ list here.
- Over 100 investors joined SEP Investors Forum: 1 meet-up in Brussels and 2 in Berlin to stimulate the conversationbetween European and international Investors with the European Commission and the European Investment Fund. Among the outcomes, 1 policy report published collecting the main recommendations.
- Connecting Europe to the U.S.: organized 2 editions of Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley (SEC2SV), exposing 28 scaleups in the Bay Area.
- 1250+ media outcomes, including The Financial Times, USA Today, Forbes, El País.
Great concrete results. Though, the best part is still ahead of us.
Startup Europe Hall of Fame
Startup Europe is going to create a new section on the Startup Europe One Stop Shop: the Hall of Fame.
The startups which will join the Hall of Fame will be selected amongst the ones who are filling in the Google Form with their testimonies.
Having taken part in one or more of the Startup Europe projects, the growth speed and the scalability will be the selection criteria.
So, if you’ve taken part in any of the Startup Europe activities fill out this form!
You might be one of the startups to be in the Hall of Fame!
Selected startups will be announced during the ‘Startup Europe After 2 Years’ event in Brussels on 2nd February 2017.