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Madrid Startup House will be at Startup Olé!

Madrid Startup House is going to be at Startup Olé, a great tech event in Salamanca, Spain, on 26th and 27th April!

Madrid Startup House is a pilot initiative which began through Startup Europe. It aims to be a one stop shop where entrepreneurs and startups can find everything they need to startup in Madrid, Spain. It is a neutral space which aims to connect all players of the ecosystem, and facilitate Madrid, and Spain’s, ability to adapt to the Digital Single Market.

Madrid Startup House will be at Startup Olé for both days of the event, to present the Madrid ecosystem and explain more about the initiative.

Madrid Startup House will:

  • Be there with its two co-founders Victor Teodosio and Asier Basterretxea
  • Have its own stand where you come to visit us and ask all of your questions
  • Bring members of the Madrid ecosystem to meet you
  • Bring selected top startups from Madrid: more on this very soon!

Keep an eye out for more information, on @MadridSHouse and on the website! We are excited to see you there!

About Startup Olé

Startup Olé emerged in 2015 from a highly successful European project within Startup Europe (WELCOME). The main objective of this project was to connect the startup ecosystems across Europe and advance European tech entrepreneurship. Although this project has now finished, Startup Olé persists as a unique event to drive entrepreneurship through effective collaboration. In fact, because of its origins, Startup Olé has become something that no other event has been able to achieve: A place where meaningful connections can be made with ALL the key players in the tech ecosystem.

 

 

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EU eHealth Competition: Get recognized as the best eHealth solution in Europe

Submit your digital health solution to the eHealth Competition before the 6th March. This year we have introduced a new track on Diabetes.

SMEs, get recognition for your eHealth Solution by entering the eHealth Competition!  TICBioMed’s aim is to provide support for SME business success, offering a path to increase visibility and marketing opportunities to attract customers, partners and external capital.

The 6th Edition call for applications will remain open until 6th March. The novelty this year is the launch of a Diabetes track to reward the best solutions for the population management of the disease. 1 in 10 adults will have diabetes by 2040 -642 million- and 12% of global health expenditure is spent on this disease. Let’s give visibility to the solutions that will improve the life quality of diabetes patients.

The eHealth Competition 2017 will be held in partnership with the Health 2.0 and the Healthio Events, taking place at the Fira Barcelona on May 3rd.

Register now!

TWITTER PROFILE: @eHealthCompSME / Hashtag: #eHC2017

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1 in 10 adults will have diabetes by 2040. @eHealthCompSME rewards best diabetes eHealth solutions. Apply until 6/03 bit.ly/eHC2017

Do you have a solution focused on Diabetes? @eHealthCompSME rewards the best solutions. Apply before the 6th March. bit.ly/eHC2017

 

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Madrid presents new startup initiative with VP for Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip

On 6 March 2017, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, and Madrid’s most important financial, tech and startup players will gather for the presentation of the ‘Madrid Startup House’ Foundation

The Digital Single Market is one of the European Union’s key priorities. It aims to tear down regulatory barriers and create a more vibrant, connected and seamless European Digital Market.

But how can Spain, and its capital Madrid, confront the challenge of being part of a truly Digital Single Market?

Madrid is a city buzzing with entrepreneurship activities, both within the public and the private sphere, but often resources, connections and efforts are widely dispersed. What is needed is a single point to unify all activities and players, to strengthen the entrepreneurship scene and give the city’s startup community a platform for international reach to other ecosystems, like the United States.

Madrid Startup House was launched in November 2016 under the umbrella of the Digital Single Market, to do just this. Other platforms like this are foreseen to be created in other cities in Europe, such as Venice in Italy.

This 6 March 2017, Madrid’s most important financial, tech and startup actors will gather with Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, as well as Isidro Laso, Head of the European Commission initiative ‘Startup Europe’ , for the presentation of the ‘Madrid Startup House’ Foundation.

Founders Hugin & Munin and Socios Inversores are enthusiastic about the impact that Madrid Startup House Foundation will have on Madrid, and Spain’s, ability to adapt to the Digital Single Market. Victor Teodosio (Hugin & Munin) states “With Madrid Startup House, we hope to provide a platform, under the umbrella of the European Commission, that strengthens the ecosystem as a whole.”

Follow Madrid Startup House on twitter!:
@MadridSHouse
#MadridSHouse

 

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Six winning startups to represent Latvia in final of StartUp Europe Awards

Under the frame of TechChill conference in Riga, SEUA16 Latvia has announced the six winners of their national StartUp Europe Awards 2016. The national Final Ceremony in Latvia, organised by the country manager “Latvian Association of Public Relations Professionals (LASAP)” has been last out of 13 events awarding best startups of 2016 in Europe which will now compete in the European Final in Brussels next spring.

National jury evaluated the performance of the previous year on the basis of the applications received, as well as in a wider context, on the basis of their expert-level knowledge of the Latvian startup industry as a whole.

Mrs IneseVaidere, MEP from Latvia and ambassador for StartUp Europe Awards, delivered the diplomas to the winning startups. The role of the ambassador in this competition is to support local startups and entrepreneurs. “Latvia is not a country with inexhaustible natural resources, but we are smart and educated people who are able to create products with high added value. Latvia clearly has the potential to become a centre in Europe, offering a stimulating and supportive environment in which businesses grow and thrive”  – saidMrs IneseVaidere.

The winners of the SEUA16 from Latvia are:

In the Creative Category Mozello the world’s easiest to use website builder.

Nordigen which offers transaction categorisation for improved credit scoring,is the winner in Fintech Category.

In the GREEN Category the winner is Conelum a biotechnological startup focused on development of rapid microbiological diagnostic tests for food and drink industry companies.

Anatomy Text is augmented reality, web based software for medical education and healthcare professionals, and the winner for HEALTH Category.

The winner in ICT Category is Notakey, a smartphone based solution for strong & smooth authentication and authorisation.

Finally, Rention a Property Management Platform that helps you overview and control all your estate from A to Z, is the winner in the Smart Cities Category.

“Latvian Association of Public Relations Professionals (LASAP)” decided award a special prize for achievements in public relations to 4SmartStreets.

SEUA also applauds efforts of media in supporting development of startup ecosystem in Latvia by awarding three media outlets – Labs of Latvia, LSM.lv and technology blog Kursors.lv who during the past year drawn particular attention to Latvian entrepreneurial activities by promoting creative tech ideas to broad Latvian audience.

Winners Latvia

SEUA has so far brought together more than 1,000 startup applications and 13 national awards ceremonies on the continent, with more than 80 startups awarded.Startup Europe Awards has been called The Eurovision of Startups, identifying the role models for startup ecosystems across the Europe.

StartUp Europe Awards, an initiative promoted by the European Commission, has the support of the President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of the European Parliament as ambassadors and is implemented by Finnova in collaboration with StartUp Europe.

  • Thanks to com Media Partner of SEUA for covering the Latvian final.
  • Thanks to TechChill for pictures. Pictures by Dan Taylor and Sandija Veipa.
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Check out our visual story of #SEW17 launch in Brussels!

We created a visual story of what happened at the launch of  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: 

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!

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10 amazing European startups will join the South by Southwest Conference (SXSW)

We are happy to announce the 10 startups selected by Startup Europe, in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States, to participate in SXSW. We believe that these companies have dedicated a lot of effort in building remarkable products and have a huge potential to benefit from this festival.

 

We would like to congratulate them for their amazing accomplishments and wish them a successful SXSW, and good luck with their growth!
The number of participants at this conference is phenomenal, and in the past editions companies like Twitter or Foursquare were launched. There is a lot of opportunity out there and we believe that the selected startups will make the most out of it.

 

From 223 applications received from all over Europe, we were impressed by the quality, impact and creativity of the European tech founders, besides their innovativeness and execution power. The selection followed the announced criteria: innovative technology; participation in an EU funded program; actively seeking to expand in the US; regional and gender diversity.
The selected startups come from 10 different countries: Italy, Spain, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Portugal, UK, France, Greece and Sweden. They cover fields from wearables, education, travel, apps, creative work, food and pet care.
If you are at SXSW, find their story, see their product and learn more about what are the challenges they will tackle in the future.

 

The 10 winning innovative EU startups are:
Donato Gagliardi,Italy
GlassUp eyeglasses allow the user to see incoming messages: emails, text messages, Facebook updates, and many more. They look good, cost little, have limited weight and the charge lasts a full day.
Pamela Newenham, Ireland
Like the friends you make travelling, but at home. Partners in crime for gigs, clubs, brunch, marathons, coffees whatever! That’s what GirlCrew is for.
Diāna Lāce,Latvia
Helping educators discover hidden insights that go beyond grades by surveying students, families and teachers.
Mariano Romero, Spain
Oblumi tapp is a device that, when connected to a mobile phone, converts into a digital infrared thermometer with a range of capabilities.
André Ramos, Portugal
Tripaya is the travel site that allows you to search trips according to your budget and interests!
Olivier Plante, UK
The Smarter keyboard. What a mobile keyboard should be. Connected, Unified and Private.
Octave Bory, France
Setkeeper is a collaborative online app designed to help in the staging, organization and creative management of Film and TV pre-production.
Christos Raftogiannis, Greece
CityCrop allows you to grow your own food at home with just a click of a button!
Jasmina Grase, Germany
Miito is an innovative product that heats liquids directly in the final vessel, hence eliminating the heating of excess water!
Vasantharaj Bharathi, Sweden
Moggie is a cat care system that helps the owners to interact with their cats in a new way. Moggie – smart collar and mobile app for cats.
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Interview with Peteris Zilgavis, Head of Startups and Innovation and at the EC.

By @SimonCocking interesting interview with Peteris Zilgalvis Head of Unit – Startups & Innovation, Digital Single Market, DG CONNECT, Co-Chair, FinTech Task Force, European Commission.

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.

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How was 2016, what worked well, what didn’t move as quickly as you would have liked?

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
European Commission
peteris.zilgalvis@ec.europa.eu

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!


If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.net or on Twitter: @SimonCocking

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Talent, imagination and innovation: helping Europe’s tech startups to succeed

One year ago, a week’s worth of events was organised across Europe to bring together tech entrepreneurs with some of our many regions; with potential partners, collaborators and mentors.

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.

Just in the course of last year, it has surged ahead and looks to have a bright future, according to the “State of European Tech” report issed by Atomico and Slush in late 2016.

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.

Gender imbalance (“State of European tech” report – Atomico/Slush)

 

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.

#Ansipblogs

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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.

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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.

Retrieved from: RRHH Digital

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