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Innovation Fund awards grant to MY-GATEWAY advisor to promote young ideas!

4th September 2018 – MY-GATEWAY project is very pleased to announce that Seavus Incubator, together with Business-Technological Accelerator “UKIM” DOO Skopje and the Company for Business, Technical Support and Education “ICS Factor” received a total of 1.5 million Euros from the Innovation Fund to establish business accelerators for young people.

Seavus Educational and Development Center is one of MY-GATEWAY’s advisors, prividing counsel on how MY-GATEWAY activities can be adapted to the Balkan region.

The aim of those business accelerators is to provide young, creative people with the tools needed to start and develop specific businesses that will profit and participate in the progress of the Macedonian economy.

After signing the agreement, Vesna Ivanovska, general manager of Seavus Educational and Development Center, one of the three companies that received help to form a business accelerator, said she expects this project to have a big social impact.

“This project will encourage young businesses in Macedonia when they need it the most”

said Vesna.

It is thanks to those initiatives and projects that the efforts made by the Government of the Republic of Macedonia to catch up with the European standars of work are undeniable. Young people represent the country’s future and potential to grow. It makes a lot of sense to invest in them.

 

To read the full article in Macedonian, click here.

 

Original article by: Maja Илиевска-Пачемска

 

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Startup Lighthouse congratulates 14 winning startups for DDW Lisbon

As Deep Dive Week Lisbon, organised by Startup Lighthouse is approaching, we are glad to announce the 14 winners. The number of applications exceeded our expectations and after a thorough selection process, we are now able to confirm startups coming from Greece, Germany, Romania, Estonia, Ireland, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, while the applications were coming from all over Europe and beyond! We would like to thank everyone for applying. (more…)

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The I-BIS Project is an Online Incubator working to Help SMEs and Entrepreneurs Develop their Companies

Project I-BIS (Innovative Business Growth Incubator for Start-ups) is part of the European Commission initiative to develop a pan-European method of growing businesses. The results are an Incubator-led online course that is available to users around the globe. The business experts that have developed the virtual course are from Universities, Consultancies, Science Parks, and Foundations from four partner countries—the UK, Lithuania, Finland, and Spain. I-BIS focuses specifically on supporting SMEs and entrepreneurs during their first years of growth or while in moments of change.
While developing this course, experts paid special attention to: contributing to enterprise and SME growth, supporting female entrepreneurship, to develop entrepreneurship learning in Europe, and to support incubators. These topics have been addressed after an initial analysis of the situation “as is” in the following eight modules:
Module 1: Diagnosis and Business Fit Audit
Module 2: Resource and Capability Analysis
Module 3: Intervention Methods and Leadership for Businesses
Module 4: Developing and Reporting an Information Dashboard
Module 5: Financial Planning and Re-structuring
Module 6: Project Catalylst Operationalisation
Module 7: Support for Female Start-up Entrepreneurs
Module 8: Doing Business in…. (Available for the UK, Spain, Finland, and Lithuania)
The modules are designed to help businesses address one aspect of their company and to dive into different perspectives and solutions around that issue. In addition, the programme is set up in a way that professionals and business people interact together in what are called Think Tanks or groups of individuals that are able to bounce ideas off each other. The modules were then tested at an international level in two different scenarios, with improvements made to the content and platform functions after each session.
The main recipients that can make use of this final product are business incubators, start-ups, policy makers, researchers, regional developers, consultancies, etc. The Project results are currently available online for interested parties by following this link: https://ibis.muova.fi/login/index.php
In addition, more information can be found on the Project website here: http://ibis.group.shef.ac.uk

For any questions about the I-BIS Project in Spain, feel free to contact the representatives at the Fundación General Universidad de Granada – Empresa

Claudia Neiman: cneiman@fundacionugrempresa.es

Aurora Megaides Alonso: amegaides@fundacionugrempresa.es

 

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 11 LUCKY WINNERS!

Congratulations to: Spendee from Czech Republic, GewdTime from Slovenia, bFertile from Slovenia, SettleMint from Belgium, Smart Optometry from Slovenia, Axensor from Belgium, FeliCity LTD from Hungary, CargoPlanning from Romania, Silent Call from Czech Republic and FINQware from Romania, Finbot platform from Denmark!

 

MY-GATEWAY cannot wait to formally meet all of these amazing startups and help them grow through Web Summit and beyond. MY-GATEWAY was astounded by the variety and creativity of the many applications submitted to the ticket giveaway. In the end, we believe we have a great group of entrepreneurs and innovators we believe will be the future of disrupting the startup industry. Stay tuned to keep up with our road to Web Summit!

 

What is Web Summit?

Web Summit is the largest tech conference in the world and is always a complete success. Like every year, we expect to gather in Lisbon over 70.000 attendees, 1.200 speakers and 170 countries for 3 full days of networking and business. Web Summit also gathers the entire investor ecosystem, from big fishes to the most relevant angels and venture investors, as well as over 2,500 international media outlets. Here, startups have lots of opportunities to gain exposure, such us networking, presenting their business and participating in panels, among others. MGW just cover the entry ticket, not the travel cost or any financial support.

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MY-GATEWAY is selecting 9 startups to attend Web Summit!

MY-GATEWAY representatives are attending Web Summit tech conference in Lisbon this year (5-8th of November), and really want to bring top-notch startups with them! This is surely an opportunity you cannot miss. 

By attending Web Summit, your possibilities to boost your growth potential will  expand exponentially. As you may already know, our main focus are CEE startups from the ecosystems we work with (i.e. Czech Republic, Slovenia and Romania) but if you have some other connection with those ecosystems – maybe you run your business activities in the CEE region? – then you are most likely able to apply!

Make sure you apply through this F6s application: https://www.f6s.com/my-gatewaytowebsummit18

Deadline for application is on 20th July.  Then you should be hearing from our evaluators by 1st August and by 8th August you should be able to confirm your availability to attend the Portuguese event. MY-GATEWAY will only provide you with the entry ticket, unfortunately no travel and accomodation costs will be covered.

The criteria we will followo to make the final decision is the following:

  • Startups at a more advanced phase of development of their idea, have an existing prototype and/or viable business plan. Applications from idea stage startups won’t be taken into consideration;
  • Startups that are running or interested in running their activities in the CEE region;
  • Startups that have a unique idea that stands out from the rest of the competitors.

 

What is Web Summit?

Web Summit is the largest tech conference in the world and is always a complete success. Like every year, we expect to gather in Lisbon over 70.000 attendees, 1.200 speakers and 170 countries for 3 full days of networking and doing business. Web Summit also gathers the entire investor ecosystem, from big fishes to the most relevant angels and venture investors, as well as over 2,500 international media outlets. Here, startups have lots of opportunities to gain exposure, such us networking, presenting their business and participating in panels, among others. MGW just cover the entry ticket, no the travel cost or any financial support.

 

 

 

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MY-GATEWAY partner SPARK was at the We Are Developers World Congress 2018!

SPARK, as one of the communication partners of the Congress, took the opportunity to offer access to the event to 2 startups and while there did not miss the chance to promote the Startup Europe Ambassador initiative to the international audience.

Over the last 2 years, SPARK has been partnering up with the 3-day conference and, as usual, some team members attended the event:

 

  • Sanjin Osmanbašić, Managing Director

  • Ivan Krešić, Executive Director, Research & Development Program Lead

  • Sara Lerota, Partnership & Startup Development

But they did not go alone, they were accompanied by their colleagues from NSoft, a top quality service solution provider.

About 8000 people attended the event, with over a 1000 coming from the Western Balkans. The outcome of the event was positive and software developers, business developers, startups and students would definitely attend the event again. Even Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak was present and declared his strong inclination in favour of the Blockchain Technology.

The startups that SPARK brought to WAD were Amplius electronics represented by team member Robert Rozić and Ante Delić representing Imicron.

If you want to know more about how the story between WAD and SPARK began, read this.

 

 

What is SPARK?

SPARK is an advanced digital technology acceleration platform dedicated to regional startups and projects commissioned by leading European companies. SPARK’s programs are SPARK school, SPARK r&d, SPARK startup and SPARK business. Users are individuals, teams, investors, companies, researchers, and sponsors. SPARK has been listed as a Network Partner.

What is We Are Developers?

 The WeAreDevelopers World Congress takes place in Vienna once a year and provides thousands of developers with the latest insights.

More info: https://www.wearedevelopers.com/about/

What is 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.

 

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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.

 

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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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