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Join us for the launch of Startup Europe Week in Brussels!

Join us for the launch of Startup Europe Week in Brussels!

Startup Europe Week (5 – 9 March) is the largest multi-event of its kind for startups in Europe. Its goal is to inform entrepreneurs of the support and resources available at a city and regional level. Join us as we collaborate with Startup Europe Week to launch the third edition in Brussels, on Monday 5 March.

Startup Europe Week, promoted by the European Commission and Startup Europe, aims to showcase the support available to entrepreneurs on a city and regional level. Regional diversity and local policy making still play a big role in shaping European startups, from helping entrepreneurs to incorporate a company, to providing grants or taxes breaks. For this reason, taking a local perspective is crucial to supporting entrepreneurs in Europe.

In 2017, #SEW17 saw 280+ co-organisers organize hundreds of events in 40+ countries. The week of events reached 100000 entrepreneurs across Europe, and as a grassroots movement achieved 18 million+ impressions on social media.

In 2018, #SEW18 will be held between 5-9 March. #SEW18 has 50+ countries involved, expanding to include global events in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

This year, the launch event will take place in Brussels, with a focus on the democratisation of entrepreneurship, both on a social and geographical level. The event will be organised by SEW and the European Commission’s Startup Europe, with the collaboration of co-organisers Hugin&Munin, EYIF, Startups.be and EuropaMedia. After a panel on the state of the European startup system, other organisations will take part in a panel on how to create Pan-European opportunities.

This exciting event will be attended by startup players from across Europe (entrepreneurs, policy makers, accelerators, incubators, corporates, media and universities), and will connect by live video to other events opening across the world. Join us in Brussels for the launch, or find your nearest SEW event online!

Further information
Join our thunderclap!: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/68229-launch-of-sew18
To find your closest SEW event, please visit: https://www.f6s.com/sew18
To attend the launch, please visit: https://www.f6s.com/sew18opening/apply  
For press enquiries, please contact: charlotte@startupeuropeweek.eu

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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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SEW partners up with F6S making an even cooler Startup Europe Week!

We are excited to announce that F6S, the world’s largest tech founder and startup community, has joined SEW as a partner to help strengthen the coordination of SEW events on a global scale

In 2017, SEW saw hundreds of events spread over 40+ countries, with the participation of 280+ co-organisers. Now in its 3rd edition, SEW continues to grow exponentially, with more and more people joining this powerful grassroots movement for entrepreneurs.

To manage this growth, we have partnered with F6S, another young team passionate about entrepreneurship. As the world’s largest tech founder and startup community, they have 2.35 million profiles, including over 890,000 startups and 15,000 partners.

F6S will help us streamline operations by centralising all SEW events on one platform, and offer 24/7 online support for co-organisers.

  1. Efficiency: All SEW events will be set-up and streamlined on the F6S platform, making it easier for co-organisers to plan and promote multiple events, and for attendees to find out what’s going on in their local area
  2. Support: F6S will provide 24/7 support to SEW co-organisers and attendees
  3. Insights: F6S will help collect and structure event information for reporting purposes
  4. Awareness: F6S will help SEW co-organizers individually promote their events by sending out targeted newsletters (F6S has a combined number of over 1,000,000 entrepreneurs and investors in Europe)

Keep an eye out for more news and updates on #SEW18 – this year will be our biggest yet!

Follow SEW on social media:

Twitter: @startupeuw
Facebook: @startupeuropeweek
LinkedIn: Startup Europe Week
#SEW18

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STARTUP EUROPE PARTNERSHIP EPISODE 2.0 – Open Innovation strikes back

Back in January 2014 we had been selected to help drive the Startup Europe Partnership (SEP), the first pan-European open platform dedicated to supporting the growth and sustainability of European startups able to compete and raise funds at an international and global level.

The work done with Startup Europe Partnership and the SEP Matching Events in the past three years allowed us to “get our hands dirty” and experiment with various formats of startup-corporate collaboration.

Having organized over 20 international matching events, involving over 500 startups and 50 corporates from all over Europe, has allowed us to understand in depth what works and what not. Out of the  565 qualified meetings we organized – of which 359 crossborder – there have been 93 follow-ups. 19 deals have been closed, plus 40+ business discussions are ongoing.

We have gathered an important amount of data on the real success rates in the interaction between corporates and startups – which are between 2% and 5%. Startup – corporate interactions for collaboration normally start after 6 to 18 months, on average.

Immediately after the launch of the Startup Europe Partnership platform at the World Economic Forum in Davos we asked ourselves what the next step was.

 

With the new restyled version of Startup Europe Partnership (SEP 2.0) that will last throughout 2018 and 2019, Mind the Bridge and other partners (ELITE-London Stock Exchange, Europe Startup Network, Nesta, Scaleup Institute and Startup Olé) will leverage the experience accrued in the past years to foster IPOs, facilitate commercial and strategic partnerships and increase international visibility for European scaleups.

The ultimate goal is to scale our platform and help more scaleups to grow further.

The way to achieve this goal is represented by 4 large Scaleup Summits during which the best of the scaleup world (early stage startups are generally not a good match for companies), as well as of the corporate and the finance world (around 150 entities in total) will gather strictly behind closed doors. Goal is to strike deals and assess later stage funding options (such as private placements, venture debt, IPOs).


The 4 Summits will have two characteristics:

  • They will be hosted at the main European Stock Exchanges. In fact, stock exchanges are the other big missing link (our research tells us that only 2% of European scaleups have access to the stock exchange channel and that the big IPOs take place overseas) in the path of open innovation.
  • They will have an international pan-European dimension, involving scaleups, corporates and investors from all over Europe. Because one of the main limitations of many startup initiatives is their local or national character, within a much larger world.

The first Scaleup Summit will be organized at the Italian Stock Exchange in Milan on March 15th and 16th. London, Budapest and Lisbon will follow throughout 2018.

Alongside these major closed-door events, we will organize the fourth edition of SEC2SV. In fact, SEP had successfully launched Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley (SEC2SV) with the goal of exposing the best European scaleups to Silicon Valley investors and corporates.

SEP 2.0 will focus on launching a similar initiative called Startup Europe Comes to Israel (SEC2IL), a new annual mission that connects Europe with the Israeli entrepreneurial ecosystem.  

SEP 2.0 will leverage the successful format of Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley with high-end meetings connecting scaleups and corporates and investors of the related ecosystem (Silicon Valley in the case of SEC2SV and Israel in the case of SEC2IL) and a large conference – the European Innovation Day (EID) – to stimulate the discussion among the ecosystem stakeholders.

We will also continue to crunch data. Beyond completing our mapping work of the European scaleup ecosystem through our SEP Monitors (the 2018 Scaleup Europe report is scheduled for release in April, while country reports will be published thereafter) and the startup exits (our annual analysis will be published in September), we will deep dive into the intrinsic motivations for scaleups going public and corporates working with startups (here is the link to our latest research on  open innovation we published on the occasion of the Corporate Startup Stars Awards ceremony last December in Brussels).

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SocialChallenges.eu is looking for entrepreneurs!

We are at a turning point of the call for solutions to the first cohort of social challenges now open online on www.socialchallenges.eu

Launched in December 2016, the Social Challenges Innovation Platform is the brand-new initiative funded by DG GROW and EASME dedicated to Social Innovation. It has been designed to exploit the untapped social innovation potential of European SMEs in addressing complex micro and macro societal challenges affecting European citizens.

30 challenges have been collected across Europe and given visibility on our platform, and we are now looking for entrepreneurial solutions able to meet these needs.

  • #Entrepreneurs
  • #Startups
  • #SMEs

We are looking for you! Apply now!

There is time till the 21st December to propose a solution online and enter the evaluation process that will result in the selection of the most promising and feasible solutions that will receive 30.000€ to develop over a 6-month period a Minimum Viable Product, in collaboration with the challenge owner and local stakeholders.

France, Portugal, Italy, Cyprus, UK, Bulgaria, Romania, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Spain – check out the places active on the map!

Health, aging population, environment, food, education, employment, youth, social inclusion, smart cities, mobility, refugees and migration – filter your search by theme and apply for those challenges you think your solution could answer to.

In any case we recommend you to have a look to all the challenges now online; themes are not exhaustive as many challenges address different themes at once, and the geographical scope doesn’t impede entrepreneurs from other countries and regions to apply.

That’s why we have prepared a booklet briefly presenting each challenge. Check it out!

Once you spot the challenge you want to apply for, create your profile and start preparing your pitch. Here is a step by step video-guide showing you how to navigate the platform and upload your pitch (proposal).

SocialChallenges.eu aims to help those with a social challenge to reach out a wide range of potential solution providers, and at the same time to provide European entrepreneurs with a scaling up platform helping you grow your business and your social and environmental impact.

Don’t forget to check our Twitter account and Facebook page: new highlights every day!

 

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Startup Europe Week 2018 opens registration for co-organisers

Startup Europe Week is the largest multi-event of its kind for startups in Europe and the third edition will be held 5th-9th March 2018. Its goal is to inform entrepreneurs of the support and resources available at a city and regional level.

Startup Europe Week, promoted by the European Commission and Startup Europe, aims to showcase the support available to entrepreneurs on a city and regional level. Regional diversity and local policy making still play a big role in shaping European startups, from helping entrepreneurs to incorporate a company, to providing grants or taxes breaks. For this reason, taking a local perspective is crucial to supporting entrepreneurs and startups in Europe.

In 2017, #SEW17 saw over 280 co-organisers organize hundreds of events in over 40 countries across Europe. The week was launched in Brussels with the Vice President of the European Commission, and as a grassroots movement achieved over 18 million impressions on social media and more than 100 thousand participants across all events.

In 2018, #SEW18 will be held between 5th-9th March and will expand to other global continents. Registration is now open for individuals to apply to co-organise a single event or multiple events in their local city or region.

A typical event aims to:

  • Inform local entrepreneurs of the support available: via meetups, talks and workshops
  • Connect all players in the local startup ecosystem: network between city and regional governments, accelerators, incubators, investors, corporates, media, universities and entrepreneurs
  • Showcase what other regions in Europe are doing: to see what can be leveraged locally

To apply to become a #SEW18 co-organiser, please fill in this form, by December 29th: https://tinyurl.com/ycgmxwps

Further information about what it’s like to be a co-organiser on the Startup Europe Week website.

Follow SEW on social media:
Twitter:   @startupeuw
Facebook: @startupeuropeweek
#SEW18

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Be part of the EU Top 50 ‘Hemicycle Start-up Convention’

Europe’s Top 50 start-ups will be revealed on the 28th of November 2017 at The European Parliament Hemicycle in Brussels, Belgium.

The ‘Hemicycle Startup Convention’ will gather more than 800 young entrepreneurs, investors, corporate representatives and policy makers. The EU Top 50 will present and showcase their ventures in areas such as security, education, transportation, deep technology, energy transition, space exploration, food and agriculture, health care & life sciences, climate change and environment, materials and new production technology, bio-, nano- and neurotech, and digital technologies.

To be part of the EU Top 50 ‘Hemicycle Start-up Convention’ please register by the 17th of November, here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eu-top-50-hemicycle-start-up-convention-and-eu-top-50-workshops-tickets-39010163449

 

 

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Twelve startups will represent Ireland in the Final of StartUp Europe Awards

More than 25 startups from four geographical regions all over Ireland were competing for a prestigious StartUp Europe Awards in the Bank of Ireland Startup Awards.

The organizer received more than 30 applications from Dublin to Munster or Ulster. All the category winners will receive a package of advertising space with Independent Newspaper valued at 8.000 euros in a legal service package valued at 7.000 euros.

EnergyElephant, Energy categories winner, has thevision to help people make better energy decisions by helping them understand their energy data. Deciding on investing in renewable energy or energy efficiency technology is hard, so they solve this problem by allowing anyone on the planet simply uploand their energy bills to our platform to discover savings.

For the Cyber securitycategory, the winner is Corrata, specialized in providing an enterprise mobility solutions to organizations globally by providing them with technology which protects their organization from the risk associated with their employees use the mobile devices without compromising their employee’s user experience.

Glissed, the biggest online platform for freelance beauty profesionals wins the Fashion category. They allow freelance hair stylists and makeup artists to give the customers the ability to book beauty appointments to their home, hotel or office outside of salon hours. Their vision is to take the freelance beauty industry online.

For the Green category, Swiftcomply, with the vision to simplify environmental compliance for more sustainable communities. They help restaurant and chef producing good food and protecting the environment at the same time.

At Gastronomy category, the winner is The Irish Biltong. This startup produces high protein sliced beef snack food, for the on-the-go individuals. These snacks contain a high concentration of healthy nutrients, are low in sugar and low in fat. It is made from their own grass fed Irish beef.

Popertee is Creative category winners. They build artificial intelligence that matches the perfect audience with the perfect location, enabling brands to discover and book spaces for their marketing and retail campaigns.

In Smarth Cities, SmartTrace win this category. The startup wants to remove world “WASTE” from dictionary – Waste is just a resource that we are not harvesting because of lack of understanding and ignorance of its value. We want to change perception of waste from nuisance to valuable feedstock, delivering triple bottom line to manufacturing companies, financial gains, compliance and huge environmental impact. SmartTrace is a new standard delivering circular economy.

Yedup, the winner of Fintech, develop ultra-fast mathematical algorithms to power the next generation in AI technology.

Medimee is going to represent Ireland in e-Health category.  Their objective is to help save lives and enhance health & safety in the workplace, knowing your vital emergency medical information can be communicated even if you cannot, through the simple use of technology.

Aidtech is the winner in Social category. This startup wants to leverage blockchain technology to increase the transparency & efficiency of the delivery of funds, resources & social services.

In the Legal category, the winner is Courtsdesk, with a breaking news service and research database for case details across all UK and Ireland court levels, and in future, the world. With a research tool, the platform allows users to monitor companies and people for involvement in litigation, for example.

To finish, Studybundles wins Edtech category. They sell a software as a service solution to universities, colleges, and schools globally.

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 Ambassadors and it is implemented by Finnova Foundation in collaboration with Startup Europe.

 

 

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Startup Europe Comes to Africa (SEC2A) Launch Event 6th November 2017, Brussels

Startup Europe Comes to Africa (“SEC2A”) Launch Event

6thNovember 2017, Brussels

 

WHY?

Africa and Europe are bound together by history and separated by fewer than 14 kilometres. At the first EU-Africa Summit in Cairo in 2000, leaders from both continents agreed to strengthen their partnerships. The public image of Africa, however, tends to highlight Africa’s problems such as civil wars, famine and fleeing migrants, and not its opportunities, such as its ambitious African entrepreneurs.

Startup Europe Comes to Africa aims to change this by introducing grass-roots entrepreneurial efforts and success stories to an international audience. In particular, we aim to add another dimension to the images of Africa by bringing together prestigious African heads of states, entrepreneurs and business leaders on the one hand and European politicians, entrepreneurs and celebrities on the other hand.

Our aim is to connect Africa and Europe through digital trade and not aid. This campaign is just the first step to building a stable, long-term start-up bridge between the two continents.

Would you like to attend the launch event in Brussels? Then click here.

WHO?

Our institutional partners span European and African political leaders, royalty, some of the largest multinational corporates in the world, leading entrepreneurial networks, pan-African venture capital networks, and celebrities. They include:

 

  • The European Commission (EC) is the principal European sponsor, as part of the ‘Digital for Development’ agenda and Startup Europe;
  • President OlusegunObasanjo is the former President of Nigeria, a position he held from 1999 to 2007, and a former Chair of the African Union. He is our primary African sponsor and will host the event in Nigeria in his OlusegunObasanjo Presidential Library;
  • The Brenthurst Foundation is an initiative of South Africa’s Oppenheimer (De Beer) family. They are our primary host in South Africa, though, as described in more detail below, we are also working with the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative and Wesgro (the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape);
  • HRH, the Duke of York’s initiative, Pitch@Palace,will offer winners the opportunity to pitch at Pitch@Palace Global;
  • We are collaborating with the Heart, a European centre for start-up and corporate collaboration. Based in Poland, they have a network of executives and founders that spans over 25 countries;
  • In South Africa, in addition to the Brenthurst Foundation, we are working with Injini, an educational technology accelerator that will be our primary host and that belongs to a larger initiative called the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi). We are also working with Wesgro, the official trade, tourism and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, and are working directly with Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro and former South African Shadow Minister of Finance, to ensure the event’s success. Finally, Google has opened up its network of African start-up partners to us to access the continent’s best start-ups.

 

To see the agenda for the Road Trip you can click here.

 

WHEN?

 The campaign will begin with a launch event in Brussels at the European Commissionon 6 November. As described above, it will be followed by a road trip to South Africa (from 20-22 November) and Nigeria(from 23-25 November) that will ultimately culminate in Abidjan, Ivory Coast for the 5th EU-Africa Summit.

 During the week of 6 November, we will host the official EU launch of Startup Europe Comes to Africa.This will be a high-profile event of approximately 100 VIPs, including relevant journalists. We will work with organisations such as Afrobytes, VC4Africa, Wayra, Orange, Africa House, The Heart and Google for Entrepreneurs to get the word out among African and European entrepreneurs to ensure an audience of grassroots organisers as well as corporates, investors and tech journalists.

WHAT DOES GOOD LOOK LIKE?

  • Positive and significant PR and social media presence across European and African publications;
  • Senior European Commission delegates, such as VP Ansip, leaving with excitement and positivity about the SEC2A initiative and Start-up Europe more generally;
  • ‘Buzz’ amongst European and African entrepreneurial communities; and
  • The sense that this event was a meaningful first stepto forging long-term substantive links between Africa and Europe’s entrepreneurial ecosystems.

INVITEES

  • Senior EC representatives, including Vice President Ansip;
  • Representatives from national governments and embassies;
  • European political and business leaders with links to Africa;
  • A selection of the successful European entrepreneurs who have been selected to attend Abidjan;
  • Representatives from EU corporate sponsors, including Telefónicaand Orange;
  • African and EU Journalists; and
  • Noteworthy members of the EU and African start-up ecosystems.

AGENDA

11:00            Guests arrive. Welcome reception and networking over coffee.

11:30            Introduction by VP Ansip

11:45            Introduction by President Obasanjo

12:00            Introduction to Startup Europe by Isidro Laso

12:45             Introduction to SEC2A by Gary Stewart and Emma Fau

13:30            Lunch and Networking

14:30             Africa – Believe the Hype: Panel discussion of African and EU corporates, investors and start-ups

15:15             Start-up Pitches (5 3-minute pitches from selection of EU start-ups chosen to go to Abidjan) 

16:00             Closing

If you want to attend the event and need to get a ticket, then click here.

 

 

 

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The time Is Now.

Market, Partnership and Investment Opportunities in the USA Await You!

NearUS, the H2020 initiative aiming at building upENRICH – European Network of Research and Innovation Centres and Hubs – in the USA announces the opening of the following calls

  • NearUS Match & Pitch at CES 2018 (January 7-11, 2018)! (click here)
  • NearUS Innovation Tour to San Francisco, Sacramento and Silicon Valley (January 15-19, 2018)! (click here)
  • NearUS Research2Market (R2M) Bootcamp in Boston, with an individualisedprogramme across the USA (March 4-16, 2018) and a pre-departure workshop in Brussels in February 2018!  (click here)
  • NearUS Business2Business (B2B) Bootcamp in Boston, with an individualisedprogramme across the USA (March 4-16, 2018) and a pre-departure workshop in Brussels in February 2018! (click here)

Are you an early stage entrepreneur, early stage Startup founder,researcher, research organization, SME, or cluster looking for market information, market opportunities,partners, investment opportunities and feedback on yourinnovations?

Then you should definitely visit us at https://near-us.eu/opportunities to learn more about the calls

 

Deadline for applications is:

November 12th, 2017 23.59 CET for the NearUS Match & Pitch at CES 2018 and the NearUS Innovation Tour to the West Coast

December 5th, 2017 23.59 CET for the NearUS Bootcamps in Boston

 

 

 

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