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

Paris, 19-20 March.

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

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

Krisztina Toth at the Startup Europe campfire
Startup Europe Campfire

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

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

Startup Europe Ambassadors

MY GATEWAY Ambassador

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

 

Communication Workshop

 

Workshop results

 

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

 

About MY-GATEWAY

MY-GATEWAY is an initiative of Startup Europe that aims to strengthen the capacities of high-tech start-ups and innovative SMEs in the CEE region to become better connected, gain higher market exposure, and have improved, streamlined access to funding opportunities and talents.

 

About Startup Europe

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

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

 

 

 

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MY-GATEWAY partners become Startup Europe Ambassadors

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

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

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

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

Krisztina Toth, MY-GATEWAY coordinator.

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

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

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

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Startup Europe announces its first Startup Europe ambassadors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Press release on European Comission website.

 

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STARTUP EUROPE LATIN AMERICA Assembly

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

Get your tickets here: Eventbrite

Official presentation to EUROLAT Assembly

European Parliament
March 19th, 2018

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

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

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

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

17.20 Startup Europe Latin America: Supporting entrepreneurs across-regions

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

18.00 Closing remarks

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

 

STARTUP EUROPE LATIN AMERICA Assembly

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

10.00 Welcome remarks

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

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

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

11.10Funding instruments for startups and innovation,

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

11.25 Helping startups to grow and scale,

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

11.40 Supporting entrepreneurs across-regions

  • Panel by Latin American and European entrepreneurial support entities

12.30 Shared opportunities – Same Challenges,

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

 

12.45 Closing

Panelists:

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

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

 

Get your tickets here: Eventbrite

ABOUT STARTUP EUROPE LATIN AMERICA.

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

 

 

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Tata, Enabling Youth Entrepreneurship Across Europe on Tuesday 10th April at Teamlabs, Madrid

ON TUESDAY 10TH APRIL, Tata presents an afternoon panel discussion, which will bring together industry experts, entrepreneurs andindividuals with a passion about the eco-system to explore what can be done to improve the startup ecosystem, in order for the next generation of entrepreneurs to succeed.

 

The ‘Tata, Enabling Youth Entrepreneurship across Europe’ event will take place in collaboration with long term partners the National Association of Colleges and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) and hosted by Teamlabs, Madrid. The afternoon will conclude with an exclusive opportunity for student entrepreneurs to participate in elevator pitches, with the most popular pitch winning a prize.

The freepanel discussion will include topics such as the role of universities in the startup ecosystem, startup support available for Europe’s next generation and the key themes in building a sustainable ecosystem of support. To date, startup eco-systems have been explored in theNetherlands and Romania. The Spain discussion will further contribute to the collation of observations to date.

Tata has always been committed to innovation and helping the next generation of entrepreneurs through the various initiatives taken by the group. In the UK, Tata has been in a long term partnership with NACUE to bring the Varsity Pitch Competition which is one the UK’s leading graduate entrepreneur pitching competitions, with the winner receiving £10,000. In India, Tata has an initiative called Tata First Dot powered by the National Entrepreneurship Network, which is the country’s first recognition and mentoring platform for student startups. Additionally, innovation has always been championed within the group with the annual InnoVista competition. InnoVista is a group-wide competition that recognises innovators and encourages innovations in the 100+ individual Tata companies across the globe.

Dr. David Landsman OBE, Executive Director Tata Limited commented, “Tata is proud of its long-standing business relationships with Spain, in key sectors from communications to industrial engineering and consultancy. With a highly-skilled workforce, Spain is also well placed to make an important contribution to many of our global businesses.

Spain is without doubt one of Europe’s most exciting ecosystems for entrepreneurs. Working with and encouraging new businesses is important for Tata companies as we strive to take a leading role in the industries of tomorrow. We’ve been helping to build a new European network of entrepreneurs through our partnership with NACUE, Team Academy and Entrepreneurship Academy. It’s great to be extending that network toTeamlabs, Madrid and we look forward to working with new partners and friends.”

IbaiMartínez, Co-founder of Teamlabs,  “Teamlabs mission is to build a global network of conscious entrepreneurs, creating enterprises with sustainable impact. We are honoured and proud that Tata and NACUE, by inviting us and making us part of their process, have chosen to join us on this inspiring journey. We are looking forward to building on this together.”

The evening event will take place atTeamlabs, Madrid. For more information and toregister for free please visithttp://nacue.com/events/tata-youth-entrepreneurship-in-europe.html

 

 

 

About the Tata group

Founded by Jamsetji Tata in 1868, the Tata group is a global enterprise, headquartered in India, comprising over 100 independent operating companies. The group operates in more than 100 countries across six continents, with a mission ‘To improve the quality of life of the communities we serve globally, through long-term stakeholder value creation based on Leadership with Trust’. Tata Sons is the principal investment holding company and promoter of Tata companies. Sixty-six percent of the equity share capital of Tata Sons is held by philanthropic trusts, which support education, health, livelihood generation and art and culture.

In 2015-16, the revenue of Tata companies, taken together, was $103.51 billion. These companies collectively employ over 660,000 people. Each Tata company or enterprise operates independently under the guidance and supervision of its own board of directors and shareholders. There are 29 publicly-listed Tata enterprises with a combined market capitalisation of about $134 billion (as on 31st March 2015). Tata companies with significant scale include Tata Steel, Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Global Beverages (Tetley Tea), and Tata Communications. (www.tata.com)

 

About NACUE

The National Association of College & University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) is a national organisation in the United Kingdom that promotes entrepreneurship amongst students in higher education and further education. It supports student enterprise societies at colleges and universities, through its existing network of over 200 enterprise societies.

 

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SCIENTIFIC INSIGHTS ON MARINE PLASTIC POLLUTION

The Ocean Plastics Lab is a public exhibition about science. It showcases the contribution of science to understand and combat the problem of plastics in the ocean. The Lab will travel to various locations worldwide, inviting the public to engage with scientific work being done right now around the world. In the context of current discussions about science in society, the Lab demonstrates science’s fundamental role in tackling societal challenges and highlights that society is an integral part of science.

TRAVEL EXPENSES CAN BE COVERED if you are a founder of a startup working with plastic products, plastic waste and you are interested in speaking during the Ocean Plastics Lab exhibition in April, in Brussels, please write a message to catalin.TICHERU@ec.europa.eu.

BACKGROUND

At their June 2015 summit in Germany, the leaders of the seven largest industrial countries (G7) recognised the growing global challenge of litter in the oceans, especially plastics, and agreed to a G7 Action Plan to Combat Marine Litter. The G7 Science and Technology Ministers echoed this concern and intent to raising awareness among citizens through educational work (“ocean literacy”). The Ocean Plastics Lab is a contribution to this engagement.

THE EXHIBITION

The immersive and experienced-based exhibition spans four containers, which invite visitors to assume the role of a scientist and explore in a hands-on manner the extent and impacts of plastics in the ocean. Container 1 introduces visitors to the problem of marine plastics. Containers 2 and 3 take visitors on a tour of how scientific knowledge is created and applied to understand and to tackle the problem of plastics in the ocean. Exhibits highlight what scientists are doing to identify and quantify plastics in the ocean as well as to analyse its effects on marine animals, ecosystems and humans. Container 4 shows how to make informed personal decisions and invites visitors to participate in citizen science activities.
The exhibits encompass interactive installations, displays and animations on loan from science and civil society partners from across the G7 and other interested countries.

ACTIVITIES AND POTENTIAL VENUES

The Ocean Plastics Lab will start traveling from September 2017 onwards. At each location, the Lab will act as a hub for launching further activities, to create a multiplier effect helping to include the local audience in long-term engagement.
The Ocean Plastics Lab is cooperating with another traveling exhibition, the Plastic Garbage Project. Wherever possible, this indoor exhibition – developed by the Zurich Museum of Design with the support of the Drosos Foundation – will be displayed in museums or exhibition spaces in cities the Ocean Plastics Lab is traveling to. By targeting both public places as well as museums, the two complimentary exhibitions will reach and inform an even wider audience about the problem of plastics in
the ocean. The following locations could be considered for the next 18 months. A typical exhibition is expected to last two
weeks in prominent open-air locations.

  • G7 Science Ministers Meeting, Torino, Italy
    (September 2017)
  • Parvis Hôtel de Ville, Paris, France
    (November 2017)
  • European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
  • Capitol Hill Ocean Week, Washington D.C., USA
  • G7 Presidency, Canada
  • Berlin, Germany
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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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