Post-event blog: Startup Europe at Web Summit!
In case you didn’t know, Web Summit, Europe’s largest technology summit, was happening this week in Lisbon, Portugal. Startup Europe was there with the Startup Europe projects to talk to people about our events, activities and open calls!
Web Summit has become “Europe’s largest and most important technology marketplace”, a crossroads where over 50,000 of the world’s most disruptive technological innovators meet in one place.
On 7th- 10th November 2016, CEOs, cultural icons, key global leaders from the EU and national governments, startups, investors, leading academics and the world’s most iconic companies all gathered together in one single place: Lisbon.
In fact, Lisbon was chosen as the location of this immense event due to its booming entrepreneurial tech scene, which has experienced exponential grassroots growth in recent years.
This year’s summit was held at the MEO Arena and its 3 connecting pavillions.
The Startup Europe stand was in Pavillion 3, which was a prime location next to the summit’s second biggest stage and open networking areas. Here we had a collection of Startup Europe leaflets and flyers for each of the Startup Europe projects: Welcome, MY-WAY, Twist, Startup Scaleup and ePlus!
Members of these Startup Europe projects, and their partners, were at the stand to explain their projects and get people involved in their activities!
With more than 20 stages and workshop areas, there were numerous talks and discussions to listen to, many involving key public EU figures such as:
- José Manuel Barroso (President of the EU from 2004-2014)
- Carlos Moedas (European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, European Union)
- Ann Mettler (Head of European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission)
- Andrus Ansip (Vice-President, Digital Single Market, European Commission), and
- Marta Nagy-Rothengass (Head of Data Policy and Innovation Unit, DG CONNECT , European Commission
In addition, we had a special visit from Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, at the stand, who discussed the concept of creating a Single Startup Market across Europe.
The viability of this idea was discussed at the Startup Europe stand, and it was agreed that a first proposal would be drawn up, with the possibility of starting this concept in Italy and Portugal.
We also had a special visit by Carlos Moedas, the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, who also came to the Startup Europe stand at South Summit in Madrid.
Overall, it was a great opportunity to speak to many people from all over the world who were interested in taking part in Startup Europe events, activities and programmes. We look forward to seeing you next year!