Luxembourg to be represented by 14 selected start-ups in the StartUp Europe Awards 2017
Agritech, Climate, Creative, Cybersecurity, Edtech, e-Health, Energy, Fintech, IoT, Smart Cities, Social, Space, Tourism and Water are the categories which will take part in Luxembourg .
The Country Manager from Luxembourg is Startup Grind, the largest independent start-up community that actively educates, inspires and connects 1, 000, 000 entrepreneurs in over 250 cities.
Brussels, 29th of January 2018. 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 Ambassador and is implemented by the Finnova Foundation in collaboration with StartUp Europe.
The Country Manager from Luxembourg is Startup Grid, the largest independent start-up community, which actively educates, inspires and connects 1,000,000 entrepreneurs in over 250 cities. It nurtures start-up ecosystems in 105 countries through events, media and partnerships with organisations like Google for Entrepreneurs. This global community holds monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies.
In the Agritech category, Evvos has been chosen to participate in the “Eurovision” of StartUp. This start-up designs and develops hardware, firmware and cloud integration services platforms. Their in-house hardware and software teams collaborate to ensure optimal interoperability between sensors, data acquisition devices and software.
In the Climate category, Swirl is the winner. This start-up is working in renewable energies in the digital society.
In the Creative category, Itondo will represent Luxembourg. The itondo app allows people to virtually hang any artwork on their own wall – to scale – so that art can be previewed live.
Trust1Team will represent Luxembourg for Cybersecurity. Trust1Team is an integrator company that provides its own products based on different open source frameworks in combination with their self-developed software, giving the opportunity to governments, enterprises and organizations to digitalise their processes in a secure and trusted way.
Edutech is the winner in the Edtech category. What this start-up does is to set up structures to teach effectively with tablets, as well as the implementation of technological systems for specific cases as a real-time distance learning with networked audio-visual devices or continuing education and pedagogical activities.
Doctena is the Luxembourg company selected for the e-Health category. This app helps people find and book a medical appointment.
Fintech will be represented by Investify. This start-up takes care of your assets according to your own ideas, so you can discover the topics in which you want to invest. Then they do the rest. Digital, flexible, passionate.
AirboxLab is the IoT winner in Luxembourg. They created Meet Foobot, the home air-quality monitor that tells you what is in the air you breathe, and controls your other smart devices.
In the Smart Cities category, Examotive has been chosen. They believe in intelligent automotive mobility solutions. As our cities become ever more congested, keeping people and goods moving is one of the world’s greatest challenges. ExaMotive was founded on the belief that the way vehicles are used must change, so they are working in Project Dragon.
Digital Inclusion is the Social winner. Digital Inclusion is a non-profit organisation that promotes social inclusion through digital technology.
For Space, OQTechnology will represent Luxembourg. OQ TECHNOLOGY satellites have orbits that allow them to scan the entire surface of the Earth offering customers wide visibility of their assets and the possibility to communicate with their sensors and actuators with near-real time communication. Their system is scalable and can accommodate any size of your assets and fleets with minimum intervention.
VR Creative is the Tourism category choice. Their mission is to bring meaningful and deep VR storytelling to life using GoPro arrays.
In the Water category, the winner is WETEQ. This is a vibrant Luxembourg-based cleantech company with a proprietary portfolio of innovative chemistry-based solutions for wastewater treatment. They help customers to reduce costs, increase process efficiency, and be compliant and eco-friendlier by solving their water and wastewater challenges.
Vote for Startup Europe in the 2017 ECOFIN awards
Startup Europe has been chosen by ECOFIN as one of the finalists in their 2017 awards.
Startup Europe has been put forward for the ‘institutional’ category in the ‘Titans of Finance’ awards. This means that Startup Europe has been recognised for its work to help people across Europe, on an institutional level, with the financial aspects of starting their startup and helping them to grow across Europe.
You can vote for Startup Europe here (the website is in Spanish, Startup Europe is in the last option).
Search begins to find Europe’s 25 Corporate Startup Stars of 2017
Search begins to find Europe’s 25 Corporate Startup Stars of 2017
March, 22nd – The hunt is on to find Europe’s 25 Corporate Startup Stars of 2017 with nominations opening on Wednesday 22nd March. The ranking, run by advisory firm Mind the Bridge and innovation foundation Nesta, will recognise Europe’s top “startup-friendly” corporates. The scheme takes place under the European Commission’s Startup Europe Partnership initiative.
Judges will award companies that have gone the extra mile to establish mutually-beneficial partnerships with startups – whether through favorable procurement terms, partnerships, accelerators, direct investment, mentoring, intrapreneurship schemes, competitions or other dedicated internal programmes. Nominations will be judged by an expert panel that is chaired by Sherry Coutu, author of The Scale-up Report and angel investor.
In 2016 Cisco was crowned as the most startup friendly corporate in Europe at the Startup Europe Summit in Berlin as a result of its unique approach to partnerships and investments through its Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence (Cisco EIR) corporate venturing programme. Runners up included Rabobank and Unilever.
Nominations close on Wednesday 12th April 2017 with the 25 stars and final ranking revealed in Autumn. Startups, scale-ups, startup supporting organisations, mentors, and those who have witnessed examples of good corporate-startup collaboration will be asked to nominate the corporates that are offering the most effective support. Self-nominations are not considered, but corporates are encouraged to ask their startup network to nominate them. Last year nominations were crowdsourced in a similar way and over 100 nominations were received.
Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, European Commission, says: “Cooperation between corporates and startups speeds up new business models and innovation. It is a key action to strengthen our ecosystem. Europe’s 25 Corporate Startup Stars is an inspiring European step forward. Celebrate successes, embrace failures; let’s speed up the learning curve on a bigger scale.”
Alberto Onetti, Chairman of Mind the Bridge, comments: “Starting new innovative businesses is not enough. We need European startups that are able to scale up in Europe. Corporations are front and central in this process. They can provide business opportunities as well as capital and exits. SEP 25 Corporate Startup Stars is aimed at showcasing best practices and role model how the corporate-startup collaboration might benefit both sides.”
Chris Haley, Head of Startups and New Technology Research at Nesta, comments: “Collaboration between corporates and startups, if done right, can bring tremendous benefit to both. Startups can access invaluable resources and market insight which can help them scale, whilst for established companies, such collaborations offer an important mode of innovation – as well as subtler benefits like cultural change. However, it is hard to get it right. We believe that the organisations doing this well should be recognised as trailblazers, and hope that they inspire others to follow suit.”
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Three national finals awards close 1st year of StartUp Europe Awards!
Italy, Poland and Finland organize their national awards between December 6 and 9 of 2016
More than 57 startups in up to 10 categories from 12 European countries have been recognized by their National Awards.
On December 6 with more than 50 startupsparticipating, X23 will celebrate the Italian national final in Milan; Startup Poland will choose the best young talent in the country next December 7 in Warsaw and the Estonian Business Angels Network will celebrate the “Startup Day” in Tartu on Friday 9.
Ireland, Slovenia, Spain, Belgium, Slovakia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Croatia, Finland and Greece have chosen their best startups that will compete to be awarded in each of the 10 categories at the European final of StartUp Europe Awards to be held first quarter of 2107 in Brussels. This competition is meant to be “The Eurovision for Startups”.
After an intense autumn of local and regional events celebrated throughout Italy, the startups absolute finalists of each regional stage will compete in the national final, in an innovative event with the presence of Marco Zanni, Member of the EU Parliament; Isidro Laso – Head of StartUp Europe, DG Connect, EU Commission and Vanessa Ricci –from the Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME), EU Commission.
On the other hand, Startup Poland has partnered with the Polish branch of Citi Bank and created the Startup Poland Global program. The goal is to help Polish startups increase their business potential by going global. The beststartupswill be choosing to join the Startup Europe Awards in Brussels and meet with companies and investors from 16 countries.
Finally, from the “TOP 20 Startups in Estonia”chosen from a wider selection of applicants, the Country Manager Estonian Bussines Angels Network will select the best 10 Estonian startupsduring the Startup Day in Tartu.
All these countries besides Bulgaria, Luxembourg and UK are members of the SEUA Alliance, an international network that seeks to strengthen and support enterprise award organizers by sharing best practices that can replicate for the benefit of their entrepreneurial ecosystems.
To Juan Manuel Revuelta, SEUA director, “SEUA will be crucial to enhance public – private collaboration giving solutions to the local challenges, identifying innovation and improving the use of European funds”.
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.