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MY-GATEWAY project wants 22 CEE and Western Balkan startups to attend Startup Europe Summit!

In total twenty-two startups, twelve from Central and Eastern Europe and ten from the Western Balkans, will be selected to attend this year’s edition of ‘The European Startup Event’. A committee comprised of leading startup support organizations from the CEE and Western Balkan countries will select the startups through specific criteria.

Selected startups will be given the possibility to meet high-profile people such as Prime Ministers and European Commission policymakers to discuss European entrepreneurship and new opportunities. The one-day Summit will be filled with workshops on how to access venture capital, business angel funding, EU funding and panel talks on how to scale-up. Travel and accommodation expenses of one representative per selected startup selected will be reimbursed by the European Commission.

Take a look at the Summit’s agenda here.

Would you like to apply? Click here.

‘We need to create programs and policies to connect ecosystems, founders and startups at European level.’

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, and also key-note speaker at the Summit, said at her speech on Masters of Digital.

‘This is with a view to accelerate growth, cooperation and diversity.’

In order to be considered for the application process and be eventually selected to attend Startup Europe Summit, startups need to have a high growth potential, a prototype or viable business plan and a unique business idea.

 

What is Startup Europe Summit?

Startup Europe Summit is a European Commission event which aims to bring together startup founders and policy makers. More than 400 people will attend this year’s Bulgarian edition to learn about new funding opportunities, meet entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders and benefit from the possibility of closing a business deal.

Check out the agenda here.

 

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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Latitude59 2018

Latitude59 is the flagship startup & tech event of e-Estonia – the world’s first digital society.

At Latitude 59, we bring together the Baltic, CEE & Nordic tech ecosystem and provide a platform for entrepreneurs, investors and leaders to learn, connect and network. We believe that entrepreneurial minds, inspiring leadership, lean companies and pro-active governments are the way forward in creating the digital future.

Why Latitude59?

Come explore different startup themes, network with like-minded people, join our investor-startup matchmaking, exchange futuristic ideas and more in the awesome venue of a century-old power plant that’s been transformed into a creative hub.

 

In 2017, we welcomed more than 2000 participants including:

  • 200 investors spanning from US to Japan who took part in our investor-startup matchmaking
  • 150 startups – mostly from the neighbouring Baltic, Nordic & CEE countries
  • Attendees from over 20 countries

 

Why Estonia?

  • Most startups per capita in Europe.
  • The only functional digital society in the world.
  • World’s first e-Residency program offering a transnational secure digital identity enabling you to run a location independent business online from anywhere in the world.
  • Estonia warmly welcomes startup founders from around the world to come and be a part of one of the smallest but liveliest startup communities in Europe. Find out more about the Estonia Startup Visa.
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DIGITAL MEDIA CAMP 2018

Media Lab Bayern´s  Digital Media Camp is back – and since everything gets better all the time, we wanted to reinvent the Barcamp-Format!

Two days around the actual trends in journalism, as always “for us by us”. What´s new? The new clearer format and “You should meet”-Sessions.

See you there!

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Das Digital Media Camp des Media Lab Bayern ist zurück – und weil alles immer besser geht, wollen wir das Barcamp-Format neu erfinden!

Zwei Tage rund um aktuelle Trends im Journalismus mit Expertise von euch für euch bleiben. Was neu ist: klarere Formate, „You should meet“-Sessions und zum Abschluss ein Block, der das #dmcmuc mit in den Alltag nimmt.

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Scale-EUp² – ecoSystems Connected to AcceLerate and Encourage European Union start-uPs with high Potential

Scale-EUp2 is a market driven project aiming to scale-up 30 IoT/deeptech start-up through the connection of 4 hubs (Paris area, Barcelona area, Stuttgart/Karlsruhe area, Styria & Carinthia area). The market focus is on 4 emerging application domains of the Internet of Things (IoT)/deeptech: Smart Cities, Mobility, Industry 4.0 and Health and Well-Being.

Six events (called Deeptech4good) will be organized during the project in the 4 hubs to help start-up raise funds (fundraising pitch contests), meet large corporates from the areas (business to business meetings) and get involved in public-funded innovation and R&D collaborative projects (open innovation workshops).

Key actions

  • Screening and mapping high-potential start-up:

The objective is to identify the start-ups with high growth potential, learn how to help them individually, organize coaching sessions to help the start-up fine-tune their strategy and identify the most relevant actions to connect them with strategic partners in the value chain, access emerging markets and attract investment. Meetings with the start-up’s management team will be organized and an online “platform” will be implemented to facilitate the identification of skilled employees and recruitments at both the local and European scale.

  • Facilitating market access:

A methodology will be developed to analyze the value chain taking into account the characteristics of the players targeted in the project, their development strategies, the diversity of technological bricks in the emerging field of “Internet of Things” and the specificities of the 4 applicative domains in the scope of the project to develop concrete, business oriented collaborations between the high-tech start-up. The value chains analysis will allow to organize open innovation workshops and matchmaking sessions, attracting stakeholders beyond the technological perimeter: public authorities, students, researchers, insurance companies, legal representatives…

  • Attracting private and public finance:

After a benchmarking phase at each regional level, a board of private investors will participate in start-up fundraising challenges to evaluate the applications and the pitch sessions during the 6 events organized throughout the project. Moreover start-up will be informed, during the open innovation workshops, of every public funding opportunities at the regional, national and the European level to transform the emerging ideas into collaborative projects.

Six events (called Deeptech4good) composed of 4 main parts will be organized throughout the project:

  • fundraising pitch: 5 start-ups selected by the investors’ board in each of the 4 categories will pitch their project in front of the audience and get feedback from the investors,
  • a matchmaking event with corporate players will focus on providing start-up market access,
  • an open innovation workshop, relying on the needs of the targeted markets and on the results of the value chain analysis, will be organized to facilitate the emergence of collaboration projects between the different stakeholders.

The events will be organized according to the following provisional agenda: 11th July 2018 (Paris – France), October 2018 (Germany), January 2019 (Austria), March 2019 (Spain) June 2019 (France), October 2018 (Germany). We will try to link our events with other major existing events to lower costs and acquire higher exposure.

Key contacts

Organization Contacts Title email
Opticsvalley Karl GEDDA General Manager k.gedda@opticsvalley.org
Opticsvalley Paul STEFANUT Business and Innovation Manager p.stefanut@opticsvalley.org

 

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SEP 2.0: Facilitating Startup-Corporate Partnerships and Endorsing Exits

When compared to international heavyweights like Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv, Europe’s scaleup scene falls short. Few of its startups are able to scale, and even fewer fit to acquire unicorn status. Startup Europe Partnership 2.0 finds its roots in the recognition of this gap.

Funded through the Commission’s Horizon 2020 project, SEP’s first iteration was established in January 2014 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, its objective to transform startups to scaleups by linking them with global corporations, investors, and stock exchanges.

In its second phase of funding, SEP 2.0 takes its initial aim to action.

The project is a partnership between 6 European organizations — Mind the Bridge (Italy), European Startup Network (Belgium), Nesta (UK), ELITE (Italy), Startup Olé (Spain), and Scaleup Institute (UK). Together, the members will organize four Scaleup Summits, all with the same intent: facilitating startup-corporate partnerships, increasing international visibility for European scaleups, and fostering exit opportunities (IPOs in particular).

After scouting upwards of 20,000 scaleups, Summits will host 75 each, totalling 300 participating scaleups. This is alongside an undetermined number of corporates and investors. Verticals are pre-determined, with the objective of increasing likelihood of successful business partnerships. For the first go-round, to be held in Milan on March 15 and 16, deep dives are Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and FoodTech.

Still, highly qualified scaleups might prove worthy; in this case, scaleups working in Digital Construction, InsurTech, Connected Cars, and additional alternative industries may be nominated.

On Summit days, corporates and scaleups will engage in qualified, face-to-face business meetings; have access to training activities concerning cultural disparities and how to produce productive partnerships; and generate procurement, development, proof of concept, and other collaborative exercises. Scaleups will connect with new customers, explore and penetrate alternative markets, and increase turnover.

The Summits should prove no less valuable for international investors and corporates, who can improve knowledge concerning investment in the digital sector and subsequently enlarge the investment pool itself. They will, too, obtain additional analysis and understanding of market trends and business models in digital sectors.

Finally, bi-annual meetings will facilitate financing and improve liquidity for European investments in fast-growing ICT startups and scaleups, and, as noted, stimulate financing through stock markets.

Over the two-year project period, expected impact is strong: 800+ scaleups matched with corporate investors, 600+ introduced to IPO opportunities, 250+ with increased international exposure, and 100+ obtaining dedicated IPO preparation via ELITE’s intensive accelerated exit program. SEP 2.0 anticipates €750M+ capital raised via Venture Capital follow-up rounds and IPOs, on top of €20M+ in new revenue via facilitated business deals.

In order to achieve such aims, SEP 2.0 will build on existing platforms with proven effectiveness and reach — e.g. Startup Europe Partnership and European Startup Network. With 24 member countries engaged in ESN’s ecosystem, the organization has access to over 25,000 startups and has built long-standing international relationships that will prove advantageous to the project’s ends.

SEP 2.0 provides these platforms with additional scale, integrating them with innovative activities in collaboration with international stock markets. In order to incorporate diverse and dynamic exercises, SEP 2.0 will blend physical activities with online services.

The project’s first major event kicks off this spring and will run until December 2020, with insights and improvements along the way.

Nominations will be accepted on a rolling basis — incubators, accelerators, and alternative organizations are welcome to provide qualified scaleup names to hello@europeanstartupnetwork.eu.

To stay informed about the project, subscribe to ESN’s newsletter at http://europeanstartupnetwork.eu.

 

About Startup Europe

Started in 2011, Startup Europe has become a reckoned reference in the European startup related field. Our mission is to build a Startup Continent by increasing the connectedness among all players of the European startup ecosystems.

 

Article written by Emily Bogen, a great intern at ESN.

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Interview with Co-Founder of Madrid Startup House, a Startup Europe initiative, in El Economista

Victor Teodosio, Co-founder and Director of Madrid Startup House, was recently interviewed by the Spanish magazine El Economista for their SME magazine.

Madrid Startup House is an initiative of Startup Europe which aims to bring a homogenous structure to the Madrid startup ecosystem and help it become an internationally recognised digi-tech and startup-friendly city. It is a pilot project which will soon be developed in other cities in Europe, to create homogenous structures in each hub so that they may work, collaborate and easily share information. The initiative aims to help cities adapt further to the Digital Single Market, one of the main priorities of the European Commission.

The interview with Victor Teodosio can be found on pages 4-6.

The magazine also features an interview with Isidro Laso, Head of the Startup Europe initiative, pages 8-10.

You can read the interview in Spanish here.

 

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EU eHealth Competition: Get recognized as the best eHealth solution in Europe

Submit your digital health solution to the eHealth Competition before the 6th March. This year we have introduced a new track on Diabetes.

SMEs, get recognition for your eHealth Solution by entering the eHealth Competition!  TICBioMed’s aim is to provide support for SME business success, offering a path to increase visibility and marketing opportunities to attract customers, partners and external capital.

The 6th Edition call for applications will remain open until 6th March. The novelty this year is the launch of a Diabetes track to reward the best solutions for the population management of the disease. 1 in 10 adults will have diabetes by 2040 -642 million- and 12% of global health expenditure is spent on this disease. Let’s give visibility to the solutions that will improve the life quality of diabetes patients.

The eHealth Competition 2017 will be held in partnership with the Health 2.0 and the Healthio Events, taking place at the Fira Barcelona on May 3rd.

Register now!

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Do you have a solution focused on Diabetes? @eHealthCompSME rewards the best solutions. Apply before the 6th March. bit.ly/eHC2017

 

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Startup Europe after 2 years!

Startup Europe has reached the two year mark. check out how our projects have been doing!

Together we have achieved some incredible things and truly boosted the European startup ecosystem, connecting people and helping startups to grow and thrive in Europe.

Highlights of Startup Europe

The Startup Europe projects have collectively connected the cities of Berlin, Madrid, Dublin, Rome, Lille, Warsaw, Brussels, Milan and many more!

An incredible +700 startups have participated in Startup Europe programmes, which have raised more than 200m€ in total.

One of Startup Europe’s strong points has been the sheer number of events that we have organised to create connections and help startups grow across Europe: over 300 events in two years.

Startup Europe Summit in Berlin, 2016
Startup Olé, Salamanca 2016

 

More than just conferences, the Startup Europe projects have helped startups at these events to work through their tough spots and achieve their goals. Over 115 workshops, courses, hackathons, bootcamps and training sessions have been held for startups all over Europe, supporting them in every stage of growth. In particular, we have helped startups with that well-known growing pain- learning how to pitch and epitch. Over 240 epitching support sessions were organised to give startups the training they needed and to turn that 2 minutes with an investor into a golden opportunity.

Pitching with investors at Startup Bootcamp in Rome.
Hackathon in Berlin Photo: Stefan Wieland 2015

For those startups that were ready to take the next step, the Startup Europe projects supported over 1300 pitches to business angels and corporates.

In fact, Startup Europe also organised well-thought-out matchmaking meetings between startups and investors, over 500 individual matchmakings between startups and investors all over Europe. Many were more than just boardroom conversations, in fact they were quite unique and ingenious (see WELCOME project’s meeting investors in cars post!).

Startup Europe also saw +160 startups join Startup Scaleup’s acceleration programme, in two waves of programmes.

One of the four key objectives of Startup Europe has been to help startups internationalise– and boy have we crossed oceans with you! From preparatory internationalisation sessions to giving startups the support they need to land in new ecosystems, Startup Europe has also crossed the atlantic with European startups to Silicon Valley. Two missions to Silicon Valley saw European startups travel to the USA to meet local giants like Google, get to know the ecosystem and test out the waters in the world’s most famous startup hub.

On an important note, one topic that many people are keen to see improved in Europe is the environment for women entrepreneurs. WeHubs, one of the Startup Europe projects, aimed to help women connect and gain the support and resources they need to become successful entrepreneurs, no matter where in Europe they are. WeHubs facilitated the creation of 34 women’s entrepreneur organisations, organised 20 mentors and registered over 330 female entrepreneurs.

Startup Europe also put efforts into encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs, specifically targeting students. Startup Europe Comes to Universities (SEC2U) saw it’s first year, in which more than 35 universities held entrepreneurships events for their students across 18 countries. The network is already accepting expressions of interest from Universities for next year- take a look here.

Students wait eagerly at Roma Tre

Other initiatives which Startup Europe prompted and supported are Startup Europe Comes to India, Startup Europe Week and European Maker Week.

A fair bit of research has also been conducted throughout the project, with over 25 publications being published on Europe’s startup and entrepreneurial environment.

Finally, our following on social media demonstrates the real impact of the Startup Europe initiative – 11,400 members in our Facebook community and 20,000 followers on twitter (13,000 tweets!).

CALL TO ACTION: if you have taken part in Startup Europe projects over those 2 years, make sure you fill out this Google Formselected startups will be announced during the ‘Startup Europe After 2 Years conference’ in Brussels on 2nd February 2017. Please fill out the form by 20th January 2017. For more info take a look here

#SEHallOfFame

Click on the image and fill out the form!

It has been a blast and we aim to keep this website updated with the most recent startup news and activities going on in Europe- keep checking our news and blog sections in the future!

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Go to European Venture Summit with Startup Europe project ePlus!

The goal of Startup Europe project, ePlus, is to foster web entrepreneurship in Europe, and offer a unique new platform to help web-entrepreneurs go global, through a unique combination of talents, tools and services of a European scale in all key elements required to create great companies: team, concept, technology, and capital.

This year, ePlus ecosystem, in association with the European Venture Summit, the largest Tech Investment matchmaking event, is offering web entrepreneurs that are looking for investments in the next 6 months the chance to attend this event to present their business proposition in front of investors and meet with investors.

The 10th edition of European Venture Summit – Europe’s foremost networking and investment event for high growth technology start-ups, venture capital investors and technology corporations is to take place on 5-6 December 2016 in Düsseldorf.  It offers to entrepreneurs the opportunity to grow their businesses across borders, and engage directly with Europe’s most active investors across investor-types. The European Venture Summit will present 100+ innovative ICT, Life Sciences and Cleantech companies from across Europe to an international audience of investors, key corporates and innovation experts.

The European Venture Summit in bullet points:

  • Europe’s largest Tech Investment and matchmaking event
  • Annual flagship event of Europe Unlimited
  • Presentations by the Top 120 Companies selected though the European Venture Contest
  • Attended by over 400 people, of which 200 of Europe’s most active venture capital or corporate investors
  • Attended by high-tech entrepreneurs, advisors, corporates and government partners
  • Presentation sessions, pre-arranged one-on-one meetings, discussion sessions, partner roundtables and more

To see more information about the Summit, please check here

Registration is required to attend the European Venture Summit on 5-6 December 2016. After the registration is closed, ePlus will select 12-15 companies based on the profile and the pitch deck provided. The selected companies will get free access to the event with the following benefits:

  • Access for 1 participant
  • Prestigious presenting opportunity for selected presenters
  • Networking with corporate contacts, VCs & fast-growing companies
  • Visibility through website & Company Profile
  • Up to 4 pre-arranged meetings from a selection of 10 potential One2One partners
  • Free participation at our Masterclasses (5 December)
  • Networking coffee breaks, lunch, dinner
  • Full conference information pack

Please register here using the code: pitchingEVS2016.

The deadline for registration is November 9, 2016

All companies will have to go through the selection process which will take place one week after the deadline, based on their filled in profile and uploaded pitch deck on Europe Unlimited website, to be able to present at the Summit.

For more information about the event participation, please contact:

Iuliia Skorykova

iuliia@e-unlimited.com 

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Startup Europe Press Release: The Official Launch of the One Stop Shop in Brussels!

Last week we officially launched the One Stop Shop (this very website!) in Brussels, the heart of Europe.

The One Stop Shop has been growing with speed over the last few months and it was time to officially launch into the world with a special event.

At an event held by Digital Europe, we presented the One Stop Shop, and explained how to use it with an interactive presentation.

This event followed the DIPP (Digital in Practice) format by Digital Europe, which is a type of event that delves into digital best practice and cutting-edge technology. We presented the Startup Europe One Stop Shop as a unique way to bring together and connect all the startup players in Europe. In this way, the One Stop Shop acts as one single access point to bring all of these players together for the first time.

Over the last two months we have seen over 30,000 visitors, hailing from all over Europe and beyond.

To see more pictures from the event, go to the Digital Europe’s Facebook album.

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