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NITRO STORY: Healthy Road, your reliable driving companion

Many of us have already been there. You are driving along linear roads or in the middle of the night and suddenly feel very tired. The most common solutions to tackle this problem is to drive carrying a talkative companion, listening to some loud music or, if the tiredness is prevailing, to stop somewhere safe and take a nap. These solutions could be soon out of fashion.

A startup from Portugal is now proposing a new technology to address this issue. Healthy Road is developing AI facial biometric tech for driver monitoring (DMS).

How does it work? The software’s main goal is to monitor the driver’s behavior and state in order to alert him in case of danger. The system can in fact recognize if the driver is able to take over the vehicle control after the autonomous driving mode and to alert the driver in case he is adopting a dangerous driving behavior. All in all, the Healthy Road technology provide a better user experience and support other sensors in the vehicle to take action if necessary.

The facial biometric software can process in fact in real time the stream from one single camera, in order to get facial features. Healthy Road aims to use this technology in vehicles in order to reduce accidents due to distraction and drowsiness.

The features of the software are already very promising and allow detecting different state of the driver. Using face movement detection and eye gaze, the software can detect a distraction or a loss of focus. Through eye analysis techniques, it is able to recognize drowsiness and using the blinking analysis the fatigue level of the driver. However, Healthy Road promises to do even more by recognizing emotions using face expression analysis and even stress through the measurement of the heart rate.

Healthy Road is one of the successful startup who took part to the 2nd Nitro Event in Sophia Antipolis (France) on the 1st and 2nd December 2016.  The CEO and Co-Founder André Azevedo summarizes in this way the most recent achievement of his company: “We reached recently 90% accuracy in two main features – drowsiness and distraction detection – that allow us to open some closed doors and to have two new business deals for 2017”.

The startup has already received several recognitions and has additionally been chosen as one of the ten startups selected worldwide to the Rockstart’s Accelerator Program. By participating to Nitro they were looking for some focused advice to further growth their company and were eager to meet investors.

“Nitro meant for us two days to look at your startup results and find how you can improve them and plan the next step” – says the Co-Founder Azevedo.Having had the chance to meet several investors at Nitro, they understood one crucial thing: “Most investors are not interested to invest in product development,they want to invest their money on sales, so also the pitch deck should be changed accordingly”.

To learn more about Healthy Road visit http://healthyroad.pt/ or https://angel.co/healthyroad

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The call for Nitro 3 taking place in Lisbon on the 4th and 5th May 2017 is now online! If you wish to join amazing startups, be coached by experienced consultants and pitch in front of investors apply till the 15th March 2017 here http://epluseurope.eu/blog-entry/open-call-announcement-nitro-3-extreme-acceleration-event

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Startup Europe After 2 Years – Post event blog

The whole day conference ‘Startup Europe After 2 Years’ #SEA2Y took place on the 2 February at the Permanent Representation of Spain in Brussels.

The event took off at 9.30am, moment in which Gerard De Graaf, head of Directorate F at DG CONNECT, greeted the startup initiatives and their achievements  and welcomed the over 200 people who attended the event.

Gerard De Graaf, Juanma Revuelta and Mike Butcher opening the conference.

Straight after the brief presentation the audience was blown away by the  incredible startup data collected by Dealroom, StartupHubs and Nesta, just to mention a few. Don’t you worry if you couldn’t make it to the event, we have all the slides on Startup Europe Slideshare! However, you’ll be missing the interventions provided by the excellent moderator  Mike Butcher, ‘Editor at Large’ at TechCrunch.

The morning session finished with some short talks on the internationalization of Startups at the European level and was capped off with a showcase of the best policy practices to support startup ecosystems across Europe. The Startup Visa was one of the hottest topics mentioned, but we also looked at more grass-roots challenges, calling for an open culture.

 

Estonian #StartupVisa going live!

 

“We need an open culture to grow”

 

After a quick look at Startup Europe Awards – Best Public Administration –  and the new initiatives that feed on Startup Europe e.i. the Startup and Scaleup Initiative, we all delved into an intense afternoon filled with the Startup Europe projects results and impact, summerised in short pitches which you can find on the Startup Europe slideshare and on our website.

Krisztina Toth presenting MyWay results and impact.

The 5-minute pitches were opened by a quick panel led by the Startup Europe team at the European Commission and its communication agency, Hugin&Munin, which is in charge of the website, The One Stop Shop and of bringing under one umbrella all the projects’ activities and events.

Bogdan Ceobanu, Francesca Monaco, Charlotte Tucker and Isidro Laso presenting Startup Europe great achievements.

Once the results were shown, the Startup and Innovation team at the EC explained how to apply to the next ICT32 Open Call ‘Startup Europe and Innovation Radar’, which, by the way, there are about 2 months left to apply!

The event proved to be a great opportunity to connect with other important members of the entrepreneurship ecosystem. And hopefully great partnerships were formed to propose great projects for the ICT 32 call!

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SEA2Y – Startup Europe final conference

Startup Europe – Discover it’s impact and learn about future initiatives

Startup Europe is holding its final conference in Belgium in February 2017.

Objectives:

  • Learn about what we know about the European startup ecosystems
  • Discover what we have achieved with Startup Europe projects
  • Understand the progress on startup and scaleup policies
  • Engage with future projects and plans
  • Connect with the Startup Europe network

Programme:
Morning: Startup Europe Data + Impact
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
Afternoon: Future: Horizon 2020 ICT32 call & Networking

More information: EventBrite

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NITRO STORY: Motionscloud, insurance claims at your fingertip

Have you already been stuck in an insurance claim process? If yes, you know how painful this can be, not just for the refund process but also for the insurer checking the truthfulness of the claim. However, this long process could be soon a memory: the Germany based Startup Motionscloud [LINK: www.motionscloud.com] is providing a new claim solution for non-life insurers.

Motionscloud is a fast, efficient and cost effective ways to settle non-life insurance dispute. The mobile & artificial intelligence claim solutions enablesin fact to digitize and to automate claims processes through customer centric mobile solution.

Through the Motionscloud estimation engine the value of the damages is estimated in real-time. The evidence can be collected through different media format as text, audio, photo and video. All evidence is thensecurely stored, thus eliminating the possibility of fraud. Finally, Motionscloud enables claim experts to work with customers remotely through voice and video communication in order to complete the claim settlement.  The claim process is thus more straightforward and efficient with a higher customer satisfaction.

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Tata, Enabling Youth Entrepreneurship Across Europe

  • How does your local university support the startup ecosystem? How involved are they?
  • Could institutions do more to integrate with their local startup scene?
  • How can startups and entrepreneurs better support and work with universities to help foster Student Entrepreneur’s ambitions?
  • How can we achieve all of this?

 

NACUE, one of the partners of MY-WAY project, invites you to an evening panel discussion on 12th January 2017, which aims to bring together parliamentarians, entrepreneurs and industry experts to explore what can be done to improve the startup ecosystem across Europe, in order for the next generation of entrepreneurs to succeed.

 

The panel 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.

 

Panelists will include:

  • Anne-Wil Lucas, Startup Delta
  • Michel Arends, CEO of Team Academy
  • Ellen Bark-Lindhout, Founder of Collider
  • Aster van Laere, Co Founder of Blend: Disruptive Consulting
  • The panel will be chaired by Timothy Barnes, Founder of The RainGods.

The evening will also invite student entrepreneurs to give elevator pitches, with the winner being voted by the audience and winning a prize from Tata.

 

They want this event to help start important conversations about where the support system for student entrepreneurs can go next and hope that you can join them!

 

 

For more information and to book your place, please visit: http://bit.ly/TataYE17

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Press coverage of startup Job Today winning a Startup Europe Award!

Job Today, la app que conecta empresas y candidatos y que ha revolucionado la forma de encontrar empleo a través de la tecnología móvil, ha sido seleccionada como finalista para competir en los Startup Europe Awards (SEUA).

Los SEUA, una iniciativa promovida por la Comisión Europea e implementada por Finnova en colaboración con StartUp Europe, tienen como objetivo reconocer las mejores StartUps europeas. Los premios, que se entregarán el próximo marzo, se dividen en 10 categorías según el ámbito de actuación de cada start-up. Así, Job Today competirá en representación de Luxemburgo (país donde se fundó la compañía) dentro de la categoría Social, por su contribución a la estimulación positiva del mercado laboral al favorecer la agilidad y eficiencia de los procesos de selección.

Job Today fue lanzada en mayo de 2015 y España fue el primer país donde operó y es dónde actualmente lidera el mercado del recruitment mobile en el sector servicios.

Retrieved from: RRHH Digital

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STARTUP EUROPE – TWIST –  Time sure flies when you’re always innovating!

 

 

Wow! Has it been 2 years already? When you work with innovative technologies and when you’re constantly surrounded by creative minds, time goes by in a heartbeat. It’s those people who can’t think about anything else except finding the next best thing which will change our lives for the better that make technology, our economy and the whole world go round and round.
STARTUP EUROPE and TWIST have been at the forefront of technological innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe for the past 2 years and we loved every bit of the process!
With over 72 meetups, 3 bootcamps on life science, cybersecurity and key enabling technologies, 27 e-pitches with investors and with more than 2.500 participants to our initiatives and events, TWIST has managed to bring together the key players on the European startup scene.
Partnering with Microsoft, Adecco, Meet In Italy for Life Science, Tech-Tour, International Cybersecurity Forum, CISCO, Android and PSA, we have managed to bring our startups in contact with the most valuable resources available today. Experience mentors and experts from different industries have met up with our startups and entrepreneurs in our joint efforts to boost Europe’s startup ecosystem into achieving amazing results.

 

After 2 incredible years of working with some of the most talented startups and entrepreneurs in Europe and worldwide, we can easily say that the future of technological innovation is close. Real close. It’s here!

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Startup Scaleup – Startup Europe’s IoT Accelerator

A 6-month acceleration programme, launched in 2015 aimed to find European startups developing cutting-edge IoT innovation. During the past two years, programme ran 2 batches in 4 European locations simultaneously and supported 133 startups. “We have achieved and exceeded expected number of companies, that we wanted to support. This is what happens, when there is so much IoT potential in Europe”, – said Andres Iborra, Startup Scaleup project coordinator.

 

Both batches started with a IoT’ers week simultaneous in the four different hubs of Startup Scaleup programme: Vilnius – Lithuania, Zoetermeer – the Netherlands, Dublin – Ireland and Cartagena – Spain. Andres Iborra continues – “Because of a great variety in the expertise of Startup Scaleup partners, we managed to offer very high quality support in the technical field of IoT, business management and fundraising.”

 

Each 6-month journey finished with a Demo Day, where the top startups of each batch were selected to pitch and demonstrate their products at a major event. In May 2016, top 12 startups from the first batch presented their products during the Connected Conference, in Paris. From the second batch, the top 16 were selected to demonstrate their products on November 2016, during Internet of Thing World Europe in Dublin.

Workshop run during IoT World in Dublin by one of our partners, BluSpecs Innovation.

From both batches, comprised of 133 companies, more than €10M were raised. “We are very happy to witness rapid growth of our incubated startups and help them raise funds. We are also very happy with the variety of available capital for innovative IoTstartups. Our companies raised money from the government, angels and VC’s simultaneously.” – said Andres Iborra.

 

He continues – “The funded part of the project is about to end, however having seen such tremendous success and a market opportunity we are looking forward to transform this initiative into a sustainable programme that can further support IoT companies Europe-wide”.

 

Startup Scaleup in numbers:

About the Startup-Scaleup Project

                                                  

Startup Scaleup is the 6 month IoT accelerator of Startup Europe powered by the European Commission which is combining physical and virtual acceleration, and looking for talented startups aspiring to take their business to the next level and expanding to international markets.

 

Startup Scaleup is building a European ecosystem connecting the players of four consolidated entrepreneurial hubs (Cartagena, Dublin, Vilnius and Zoetermeer) in order to provide a greater range and quality services to ambitious entrepreneurs who want to launch and grow companies focused on the Internet of Things (IoT).

 

Startup Scaleup is run by the Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena, Crosspring LABs, Open Coffee Club Lithuania, the Ryan Academy, F6S and BluSpecs.

                                      

About Startup Europe

 

Startup Europe is a European Commission initiative that aims to strengthen the business environment for web and ICT entrepreneurs so that their ideas and business can start and grow in the EU.

Uniting European startup ecosystems is its value proposition. Some of its concrete activities are:

  • Connecting startup ecosystems throughout Europe.
  • Bridging the gap between investors, corporates and startups.
  • Creating a bottom-up movement across Europe.
  • Giving voice to startups to influence new policies (capital markets union, digital single market).
  • Celebrating entrepreneurship.

 

More information at:

http://startup-scaleup.eu/

https://www.f6s.com/startup-scaleup

http://startupeuropeclub.eu/

 

 

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Startup Europe Partnership, 3 years later.

Startup Europe Partnership: Highlights

 

Established by the European Commission in January 2014 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Startup Europe Partnership (SEP) is the first pan-European platform dedicated to transforming European startups into scaleups by linking them with global corporates.

 

SEP is led by Mind the Bridge, an organization based in Italy and United States, with the support of Nesta (the UK’s innovation foundation), Factory (an acceleration program and campus for tech companies of any stage, originating from Berlin), and Bisite Accelerator (Madrid/Salamanca).

In the past two years a lot has been done by SEP to promote startup-corporate collaboration in Europe and support the scale-up of the European ecosystem. Let’s see how.

  • Matching: 18 Matching Events organized with 593 private 1:1 pre-arranged and qualified meetings between startups and corporates. Of them, 328 (64%) are cross-border, meaning involving corporates and startups of different nationalities. 12 deals closed, €2.5M+ of new business generated, €450M+ ofnew capital raised post matching, 2 exits and 1 active acquisition.
  • Startup Scouting and Filtering: 898 startups from 18 different countries presented to 43corporates.
  • Mapping: 16 SEP Monitors published presenting data about scaleups and exits in Europe and showcasing the most fast growing startups from various ecosystems
  • Meet-ups: 2Startup Europe Summit (SES)pan-Europeanconferences organized in Berlin and 2 European Innovation Day (EID) international conferences organized in Mountain View. 4 EU Commissioners, 100+ speakers, 900+ peopleattending.
  • Sharing: startup-corporate collaboration reports has been view 7,000+ times and 4,500+ copies has been handed out.
  • Best practices: published 2 Nesta reports, Winning Together and Scaling Together, used by Virgin Startups, ABInBev, Sky and many other corporations to inspire their innovation strategy and collaborate effectively with startups.
  • 25 Corporate Startups Stars: launched the European ranking of top ‘startup-friendly’ corporates. Check out the winners’ list here.
  • Over 100 investors joined SEP Investors Forum: 1 meet-up in Brussels and 2 in Berlin to stimulate the conversationbetween European and international Investors with the European Commission and the European Investment Fund. Among the outcomes, 1 policy report published collecting the main recommendations.
  • Connecting Europe to the U.S.: organized 2 editions of Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley (SEC2SV), exposing 28 scaleups in the Bay Area.
  • 1250+ media outcomes, including The Financial Times, USA Today, Forbes, El País.

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Great concrete results. Though, the best part is still ahead of us.

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2 years of WELCOME – and now the project is drawing to a close

This was an intense journey across Europe, bringing startups to meet new ecosystems, organising and taking part in the biggest tech events in the continent and so much more.

One way to look at the 2 years past is to look at our numbers (click for high resolution!):

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Looking back, it felt we were everywhere at the same time!

We were in more than 18 of the most important startup events around Europe, either through one-shot activities like Europass programme (Pioneers Vienna, IoT World Dublin, Slush Helsinki, Tech Open Air Berlin, etc) or with our two batches of the Roadshow that visited WELCOME’s ecosystems: Madrid, Salamanca, Berlin, Milan and Dublin (South Summit, Web Summit, Uprise Festival, Seeds & Chips, …).

We’re very proud to have gathered such an impressive group of startups – check them out at our competition winners page and ask for our pitchdeck!

We were organising not only activities for startups, but for accelerators, universities, policy makers and all other ecosystem builders. Throughout these 2 years we also carried out initiatives such Accelerator Assembly, Startup Europe Comes to Universities, and Startup Europe Nations.

Now that the project is over, we look at what’s next in the horizon: new projects, new initiatives! Stay connected with the Startup Europe initiative to be part of this future!

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