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Applications for the final round of Soft-Landing missions are now OPEN! (and they’re especially looking for female founders)

The Soft-Landing open calls are now open!

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“It has been a great opportunity”: The ‘Startup Lighthouse Awards’ at TechChill!

Are you thinking of scaling your startup in Europe? Join one of our ‘Deep Dive Weeks’ and you’ll forever be a part of our Startup Lighthouse family.

Just like your enthusiastic godparent, we promise we will always find ways to promote you, talk about you, and get you in front of the right people.

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Soft-Landing calls are now open: apply to explore a new startup market in 2019!

The Soft-Landing open calls are now open!

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MY-GATEWAY EMBRACES THE NEW YEAR WITH A GOLDEN TICKET TO STARTUP OLÉ.

What did you write in your New Year’s resolutions list?

Did you wish for happiness, travelling to a Western European country, attending startup events, meeting new investors..? If this is the case, I’m thrilled to announce that Startup Olé is looking for 15 CEE startups to join the event! Yes, you read it well: 15 startups!

MY-GATEWAY will help detect those Central and Eastern European startups that will benefit the most from attending the Spanish event, making sure startups are well aware of the opportunities they can be catered for. The target of our contest are startups based either in Romania, Czech Republic and Slovenia.

Those startups will need to really convince and tell us why they think Startup Olé can help them out boost their business growth, and, of course, send us a pitch deck. Attending Startup Olé can be a truly enriching experience… as you long as you prepare well for it! By using the Startup Olé app, you can gain access to investors, corporates, mentors and set up meetings with our fellow attendees.

Startup Olé startup stand in 2018

To make sure you stand out as you deserve, you’ll be provided with a whole stand to show your product and sell it to your target, so do come prepared with merchandising and flyers that can help you achieve your objectives! And…did I already say that travel and accommodation costs are included for one representative of your team? We really don’t want the distance, and its costs, to be a problem. That’s why travel and subsistence expenses are entirely covered by us.

Last but not least, some of the startups which will go through our selection process will also gain the possibility to join the PITCHING competition.

What do YOU need to do?

In order to be eligible for this contest you’ll have to do the following:

  • send your pitch deck to contest@mygatewayproject.eu

  • in the body of the email, tell us:

    • why you’d like us to attend,

    • what your expectations are,

    • your vertical,

    • contact details of the person who would be attending the event (name, surname, email, telephone);

and also:

  1. on social media, share/retweet a message in which you saw the open call promoted (in your email, we’d like to see the link to your publication or a screenshot)

  2. and follow and/or like MY-GATEWAY social media channels (FacebookTwitterLinkedInInstagram)

 

Deadline for applications: 4th of February 2019

 

What is Startup Olé?

Startup Olé 2019 will take place in Salamanca (Spain) from 26-29 of March and it will gather +30.000 attendees from 120 countries; +850 startups, scaleups and spin-offs; +500 speakers; +250 corporates and investors with an investment portfolio of over €50k M. Our fifth edition will be the biggest so far and we are working hard to make this an event that you will never forget, so do not wait any longer and join the family!

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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You are invited to Startup Lighthouse’s side-event at TechChill: ‘Scaling your startup in Europe’!

Ready to brace the cold in Latvia? Startup Lighthouse (a Startup Europe project) is partnering with TechChill to bring you a special side-event, ‘Scaling your startup in Europe’, on Friday 22 February!

What is TechChill?

TechChill is a winter startup event like no other. Held in Riga, Latvia, at the darkest time of year (21-22 February, 2019), TechChill brings together over 2000+ founders and entrepreneurs, boasts 20+ side-events and numerous after parties.

In summary, it’s the place to be if you’re thinking about scaling up abroad, to meet innovative young entrepreneurs and maybe even make contact with investors.

 

Official TechChill side-event!

As part of TechChill this year, Startup Lighthouse will be organising our own side-event, ‘Scaling your startup in Europe’ where you can hear the stories and experiences of the top startups taking part in Startup Lighthouse. Learn from their first-hand experience of the challenges and complexities of scaling up in Berlin, Dublin, Lisbon and the Baltics.

You’ll also get the chance to hear from two exciting speakers: Tanya Suarez (who has helped startups scale in Ireland, Spain, Netherlands and Lithuania) and Ana Barjasic (who knows what investors are looking for), plus a Q&A with the European Commission.

Scaling in Europe is hard work – but don’t worry – the event will close with some finger food and networking with the startups, so you can see if you’re going to be the next one touring Europe with Startup Lighthouse!

  • Time: 10AM – 12PM, Friday 22 January
  • Location: Teikums co-working space
    Gustava Zemgala Gatve 78, Riga
    2 mins walk from TechChill

Register your spot before places fill up!

Get your free ticket here now

P.S. The event is open to all, not just for those with a ticket to TechChill. Jump aboard!

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Vilnius Blockchain Week: Startup Lighthouse & Soft-Landing gather blockchain startups and ecosystem builders in Lithuania

Vilnius Blockchain Week is over – what a blast! Two Startup Europe projects brought it to life: Soft-Landing and Startup Lighthouse!

The initiative brought around 40 participants to deep-dive into the city’s startup ecosystem with the main focus on understanding what part blockchain plays in it and build connections with blockchain leaders in Lithuania. (more…)

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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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Road Trip to Africa – Nigeria

The agenda for the 3 days in Nigeria will be as follows:

  • Thursday, 23 November: Arrive in Lagos and set up event
  • Friday, 24 November: Boot Camp for 15 African start-ups. As above, we are asking for start-ups that have either at least $100,000 in annual recurring revenue or at least $100,000 in investment. The Boot Camp will be hosted at Leadspace, a local co-working space with 7 locations in Nigeria that has been highlighted on CNN Africa.
  • Saturday, 25 November: An event open to the entire start-up ecosystem, both in person and virtually, will also be hosted at Leadspace. The format will be similar to the Cape Town event: 4 blocks and 1 inspirational keynote. The 4 blocks will again be:
    • How to raise capital in Europe and Africa;
    • What investors look for in Europe and Africa;
    • How to work with corporates in Europe and Africa; and
    • How to build a brand and a network in Europe and Africa.

The inspirational keynote will be on “How to create an African Bill Gates” and will be given by a top digital entrepreneur in Western Africa.
Later that evening, we will host the finals to select the best start-up from among the 15 semifinalists at the Olesegun Obasanjo Presidential Library. President Obasanjo will host the event, and relevant foreign dignitaries will be invited.
As with the Cape Town event, the winner of the start-up competition will get various prizes, including €76,000 in investment from Wayra and the chance to pitch at St James Palace before HRH, The Duke of York and possibly the Queen of England. Other partners, including Amazon, Google and Facebook, will provide prizes such as €1000 of free Facebook marketing, etc. If the winning start-up is a preventative health start-up, MSD, the world’s 4th largest pharmaceutical company, may match Wayra’s investment with a €76,000 grant.

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Be part of the EU Top 50 ‘Hemicycle Start-up Convention’

Europe’s Top 50 start-ups will be revealed on the 28th of November 2017 at The European Parliament Hemicycle in Brussels, Belgium.

The ‘Hemicycle Startup Convention’ will gather more than 800 young entrepreneurs, investors, corporate representatives and policy makers. The EU Top 50 will present and showcase their ventures in areas such as security, education, transportation, deep technology, energy transition, space exploration, food and agriculture, health care & life sciences, climate change and environment, materials and new production technology, bio-, nano- and neurotech, and digital technologies.

To be part of the EU Top 50 ‘Hemicycle Start-up Convention’ please register by the 17th of November, here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eu-top-50-hemicycle-start-up-convention-and-eu-top-50-workshops-tickets-39010163449

 

 

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Road Trip to Africa

Following the launch event in Brussels on 6 November, a road trip to South Africa will be the next step to bring Africa and Europe closer. The road trip will take place in both South Africa, 20-22 November, and Nigeria, 23-25 November, and it will ultimately culminate in Abidjan, Ivory Coast for the 5th EU-Africa Summit.

You can read about the trip in detail here below:

  • In South Africa, in addition to the Brenthurst Foundation, we are working with Injini, an educational technology accelerator that will be our primary host and that belongs to a larger initiative called the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi). We are also working with Wesgro, the official trade, tourism and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, and are working directly with Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro and former South African Shadow Minister of Finance, to ensure the event’s success. Finally, Google has opened up its network of African start-up partners to us to access the continent’s best start-ups.

The agenda for the 3 days in Cape Town will be as follows:

  • Monday, 20 November: Arrive in Cape Town and set up event
  • Tuesday, 21 November: Boot Camp for 15 African start-ups. We are asking for start-ups that have either at least $100,000 in annual recurring revenue or at least $100,000 in investment, as a filter to ensure that we are attracting companies with at least a minimum viable product. The Boot Camp will be hosted at Injini.
  • Wednesday, 22 November: An event open to the entire start-up ecosystem, both in person and virtually. The event will be hosted at Workshop 17, a co-working space on the waterfront with views of Table Mountain. A video of the space is available here. The day will consist of 4 blocks and 1 inspirational keynote. Each block will give 15 minutes to an African entrepreneur, 15 minutes to a European entrepreneur, 15 minutes to a moderated panel with both entrepreneurs to highlight commonalities and differences, and then 15 minutes of Q&A. The 4 blocks will be:
    • How to raise capital in Europe and Africa;
    • What investors look for in Europe and Africa;
    • How to work with corporates in Europe and Africa; and
    • How to build a brand and a network in Europe and Africa.

The inspirational keynote will be on “How to create an African Bill Gates” and will be given by a top digital entrepreneur in Southern Africa.

Later that evening, we will host the gala finals to select the best start-up from among the 15 semi-finalists. We are speaking with the Spanish and Dutch Embassies to host the event at their Cape Town consulates. The German Embassy that are keen to support the event, but are remodelling their consulate in Cape Town. We will invite relevant dignitaries from the various European embassies to the gala event.

The winner of the start-up competition will get various prizes, including €76,000 in investment from Wayra and the chance to pitch at St James Palace before HRH, The Duke of York and possibly the Queen of England. Other partners, including Amazon, Google and Facebook, will provide prizes such as €1000 of free Facebook marketing, etc.  If the winning start-up is a preventative health start-up, MSD, the world’s 4th largest pharmaceutical company, may match Wayra’s investment with a €76,000 grant.

  • In Nigeria, our main partner is former President OlesegunObasanjo via his presidential library. In addition to him, we are working with grassroots partners, including our venture partner, EchoVC, a pan-African fund split between Silicon Valley and African markets. They back founders across Africa from seed funding to series A. Eghosa Omoigui, the Managing Partner, is the lead; he has years of experience backing the world’s best start-ups, which he previously did as Director at Intel Capital, the world’s largest corporate VC. Google Nigeria is also supporting.

The agenda for the 3 days in Nigeria will be as follows:

  • Thursday, 23 November: Arrive in Lagos and set up event
  • Friday, 24 November: Boot Camp for 15 African start-ups. As above, we are asking for start-ups that have either at least $100,000 in annual recurring revenue or at least $100,000 in investment. The Boot Camp will be hosted at Leadspace, a local co-working space with 7 locations in Nigeria that has been highlighted on CNN Africa.
  • Saturday, 25 November: An event open to the entire start-up ecosystem, both in person and virtually, will also be hosted at Leadspace. The format will be similar to the Cape Town event: 4 blocks and 1 inspirational keynote. The 4 blocks will again be:
    • How to raise capital in Europe and Africa;
    • What investors look for in Europe and Africa;
    • How to work with corporates in Europe and Africa; and
    • How to build a brand and a network in Europe and Africa.

The inspirational keynote will be on “How to create an African Bill Gates” and will be given by a top digital entrepreneur in Western Africa.

Later that evening, we will host the finals to select the best start-up from among the 15 semifinalists at the Olesegun Obasanjo Presidential Library. President Obasanjo will host the event, and relevant foreign dignitaries will be invited.

As with the Cape Town event, the winner of the start-up competition will get various prizes, including €76,000 in investment from Wayra and the chance to pitch at St James Palace before HRH, The Duke of York and possibly the Queen of England. Other partners, including Amazon, Google and Facebook, will provide prizes such as €1000 of free Facebook marketing, etc. If the winning start-up is a preventative health start-up, MSD, the world’s 4th largest pharmaceutical company, may match Wayra’s investment with a €76,000 grant.

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