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WeHubs is the first European network for women web entrepreneurs!

WeHubs is the first European network for women web entrepreneurs powered by StartUp Europe Initiative! After 2 successful years, WeHubs project is coming to an end.

But, not the end of our community!

These 2 years we managed to reach:

More than 500 Women Entrepreneurs

More than 400Business Support Organisations

More than 30Women Associations + their local networks

8success stories + all those from the community

 

And our network keeps on growing each day. With 12nodes around Europe and 7 more in the making right now, WeHubs is THE European Community of digital female entrepreneurship supporters across Europe and beyond.

 

Brussels, 16 Nov. 2016 Photos : www.vivianhertz.be

Come and join our network today and help us promote female entrepreneurship in Europe!

This is just the beginning of a new era for women web entrepreneurship!

We are happy to inform you that WeHubs has been extended to seven new Hubs. WeHubs network will continue with its online community dedicated to female entrepreneurship and we’ll keep on sharing useful insights about our e-mentoring. You can check online our latest materials including the WeHubs scorecard to assess your services.

A new year, a new start!

Happy holidays!

Wish you a successful and glorious new year!

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Project DIGISTART – An overview

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The project DIGISTART is supporting European-Wide digital ecosystems through a set of coordinated activities targeting Lisbon and Malmo. It also harnesses the capabilities of the F6S for providing online support to startups. The Lisbon Ecosystem is supported by UNIDEMI and BETA-i. UNIDEMI, A research centre at the Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologies, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, initiated activities to provide greater access to the innovation ecosystem for students. That includes early stage mentorship, awareness creation, launching of the Startup Forum, a formal Entrepreneurship Course and an online MOOC. During the project, some research work has been done that can provide greater insights on how Innovation Ecosystems have benefitted Startups. Moreover, DIGISTART collaborated with other European funded project (eg. MY-WAY, Scaleup, LIFE, Welcome) to enable individuals/university students and startups to connect as well as support and benefit from the dynamic circulation of European ecosystems for web entrepreneurs.

One of the primary objectives of DIGISTART project has been bring a culture of Entrepreneurship into the University. Entrepreneurial activity within the University is being seen as a key indicator of the University’s Ranking. A dynamic and vibrant entrepreneurial culture creates students that are confident to face the new economy which is based on niche, nimble and agile startups. DIGISTART helped students to identify their excitement and provide them some kind of coaching support which help them look clearly at the bigger picture.

DIGISTART collaborated in organizingtwiceFCT entrepreneurship courses with 1000 students, at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. The course was designed to train aspiring students from all backgrounds. It has now become an annual event. This course was designed to help students evaluate the business skills and commitment necessary to successfully operate an entrepreneurial venture and review the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship. Students learned about themselves, their decisions, and their goals to determine how entrepreneurship can play a role in their lives.

Secondly,a course lasting a full academic semester with 3 ECTS was conducted twice by UNIDEMI called Digital Business Ecosystems. It covered in depth understanding of how the Internet is transforming business rules,companies and collaborative networks, understanding digital business models, understanding how to develop digital business and Internet-based Startups, and finally understandinghow to finance and manage a digital business.

The project organized many interesting workshops and training sessions. Bringing Entrepreneurship Culture to the Universities was a successful example of international workshop organized at October 2015 at Universidade Nova de Lisboa.This workshop was designed to get together a set of speakers with a wide range of experiences to discuss best practices, challenge solutions and bring in inspirational examples on how to nurture entrepreneurship culture at universities. Across the world, Universities are turning to the challenge of not only providing high quality education for tomorrow’s workforce, research and development to enhance knowledge, but also imparting the entrepreneurship skills vital for the empowering students to create their own startups. The workshop was targeted primarily to researchers, educators, university professors, and students.

DIGISTART and MY-WAY joined efforts to create We Start Lisbon, the European conference for students and young web entrepreneur held at October 2016 at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. n exciting and quite interactive event which set out to inspire and teach students regarding entrepreneurship.

 

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Overall, during the project 5 courses were conducted and more than 2000 students benefited from the courses. 8 training sessions happened. 2 conferences and 3 workshops were organized. Many networking activities, meet-ups, business development sessions happened. Around 140 startups were mentored and facilitated during the project activities. 5 Master theses completed and 2 scientific papers already published.

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Learning Incrementally from Failed Entrepreneurship

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The LIFE project is about learning step by step from failure in entrepreneurship. It also aims at collaborative action to bring entrepreneurship forward. Cultural diversity is one of Europe’s strongest assets, yet it also creates obstacles for entrepreneurs to scale at European level. Distributed markets, language barriers and fragmented policy still impede access to markets, talents, finance, facilities and networks in Europe.

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The project aimed to map out programs and important players in each of the partnering areas. The consortium identified, shared and discussed best practices. Virtual and real discussions with entrepreneurs helped draw conclusions and provide recommendations.

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Best practices and lessons learned built a collaborative learning exercise. It consisted of over 160 interviews with startup founders who failed along the way. The main attraction of the project was the Failing Forward conference organised in Brussels. Failing Forward provided a day of inspirational keynotes, workshops, power meetings and networking opportunities to the participants.

Local spin-off events in the partner regions raised awareness that failure was and would be an inherent part of ventures and innovation. Smaller #failingfwd events shared success stories built on incremental learning, and opened the existing startup support programs to web entrepreneurs from all over Europe.

In-depth interviews (VCs, business angels, community builders) completed the initial insights from startup founders. Recommendations from the findings helped increase the level of services provided by the partners. It also facilitated a better approach to help to spot potential risks at an early stage. The partners compiled a list of recommendations for the best format for #failingfwd events as well.

Impact

Acceptance of failure is incremental towards a paradigm shift in Europe. LIFE project succeeded shaping the failure subject into a critical yet rational discourse. Widespread stigmatisation of those who entered the bumpy road to success starts to tarnish. Instead, rising like a phoenix attitude should become an integral part of European education. Eliminating the stigma will trigger a broader societal effect. It can lead to significant policy changes, for instance easing bankruptcy legislation. Our hope is that LIFE project played a role in igniting an incremental change in the European entrepreneurial culture.

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Coordinator: Startups.be

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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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Attend National Roadshow BioInItaly Investment Forum with TWIST!

Have the chance to pitch at BioInItaly Investment Forum with Startup Europe project, TWIST project!

One of the partners of TWIST project, Lazio Innova, is a key local partner in Rome of the National Roadshow BioInItaly Investment Forum, the event organized by Assobiotec in collaboration with Intesa Sanpaolo Start-Up Initiative that will take place in Rome next January 18th 2017.

In Rome at each stage of the roadshow, a jury of experts will select the Best Presentation in Healthcare Biotech / Biomedical.

The projects and / or start-ups that will be awarded have the opportunity to enter the boot-camp that will be held in Milan at the headquarters of Fondazione Filarete- Intesa San Paolo on 27 and 28 February and will pitch at the BioInItaly Investment Forum & Intesa Sanpaolo Start-Up Initiative 29 and 30 March 2017 in Milan .

Applicants wishing to take part in this initiative must meet the following requirements:
• Contestants must present a company or project that fits within the target biotech and nanobiotech tracks of Red Biotech and Green & White Biotech. It is not required for the applicants’ project to refer to an incorporated company.
• International applications are welcome – please be aware that at least 50% of the projects admitted to Phase 2 must be Italian or planning to open up a main office in Italy within 2017.
• Contestants must indicate their fund raising objectives and financial needs (the typical equity ask range for our investment forums is between € 200K and € 3M)
• Participants from previous editions will be considered only if they can demonstrate a significant evolution in their business plan or market validation.

The application form should be sent before January 16th to  bioinitaly.assobiotec@federchimica.it

 

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StartUp Europe Awards has chosen the best six startupsfrom Luxembourg

The winners of StartUp Europe Awards Luxembourg coordinated by StartupGrindLuxembourg were chosen with the collaboration of Nyuko​, 123 GO social contest, Lux Future Lab​ and EY Innovation on December 12.

The next six startups will represent Luxembourg in the European final of StartUp Europe Awards 2016 to be held first quarterof 2017 in Brussels.

Job Today, the easy-to-use app that connects employers and jobseekers, has been awarded in the SOCIAL category.

Digicash, that allows you to pay by smartphone as simple as SMS, is the winner for FINTECH category of SEUA Luxembourg.

For WATER Category the winner is APATEQ, whichprovides oil-water separation systems for oilfield operators as well as compact wastewater treatment plants and systems for industrial wastewater.

OUNI allows customers to do their grocery and household shopping while avoiding packaging waste. The first packaging-free organic grocery store in Luxembourg won for GREEN Category.

vyzVoice, the winner for ICT Category,  provides a highly secured cloud-based application infrastructure to manage your connected things.

Finally, the winner for ENERGY Category is SWIRL, a company which provides leading edge smart wind turbine solutions for grid edge and off-grid applications

Startup Europe Awards recognizes the effort of the European startups in five levels (local, county, regional, national and European) in ten categories: Creative, Energy, Fintech, Green, Health, ICT, Smart Cities, Social, Tourism and Water. Each involved country will recognize the best local startups which will have the chance to compete to be awarded as the best European startups in the Final ceremony. For this reason, StartUp Europe Awards is called “The Eurovision for Startups”.

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

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1-2-1 session: “Development of innovative management system as a solution for livestock sector”

Agenda:

10.00 – 15.00
Development of innovative management system as a solution for livestock sector.
One of the defined problems of livestock sector is the lack of a universal management system.
The proper course of action and technological development in the livestock sector, seems to be development of innovative management system that integrates all stakeholders.
Rafał Trukan
Hipra Poland, Technical Advisor – Livestock

15.00 – 16.00
Questions & Answers

RAFAŁ TRUKAN
Hipra Poland, Technical Advisor – Livestock
Rafal Trukan is an expert in dealing with issues in the areas of business, and veterinary medicine. Extensive experience in planning and implementing business plans and promotional budgets, as well as the link with the environment veterinary allowed for the successful conduct many training marketing and sales techniques and tactics in the field.
As an advisor repeatedly dealt with the development and implementation of new, will be widely popular products on the market (such as Marbox, Cevaxel RTU, Pride Delta, Enzaprost, Coxevac, Hydracev, Spirovet, SYNCROSTIM, Velactis, Multishield DC, Eprecis inj.).

Tellvet (http://tellvet.net)

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Check out this great video on ePlus project’s extreme acceleration event Nitro!

Two weeks ago the ePlus project joined our partners in Sophia Antipolis, France for our second NITRO: The extreme acceleration event. From over 100 applications, the 25 most promising startups were invited to join us for two days of workshops, networking, and pitching in the middle of the tech hotspot of France. The startups were selected based on ingenuity, business viability and growth stage. This resulted in a remarkable group of unique startups from all over Europe, providing an exciting mix of ideas and ambition. You can find a complete list of our NITRO 2 startups here and a recap of the event here

Missed the event? Don’t worry! In May 2017 NITRO is moving to the great city of Lisbon. Want to join? Keep a close eye on our website and be sure to sign up for our next event!

Retrieved from: http://epluseurope.eu/blog-entry/video-moments-nitro-2-extreme-acceleration-event

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Madrid Startup House is looking for collaborators!

Madrid Startup House is a new startup platform created under Startup Europe’s WELCOME project, which aims to make Madrid an internationally recognised startup hub.

Madrid Startup House aims to act as one single point to connect all players in the Madrid ecosystem and strengthen the entrepreneur movement in the city. As a one stop shop for startups in Madrid, other websites like this are foreseen to be created in other cities across Europe, such as Venice in Italy.

Madrid is a city which is buzzing with entrepreneurship activities, both private and public, however what is needed is a single point to unify all activities and players, strengthen the entrepreneurship scene and give the capital’s startup community a platform for international reach.

To do this, Madrid Startup House is looking for your collaboration– as players in the startup scene- to put all the relevant information in one place and create a connected, consolidated community.

madrid startup house

There are many ways to take part in the platform, depending on each startup player’s needs. The aim is to give every player professional enrichment and strength the Madrid startup community as a whole:

Collaborators:

  • Female entrepreneurs to tell their stories, give their projects visibility in our blog and overall inspire the next female entrepreneurs of Madrid
  • Incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces and universities that wish to appear in our Ecosystem Builders directory, which will give their projects more visibility to the startup community
  • Mentors that wish to enrich their professional lives by mentoring startups

Sponsors:

  • Sponsors that wish to participate in the project by sponsoring activities and services, such as events, mentoring, networking activities and more.

Please go to: www.madridstartuphouse.com/partnerships                                                                          

@MadridStartupHouse
#MadridStartupHouse

 Watch the video   

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Startup Europe Awards chooses the best startups from Greece

The members of the SEUA Alliance,Institute of Entrepreneurship Development (iED) and Aephoria.net, held the final national competition for StartUp Europe Awards in Greece.

The iED, an NGO promoting the entrepreneurship and supporting startups, tried to gather all the innovative startupsthrough a special platform dedicated to Greek startups (entre.gr).With a very simple registration, the startups filled in their basic information. The total submissions in the platform reached the number of 75.

At the same time the Aephoria.net, a sustainable-business education and incubation program for startup companies operating in Greece, selected through “BlueGrowth” competition two winning startups.

The Greek Jury, formed by both organisations representatives, selected on 2nd of December 2016 the five winners in five different categories. These startups will have the opportunity to represent Greece in the European Final of StartUp Europe Awards to be held first quarter 2017 in Brussels. There, an international jury will chose the best 10 startups of Europe in the called “The Eurovision for Startups”.

Winning startups of SEUA Greece

For CITIES category the winner is CityCrop, aiming at modernising and democratising farming, as key to a healthier and greener living.

Nursify, a mobile device application that connects people who need First Aid Help with volunteers trained to provide First Aid Help, was chosen as the best greek HEALTH startup.

For CREATIVE category the winner isConvert Art, the first startup upcycling company in Greece, whichmanufactures handmade products made exclusively from recycled inner tubes, tires, electrical equipment, wood and aluminium.

Hopwave, whichhelps you discover new destinations in your island hopping journeys with the use of the small boats network, was chosen for the TOURISM category of SEUA Greece.

Finally, the winner for GREEN category is Phee, a startup that uses the dead leaves of sea grass, PosidoniaOceanica, which are washed up in huge quantities along many Greek coasts, creating natural and biodegradable products.

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

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