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!
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.
Great concrete results. Though, the best part is still ahead of us.
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.
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
Travel to and attend SXSW 2017 conference for FREE with Startup Europe!
Be part of an EU startup delegation selected to travel to South by SouthWest 2017 conference in the US, with return flights, accomodation and registration.
The EU will support participation to the South by Southwest (SXSV 2017) conference for up to 10 startup representatives (return flight EU-Austin, accommodation 4 nights, between 10-14 March.2017, and SXSW interactive conference registration).
The startups will also participate in the startup demonstrations and general networking activities that will be organized by the EU Delegation to the U.S. during this period, at an EU-dedicated venue at ‘Palm Door on 6th‘ in downtown Austin.
The selection will be based on the following criteria:
- Examples of innovative technology
- Currently participating in an EU funded programme
- Actively seeking to expand in the US
- Representing regional and gender diversity
To apply, please fill in, by 10th January 2017, the required information at: Google Form application
Startups selected will be informed by 20th January 2017.
Join Startup Europe project TWIST for 2 free webinars in December!
Startup Europe project TWIST has organised for 2 free ePitch webinars for 12th and 13th December!
Check out these fantastic free webinars below, you can’t miss them!
- TWIST Digital ePitch Training
Mon, Dec 12, 2016
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CETPlease join the event from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
- TWIST Digital Webinar “Company Valuation”
Tue, Dec 13, 2016
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CETPlease join the event from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
Join ePlus for their second FREE webinar on crowdfunding!
Planning to use crowdfunding for your project? Participate in Startup Europe project ePlus‘s free webinar! Run by experts European Crowdfunding Network.
Analysing Crowdfunding Campaigns – Presenting selected Best Practices and Cases Studies
7 December 2016
ePlus will present selected best practices and cases studies from different sectors such as renewable energy, research and innovation & entrepreneurship and we we will answer your specific questions.
For more information, visit this website.
Commission gives boost to start-ups in Europe
The Commission’s Start-up and Scale-up Initiative aims to give Europe’s many innovative entrepreneurs every opportunity to become world leading companies. It pulls together all the possibilities that the EU already offers and adds a new focus on venture capital investment,insolvency law and taxation
There is no lack of innovative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit in Europe. But many new firms don’t make it beyond the critical first few years, or they try their luck in a third country instead of tapping intothe EU’s potential 500 million customer base. The European Commission is determined to change that and help start-ups deliver their full innovation and job creation potential.
Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, said: “Today’s local start-ups could become tomorrow’s global success stories. We want to help start-ups stay and grow in Europe. By helping them navigate the – often perceived – regulatory barriers to fully benefiting from the Single Market. By making it easier for them to have a second chance, without being stigmatised if their idea doesn’t succeed the first time around. And by improving access to funding by boosting private venture capital investment.”
Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, responsible for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, said: “Today start-ups do not fully take advantage of the opportunities of the Single Market. Starting and scaling up a company across Europe has to become simpler. Europe needs to become the first choice place for great business ideas to grow into successful companies. This is about new jobs, innovation and competitiveness for Europe.”
The Initiative brings together a range of existing and new actions to create a more coherent framework to allow start-ups to grow and do business across Europe, in particular:
- Improved access to finance: The Commission and the European Investment Bank Group are launching a Pan-European Venture Capital Fund of Funds. The EU will provide cornerstone investments of up to a maximum budget of €400 million and the fund manager(s) must raise at least three times as much from private sources, triggering a minimum of €1.6bn in venture capital funding. It will be managed by one or more professional and experienced fund managers ensuring a real market approach. This complements existing EU funding instruments such as the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), Europe’s programme for small and medium-sized enterprises COSME and the EU’s research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020.
- Second chance for entrepreneurs: The Commission has tabled a legislative proposal on insolvency law. It will allow companies in financial difficulties to restructure early on so as to prevent bankruptcy and avoid laying off staff. It will also make it easier for honest entrepreneurs to benefit from a second chance without being penalised for not succeeding in previous business ventures, as they will be fully discharged of their debt after a maximum period of 3 years.
- Simpler tax filings: The Commission is also working on a range of taxation simplifications including the recent proposal for a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB), which proposes to support small and innovative companies that want to expand their business across borders. Other initiatives include plans for a simplification of the EU VAT system and broadening the forthcoming guidance on best practice in Member States tax regimes for venture capital.
The Initiative also puts emphasis on helping navigate regulatory requirements, improving innovation support through reforms to Horizon 2020, and fostering ecosystems where start-ups can connect with potential partners such as investors, business partners, universities and research centres. Changes to Horizon 2020 will pave the way towards a European Innovation Council and include using €1.6bn over 2018-2020 to provide bottom-up support for breakthrough innovation projects by start-ups with potential to grow. The Startup Europe network will be reinforced to connect clusters and ecosystems across Europe. In 2017, the Commission will put forward proposals for a Single Digital Gateway that provides easy online access to Single Market information, procedures, assistance and advice for citizens and businesses. The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) provide specific advisory services – through scale-up advisors – for startups including on funding opportunities, partnering and how to access cross-border public procurement. The Commission will adopt a set of measures to support the use of Intellectual Property Rightsby SMEs and take action to support access by start-ups to the €2 trillion European public procurement market.
Over recent years, the Commission has proposed a number of policies, such as the Capital Markets Union, the Single Market Strategy, and the Digital Single Market to benefit start-ups in Europe. Together with Member States’ actions, this has led to the creation of a number of market leaders, such as Spotify, Klarna, Adyen, Blockchain, Jobandtalent, N26, Algolia, Intercom, Cabify or Deliveroo.
The Initiative addresses three main obstacles to starting up and scaling up in Europe identified in a recent public consultation:
- Access to finance is the biggest problem for entrepreneurs whether starting up or scaling up;
- Complying with regulatory and administrative requirements diverts too much energy from growing the business – particularly cross border;
- Connecting to right business partners, markets and skilled workers, despite the availability of 500 million people European Single Market is still too difficult.
FEED 2016: Feria del Empleo en la Era Digital
Attend FEED for free with Startup Europe
Startup Europe is offering 3 startups the opportunity to exhibit at FEED, the digital age employment fair!
FEED will be held in Madrid on 15th and 16th of November. There will be more than 50 talks workshops, activities and round tables designed to help HR, marketing and digital marketing teams to aquire the Digital Skills they need to triumph in the digital era.
For exhibitors there will also be an exclusive B2B networking area where the most important professionals will be giving talks and sharing the most uptodate information on the digital transformation of marketing and HR departments.
The selected startups will have a 2×2 exhibition space, for free. The space is unfurnished, however you will be free to put up as many pullups as you wish . There is also the possibility to hire 2 chairs and a PVC exhibition counter for 150€, however you can bring your own exhibition counter if you wish.
To apply, fill in the following form: FEED application form
Deadline: 4th November
Asistir a FEED con Startup Europe
Startup Europe ofrece a 3 startups la oportunidad para exhibir su startup en FEED, Feria del Empleo en la Era Digital!
FEED se celebrará en Madrid, 15-16 noviembre. Habrá más de 50 ponencias, talleres, actividades y mesas redondas destinadas a ayudar a los directivos de RRHH, marketing y marketing digital a adquirir las Competencias Digitales necesarias para triunfar en la Era Digital.
También para los expisitores, habrá una zona exclusiva de networking B2B en el que estarán presente los mejores profesionales impartiendo ponencias y compartiendo lo último en cuanto a transformación digital en los departamentos RRHH y Marketing
Las startups selecionadas van a obtener un El espacio de 2×2 de forma gratuita. El espacio es sin amueblar, si quieren dos sillas y un mostrador de PVC serian 150€ pero pueden poner todos los roll ups que quieren y por supuesto pueden llevar su mostrador.
Para solicitar un puesto, ir a este enlace: Participación en la FEED
Deadline: 4 Noviembre