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LISBON INVESTMENT SUMMIT

Lisbon Investment Summit is Europe’s surprisingly informal and slightly unexpected startup conference. Their goal is to bring  together top investors, entrepreneurs and executives from all over the world in Lisbon, every June.

They say: “We like to keep it casual and informal, so that we can create unique networking opportunities, unlike the bigger conferences, and real investment opportunities. Going already for its 5th edition, the Lisbon Investment Summit delivers thought-provoking keynotes, interactive panels and workshops on some of the hottest topics on startups, fundraising and growth.”

 

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Seedstars Summit

57% of world GDP comes from emerging markets. 87% of the world’s population lives in emerging markets. 80% of the world’s smartphones will be in emerging markets by 2020.

What does this all mean?

Opportunity.

Join us for the Seedstars Summit 2017 on April 6 and watch 70+ startups from the fast growing startup hubs around the world compete for equity investment of up to $1,000,000. Not only will you meet the best entrepreneurs from 65+ countries, you will also connect with investors, government officials, corporate innovators and CEOs from Africa, Asia, LATAM, CEE and the MENA region.

Get ready for breakout sessions, panel discussions and specialized workshops on fintech, edtech, digital health, agritech, IoT, hardware, social networking, clean tech – and much more.

 

 

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Tetuan Valley Startup School

Tetuan Valley is back with the 16th edition of its Startup School program in Madrid.

In 6 weeks we help you kickstart your tech project with help from mentors and expert entrepreneurs. Once a week you will have talks on different topics, workshops and pitch practice.

The program includes a hackathon too!

 

 

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EU-Startups conference

The EU-Startups Conference is an annual event which showcases a selection of Europe’s hottest startups and wich set out to connect and inspire the best entrepreneurs and investors from across Europe.

There will be fireside chats with internationally successful founders like Jesper Buch (Just Eat founder / angel investor) and Peter Vesterbacka (Rovio, Angry Birds, Slush, Lightneer), interesting speeches, an “Investors on Stage” session and great networking opportunities.

In addition there will be an exciting pitch competition with 15 exciting startups from all across Europe. The pitch competition will be judged by a team of well known investors and winning startup team will receive a prize package worth more than €11,000.

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Apply to IMPACT GROWTH: new accelerator with €3.6 million for European super startups

European accelerator IMPACT is launching IMPACT GROWTH, a new acceleration program with a fund of €3.6 million and the final aim of identifying four European super startups.

In the first stage of the program, IMPACT Growth will finance 28 startups with €100,000, equity free, with the best receiving up to €250,000 equity free.

Led by ISDI, the acceleration program has the support of FundingBox, the FIWARE Foundation, Accelerace, Mobile World Capital Barcelona, ​​Kibo Ventures, Invesdor, Danone, Ferrovial Servicios, DOCOMO Digital and MADE, among others.

The program is aimed at startups from all over the world in the growth phase, with products that are already in the market. Furthermore, startups should have the potential to achieve Seed and Series A round financing at the end of the acceleration program, to access capital already focused on scalability and international growth.

An important aspect of this new program is the creation of four acceleration verticals. Each vertical is supported by a large international organization that will act as a mentor to selected projects, offering focused expertise and the possibility of future partnerships. The areas are:

  • Smart Infrastructure & Cities, supported by Ferrovial Servicios;
  • Smart Content, with DOCOMO Digital as leader;
  • Smart AgriFood, led by Danone;
  • Smart Manufacturing, partnered with MADE (Lego).

As in IMPACT’s previous programs, funding will go hand in hand with a high-performance startup training program, led by ISDI and Accelerace, in which renowned experts and international entrepreneurs will deliver practical classes in Madrid, Copenhagen, and Barcelona. In addition, entrepreneurs will have access to an international network of more than one hundred recognized mentors, founders, and investors who are experts in different key areas of knowledge, both in the digital sector and in the accelerator’s four verticals.

Mentors will help startups solve complex issues related to business, technology, and scalability. Following the acceleration phase of the program, two startups selected from the batch of 28 will also receive an additional €150,000 equity free, and the best four will have the opportunity to get up to €1.5 million in private investment from Kibo Ventures and Accelerace.

Startups will receive support from the FIWARE Foundation in incorporating FIWARE technologies into their software architecture. FIWARE is an innovative, open source, and cloud-based technology stack  that eases the creation and global deployment of smart

IMPACT Growth is accepting applications on their website until May 9th, 2017.

6.4 million in two years

The goal of IMPACT Growth is to become the reference point for European accelerators in Future Internet trends, to expand Old World innovation practices to the rest of the planet (USA, Latam and Asia), through the values of growth of high performance and transparency. These values are what led IMPACT’s previous acceleration program to be one of the highest-evaluated within the European digital ecosystem and inspired the creation of Open Acceleration. This methodology is detailed in a whitepaper, created by ISDI, which provides open data on the growth of the accelerator and its 63 startups.

Since its creation, two years ago, IMPACT has invested 6.4 million euros over three open calls. Numbers to highlight include:

  • Applications from more than 2,600 startups in 42 countries;
  • 63 projects accelerated and financed with €100,000 equity free;
  • Job creation: accelerated startups went from an average of 4.3 to 6.4 employees;
  • In addition, the average outside funding obtained grew from €188,000 per startup before the program to €360,000 after IMPACT’s acceleration.
  • In aggregate, the group of startups that has gone through IMPACT doubled funding achieved.

To apply on the website: http://impact-accelerator.com 

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Madrid presents new startup initiative with VP for Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip

On 6 March 2017, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, and Madrid’s most important financial, tech and startup players will gather for the presentation of the ‘Madrid Startup House’ Foundation

The Digital Single Market is one of the European Union’s key priorities. It aims to tear down regulatory barriers and create a more vibrant, connected and seamless European Digital Market.

But how can Spain, and its capital Madrid, confront the challenge of being part of a truly Digital Single Market?

Madrid is a city buzzing with entrepreneurship activities, both within the public and the private sphere, but often resources, connections and efforts are widely dispersed. What is needed is a single point to unify all activities and players, to strengthen the entrepreneurship scene and give the city’s startup community a platform for international reach to other ecosystems, like the United States.

Madrid Startup House was launched in November 2016 under the umbrella of the Digital Single Market, to do just this. Other platforms like this are foreseen to be created in other cities in Europe, such as Venice in Italy.

This 6 March 2017, Madrid’s most important financial, tech and startup actors will gather with Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, as well as Isidro Laso, Head of the European Commission initiative ‘Startup Europe’ , for the presentation of the ‘Madrid Startup House’ Foundation.

Founders Hugin & Munin and Socios Inversores are enthusiastic about the impact that Madrid Startup House Foundation will have on Madrid, and Spain’s, ability to adapt to the Digital Single Market. Victor Teodosio (Hugin & Munin) states “With Madrid Startup House, we hope to provide a platform, under the umbrella of the European Commission, that strengthens the ecosystem as a whole.”

Follow Madrid Startup House on twitter!:
@MadridSHouse
#MadridSHouse

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Madrid presents new startup initiative with VP for Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip

On 6 March 2017, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, and Madrid’s most important financial, tech and startup players will gather for the presentation of the ‘Madrid Startup House’ Foundation

The Digital Single Market is one of the European Union’s key priorities. It aims to tear down regulatory barriers and create a more vibrant, connected and seamless European Digital Market.

But how can Spain, and its capital Madrid, confront the challenge of being part of a truly Digital Single Market?

Madrid is a city buzzing with entrepreneurship activities, both within the public and the private sphere, but often resources, connections and efforts are widely dispersed. What is needed is a single point to unify all activities and players, to strengthen the entrepreneurship scene and give the city’s startup community a platform for international reach to other ecosystems, like the United States.

Madrid Startup House was launched in November 2016 under the umbrella of the Digital Single Market, to do just this. Other platforms like this are foreseen to be created in other cities in Europe, such as Venice in Italy.

This 6 March 2017, Madrid’s most important financial, tech and startup actors will gather with Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, as well as Isidro Laso, Head of the European Commission initiative ‘Startup Europe’ , for the presentation of the ‘Madrid Startup House’ Foundation.

Founders Hugin & Munin and Socios Inversores are enthusiastic about the impact that Madrid Startup House Foundation will have on Madrid, and Spain’s, ability to adapt to the Digital Single Market. Victor Teodosio (Hugin & Munin) states “With Madrid Startup House, we hope to provide a platform, under the umbrella of the European Commission, that strengthens the ecosystem as a whole.”

Follow Madrid Startup House on twitter!:
@MadridSHouse
#MadridSHouse

 

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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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10 amazing European startups will join the South by Southwest Conference (SXSW)

We are happy to announce the 10 startups selected by Startup Europe, in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States, to participate in SXSW. We believe that these companies have dedicated a lot of effort in building remarkable products and have a huge potential to benefit from this festival.

 

We would like to congratulate them for their amazing accomplishments and wish them a successful SXSW, and good luck with their growth!
The number of participants at this conference is phenomenal, and in the past editions companies like Twitter or Foursquare were launched. There is a lot of opportunity out there and we believe that the selected startups will make the most out of it.

 

From 223 applications received from all over Europe, we were impressed by the quality, impact and creativity of the European tech founders, besides their innovativeness and execution power. The selection followed the announced criteria: innovative technology; participation in an EU funded program; actively seeking to expand in the US; regional and gender diversity.
The selected startups come from 10 different countries: Italy, Spain, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Portugal, UK, France, Greece and Sweden. They cover fields from wearables, education, travel, apps, creative work, food and pet care.
If you are at SXSW, find their story, see their product and learn more about what are the challenges they will tackle in the future.

 

The 10 winning innovative EU startups are:
Donato Gagliardi,Italy
GlassUp eyeglasses allow the user to see incoming messages: emails, text messages, Facebook updates, and many more. They look good, cost little, have limited weight and the charge lasts a full day.
Pamela Newenham, Ireland
Like the friends you make travelling, but at home. Partners in crime for gigs, clubs, brunch, marathons, coffees whatever! That’s what GirlCrew is for.
Diāna Lāce,Latvia
Helping educators discover hidden insights that go beyond grades by surveying students, families and teachers.
Mariano Romero, Spain
Oblumi tapp is a device that, when connected to a mobile phone, converts into a digital infrared thermometer with a range of capabilities.
André Ramos, Portugal
Tripaya is the travel site that allows you to search trips according to your budget and interests!
Olivier Plante, UK
The Smarter keyboard. What a mobile keyboard should be. Connected, Unified and Private.
Octave Bory, France
Setkeeper is a collaborative online app designed to help in the staging, organization and creative management of Film and TV pre-production.
Christos Raftogiannis, Greece
CityCrop allows you to grow your own food at home with just a click of a button!
Jasmina Grase, Germany
Miito is an innovative product that heats liquids directly in the final vessel, hence eliminating the heating of excess water!
Vasantharaj Bharathi, Sweden
Moggie is a cat care system that helps the owners to interact with their cats in a new way. Moggie – smart collar and mobile app for cats.
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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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