World’s Biggest Startup Competition in Emerging Markets
Discover the best startups from emerging markets
Seedstars World promotes, connects and invests up to $1 Million in emerging market startups through its exclusive startup competition in over 60+ countries.
Seedstars World is a Switzerland based startup competition that takes place in emerging markets. We run 65+ local competitions where we identify the best seed-stage startups, give them pitch training and award the winners with an opportunity to compete in the Seedstars Summit where one of them will be crowned Seedstars World Global Winner.
The Growth Program
The growth program is a three month virtual acceleration program focused on growth and traction for the top 10-20 companies selected from the local event winners. Rather than taking you out of your market, we bring the expertise to you virtually so you remain close to your market. We teach you the best methodologies to accelerate your startup and be ready to raise Series A.
Join us for the Seedstars Summit 2018 in Lausanne, Switzerland on Thursday 12th April 2018 and watch the 65+ startups who qualified through our Local Competitions battle for equity investment of up to $1.5mn!
European Commission daily news mention: Startup Europe Awards announced today
Startup Europe Awards will be announced today in 10 categories: Creative, Energy, Fintech, Green, Health, ICT’s, Smart Cities, Social, Tourism and Water. The event is supported and promoted by the European Commission to improve the ecosystem for startups and scaleups in Europe.
The best startups from Europe will be announced after having been recognised in 14 national competitions that took place in 2016 across Europe. The ceremony will take place at the European Parliament. The awards will be handed over by Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner in charge of Research, Science and Innovation and Gonçalo Lobo Xavier, First Vice-President of the Committee of Regions.
The Startup Europe Awards final will also announce the Best Public Administration for Startups, recognising the best public services supporting entrepreneurs, and the Best Media Partner, to the most committed media with the dissemination of information about entrepreneurship.
Additionally, the Scale Up Europe Report will be presented during the ceremony in the afternoon. The study gives an overview on how many scaleups are in Europe, which are the top sectors among the scaleups, how much money has been raised, as well as highlight the best examples.
(For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 2 296 70 83; Inga Höglund – Tel: +32 2 295 06 98)
Take part in the Correos open call!
Correos is launching the first call of the CorreosLabs with the “Lehnica Challenge” aimed to develop professional projects which contribute to innovative products or services within a framework.
Correos is implementing several initiatives aimed at exploring new business lines while at the same time modernizing and improving the services it already provides.
One of these initiatives is CorreosLabs, a space created to develop entrepreneurial talent and establish a co‐working environment, where knowledge can be exchanged and ideas, concerns and opinions shared with like-minded entrepreneurs and professionals from different industries to build new, long-lasting business connections.
In its initial stage of new business, there is a greater willingness to adopt and develop new ideas that in turn, encourage collaboration among different players, thus allowing outcomes with a greater degree of innovation to be obtained.
Correos is launching the first call of the CorreosLabs “Lehnica Challenge” with these rules in mind.
The “Lehnica Challenge” is aimed at entrepreneurs: incorporated companies and self‐employed professionals which have been in business for three years at most.
Both companies and self‐employed professionals shall have their registered or professional office in Spain.
The solutions we are looking for:
Five innovative business projects will be selected from the following themes:
Logistics – projects that improve environmental logistics such as, traceability, new delivery models, urban logistics, circular economy, energy efficiency, new route models, dynamic deliveries, drones, autonomous vehicles.
Society – projects that improve the quality of life for people in cities and rural areas, for example, e-health, smarter cities, collaborative economy, new production models.
Digitization – digital projects that are based on emerging technologies that allow the transformation of traditional businesses, such as: payments, blockchain, digital identity, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing and virtual reality.
Correos’ Contribution per Project:
- A contribution of up to €30,000 will be given to each project selected.
- A one year acceleration programme will be offered to the selected projects and entrepreneurs to drive forward and validate their proposed business models.
- Access to the following resources during the acceleration programme:
- Space in a Correos building in Madrid (CorreosLabs) with the facilities and technology to develop projects in a co‐working environment.
- Coaching and mentoring opportunities for the projects selected.
To apply, visit this website: http://bit.ly/2mpjjqt
Six winning startups to represent Latvia in final of StartUp Europe Awards
Under the frame of TechChill conference in Riga, SEUA16 Latvia has announced the six winners of their national StartUp Europe Awards 2016. The national Final Ceremony in Latvia, organised by the country manager “Latvian Association of Public Relations Professionals (LASAP)” has been last out of 13 events awarding best startups of 2016 in Europe which will now compete in the European Final in Brussels next spring.
National jury evaluated the performance of the previous year on the basis of the applications received, as well as in a wider context, on the basis of their expert-level knowledge of the Latvian startup industry as a whole.
Mrs IneseVaidere, MEP from Latvia and ambassador for StartUp Europe Awards, delivered the diplomas to the winning startups. The role of the ambassador in this competition is to support local startups and entrepreneurs. “Latvia is not a country with inexhaustible natural resources, but we are smart and educated people who are able to create products with high added value. Latvia clearly has the potential to become a centre in Europe, offering a stimulating and supportive environment in which businesses grow and thrive” – saidMrs IneseVaidere.
The winners of the SEUA16 from Latvia are:
In the Creative Category Mozello the world’s easiest to use website builder.
Nordigen which offers transaction categorisation for improved credit scoring,is the winner in Fintech Category.
In the GREEN Category the winner is Conelum a biotechnological startup focused on development of rapid microbiological diagnostic tests for food and drink industry companies.
Anatomy Text is augmented reality, web based software for medical education and healthcare professionals, and the winner for HEALTH Category.
The winner in ICT Category is Notakey, a smartphone based solution for strong & smooth authentication and authorisation.
Finally, Rention a Property Management Platform that helps you overview and control all your estate from A to Z, is the winner in the Smart Cities Category.
“Latvian Association of Public Relations Professionals (LASAP)” decided award a special prize for achievements in public relations to 4SmartStreets.
SEUA also applauds efforts of media in supporting development of startup ecosystem in Latvia by awarding three media outlets – Labs of Latvia, LSM.lv and technology blog Kursors.lv who during the past year drawn particular attention to Latvian entrepreneurial activities by promoting creative tech ideas to broad Latvian audience.
SEUA has so far brought together more than 1,000 startup applications and 13 national awards ceremonies on the continent, with more than 80 startups awarded.Startup Europe Awards has been called The Eurovision of Startups, identifying the role models for startup ecosystems across the Europe.
StartUp Europe Awards, an initiative promoted by the European Commission, has the support of the President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of the European Parliament as ambassadors and is implemented by Finnova in collaboration with StartUp Europe.
- Thanks to com Media Partner of SEUA for covering the Latvian final.
- Thanks to TechChill for pictures. Pictures by Dan Taylor and Sandija Veipa.
Check out our visual story of #SEW17 launch in Brussels!
We created a visual story of what happened at the launch of
#SEW17 in #Brussels last 6th February!
Startup Europe Week aims to help entrepreneurs and startups find out what support is available for them on a local, regional and European level.
The second ever Startup Europe Week (6th-10th February) was launched in Brussels on 6th February at the Microsoft Innovation Centre, with a host of brilliant speakers and people from the entrepreneur world.
To see the storify, go here: https://storify.com/startupeuw/sew17
You can pictures we took from the event, live streaming which we uploaded via Periscope, and other people’s tweets from the event (including quotes from the speakers!)
Thank you for everyone that came to the event, it was a brilliant way to kick off SEW17!
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.
- 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
Morning: Startup Europe Data + Impact
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
Afternoon: Future: Horizon 2020 ICT32 call & Networking
More information: EventBrite
“State of European Tech – The future is invented in Europe” report will be presented in Brussels by CEPS
“State of European Tech – The future is invented in Europe” report will be presented in Brussels by CEPS
- Tom Wehmeier, Principal & Head of Research at Atomico, wrote the 2016 report which was published at the Slush conference in Helsinki in November
- Startup Europe will highlight the importance of evidence based policy making on startups policy
- This presentation would take place under the frame of the StartUp Europe Awards initiative
One of the most comprehensive reports regarding the current state of the tech scene in Europe will be presented in an event hosted and organised by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) on January 31st.
An excellent opportunity to highlight the importance of evidence based policy making on startups policythat will benefit the European institutions work towards startups with validated data.
Commissioned and produced by Atomico, a European-based global venture capital firm, in partnership with Slush, the organisers of the Slush technology conference in Helsinki, Finland, the report outlines three key trends underlying the growing influence and success of the European technology industry:
- Deep tech is thriving and diversifying in Europe: 2016 was a bumper year with $88B in deep tech M&A; more US and Asian tech giants buying up European deep tech companies and tapping into a growing deep tech talent pool.
- New tech hubs are emerging across Europe beyond the existing order of London, Berlin, and Stockholm. The report suggests that Munich, Zurich, Lisbon, Madrid, and Copenhagen will be ones to watch over the coming years. Paris is starting to seriously challenge London and Berlin in number of VC-financed deals and deal volume.
- Traditional industries are awakening to tech: two thirds of Europe’s largest corporates by market cap have made a direct investment in tech companies while one third has acquired a tech company since the beginning of 2015.
This is the second year in a row that Slush and Atomico have produced their data-driven look inside the European tech ecosystem, with this year’s report including data from LinkedIn, Meetup, Stack Overflow, Dealroom.co, and the London Stock Exchange.
The presentation of the report “State of European Tech – The future is invented in Europe” is hosted and organised by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) leading think tank and forum for debate on EU affairs, with the support of Finnova Foundation and StartUp Europe (DG CONNECT), under the frame of StartUp Europe Awards.
StartUp Europe Awards (www.startupeuropeawards.com) 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.
The objectives of StartUp Europe Awards (SEUA) are to identify local role models in each ecosystem of startups across Europe and to create an alliance of organizations supporting innovation and entrepreneurship.
AGENDA – JANUARY 31st
Conference Room.CEPS. Place du Congrès 1. B-1000 Brussels
Pre-registration is required in the following link.
More tickets released for SEA2Y conference (Startup Europe After 2 Years) in Brussels, 2nd Feb
Startup Europe – Discover it’s impact and learn about the future initiatives
SEA2Y (Startup Europe After 2 Years) conference to be held in Brussels has just released more tickets.
The conference will have the participation of all the Startup Europe projects, including those which connect ecosystems (Welcome, ePlus, Twist, Startup Scaleup, Digistart), experts from the field and those that work within the startup world across Europe.
The event will have the following 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
Morning: Startup Europe Data + Impact
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
Afternoon: Future: Horizon 2020 ICT32 call & Network
To attend the conference, please sign up on the eventbrite: Startup Europe – Impact, Data, Program, Future
EC VP Ansip will launch Startup Europe Week in Brussels, 6th Feb
We are pleased to announce that Commissioner Ansip will launch Startup Europe Week in Brussels on 6th February, the first day of Startup Europe Week (6th- 10th February).
Startup Europe Week is an initiative implemented by SEW and promoted by the European Commission and Startup Europe.
Regional diversity and local policy making still play a big role in shaping European startups. From helping entrepreneurs to incorporate a company, to providing grants or taxes breaks, European regions are key players.
This is exactly why SEW activities focus on the support and initiatives for startups on a regional and city level, in hundreds of cities all over Europe.
#SEW17 will this year involve more than 40 countries, with over 280 co-organisers planning events.
These exciting events will be kicked off with a launch event in Brussels, with EC VP Andrus Ansip.
The event will take place as follows:
09.00 – 09:30 Registration
09.30 – 10.00 Opening and welcome.
Igor Tasic, Founder and CEO of Startup Europe Week
10:00 – 10:20 Fireside chat with Andrus Ansip, Vice President of the European Commission and Alex Barrera, Cofounder Tech.eu
10:20 – 11:00 Fireside chat with Adina Valean, Vice President of the European Parliament and Alex Barrera, Cofounder Tech.eu
11:00 – 11:30 Roundtable discution on the the importance to connect ecosystems across Europe: Karen Boers, Cofounder startups.be and Emilio Corchado, CEO Startup Ole
11:30 Live connection with three cities across Europe where Startup Europe Week event is happening simultaneously
12:15 Closing by Isidro Laso, Head of startups and scaleups, DG Connect, European Commission
12:30 Networking lunch
We would be delighted to have your participation at the event. Please sign up on the eventbrite.
Poland has chosen 9 winning startups for European final of StartUp Europe Awards!
Poland has chosen nine startups for the European final of StartUp Europe Awards!
Under the frame of Startup Poland Global, an educational program for Polish startups and scaleups helping them work on global expansion strategies, were chosen the nine startups which will represent Poland in Brussels, for the final of StartUp Europe Awards. This program selected 50 high potential startups that participated in three-day intensive course where they improved their pitches, listened to serial entrepreneurs’ stories of success and failure, and acquired legal and business background on moving operations abroad. During the pitching finals, the jury of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs rated startups performance on stage.
They selected the winners that will receive a tailored workshop on building global strategies and scaling, at the end of January 2017, and will go to the final of SEUA.
Startup Poland Global is enabled by the United Way Worldwide and funded by Citi Foundation.
These are thestartups selected to represent Poland in 9 categories in the final of Startup Europe Awards:
In the ICT Category the winner is DeepDoc; a project aimed at early detection of risk of depression using machine learning to analyze activity in social media, they diagnose the risk of depression at a very early stage.
Jumbster, the winner in TOURISM Category, is an application to save on fuel; with this app you are able to find and buy the cheapest fuel in your area.
In the HEALTH Category was selected Pelvifly, a comprehensive, mobile system of prophylaxis and rehabilitation of pelvic floor muscles dysfunction.
Piece of cake provides the opportunity to easy splitting your bills for your friends, workmates and in every place, where you just need divide the bill. This startup will represent Poland for FINTECH Category.
Ronzo is aimed to empower consumers with delicious cricket-based products with natural ingredients, no artificial chemical substances or semi-processed products; and it is the winner for the GREEN Category.
Smartbox, wich creates a comprehensive Smarthouse system based on cloud computing, was chosen as the winner for ENERGY Category.
The winner for SOCIAL Category is Socialgamer, a search engine in the computer gaming industry focused on the rapid and precise searching for partners to create the perfect team.
Sense produces wireless, mobile and intelligent sensors and designs measuring systems. Sense was chosen to represent Poland in the CITIES Category.
For the CREATIVE Category the winner is RoboCamp, which enhances STEM education using LEGO robot building and visual programming.
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 to be held first quarter of 2017 in Brussels. For this reason, StartUp Europe Awards is “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.