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“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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

 

 

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Five startups will represent Finland in the Final of StartUp Europe Awards

 

More than 16 startups from six cities all over Finland were competing for a prestigious StartUp Europe Awards in a National StartUp Europe Awards Pitch Competition, brought to Finland this year by Nordic Female Business Angel Network sponsored by NewCo, Helsinki Business Hub, Nordea and Slush.

The organizer NFBAN received 22 applications from Kotka to Turku and Tampere. 16 semi-finalists were invited to an online pitching event on November 16.  Each startup had a time slot of 10 minutes, during which they were pitching their company for 5 minutes and had 5 minutes to answer questions from 6 members of jury, representing experts from 3 different countries with diverse industry backgrounds, active and well established within the startup ecosystem.

High quality of presentations made jury’s task of selecting finalists and a winner quite a challenge. In the ceremony held at Newco on Thursday 24 November, from a shortlist of 8 finalists, were chosen five outstanding startups to represent Finland in the European final of StartUp Europe Awards.

PromoRepublic, a Finnish SaaS that helps Small Businesses and Marketers create amazing social media posts based on the context of the day: holidays, trends and events,will represent Finland in the ICT Category, and they also received first prize of the Pitch Competition.

For the ENERGY category, the winner isTespack, specialized in providing a complete mobile energy experience by combining latest technology and renewables with a focus on generation of energy on-the-go.

Heimo, the anonymous & safe online community for untellable stories, was chosen in the category of SOCIAL.

For the TOURISM Category the jury chose Duara, a platform for communities in low-income countries to offer home stay experiences to impact-minded travelers.

Finally, Bryom wicht urns smartwatches into a personal safety system replacing most elderly care wearables, devices and sensors with a single nice looking smart watch, will represent Finland for the category of HEALTH.

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

For more information please contact Florence Korhonen, founder and Chair at NFBAN – Nordic Female Business Angel Network: email: florence.korhonen@nfban.org, mobile: +358 40952 6370.

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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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DAW Conference chooses 3 startups to represent Belgium in European Final of StartUp Europe Awards 2016

  • Ozentic, Yeba Essentials and Nappytalia are the winners of the Belgium National Final of the #SEUA2016
  • DAW Conference bet on women-led startups for the StartUp Europe Awards

On September 22, during the DAW Conference closing ceremony at the European Parliament, Bogdan Ceobanu, Policy Officer at the European Commission representing Startup Europe, announced the winners of the StartUp Europe Awards 2016 for Belgium.

The jury chose “Yeba” as the winner in the Creative category, a Belgian brand which designs chic business bags for modern and active women; “Ozentic”, a startup that digitalises certificates of authenticity, as the winner of the ICT category; and “Nappytalia”, natural and local products for women’s hair, as the winner of the Social category.

In his speech, Ceobanu explained that the StartUp Europe Awards 2016 is an initiative promoted by the European Commission, with the support of Startup Europe and implemented by Finnova, whose final European ceremony will be held in the first quarter of 2017. “We aim to help European entrepreneurs to create companies, to help them to grow them bigger and recently we started to think internationally. We believe that there’s a huge global opportunity and people from everywhere in the world can have a massive impact in this world. It’s just matter of having a great idea and working on it”, Ceobanu remarked.

The jury was composed of Brian Rashid, Silicon Valley Start-Up Trainer and Motivational Speaker; Alexandra Dreschner, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at UCB (CSR); Haweya Mohammed, Co-Founder and Head of Communications at Afrobytes Paris and Jezabel Martínez-Fabregas, Expert in Strategic Communications and Political Marketing. They listened to each of the pitches carefully, asked the startups questions, and finally chose the winners of the Belgian National Final of the SEUA 2016.

Digital African Women launch the first edition of the DAW Conference to give aspiring female African tech entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn, engage and develop their entrepreneurial skills with immersive training, while maximizing their power and use of technology.

For two days, September 21 and 22, different activities took place in the European Parliament, such as panels with international speakers, a workshop and the Pitch Challenge. From August 8 to September 21, the startups registered took part in a 6-week online pitch training program. One of the requirements to participate was that the startup had to be led by a woman, of any background or origin. This training program was a prerequisite to take part in the final Pitch Challenge at the DAW conference on September 22, where they could present their startups in front of the jury and win the chance to be candidates in the European Final of the StartUp Europe Awards 2016.

Press Contact
Catalina Valencia eustartup@finnova.be

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StartUp Europe Awards 2016 recognises the best Spanish startups across 9 categories – Startup Olé

  • The 9 winning startups from all over Spain are: Ecoche, WaynaBox, BeOnPrice, Human Surge, eKuore, TubEnergy, Komilibro, Apsu, and Discomon- KienMou.
  • The selected startups will represent Spain in the European finals of the StartUp Europe Awards to be held in Brussels during 2017.
  • The aim of the SEUA 2016 Awards is to highlight local successful models that serve as an example and inspiration for others, and give startups a European dimension.

On Thursday 8 September, the StartUp Europe Awards 2016 recognized 9 startups at the Startup Olé event held in Salamanca, which will go on to represent Spain in the European finals of these awards in Brussels. These startups have previously been recognized in events like ZincShower and Cultural Industries Summit, or in important calls such as H2020 SME Instrument, Climate KIC and Neotec, among others.

The startup ‘BEONPRICE’ won the ‘Startup Pitching International Fair of Entrepreneurship Startup Olé 2016’ award and will therefore represent Spain in the ICT category at SEUA2016 in Brussels. BEONPRICE specializes in Revenue Management technology solutions that help hotels to make business decisions.

BEONPRICE who won 2 awards! (ICT and Pitching!)
BEONPRICE who won 2 awards! (ICT and Pitching!)

The winning startups in Spain are, by category: Ecoche (Environment), WaynaBox (Tourism), BeOnPrice (ICTs), Human Surge (Social), eKuore (Health), TubEnergy (Energy), Komilibro (Creative Industries), Apsu (water), Discomon – KienMou (Cities).

“We want to identify successful models and replicate these across all the local startup ecosystems in Europe. We need these to inspire young people and also help local authorities to develop tailor-made programmes, support programmes and for public-private collaboration. These models will be used many times by external investors to approach local ecosystems”

Isidro Laso, Director of Startup Europe, DG Connect, European Commission.

“Startups generate innovation that improves citizens’ quality of life, social integration, as well as environment and health issues. They prove that anyone in their field can contribute to making progress by taking individual action”

Juan Manuel Revuelta, director of Finnova and StartUp Europe Awards.

StartUp Europe Awards is an initiative promoted by the European Commission and implemented by Finnova, in collaboration with Startup Europe, with the dual purpose of creating an alliance of institutions to support entrepreneurship and innovation and on the other hand, to reward startups across Europe for their work in nine different areas (cities, creative industries, energy, green, social innovation, tourism, ICTs, water and health), across five levels (local, provincial, regional, national and European).

The winners of the StartUp Europe Awards Spain will gain huge visibility across Europe and access to a mentoring programme in Brussels (on European funds, training, visibility, lobbying, etc.), through the Finnova Foundation and the partners of the StartUp Europe Awards, allowing them to develop their projects and make them more viable at a European level.

Press contact
Catalina Valencia
eustartup@finnova.be

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StartUp Europe Awards presented at Best Practices on energy projects energy day held in Partenalia

The general director of Foundation Finnova, Juanma Revuelta, the leader organiser of StartUp Europe Awards, presented this initiative promoted by the European Commission and implemented with the support of StartUp Europe during Energy day, an event that witnessed the exchange of Best Practices on Energy Projects held in Partenalia’s premises.

This action, which is currently in phase of development, aims at rewarding the startups across Europe and also gathering all the startups awards organisers held in Europe under the umbrella of the StartUp Europe Awards Alliance. This Alliance already counts on members such as Zincshower or Bank of Ireland StartUps Awards.

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The energy day organised by Partenalia aimed at discussing the best practices for energy projects in the Horizon 2020. In the session, several project officers and project coordinators explained how to manage efficiently projects on energy.

 

 

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Group picture of the speakers at the Energy Day held in the premises of Partenalia. From left to right, Nicholas Reynes, Coordinator for Partenalia Office, Ana Nava, Energy Project Officer for Finnova, Manuel Serrano, Head of New Technologies of ETRA, Jan de Pauw, Project Coordinator of Eco Power, Catherine Pinet and Raymond Charlier, coordinator and technical coordinator of Bricker project, and Juanma Revuelta, General Director for Finnova.

The projects presented in this energy day were:

The Province of Liege’s energy efficiency policy – FP7 – BRICKER: Total Renovation Strategies for Energy Reduction in Public Building Stock

NOBEL GRID Project H2020 “New Cost-efficient Business Model for flexible Smart Grids”

BESOS Project “Building Energy Decision Support Systems for Smart Cities”

 

NOBEL GRID is a project to which the Foundation Finnova is partner, and that will provide advanced tools and ICT services to all actors in the Smart Grid and retail electricity market in order to ensure benefits from cheaper prices, more secure and stable grids and clean electricity.

The results of the project will be tested in real conditions in five different electric cooperatives and non-profit demonstration sites in five EU members’ states:

The electric cooperative of Alginet (Spain)

The renewable energy cooperative Ecopower in Flanders (Belgium) acts as renewable generator and supplier cooperative.

The cooperative Carbon-coop in Manchester (UK).

The public DSO ASM Terni (Italy).

Meltemi eco-village (Greece).

If you missed it and you want to know what happened, click on the links below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kD0Abtda7-o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfrXlcAvXsM

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StartUp Europe Awards promoted at the Spanish Day

The stand counted on the visit of the Head of Sector of StartUp Europe from the European Commission, Isidro Laso, who calls for local organisers to join the StartUp Europe Awards Alliance. In a really enjoyable environment located in the Place d’Espagne in the centre of Brussels (Belgium), entrepreneurs could access information on the StartUp Europe Awards and also on other programmes led by Finnova, such as StartUp Europe Accelerator and the project Nobel Grid, to which the Foundation Finnova is partner.

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Organiser Committee of the StartUp Europe Awards with Isidro Laso from the StartUp Europe Sector.

 

‘If you want to join this EU movement, do not hesitate and join us in the StartUp Europe Awards.’

 

Watch the video below:

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StartUp Europe Awards will be at the StartUp Europe Summit on the 9th and 10th June

Juan Manuel Revuelta, the General Director for Finnova, the foundation for the innovation based in Brussels, will present the StartUp Europe Awards in the StartUp Europe Summit to be held on the 9th and 10th June in Berlin.

This is an initiative promoted by the European Commission and implemented by the Foundation Finnova.  The main aim of StartUp Europe Awards is to recognise the effort made by the start-ups across Europe in eight different areas: Environment, Social, ICTs, Energy, Tourism, Cities, Water and Creative industries, as well as to reward the start-up awards organisers around the EU, by creating the StartUp Europe Awards Alliance, in which all the start-ups awards organisers will be included. For the moment, Zinc Shower is the first Spanish startup awards organiser joining the StartUp Europe Awards Alliance, and the Bank of Ireland StartUp Awards is the first British Member joining the Alliance. The latter has counted on Seán Kelly, MEP for Ireland as ambassador for the Bank of Ireland StartUp Awards in representation of the StartUp Europe Awards (video).

During our visit to Berlin, Finnova is also planning to meet some entrepreneurs located in Berlin, and Germany in general, to explain them the different ways to gain EU funding for their projects and also to offer them our help through the EU training platform and Startup Europe Accelerator, two programmes offered by the Foundation Finnova, the European Foundation for the innovation, and funded by the Spanish Ministry to increase entrepreneurship activity rate.

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Startup ‘Human surge’ rewarded with the StartUp Europe Accelerator Award in Zinc Shower

By: Startup Europe Awards 2016

 

The startup ‘Human surge’ rewarded with the StartUp Europe Accelerator Award in Zinc Shower, and nominated to the “Social StartUp Europe Awards 2016”. Zinc shower, the first Spanish startup awards organiser to become member of the StartUp Europe Awards Alliance.

Madrid, May 20th 2016

The work carried out by the startup ‘Human Surge’, aiming at improving the quality of the humanitarian aid and civil protection, has been rewarded by the StartUp Europe Accelerator Awards during the meeting show of the Collaborative transformation, Zinc Shower.

For the General Director of Finnova, Juan Manuel Revuelta, who gave the prize, ‘Human Surge’ “offers a technological solution directly related to the reaction capacity that humanitarian aid mechanisms face when responding to worldwide disasters; undoubtedly, this is an initiative that may have a huge social impact apart from being aligned to social challenges that the EU has identified as priorities”.

Thanks to this award, a team member from ‘Human Surge’ will receive an acceleration process for their start-up in the co-working space owned by Finnova in Brussels. Amongst other benefits, this acceleration programme offers internationalisation of their project, specialised networking in the sector of social innovation, other sources of the EU and access to EU funding, such as the SME instrument of H2020, through mentorization and practical tools.

Furthermore, this award comes along with a nomination for the StartUp Europe Awards 2016, an initiative promoted by the European Commission and implemented by Finnova under the umbrella of the StartUp Europe. Interest in this initiative has also arise in several General Directions, amongst which DG GROWTH and DG CONNECT, related to the entrepreneurship and new technologies and communication networks, respectively, outstand. Several members from the European Parliament and members of the Committee of the Regions have also expressed their interest.

StartUp Europe Awards main goal is rewarding the most innovative European start-ups in 8 categories: Green, social innovation, ICTs, energy, tourism, cities, creative industries and water, and in five levels (local, province, regional, national, and European). Likewise, StartUp Europe Awards aims at rewarding the effort made by the startup awards organisers and entrepreneurs all across Europe, thus providing them with visibility and European scope, and contributing to the internationalisation of SMEs and collaboration.

Within the Zinc Shower event, Finnova has also rewarded other two projects, offering them nominations to the StartUp Europe Awards 2016. Those selected are: Smolph, in the category of creative industries (nominated for the Creative StartUp Europe Awards) and Ecoche, in the category of Green (nominated for the Green StartUp Europe Award).

Smolth-SEA       Ecoche zinc shower

How to apply to StartUp Europe Awards: startups@startupeuropeawards.eu

Zinc shower, first Spanish startup awards organisers to become member of the StartUp Europe Awards Alliance.

Zinc shower has become today the first Spanish member of the StartUp Europe Awards Alliance, which already counts on other members as the StartUp Awards Ireland.

The inclusion of Zinc Shower in the SEA Alliance as member of the StartUp Europe Awards Alliance means an increasing of visibility and potential at European and international level, giving them the opportunity of creating synergies with other organisations that focus their work on the support to the entrepreneurship.

How to join the StartUp Europe Awards Alliance: alliance@startupeuropeawards.eu

Finnova and the case of NOBEL GRID in Zinc Shower.

The Foundation Finnova has played an essential role in Zinc Shower. The Head of Business Models for Finnova, Sharam Yalda, and the communication officer of StartUp Europe Accelerator, Catalina Valencia, took part in the event highlighting the opportunities for entrepreneurship in the European Union. Thus, the participants got to know the financing tools and the sources from the European Union to support innovative projects, as well as open calls, Fast Track to Innovation, LIFE programme and SME instrument. Likewise, H2020 NOBEL GRID, which is funded with 13,8 million euros, and which goal is to provide advanced tools and ICTs services  to all the actors in the electricity market to guarantee the best prices, more security and stability, was introduced as a model for the transformative innovation.

Nobel Grid as tractor project for entrepreneurship, offers an open platform on which the SMEs and startups can develop innovative applications within the new digital energetic efficiency, renewable energy and net management.

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