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Slush 2017

WORLD’S LEADING STARTUP EVENT.


During what is – let’s be honest – the sh*ttiest weather season of the year, Slush brings together the leading actors of the global tech scene to Helsinki for something very special. Described by many as “Burning Man meets TED”, the event has grown in just a few short years to 17,500 attendees and 1 million live stream viewers.

In 2016, over 2,300 startups, 1,100 venture capitalists, and 600 journalists from over 120 countries came to Slush to drive business, and to experience the phenomenal atmosphere.

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Startup Europe Comes to Africa (SEC2A) Launch Event 6th November 2017, Brussels

Startup Europe Comes to Africa (“SEC2A”) Launch Event

6thNovember 2017, Brussels

 

WHY?

Africa and Europe are bound together by history and separated by fewer than 14 kilometres. At the first EU-Africa Summit in Cairo in 2000, leaders from both continents agreed to strengthen their partnerships. The public image of Africa, however, tends to highlight Africa’s problems such as civil wars, famine and fleeing migrants, and not its opportunities, such as its ambitious African entrepreneurs.

Startup Europe Comes to Africa aims to change this by introducing grass-roots entrepreneurial efforts and success stories to an international audience. In particular, we aim to add another dimension to the images of Africa by bringing together prestigious African heads of states, entrepreneurs and business leaders on the one hand and European politicians, entrepreneurs and celebrities on the other hand.

Our aim is to connect Africa and Europe through digital trade and not aid. This campaign is just the first step to building a stable, long-term start-up bridge between the two continents.

Would you like to attend the launch event in Brussels? Then click here.

WHO?

Our institutional partners span European and African political leaders, royalty, some of the largest multinational corporates in the world, leading entrepreneurial networks, pan-African venture capital networks, and celebrities. They include:

 

  • The European Commission (EC) is the principal European sponsor, as part of the ‘Digital for Development’ agenda and Startup Europe;
  • President OlusegunObasanjo is the former President of Nigeria, a position he held from 1999 to 2007, and a former Chair of the African Union. He is our primary African sponsor and will host the event in Nigeria in his OlusegunObasanjo Presidential Library;
  • The Brenthurst Foundation is an initiative of South Africa’s Oppenheimer (De Beer) family. They are our primary host in South Africa, though, as described in more detail below, we are also working with the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative and Wesgro (the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape);
  • HRH, the Duke of York’s initiative, Pitch@Palace,will offer winners the opportunity to pitch at Pitch@Palace Global;
  • We are collaborating with the Heart, a European centre for start-up and corporate collaboration. Based in Poland, they have a network of executives and founders that spans over 25 countries;
  • In South Africa, in addition to the Brenthurst Foundation, we are working with Injini, an educational technology accelerator that will be our primary host and that belongs to a larger initiative called the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi). We are also working with Wesgro, the official trade, tourism and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, and are working directly with Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro and former South African Shadow Minister of Finance, to ensure the event’s success. Finally, Google has opened up its network of African start-up partners to us to access the continent’s best start-ups.

 

To see the agenda for the Road Trip you can click here.

 

WHEN?

 The campaign will begin with a launch event in Brussels at the European Commissionon 6 November. As described above, it will be followed by a road trip to South Africa (from 20-22 November) and Nigeria(from 23-25 November) that will ultimately culminate in Abidjan, Ivory Coast for the 5th EU-Africa Summit.

 During the week of 6 November, we will host the official EU launch of Startup Europe Comes to Africa.This will be a high-profile event of approximately 100 VIPs, including relevant journalists. We will work with organisations such as Afrobytes, VC4Africa, Wayra, Orange, Africa House, The Heart and Google for Entrepreneurs to get the word out among African and European entrepreneurs to ensure an audience of grassroots organisers as well as corporates, investors and tech journalists.

WHAT DOES GOOD LOOK LIKE?

  • Positive and significant PR and social media presence across European and African publications;
  • Senior European Commission delegates, such as VP Ansip, leaving with excitement and positivity about the SEC2A initiative and Start-up Europe more generally;
  • ‘Buzz’ amongst European and African entrepreneurial communities; and
  • The sense that this event was a meaningful first stepto forging long-term substantive links between Africa and Europe’s entrepreneurial ecosystems.

INVITEES

  • Senior EC representatives, including Vice President Ansip;
  • Representatives from national governments and embassies;
  • European political and business leaders with links to Africa;
  • A selection of the successful European entrepreneurs who have been selected to attend Abidjan;
  • Representatives from EU corporate sponsors, including Telefónicaand Orange;
  • African and EU Journalists; and
  • Noteworthy members of the EU and African start-up ecosystems.

AGENDA

11:00            Guests arrive. Welcome reception and networking over coffee.

11:30            Introduction by VP Ansip

11:45            Introduction by President Obasanjo

12:00            Introduction to Startup Europe by Isidro Laso

12:45             Introduction to SEC2A by Gary Stewart and Emma Fau

13:30            Lunch and Networking

14:30             Africa – Believe the Hype: Panel discussion of African and EU corporates, investors and start-ups

15:15             Start-up Pitches (5 3-minute pitches from selection of EU start-ups chosen to go to Abidjan) 

16:00             Closing

If you want to attend the event and need to get a ticket, then click here.

 

 

 

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The time Is Now.

Market, Partnership and Investment Opportunities in the USA Await You!

NearUS, the H2020 initiative aiming at building upENRICH – European Network of Research and Innovation Centres and Hubs – in the USA announces the opening of the following calls

  • NearUS Match & Pitch at CES 2018 (January 7-11, 2018)! (click here)
  • NearUS Innovation Tour to San Francisco, Sacramento and Silicon Valley (January 15-19, 2018)! (click here)
  • NearUS Research2Market (R2M) Bootcamp in Boston, with an individualisedprogramme across the USA (March 4-16, 2018) and a pre-departure workshop in Brussels in February 2018!  (click here)
  • NearUS Business2Business (B2B) Bootcamp in Boston, with an individualisedprogramme across the USA (March 4-16, 2018) and a pre-departure workshop in Brussels in February 2018! (click here)

Are you an early stage entrepreneur, early stage Startup founder,researcher, research organization, SME, or cluster looking for market information, market opportunities,partners, investment opportunities and feedback on yourinnovations?

Then you should definitely visit us at https://near-us.eu/opportunities to learn more about the calls

 

Deadline for applications is:

November 12th, 2017 23.59 CET for the NearUS Match & Pitch at CES 2018 and the NearUS Innovation Tour to the West Coast

December 5th, 2017 23.59 CET for the NearUS Bootcamps in Boston

 

 

 

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The European Maker Week is back!

Building on last year’s European Maker Week (EMW), this year’s movement will challenge all creative makers around EU to identify a need in their community, and build solutions for real problems.

The European Maker Week is an opportunity for citizens from communities throughout the EU to participate in local activities, celebrating the innovation, ingenuity and creativity of the Maker Movement.

EMW was created last year to encourage, promote and highlight organisations from around the EU who are working to create more opportunities for people of all ages to be makers.

Makers are building themselves keys for the future: developing new solutions and products for pressing challenges; engaging students in hands on interactive learning of STEM, arts, and design; and enabling individuals to learn new skills in fabrication and manufacturing.

EMW is also an opportunity to convene key stakeholders in each local community to discuss the role of the Maker Movement in areas such as education, entrepreneurship, workforce development, manufacturing, community revitalisation and community-based problem solving.

Getting different stakeholders together to talk about the Maker Movement will develop new collaborations, partnerships and initiatives that can help grow this ecosystem in each territory.

The European Maker Week is an initiative, promoted by the European Commission’s Startup Europe, organised under the high patronage of the European Parliament, and implemented by Maker Faire Rome.

SEE THE NEED, BUILD THE SOLUTION

EMW presents an opportunity to showcase what makers do best: making things. The goal of each community’s project is to encourage makers to identify a problem in their community and to build a solution

WHAT ARE THE EXPECTED OUTCOMES?

While the goal of the event is to start a dialogue, the expected outcomes of #EMW17 should stretch well beyond the specific day of each event. While each community will determine the exact outcome of its own EMW, the hope is that the whole Week will spur the development of partnerships and programs within the maker community in order to have lasting impacts on the different local towns and cities.

Here’s more info on how to organise an event

Some examples of outcomes of such events are:

  • Increased support for local maker events by local government
  • A manufacturing alliance between local makers and manufacturing organisations
  • Academic partnerships between teachers and local makers
  • A health making partnership between a local elder facility and a community makerspace
  • A Chamber of Commerce featuring local makers, hackers, artists, and artisans.
  • European Maker Week is also part of  the initiatives for “Maker Faire Rome – The European Edition“ which will be held in Rome from the 1st to the 3rd of December, expecting 110,000 visitors and with over 400 exhibitors’ from all over Europe.

 

About European Maker Week

The European Maker Week (EMW) is an initiative promoted by European Commission and implemented by Maker Faire Rome in collaboration with Startup Europe. EMW was created last year to encourage, promote, and highlight organizations from around the UE who are working to create more opportunities for more people of all ages to make. Makers are developing new solutions and products for pressing challenges, engaging students in hands on, interactive learning of STEM, arts, and design, and enabling individuals to learn new skills in fabrication and manufacturing.

European Maker Week

@EUmakerweek

About Startup Europe

The Startup Europe Team works with entrepreneurs connecting them with the European ecosystem where talent, investment and learning can be easily captured. We believe Europe’s growth is going to be determined by savvy startups, and we want to support the growth of these startups.

Startup Europe Club

@StartUpEU

About Maker Faire Rome

The greatest Maker Faire after the Bay Area. Maker Faire Rome is a celebration of innovation, open to all forms of applied creativity where startups and innovators are invited to participate to show their sense of creative entrepreneurship. It’s an event created to cater to curious participants of all ages, wishing to experience first-hand the makers’ inventions. Inventions that are the result of a desire to solve everyday problems, whether big or small. The watchwords of the Maker Faire Rome are: meeting, exchange, training, entertainment and interaction. At #MFR17 innovation is made available to everyone.

Maker Faire Rome

@MakerFaireRome

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Apply now for GIIF 2018!

The 4th Green Innovation and Investment Forum will take place on 20th and 21st February 2018 in Stuttgart with the focus on “Smart Green Industry”. The application for startups is now open http://green-inno-forum.eu/#apply-attend

The Forum is the only industry-oriented event, looking for smart business ideas and innovative concepts from the Green Technology sector. Trendsetting solutions from areas such as Environmental Engineering, Green IT, Resource and Energy Efficiency, Smart Grid, Material Efficiency or Smart Production are eligible for submission.

If your solution is convincing, you will get the opportunity to present your business idea to investors and market actors in a six-minute pitch. In the generous matching breaks, there will be time for talks with decision makers, experts and investors.

Are you a founder or start-up currently looking for financing and support? Apply now and find your partners for (start-up) financing, development or licensing of your technologies or business ideas in Stuttgart!

Owners Teams of the shortlisted ideas will be entitle to attend the exclusive and personalised Green Training Day (on 20th February 2018). Investors, VCs, and SMEs will be invited to the Pitching Day on 21st February 2018 to award the winners of GIIF 2018.

The event is free of charge for start-ups, researchers and founders.

Interested startups and companies can apply till the 31st October 2017 here http://green-inno-forum.eu/#apply-attend

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Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley

SEC2SV 2016 kicked off with the flagship pan-European event in Silicon Valley, European Innovation Day on Sep 12th, with Tim Draper addressing 500 entrepreneurs, professionals, and EU policy makers – and closed with an intimate invite only ceremony, on Sep 20th, led by Elżbieta Bieńkowska, EU commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.

Past participants included: The best 15 EU scaleups expanding to the US; Betsy Masiello, Head of public Policy @ Uber; Günther H. Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources; Julie Hanna, US Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship; Francisco de la Torre Prados, Mayor of Malaga, Spain; and Henry Chesbrough, the Father of Open Innovation.

SEC2SV 2017 maintains the above trend, and goes a step further by taking an intricate look at the EU corporate innovation outpost environment in Silicon Valley. Where are they from? When were they established? How can you partner with them and let them help you succeed?

 

Other notable inclusions in 2017:

  • An invitation to EU Commissioner for Research Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas

 

A dive into EU’s dominance on hot topics:

  • Industry 4.0 – From manufacturing  to automation
  • Augmented Reality, AR / Virtual Reality, VR
  • Artificial Intelligence, AI
  • Privacy and Data storage/transfer

Find more info on: SEC2SV 2017

 

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Co.Station Crossroads Summit

For the occasion of the launch of Omar Mohout’s new book – “NUMERI – From idea to Product/Market Fit” -, we are organizing our first Co.Station Crossroads Summit. A unique event to discuss Digital Innovation and Corporate Venturing, gathering some of the most relevant actors in the Belgian ecosystem.

 OUR SPEAKERS

Learn from distinguished entrepreneurs, corporates, academics and market influencers:

wouter_remaut

Wouter Remaut

CEO Co.Station

omarmouhout

Omar Mohout

Growth Engineer, Sirris: The startup lifecycle

dado_van_petegem

Dado Van Peteghem

Corporate Venturing

OUR PANEL OF DISCUSSION

A reality check with experts:

ianka_fleerlackers

Ianka Fleerlackers

Public Speaking expert, Pitch Trainer, moderator, media professional

michael_beal

Michael Beal

General Manager & CEO of Microsoft Belgium & Luxembourg

anne_collet

Anne Collet

CEO Le Wagon Benelux

marion_debruyne

Marion Debruyne

Dean of Vlerick Business School

johan_de_geyter

Johan De Geyter

CEO Zembro

max_jadot

Max Jadot

CEO BNP Paribas Fortis

frank_maene

Frank Maene

Volta Ventures

NETWORKING AND EXHIBITION

Where the bright minds meet

In addition to the conference, we shall host an exhibition, where you can meet and engage with Scaleups, academics and corporates from around Belgium, all in one place.

 

AGENDA

18:00 OPEN DOORS AND REGISTRATION
18:30 WELCOME WORDS
18:40 KEYNOTE 1: INNOVATION TODAY
19:00 KEYNOTE 2: CORPORATE VENTURING
19:20 PANEL DISCUSSION: A REALITY CHECK ON BELGIUM CORPORATE TO SCALEUP ENGAGEMENT
20:20 CLOSING REMARKS
20:30 NETWORKING, EXHIBITION OPENS AND COCKTAIL
22:30 CLOSURE

#CSCS17

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Making a new Europe: The OpenMaker initiative

Accelerating the 4th Industrial Revolution: Inviting Makers & Manufacturers

The OpenMaker initiative is a pan-European project aiming to seed & accelerate the 4th Industrial Revolution.

We recognise manufacturing as one of the key sectors in Europe: in 2014, manufacturing represented around 16% of the EU GDP, more than 80% of EU total exports, 80% of private Research and Development expenditure, and employed 30 million people[1]. However, the sector has suffered in the wake of an economic crisis and globalisation[2], and in 2014 a goal was announced to increase manufacturing’s share of GDP to 20% by 2020[3]. Such aspirations require radical innovation in the face of economic decline and technological disruption.

The 4th industrial revolution heralds such a shift not only in the nature of what we make and how and where we make it but also how we reimagine elements like citizens rights, quality assurance, insurance warranties and provenance in a zero margin cost society. It is ultimately supporting the distributed networking of scale free industrial processes to bring about the new “smart factory[4]” city.

This initiative seeks to catalyse the ideation, discovery, design and prototyping of business models, production processes, products, and governance systems.

We aim to seed & prototype collaborative innovation across manufacturers and makers and transforming linear vertical supply chains into supply meshes, democratizing and decentralising innovation and supporting mass customisation is seen as a strategic opportunity for ushering forth a new era of manufacturing.

The programme will initially support makers and manufacturers with 4 accelerator hubs across Europe (UK, Italy, Slovakia and Spain) offering seminars, matching events and training sessions to facilitate partnerships. the initiative will also engage with citizens, universities, local authorities, civil society organisations and policy-makers. Each hub will award prizes of up to €20,000 to successful partnerships, and all partners will be supported by a dedicated digital platform to widen the opportunity for businesses to grow.

Imagine a future where manufacturing companies become the open platform for young innovators to try inventions and take their next step to making an impact on society. Then, imagine a future in which brilliant innovators are able to transform industrial processes, making them more efficient and effective, resulting in more user-friendly products for society. OpenMaker unites these two dreams.

– Filippo Addarii, Co-Founder and CEO, PlusValue

The industrial revolution was born at the crucible of a reimagining of our institutions and our means of making, and we are again at a similar moment where the remaking of our literal future is contingent on us reimagining our institutional infrastructure for a new age of Democratized making. OpenMaker initiatives recognise the 4th industrial revolution will not be made by merely focusing on new products or the localized remaking of existing products, but on this symbiotic relationship between our institutions and our means of making. The OpenMaker initiative is an open opportunity for cities to systematically reimagine and start recasting their manufacturing ecosystem for a 21st Century.  
-Indy Johar, Senior Innovation Associate Young Foundation, Co-Founder 00, Co-Founder Dark Matter Laboratories, Chair – Wikihouse Foundation.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT

Catherine Hughes, Communications, OpenMaker
M: 0044 7746 198 352 (UK)
E: catherine.hughes@plusvalue.org

NOTES TO EDITOR
OpenMaker website, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

OpenMaker is funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The OpenMaker consortium consists of 10 partners:

  1. The Young Foundation (UK)
  2. Bogazici University (Turkey)
  3. Centire (Slovakia)
  4. IMT Lucca (Italy)
  5. LAMA (Italy)
  6. Tecnalia (Spain)
  7. Top-ix (Italy)
  8. University of Zurich (Switzerland)
  9. Accord Group (UK)
  10. PlusValue (UK)

[1] See EC Task Force on Advanced Manufacturing for Clean Production (2014)

[2] While Frey-Osborne, (2013) identifies that 47% of current jobs – including accountancy, legal work and technical writing – risk being completely automated in twenty years, it is already apparent that the “sharing economy” and th e “on-demand economy” are facilitating nonstandard employment and subcontracting, reducing substantially workers’ protection. On this topic, and on the impact of globalisation on the manufacturing sector, see also Center for American Progress, 2015.

[3] http://europe.autonews.com/article/20140604/ANE/140609928/eu-aims-to-have-20-percent-of-gdp-come-from-manufacturing-official

[4] http://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2016/06/20/what-everyone-must-know-about-industry-4-0/#604392c34e3b

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Interview with Peteris Zilgavis, Head of Startups and Innovation and at the EC.

By @SimonCocking interesting interview with Peteris Zilgalvis Head of Unit – Startups & Innovation, Digital Single Market, DG CONNECT, Co-Chair, FinTech Task Force, European Commission.

What is your background?

I’m a barrister, with my J.D. from University of Southern California, and a B.A. in political science from UCLA. I started addressing international law issues in several Latvian ministries (environment, foreign affairs) then moved to private law and then to the World Bank, the Council of Europe and finally the European Commission, working in areas of new technologies, policy and the law.

Is it a logical progression to what you do now?

Yes it is. The Digital Single Market and entrepreneurship in this area follow on my work on how policy and regulatory frameworks can adopt and adapt to innovative solutions rapidly while upholding principles of respect for the environment and our citizens’ interests.

What are you working on now? What are your plans for 2017?

Several important initiatives are implementing the European Commission Communication on the Startups and Scaleups Initiative (innovation procurement, regulatory sandboxes, Startup Europe and ICT standards), and Co-Chairing the European Commission’s Task Force on Financial Technology – FinTech.

What will you be talking about at RVS? / Why are you attending?

I’ll be talking about how Startup Europe aims at mission-based networking between Europe’s Startup ecosystems. We don’t have a single Silicon Valley dominating Europe but different cities that are strong in artificial intelligence, Deep Tech, gaming, FinTech, Insurtech etc. As policymakers, we also are conscious of needing to address societal challenges. The aim is to enable Europe’s entrepreneurs and tech to be part of the solution on the basis of an innovation and investment-friendly business climate.

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How was 2016, what worked well, what didn’t move as quickly as you would have liked?

It was a great year for me because I moved to the Startups and Innovation dossier, which I am very motivated by, but it was a year in which we saw that many voters in the World were dissatisfied with the status quo and were looking for answers. I believe that innovation and entrepreneurship can provide some of the opportunities that have been missing so I’m glad to be working with Europe’s startup communities to ensure that the next scaleups come from the EU and that jobs and growth are generated.

Which influencers and websites do you follow to keep up to date with the latest developments?

Too many to make a choice here (and to show favouritism). Always glad to hear about new sources of info.

How can people find out more about what you are working on?

The Startup Europe websites and social media, the European Commission websites and social media and my own Twitter account ( @PZilgalvis ).

Peteris Zilgalvis, J.D.
Head of Unit, Startups and Innovation
Digital Single Market Directorate
Directorate General Communications Networks, Content and Technology
Co-Chair, FinTech Task Force
European Commission
peteris.zilgalvis@ec.europa.eu

Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?

I’m looking forward to a great event in beautiful Riga, Latvia, where I’m always glad to be!


If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.net or on Twitter: @SimonCocking

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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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