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Applications for the final round of Soft-Landing missions are now OPEN! (and they’re especially looking for female founders)

The Soft-Landing open calls are now open!

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DeepTech4Good: Start-ups Coming to the Fore

It’s all in a name. Deep tech start-up is the new term for a start-up founded on the basis of a breakthrough technology or science. The start-up’s product or service often revolves around a disruptive innovation. The development cycles they are involved in are often longer and more capital-intensive than with the products found in other sectors of industry. The European Union has spotted this and is now funding a European accelerator programme called DeepTech4Good. The initiative is part of Horizon 2020, the European Union Research Framework Programme, and the aim is to help start-ups raise their market profile and become a driving force in the Internet of Things (IoT) market. Five European start-up events will be organized under the programme, each resulting in the selection of eight start-ups to receive coaching on growing their business from the project partners of DeepTech4Good. The first finalists have already been chosen at the first two events called DeepTech4Good#Paris and DeepTech4Good#Stuttgart. DeepTech4Good#Stuttgart was organized by the project partners, S2i and Photonics BW.

DeepTech4Good is being coordinated by Cluster Systematic. Under the initiative, eight partners from Germany, France, Austria, and Spain will receive approximately €1.5 million from the EU and will be charged with acting as official EU ambassadors for the Startup Europe initiative. Based on a vision that deep tech is good for society, the program focuses closely on four IoT sectors: Smart Cities, Smart Mobility (modern travel solutions), Industry 4.0, and Health & Well-being. In total, 200 high-potential start-ups from four European hubs will be helped to forge networks with relevant stakeholders with the aim of initiating innovation projects. This should make it easier for them to access funding and gain further support in raising their profile. One of the overarching aims of the programme is to network and connect up hubs within Europe.

 

Eight start-ups receive awards at the pitch in Stuttgart

The DeepTech4Good#Stuttgart event in late 2018 was an opportunity for 23 young European enterprises to make a 5-minute pitch and inspire investors with their ideas. Eight winners were chosen after winning over the jury: Adlatus Robotics, AScon Systems, HD Vision Systems, INERATEC, skinmade, and vialytics (all from Germany), Mobility Work from France, and EET from Austria. The winners are now eligible to receive personal coaching and may progress to the accelerator programme. Gaining access to a Europe-wide network and receiving input from experts will help the start-ups scale up their business and provide welcome support with innovation initiatives – ideal prerequisites for evolving into future deep tech unicorns in Europe.

 

The role of Baden-Wuerttemberg as a start-up hub

“Deep tech start-ups will increase in significance for Baden-Wuerttemberg in the coming years. It’s particularly important to recognize and promote the scale-up potential. Events like DeepTech4Good#Stuttgart make a crucial contribution in this respect. With powerful sponsors like bwcon, Start-up BW, Agorize, VentureZphere, the Stuttgart stock exchange, and the StartupEurope initiative organized by the European Commission, the event provides an ideal network and it’s sponsors like these that will secure Baden-Wuerttemberg’s position as a future hub for start-ups,” says Dr. Petra Püchner, Commissioner for Europe of the Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour, and Housing Baden-Wuerttemberg, summarizing the exceptional importance of the event. “This support already starts on the doorstep at our events. For example, the start-ups receive specific training on the best way to sell themselves and different ways to network and embark on a collaboration with partners from industry,” adds Samantha Michaux, who as a project manager and Startup Europe Ambassador at S2i is responsible for supervising the project.

The next DeepTech4Good Business Event will take place in Graz in Austria on March 26, 2019.

Contact: Samantha Michaux, michaux@steinbeis-europa.de

www.deeptechforgood.eu | www.facebook.com/DeepTech4Good/ | https://twitter.com/DeepTech4Good | www.linkedin.com/in/deeptech-4good-126140158/ |

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MY-GATEWAY EMBRACES THE NEW YEAR WITH A GOLDEN TICKET TO STARTUP OLÉ.

What did you write in your New Year’s resolutions list?

Did you wish for happiness, travelling to a Western European country, attending startup events, meeting new investors..? If this is the case, I’m thrilled to announce that Startup Olé is looking for 15 CEE startups to join the event! Yes, you read it well: 15 startups!

MY-GATEWAY will help detect those Central and Eastern European startups that will benefit the most from attending the Spanish event, making sure startups are well aware of the opportunities they can be catered for. The target of our contest are startups based either in Romania, Czech Republic and Slovenia.

Those startups will need to really convince and tell us why they think Startup Olé can help them out boost their business growth, and, of course, send us a pitch deck. Attending Startup Olé can be a truly enriching experience… as you long as you prepare well for it! By using the Startup Olé app, you can gain access to investors, corporates, mentors and set up meetings with our fellow attendees.

Startup Olé startup stand in 2018

To make sure you stand out as you deserve, you’ll be provided with a whole stand to show your product and sell it to your target, so do come prepared with merchandising and flyers that can help you achieve your objectives! And…did I already say that travel and accommodation costs are included for one representative of your team? We really don’t want the distance, and its costs, to be a problem. That’s why travel and subsistence expenses are entirely covered by us.

Last but not least, some of the startups which will go through our selection process will also gain the possibility to join the PITCHING competition.

What do YOU need to do?

In order to be eligible for this contest you’ll have to do the following:

  • send your pitch deck to contest@mygatewayproject.eu

  • in the body of the email, tell us:

    • why you’d like us to attend,

    • what your expectations are,

    • your vertical,

    • contact details of the person who would be attending the event (name, surname, email, telephone);

and also:

  1. on social media, share/retweet a message in which you saw the open call promoted (in your email, we’d like to see the link to your publication or a screenshot)

  2. and follow and/or like MY-GATEWAY social media channels (FacebookTwitterLinkedInInstagram)

 

Deadline for applications: 4th of February 2019

 

What is Startup Olé?

Startup Olé 2019 will take place in Salamanca (Spain) from 26-29 of March and it will gather +30.000 attendees from 120 countries; +850 startups, scaleups and spin-offs; +500 speakers; +250 corporates and investors with an investment portfolio of over €50k M. Our fifth edition will be the biggest so far and we are working hard to make this an event that you will never forget, so do not wait any longer and join the family!

What is MY-GATEWAY?

MY-GATEWAY is an initiative of Startup Europe that aims to strengthen the capacities of high-tech start-ups and innovative SMEs in the CEE region to become better connected, gain higher market exposure, and have improved, streamlined access to funding opportunities and talents.

 

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Slush 2018

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 20,000 attendees and 1 million live stream viewers.

In 2017, over 2,600 startups, 1,500 venture capitalists, and 600 journalists from over 130 countries gathered to Slush to drive business, and to experience the phenomenal atmosphere.

NOT THE CALIFORNIAN SUN, BUT HONEST SLUSH.

Slush has grown from a 300 person assembly to a world-renowned event, now spreading globally. The philosophy behind Slush has remained the same: to help the next generation of great, world-conquering companies forward.

CELEBRATING ENTREPRENEURSHIP.

Held during the darkest time of the year in Helsinki, Finland, Slush has always been characterized by a unique energy and enthusiasm. The very core of Slush is to facilitate founder and investor meetings and to build a world-wide startup community.

Slush is a student-driven, non-profit movement originally founded to change attitudes toward entrepreneurship. In 2016, Slush was organized in Tokyo, Shanghai and Singapore.

ONE-OF-A-KIND COMMUNITY.

Think of Slush as a collision of a festival and a conference. It’s not a business, but a community of people who love what they do.

Slush is run by the youth who want to make a difference in their societies. Several successful entrepreneurs such as Niklas Zennström (Skype & Atomico), Taizo Son (GungHo), Ilkka Paananen (Supercell), and Risto Siilasmaa (Nokia) among others, have already become a part of the non-profit initiative that is radically changing how entrepreneurship is perceived in Northern Europe, Japan, and China.

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SaaStock 2018

We believe that when the SaaS community comes together the result will be a mutual improvement. That’s why we built SaaStock.

Grow your network
Leverage the community of 1500 leading SaaS Founders and Investors” 3 days, 3 stages, 100 speakers, in one city.

Turn your SaaS up to eleven!
The networking, the learning, the demoing, the deal making, the investing.

SaaS.City
Lots of fringe events to choose from across the City as a precursor to SaaStock. Think of it as the SaaStock ice breaker.

Learn
Learn how to build a leading category SaaS Business from those that have.

Get The Playbook
The SaaStock Sessions will give you the playbook to building a category leading B2B SaaS business. We’re creating the e-playbook on ‘How to build a category leading B2B SaaS business’ that we’ll send to all SaaStock attendees after the event.

Have some craic
Come and Enjoy Europe’s best city for a conference, Dublin. Mix business with pleasure at the SaaStock after party. Enjoy the best pint of Guinness of your life.

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Bits and Pretzels

THE FOUNDERS FESTIVAL

3 DAYS OF VISION, LEARNING AND NETWORKING

Bits & Pretzels is an application-only, three-day festival that connects 5,000 founders, investors, startup enthusiasts, and all other decision-makers of the startup ecosystem. The festival takes place in a unique setting around the Oktoberfest in Munich from September 30th – October 2nd, 2018. The most successful founders from all around the world, as well as young aspiring entrepreneurs, will meet at the event for inspiration, learning, and matchmaking. On the last day, all attendees and speakers come together in one tent with one goal: liquid networking.

SPEAKERS AT BITS & PRETZELS 2017

Some of the most successful national and international entrepreneurs, investors and CEOs shared their insights on stage and opened up new perspectives for Bits & Pretzels attendees.

OH CAPTAIN MY TABLE CAPTAIN

Once a year the most influential executives gather at the Bits & Pretzels Oktoberfest tables. Every table at the grand finale is hosted by a Table Captain and all attendees can choose one of those handpicked CEOs, editors-in-chief or investors before the event even starts. Through that we make sure that everyone gets the most out of Bits & Pretzels and enjoys the best networking experience in a relaxed atmosphere.

YOU’RE IN GOOD HANDS

Partnerships with the aim of forming long-lasting relationships with mutual benefits forms the basis for the success of the founders festival. Amazing companies join the event as a partner year for year.
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Tech Open Air 2018

What is TOA?

Tech Open Air is Europe’s leading interdisciplinary technology festival. At TOA our mission is to connect, grow and inspire the human spirit through interdisciplinary knowledge exchange and collaboration.

Conference

Connect and learn with top-tier entrepreneurs, artists, and scientists at a beautiful location. Experience inspirational storytelling, interactive panels, knowshops, pillowtalks, art installations, live music, and so much more…

TOA.life

TOA.life is the best parts of the festival, made digital: TOA AAA. Unique stories
from tech’s brightest thinkers mashed-up with art, science, music, and, of course,
the uninhibited TOA atmosphere — it’s all in TOA.life.
WWW.TOA.LIFE
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CeBIT Global Conferences 2018

Europe’s Business Festival for Innovation and Digitization

CEBIT 2018: business, leads, ideas. As a triple-punch event featuring exhibits, conferences and networking, CEBIT covers the digitization of business, government and society from every angle. Its four sections – d!conomy, d!tec, d!talk and d!campus – represent an entirely new approach, but one thing remains: the show’s core focus on generating leads and business for all concerned!

d!conomy

The premier event for digital transformation. Where Business Is Done

Digitization has a new home: In seven halls, leading innovators present the full spectrum of transformation. Get to know the trends, find inspiration, and most importantly: do great business! d!conomy is where solution providers and public-sector players get together to talk shop and make it all happen.

d!tec

Where the Entrepreneurial Spirit of the Digital Age Thrives

The meeting place for radical ideas and technologies that transform society and the economy. In the exhibition halls, disruptive business models are in the spotlight – and everything on the topics of blockchain, chatbots, immersive technology, mixed reality, artificial intelligence, and deep learning. The future starts here.

d!talk

Conference & workshop program for inspired agenda-setting

New era – new conference format: For the first time, the stars and pioneers of digitization will be featured on stage in more than 10 exhibition halls, sharing know-how and visions of particular relevance to the topics covered in each hall. Be there for inspiration and input that can make all the difference for future success.

d!campus

Top networking and interaction at the festive, upbeat heart of the showgrounds

At the d!campus, everything is geared towards creating memorable experiences by appealing to all the senses. Live music, virtual worlds to explore, street food served up by culinary artists – all this sets the scene for on-stage presentations sure to make a big splash. And get ready for networking at its finest, too!

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Arctic15

The most effective matchmaking startup event in the Nordics and Baltics.

The focus is on making deals and quality networking. We have 15 Tracks focused on various topics, industries and technologies from Talent and Digital Health to Smart Cities and Virtual Reality. Industry players can use the time efficiently and gather under one roof. The core of it all is 1-on-1 meetings in Deal Room. Networking is optimized to the absolute maximum with Pre-Event Matchmaking, Ad-Hoc Meetings, Networking Areas, Side Events, Workshops and Roundtables.

Arctic15 is optimal size. We bring together 450+ startups, 300+ investors, 150+ corporates and media from 60+ countries.

Our Speakers

We want to gather people that will provide real value by sharing their stories and who will be happy to stick around to meet you.We have Gary Vaynerchuk as a special guest. Do not miss a chance to meet him.

Deal Room

40% of Arctic15 meetings lead to real deals. We provide an online matchmaking tool and app prior to the event. That enables you to screen other participants and pre-book 20 minute meetings to efficiently plan your business days. Our online matchmaking tool and app allows you to make requests to all of our participants: Speakers, Investors, LP’s, Media, Entrepreneurs, Corporate Reps.

During the event we have a dedicated space with private tables for each meeting. You can also book a table during the event. All services are included in the ticket price.

Over 3500 meetings held in 2016 and 4000 in 2017. Get ready for your business day.

Investors

We couldn’t be more honoured to host some of the most innovative investors to come from all over the world. See the full 2017 list here.

Quality networking is the name of the game and we are proud to have one of the best startup-investor-corporate ratios of any startup event out there. People do not hide their badges at Arctic15, as the ratio is just right.

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The Next Web Conference 2018

ACCEPT NO IMITATIONS.

Imagine. Build. Test. Iterate. Innovate. Since 2006, TNW Conference has been driving the evolution of technology events into what they are today. Our festival format has inspired imitations across Europe. Our techniques for engineering the perfect networking environment has transformed average expectations when it comes to ROI. And our production values have elevated keynotes from interesting to inspirational.

But the one thing that can’t be copied is our people. Last year, 12,500 business leaders joined us for two days of content and networking, designed to show them how to win at innovation.

In 2018, 15,000 people will help us raise the bar for technology and business innovation events once again – have a look around, and get a feel for how.

  • What is TNW Conference?

    TNW Conference is a technology festival that brings together international technology executives, top-tier investors and promising startups for two days of business and knowledge sharing – surrounded by some of the highest production values at any tech event on the planet. Over the past 12 editions TNW Conference has grown from a 200-person event to one of the leading technology events, bringing together 12,500 attendees a day and 3,500 companies from all over the world.

  • Who can attend the event?

    Anyone 18 or older with a valid ticket is welcome. Full conference passes aren’t transferable between conference days.

  • What are the dates for TNW Conference 2018?

    TNW Conference 2018 will take place on May 24-25th in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

  • Can I suggest a speaker for the conference?

    Yes, you can suggest a speaker before March 20th. Click here if you’d like to submit a speaker proposal.

  • I’m interested in volunteering at TNW Conference 2018, how can I apply?

    In order to apply as a volunteer at TNW Conference 2018, you must be 18 years old or older at the time of the event, interested in tech and innovation – and determined to contribute to the overall success of the event. If the answer is yes to all, then click here to apply.

  • How can I become a sponsor and/or exhibit at TNW Conference?

    We’re glad you asked. Take a look at the Exhibit page or just send Markus an e-mail (markus@thenextweb.com) and he will get back to you.

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