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LISBON INVESTMENT SUMMIT

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

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

 

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SEA2Y – Startup Europe final conference

Startup Europe – Discover it’s impact and learn about future initiatives

Startup Europe is holding its final conference in Belgium in February 2017.

Objectives:

  • Learn about what we know about the European startup ecosystems
  • Discover what we have achieved with Startup Europe projects
  • Understand the progress on startup and scaleup policies
  • Engage with future projects and plans
  • Connect with the Startup Europe network

Programme:
Morning: Startup Europe Data + Impact
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
Afternoon: Future: Horizon 2020 ICT32 call & Networking

More information: EventBrite

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Startup Europe after 2 years!

Startup Europe has reached the two year mark. check out how our projects have been doing!

Together we have achieved some incredible things and truly boosted the European startup ecosystem, connecting people and helping startups to grow and thrive in Europe.

Highlights of Startup Europe

The Startup Europe projects have collectively connected the cities of Berlin, Madrid, Dublin, Rome, Lille, Warsaw, Brussels, Milan and many more!

An incredible +700 startups have participated in Startup Europe programmes, which have raised more than 200m€ in total.

One of Startup Europe’s strong points has been the sheer number of events that we have organised to create connections and help startups grow across Europe: over 300 events in two years.

Startup Europe Summit in Berlin, 2016
Startup Olé, Salamanca 2016

 

More than just conferences, the Startup Europe projects have helped startups at these events to work through their tough spots and achieve their goals. Over 115 workshops, courses, hackathons, bootcamps and training sessions have been held for startups all over Europe, supporting them in every stage of growth. In particular, we have helped startups with that well-known growing pain- learning how to pitch and epitch. Over 240 epitching support sessions were organised to give startups the training they needed and to turn that 2 minutes with an investor into a golden opportunity.

Pitching with investors at Startup Bootcamp in Rome.
Hackathon in Berlin Photo: Stefan Wieland 2015

For those startups that were ready to take the next step, the Startup Europe projects supported over 1300 pitches to business angels and corporates.

In fact, Startup Europe also organised well-thought-out matchmaking meetings between startups and investors, over 500 individual matchmakings between startups and investors all over Europe. Many were more than just boardroom conversations, in fact they were quite unique and ingenious (see WELCOME project’s meeting investors in cars post!).

Startup Europe also saw +160 startups join Startup Scaleup’s acceleration programme, in two waves of programmes.

One of the four key objectives of Startup Europe has been to help startups internationalise– and boy have we crossed oceans with you! From preparatory internationalisation sessions to giving startups the support they need to land in new ecosystems, Startup Europe has also crossed the atlantic with European startups to Silicon Valley. Two missions to Silicon Valley saw European startups travel to the USA to meet local giants like Google, get to know the ecosystem and test out the waters in the world’s most famous startup hub.

On an important note, one topic that many people are keen to see improved in Europe is the environment for women entrepreneurs. WeHubs, one of the Startup Europe projects, aimed to help women connect and gain the support and resources they need to become successful entrepreneurs, no matter where in Europe they are. WeHubs facilitated the creation of 34 women’s entrepreneur organisations, organised 20 mentors and registered over 330 female entrepreneurs.

Startup Europe also put efforts into encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs, specifically targeting students. Startup Europe Comes to Universities (SEC2U) saw it’s first year, in which more than 35 universities held entrepreneurships events for their students across 18 countries. The network is already accepting expressions of interest from Universities for next year- take a look here.

Students wait eagerly at Roma Tre

Other initiatives which Startup Europe prompted and supported are Startup Europe Comes to India, Startup Europe Week and European Maker Week.

A fair bit of research has also been conducted throughout the project, with over 25 publications being published on Europe’s startup and entrepreneurial environment.

Finally, our following on social media demonstrates the real impact of the Startup Europe initiative – 11,400 members in our Facebook community and 20,000 followers on twitter (13,000 tweets!).

CALL TO ACTION: if you have taken part in Startup Europe projects over those 2 years, make sure you fill out this Google Formselected startups will be announced during the ‘Startup Europe After 2 Years conference’ in Brussels on 2nd February 2017. Please fill out the form by 20th January 2017. For more info take a look here

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Click on the image and fill out the form!

It has been a blast and we aim to keep this website updated with the most recent startup news and activities going on in Europe- keep checking our news and blog sections in the future!

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Check out this great video on ePlus project’s extreme acceleration event Nitro!

Two weeks ago the ePlus project joined our partners in Sophia Antipolis, France for our second NITRO: The extreme acceleration event. From over 100 applications, the 25 most promising startups were invited to join us for two days of workshops, networking, and pitching in the middle of the tech hotspot of France. The startups were selected based on ingenuity, business viability and growth stage. This resulted in a remarkable group of unique startups from all over Europe, providing an exciting mix of ideas and ambition. You can find a complete list of our NITRO 2 startups here and a recap of the event here

Missed the event? Don’t worry! In May 2017 NITRO is moving to the great city of Lisbon. Want to join? Keep a close eye on our website and be sure to sign up for our next event!

Retrieved from: http://epluseurope.eu/blog-entry/video-moments-nitro-2-extreme-acceleration-event

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Post-event blog: Startup Europe at Web Summit!

In case you didn’t know, Web Summit, Europe’s largest technology summit, was happening this week in Lisbon, Portugal. Startup Europe was there with the Startup Europe projects to talk to people about our events, activities and open calls!

Web Summit has become “Europe’s largest and most important technology marketplace”, a crossroads where over 50,000 of the world’s most disruptive technological innovators meet in one place.

On 7th- 10th November 2016, CEOs, cultural icons, key global leaders from the EU and national governments, startups, investors, leading academics and the world’s most iconic companies all gathered together in one single place: Lisbon.

Web Summit Lisbon Startup Europe

In fact, Lisbon was chosen as the location of this immense event due to its booming entrepreneurial tech scene, which has experienced exponential grassroots growth in recent years.

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The queue heats up on the first day to get into the main MEO arena.

This year’s summit was held at the MEO Arena and its 3 connecting pavillions.

The Startup Europe stand was in Pavillion 3, which was a prime location next to the summit’s second biggest stage and open networking areas. Here we had a collection of Startup Europe leaflets and flyers for each of the Startup Europe projects: Welcome, MY-WAY, Twist, Startup Scaleup and ePlus!

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Members of these Startup Europe projects, and their partners, were at the stand to explain their projects and get people involved in their activities!

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Veronica Rinaldin from Startup Europe project TWIST! Veronica was at the stand for 3 days, and spoke to many people!
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Catarina Azevedo from ePlus project with ePlus leaflets, plus flyers for their Nitro extreme acceleration event happening in France on 1st & 2nd Dec!
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Gabriela Fernandez from Startup Europe initiative Failing Forward!
The Startup Europe stand at Web Summit!
The Startup Europe stand at Web Summit!
Miguel Arias, Co-founder and COO of Carto passed by the stand to discuss the idea of a Single Startup Market with Commissioner Ansip (see more below!)
Miguel Arias, Co-founder and COO of Carto passed by the stand to discuss the idea of a Single Startup Market with Commissioner Ansip (see more below!)
Tanya Suarez from Startup Europe project Startup Scaleup, talking to international media about the initiative.

With more than 20 stages and workshop areas, there were numerous talks and discussions to listen to, many involving key public EU figures such as:

  • José Manuel Barroso (President of the EU from 2004-2014)
  • Carlos Moedas (European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, European Union)
  • Ann Mettler (‎Head of European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission)
  • Andrus Ansip (Vice-President, Digital Single Market, European Commission), and
  • Marta Nagy-Rothengass (Head of Data Policy and Innovation Unit, DG CONNECT , European Commission
The Startup University stage at Web Summit
The Startup University stage at Web Summit
Commissioner Moedas talking on stage about 'Finding your calling in the digital economy'
Commissioner Moedas talking on stage about ‘Finding your calling in the digital economy’

In addition, we had a special visit from Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, at the stand, who discussed the concept of creating a Single Startup Market across Europe.

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Commissioner Ansip (right) discusses creating a Single Startup Market with Gianluca Dettori (centre, Founder of DPIXEL), Miguel Arias (not in image, Co-founder and COO of Carto) and Simon Schaefer (left, Founder of Factory & CEO of Startup Portugal).

The viability of this idea was discussed at the Startup Europe stand, and it was agreed that a first proposal would be drawn up, with the possibility of starting this concept in Italy and Portugal.

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Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation speaking to the Startup Europe team at Web Summit.

We also had a special visit by Carlos Moedas, the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, who also came to the Startup Europe stand at South Summit in Madrid.

Overall, it was a great opportunity to speak to many people from all over the world who were interested in taking part in Startup Europe events, activities and programmes. We look forward to seeing you next year!

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Info day on ICT Call 32 in Lisbon, Portugal

Info Day on ICT Call for Proposals 32 (ICT-32-2017) will be held on 9th November in Lisbon, Portugal.

Please also see our latest news item on this ICT Call.

#ICTCall32

 

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Startup Europe will see you at Web Summit!

Web Summit defines itself as Europe’s Largest Technology Marketplace. Over 51,000 people will be attending the event in Lisbon on November 7-10th!

The interesting thing about Web Summit is that it acts as a meeting point to bring together all those involved in technology: 7,000 CEOs, leading academics, people who are at the forefront of tech and business, cultural icons and influencers, key global leaders. For this reason, Web Summit is a great place to learn, discuss new ideas and network at the different activities held throughout the event, such as conferences, talks and discussions.

Startup Europe will be at the event with a stand (number 624), and we would love to see you there. Come to the stand to find out more about the Startup Europe initiative in general, as well as the Startup Europe projects: Welcome, ePlus, Startup Scaleup, Twist, Digistart. Some representatives of these projects will also be at the stand, so come and say hello!

In addition, a number of the panels and discussions at Web Summit will be hosted by public EU figures (below, in bold). To find out more, please see the list below!

November 7th

CentreStage (6:45 PM) New realities in society, politics, law, enterprise and social good.

  • Axelle Lemaire (Deputy Minister, Government of France)
  • Mogens Lykketoft (President, United Nations)
  • José Manuel Barroso (President of the EU from 2004-2014)
  • Tom Nuttall (Charlemagne Columnist, The Economist)

November 8th

Future Societies (10:55 AM) Finding your calling in the digital economy.

  • Mathieu Nebra (Co-Founder, OpenClassrooms)
  • Leila Janah (Founder & CEO, Sama & LXMI)
  • Carlos Moedas (European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, European Union)
  • Joe Green (Social Entrepreneur)

Future Societies (12:20 PM) Will technology kill democracy?

  • Ann Mettler (‎Head of European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission)
  • Axelle Lemaire (Deputy Minister, Government of France)
  • Dr. Dambisa Moyo (Global Economist, Dambisa Moyo)
  • Ryan Heath (Senior EU Correspondent, POLITICO)

Startup University (1:00 PM) City, state and startup: changing the culture

  • Ann Mettler (‎Head of European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission)
  • Carlos Moedas (European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, European Union)
  • Ryan Heath (Senior EU Correspondent, POLITICO)

Future Societies (1:40 PM) A single market: Facts and fiction

  • Andrus Ansip (Vice-President, Digital Single Market, European Commission)
  • Gerard Grech (CEO, Tech City UK)
  • Tom Nuttall (Charlemagne Columnist, The Economist)

Centre Stage (2:50 PM) Europe’s tech scene – second best?

  • Gillian Tans (President & CEO, Booking.com)
  • Nicolas Brusson (Co-Founder & CEO, BlaBlaCar)
  • Carlos Moedas (European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, European Union)
  • José Neves (Founder & CEO, Farfetch)
  • Mike Butcher (Editor, TechCrunch)

Future Societies (10:25 AM) The filter bubble versus democracy

  • Ann Mettler (‎Head of European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission)
  • Gary Marcus (CEO, Geometric Intelligence)
  • Paul Hilder (Co-Founder, Crowdpac)
  • Charles Arthur (Freelance Writer, Freelance)

November 9th

Future Societies (12:10 PM) EU-US Open Data Project: modernising economic measurement

  • Justin Antonipillai (Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, U.S. Department of Commerce)
  • Marta Nagy-Rothengass (Head of Data Policy and Innovation Unit, DG CONNECT , European Commission
  • Jean-Marc Museux (Chief Enterprise Architect, Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Union
  • Naina Bajekal (Executive Editor, Newsweek)

We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information, and to see photos of Startup Europe at the event, follow:
@StartUpEU
@StartupEUmap
#WebSummit

 

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Want to know more about ICT Call for Proposals 32?

Did you know that on 8th December an ICT Call for Proposals will open for applications?

Call ICT-32-2017 will run from 8th December until 25th April 2017. It aims to fund projects that help established startups and prospective tech entrepreneurs grow and achieve market success, and raise awareness of high potential innovators in Europe from EU-funded ICT projects.

The ICT Call has a total budget of 12 million Euros:

A budget of €10 million is available for EU funding for Innovation Actions (IA) projects for proposals covering one or both of the following themes:

  • Reinforcing ICT ecosystems for high growth tech startups by interconnecting and creating new synergies between 3-4 different Startup hubs across Europe per project. Activities should focus on scaling-up of companies by connecting, across different entrepreneurial ecosystems, key relevant stakeholders such as tech entrepreneurs, mentors, corporates, customers, designers, media, investors and local authorities.
  • Facilitating financing and improving the liquidity for European investments in fast growing ICT startups and scaleups, increasing their chances for a successful exit.

A budget of €2 million will be available for EU funding for Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) projects for proposals covering the following themes:

  • Support services for EU funded innovators: “Innovation Radar” initiative.
  • Establish a European wide network of support centers (nodes) for innovative researchers. Actions primarily targeted towards technologies developed in EU funded projects in order to turn their research results into marketable products and, preparing such innovators for success in the market place.

I’m interested, where can I find out more?

It is important to note that the previously announced Infoday has been cancelled, however several actions are being launched before and during the call to support potential applicants:

  1. Information sessions: During Web Summit (10:00-12:00, 9th November, at Reitoria da Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal, see event here) and Slush (11:00-12:30, 1st December, at The Conference Center in Auditorium no. 201 at Slush, in Helsinki, Finland)
  2. Slides on the call are available on SlideShare
  3. A dedicated Q&A section will be provided

Don’t miss any update and stay also tuned by following:
 @StartUpEU
#ICTCall32

More info on “Startup Europe” and “Innovation Radar” initiatives.

 

See also: Participant portal

Contact: cnect-F3-calls@ec.europa.eu

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Newsflash! Latest news on call “Startup Europe for Growth and Innovation Radar”

The European Commission and Startup Europe will soon be opening applications for an exciting ICT Call to fund projects that connect startup ecosystems across Europe.

You have probably heard about the call (ICT-32-2017) which will open on 8 December 2016 to 25 April 2017.

In case you haven’t, here is the key information!

The call is looking for projects that help established startups and prospective tech entrepreneurs grow and achieve market success, and that raise awareness of ICT innovators in Europe under EU-funded ICT projects.

Funding totals 12 million Euros, with the budget being broken down into two types of activities:

A budget of €10 million is available for proposals submitted by EU funding for Innovation Actions (IA) projects that cover one or both of the following:

  • Interconnect and create new synergies between 3-4 different Startup hubs across Europe per project, reinforcing ICT ecosystems for high-growth tech startups. Activities should focus on scaling-up companies by connecting key relevant stakeholders like tech entrepreneurs, mentors, corporates, customers, designers, media, investors and local authorities across different entrepreneurial ecosystems.
  • Facilitating financing and improving the liquidity for European investments in fast growing ICT startups and scaleups, increasing their chances for a successful exit.

Plus, a budget of €2 million will be available for proposals submitted by EU funding for Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) projects that cover the following:

  • Support services for EU funded innovators: “Innovation Radar” initiative.
  • Establish a European-wide network of support centers for innovative researchers. Actions primarily targeted towards technologies developed in EU funded projects in order to turn their research results into marketable products and, preparing such innovators for success in the market place.

Would you like to find out more?

Join our infodays and webinars, and read our informational slides below to learn more about the Call:

  1. Information sessions (please note the Infoday previously announced has now been cancelled): During Web Summit (10:00-12:00, 9th November, Reitoria da Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal, see event here) and Slush (30 November to 01 December, Helsinki, Finland)
  2. Info day on 2 February in Brussels – more information to come soon!
  3. Slides presentation on the call are available on SlideShare
  4. A dedicated Q&A section will be provided

Stay up-to-date by following:
@StartUpEU
#ICTCall32

More info on “Startup Europe” and “Innovation Radar” initiatives.

See also: Participant portal

Contact: cnect-F3-calls@ec.europa.eu

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Roundup of the first ever SEC2U (Startup Europe Comes to Universities) week!

The first ever Startup Europe Comes to Universities (SEC2U) week has come to an end, with over 35 universities taking part, across 18 countries. 

Startup Europe Comes to Universities (SEC2U) is a cross-border initiative that aims to showcase the commitment of European universities to create a culture of entrepreneurship and facilitate connection between the academic and entrepreneurial community.

In particular, it hopes to bring together universities, entrepreneurs, local government and local business people on university campuses across Europe. It is coordinated by the Startup Europe University Network and comes under the umbrella of Startup Europe, a European Commission initiative.

For this first edition of SEC2U, the participating universities hosted 38 different entrepreneurship events on their campuses, all during the same period, between 17th & 21st of October.

The grand opening

The first ever edition of SEC2U was kicked off on 17th October with an event in Brussels at the EBN.

After opening the event and introducing the SEC2U initiative, there was a roundtable entitled “What is the role of Universities in the startup and entrepreneurial ecosystems development?”

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The week saw a great diversity of events, with the following universities taking part:

Albania: European University of Tirana

Austria: WU – Vienna University of Economics and Business

Belgium: EBN

Croatia: Algebra University College

Cyprus: European University Cyprus, University of Cyprus

Germany: Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg

Greece: Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece, Athens University of Economics and Business

Hungary: EötvösLoránd University

The Netherlands: Maastricht University

Ireland: Dublin City University

Israel: Bar Ilan University

Italy: Polytechnic University of Milan (Creative Industries Lab), Roma Tre University – Department of Engineering

Kosovo: Universum College

Lithuania: Mykolas Romeris University & ISM University of Management and Economics

Portugal: NOVA University of Lisbon, University of Lisbon – Faculty of Sciences

Romania: University Politehnica of Bucharest, AlexandruIoan Cuza University of Iasi, Stefan cel Mare University

Spain: University of Salamanca, U-TAD: Centro Universitario de Tecnología y Arte Digital, University of Cantabria (CISE project), Technical University of Cartagena, University of Granada, University of the Basque Country, University of Extremadura, University of Almeria

United Kingdom: Ravensbourne, University of Sheffield, London South Bank University, GSM London & Formation Zone London

Although all of the events were based on entrepreneurship, each University offered its own special perspective. For example, some universities showcased the culture of entrepreneurship within their own locations (their university or city), and others focused on particular expertise such as raising finance, learning from failure and innovative technologies.

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University of Granada holds their SEC2U event in Spain!
Students wait eagerly at Roma Tre
Students wait eagerly at Roma Tre
Participants at SEC2U Universiteti Europian i Tiranes!
Participants at SEC2U Universiteti Europian i Tiranes!
SEC2U event at TEIW West in Greece!
SEC2U event at TEIW West in Greece
SEC2U event at MRU Vilinius!
SEC2U event at MRU Vilnius in Lithuania
Students participate at the event at MRU Vilnius
Students participate at MRU Vilnius
SEC2U event at Universum College in Kosovo!
SEC2U event at Universum College in Kosovo!
SEC2U events at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business in Vienna!
One of three events held at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business in Vienna!
The event is under way at University of Lisbon – Faculty of Sciences
The event is under way at University of Lisbon – Faculty of Sciences

A great success!

Overall, SEC2U had more than 2000 participants across 38 events hosted by the 35 participating institutions from 18 countries across Europe.

There were more than 1500 tweets & retweets with the #SEC2U hashtag along the week with a total reach of more than 1 million people!

What they said

It was very interesting and inspired me

I could talk face to face with young startuppers, they were so enthusiastic about their ideas

The speeches were really exciting

All in all it was a brilliant week which saw some excellent events and we hope to see you next year!

Useful information:

Startup Europe University Network: www.startupeuropeuniversities.eu
Startup Europe: www.startupeuropeclub.eu
SEC2U contact: Matevz Gantar, University of Salamanca / BISITE Accelerator matevzgantar@usal.es

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