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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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Tata, Enabling Youth Entrepreneurship Across Europe

  • How does your local university support the startup ecosystem? How involved are they?
  • Could institutions do more to integrate with their local startup scene?
  • How can startups and entrepreneurs better support and work with universities to help foster Student Entrepreneur’s ambitions?
  • How can we achieve all of this?

 

NACUE, one of the partners of MY-WAY project, invites you to an evening panel discussion on 12th January 2017, which aims to bring together parliamentarians, entrepreneurs and industry experts to explore what can be done to improve the startup ecosystem across Europe, in order for the next generation of entrepreneurs to succeed.

 

The panel discussion will include topics such as the role of universities in the startup ecosystem, startup support available for Europe’s next generation and the key themes in building a sustainable ecosystem of support.

 

Panelists will include:

  • Anne-Wil Lucas, Startup Delta
  • Michel Arends, CEO of Team Academy
  • Ellen Bark-Lindhout, Founder of Collider
  • Aster van Laere, Co Founder of Blend: Disruptive Consulting
  • The panel will be chaired by Timothy Barnes, Founder of The RainGods.

The evening will also invite student entrepreneurs to give elevator pitches, with the winner being voted by the audience and winning a prize from Tata.

 

They want this event to help start important conversations about where the support system for student entrepreneurs can go next and hope that you can join them!

 

 

For more information and to book your place, please visit: http://bit.ly/TataYE17

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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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EU-startups.com writes about MY-WAY project event in Italy: ‘STARTUP IS MY WAY’

STARTUP IS MY-WAY inspired the next generation of founders and celebrated female entrepreneurship

On December 6, EU-startups.com had the chance to participate in the STARTUP IS MY-WAY conference in Treviso, Italy. It was an exciting event for students and young entrepreneurs which provided them with the great opportunity to meet mentors, investors and other key players of the European startup ecosystem.

STARTUP IS MY-WAY was organized by MY-WAY – an EU funded project, which is part of the Startup Europe initiative. MY-WAY focuses on enhancing and improving the entrepreneurial impact of student organisations by connecting them with web entrepreneurship initiatives and digital business experts. The ultimate goal of the project is to improve the status quo for the benefit of Europe’s young adults who are considering to become web entrepreneurs.

STARTUP IS MY WAY was the 5th Student Enterprise Conference of the MY-WAY project and was held at the beautiful H-FARM campus. H-Farm is an organisation which helps young entrepreneurs launch new initiatives, and supports the digitalization of Italian companies. The event on December 6 enabled students and aspiring entrepreneurs to network with peers, and learn new skills to pursue their dream of starting their own company. It was really great to see so many young and passionate people in one place!

The speaker’s list of STARTUP IS MY WAY included successful entrepreneurs and startup experts like Riccardo Donadon (H-FARM Founder), David Trayford (thehub.hu Founder), Eliana Salvi (Founder of Pinktrotters) and Sofie Annikki Dralle (CEO and Founder of StopMyCraving).

At the student organisation panel, young representatives from JADE ItaliaAEGEE, NACUE and other organisations shared their learnings and best practices on how to inspire and support young people on their journey to become successful entrepreneurs.

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One of my personal highlights of STARTUP IS MY-WAY was the panel discussion about female entrepreneurship, which was moderated by Europa Media‘s Krisztina Toth and joined by the female founders Eliana Solvi (Pinktrotters) and Sofie Annikki Dralle (StopMyCraving). It was a lively discussion about the hurdles and success stories of female entrepreneurs. The panel encouraged young women in the audience to start their own business and the panelists demanded men and successful business women to support female entrepreneurs.

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In the afternoon there were many great workshops, where the STARTUP IS MY-WAY attendees could learn about topics like: “How to pitch”, “Competitor Analysis”, “Business Model Canvas” and “How to learn from failure”.

Long story short: STARTUP IS MY-WAY was an exciting event which inspired young people to see entrepreneurship as a potential career path. The attendees left the venue with a lot of valuable advice, inspiration and some new connections.

Retrieved from: EU-startups.com 

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Startup is My Way

A day filled with exciting activities, inspiring speakers and a job fair for your skills. Sounds like fun?

Join us in Treviso, the next global entrepreneurship hub and begin your entrepreneurial journey.

In this one day action packed event we bring together experienced startup leaders and speakers from across Europe to share their inspiring stories.

The event will also host fun filled, exciting and practical workshops and panel discussions.
Startup is MY WAY will serve as a unique opportunity and meeting point for young entrepreneurs and students willing to launch their business to meet investors, mentors and other key players of the European startup ecosystem, network with peers, and learn new skills to pursue their dream.

Come to take part of the European web entrepreneurship ecosystem. Our event is for free, so don’t hesitate and join us!

Book you FREE ticket here  https://www.eventbrite.it/e/startup-is-my-way-tickets-29372448785

 

Stay tuned for more info and surprises ✨

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Join STARTUP IS MY WAY – an exciting event for students and young entrepreneurs on December 6 in Treviso, Italy

STARTUP IS MY WAY is a free event which provides young entrepreneurs and students willing to launch their business with the great opportunity to meet mentors, investors and other key players of the European startup ecosystem.

At STARTUP IS MY WAY on December 6 students and young entrepreneurs get the chance to network with peers, and learn new skills to pursue their dream of starting their own company.

The event will be held in Treviso (Italy) and has been organized by MY-WAY – an EU funded project, which is part of the Startup Europe initiative. MY-WAY focuses on enhancing and improving the entrepreneurial impact of student organisations by connecting them with web entrepreneurship initiatives and digital business experts. The ultimate goal of the project is to improve the status quo for the benefit of Europe’s young adults who are considering to become web entrepreneurs.

At STARTUP IS MY WAY, which is the 4th Student Enterprise Conference of the MY-WAY project, you’ll meet some inspiring entrepreneurs, learn about startup success stories, innovation and startup basics. The event will be hosted by H-FARM, a digital platform set up in 2005 to help young entrepreneurs launch new initiatives, and to support the digitalization of Italian companies. H-FARM also provides high level digital education to students and professionals.

The speaker’s list of STARTUP IS MY WAY includes successful entrepreneurs and startup experts like Riccardo Donadon (H-FARM Founder), Massimo Banzi (Co-founder of Arduino) and David Trayford (Founder of The Hub). Tickets for STARTUP IS MY WAY are free, but limited.

Don’t miss this great opportunity. Register now!

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We Start Lisbon: an entrepreneurship event for students in Lisbon!

We Start Lisbon was a fun, interactive student entrepreneur event held at Universidade Nova in Lisbon, run by a number of collaborating partners in the European startup world. 

On 21st October 2016, students interested in entrepreneurship gathered at Universidade Nova in Lisbon for a day of inspiring talks, and a fun interactive treasure hunt & pitching game with prizes.

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We Start Lisbon was organized as part of the first ever SEC2U (Startup Europe Comes to Universities) week, a cross-border initiative that aims to showcase the commitment of European universities to create a culture of entrepreneurship.

In the same week as 35 universities across 17 countries held events on entrepreneurship, We Start Lisbon was held at Universidade Nova in Lisbon on 21st October.

Opening #WeStartLisbon!

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The event opened with high energy and some inspiration from two of the co-organizers, MY-WAY and Digistart. Everyone was excited abut using the day to share fresh ideas, break the ice and make meaningful connections (even if the students didn’t yet have a startup idea!).

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The very exciting treasure hunt and pitching game was organised for the students by Charlotte and Francesca Hugin&Munin, the communications agency in Madrid that manages the communications for Startup Europe.

Over 100 multi-coloured triangle shaped boxes were hidden all over the auditorium and event space, from which the students had to collect minutes to pitch their idea live online on Periscope and twitter, as well as find a special number to maybe win a prize!

The winners of the pitches would then get the chance to go on stage to pitch at the end of the event, giving them loads of visibility!

The morning: local advice, product development, facing failure and treasure hunts!

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The first panel was made up of a group of young speakers from organizations NACUE, AEGEE, MIT/MBA, Barlan Ent Club and YES. Holly Knower, Pablo Hernandez, Manuel Countiho, Julia Tshuva, and Maria Logotheti discussed the startup activities available in their local ecosystems: UK, Greece, Spain , Portugal and Israel.

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Next up was a workshop on Product Development with Matt Kuppers from Startup Manufactory, in which the audience shared their ideas with Matt on their potential products, as well as asking questions on problems that they had encountered during development.

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At the coffee break the teams of young entrepreneurs and student startups started presenting themselves to Hugin&Munin to do their pitch! This group were a team of 4 studying at the Universidade Nova, who had an idea on how solve traffic accidents!

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After everyone had enjoyed their coffee boost, the next workshop was very inspiring. Miha Matilevski talked about his experience of failing and how to beat the depression and anxiety that comes with it. He explained that we should reconceptualise failure as a learning experience. If we are failing, we are learning.

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Next up was a panel with on how universities can promote startups, with Matt Kuppers (Startup Manufactory), Prof Andres Iborra (UPCT), Prof Diego Caceres (UPCT), Prof Mariana Pita (Aveiro Uni), Prof Manuel Laranja (ISEG) and Prof João Paulo Crespo (Vice-Rector NOVA).

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At lunch the treasure hunt game continued with Hugin&Munin, with students looking for triangle boxes in their lunch packs! Here we can see Portuguese startup Wishmood, a drinks app to order drinks wherever you are.

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There were also more pitches: on slow fashion and travel, and new mobile technologies!

The afternoon: workshops, PR, internationalisation and prizes!

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We start Lisbon 2106 We start Lisbon 2106 We start Lisbon 2106After lunch the students were then wowed with a workshop by the highly energetic David Trayford (Founder-thehub.hu, team Project Coach at Singularity University), on how to pitch to investors. There was no time for a lull after lunch, as he snapped everyone into focus and put everyone into groups to come up with some pitching ideas on the spot!

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Promotion for startups was discussed next by Thomas Ohr, who gave pointers on how to contact journalists with a press release, and then spoke to Miguel Alpoim Ruas (Doctor Spin PR/ Special Projects Startup Lisboa) on how to work with PR agencies.

We start Lisbon 2106Internationalisation was the next topic presented by Micael Gustaffson, who spoke about his experiences of going to Asia and the US, and talked with two very different startups, Mark Bastiaanssen (Pakketmail) and Lourenço Jardim de Oliveira (Linehealth)!

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Finally, we had the panel ‘how to go from idea to business: help from ecosystem actors’, with Edite Cruz (Beta-i), Davis Gouveia (Start up Lisbon/ Uniarea) and Diana Pati (Startups.be), rounding off the event nicely!

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At the end of the event, the final winners of the pitches were announced by Hugin&Munin!

The winning students startups had ideas to solve traffic accidents, on slow fashion and travel, a drinks delivery service, and technology services for companies. One of the prizes included copies of the book Startup Guide Lisbon, a book full of case-studies and tips on the Lisbon startup scene.

Congratulations!

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Overall the event was an inspiring homage to the student entrepreneur and startup scene in Lisbon. Not only did it give the students the opportunity to connect with new people and listen to the advice of startup leaders, but it also gave them the opportunity to try their hand at their first pitch!

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We Start Lisbon

MY-WAY in partnership with Digistart

Event Language: English

A day filled with exciting activities, inspiring speakers and a job fair for your skills. Sounds fun?

Join us in Lisbon, the next global entrepreneurial Hub and begin your entrepreneurial journey.

In this one day action packed event we bring together experienced Startup Leaders and Speakers from across Europe to share their inspiring stories.

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The Official Launch of the Startup Europe ‘One Stop Shop’ in Brussels

Last week we officially launched the One Stop Shop in Brussels, the heart of Europe.

The One Stop Shop has been growing with speed over the last few months and it was time to officially launch it into the world with a special event.

In case you didn’t know , the One Stop Shop is a single point for startups to access all the information they need to grow and thrive: find investment and support, attend events, search for open calls, find out about legal rules and connect with other startup players.

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At an event held by Digital Europe, we presented the One Stop Shop, and explained how to use it with an interactive presentation.

This event followed the DIPP (Digital in Practice) format by Digital Europe, which is a type of event that delves into digital best practice and cutting-edge technology.

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The interactive presentation involved showing the audience how to easy it is to use the website.

The Power of the One Stop Shop

Over the last two months we have seen over 30,000 visitors, hailing from all over Europe and beyond. This works out at around 500 different visitors a day.

Our main visitor countries at the moment are the USA, Germany and France.

The website offers a powerful platform to allow startup players to connect and grow across Europe.

Discussion and questions

The panelists at the event were:

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Each of the speakers spoke about their experience of the startup world and how they had used the Startup Europe One Stop Shop. For example, Stewart McTavish spoke about how having one single point online saves time for startups when they are looking for key information.

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There were also a series of questions about the functionality of the One Stop Shop, including on the registration process for the Startup Europe Map, and what the One Stop Shop offers female entrepreneurs.

To see more pictures from the event, go to the Digital Europe’s Facebook album.

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We Start Lisbon – The European conference for students and young web entrepreneurs!

After two successful editions of MY-WAY’s Student Enterprise Conference, the StartupEurope projects DIGISTART and MY-WAY joined efforts to create We Start Lisbon, theEuropean conference for students and young web entrepreneurs.

The one-day event is part of the Startup Europe comes to Universities week and will be held in the Universidade Nova de Lisboa,Portugal on the 21st of October, 2016.

MY-WAY and DIGISTART are EU funded projects which are part of the Startup Europe initiative. Whereas MY-WAY focuses on enhancing and improving the role of student organisations, connecting them with web entrepreneurship initiatives and web/business experts for the benefit of young adults across Europe; DIGISTART’s focus is to provide an Europe-wide web entrepreneurship ecosystem by connecting two local ecosystems (Lisbon and Malmö) in order to help university students to develop business analytical tools for digital startups.

The projects joined forces to create “We Start Lisbon” – an event which will serve as a unique opportunity and meeting point for young entrepreneurs and students willing to launch their business to meet investors, mentors and other key players of the European startup ecosystem, network with peers, and learn new skills to pursue their dream. The event will also host a little job fair, which will connect students and young professionals with promising startups that are currently hiring. A great opportunity to join a fast growing tech company and learn about web entrepreneurship first-hand.

If you want to know more about social entrepreneurship, product development,copywriting, how to pitch investors, how to build a business network, how to raise funding and how to get the attention of the local and international media,then this event is for you!

At “We start Lisbon” you’ll also meet some inspiring female entrepreneurs, learn about how and when to think about internationalisation and get valuable entrepreneurship advice on how to learn from failure.

Register now and become a part of the European web entrepreneurship ecosystem. The event “We start Lisbon” is for free, so don’t hesitate and secure your ticket now!

If you’re a startup founder and currently aiming to grow your team, make sureto contact the “We Start Lisbon” organizers in order to take part in the little jobfair, which is going to take place during the conference. A link to the contact form can be found on the event’s Eventbrite page.

Startup Europe Comes to Universities (SEC2U), which “We Start Lisbon” is part of, is a Europe-wide initiative which engages many European Universities and enables them to exhibit their effort with spreading entrepreneurial culture. TheSEC2U week is going to take place from 17th to 21st of October 2016.

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