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MY-GATEWAY at the Startup Europe Campfire and Bootcamp in Paris!

Paris, 19-20 March.

All Startup Europe partners gathered in Paris to be officially presented as Startup Europe Ambassadors and to start planning future synergies!

On Monday 19th March, Krisztina Toth presented the reason d’être of MY-GATEWAY at the Startup Europe Campfire taking place at the Ile de France in Paris.

Krisztina Toth at the Startup Europe campfire
Startup Europe Campfire

The Campfire brought together over 200 main players from European startup ecosystems and it was the perfect opportunity to learn more about all the initiatives and projects which originated from Startup Europe over the years. It was the first of a series of events piloted by the Startup Europe initiative of the European Commission DG CONNECT in order to highlight existing and future opportunities led by the 10 running programs and initiatives and foster networking amongst community partners and stakeholders such as incubators, venture capital organizations, accelerators and many others who also attended the event. The main purposes of this event were to promote Europe as a startup continent and to strengthen the links between pan-European initiatives and local and national ones.

One of the highlights of the day was the official announcement of the Startup Europe Ambassadors at midday, in which all MY-GATEWAY partners simultaneously published a press release declaring their involvement in the democratization of the startup phenomenon.

Startup Europe Ambassadors

MY GATEWAY Ambassador

The following day, 20th March, had a completely different layout: first of all, it was a private event which was only directed to the 10 project partners and it took place at the Le Cargo, a startup incubator and accelerator located in northern Paris. Four workshops focused on Communication, International market access, Deep Tech and Ecosystem building took over the whole morning with the aim of producing a roadmap of activities to be organized over the following two years.

 

Communication Workshop

 

Workshop results

 

One of the main conclusions was the importance that needs to be given to cross-project communication. By communicating effectively a common Startup Europe identity, identifying and producing targeted information for startups and even co-attending important entrepreneurial events can really help Startup Europe continuing making a difference and keep building a startup continent.

 

About 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.

 

About Startup Europe

Startup Europe is an initiative of the European Commission which falls under its priority of the “Digital Single Market”. Startup Europe’s goal is to democratise the startup phenomenon so that every citizen has a fair chance to become a successful entrepreneur wherever they are located in Europe. In addition, Startup Europe helps startups in their growth phase to scale-up across Europe and internationalise worldwide. Startup Europe’s first priority is to develop high quality ecosystems based on talent and high level of connectedness among the players of the ecosystems at EU level.

Startup Europe has mobilised the tech entrepreneurship ecosystem and helped them to have their voice heard at EU institutions. It has helped to gain a better understanding of this environment and has raised political awareness on the subject.  Within the Horizon 2020 framework, 2018-2020 timeframe, 7 projects are working together in terms of financing, skills, entrepreneurial events and growth advice. Startup Europe’s programmes focus on helping startup communities, increase collaborations between startup ecosystems, encouraging entrepreneurship, startup creation and scaling business.

 

 

 

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MY-GATEWAY partners become Startup Europe Ambassadors

19 March 2018, all MY-GATEWAY partners proudly became part of the “Startup Europe Ambassador” movement in 13 countries. The Startup Europe Ambassadors are a group of key influencers in the European startup ecosystems to provide information and advice about the European Commission’s Startup Europe initiative. The objective is to democratise the startup phenomenon so that every citizen has a fair chance to become a successful entrepreneurs wherever they are located in Europe. The ambassadors will also help startups in their growth phase to have access to all the opportunities offered at European level. All Startup Europe Ambassadors are publicly presented today at the “Startup Europe Campfire” held in Paris.

Throughout the years, European Commission’s Startup Europe initiative has become a top reference in the European startup related field, by supporting directly around 60 local ecosystems and over 750 startups to grow beyond borders. The mission of Startup Europe is to build a Startup Continent by connecting pools of talent. The initiative encourages entrepreneurship, startup creation and growth; and connects startups, investors, accelerators, corporates, universities and the media through an array of grassroots initiatives or networks.

Europa Media, Czech Invest, Spherik Accelerator, Startups Slovenia, European Young Innovators Forum, Startups.be, Startup Ole Accelerator, Universidade Nova Lisboa, Hugin and Munin, NACUE, Bar Ilan University, SPARK Business Park, Start-up Serbia and Seavus Incubator are part of the new Startup Europe Horizon 2020 funded project MY-GATEWAY which was publicly launched during the Startup Europe Campfire in Paris on 19th March 2018.

MY-GATEWAY is one of the 7 Startup Europe projects. It aims to strenghten the capacities of high-tech startups and innovative SMEs in the Central and Eastern European region ot become bettwe connected, gain higher market exposure and have improved, streamlined access to funding opportunities and talent.

Krisztina Toth, MY-GATEWAY coordinator.

In an ever-changing European startup ecosystem the Startup Europe initiative has designed the group of its Ambassadors to democratise the startup phenomenon so that every citizen has a fair chance to become a successful entrepreneurs wherever they are located in Europe. The role of the ambassadors is to provide information and advice about the European Commission’s Startup Europe initiative. In addition, the ambassadors will also help startups in their growth phase to have access to all the opportunities offered at European level.

The Startup Europe Ambassadors will actively contribute to the visibility of Startup Europe activities at the local level by acting as a key information point in their countries and also as connector for the local ecosystem with the other startups ecosystems across Europe. The first members of this group are the organisations who have been selected through the evaluation of proposals of European Commission’s Horizon 2020 ICT 32 call, as well as partners of European funded projects WeP-UP or OpenMaker.

The complete list of Startup Europe Ambassadors is published here: http://startupeuropeclub.eu/startup-europe-ambassadors/ and you can meet us during future Startup Europe events organised in 2018: STARTUP OLÉ 2018 (17- 19 April, Salamanca, 2000 startup stakeholders, free registration), EUROPEAN MAKER WEEK 2018 (18-27 May, 300 maker events in 28 countries), Startup Europe Summit 2018 (European Commission’s foremost technology policy conference for startups. 15 October, Sofia, BG) and WEB SUMMIT 2018 (5-8 November, Lisbon).

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STARTUP EUROPE 2018-2020 BOOTCAMP

Presentation of Startup Europe

  • Introducing some communication tools
  • Presenting vision
  • Getting the projects partners to meet

Lunch Networking

  • Meeting per consortium

 

In partnership with Startup Europe and Paris&Co.

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Startup Europe announces its first Startup Europe ambassadors

The first Startup Europe Ambassadors group were publicly presented during Startup Europe Campfire event held in Paris on 19 March.

They represent a group of key influencers in the European startupe cosystems who will provide information and advice about the European Commission’s Startup Europe initiative.

The objective is to democratise the startup phenomenon so that every European citizen has a fair chance to become a successful entrepreneur. The ambassadors will also help startups in their growth phase to have access to all the opportunities offered at European level.

Throughout the years, European Commission’s Startup Europe initiative has become a top reference in the European startup related field, by supporting directly around 60 local ecosystems and over 750 startups to grow beyond borders. The mission of Startup Europe is to build a Startup Continent by connecting pools of talent. The initiative encourages entrepreneurship, startup creation and growth; and connects startups, investors, accelerators,corporates, universities and the media through an array of grass roots initiatives or networks.

In an ever-changing European startup ecosystem the Startup Europe initiative has designed the group of its Ambassadors to democratise the startup phenomenon so that every citizen has a fair chance to become a successful entrepreneurs wherever they are located in Europe. The role of the ambassadors is to provide information and advice about the European Commission’s Startup Europe initiative. In addition, the ambassadors will also help startups in their growth phase to have access to all the opportunities offered at European level.

The Startup Europe Ambassadors will actively contribute to the visibility of Startup Europe activities at the local level by acting as a key information point in their countries and also as connector for the local ecosystem with the other startups ecosystems across Europe. The first members of this group are the organisations who have been selected through the evaluation of proposals of European Commission’s Horizon 2020 ICT 32 call, as well as partners of European funded projects WeP UP! or OpenMaker.

The complete list of Startup Europe Ambassador is published here: http://startupeuropeclub.eu/startup-europe-ambassadors/ and you can meet them during future Startup Europe events organised in 2018:

  • STARTUP OLÉ 2018 (17- 19 April, Salamanca, 2000 startupstakeholders, freeregistration),
  • EUROPEAN MAKER WEEK 2018 (18-27 May, 300 makerevents in 28 countries),
  • Startup Europe Summit 2018 (European Commission’s foremost technology policy conference for startups, 15 October, Sofia).

More information about future events will be published soon on the single point for startups to access all the information they need to grow and thrive, the website you’re visiting right now: http://startupeuropeclub.eu/

Press release on European Comission website.

 

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STARTUP EUROPE: LEADING PARTNER FOR ENTREPRENEURS AND THEIR ECOSYSTEMS

STARTUP EUROPE CAMPFIRE PARIS:

Paris CAMPFIRE will be the first of a series of events piloted by the Startup Europe initiative of European Commission Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology through consortium leaders, to highlight the opportunities and network the community partners.

Thus the Campfire will be advertised throughout Europe – by setting the first one in Paris, DG Connect and Startup Europe initiative is encouraging Paris area and France for the leading role these ecosystems are taking in the support of start-ups & their ecosystems, and the shift France makes to become a startup nation.

 

OBJECTIVES OF THE CAMPFIRE OPENING EVENT:

The event gathers several objectives among which:

  • Promote Entrepreneurship culture – The European Startup Continent
  • Promote the Startup Europe Initiative and tools @overall European level
  • Reinforce links between Startup Europe Initiative and national/local initiatives
  • Promote opportunities for startups and ecosystems to participate in the 10 running and financed programs
  • Discuss potential areas for further implications for next calls
  • Showcase Paris Area as a leading hub for start-ups and build bridges with the CEE and Balkans
  • Better connect French Tech & Paris Ecosystem players to Startup Europe

PARTICIPANTS AND COVERAGE:

Expected participants: 200 +

  • Entrepreneurs and perspective entrepreneurs
  • Venture Capital Organization
  • Incubators, accelerators, clusters
  • Innovation funding organization
  • Government representatives

Coverage:  National and European media

 

PROGRAMME:

  • Introduction words
  • Session 1: Initiative for Entrepreneurs
  • Session 2: Presentation of the 10 ongoing StartUp Europe Projects
  • Session 3: Supporting Startup Culture
  • Session 4: Startup Founders Entering into International Markets
  • Session 5: Connecting Balkan and Central East Europe with leading EU hubs
  • Session 6: Lead fields for tomorrow

Event in partnership with Startup Europe and the Île-de-France Region

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DISCOVER THE 2017 CHALLENGE: Ideation Hackathon Weekend

9-10-11 June 2017

Making customer journeys effortless for the client through co-creation with startups.

When you mix the bold innovation of today’s tech startups with the insights and resources of a forward-thinking         banking group, amazing things happen.
BNP Paribas is committed to working side by side with today’s savviest tech entrepreneurs to unlock creativity and     apply breakthrough solutions to real-life situations in order to make life easier for our customers.

 

 

  BNP Paribas Fortis is focusing the hacks of the event around 4 different themes

   1. New ways of interacting with clients (B2C)

  How new techs can shape the interactions our clients have with the bank:
  • Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality
  • ChatBot
  • Integrating our offers in social media & third party platforms
  • ROBOT (physical robot focus, not ‘process automation/robotics)

Today, people are used to have what they need on the spot, available in just two clicks. The internet giants have fix a   new level playing the field in terms of services and our customers expect the same from their bank. Most of them no   longer understand why they should take an afternoon off in order to get an appointment with their banker.

  Banks need to leverage one the latest technologies to allow interactions to happen anywhere & any time when the    customer need it the most. These moments of truth should be serviced by every means possible                  (AI/VR/Robot/Chatbot/…)

2. Offer new e-services to our Wealth & Private banking clients (B2C)

  • Share your investment with Friends
  • Facilitate informal investment club
  • E-vault & Account aggregation
  • New way of visualisation for your portfolio
  • Crowdfunding
  • Donation
  • Facilitate philanthropic actions

My shopping experience has drastically changed the last few years and I except the same from my private bank.          However, except for the basic banking services I need to dedicate a lot of time to manage all the aspects of my  finance (investing, credit, searching info, finding opportunities, structure, understand, handling documents….). My  time is definitely precious and I would like my bank to facilitate and aggregate all the services around my finance. I  also like to be implicated in the opinions of my peers and the trends in the wealth community.

 3. Internet of things & Sharing Economy: how will they transform equipment assets/finance? (B2B)

 The Internet of things enables  objects to collect and exchange data.  Then, it should be possible to collect data from  the asset that is financed through our leasing company and to adapt the equipment according to the use.  With  keeping in mind that after the duration period of the finance, the capital needs to be recomposed for 100%.  Our B- 2-B customers are demanding more convenience and tailored solutions. With that in mind, how could the Sharing  Economy impact the way our clients use and finance an asset ? How could the Internet of things improve the  services we offer to them?  We are thinking about pay per use, being able to predict future investments of our  partners, and keep track of reparation and maintenance cycles.

 4. Companies simply do only use 10% of their brain

Urban legend or not? Most companies today are looking for ways to unlock the potential in what they know about  their clients, markets, businesses… Are there secret patterns to discover and interpret? Which yet to be designed algorithm could support their strategic decisions? How to anonymise company data to the extent that it still remains a friendly and eligible asset?  How to responsibly marry a client’s privacy with the exploitation of the valuable information he represents?

A lot of hurdles exist in this rat race to go from prophecy to profit, yet that only makes Data Analytics the most interesting field to innovate. So, join our hackathon and come up with your great ideas, algorithms and methods to exploit the other 90% of our brains.

WHAT MAKES THE BNP PARIBAS INTERNATIONAL HACKATHON SO SPECIAL?

There is simply no opportunity like this for tech entrepreneurs.
The International Hackathon weekend is just the beginning of a close collaborative partnership between talented startups and BNP Paribas.

AN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

This international competition brings together 4 business lines and 10 entites from across BNP Paribas’ global footprint to create an experience that is incredible, intense and rewarding. Selected startups participate in a truly international event, as the hackathon will take place simultaneously across 8 cities, spanning from San Francisco to Istanbul. During 48 hours, teams have worked on real-life challenges, in fierce competition, to create game-changing solutions. And that was just the beginning! Winning teams have secured a place in the Digital Bootcamp, where they have access to experts and mentors from BNP Paribas to help accelerate your solution.

A LONG-TERM COMMITMENT WITH BNP PARIBAS & BNP PARIBAS FORTIS

The BNP Paribas International Hackathon aims to be the best event of its kind. Through 4 exciting stages, it first encourages a hothouse of innovation at the Hackathon weekend, then channels the most promising projects through a Digital Bootcamp, followed by Demo day- live in Paris, with BNP Paribas top management – culminating in the selection of a few winners that will be supported during the implementation of their solutions.

IDEATION
HACKATHON WEEKEND
June 9-10-11 2017

It all started with an exclusive hackathon event in each of the 8 participating cities connected to each other. Each participating team was invited to focus on pre-identified challenges. They were given privileged access to external experts as well as a unique suite of resources to help them prototype: fresh customer insights, a sandbox API, as well as our top experts ranging from marketing executives to IT architects.

CO-WORKING
DIGITAL BOOTCAMP
July-November 2017

The most promising teams then move on to a Digital Bootcamp where they have their prototypes nurtured. Here, they are being treated to even more resources to take their concept to the next level: financial support and access to a customised support program, including access to our international network of experts and mentors.

SELECTION
DEMO DAY
December 2017

After a period of development, teams are flown to Paris for Demo day where executive committee of BNP Paribas’ global footprint will meet them, as well as international FinTech experts, to see their demo in action. This could be their day to hit the big time. The winners at the Demo Day will be given a letter of intent from executive of BNP Paribas and start a new adventure in partnership with BNP Paribas.

PROTOTYPING
PROTOTYPE IMPLEMENTATION
2018

Hard work has paid off! Winning teams will benefit from BNP Paribas’ farreaching resources, expertise and support to do something amazing! We will work with them to take their prototype and turn it into a real solution that can change the face of banking by making life easier for our customers.

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