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European Innovation Day (EID), part of SEC2SV mission

The IV edition of EID – European Innovation Day, the European Digital Conference in Silicon Valley organized by Mind the Bridge, is planned for September 11th.

Central event of the SEC2SV Week (9-15 of September), EID-European Innovation Day is a thought-provoking, inspiring conference at Computer History Museum (almost 700 attendees registered in the 2017 edition) that brings together the current/future EU Unicorns and EU policy makers to meet the Silicon Valley digital economy stakeholders.

The SEC2SV Week will continue with follow-up meetings and parallel agenda for the different stakeholders. Silicon Valley counterparts for the meetings/events usually include government officials, senior execs from Facebook, Google, Uber, Airbnb, GE, representatives from the investors (Andreessen Horowitz, Felicis, Greylock, Social Capital, SoftechVC, USV, Y Combinator, RocketSpace, 500 Startups) and academic (Stanford, Berkeley, Singularity University) community.

Registrations are available HERE.

 

Hot topics of 2018 edition will include:

  • GDPR: Privacy and Data Storage/Transfer
  • ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) and its and CryptoCurrencies Regulations
  • European Economy of Innovation in Silicon Valley
  • Startup M&A

First confirmed speakers unveiled:

  • Peter Arvai, CEO and co-founder, Prezi
  • Pēteris Zilgalvis, Head of unit, DG Connect, European Commission
  • Kristin Schreiber, Director COSME programme, DG Grow, European Commission
  • Tim Draper, partner, Draper Associates
  • Sorin Moisa, MEP, European Parliament
  • Adam Sterling, executive director of the Berkeley Center for law and business
  • Sabrina Ross, international privacy and security expert
  • Martin Rauchbauer, co-director, Open Austria
  • Georg Fuerlinger, co-director, Open Austria

 

Looking for the next Unicorns!

Top European scaleups aiming at expanding operations to the US market will be selected to join the event.

Minimum requirements to be considered as a Scaleup:

  • to have at least 10 employees as of 3 years ago in the last 3 years
  • to be growing more than 20% year-over-year in revenue, employees, or user-base.

Applications end on July 1st.

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SEC2SV 2018: the names of the European Tech Scaleups invited

A new group of Scaleup Europe tech companies ready to be showcased in Silicon Valley

They come from 8 different countries – Albania, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Spain – and employ nearly 1000 employees for a total of $75M in revenue and more than $135M in funding. They are the 13 tech European companies invited to join the 4th edition of Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley(SEC2SV), the premier program for future European Unicorns organized by Mind the Bridge with the support of the European Commission, the European Parliament, and EIT Digital.

For the 4th consecutive year, SEC2SV will welcome the most promising European companies to spend an entire week, September 9-15, in Silicon Valley. The scaleups will spend time with mentors, meeting potential partners and investors, and adapting their business to the US market. The program exposes them to an intense week of concentrated business development in the Valley to help them in their US expansion efforts, including a showcase to investors on September 11th during European Innovation Day (EID) at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.

“SEC2SV – commented Isidro Laso, Head of Startup Europe at the European Commission is the flagship initiative of the European Commission to build bridges among innovation ecosystems in EU and US. We look at this initiative as a super connector that we be mutually beneficial in  reaching out to new markets for the startups and in generating diverse deal flows for investors in both regions”.

Among the selected scaleups, 3 scaleups have been invited with the support of EIT Digital, the European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation driving Europe’s digital transformation. 4 additional startups, selected by Impact Accelerator, led by ISDI & FundingBox, will also join the 2018 EID showcase.

“This year’s cohort shows very well how much the European startup landscape has changed in just 4 years – Marco Marinucci, CEO Mind the Bridge commented- Compared to last editions, we can see promising businesses coming from new emerging Eastern Europe economies like Hungary, Albania and Poland in addition to the ‘traditional’ ones like France, Germany and Belgium. As suggested in our latest report on Tech Scaleup Europe, we are really looking at an improved scenario, with a stronger and more connected Europe committed to building its own identity, players, roles, regulation and hubs. The European Commission keeps playing its key role to strengthen the Innovation Economy of Europe  and our data confirm this trend: the Scaleup Europe ecosystem last year registered a +28% growth in scaleup population and a +36% growth in capital raised compared to the prior year. These numbers translate to more than 1,200 new scaleups born in Europe and $22B in new capital invested in 2017”.

 

To date SEC2SV has hosted more than 2000 participants, 50+ scaleups and 100+ keynote speakers, such as Elżbieta Bieńkowska, EU commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME’s; Julie Hanna, US Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship; Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality; Betsy Masiello, Head of Public Policy, Uber; Oona King, Diversity Director, YouTube; Henry Chesbrough, the Father of Open Innovation and many others.

The 2018 edition of EID will focus on some of the most relevant topics of the past year in tech:

  • GDPR: Privacy and Data Storage/Transfer
  • ICO’s (Initial Coin Offerings) and CryptoCurrencies Regulations
  • European Economy of Innovation in Silicon Valley
  • Sustainability and Local Government
  • Startup M&A’s

Among the confirmed speakers for this year are: Vivek Wadhwa, author and opinion leader,  Tim Draper, Partner, Draper Associates, Peter Arvai, CEO and co-founder, Prezi, Pēteris Zilgalvis, Head of unit, DG Connect, European Commission, Kristin Schreiber, Director COSME programme, DG Grow, European Commission, Sorin Moisa, MEP, European Parliament, Adam Sterling, Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Business, Sabrina Ross, international privacy and security expert, with more to be announced at a later date.

For the full list of invited companies for SEC2SV 2018, see below.

 

INVITED COMPANIES

 

Agorize – France – 2011 – SaaS
Agorize is an open innovation platform that connects people looking to scout for technology solutions for hackathons or innovation challenges. The platform is open to a wide audience such as students, new graduates, data scientists, programmers, startups and corporate employees.
agorize.com/en

Clairy – Italy – 2016 – Cleantech
Clairy is the most unique natural and smart Air Purifier on the market: it uses common plants to beat indoor pollution. Clairy supercharges the natural power of plants – phytoremediation- to purify the air indoors in a non intrusive and sustainable way. Clairy is also an object of design, and it features a technological core with advanced sensors and it lets users monitor the air quality directly via a dedicated mobile app.
clairy.com

Cleverciti – Germany – 2012 – Smart Cities | EIT Digital Portfolio
Cleverciti Systems turns the daily nightmare of searching for a parking space into a predictable, stress-free experience by using disruptive technology and big data. They have developed a new cost-effective and smart on-street parking system that uses sensor and wayfinding technology mounted to lampposts. This results in less congestion on  city streets and reduced carbon emissions and other pollutants in city centers.
Other verticals are shopping malls, airport and corporates with large parking areas, seeking to offer better service to their customers.
cleverciti.com

Codecool – Hungary – 2014 – Cybersecurity
Codecool has created a 12-month course designed to teach users mainstream programming languages and skills, allowing non-technical professionals to transition into developer roles in just a year. Codecool also serves employers by providing a marketplace for companies to search for and contact developers who have gone through the Codecool sessions.
codecool.com

Fudo Security – Poland – 2012 – Cybersecurity
Fudo Security is a leading security vendor specializing in Privileged Account Management. With offices in the US and Europe and over 100 partners in 35 countries, it’s one of the most innovative and fastest growing security vendors in the world. Several hundred customers mostly from finance/insurance, telco, energy, oil&gas and the public sector are already using Fudo Security’ products.
wheelsystems.com
| fudosecurity.com

Gjirafa – Albania – 2013 – Internet
Gjirafa, Inc., is the fastest growing Internet Services company in the Balkans. Gjirafa is an OTT media services and an e-commerce platform for the Balkans built on top of an Albanian language specialized search engine.
gjirafa.com
 

OptioPay – Germany – 2014 – Fintech | EIT Digital Portfolio
OptioPay processes payments from companies to customers, employees or partners. Recipients can combine bank transfers with higher-value gift cards to increase the actual value of their payment. Between bank transfers, e-wallets and higher value gift cards, OptioPay offers complete flexibility and adds value at both ends by offering diverse payout options. It is a Win-Win-Win situation for advertisers, issuers and recipients.
optiopay.com

Movinga – Germany – 2015 – Mobility
Movinga is a vertically integrated logistics tech company for customers and medium-sized moving companies. As a professional full service provider Movinga offers logistically optimised moves for private individuals and companies, goods transports and courier services. Pricing is done on a case by case basis and is nearly always lower than competitors.
movinga.de

Muving – Spain – 2017 – Mobility
Muving is transforming urban mobility with an electric scooter sharing platform offering eco-friendly and cost effective alternatives to urban commuting.  Available to customers via the Muving app, scooters are located and reserved and highlight the positive environmental impact of each ride.  Pricing is based on per minute rates. Muving is the leading platform in Europe currently in 12 cities including Madrid, Sevilla, Barcelona, Granada, Cadiz and more. The scooters are dockless and completely electric, serving as a green and flexible mobility option for urban areas.
muvingusa.com

Partnering Robotics – France – 2007 – Robotics
Partnering Robotics has produced the DIYA One robot, designed to monitor and maintain indoor atmospheres and encourage worker wellbeing. The robot is equipped with a variety of sensors that generate actionable environmental data on indoor pollution.
partnering-robotics.com

Piwik PRO – Poland – 2013 – Big data / Martech | EIT Digital Portfolio
Piwik PRO has developed a marketing suite package that allows customers to deliver optimized marketing campaigns and manage a database in the most sensitive and secure environments. They have taken the challenge of user privacy and data stewardship and built a full stack solution for marketing that complies with all regulation and privacy concerns.
https://piwik.pro/
 

Smarp – Finland – 2011 – Big data / Martech
Smarp is a SaaS solution companies can use to empower their employees to discover and share content created by the company such as blogs, events, and job listings, to their social media networks. Employees can measure the impact their content has on their network and improve their thought leadership and influence, while employers benefit from greater visibility and evangelism through their employees.
smarp.com

Uberall – Germany – 2012 – Martech
Uberall brings together local businesses and customers by ensuring companies are found across all popular directories, mobile apps, maps, and GPS devices with consistent profiles such as photos, descriptions and other data points. They also facilitate better communication with customers through real-time notifications of reviews or messages on the various platforms.
uberall.com

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European Innovation Day – Where Europe meets Silicon Valley

Drums are rolling for the IV edition of EID – European Innovation Day, the European Digital Conference in Silicon Valley, organized by Mind the Bridge and planned for September 11th. 

Central event of the SEC2SV Week (9-15 of September), EID-European Innovation Day is a thought-provoking, inspiring conference at Computer History Museum (almost 700 attendees registered in the 2017 edition) that brings together the current/future EU Unicorns and EU policy makers to meet the Silicon Valley digital economy stakeholders.

The SEC2SV Week will continue with follow-up meetings and parallel agenda for the different stakeholders. Silicon Valley counterparts for the meetings/events usually include government officials, senior execs from Facebook, Google, Uber, Airbnb, GE, representatives from the investors (Andreessen Horowitz, Felicis, Greylock, Social Capital, SoftechVC, USV, Y Combinator, RocketSpace, 500 Startups) and academic (Stanford, Berkeley, Singularity University) community.

Hot topics of 2018 edition will include:

  • GDPR: Privacy and Data Storage/Transfer
  • ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) and its and CryptoCurrencies Regulations
  • European Economy of Innovation in Silicon Valley
  • Startup M&A

First confirmed speakers unveiled:

  • Peter Arvai, CEO and co-founder, Prezi
  • Pēteris Zilgalvis, Head of unit, DG Connect, European Commission
  • Kristin Schreiber, Director COSME programme, DG Grow, European Commission
  • Tim Draper, partner, Draper Associates
  • Sorin Moisa, MEP, European Parliament
  • Adam Sterling, executive director of the Berkeley Center for law and business
  • Sabrina Ross, international privacy and security expert
  • Martin Rauchbauer, co-director, Open Austria
  • Georg Fuerlinger, co-director, Open Austria

Looking for the next Unicorns!

Top European scaleups aiming at expanding operations to the US market will be selected to join the event.

Minimum requirements to be considered as a Scaleup:

  • to have at least 10 employees as of 3 years ago in the last 3 years
  • to be growing more than 20% year-over-year in revenue, employees, or user-base.

Applications end on July 1st. Registrations to the event HERE.

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Why Berlin’s Silicon Allee is Europe’s new Silicon Valley [infographic]

As the UK prepares to “brexit,” Berlin’s Silicon Allee is poised to take its place as the EU’s new Silicon Valley. Various entrepreneurs think Berlin will take London’s place as the EU’s capital for business after the departure. In fact, Inc. reports results from a recent Inc. 5000 survey that indicate 26 percent of EU entrepreneurs believe Berlin will emerge as the EU’s new business center. Others surveyed think Frankfurt will take the crown—but only two respondents said London will remain on top.

As Arne Schepker, CMO of online language learning system Babbel explains: “Berlin is here to stay. In Europe, only London can compete right now and the impending Brexit is not going to make the UK any more attractive. I personally think Berlin needs more breakthrough showcases like Zalando to build confidence globally and raise valuations.”

There are several favorable conditions that give Berlin an edge in this race. The city boasts a low cost of living compared to tech competitors like London, San Francisco and New York City. There is also a steady stream of skilled labor in Berlin, not to mention easy access to the rest of the EU.

Furthermore, there is already an American tech presence in Berlin. Several big companies like Airbnb and Facebook already have offices there, and incubator programs are readily fostering German startups such as EyeEm and N26 in Berlin. In fact, according to Ernst & Young, Berlin is now home to around 2,500 active startups, which have attracted about $2.7 billion* in venture capital in total. This means Berlin is attracting more money than startups anywhere else in the EU—but not nearly as much as Silicon Valley.

So, what’s the downside? Entrepreneurs still face barriers to entry in Berlin that don’t exist in Silicon Valley or London. Although it is growing fast, Berlin’s talent pool is significantly smaller than London’s. (This may be changing even more rapidly as Brexit causes a talent drain in the UK.) This problem is heightened by the lack of an alumni network that is dependent on a minimum volume in exits. To get to a better place in this regard, entrepreneurs in Berlin will need to either sell their startups or take them public, triggering more local investment.

All things considered, though, Berlin’s Silicon Allee is EU’s new Silicon Valley. This is especially true since the cost of living is pricing out many tech companies as it prices out their workers. We crunched the data to show you how and why that’s going to happen—and why more and more startups, originating in both the EU and the US, are going to be sprouting in Berlin.

You can read the full article at 99 designs.

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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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SEC2SV 2017 SCALEUPS CALL IS NOW OPEN!

The time is now. Today Mind the Bridge, in partnership with the European Commission and Startup Europe, announces the opening of the call for the next generation of EU Unicorns to be selected for the third annual SEC2SV (Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley), co-organized with EIT Digital, a weeklong mission that brings together the most promising EU scaleups, corporates, investors, and policy makers in September 2017 in Silicon Valley.

The aim of SEC2SV is to welcome the next class of leading European scaleups, i.e. mature startups ready to take off and exploit the opportunities offered by Silicon Valley and the US market. Interested companies from all over Europe should apply via the f6s scaleup form by June 9th 2017, after which a committee of leading US and European investors will select only 15 companies admitted to participate in SEC2SV 2017. 

Interested scaleups must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements: 

  • be a European Union-based company 
  • have an average annualized growth in employees or turnover greater than 20% per annum over a three-year period (with more than 10 employees at the beginning of the 3 year period) 
  • desire to expand to the U.S. market or already have a presence there.
  • be innovative  

The selection will be curated with the support of several Silicon Valley-based partner organizations.

In 2015 and 2016, 28 European companies representing 23 countries were selected to participate in the SEC2SV mission. Cumulatively, these businesses generated more than $100 million in revenue and had over 2,000 employees. Among them were German high-growth companies Shopgate and Entrade, the UK’s Realeyes and Versarien, Spain’s Job and Talent and Kanteron, Mosaicoon and Shopfully from Italy, France’s TVTY, Belgian Awingu among many more.

“SEC2SV brought together amazing scaleups and gave a unique glimpse into the near future. I was honored to be part of this group and I can’t wait to see the next!” commented Andrea Anderheggen, founder and CEO of Shopgate (after an exit with Sofort to Klarna) who participated in the 2015 cohort.

“A Varied program. Meeting at senior level. And very applicable. Great experience! commented Walter Van Uytven, Founder/Ceo Awingu who participated in the 2016 cohort.

During SEC2SV 2017, scaleups will have the opportunity to present at European Innovation Day (the opening conference, with 60+ speakers and 800+ attendees) and participate in a tailored program involving mentoring, networking, and meetings with key stakeholders – a dedicated 3-day Scaleup Summit that will involve in-depth roundtables with 30+ Silicon Valley experts on the topics of growth, talent, legal, funding, M&A, policy, and communications. The SEC2SV participants will also be invited to exclusive receptions (EU consulates in San Francisco), and meetings at Silicon Valley institutions (Apple, Airbnb, Andreessen and Horowitz, Facebook, GE Digital, Google Ventures Microsoft, Silicon Valley Bank, K&L Gates, to mention some names from prior editions). 

In 2015 and 2016, key SEC2SV participants included Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, European for Budget and Human Resources, Günther H. Oettinger, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Elżbieta Bieńkowska, EU commissioner, Draper Fisher Jurvetson Partner Tim Draper,  US Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship Julie Hanna, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Chairman Larry Sonsini, UK Chief Technology Officer Liam Maxwell, Betsy Masiello, Head of public Policy, Uber, Henry Chesbrough, the Father of Open Innovation among others. 

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Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley 2016- What Happened!

In this video you can see a taster of what happened at SEC2SV, 2016 edition!

On 12-20 September 2016, SEC2SV, under the Startup Europe initiative, took EU policy makers (commissioners, prime ministers), the best of new EU Scaleups and corporations across the Atlantic to meet Silicon Valley stakeholders.

The goal of SECSV is to create honest and direct policy and business dialogue between both continents. This will help startups to scale up beyond their borders on both sides of the Atlantic, and create economically impactful and long lasting ecosystems where innovation can flourish.

Created and organised by Mind the Bridge, and co-organized with EIT Digital, SEC2SV allowed both sides to increase their social capital on a transatlantic scale.

To read more about the SEC2SV 2016 startups, go to our previous blog:
“Top tech startups selected to represent Europe at SEC2SV 2016”

To read more about SEC2SV, go to: www.sec2sv.com

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New European Commission tender: “Europe’s digital agenda meets Silicon Valley”

The European Commission has launched a call for tenders for a service contract to organise “Europe’s digital agenda meets Silicon Valley” with a total price that cannot exceed 150 000 Euros (SMART-2016/1008)

The two specific objectives of the contract are:

a) The organisation (in the US, Silicon Valley area) of a high profile event on the topic of digital Europe, focused on the digital economy, tech startups, digital innovation and digitisation, involving high level policy makers and business representatives from Europe and the US. The event will include side events and meetings connecting European participants with EU expatriates on-site, as well as recognised representatives of corporates, investors, universities and policy makers in Silicon Valley.

b) To establish a sustainable European expat entrepreneurship board which would include key European successful tech entrepreneurs and investors on-site (in the Silicon Valley area, USA). The Entrepreneurship board should be limited in size (around 20 persons), but should be open to new, relevant, membership over time. The entrepreneurship board would play the role of a networking platform, linking Silicon Valley to EU policy makers.

Official Journal reference: 2016/S 180-322104

For additional information and relevant documentation please refer to the announcement on the eTendering website.

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Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley – SEC2SV

Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley (SEC2SV) is a mission that seeks to connect the dots between EU and Silicon Valley stakeholders of the global entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Created and organized by Mind the Bridge and co-organized with EIT Digital, in 2015, SEC2SV sparked a crucial conversation between EU policymakers (commissioners, prime ministers), top EU Scaleup companies (Startup Europe), corporations from both continents, and Silicon Valley stakeholders.

On Sept 12-20, SEC2SV will seek to strengthen this connection by connecting the dots between these conversations and transatlantic activities from SV to EU and back; including the year long activities that followed for actionable insight into what works and what doesn’t from previous participants and enable cross-continental business activity.

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