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Slush 2017

WORLD’S LEADING STARTUP EVENT.


During what is – let’s be honest – the sh*ttiest weather season of the year, Slush brings together the leading actors of the global tech scene to Helsinki for something very special. Described by many as “Burning Man meets TED”, the event has grown in just a few short years to 17,500 attendees and 1 million live stream viewers.

In 2016, over 2,300 startups, 1,100 venture capitalists, and 600 journalists from over 120 countries came to Slush to drive business, and to experience the phenomenal atmosphere.

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Road Trip to Africa – Nigeria

The agenda for the 3 days in Nigeria will be as follows:

  • Thursday, 23 November: Arrive in Lagos and set up event
  • Friday, 24 November: Boot Camp for 15 African start-ups. As above, we are asking for start-ups that have either at least $100,000 in annual recurring revenue or at least $100,000 in investment. The Boot Camp will be hosted at Leadspace, a local co-working space with 7 locations in Nigeria that has been highlighted on CNN Africa.
  • Saturday, 25 November: An event open to the entire start-up ecosystem, both in person and virtually, will also be hosted at Leadspace. The format will be similar to the Cape Town event: 4 blocks and 1 inspirational keynote. The 4 blocks will again be:
    • How to raise capital in Europe and Africa;
    • What investors look for in Europe and Africa;
    • How to work with corporates in Europe and Africa; and
    • How to build a brand and a network in Europe and Africa.

The inspirational keynote will be on “How to create an African Bill Gates” and will be given by a top digital entrepreneur in Western Africa.
Later that evening, we will host the finals to select the best start-up from among the 15 semifinalists at the Olesegun Obasanjo Presidential Library. President Obasanjo will host the event, and relevant foreign dignitaries will be invited.
As with the Cape Town event, the winner of the start-up competition will get various prizes, including €76,000 in investment from Wayra and the chance to pitch at St James Palace before HRH, The Duke of York and possibly the Queen of England. Other partners, including Amazon, Google and Facebook, will provide prizes such as €1000 of free Facebook marketing, etc. If the winning start-up is a preventative health start-up, MSD, the world’s 4th largest pharmaceutical company, may match Wayra’s investment with a €76,000 grant.

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Be part of the EU Top 50 ‘Hemicycle Start-up Convention’

Europe’s Top 50 start-ups will be revealed on the 28th of November 2017 at The European Parliament Hemicycle in Brussels, Belgium.

The ‘Hemicycle Startup Convention’ will gather more than 800 young entrepreneurs, investors, corporate representatives and policy makers. The EU Top 50 will present and showcase their ventures in areas such as security, education, transportation, deep technology, energy transition, space exploration, food and agriculture, health care & life sciences, climate change and environment, materials and new production technology, bio-, nano- and neurotech, and digital technologies.

To be part of the EU Top 50 ‘Hemicycle Start-up Convention’ please register by the 17th of November, here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eu-top-50-hemicycle-start-up-convention-and-eu-top-50-workshops-tickets-39010163449

 

 

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Twelve startups will represent Ireland in the Final of StartUp Europe Awards

More than 25 startups from four geographical regions all over Ireland were competing for a prestigious StartUp Europe Awards in the Bank of Ireland Startup Awards.

The organizer received more than 30 applications from Dublin to Munster or Ulster. All the category winners will receive a package of advertising space with Independent Newspaper valued at 8.000 euros in a legal service package valued at 7.000 euros.

EnergyElephant, Energy categories winner, has thevision to help people make better energy decisions by helping them understand their energy data. Deciding on investing in renewable energy or energy efficiency technology is hard, so they solve this problem by allowing anyone on the planet simply uploand their energy bills to our platform to discover savings.

For the Cyber securitycategory, the winner is Corrata, specialized in providing an enterprise mobility solutions to organizations globally by providing them with technology which protects their organization from the risk associated with their employees use the mobile devices without compromising their employee’s user experience.

Glissed, the biggest online platform for freelance beauty profesionals wins the Fashion category. They allow freelance hair stylists and makeup artists to give the customers the ability to book beauty appointments to their home, hotel or office outside of salon hours. Their vision is to take the freelance beauty industry online.

For the Green category, Swiftcomply, with the vision to simplify environmental compliance for more sustainable communities. They help restaurant and chef producing good food and protecting the environment at the same time.

At Gastronomy category, the winner is The Irish Biltong. This startup produces high protein sliced beef snack food, for the on-the-go individuals. These snacks contain a high concentration of healthy nutrients, are low in sugar and low in fat. It is made from their own grass fed Irish beef.

Popertee is Creative category winners. They build artificial intelligence that matches the perfect audience with the perfect location, enabling brands to discover and book spaces for their marketing and retail campaigns.

In Smarth Cities, SmartTrace win this category. The startup wants to remove world “WASTE” from dictionary – Waste is just a resource that we are not harvesting because of lack of understanding and ignorance of its value. We want to change perception of waste from nuisance to valuable feedstock, delivering triple bottom line to manufacturing companies, financial gains, compliance and huge environmental impact. SmartTrace is a new standard delivering circular economy.

Yedup, the winner of Fintech, develop ultra-fast mathematical algorithms to power the next generation in AI technology.

Medimee is going to represent Ireland in e-Health category.  Their objective is to help save lives and enhance health & safety in the workplace, knowing your vital emergency medical information can be communicated even if you cannot, through the simple use of technology.

Aidtech is the winner in Social category. This startup wants to leverage blockchain technology to increase the transparency & efficiency of the delivery of funds, resources & social services.

In the Legal category, the winner is Courtsdesk, with a breaking news service and research database for case details across all UK and Ireland court levels, and in future, the world. With a research tool, the platform allows users to monitor companies and people for involvement in litigation, for example.

To finish, Studybundles wins Edtech category. They sell a software as a service solution to universities, colleges, and schools globally.

StartUp Europe Awards is promoted by the European Commission and supported by the President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of the European Parliament as Ambassadors and it is implemented by Finnova Foundation in collaboration with Startup Europe.

 

 

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Box at Work is launching a new brand called Boxie24 Storage

On-demand Self Storage leader, Box at Work,reports it is set to launch a new brand called Boxie24 Storage. The new brand will complete the company’s full-service storage concept.

Boxie24 Storage, https://www.boxie24.com/, will be a “modern-day” storage solution for families and businesses. With the full-service storage of Box at Work, and the one-stop shop for all storage demands at Boxie24, both individuals and businesses can now use the service. It’s a strategic move for the brand as extensive market research continues to report that consumers in Europe and the U.S. want the full-service storage solution instead of traditional self storage.

Box at Work is the storage by-the-box and item solution. Innovative barcode scanning and software makes this solution perfect to catalogcollections such as books, DVDs, albums and comics. Businesses use this full-service solution for hassle-free archive storage.

Boxie24 is the storage per m2 with full-service. If saving time and money is of value, this pickup and delivery service is the perfect solution. Boxie24 picks up, securely stores and returnsstored items on demand, so the customer never has to go to a self storagefacility again.

Boxie24 Storage will simultaneously launch 28 cities in Germany, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The new brand is operated by Box at Work and her franchises and partners. Boxie24 Storage will be priced slightly lower than that of the group’s core Box at Work brand. Pricing starts at 10€ per m2 for storage units.

Quote from Founder and CEO Gerrit Reinders: 

“We are getting great feedback on our service and are looking into more cities with our main focus being the U.S.”

With Boxie24 Storage, the company believes it covers the exact needs of a modern storage customer and is ready for the next step in convenient storage solutions at highly affordable pricing. Being a first mover on the market, they live up to their reputation as industry innovators and continue to find ways to elevate the brand above the competition.

After raising more than 7 million Euro’s, global expansion is the goal with New York being the next stop.  Multiple new locations are being planned in Europe and the U.S. with franchises and partners.

For more information on Boxie24 Storage, click here.

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Road Trip to Africa

Following the launch event in Brussels on 6 November, a road trip to South Africa will be the next step to bring Africa and Europe closer. The road trip will take place in both South Africa, 20-22 November, and Nigeria, 23-25 November, and it will ultimately culminate in Abidjan, Ivory Coast for the 5th EU-Africa Summit.

You can read about the trip in detail here below:

  • In South Africa, in addition to the Brenthurst Foundation, we are working with Injini, an educational technology accelerator that will be our primary host and that belongs to a larger initiative called the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi). We are also working with Wesgro, the official trade, tourism and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, and are working directly with Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro and former South African Shadow Minister of Finance, to ensure the event’s success. Finally, Google has opened up its network of African start-up partners to us to access the continent’s best start-ups.

The agenda for the 3 days in Cape Town will be as follows:

  • Monday, 20 November: Arrive in Cape Town and set up event
  • Tuesday, 21 November: Boot Camp for 15 African start-ups. We are asking for start-ups that have either at least $100,000 in annual recurring revenue or at least $100,000 in investment, as a filter to ensure that we are attracting companies with at least a minimum viable product. The Boot Camp will be hosted at Injini.
  • Wednesday, 22 November: An event open to the entire start-up ecosystem, both in person and virtually. The event will be hosted at Workshop 17, a co-working space on the waterfront with views of Table Mountain. A video of the space is available here. The day will consist of 4 blocks and 1 inspirational keynote. Each block will give 15 minutes to an African entrepreneur, 15 minutes to a European entrepreneur, 15 minutes to a moderated panel with both entrepreneurs to highlight commonalities and differences, and then 15 minutes of Q&A. The 4 blocks will be:
    • How to raise capital in Europe and Africa;
    • What investors look for in Europe and Africa;
    • How to work with corporates in Europe and Africa; and
    • How to build a brand and a network in Europe and Africa.

The inspirational keynote will be on “How to create an African Bill Gates” and will be given by a top digital entrepreneur in Southern Africa.

Later that evening, we will host the gala finals to select the best start-up from among the 15 semi-finalists. We are speaking with the Spanish and Dutch Embassies to host the event at their Cape Town consulates. The German Embassy that are keen to support the event, but are remodelling their consulate in Cape Town. We will invite relevant dignitaries from the various European embassies to the gala event.

The winner of the start-up competition will get various prizes, including €76,000 in investment from Wayra and the chance to pitch at St James Palace before HRH, The Duke of York and possibly the Queen of England. Other partners, including Amazon, Google and Facebook, will provide prizes such as €1000 of free Facebook marketing, etc.  If the winning start-up is a preventative health start-up, MSD, the world’s 4th largest pharmaceutical company, may match Wayra’s investment with a €76,000 grant.

  • In Nigeria, our main partner is former President OlesegunObasanjo via his presidential library. In addition to him, we are working with grassroots partners, including our venture partner, EchoVC, a pan-African fund split between Silicon Valley and African markets. They back founders across Africa from seed funding to series A. Eghosa Omoigui, the Managing Partner, is the lead; he has years of experience backing the world’s best start-ups, which he previously did as Director at Intel Capital, the world’s largest corporate VC. Google Nigeria is also supporting.

The agenda for the 3 days in Nigeria will be as follows:

  • Thursday, 23 November: Arrive in Lagos and set up event
  • Friday, 24 November: Boot Camp for 15 African start-ups. As above, we are asking for start-ups that have either at least $100,000 in annual recurring revenue or at least $100,000 in investment. The Boot Camp will be hosted at Leadspace, a local co-working space with 7 locations in Nigeria that has been highlighted on CNN Africa.
  • Saturday, 25 November: An event open to the entire start-up ecosystem, both in person and virtually, will also be hosted at Leadspace. The format will be similar to the Cape Town event: 4 blocks and 1 inspirational keynote. The 4 blocks will again be:
    • How to raise capital in Europe and Africa;
    • What investors look for in Europe and Africa;
    • How to work with corporates in Europe and Africa; and
    • How to build a brand and a network in Europe and Africa.

The inspirational keynote will be on “How to create an African Bill Gates” and will be given by a top digital entrepreneur in Western Africa.

Later that evening, we will host the finals to select the best start-up from among the 15 semifinalists at the Olesegun Obasanjo Presidential Library. President Obasanjo will host the event, and relevant foreign dignitaries will be invited.

As with the Cape Town event, the winner of the start-up competition will get various prizes, including €76,000 in investment from Wayra and the chance to pitch at St James Palace before HRH, The Duke of York and possibly the Queen of England. Other partners, including Amazon, Google and Facebook, will provide prizes such as €1000 of free Facebook marketing, etc. If the winning start-up is a preventative health start-up, MSD, the world’s 4th largest pharmaceutical company, may match Wayra’s investment with a €76,000 grant.

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Over 30SEC2U events across Europe from 23 to 26 October

SEC2U is an initiative endorsed by the European Commission (Startup Europe) to create a strong culture of entrepreneurship and innovation within universities across Europe. During the week of 23rd to the 29th of October 2017, over 30 free-to-attend events will bring together universities and the startup ecosystem toform valuable connections andkick-start dialogue between universities and industry. Students and young entrepreneurs will also be able to familiarize themselves with the support available to develop their entrepreneurship skills and grow their businesses.

Universities from 22 countries take part in SEC2U including names like Trinity College Dublin, Polytechnic of Milan and University of Cambridge. Thanks to the coordination from the University of Salamanca and the support of a student/startup project team from Ravensbourne, you can view all participating universities on the SEC2U website: http://startupeuropeuniversities.eu/sec2u-startup-europe-comes-to-the-universities/

With approximately 3000 peopleexpected in attendance, this is a time to showcase the work of universities in the entrepreneurship area, build bridges between university communities and startup ecosystems and facilitate connections!

Take the right step towards your future and don´t miss out on this opportunity. Find out more about SEC2U and the free events near you: http://startupeuropeuniversities.eu/sec2u-events-2017/

See you there!

 

About Startup Europe Comes to the Universities (SEC2U)

Startup Europe Comes to the Universities (SEC2U) is a Europe wide initiative to engage universities (from the Startup Europe University Network and beyond) and enable them to spread an entrepreneurial culture. SEC2U will hold events across Europe during the week of 23rd to 29th of October 2017.

The main objective of the SEC2U events is to showcase the commitment of European universities for entrepreneurship and toconnect universities to the wider startup ecosystem.

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The time Is Now.

Market, Partnership and Investment Opportunities in the USA Await You!

NearUS, the H2020 initiative aiming at building upENRICH – European Network of Research and Innovation Centres and Hubs – in the USA announces the opening of the following calls

  • NearUS Match & Pitch at CES 2018 (January 7-11, 2018)! (click here)
  • NearUS Innovation Tour to San Francisco, Sacramento and Silicon Valley (January 15-19, 2018)! (click here)
  • NearUS Research2Market (R2M) Bootcamp in Boston, with an individualisedprogramme across the USA (March 4-16, 2018) and a pre-departure workshop in Brussels in February 2018!  (click here)
  • NearUS Business2Business (B2B) Bootcamp in Boston, with an individualisedprogramme across the USA (March 4-16, 2018) and a pre-departure workshop in Brussels in February 2018! (click here)

Are you an early stage entrepreneur, early stage Startup founder,researcher, research organization, SME, or cluster looking for market information, market opportunities,partners, investment opportunities and feedback on yourinnovations?

Then you should definitely visit us at https://near-us.eu/opportunities to learn more about the calls

 

Deadline for applications is:

November 12th, 2017 23.59 CET for the NearUS Match & Pitch at CES 2018 and the NearUS Innovation Tour to the West Coast

December 5th, 2017 23.59 CET for the NearUS Bootcamps in Boston

 

 

 

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Startup Ole Accelerator co-organises the CEE Acceleration Summit

Startup Ole Accelerator, along with PwC Poland, Business Link and Hardgamma Ventures is a co-organizer of the CEE Acceleration Summit – the region’s largest event dedicated to entrepreneurship, corporate- and university acceleration. The event will take place in Warsaw on Oct. 26th and will gather the most influential innovation and acceleration ecosystem builders.

 

CEE Startup Ecosystem is one of the most rapidly developing ones, with a room and prospects for countless investment opportunities. Warsaw, as the CEE’s innovation hub, linking the western and central-eastern European cultures and capital, is a modern symbol of successful transformation into the center of innovation.

 

The event will be divided into three paths: Corporate Acceleration, University Acceleration and Social Innovations, so that all the potential target groups will find the crucial information on how to develop businesses to foster innovations within the companies, or how to manage investment portfolio effectively, in a sustainable and responsible manner.

 

Moreover, during the Summit the key representatives of the Public Sector, including the European Commission’s agendas and Polish Development Fund’s representatives will also introduce the accelerators and investors to the support instruments aimed at facilitating startup-related investments and ecosystem building activities.

 

Key representatives of various innovation initiatives from all over Europe will share their knowledge and experience with the CEE’s stakeholders to create bridges between various ecosystems and engage in potential cooperation.

 

To find out more, please visit the event’s website.

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Over 4.5 million people working in 830,000 companies in 20 EU startup hubs.

A new Startup Europe report done for the first time in an innovative way extract company data from 20 cities and has put the spotlight on Europe’s vibrant startup scene. The analysis reveals how local startup ecosystems are connected. While some cities are well connected notably Paris and Brussels, London and Berlin there is a lack of connectivity across other cities.

A newly released interactive map (available at www.startuphubs.eu) zooms in on 20 startup ecosystems in 15 EU countries. It identifies:

  • 830,000 companies are active across 20 startup hubs, together they employ over 4.5 million people and generating over €420 billion in revenue
  • The top 5 cities in terms of revenue generation were London, Berlin, Munich, Rome and Paris.  They have generated over €326 billion of revenue and are employing nearly 3.5 million people
  • Over 4,000 companies that have received funding through venture capital and large angel rounds, usually known as startups, have collectively generated €5 billion of revenue, employing over 34,000 people. These companies have raised €36 billion of investment from European and international investors
  • Over 41,000 “IT software development” and “IT web & information services” businesses which collectively generate €18.4bn revenue, employ 211,785 people and have raised investment of €5.73bn
  • Berlin, London, Paris and Stockholm are the most developed and established startup hubs
  • Growing startup ecosystems are to be found in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, Helsinki, Madrid, Manchester, Munich, Oslo, Rome and Vienna
  • Athens, Brussels, Bucharest, Malmo, Tallinn and Warsaw are emerging startup ecosystems. There are particularly strong connections between companies in Brussels and Paris
  • The interactive map provides the foundation of a solution that will offer European policy-makers, investors and entrepreneurs more accurate data than any other economy in the world. This will be an enduring competitive advantage for European entrepreneurship and an important element of the digital single market.

The report has been published in advance ofStartup Europe Comes to Universities week. This initiative aims to showcase the commitment of European universities to create a strong culture of entrepreneurship and innovation that is spreading in the university community. And as result transferring it to the society by creating startups and spinoffs with high added value, based on knowledge and technological development.

The report, provides new insights into the scale and nature, strengths and weaknesses of, and the relationships between, Europe’s startup ecosystems. It was carried out by Grant Thornton and Trampoline Systems on behalf of the European Commission. You can download the report from the EU publications website.

In addition to the mapping exercise, interviews with over 200 entrepreneurs, investors, accelerators, co-working spaces, government officials, universities, businesses, network groups and startup influencers and shapers have pinpointed some of the barriers and opportunities that exist within these startup ecosystems.  These include:

 

Entrepreneurial culture

290,000 of the businesses mapped are less than five years old, underlining the entrepreneurial culture that is being created across Europe. These young businesses employ 1.1 million people, have a combined revenue of €87 billion and have raised nearly €10 billion in investment. ‘The report identifies a number of ways in which the entrepreneurial culture in Europe is changing and the different initiatives in place to support this, for example, Entrepreneur First is a London-based startup accelerator which assists promising UK and Central European tech graduates and those already working in technology firms to design and run their own startup and has helped establish 75 startups in its first four years.

 

Skills and accessing talent

Cited frequently as the single biggest challenge, or indeed threat, to the individual ecosystems. The headline challenge manifested itself in a number of different ways:

  • The need for more technical and higher-level skills in coding, system architecture and programming.
  • The lack of entrepreneurial skills with European universities seen to be producing well qualified graduates but lacking the core skills necessary to start and run a business.  The result is that while there is a pipeline of good, innovative ideas and propositions for products and services the ability to take these ideas and to commercialise and scale them is often missing.
  • A lack of sales and marketing skills was an issue particular to Nordic ecosystems

 

Venture capital

For a number of stakeholders the presence of a functioning and expanding venture capital market was one of the strongest indicators of an ecosystem’s maturity and strength. Four specific schemes have been cited as good examples that Europe should consider adopting as a whole. These examples were Finland’s Tekes, the UK’s  Enterprise Investment Scheme and the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme, Germany’s High-Tech Gründerfounds and the French Bpifrance.

 

The Commission will take this analysis and recommendations into account when implementing its Startup and Scaleup initiative outlined in November 2016. In the future the dynamic mapping of Europe’s startup ecosystem will be extended to cover all EU Member States.

 

Connectivity of ecosystems

The project has revealed about how European cities are connected through international subsidiaries and highlighted below is a matrix of the 5 most-connected cities out of the 20, showing Brussels and Paris as the most connected cities.

 Background

Since 2011 The European Commission’s Startup Europe initiative has helped to strengthen the business environment for web and ICT entrepreneurs so that their ideas and business can start and grow. It is part of the Commission’s efforts under the Digital Single Market and Single Market strategies to boost economic growth and create jobs by helping startups. Last year more than 30,000 participants took part in the first Startup Europe Week which reached over 2 million people on social media.

 

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