LISBON INVESTMENT SUMMIT
They say: “We like to keep it casual and informal, so that we can create unique networking opportunities, unlike the bigger conferences, and real investment opportunities. Going already for its 5th edition, the Lisbon Investment Summit delivers thought-provoking keynotes, interactive panels and workshops on some of the hottest topics on startups, fundraising and growth.”
Six winning startups to represent Latvia in final of StartUp Europe Awards
Under the frame of TechChill conference in Riga, SEUA16 Latvia has announced the six winners of their national StartUp Europe Awards 2016. The national Final Ceremony in Latvia, organised by the country manager “Latvian Association of Public Relations Professionals (LASAP)” has been last out of 13 events awarding best startups of 2016 in Europe which will now compete in the European Final in Brussels next spring.
National jury evaluated the performance of the previous year on the basis of the applications received, as well as in a wider context, on the basis of their expert-level knowledge of the Latvian startup industry as a whole.
Mrs IneseVaidere, MEP from Latvia and ambassador for StartUp Europe Awards, delivered the diplomas to the winning startups. The role of the ambassador in this competition is to support local startups and entrepreneurs. “Latvia is not a country with inexhaustible natural resources, but we are smart and educated people who are able to create products with high added value. Latvia clearly has the potential to become a centre in Europe, offering a stimulating and supportive environment in which businesses grow and thrive” – saidMrs IneseVaidere.
The winners of the SEUA16 from Latvia are:
In the Creative Category Mozello the world’s easiest to use website builder.
Nordigen which offers transaction categorisation for improved credit scoring,is the winner in Fintech Category.
In the GREEN Category the winner is Conelum a biotechnological startup focused on development of rapid microbiological diagnostic tests for food and drink industry companies.
Anatomy Text is augmented reality, web based software for medical education and healthcare professionals, and the winner for HEALTH Category.
The winner in ICT Category is Notakey, a smartphone based solution for strong & smooth authentication and authorisation.
Finally, Rention a Property Management Platform that helps you overview and control all your estate from A to Z, is the winner in the Smart Cities Category.
“Latvian Association of Public Relations Professionals (LASAP)” decided award a special prize for achievements in public relations to 4SmartStreets.
SEUA also applauds efforts of media in supporting development of startup ecosystem in Latvia by awarding three media outlets – Labs of Latvia, LSM.lv and technology blog Kursors.lv who during the past year drawn particular attention to Latvian entrepreneurial activities by promoting creative tech ideas to broad Latvian audience.
SEUA has so far brought together more than 1,000 startup applications and 13 national awards ceremonies on the continent, with more than 80 startups awarded.Startup Europe Awards has been called The Eurovision of Startups, identifying the role models for startup ecosystems across the Europe.
StartUp Europe Awards, an initiative promoted by the European Commission, has the support of the President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of the European Parliament as ambassadors and is implemented by Finnova in collaboration with StartUp Europe.
- Thanks to com Media Partner of SEUA for covering the Latvian final.
- Thanks to TechChill for pictures. Pictures by Dan Taylor and Sandija Veipa.
NITRO STORY: Healthy Road, your reliable driving companion
Many of us have already been there. You are driving along linear roads or in the middle of the night and suddenly feel very tired. The most common solutions to tackle this problem is to drive carrying a talkative companion, listening to some loud music or, if the tiredness is prevailing, to stop somewhere safe and take a nap. These solutions could be soon out of fashion.
A startup from Portugal is now proposing a new technology to address this issue. Healthy Road is developing AI facial biometric tech for driver monitoring (DMS).
How does it work? The software’s main goal is to monitor the driver’s behavior and state in order to alert him in case of danger. The system can in fact recognize if the driver is able to take over the vehicle control after the autonomous driving mode and to alert the driver in case he is adopting a dangerous driving behavior. All in all, the Healthy Road technology provide a better user experience and support other sensors in the vehicle to take action if necessary.
The facial biometric software can process in fact in real time the stream from one single camera, in order to get facial features. Healthy Road aims to use this technology in vehicles in order to reduce accidents due to distraction and drowsiness.
The features of the software are already very promising and allow detecting different state of the driver. Using face movement detection and eye gaze, the software can detect a distraction or a loss of focus. Through eye analysis techniques, it is able to recognize drowsiness and using the blinking analysis the fatigue level of the driver. However, Healthy Road promises to do even more by recognizing emotions using face expression analysis and even stress through the measurement of the heart rate.
Healthy Road is one of the successful startup who took part to the 2nd Nitro Event in Sophia Antipolis (France) on the 1st and 2nd December 2016. The CEO and Co-Founder André Azevedo summarizes in this way the most recent achievement of his company: “We reached recently 90% accuracy in two main features – drowsiness and distraction detection – that allow us to open some closed doors and to have two new business deals for 2017”.
The startup has already received several recognitions and has additionally been chosen as one of the ten startups selected worldwide to the Rockstart’s Accelerator Program. By participating to Nitro they were looking for some focused advice to further growth their company and were eager to meet investors.
“Nitro meant for us two days to look at your startup results and find how you can improve them and plan the next step” – says the Co-Founder Azevedo.Having had the chance to meet several investors at Nitro, they understood one crucial thing: “Most investors are not interested to invest in product development,they want to invest their money on sales, so also the pitch deck should be changed accordingly”.
The call for Nitro 3 taking place in Lisbon on the 4th and 5th May 2017 is now online! If you wish to join amazing startups, be coached by experienced consultants and pitch in front of investors apply till the 15th March 2017 here http://epluseurope.eu/blog-entry/open-call-announcement-nitro-3-extreme-acceleration-event
Startup Europe After 2 Years – Post event blog
The whole day conference ‘Startup Europe After 2 Years’ #SEA2Y took place on the 2 February at the Permanent Representation of Spain in Brussels.
The event took off at 9.30am, moment in which Gerard De Graaf, head of Directorate F at DG CONNECT, greeted the startup initiatives and their achievements and welcomed the over 200 people who attended the event.
Straight after the brief presentation the audience was blown away by the incredible startup data collected by Dealroom, StartupHubs and Nesta, just to mention a few. Don’t you worry if you couldn’t make it to the event, we have all the slides on Startup Europe Slideshare! However, you’ll be missing the interventions provided by the excellent moderator Mike Butcher, ‘Editor at Large’ at TechCrunch.
The morning session finished with some short talks on the internationalization of Startups at the European level and was capped off with a showcase of the best policy practices to support startup ecosystems across Europe. The Startup Visa was one of the hottest topics mentioned, but we also looked at more grass-roots challenges, calling for an open culture.
After a quick look at Startup Europe Awards – Best Public Administration – and the new initiatives that feed on Startup Europe e.i. the Startup and Scaleup Initiative, we all delved into an intense afternoon filled with the Startup Europe projects results and impact, summerised in short pitches which you can find on the Startup Europe slideshare and on our website.
The 5-minute pitches were opened by a quick panel led by the Startup Europe team at the European Commission and its communication agency, Hugin&Munin, which is in charge of the website, The One Stop Shop and of bringing under one umbrella all the projects’ activities and events.
Once the results were shown, the Startup and Innovation team at the EC explained how to apply to the next ICT32 Open Call ‘Startup Europe and Innovation Radar’, which, by the way, there are about 2 months left to apply!
The event proved to be a great opportunity to connect with other important members of the entrepreneurship ecosystem. And hopefully great partnerships were formed to propose great projects for the ICT 32 call!
Press coverage of startup Job Today winning a Startup Europe Award!
Job Today, la app que conecta empresas y candidatos y que ha revolucionado la forma de encontrar empleo a través de la tecnología móvil, ha sido seleccionada como finalista para competir en los Startup Europe Awards (SEUA).
Los SEUA, una iniciativa promovida por la Comisión Europea e implementada por Finnova en colaboración con StartUp Europe, tienen como objetivo reconocer las mejores StartUps europeas. Los premios, que se entregarán el próximo marzo, se dividen en 10 categorías según el ámbito de actuación de cada start-up. Así, Job Today competirá en representación de Luxemburgo (país donde se fundó la compañía) dentro de la categoría Social, por su contribución a la estimulación positiva del mercado laboral al favorecer la agilidad y eficiencia de los procesos de selección.
Job Today fue lanzada en mayo de 2015 y España fue el primer país donde operó y es dónde actualmente lidera el mercado del recruitment mobile en el sector servicios.
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1-2-1 session: “Development of innovative management system as a solution for livestock sector”
10.00 – 15.00
Development of innovative management system as a solution for livestock sector.
One of the defined problems of livestock sector is the lack of a universal management system.
The proper course of action and technological development in the livestock sector, seems to be development of innovative management system that integrates all stakeholders.
Hipra Poland, Technical Advisor – Livestock
15.00 – 16.00
Questions & Answers
Hipra Poland, Technical Advisor – Livestock
Rafal Trukan is an expert in dealing with issues in the areas of business, and veterinary medicine. Extensive experience in planning and implementing business plans and promotional budgets, as well as the link with the environment veterinary allowed for the successful conduct many training marketing and sales techniques and tactics in the field.
As an advisor repeatedly dealt with the development and implementation of new, will be widely popular products on the market (such as Marbox, Cevaxel RTU, Pride Delta, Enzaprost, Coxevac, Hydracev, Spirovet, SYNCROSTIM, Velactis, Multishield DC, Eprecis inj.).
Press coverage: Irish start-up UrbanVolt recognised at prestigious Startup Europe Awards!
An Irish start-up has been named as a finalist in this year’s prestigious Startup Europe Awards.
Energy services company UrbanVolt has already been offered a national title in Ireland – and is now in line to win the overall European title.
Supported by the European Commission, the awards recognise firms who are transforming the business landscape across Europe.
“This accolade tops off an incredible year for UrbanVolt,” said CEO of UrbanVolt Kevin Maughan.
“In our first full year of business we have become the biggest lighting company in Ireland and we will save our initial customers over €20m on their lighting bills.
“With our Light as a Service model we have become the first energy efficiency service model that can truly deliver on carbon footprint reduction while remaining highly business friendly.”
The company – which was named Bank of Ireland Startup of the Year – funds, fits and maintains LED lighting solutions for large commercial properties and shares the money saved by the business as a result.
Earlier this year UrbanVolt announced that it had signed a €30 million funding arrangement with SUSI Energy Efficiency Fund.
The overall winner of the Startup Europe Awards will be announced early next year.
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Startup Camp Łódź
Chcesz dowiedzieć się czym jest największy na świecie konkurs dla studentów Imagine Cup? Jak stworzyć produkt, który odniesie sukces biznesowy?Szukasz inspiracji i ludzi, z którymi możesz stworzyć niepowtarzalny projekt?
Dołącz do nas! Weź udział w wydarzeniu, które otwiera furtki do Microsoft Imagine Cup oraz Świata startupów. Wspólne z DotConnect, Xplorer, TWIST oraz Microsoft, pomożemy Wam uformować zespoły, doradzimy w kwestii Waszego projektu, a w razie potrzeby dostarczymy unikatowe pomysły na unikalne rozwiązania biznesowe.
CZEŚĆ I: 16:00 – 18:00, Aula F10, LODEX, ul.Wólczańska 215, B-9
1. Startup ecosystem in Europe
2. Microsoft Imagine Cup Intro
3. DotConnect & Microsoft Imagine Cup – Business Acceleration
4. Inspiering student startup success stories:
- Smart Box
- Explicit Motion
5. Startup how-to guide
- Different tools for different startup levels (idea, PoC, MVP)
- Cash is king
6. Call to action:
- How to find a partner during speed dating
- How to find a cool idea from Dots Manufature
- Dev’s Kitchen tender
CZĘŚĆ II 18: 30 -20:30, Starbucks, Sukcesja, al. Politechniki 1
Networking w formie Business Speed Dating w Starbucks Polska
Dołącz do wydarzenia! Serdecznie zapraszamy 🙂
Please find more info on: http://www.meetup.com/Studenckie-Grupy-NET/events/235901449/
Three national finals awards close 1st year of StartUp Europe Awards!
Italy, Poland and Finland organize their national awards between December 6 and 9 of 2016
More than 57 startups in up to 10 categories from 12 European countries have been recognized by their National Awards.
On December 6 with more than 50 startupsparticipating, X23 will celebrate the Italian national final in Milan; Startup Poland will choose the best young talent in the country next December 7 in Warsaw and the Estonian Business Angels Network will celebrate the “Startup Day” in Tartu on Friday 9.
Ireland, Slovenia, Spain, Belgium, Slovakia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Croatia, Finland and Greece have chosen their best startups that will compete to be awarded in each of the 10 categories at the European final of StartUp Europe Awards to be held first quarter of 2107 in Brussels. This competition is meant to be “The Eurovision for Startups”.
After an intense autumn of local and regional events celebrated throughout Italy, the startups absolute finalists of each regional stage will compete in the national final, in an innovative event with the presence of Marco Zanni, Member of the EU Parliament; Isidro Laso – Head of StartUp Europe, DG Connect, EU Commission and Vanessa Ricci –from the Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME), EU Commission.
On the other hand, Startup Poland has partnered with the Polish branch of Citi Bank and created the Startup Poland Global program. The goal is to help Polish startups increase their business potential by going global. The beststartupswill be choosing to join the Startup Europe Awards in Brussels and meet with companies and investors from 16 countries.
Finally, from the “TOP 20 Startups in Estonia”chosen from a wider selection of applicants, the Country Manager Estonian Bussines Angels Network will select the best 10 Estonian startupsduring the Startup Day in Tartu.
All these countries besides Bulgaria, Luxembourg and UK are members of the SEUA Alliance, an international network that seeks to strengthen and support enterprise award organizers by sharing best practices that can replicate for the benefit of their entrepreneurial ecosystems.
To Juan Manuel Revuelta, SEUA director, “SEUA will be crucial to enhance public – private collaboration giving solutions to the local challenges, identifying innovation and improving the use of European funds”.
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.
Startup adVANce challenge
The Startup adVANce program is an opportunity for startups to work with Mercedes-Benz Vans and turn their transport ideas into reality.
Mercedes-Benz will support startups as a fair partner, granting up to €500,000 to co-develop their prototype with shared IP rights. They won’t claim any company shares.
The goals of the Startup adVANce Challenge are:
- To develop and produce hardware and software prototypes that satisfy the future needs of customers in the field of “Last Mile Transportation of Goods and People”.
- To create new long-term partnerships with the most innovative startups that will last beyond the challenge.
The application deadline is January 15, 2017.
What Mercedes-Benz expects:
- Registered startups not older than 8 years from all over Europe and the world
- Clear ideas to revolutionize the transport business especially in the field of the last mile
- Readiness to develop a software or hardware prototype
What Mercedes-Benz offers:
- Up to 500,000 € grants per project
- No shares in return claimed
- Unique insights
- Co-development and broad technical support
- Shared IP rights for jointly-owned work results
- Long-term partnership
For more information click here.