Apply now for GIIF 2018!

The 4th Green Innovation and Investment Forum will take place on 20th and 21st February 2018 in Stuttgart with the focus on “Smart Green Industry”. The application for startups is now open http://green-inno-forum.eu/#apply-attend

The Forum is the only industry-oriented event, looking for smart business ideas and innovative concepts from the Green Technology sector. Trendsetting solutions from areas such as Environmental Engineering, Green IT, Resource and Energy Efficiency, Smart Grid, Material Efficiency or Smart Production are eligible for submission.

If your solution is convincing, you will get the opportunity to present your business idea to investors and market actors in a six-minute pitch. In the generous matching breaks, there will be time for talks with decision makers, experts and investors.

Are you a founder or start-up currently looking for financing and support? Apply now and find your partners for (start-up) financing, development or licensing of your technologies or business ideas in Stuttgart!

Owners Teams of the shortlisted ideas will be entitle to attend the exclusive and personalised Green Training Day (on 20th February 2018). Investors, VCs, and SMEs will be invited to the Pitching Day on 21st February 2018 to award the winners of GIIF 2018.

The event is free of charge for start-ups, researchers and founders.

Interested startups and companies can apply till the 31st October 2017 here http://green-inno-forum.eu/#apply-attend


Pilot project: Start This Up!

The European Commission is launching a Call for proposals for a pilot project to leverage the Startup Europe networks and hubs for the benefit of the West Pomerania province for a maximum amount of 750.000€

The aim of the pilot project ‘Start This Up’ is to create links between ecosystems, focusing on connecting people, local ecosystems, international outreach and providing information for the West Pomerania province and neighbouring regions. The Pilot will reinforce matchmaking between investors, corporates, higher education institutions and entrepreneurs as well as networking of regional decision-makers.

The pilot project will on the one hand, help established startups and prospective tech entrepreneurs to achieve market success and, on the other, raise broader awareness of high potential innovators in Europe with specific targeted actions for maturing innovation excellence in EU-funded ICT projects.

Take a look at all the related documents here



StartUp Europe Awards recognizes the best European startups in 10 categories

  • The President of the European Parliament has opened the final ceremony of StartUp Europe Awards 2016 at the European Parliament.
  • This initiative is organized by the StartUp Europe Accelerator by Finnova Foundation
  • Robocamp, Tespack, INZMO, Windcity, NeuronGuard, VyzVoice, CityCrop, TempBuddy, Waynabox and APSU have been awarded as the best startups in Europe in the 10 different categories.
  • The “Best Public Administration for startups Award” has gone to the Lisbon City Council, the Consorcio Zona Franca de Vigo and the Central Denmark Region; they have beenrecognized fortheir effort in supporting entrepreneurship in their respective territories.

Brussels, 8th of June, 2017. The StartUp Europe Awards initiative, promoted by the European Commission, supported by the President of the Committee of the Regions and implemented by the StartUp Europe Accelerator by Finnova Foundation, have recognised for the first time in a collaborative and inter-European way the best startups in Europe in 10 categories, in the so-called “Eurovision for startups”. The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, opened the final ceremony of StartUp Europe Awards 2016. “We should cultivate good ideas and help them to grow. We need to invest more in digital technologies and create a genuine European single market where our young companies can develop”, assured Tajani.

StartUp Europe Awards presents a prize methodology for startups at local, regional and national level, fostering the open innovation and the collaboration between the different actors of the European ecosystems, through the private-public partnership to support entrepreneurs. “Besides, it creates a network of contacts that will allow to inspire and give visibility to all the local startups so that, by using this network, they can scale their services and products at a global level”, has stated JuanmaRevuelta, the Director of Finnova’sStartup Europe Accelerator.

The European winners of StartUp Europe Awards 2016 according to the 10 categories are:Robocamp (Creative Category), Tespack (Energy), INZMO(Fintech), Windcity (Green), NeuronGuard (Health), VyzVoice (ICT), CityCrop (Smart Cities), TempBuddy (Social), Waynabox (Tourism) and APSU(Water). Ekuore (Health), Human Surge (Social) and APATEQ (Water) have received the Extraordinary Awards, a special prize created to recognise the effort of those startups whose score was very high and got very close to the final recognition.

The startupAudified Reality from Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) won the “Best European Neighbour StartUp Europe Award”.

Waynabox received a European acceleration ticket of 10,000 € from Amadeus Company, to continue their internationalization in 2018, delivered by Elizabeth Aston, Senior Adviser, Industry Affairs.  “Amadeus continually invests in innovation with a total bugdet of over 4 billion during the last 10 years. Innovation is about doing things differently – having a different business model, a different approach to customer service and this is what Waynabox does” stated Aston.

The startup APSU also received a European acceleration ticket of 10.000 € for presenting their project to different European calls as LIFE or EUROSTARS. The award has been delivered by Rafael Páez Santana, Counsellor of innovation and Employment from the Cabildo de Fuerteventura.

The Commissioner of Investigation, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, delivered the award of ICT Category to VyzVoice. “I want to create the kind of environment where the entrepreneurial spirit can flourish […] Entrepreneurs are the stars, we’re there to help and support them”, said Moedas in his motivational speech.

The Vice-President for Communication of the European Economic and Social Committee, Gonçalo Lobo Xavier, who handedin the award for Fintech and Tourism categories, considers “StartUp Europe Awards a very interesting way to promote entrepreneurship and the quality of the work developed in Europe. We have very good examples of solutions that can change peoples’ lives for the better and this is a huge achievement when we talk about innovation, science and entrepreneurship: to address the citizens!”

StartUp Europe Awards delivered the recognition to the “Best Public Administration for the Startups”, a pioneering prize which aims to recognise the best programmes or public services supporting entrepreneurs and innovation in municipality, province and region categories. The winner in Municipality category is Lisbon City Council; in the province category is Consorcio Zona Franca de Vigo and in the Region category is Central Denmark Region.

These awards were delivered by the first Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions, Karl-Heinz Lambertzwho stated “the European Committee of the Regions encourages cities and regions to implement entrepreneurship-friendly policies through our European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) initiative. We actively promote and support efforts to create smarter EU cities and regions”.

The president of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani,delivered the award “Best Media Partner” to the TV Program Emprende of Spanish Television (RTVE)for their commitment to the dissemination of the entrepreneurship and the startups.

Finally, the Ambassador of Spain in Belgium, Cecilia Yuste, handed in the award to Jesús Brotons “Brainiac Beats”, winner of the Music Contest Award, for creating the music for StartUp Europe Awards, representing the values of union, community and entrepreneurship.

The winners of StartUp Europe Awards will obtain great visibility all around Europe thanks to the Media Partner Alliance of StartUp Europe Awards formed by 21 media members. The startups will also have access to a programme of mentoring (information in internationalization, European funds like SMEs Instrument of 50.000 € to 2, 5 million € of non-refundable subsidy, international communication, legal barriers to innovation, etc.), through the StartUp Europe Accelerator of Finnova Foundation, which will allow them to boost their projects and to make them more viable worldwide.

StartUp Europe Accelerator is the unique accelerator specialized in European opportunities funding, which helps the entrepreneurs to internationalize their business through European projects.

Thanks to the initiative StartUp Europe Awards, the winningstartups will be able to participate in business missions focused in internationalization in India, Africa, LATAM and Silicon Valley.

To close the ceremony, the president of the organisation “Mind the Bridge”, Alberto Onetti, presented the last report of “Scaleup Europe” by Startup Europe Partnership (SEP).  This report includes new data about Scaleups and capital raised in Europe, plus a comparison among regions, countries and sectors. The maturity of the EU scene, the potential impact of Brexit, and recent growth ends the report, along with a survey of the largest verticals present in Scale-up Europe, and which countries these verticals are most represented in.

About StartUp Europe Awards

StartUp Europe Awards is an initiative that seeks to identify and recognise local models of success which become an example to other entrepreneurs, to the public administrations for developing custom-made programmes to stimulate its growth and to the investors for approaching local ecosystems.

“From the Commission, we want that entrepreneurship generating growth and employment is not only present in a few cities or regions. Thus, more people can benefit from the impact” assures Isidro Laso, Head of StartUp Europe’s Sector – European Commission.

More than 20 local events and 14 national awards have been celebrated under StartUp Europe Awards´ frame in 2016, with 91 startups winners and 84 that made it to the final. 21 media partners of the whole Europe, as The Independent in Ireland or Emprende TVE in Spain, they have helped to give visibility to this initiative. 9 members of the European Parliament have come together in the StartUp Europe Awards as ambassadors, supporting the local events with their presence and following closely the progress of the startups.

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

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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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


StartUp Europe Awards Ceremony

StartUp Europe Awards is an initiative 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 the Finnova Foundation in collaboration with StartUp Europe.

The StartUp Europe Awards 2016 Final ceremony will be chaired and hosted by the President of the European Parliament, Mr. Antonio Tajani. The aim of the event is to reward the 10 most outstanding startups coming from 14 national competitions that have taken place in 2016 across Europe, announcing 1 winner for each category in competition: Creative, Energy, Fintech, Green, Health, ICT’s, Smart Cities, Social, Tourism and Water.

#SEUA16 will also deliver two special recognition: “Best Public Administration for startups Award”, for recognising the effort of the best public administration in supporting entrepreneurial activity and innovation at a city, province or region level. And “Best Media Partner Award”, to highlight the Media Partner most committed with the promotion of the initiative and the startups participating in the contest.

At the ceremony, will be presented the “Scale up Europe Report” by Mr. Alberto Onetti, President of Mind the Bridge and Coordinator of Startup Europe Partnership.


Register on this link


ePlus Investment Forum

ePlus project, a project of Startup Europe, will be holding their Investment Forum event at EBAN Malaga 2017

The investment forum will take place on 7th June but all selected entrepreneurs will get a free pass to attend the EBAN Annual Congress on 8th and 9th June.

The EBAN Annual Congress is one of Europe’s largest and most international business angel events held annually by EBAN in cooperation with its best members. After 17 successful editions of the event, the last of which in Eindhoven 2015 and Porto 2016, this year’s edition of the event is coming to Malaga on the 7-9 of June 2017 and will be hosted by the City of Malaga and Promalaga at the grand Palacio de ferias y congresos de Malaga.

The EBAN Annual Congress 2017 will be a spring of new ideas and trends, bringing together the world’s most eminent business angels, entrepreneurs and opinion makers, and enabling networking and dealmaking with experts in the field. We are expecting more than 500 participants from the early stage investing market as well as 100 startups from all over Europe and beyond.

Interested? Apply here before 1st April!
Selection results will be announced by Friday 14th April 2017.



Lisbon Investment Summit is Europe’s surprisingly informal and slightly unexpected startup conference. Their goal is to bring  together top investors, entrepreneurs and executives from all over the world in Lisbon, every June.

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.”



Tetuan Valley Startup School- Demo Day

Tetuan Valley is back with the 16th edition of its Startup School program in Madrid.

In 6 weeks we help you kickstart your tech project with help from mentors and expert entrepreneurs. Once a week you will have talks on different topics, workshops and pitch practice.

The program includes a hackathon too!


Green Alley Award 2017

The Green Alley Award is Europe’s first start-up competition focused on the circular economy.

In association with our core partners Landbell, Seedmatch, ERP Finland, Bethnal Green Ventures, H2 Compliance and R2PI, Green Alley is looking for great green ideas, new services, products and technologies that can turn waste into a resource. In return, we offer strategic support, networking opportunities and expertise in entering the circular economy across Europe.

You can sign up for this event using the link below:

Sign Up Now!


* Circular Economy start-ups and eco-entrepreneurs

* Products, services, technologies or awareness campaigns to help avoid, reduce, reuse, recycle or transform waste

* Ideas that reinvent the management of resources

* Ideas that reduce the impact of chemicals or utilizes safer alternatives



* Online at www.green-alley-award.com with the start-up profile and the pitch deck according to our application guidelines

* Application end: 25th July, 0:00 CET



* Prize package worth up to 30,000 EUR

* Access to a network of circular economy experts & entrepreneurs

* Strategic support to advance the start-ups business model


Venue: Green Alley Investment GmbH Oudenarder Str. 16 13347 Berlin


Tetuan Valley Startup School

Tetuan Valley is back with the 16th edition of its Startup School program in Madrid.

In 6 weeks we help you kickstart your tech project with help from mentors and expert entrepreneurs. Once a week you will have talks on different topics, workshops and pitch practice.

The program includes a hackathon too!