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What is Web Summit?

Web Summit started as a simple idea in 2010: Let’s connect the technology community with all industries, both old and new. It seemed to resonate. Web Summit has grown to become the “largest technology conference in the world”.

No conference has ever grown so large so fast. But we also pride ourselves in organising the “best technology conference on the planet”.

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European Commission daily news mention: Startup Europe Awards announced today

Startup Europe Awards will be announced today in 10 categories: Creative, Energy, Fintech, Green, Health, ICT’s, Smart Cities, Social, Tourism and Water. The event is supported and promoted by the European Commission to improve the ecosystem for startups and scaleups in Europe.

The best startups from Europe will be announced after having been recognised in 14 national competitions that took place in 2016 across Europe. The ceremony will take place at the European Parliament. The awards will be handed over by Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner in charge of Research, Science and Innovation and Gonçalo Lobo Xavier, First Vice-President of the Committee of Regions.

The Startup Europe Awards final will also announce the Best Public Administration for Startups, recognising the best public services supporting entrepreneurs, and the Best Media Partner, to the most committed media with the dissemination of information about entrepreneurship.

Additionally, the Scale Up Europe Report will be presented during the ceremony in the afternoon. The study gives an overview on how many scaleups are in Europe, which are the top sectors among the scaleups, how much money has been raised, as well as highlight the best examples.

Further details can be found here. Extracts from the award ceremony will be transmitted by EbS on Thursday.

(For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 2 296 70 83; Inga Höglund – Tel: +32 2 295 06 98)

 

 

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StartUp Europe Awards will recognize the best European startups in 10 categories

  • The StartUp Europe Awards ceremony will count on the honorific presence of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani.

  • In total, 84 startups coming from 14 countries have competed to be appointed best startup in Europe in any of the 10 categories of the prize.

  • The initiative will also recognise the “Best Public Administration for startups”, a pioneering award addressed to the best public programme which supports startups and their entrepreneurship values

Brussels, 31th of May 2017. The StartUp Europe Awards initiative, promoted by the European Commission and implemented by Finnova Foundation, in collaboration with StartUp Europe, will recognise for the first time the best startups in Europe in 10 categories, in the so-called “Eurovision for startups”. This recognition will take place in Brussels next Wednesday, 7th of June, in a ceremony that will count on the honorific presence of the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani.

84 finalist startups coming from Croatia, Greece, Poland, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Italy, Ireland, Macedonia and Montenegro will opt for the recognition of best startup in the categories of Creative, Energy, Fintech, Green, Health, ICT, Smart Cities, Social, Tourism and Water.

The awards will be delivered by the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani; the Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Mr. Carlos Moedas; the Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions, Karl-Heinz Lambert; the Vice-President for Communication of the European Economic and Social Committee, Gonçalo Lobo Xavier andthe DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Mr. Michel Servoz.

In addition to distinguishing the best startups from Europe in 10 categories, the StartUp Europe Awards final will also recognise the best Public Administration for the Startups, a pioneering prize which aims to recognise the best programmes or public services supporting entrepreneurs and innovation inmunicipality, province, region and international organism category. The initiative also recognises the Best Media Partner, a prize that will be given to the media partner most committed to the dissemination of the entrepreneurship and the startups.

Finally, the president of the organisation “Mind the Bridge”, Alberto Onetti, will present in the ceremony 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 Scaleup Europe, and which countries these verticals are most represented in.

All 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 alsohave access to a programme of mentoring (in internationalization, European funds like SMEs Instrument of 50.000 € to 2,5 million € of non-refundable subsidy, international communication, etc.), through the StartUp Europe Accelerator of Finnova Foundation, which will allow them to boost their projects and to make them more viable worldwide.

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.

StartUp Europe Awards also proposes a methodology of open innovation through the public – private partnership, “that works for the public entities to find a solution for its local challenges and for the startups to try its innovations in pilots supported with European funding”, declares Juan Manuel Revuelta, Director of StartUp Europe Accelerator by Finnova Foundation.

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.

Press Contact:

Catalina Valencia
Tel: (+34) 636889177
eustartup@finnova.eu

 

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Vote for Startup Europe in the 2017 ECOFIN awards

Startup Europe has been chosen by ECOFIN as one of the finalists in their 2017 awards.

Startup Europe has been put forward for the ‘institutional’ category in the ‘Titans of Finance’ awards. This means that Startup Europe has been recognised for its work to help people across Europe, on an institutional level, with the financial aspects of starting their startup and helping them to grow across Europe.

You can vote for Startup Europe here (the website is in Spanish, Startup Europe is in the last option).

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Seedstars Summit

57% of world GDP comes from emerging markets. 87% of the world’s population lives in emerging markets. 80% of the world’s smartphones will be in emerging markets by 2020.

What does this all mean?

Opportunity.

Join us for the Seedstars Summit 2017 on April 6 and watch 70+ startups from the fast growing startup hubs around the world compete for equity investment of up to $1,000,000. Not only will you meet the best entrepreneurs from 65+ countries, you will also connect with investors, government officials, corporate innovators and CEOs from Africa, Asia, LATAM, CEE and the MENA region.

Get ready for breakout sessions, panel discussions and specialized workshops on fintech, edtech, digital health, agritech, IoT, hardware, social networking, clean tech – and much more.

 

 

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Financial technology startups are invited to apply for the Rietumu Fintech Challenge 2017!

On April 26, Riga will host the biggest competition in the Baltics for startups developing financial technologies (FinTech). Rietumu Banka established the competition two years ago, and it is currently the largest event in the region. Thanks to the initiative of Rietumu Banka,many startups are now motivated to develop and improve the FinTech environment. The main prize on offer in the Rietumu Fintech Challenge 2017 is EUR 5,000. Register* until April 7 here.

Last year, 25 startups applied to take part in Rietumu Fintech Challenge 2016. The winner of the main prize was Nordigen, a startup from Latvia – a tool helping lenders to automatize the data analysis of borrowers’ bank printouts.

According to Roberts Bernāns, Development Director of Nordigen, “The Rietumu Fintech Challenge is a valuable event, because FinTech culture in Latvia is very active. It is good that big companies are providing support for such initiatives. Especially so, when the support comes from Rietumu Banka which also helps startups to function using the platform it provides. In preparing for the competition last year, we had a defined technology, but we lacked a clear understanding of its applicability. However, the presence of many mentors from the banks and other large financial enterprises gave us the chance to understand whether our service was useful and appropriate for them. Moreover, the large number of foreign experts involved helped us to understand whether our service was viable beyond the borders of Latvia. Our success in this competition is our quality mark and a reference we often use in order to increase the credibility of our brand.”

This year, the involvement of more participants from all the Baltic States, Scandinavia and Russia is expected. As previously, the jury will assess the submitted applications. After all applications, have been reviewed, the strongest startups will be selected for the final. The finalists will have the opportunity to spend a full day working with FinTech industry experts and mentors. These experts will share their advice and experience to encourage the teams to formulate their future vision of their product and business in general as precisely as possible, as well as to prepare the startups for the presentation to investors at the end of the day.

The Rietumu Fintech Challenge 2017 is organised by the Latvian Startup association StartinLV in collaboration with Rietumu Banka.  Both parties signed the collaboration agreement at the beginning of 2017. Previously, Rietumu Banka has actively supported different initiatives of startups, for instance, participating in FinTech Club – the series of closed events specially organised for startups working in financial technologies.

Jevgēnijs Djugajevs, Board Member of Rietumu Banka explains that, “Launching a successful FinTech project is complicated. The need to deal with real money and reveal private financial information means that user requirements in regard to new solutions are often high. While it is possible to create something unique, the company should not only be thinking about launching a product; it also has to ensure the product’s reliability and security. It is important to comply with regulations and to avoid bankruptcy. Sometimes companies launch an unfinished project expecting to deal with emerging problems on the go. In our field, this is almost impossible. Therefore, the Rietumu FinTech Challenge has a professional jury that can guide entrepreneurs in the right direction, help them find solutions to problems, and last but not least, to identify the leader amongst the crowd.”

Jekaterina Novicka Chairperson of the Board of Latvian Startup Association says, “We are truly glad that through the Rietumu Fintech Challenge, we can showcase Latvia as a platform able to attract financial technology industry teams from all over the region. It is also a unique opportunity for Latvian FinTech startups to learn, establish contacts and further cooperate with internationally recognized experts. The Rietumu Fintech Challenge is a fantastic chance to understand and exploit the advantages offered by banks.”

Rietumu Fintech Challenge 2017 welcomes applications from startups that already have working product or its prototype.  The product must be appropriate for use in the FinTech field. From all the applications, the jury will select the strongest startups, which will then be invited to take part in the all-day mentoring session and compete for the main prize. Register* until April 7 here: https://www.f6s.com/rietumufintechchallenge2017/apply

*In order to register for the Rietumu FinTech Challenge 2017, it is necessary to create a startup profile using the free platform http://f6s.com. Afterwards, you can fill in the questionnaire and to register for the competition. If you have any questions regarding registration, please do not hesitate to contact the project manager Aļona Beļinska by e-mail: alona@startin.lv

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EU-Startups conference

The EU-Startups Conference is an annual event which showcases a selection of Europe’s hottest startups and wich set out to connect and inspire the best entrepreneurs and investors from across Europe.

There will be fireside chats with internationally successful founders like Jesper Buch (Just Eat founder / angel investor) and Peter Vesterbacka (Rovio, Angry Birds, Slush, Lightneer), interesting speeches, an “Investors on Stage” session and great networking opportunities.

In addition there will be an exciting pitch competition with 15 exciting startups from all across Europe. The pitch competition will be judged by a team of well known investors and winning startup team will receive a prize package worth more than €11,000.

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Madrid Startup House will be at Startup Olé!

Madrid Startup House is going to be at Startup Olé, a great tech event in Salamanca, Spain, on 26th and 27th April!

Madrid Startup House is a pilot initiative which began through Startup Europe. It aims to be a one stop shop where entrepreneurs and startups can find everything they need to startup in Madrid, Spain. It is a neutral space which aims to connect all players of the ecosystem, and facilitate Madrid, and Spain’s, ability to adapt to the Digital Single Market.

Madrid Startup House will be at Startup Olé for both days of the event, to present the Madrid ecosystem and explain more about the initiative.

Madrid Startup House will:

  • Be there with its two co-founders Victor Teodosio and Asier Basterretxea
  • Have its own stand where you come to visit us and ask all of your questions
  • Bring members of the Madrid ecosystem to meet you
  • Bring selected top startups from Madrid: more on this very soon!

Keep an eye out for more information, on @MadridSHouse and on the website! We are excited to see you there!

About Startup Olé

Startup Olé emerged in 2015 from a highly successful European project within Startup Europe (WELCOME). The main objective of this project was to connect the startup ecosystems across Europe and advance European tech entrepreneurship. Although this project has now finished, Startup Olé persists as a unique event to drive entrepreneurship through effective collaboration. In fact, because of its origins, Startup Olé has become something that no other event has been able to achieve: A place where meaningful connections can be made with ALL the key players in the tech ecosystem.

 

 

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Open call for Creative StartUp Europe Awards 2017

Creative StartUp Europe Awards is looking for partners at local, county, regional and national level

Madrid, 27th March. The call for country and local organisers of Creative StartUp Europe Awards 2017 was launched today in Madrid at the European meeting “How to start me up. Building my creative hub” organised and hostedby Factoria Cultural and supported by the European Creative Hubs Network funded under the Creative Europe Cross-sectoral strand. The project set up a Europe-wide network of creative hubs for cultural and creative professionals and entrepreneurs. The ECHN Skills Workshop is the first one in a series of three workshops which aim to build the professional capacity of creative hub leaders by developing tailored support and skills development tools.

Duringthe meeting “How to start me up. Building my creative hub”, the CEO of Finnova Foundation and the StartUp Europe Accelerator, Juan Manuel Revuelta invited the creative community to participate in the Creative StartUp Europe Awards 2017 through the StartUp Europe Awards Alliance. The aim of this award is to recognize the best startups working on cultural and creative projects in its broadest sense (visual arts, architecture, audio-visuals, literature, music, design and fashion), taking into consideration the originality of the project and its subsequent implementation. Moreover, the projects must pursue a transnational geographical dimension, successfully reaching a European or even global dimension.

The open call is to organise an awardat local, county, regional or national level to recognize these creative startups in their countries. The call is also open to Creative Media Partners, who could provide visibility and follow the progress of the participants and for Creative Ambassadors to Members of the European Parliament who could provide institutional support and invite a group of creative startups to visit EU institutions. Regarding this support, European Parliament presented a resolution on coherent EU policy for cultural and creative industries on December 2016.

The first edition of StartUp Europe Awards in the Creative category awarded thesestartups at national level: Terrible Creations (Croatia) Truzees (Ireland) Audified Reality (Macedonia), Yeba Essentials (Belgium), Convert Art (Greece), Komilibro (Spain), DIS (Italy), Mozello (Latvia), RoboCamp (Poland) and SprayPrinter (Estonia).

More than 20 local events and 14 national awards have been celebrated under the frame of StartUp Europe Awards in 2016 with 91 startups awarded. 18 media partners from all over Europe have been making more visible the progress of the initiative as The Independent Ireland or Emprende TVE for Spain.

If you are interested in become a partner for Creative SEUA17 please contact us: partners@startupeuropeawards.eu

About StartUp Europe Awards

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. Its aim is to identify local models that serve as an example to new entrepreneurs and for public institutions to develop programs to promote them.

StartUp Europe Awards works as well as a methodology of open innovation through public-private partnerships that allow public entities to find a solution for their local challenges and startupsto prove their innovations in pilots supported by European funding.

StartUp Europe Awards recognizes the effort of the European startups in five levels (local, county, regional, national and European) in fourteen categories for 2017: Creative, Energy, Fintech, Green, Health, IoT, Smart Cities, Social, Tourism, Water, Agritech, Legal, Space and Cibersecurity. A last category is for recognizing the effort of the public administrations in supporting entrepreneurship and innovation: Best Public Administration Award.

StartUp Europe Awards is creating as well an Alliance gathering the organizers of startup awards (accelerators, universities, consultors, businesses angels) all around Europe and beyond, being a forum for the interchange of best practices and networking amongst all the players involved in the European ecosystem.

The winners of the European final of StartUp Europe Awards will gain huge visibility across Europe and access to a mentoring programme (on European funds as SME Instrument from 50000 € to 2.5 M €, communication, lobbying, etc.), through Finnova Foundation and the partners of the StartUp Europe Awards, allowing them to develop their projects and make them more viable at a European level.

About Creative StartUp Europe Accelerator

Creative StartUp Europe is an international programme that connects key Belgian stakeholders with Spanish young entrepreneurs with innovative ideas in the creative and cultural industries. To know more about this initiative please visit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSuNuVoasdo

About Creative Hubs

A creative hub is an infrastructure or venue that uses a part of its leasable or available space for networking, organisational and business development to the cultural and creative sectors. Many co-working spaces in the creative sector refer to themselves as “creative hubs”.

By facilitating co-creation, Creative hubs can help to make out the most of the sharing economy. In some countries, creative hubs also provide valuable solutions to the high rates of youth unemployment by providing not only an inspiring working environment and useful contacts but also to provide an innovative business environment for cultural and creative start-ups. The increasing attractiveness of the concept of creative hubs in the EU can help breathe new life into declined industrial areas, enhance tourism and investment, provide educational opportunities as well as cultural and creative spaces. The project also set up some business support measures as well as a peer-to-peer hubs exchange programme to enhance concrete project development and cross-country learning.

http://creativehubs.eu

http://factoriaculturalmadrid.es

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Interview with Co-Founder of Madrid Startup House, a Startup Europe initiative, in El Economista

Victor Teodosio, Co-founder and Director of Madrid Startup House, was recently interviewed by the Spanish magazine El Economista for their SME magazine.

Madrid Startup House is an initiative of Startup Europe which aims to bring a homogenous structure to the Madrid startup ecosystem and help it become an internationally recognised digi-tech and startup-friendly city. It is a pilot project which will soon be developed in other cities in Europe, to create homogenous structures in each hub so that they may work, collaborate and easily share information. The initiative aims to help cities adapt further to the Digital Single Market, one of the main priorities of the European Commission.

The interview with Victor Teodosio can be found on pages 4-6.

The magazine also features an interview with Isidro Laso, Head of the Startup Europe initiative, pages 8-10.

You can read the interview in Spanish here.

 

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