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Commissioner Ansip will launch Startup Europe Week in Brussels, 6th Feb

We are pleased to announce that Commissioner Ansip will launch Startup Europe Week in Brussels on 6th February, the first day of Startup Europe Week (6th- 10th February).

Startup Europe Week is an initiative implemented by SEW and promoted by the European Commission and Startup Europe.

Regional diversity and local policy making still play a big role in shaping European startups. From helping entrepreneurs to incorporate a company, to providing grants or taxes breaks, European regions are key players.

This is exactly why SEW activities focus on the support and initiatives for startups on a regional and city level, in hundreds of cities all over Europe.

#SEW17 will this year involve more than 40 countries, with over 280 co-organisers planning events.

These exciting events will be kicked off with a launch event in Brussels, with Commissioner Andrus Ansip.

The event will take place as follows:

09.00 – 09:30 Registration

09.30 – 10.00 Opening and welcome.
Microsoft representative
Igor Tasic, Founder and CEO of Startup Europe Week

10:00 – 10:20 Fireside chat with Andrus Ansip, Vice President of the European Commission and Alex Barrera, Cofounder Tech.eu

10:20 – 11:00 Fireside chat with Adina Valean, Vice President of the European Parliament and Alex Barrera, Cofounder Tech.eu

11:00 – 11:30 Roundtable discution on the the importance to connect ecosystems across Europe: Karen Boers, Cofounder startups.be and Emilio Corchado, CEO Startup Ole

11:30 Live connection with three cities across Europe where Startup Europe Week event is happening simultaneously

12:15 Closing by Isidro Laso, Head of startups and scaleups, DG Connect, European Commission

12:30 Networking lunch

 

We would be delighted to have your participation at the event. Please sign up on the eventbrite.

 

To keep updated and find your closest event, follow Startup Europe Week on:
Twitter @startupeuw
Facebook @startupeuropeweek
Hashtag #SEW17

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Poland has chosen 9 winning startups for European final of StartUp Europe Awards!

Poland has chosen nine startups for the European final of StartUp Europe Awards!

Under the frame of Startup Poland Global, an educational program for Polish startups and scaleups helping them work on global expansion strategies, were chosen the nine startups which will represent Poland in Brussels, for the final of StartUp Europe Awards. This program selected 50 high potential startups that participated in three-day intensive course where they improved their pitches, listened to serial entrepreneurs’ stories of success and failure, and acquired legal and business background on moving operations abroad. During the pitching finals, the jury of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs rated startups performance on stage.

They selected the winners that will receive a tailored workshop on building global strategies and scaling, at the end of January 2017, and will go to the final of SEUA.

Startup Poland Global is enabled by the United Way Worldwide and funded by Citi Foundation.

These are thestartups selected to represent Poland in 9 categories in the final of Startup Europe Awards:

In the ICT Category the winner is DeepDoc; a project aimed at early detection of risk of depression using machine learning to analyze activity in social media, they diagnose the risk of depression at a very early stage.

Jumbsterthe winner in TOURISM Category, is an application to save on fuel; with this app you are able to find and buy the cheapest fuel in your area.

In the HEALTH Category was selected Pelvifly, a comprehensive, mobile system of prophylaxis and rehabilitation of pelvic floor muscles dysfunction.

Piece of cake provides the opportunity to easy splitting your bills for your friends, workmates and in every place, where you just need divide the bill. This startup will represent Poland for FINTECH Category.

Ronzo is aimed to empower consumers with delicious cricket-based products with natural ingredients, no artificial chemical substances or semi-processed products; and it is the winner for the GREEN Category.

Smartbox, wich creates a comprehensive Smarthouse system based on cloud computing, was chosen as the winner for ENERGY Category.

The winner for SOCIAL Category is Socialgamer, a search engine in the computer gaming industry focused on the rapid and precise searching for partners to create the perfect team.

Sense produces wireless, mobile and intelligent sensors and designs measuring systems. Sense was chosen to represent Poland in the CITIES Category.

For the CREATIVE Category the winner is RoboCampwhich enhances STEM education using LEGO robot building and visual programming.

Startup Europe Awards recognizes the effort of the European startups in five levels (local, county, regional, national and European) in ten categories: Creative, Energy, Fintech, Green, Health, ICT, Smart Cities, Social, Tourism and Water. Each involved country will recognize the best local startups which will have the chance to compete to be awarded as the best European startups, in the Final ceremony to be held first quarter of 2017 in Brussels. For this reason, StartUp Europe Awards is “The Eurovision for Startups”.

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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STARTUP EUROPE – TWIST –  Time sure flies when you’re always innovating!

 

 

Wow! Has it been 2 years already? When you work with innovative technologies and when you’re constantly surrounded by creative minds, time goes by in a heartbeat. It’s those people who can’t think about anything else except finding the next best thing which will change our lives for the better that make technology, our economy and the whole world go round and round.
STARTUP EUROPE and TWIST have been at the forefront of technological innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe for the past 2 years and we loved every bit of the process!
With over 72 meetups, 3 bootcamps on life science, cybersecurity and key enabling technologies, 27 e-pitches with investors and with more than 2.500 participants to our initiatives and events, TWIST has managed to bring together the key players on the European startup scene.
Partnering with Microsoft, Adecco, Meet In Italy for Life Science, Tech-Tour, International Cybersecurity Forum, CISCO, Android and PSA, we have managed to bring our startups in contact with the most valuable resources available today. Experience mentors and experts from different industries have met up with our startups and entrepreneurs in our joint efforts to boost Europe’s startup ecosystem into achieving amazing results.

 

After 2 incredible years of working with some of the most talented startups and entrepreneurs in Europe and worldwide, we can easily say that the future of technological innovation is close. Real close. It’s here!

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Startup Scaleup – Startup Europe’s IoT Accelerator

A 6-month acceleration programme, launched in 2015 aimed to find European startups developing cutting-edge IoT innovation. During the past two years, programme ran 2 batches in 4 European locations simultaneously and supported 133 startups. “We have achieved and exceeded expected number of companies, that we wanted to support. This is what happens, when there is so much IoT potential in Europe”, – said Andres Iborra, Startup Scaleup project coordinator.

 

Both batches started with a IoT’ers week simultaneous in the four different hubs of Startup Scaleup programme: Vilnius – Lithuania, Zoetermeer – the Netherlands, Dublin – Ireland and Cartagena – Spain. Andres Iborra continues – “Because of a great variety in the expertise of Startup Scaleup partners, we managed to offer very high quality support in the technical field of IoT, business management and fundraising.”

 

Each 6-month journey finished with a Demo Day, where the top startups of each batch were selected to pitch and demonstrate their products at a major event. In May 2016, top 12 startups from the first batch presented their products during the Connected Conference, in Paris. From the second batch, the top 16 were selected to demonstrate their products on November 2016, during Internet of Thing World Europe in Dublin.

Workshop run during IoT World in Dublin by one of our partners, BluSpecs Innovation.

From both batches, comprised of 133 companies, more than €10M were raised. “We are very happy to witness rapid growth of our incubated startups and help them raise funds. We are also very happy with the variety of available capital for innovative IoTstartups. Our companies raised money from the government, angels and VC’s simultaneously.” – said Andres Iborra.

 

He continues – “The funded part of the project is about to end, however having seen such tremendous success and a market opportunity we are looking forward to transform this initiative into a sustainable programme that can further support IoT companies Europe-wide”.

 

Startup Scaleup in numbers:

About the Startup-Scaleup Project

                                                  

Startup Scaleup is the 6 month IoT accelerator of Startup Europe powered by the European Commission which is combining physical and virtual acceleration, and looking for talented startups aspiring to take their business to the next level and expanding to international markets.

 

Startup Scaleup is building a European ecosystem connecting the players of four consolidated entrepreneurial hubs (Cartagena, Dublin, Vilnius and Zoetermeer) in order to provide a greater range and quality services to ambitious entrepreneurs who want to launch and grow companies focused on the Internet of Things (IoT).

 

Startup Scaleup is run by the Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena, Crosspring LABs, Open Coffee Club Lithuania, the Ryan Academy, F6S and BluSpecs.

                                      

About Startup Europe

 

Startup Europe is a European Commission initiative that aims to strengthen the business environment for web and ICT entrepreneurs so that their ideas and business can start and grow in the EU.

Uniting European startup ecosystems is its value proposition. Some of its concrete activities are:

  • Connecting startup ecosystems throughout Europe.
  • Bridging the gap between investors, corporates and startups.
  • Creating a bottom-up movement across Europe.
  • Giving voice to startups to influence new policies (capital markets union, digital single market).
  • Celebrating entrepreneurship.

 

More information at:

http://startup-scaleup.eu/

https://www.f6s.com/startup-scaleup

http://startupeuropeclub.eu/

 

 

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Startup Europe Partnership, 3 years later.

Startup Europe Partnership: Highlights

 

Established by the European Commission in January 2014 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Startup Europe Partnership (SEP) is the first pan-European platform dedicated to transforming European startups into scaleups by linking them with global corporates.

 

SEP is led by Mind the Bridge, an organization based in Italy and United States, with the support of Nesta (the UK’s innovation foundation), Factory (an acceleration program and campus for tech companies of any stage, originating from Berlin), and Bisite Accelerator (Madrid/Salamanca).

In the past two years a lot has been done by SEP to promote startup-corporate collaboration in Europe and support the scale-up of the European ecosystem. Let’s see how.

  • Matching: 18 Matching Events organized with 593 private 1:1 pre-arranged and qualified meetings between startups and corporates. Of them, 328 (64%) are cross-border, meaning involving corporates and startups of different nationalities. 12 deals closed, €2.5M+ of new business generated, €450M+ ofnew capital raised post matching, 2 exits and 1 active acquisition.
  • Startup Scouting and Filtering: 898 startups from 18 different countries presented to 43corporates.
  • Mapping: 16 SEP Monitors published presenting data about scaleups and exits in Europe and showcasing the most fast growing startups from various ecosystems
  • Meet-ups: 2Startup Europe Summit (SES)pan-Europeanconferences organized in Berlin and 2 European Innovation Day (EID) international conferences organized in Mountain View. 4 EU Commissioners, 100+ speakers, 900+ peopleattending.
  • Sharing: startup-corporate collaboration reports has been view 7,000+ times and 4,500+ copies has been handed out.
  • Best practices: published 2 Nesta reports, Winning Together and Scaling Together, used by Virgin Startups, ABInBev, Sky and many other corporations to inspire their innovation strategy and collaborate effectively with startups.
  • 25 Corporate Startups Stars: launched the European ranking of top ‘startup-friendly’ corporates. Check out the winners’ list here.
  • Over 100 investors joined SEP Investors Forum: 1 meet-up in Brussels and 2 in Berlin to stimulate the conversationbetween European and international Investors with the European Commission and the European Investment Fund. Among the outcomes, 1 policy report published collecting the main recommendations.
  • Connecting Europe to the U.S.: organized 2 editions of Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley (SEC2SV), exposing 28 scaleups in the Bay Area.
  • 1250+ media outcomes, including The Financial Times, USA Today, Forbes, El País.

SEC2SV

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Great concrete results. Though, the best part is still ahead of us.

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Project DIGISTART – An overview

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The project DIGISTART is supporting European-Wide digital ecosystems through a set of coordinated activities targeting Lisbon and Malmo. It also harnesses the capabilities of the F6S for providing online support to startups. The Lisbon Ecosystem is supported by UNIDEMI and BETA-i. UNIDEMI, A research centre at the Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologies, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, initiated activities to provide greater access to the innovation ecosystem for students. That includes early stage mentorship, awareness creation, launching of the Startup Forum, a formal Entrepreneurship Course and an online MOOC. During the project, some research work has been done that can provide greater insights on how Innovation Ecosystems have benefitted Startups. Moreover, DIGISTART collaborated with other European funded project (eg. MY-WAY, Scaleup, LIFE, Welcome) to enable individuals/university students and startups to connect as well as support and benefit from the dynamic circulation of European ecosystems for web entrepreneurs.

One of the primary objectives of DIGISTART project has been bring a culture of Entrepreneurship into the University. Entrepreneurial activity within the University is being seen as a key indicator of the University’s Ranking. A dynamic and vibrant entrepreneurial culture creates students that are confident to face the new economy which is based on niche, nimble and agile startups. DIGISTART helped students to identify their excitement and provide them some kind of coaching support which help them look clearly at the bigger picture.

DIGISTART collaborated in organizingtwiceFCT entrepreneurship courses with 1000 students, at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. The course was designed to train aspiring students from all backgrounds. It has now become an annual event. This course was designed to help students evaluate the business skills and commitment necessary to successfully operate an entrepreneurial venture and review the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship. Students learned about themselves, their decisions, and their goals to determine how entrepreneurship can play a role in their lives.

Secondly,a course lasting a full academic semester with 3 ECTS was conducted twice by UNIDEMI called Digital Business Ecosystems. It covered in depth understanding of how the Internet is transforming business rules,companies and collaborative networks, understanding digital business models, understanding how to develop digital business and Internet-based Startups, and finally understandinghow to finance and manage a digital business.

The project organized many interesting workshops and training sessions. Bringing Entrepreneurship Culture to the Universities was a successful example of international workshop organized at October 2015 at Universidade Nova de Lisboa.This workshop was designed to get together a set of speakers with a wide range of experiences to discuss best practices, challenge solutions and bring in inspirational examples on how to nurture entrepreneurship culture at universities. Across the world, Universities are turning to the challenge of not only providing high quality education for tomorrow’s workforce, research and development to enhance knowledge, but also imparting the entrepreneurship skills vital for the empowering students to create their own startups. The workshop was targeted primarily to researchers, educators, university professors, and students.

DIGISTART and MY-WAY joined efforts to create We Start Lisbon, the European conference for students and young web entrepreneur held at October 2016 at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. n exciting and quite interactive event which set out to inspire and teach students regarding entrepreneurship.

 

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Overall, during the project 5 courses were conducted and more than 2000 students benefited from the courses. 8 training sessions happened. 2 conferences and 3 workshops were organized. Many networking activities, meet-ups, business development sessions happened. Around 140 startups were mentored and facilitated during the project activities. 5 Master theses completed and 2 scientific papers already published.

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StartUp Europe Awards has chosen the best six startupsfrom Luxembourg

The winners of StartUp Europe Awards Luxembourg coordinated by StartupGrindLuxembourg were chosen with the collaboration of Nyuko​, 123 GO social contest, Lux Future Lab​ and EY Innovation on December 12.

The next six startups will represent Luxembourg in the European final of StartUp Europe Awards 2016 to be held first quarterof 2017 in Brussels.

Job Today, the easy-to-use app that connects employers and jobseekers, has been awarded in the SOCIAL category.

Digicash, that allows you to pay by smartphone as simple as SMS, is the winner for FINTECH category of SEUA Luxembourg.

For WATER Category the winner is APATEQ, whichprovides oil-water separation systems for oilfield operators as well as compact wastewater treatment plants and systems for industrial wastewater.

OUNI allows customers to do their grocery and household shopping while avoiding packaging waste. The first packaging-free organic grocery store in Luxembourg won for GREEN Category.

vyzVoice, the winner for ICT Category,  provides a highly secured cloud-based application infrastructure to manage your connected things.

Finally, the winner for ENERGY Category is SWIRL, a company which provides leading edge smart wind turbine solutions for grid edge and off-grid applications

Startup Europe Awards recognizes the effort of the European startups in five levels (local, county, regional, national and European) in ten categories: Creative, Energy, Fintech, Green, Health, ICT, Smart Cities, Social, Tourism and Water. Each involved country will recognize the best local startups which will have the chance to compete to be awarded as the best European startups in the Final ceremony. For this reason, StartUp Europe Awards is called “The Eurovision for Startups”.

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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1-2-1 session “Define technological needs of livestock industry”

Agenda:

10:00-15:00
Define technological needs of livestock industry.
The topic of the session is identification and analysis of potential technological needs of livestock sector from the point of view of veterinarians and farmers. The expert, based on his experience, indicates effective solutions to the concrete needs.
Rafał Trukan
Hipra Poland, Technical Advisor – Livestock

15.00 – 16.00
Questions & Answers

RAFAŁ TRUKAN
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.).

Tellvet (http://tellvet.net)

 

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EU-startups.com writes about MY-WAY project event in Italy: ‘STARTUP IS MY WAY’

STARTUP IS MY-WAY inspired the next generation of founders and celebrated female entrepreneurship

On December 6, EU-startups.com had the chance to participate in the STARTUP IS MY-WAY conference in Treviso, Italy. It was an exciting event for students and young entrepreneurs which provided them with the great opportunity to meet mentors, investors and other key players of the European startup ecosystem.

STARTUP IS MY-WAY was organized by MY-WAY – an EU funded project, which is part of the Startup Europe initiative. MY-WAY focuses on enhancing and improving the entrepreneurial impact of student organisations by connecting them with web entrepreneurship initiatives and digital business experts. The ultimate goal of the project is to improve the status quo for the benefit of Europe’s young adults who are considering to become web entrepreneurs.

STARTUP IS MY WAY was the 5th Student Enterprise Conference of the MY-WAY project and was held at the beautiful H-FARM campus. H-Farm is an organisation which helps young entrepreneurs launch new initiatives, and supports the digitalization of Italian companies. The event on December 6 enabled students and aspiring entrepreneurs to network with peers, and learn new skills to pursue their dream of starting their own company. It was really great to see so many young and passionate people in one place!

The speaker’s list of STARTUP IS MY WAY included successful entrepreneurs and startup experts like Riccardo Donadon (H-FARM Founder), David Trayford (thehub.hu Founder), Eliana Salvi (Founder of Pinktrotters) and Sofie Annikki Dralle (CEO and Founder of StopMyCraving).

At the student organisation panel, young representatives from JADE ItaliaAEGEE, NACUE and other organisations shared their learnings and best practices on how to inspire and support young people on their journey to become successful entrepreneurs.

Student-organisations-panel

One of my personal highlights of STARTUP IS MY-WAY was the panel discussion about female entrepreneurship, which was moderated by Europa Media‘s Krisztina Toth and joined by the female founders Eliana Solvi (Pinktrotters) and Sofie Annikki Dralle (StopMyCraving). It was a lively discussion about the hurdles and success stories of female entrepreneurs. The panel encouraged young women in the audience to start their own business and the panelists demanded men and successful business women to support female entrepreneurs.

Female-Panel
In the afternoon there were many great workshops, where the STARTUP IS MY-WAY attendees could learn about topics like: “How to pitch”, “Competitor Analysis”, “Business Model Canvas” and “How to learn from failure”.

Long story short: STARTUP IS MY-WAY was an exciting event which inspired young people to see entrepreneurship as a potential career path. The attendees left the venue with a lot of valuable advice, inspiration and some new connections.

Retrieved from: EU-startups.com 

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Travel to and attend SXSW 2017 conference for FREE with Startup Europe!

Be part of an EU startup delegation selected to travel to South by SouthWest 2017 conference in the US, with return flights, accomodation and registration.

The EU will support participation to the South by Southwest (SXSV 2017) conference for up to 10 startup representatives (return flight EU-Austin, accommodation 4 nights, between 10-14 March.2017, and SXSW interactive conference registration).

The startups will also participate in the startup demonstrations and general networking activities that will be organized by the EU Delegation to the U.S. during this period, at an EU-dedicated venue at ‘Palm Door on 6th‘ in downtown Austin.

The selection will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Examples of innovative technology
  2. Currently participating in an EU funded programme
  3. Actively seeking to expand in the US
  4. Representing regional and gender diversity

To apply, please fill in, by 10th January 2017, the required information at: Google Form application

Startups selected will be informed by 20th January 2017.

Good luck!

 

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