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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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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 eHealth Competition: Get recognized as the best eHealth solution in Europe

Submit your digital health solution to the eHealth Competition before the 6th March. This year we have introduced a new track on Diabetes.

SMEs, get recognition for your eHealth Solution by entering the eHealth Competition!  TICBioMed’s aim is to provide support for SME business success, offering a path to increase visibility and marketing opportunities to attract customers, partners and external capital.

The 6th Edition call for applications will remain open until 6th March. The novelty this year is the launch of a Diabetes track to reward the best solutions for the population management of the disease. 1 in 10 adults will have diabetes by 2040 -642 million- and 12% of global health expenditure is spent on this disease. Let’s give visibility to the solutions that will improve the life quality of diabetes patients.

The eHealth Competition 2017 will be held in partnership with the Health 2.0 and the Healthio Events, taking place at the Fira Barcelona on May 3rd.

Register now!

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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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EUROPEAN DIGITAL FORUM

 

The European Digital Forum is the think tank arm of the Startup Europe initiative. Fully independent, it combines first-rate research with cutting-edge collaborative tools and a high-powered community of startups, scale ups, policymakers and digital aficionados in a powerful cocktail that defines the cutting edge of Europe’s digital agenda. In just over two years, it has produced seven publications, two annual editions of the European Digital City Index and engaged more than 2000 citizens, policymakers, startup leaders and think tankers in its high-level debates. Find out more at www.europeandigitalforum.eu.

 

The EDFx project is structured around six specific objectives:

 

Objective 1: The promotion of tech/web entrepreneurship by organising and hosting events and serving as venues for tech entrepreneurs, other businesses and policymakers. These are both stand-alone occasions and sessions within the programmes of major tech/web conferences. The EDF aims to add the all-important aspect of public policy to the discussions and to facilitate cross-fertilisation between the EDF community and that of the leading tech forum, leading to greater synergy, impact and reach. The EDFx project successfully hosted six high-level summits:

  • Two breakout sessions at the Startup Europe Summit in Berlin, February 2015
  • The 2015 European Digital Forum in Brussels, keynoted by European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip, June 2015
  • The European Startup Forum at ICT 2015, opened by European Commission Günther Oettinger, in Lisbon, October 2015
  • The European Scale-up Day at CeBIT, keynoted by European Commission Günther Oettinger, March 2016
  • The Scale Up Manifesto session at the Digital Assembly in Bratislava, September 2016
  • The 2016 European Digital Forum in Brussels, keynoted by European Commissioner Carlos Moedas, November 2016

 

Objective 2: Conducting innovative policy-oriented research. The EDFx produced two annual editions of the European Digital City Index to allow stakeholders to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the startup ecosystems in different cities, as well as the cities’ digital readiness.

  • The European Digital City Index (EDCi) describes how well different European cities support digital entrepreneurship.For startups and scale-ups, it provides information about the strengths and weaknesses of local ecosystems, allowing them to plan accordingly and consider where they may need to devote more resources.
  • For policy makers aiming to encourage digital entrepreneurship in their own city, the Index helps to identify existing and promising hubs of activity, in order to learn from their practices. Additionally, it allows benchmarking of performance against other European hubs, and helps identify which policy areas to prioritise.

 

Objective 3: Spreading the best practices of policies stimulating web entrepreneurship by creating the best practices repository. This objective stems from the Startup Manifesto (action 21) that reads, “to provide a resource where local and national governments can share the best ‘hacks’ they found to achieve immediate impact.” EDFx aims to collect and analyse examples of policy initiatives across the globe aimed at facilitating web/tech entrepreneurship and supporting better innovation ecosystems.

  • While national policy is vital, we must remember that entrepreneurs are also affected by their local environment. Sub-national bodies like chambers of commerce, cluster managers, councils and local regulators – as well as universities and big business – can all influence entrepreneurs’ decisions and affect the framework within which startups thrive or die.The idea bank is therefore intended specifically to help local policymakers and influencers create better conditions for entrepreneurship at the regional or city level. Intended as a ‘bank of ideas’, it draws together examples from all over the world of policies and initiatives that support startups, especially digital startups, in an effort to provide inspiration and options to European policymakers.
  • Policies are grouped together under the 10 themes used in the European Digital City Index (EDCi) – which this guide is intended to complement – together with an 11th, cross-cutting theme relating to the process of policymaking. It concludes with some tools to assist in choosing, developing and implementing these policies.

 

Objective 4: Building and maintaining a vibrant network of leading-edge thinkers, inspirational entrepreneurs, digital startups, thought leaders, captains of industry, policymakers and other stakeholders. The diversity of this community and high professionalism of its members is its key assets, enabling cross-fertilisation of expertise and designing new solutions and models to drive Europe’s digital economy forward.

  • The EDFx project has engaged more than 2000 citizens, policymakers, startup leaders and think tankers.

 

Objective 5: An active and professional dissemination and communication campaign will help inform a wide array of stakeholders, including tech entrepreneurs, policymakers and other interested and relevant parties.

  • The EDFx project energised and engaged the groups typically associated with tech/web entrepreneurship – founders, investors, corporate leaders and policymakers with a digital portfolio, tech press – but also reached to other groups, typically not associated with web/tech entrepreneurship: mainstream policymakers, economists, and non-tech media.
  • Up to 2,000 people and organisations follow the European Digital Forum on Twitter.

 

Objective 6: EDFx is to be constructively and pro-actively involved in policy dialogue, contributing its expertise in on-going discussions.

  • It provided policy support and monitoring in the field of web/tech entrepreneurs and elevated the voice of tech entrepreneurs in policy debates. In particular, it monitored the progress of the Startup Manifesto by using an innovative, one-of-its-kind visualisation tool – the Startup Manifesto Policy Tracker. This tool provided an easy-to-understand overview of how far each EU member state is implementing the different actions put forward. This has the potential to inform a wider group of people, but it also has the likely effect of initiating a healthy competition between EU member states to improve their relative ranking.
  • This monitoring and analysis was presented in The 2016 Startup Nation Scoreboard.
  • In September 2016, the European Digital Forum launched the Scale Up Europe Manifesto. In 2016, European Commissioner Günther Oettinger spoke passionately to a group of leading startups at CeBIT, the global event for digital business, in Hannover, Germany. “Tell me what I need to do to help startups to scale up in Europe and together we will do it.” he said, his eyes visibly bright as he tossed out the challenge. The result is The Scale Up Manifesto, a 49-point roadmap which draws from the unique insights of dozens of leading European startup associations and successful entrepreneurs. The measures are divided into six headings: 1) complete the single market, 2) mobilise capital, 3) activate talent, 4) power innovation, 5) broaden education and 6) monitor, measure and evaluate.
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Check out Startup Scaleup’s video of IOT World Europe!

Startup Europe project Startup Scaleup went to IOT World Europe in Dublin and took a delegation of startups with them!

Check out this video that they made to find out more about IOT World Europe, a huge event for Internet of Things technology which was held in Dublin, on 21st and 22nd November. You will see their stand at the event, clips of talks and speeches and find out about what kind of IOT startups went to the event!

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European Venture Summit

10th edition of European Venture Summit

Europe’s foremost networking and investment event for high growth technology start-ups, venture capital investors and technology corporations is to take place on 5-6 December 2016 in .  It offers to entrepreneurs the opportunity to grow their businesses across borders, and engage directly with Europe’s most active investors across investor-types. The European Venture Summit will present 100+ innovative ICT, Life Sciences and Cleantech companies from across Europe to an international audience of investors, key corporates and innovation experts.

The European Venture Summit in bullets:

  • Europe’s largest Tech Investment and matchmaking event
  • Annual flagship event of Europe Unlimited
  • Presentations by the Top 120 Companies selected though the European Venture Contest
  • Attended by over 400 people, of which 200 of Europe’s most active venture capital or corporate investors
  • Attended by high-tech entrepreneurs, advisors, corporates and government partners
  • Presentation sessions, pre-arranged one-on-one meetings, discussion sessions, partner roundtables and more

 

To see more information about the Summit, please check here

Registration is required to attend the European Venture Summit on 5-6 December 2016. After the registration is closed, ePlus will select 12-15 companies based on the profile and the pitch deck provided. The selected companies will get free access to the event with the following benefits:

  • Access for 1 participant
  • Prestigious presenting opportunity for selected presenters
  • Networking with corporate contacts, VCs & fast-growing companies
  • Visibility through website & Company Profile
  • Up to 4 pre-arranged meetings from a selection of 10 potential One2One partners
  • Free participation at our Masterclasses (5 December)
  • Networking coffee breaks, lunch, dinner
  • Full conference information pack

 

Please register here using the code: pitchingEVS2016

The deadline for registration is November 9,

 

Please find more information on the event here.

 

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The European Commission launches new investment fund

The European Commission (EC) has launched an investment fund to back business growth, which is expected to total over €1 billion.

“It is a new fund for businesses and it is a fund to invest in the growth of businesses in Europe. Today, it is easy to create companies in Europe, but then they grow and have to be sold, often to American funds or others because we don’t have funds big enough to invest in this growth”, European Research, Science and Innovation Commissioner, Carlos Moedas, told reporters at Web Summit in Lisbon. (Exerpt from The Portugal News).

Between now and January, the EC is looking for an entity to manage the fund and have the capacity to capture private money.

The call for applicants is: 31 January 2017.

To find out more and apply, please visit: European Investment Fund website

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Read about Startup Extremadura, regional support for startups in Spain!

  1. What is Startup Extremadura?

Startup Extremadura is the regional model for the creation and consolidation of innovative technology-based companies that have high growth potential and an impact on territorial development.

Startup Extremadura is led by the Regional Goverment of Extremadura and shared with the community, and public and private entities that provide support services for the creation and promotion of technology companies in the region of Extremadura (Spain).

The Program is open both to people with a business ideas and to early companies (until two years from their establishment), with a proposal of activity focused on the exploitation of products or services that require technology or knowledge developed from research activity or requiring an intensive use of technology.

  1. Can you tell us about your Acceleration Spaces?

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Physically, the program is developed based on an infrastructure of collaborative workspaces and acceleration (crowdworking spaces) that hold the projects and the main activities of acceleration. Those spaces are distributed throughout the region and are allocated in the generating knowledge centers.

  1. What Model do you use?

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Startup Extremadura offers a complete and global acceleration model, focuses on the acquisition and increase business traction for startups. Participants of the Acceleration Program will receive a individualized plan, accessing a range of high value services and the cover expenses, in accordance with each level of maturity.

The intervention model is identifyed around three different states of growth: Concrete your IDEA, Define your PRODUCT and Strengthen your MARKET.

  1. Can you tell us about the Local Community that supports Startup Extremadura?

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The program is supported by a Community of local actors. This Community is composed of the main National and Regional institutions in innovation and technological entrepreneurship. Participation requires having a presence in forums and meetings, as well as effective collaboration between Members, coordinating startup-related tasks or participating in the process of evaluating projects, bringing ideas from outside the program.

The community offers technical support to startups, with all available resources in entrepreneurship affairs.

  1. Can you tell us some of the Main Results of Startup Extremadura?

After an investment of more than 5 million euros from 2014, some results can be hightlighted:

83 new busineses                                                             21 projects led by women

23 Startups CEOs under 30 years old                         35 new products and 28 new services

7 startups obtained other public funds                       14 of startups obtained private funds

12 projects are working under patents

  1. How can we get in contact?

All the information can be found here!: extremadura.openfuture.org

Contact email: startupextremadura@extremaduraavante.es

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Startup Europe will see you at Web Summit!

Web Summit defines itself as Europe’s Largest Technology Marketplace. Over 51,000 people will be attending the event in Lisbon on November 7-10th!

The interesting thing about Web Summit is that it acts as a meeting point to bring together all those involved in technology: 7,000 CEOs, leading academics, people who are at the forefront of tech and business, cultural icons and influencers, key global leaders. For this reason, Web Summit is a great place to learn, discuss new ideas and network at the different activities held throughout the event, such as conferences, talks and discussions.

Startup Europe will be at the event with a stand (number 624), and we would love to see you there. Come to the stand to find out more about the Startup Europe initiative in general, as well as the Startup Europe projects: Welcome, ePlus, Startup Scaleup, Twist, Digistart. Some representatives of these projects will also be at the stand, so come and say hello!

In addition, a number of the panels and discussions at Web Summit will be hosted by public EU figures (below, in bold). To find out more, please see the list below!

November 7th

CentreStage (6:45 PM) New realities in society, politics, law, enterprise and social good.

  • Axelle Lemaire (Deputy Minister, Government of France)
  • Mogens Lykketoft (President, United Nations)
  • José Manuel Barroso (President of the EU from 2004-2014)
  • Tom Nuttall (Charlemagne Columnist, The Economist)

November 8th

Future Societies (10:55 AM) Finding your calling in the digital economy.

  • Mathieu Nebra (Co-Founder, OpenClassrooms)
  • Leila Janah (Founder & CEO, Sama & LXMI)
  • Carlos Moedas (European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, European Union)
  • Joe Green (Social Entrepreneur)

Future Societies (12:20 PM) Will technology kill democracy?

  • Ann Mettler (‎Head of European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission)
  • Axelle Lemaire (Deputy Minister, Government of France)
  • Dr. Dambisa Moyo (Global Economist, Dambisa Moyo)
  • Ryan Heath (Senior EU Correspondent, POLITICO)

Startup University (1:00 PM) City, state and startup: changing the culture

  • Ann Mettler (‎Head of European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission)
  • Carlos Moedas (European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, European Union)
  • Ryan Heath (Senior EU Correspondent, POLITICO)

Future Societies (1:40 PM) A single market: Facts and fiction

  • Andrus Ansip (Vice-President, Digital Single Market, European Commission)
  • Gerard Grech (CEO, Tech City UK)
  • Tom Nuttall (Charlemagne Columnist, The Economist)

Centre Stage (2:50 PM) Europe’s tech scene – second best?

  • Gillian Tans (President & CEO, Booking.com)
  • Nicolas Brusson (Co-Founder & CEO, BlaBlaCar)
  • Carlos Moedas (European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, European Union)
  • José Neves (Founder & CEO, Farfetch)
  • Mike Butcher (Editor, TechCrunch)

Future Societies (10:25 AM) The filter bubble versus democracy

  • Ann Mettler (‎Head of European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission)
  • Gary Marcus (CEO, Geometric Intelligence)
  • Paul Hilder (Co-Founder, Crowdpac)
  • Charles Arthur (Freelance Writer, Freelance)

November 9th

Future Societies (12:10 PM) EU-US Open Data Project: modernising economic measurement

  • Justin Antonipillai (Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, U.S. Department of Commerce)
  • Marta Nagy-Rothengass (Head of Data Policy and Innovation Unit, DG CONNECT , European Commission
  • Jean-Marc Museux (Chief Enterprise Architect, Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Union
  • Naina Bajekal (Executive Editor, Newsweek)

We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information, and to see photos of Startup Europe at the event, follow:
@StartUpEU
@StartupEUmap
#WebSummit

 

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