Web Summit

Web Summit

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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Post-event blog: Startup Europe at Web Summit!

In case you didn’t know, Web Summit, Europe’s largest technology summit, was happening this week in Lisbon, Portugal. Startup Europe was there with the Startup Europe projects to talk to people about our events, activities and open calls!

Web Summit has become “Europe’s largest and most important technology marketplace”, a crossroads where over 50,000 of the world’s most disruptive technological innovators meet in one place.

On 7th- 10th November 2016, CEOs, cultural icons, key global leaders from the EU and national governments, startups, investors, leading academics and the world’s most iconic companies all gathered together in one single place: Lisbon.

Web Summit Lisbon Startup Europe

In fact, Lisbon was chosen as the location of this immense event due to its booming entrepreneurial tech scene, which has experienced exponential grassroots growth in recent years.

The queue heats up on the first day to get into the main MEO arena.

This year’s summit was held at the MEO Arena and its 3 connecting pavillions.

The Startup Europe stand was in Pavillion 3, which was a prime location next to the summit’s second biggest stage and open networking areas. Here we had a collection of Startup Europe leaflets and flyers for each of the Startup Europe projects: Welcome, MY-WAY, Twist, Startup Scaleup and ePlus!


Members of these Startup Europe projects, and their partners, were at the stand to explain their projects and get people involved in their activities!

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Veronica Rinaldin from Startup Europe project TWIST! Veronica was at the stand for 3 days, and spoke to many people!
Catarina Azevedo from ePlus project with ePlus leaflets, plus flyers for their Nitro extreme acceleration event happening in France on 1st & 2nd Dec!
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Gabriela Fernandez from Startup Europe initiative Failing Forward!
The Startup Europe stand at Web Summit!
The Startup Europe stand at Web Summit!
Miguel Arias, Co-founder and COO of Carto passed by the stand to discuss the idea of a Single Startup Market with Commissioner Ansip (see more below!)
Miguel Arias, Co-founder and COO of Carto passed by the stand to discuss the idea of a Single Startup Market with Commissioner Ansip (see more below!)
Tanya Suarez from Startup Europe project Startup Scaleup, talking to international media about the initiative.

With more than 20 stages and workshop areas, there were numerous talks and discussions to listen to, many involving key public EU figures such as:

  • José Manuel Barroso (President of the EU from 2004-2014)
  • Carlos Moedas (European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, European Union)
  • Ann Mettler (‎Head of European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission)
  • Andrus Ansip (Vice-President, Digital Single Market, European Commission), and
  • Marta Nagy-Rothengass (Head of Data Policy and Innovation Unit, DG CONNECT , European Commission
The Startup University stage at Web Summit
The Startup University stage at Web Summit
Commissioner Moedas talking on stage about 'Finding your calling in the digital economy'
Commissioner Moedas talking on stage about ‘Finding your calling in the digital economy’

In addition, we had a special visit from Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, at the stand, who discussed the concept of creating a Single Startup Market across Europe.

Commissioner Ansip (right) discusses creating a Single Startup Market with Gianluca Dettori (centre, Founder of DPIXEL), Miguel Arias (not in image, Co-founder and COO of Carto) and Simon Schaefer (left, Founder of Factory & CEO of Startup Portugal).

The viability of this idea was discussed at the Startup Europe stand, and it was agreed that a first proposal would be drawn up, with the possibility of starting this concept in Italy and Portugal.

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation speaking to the Startup Europe team at Web Summit.

We also had a special visit by Carlos Moedas, the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, who also came to the Startup Europe stand at South Summit in Madrid.

Overall, it was a great opportunity to speak to many people from all over the world who were interested in taking part in Startup Europe events, activities and programmes. We look forward to seeing you next year!


€10 million funding to connect startup ecosystems across Europe!

Ecosystem builders in Europe! Connect with your partners and apply for the €10 million call (ICT Call 32) to connect startup ecosystems in Europe!

You have probably heard about the call (ICT-32-2017) which will open on 8 December 2016 to 25 April 2017.

In case you haven’t, here is the key information!

The call is looking for projects that help established startups and prospective tech entrepreneurs grow and achieve market success, and that raise awareness of ICT innovators in Europe under EU-funded ICT projects.

Funding totals 12 million Euros, with the budget being broken down into two types of activities:

A budget of €10 million is available for proposals submitted by EU funding for Innovation Actions (IA) projects that cover one or both of the following:

  • Interconnect and create new synergies between 3-4 different Startup hubs across Europe per project, reinforcing ICT ecosystems for high-growth tech startups. Activities should focus on scaling-up companies by connecting key relevant stakeholders like tech entrepreneurs, mentors, corporates, customers, designers, media, investors and local authorities across different entrepreneurial ecosystems.
  • Facilitating financing and improving the liquidity for European investments in fast growing ICT startups and scaleups, increasing their chances for a successful exit.

Plus, a budget of €2 million will be available for proposals submitted by EU funding for Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) projects that cover the following:

  • Support services for EU funded innovators: “Innovation Radar” initiative.
  • Establish a European-wide network of support centers for innovative researchers. Actions primarily targeted towards technologies developed in EU funded projects in order to turn their research results into marketable products and, preparing such innovators for success in the market place.

Would you like to find out more?

Join our infodays and webinars, and read our informational slides below to learn more about the Call:

  1. Information sessions (please note the Infoday previously announced has now been cancelled): During Web Summit (10:00-12:00, 9th November, Reitoria da Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal, see event here) and Slush (30 November to 01 December, Helsinki, Finland)
  2. Info day on 2 February in Brussels – more information to come soon!
  3. Slides presentation on the call are available on SlideShare
  4. A dedicated Q&A section

Stay up-to-date by following:

More info on “Startup Europe” and “Innovation Radar” initiatives.

See also: Participant portal

Contact: cnect-F3-calls@ec.europa.eu


Europe’s Web Summit doubles in size as it reaches ‘cool’ Lisbon

Europe’s largest tech event, the Web Summit, will double in size when it is held for the first time in Lisbon in November to tackle everything from hot new startups to the race to make driverless cars, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

Portugal has pulled off a coup by bringing the Web Summit to Lisbon after it was launched and held every year in Dublin since 2010, when just 400 people attended the event.

The Lisbon version will have 50,000 participants, jumping from 27,500 last year in Dublin. It will be held at a huge conference venue built for Expo 98 and visitors will enjoy a city full of recently-built hotels that have fed a tourism boom.

Portugal’s government is hoping the event will help boost funding and other support for technology firms in an economy that is only recovering slowly after a 2011-14 bailout.

Apart from tech startups, chief executives from leading companies like Renault Nissan are also taking part this year as the Web Summit becomes a meeting ground for technology and business, chief executive and co-founder Paddy Cosgrave said.

Reuters interviews Paddy Cosgrave, co-founder of Web Summit
Reuters interviews Paddy Cosgrave, co-founder of Web Summit

“If you track the Web Summit, in 2010 it was a startup conference, the average age of attendees was in the mid-20s. But in 2014 it began to change, the average age is now 36, it has become very much a … technology business conference.”

The Web Summit’s rapid growth brought it to Lisbon as the venue “had simply run out of space” in Dublin, Cosgrave said.

“If you look at Lisbon, something was already happening, and I hope that the Web Summit adds to the growing wave of interest in what’s happening in Lisbon and Portugal. It’s difficult to explain these things. Historians can look back and explain why a city is cool.”

He cited a growing number of startups in Lisbon and the decision by the founder of Berlin’s co-worker startup campus “Factory” to open in the Portuguese capital as evidence of its growing attraction.

The Web Summit’s biggest point of interest this year could be in bringing together a large number of experts in the car industry on driverless cars, according to Cosgrave.

He said he had a particular interest in driverless cars as he does not have a full driving license, and he believes automated vehicles are just around the corner.

“When you see so many large companies in an arms race against each other (on technology for automated cars), that’s where things happen.”

Reported by Axel Bugge & edited by Mark Heinrich

Retrieved from: Reuters