Startup Europe comes to Tech Open Air


Win a free trip to Tech Open Air, Berlin with Welcome & Startup Europe

Welcome and Startup Europe have teamed up with the Tech Open Air to offer an amazing opportunity to 8 early stage European startups from Dublin, Milan, Madrid and Salamanca.

You will travel to Tech Open Air, Berlin for 3 nights courtesy of the Welcome project and Startup Europe. We will pay for your flights, accommodation and 3 day tickets to the festival.

Tech Open Air is Europe’s leading interdisciplinary technology festival which includes:

  • Conference with international speakers including MaitMuntel, co-founder of Lingvist, Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr, NikolajHviis, CEO & Founder Bragi and Jesse Hertzberg, CEO Livestream Movi to name but a few
  • 175+ satellite events across Berlin over 3 days. 2015 satellite event hosts included Deutsche Telekom, Fyber, KAYAK, Rocket Internet, Sidestage, Soundcloud, TechCrunch and Uber

The festival takes place 13th – 15th July 2016.

We’re looking for the most promising early stage tech startups from Dublin, Milan, Madrid and Salamanca to attend Tech Open Air to:

  • network like crazy
  • meet international top-notch investors & accelerators
  • make business with corporate representatives
  • exchange ideas with like-minded founders
  • embrace the exciting Berlin startup ecosystem
  • consume unchallenged level of inspiration

Apply now via f6s.com


WELCOME is a project under the Startup Europe initiative that aims to build a pan-European tech startup ecosystem. To that end, Welcome links startups from five vibrant EU ecosystems — Berlin, Dublin, Madrid, Milan and Salamanca, to customers, VCs, business angels, corporates, mentors and other startups. The project targets aspiring entrepreneurs as well as early and late stage startups with activities enabling them to grow across borders and access the right combination of finance while helping corporates identify the best talents.

This competition is part of Welcome’s Europass Programme

About Tech Open Air

Tech Open Air is Europe’s leading interdisciplinary technology festival. At TOA our mission is to connect, grow and inspire the human spirit through interdisciplinary knowledge exchange and collaboration. Now in it’s fifth year, the festival takes place over three days with 150+ speakers and 175+ satellite events, enabling attendees to connect and learn with industry experts in Europe’s startup capital, Berlin. Attendees will experience inspirational storytelling, interactive forums, art installations and live music at a beautiful riverside location and across town.


EU to hold first European Maker Faire in Brussels

A number of EU institutions are hosting the first-ever EU Institutional Maker Faire at the European Parliament in Brussels on 31 May as part of European Maker Week. The event will feature makers, innovators and entrepreneurs of all ages who are using cutting-edge tools to bring their ideas to life. European Maker Faire is co-organised by Startup Europe, an initiative of Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT) and the EU Policy Lab, an initiative of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission, Think Young (TY) and Maker Faire Rome – The European Edition (MFR).


Commission proposes new e-commerce rules to help consumers and companies reap full benefit of Single Market

Brussels, 25 May 2016

The European Commission today tabled a package of measures to allow consumers and companies to buy and sell products and services online more easily and confidently across the EU.

Delivering on its Digital Single Market and Single Market strategies, the European Commission has presented a three-pronged plan to boost e-commerce by tackling geoblocking, making cross-border parcel delivery more affordable and efficient and promoting customer trust through better protection and enforcement.

Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, said: “All too often people are blocked from accessing the best offers when shopping online or decide not to buy cross-border because the delivery prices are too high or they are worried about how to claim their rights if something goes wrong. We want to solve the problems that are preventing consumers and businesses from fully enjoying the opportunities of buying and selling products and services online.”

Günther H. Oettinger, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society said: “The geoblocking initiative strikes the right balance between consumers’ interest to be able to shop online without borders and providing businesses with sufficient legal certainty. I am confident that our approach, taking due account of specificities of certain sectors, will give the right boost to cross-border e-commerce in the EU.”

Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, added: “Discrimination between EU consumers based on the objective to segment markets along national borders has no place in the Single Market. With clearer rules, better enforcement and more affordable cross-border parcel delivery, it will be easier for consumers and companies, especially SMEs, to make the most of the EU Single Market and the cross-border e-commerce.”

Vera Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, said: “Too many people in Europe are hesitant to purchase online because they don’t know their rights or think they are hard to enforce. I want consumers to buy online as confidently as they would offline. We will give teeth to consumer protection authorities to better enforce consumer rights online and crack down on fraudulent practices. Today’s package is an important step to bring consumer protection up to speed with the online world and to give legal certainty to traders.”

Today’s e-commerce package is composed of:

  • A legislative proposal to address unjustified geoblocking and other forms of discrimination on the grounds of nationality, residence or establishment;
  • A legislative proposal on cross-border parcel delivery services to increase the transparency of prices and improve regulatory oversight;
  • A legislative proposal to strengthen enforcement of consumers’ rights and guidance to clarify, among others, what qualifies as an unfair commercial practice in the digital world.

Preventing geoblocking and other forms of discrimination based on nationality or place of residence

The Commission is proposing legislation to ensure that consumers seeking to buy products and services in another EU country, be it online or in person, are not discriminated against in terms of access to prices, sales or payment conditions, unless this is objectively justified for reasons such as VAT or certain public interest legal provisions.

When a consumer enters a shop in another EU country, the owner does not ask for the consumer’s ID in order to accept a purchase or to adjust the price or conditions. But in the online world, all too often consumers are blocked from accessing offers in other countries for example by re-routing the consumer back to a country-specific website, or asking to pay with a debit or credit card from a certain country. Such discrimination has no place in the Single Market.

While the principle of non-discrimination is already established under the Services Directive and the Commission has applied it in services sectors such as car rental companies or amusement parks, companies and consumers alike will benefit from more legal certainty about which practices are allowed and which ones are not. The Regulation will provide this legal certainty and enforceability for products and services online or offline.

To avoid introducing disproportionate burden on companies, the Regulation does not impose an obligation to deliver across the EU and exempts small businesses that fall under a national VAT threshold from certain provisions.

Making cross-border parcel delivery more affordable and efficient

The Regulation proposed today will increase price transparency and regulatory oversight of cross-border parcel delivery services so that consumers and retailers can benefit from affordable deliveries and convenient return options even to and from peripheral regions.

Consumers and small businesses complain that problems with parcel delivery, in particular high delivery charges in cross-border shippings, prevent them from selling or buying more across the EU. Prices charged by postal operators to deliver a small parcel to another Member State are often up to 5 times higher than domestic prices, without a clear correlation to the actual costs.

The Regulation will foster competition by introducing greater price transparency. The Commission is not proposing a cap on delivery prices. Price regulation is only a means of last resort, where competition does not bring satisfactory results. The Commission will take stock of progress made in 2019 and assess if further measures are necessary.

The Regulation will give national postal regulators the data they need to monitor cross-border markets and check the affordability and cost-orientation of prices. It will also encourage competition by requiring transparent and non-discriminatory third-party access to cross-border parcel delivery services and infrastructure. The Commission will publish public listed prices of universal service providers to increase peer competition and tariff transparency.

The proposal complements self-regulatory initiatives taken by postal operators to improve the quality and convenience of cross-border parcel delivery services.

Increasing consumer trust in e-commerce

The proposed revision of the Consumer Protection Cooperation Regulation will give more powers to national authorities to better enforce consumer rights. They will be able to:

  • check if websites geo-block consumers or offer after-sales conditions not respecting EU rules (e.g. withdrawal rights);
  • order the immediate take-down of websites hosting scams;
  • request information from domain registrars and banks to detect the identity of the responsible trader.

In case of EU-wide breaches of consumer rights, the Commission will be able to coordinate common actions with national enforcement authorities to stop these practices. It will ensure a swifter protection of consumers, while saving time and resources for Member States and businesses.

The Commission is also publishing updated guidance on unfair commercial practices to respond among others to the challenges presented by the digital world. It clarifies the application of the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive. For instance, any online platform that qualifies as a “trader” and promotes or sells goods, services or digital content to consumers must make sure that its own commercial practices fully comply with EU consumer law. Platforms must state clearly that rules on unfair commercial practices do not apply to private persons selling goods, and search engines would be required to clearly distinguish paid placements from natural search results.

The revised Guidance also incorporates two sets of self-regulatory principles agreed among stakeholders: one will support comparison tools to better comply with the Directive and the other will help the enforcement of unfair commercial practices rules against misleading and unfounded environmental claims.


Today’s e-commerce package complements two legislative proposals on the supply of digital content and on online and other distance sales of goods which the Commission proposed in December 2015, and the upcoming VAT simplification proposal planned for autumn 2016.

In parallel to the adoption of the e-commerce package, the Commission today presented updated EU audiovisual rules and its approach to online platforms.

For more information

Communication “A comprehensive approach to stimulating cross-border e-Commerce for Europe’s citizens and businesses”

Questions and answers: Boosting e-commerce in the EU

Proposal for a Regulation on addressing unjustified geo-blocking and other forms of discrimination based on place of residence or establishment, or nationality within the Single Market

Proposal for a Regulation on cross-border parcel delivery services

Proposal for a revision of the Consumer Protection Cooperation Regulation

Guidance on the application of the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive


Europe’s first Startup Week gets underway (WEST)

European Maker Week (EMW) is about to begin: the first week of innovation promoted by the European Commission in collaboration withStartup Europe, the development programme aimed at entrepreneurs engaged in ‘Innovation Technology’. The inaugural event is held in Brussels, hosted by the EU Committee of the Regions – followed by events across different EU countries. More than 400 public events will be held in major European cities from 30 May to 5 June. Three main themes are: 1. Discover, involving organised exhibitions and guided tours. 2. Learn, with educational workshops for children and adults. 3. Make, at events that ask you to make something concrete. All of this has one single goal: to create large-scale awareness of the importance of the ‘maker culture’ to encourage creativity among the new generations. The initiative also aims to draw attention to the importance of STEM, the technical disciplines (science, technology, engineering, maths) and on job opportunities linked to new technologies.

By Beatrice Credi



European and Indian startup ecosystems get together in Bengaluru, India’s “Silicon Valley”.

Last January we saw the launching of the Startup Europe India Network, an initiative aimed at connecting and fostering collaboration between the pan-European and Indian startup ecosystems. And now, we are thrived to raise awareness about two major events organized by Startup Europe India Network (“SEU-IN”) in collaboration with Startup Europe, will take place this coming October: the Visit Startup India (“VSI”) and the Startup EU-India Summit (“SEIS”).

The Visit Startup India (“VSI”), which is going to take place in Delhi and Bangalore on the 17-20 October, is calling for applications to select 10 European Startups in the Indian digital and ICT sectors to join the event; whereas the Startup EU-India Summit (“SEIS”), based in Bangalore, is the first-of-a-kind summit bringing together the European and Indian entrepreneurs, investors, corporates, and policy makers.

Contact SEU-IN: 

Website: startupeuropeindia.net

Twitter: SEU_IN

About Startup Europe India Network (SEU-IN):

Startup Europe India Network (SEU-IN) connects the key Startup hubs and its stakeholders in Europe and India. SEU-IN focus on creating value through catalyzing efficient collaboration, faster growth and larger investments and strong innovation. In order to achieve this, SEU-IN works closely with Startups, Scaleups, Investors (VC, Business Angels), Corporates, Incubators, Accelerators, Innovation Agencies, entrepreneurial Universities, and the Media (“Our Ecosystem”).



Startup ‘Human surge’ rewarded with the StartUp Europe Accelerator Award in Zinc Shower

By: Startup Europe Awards 2016


The startup ‘Human surge’ rewarded with the StartUp Europe Accelerator Award in Zinc Shower, and nominated to the “Social StartUp Europe Awards 2016”. Zinc shower, the first Spanish startup awards organiser to become member of the StartUp Europe Awards Alliance.

Madrid, May 20th 2016

The work carried out by the startup ‘Human Surge’, aiming at improving the quality of the humanitarian aid and civil protection, has been rewarded by the StartUp Europe Accelerator Awards during the meeting show of the Collaborative transformation, Zinc Shower.

For the General Director of Finnova, Juan Manuel Revuelta, who gave the prize, ‘Human Surge’ “offers a technological solution directly related to the reaction capacity that humanitarian aid mechanisms face when responding to worldwide disasters; undoubtedly, this is an initiative that may have a huge social impact apart from being aligned to social challenges that the EU has identified as priorities”.

Thanks to this award, a team member from ‘Human Surge’ will receive an acceleration process for their start-up in the co-working space owned by Finnova in Brussels. Amongst other benefits, this acceleration programme offers internationalisation of their project, specialised networking in the sector of social innovation, other sources of the EU and access to EU funding, such as the SME instrument of H2020, through mentorization and practical tools.

Furthermore, this award comes along with a nomination for the StartUp Europe Awards 2016, an initiative promoted by the European Commission and implemented by Finnova under the umbrella of the StartUp Europe. Interest in this initiative has also arise in several General Directions, amongst which DG GROWTH and DG CONNECT, related to the entrepreneurship and new technologies and communication networks, respectively, outstand. Several members from the European Parliament and members of the Committee of the Regions have also expressed their interest.

StartUp Europe Awards main goal is rewarding the most innovative European start-ups in 8 categories: Green, social innovation, ICTs, energy, tourism, cities, creative industries and water, and in five levels (local, province, regional, national, and European). Likewise, StartUp Europe Awards aims at rewarding the effort made by the startup awards organisers and entrepreneurs all across Europe, thus providing them with visibility and European scope, and contributing to the internationalisation of SMEs and collaboration.

Within the Zinc Shower event, Finnova has also rewarded other two projects, offering them nominations to the StartUp Europe Awards 2016. Those selected are: Smolph, in the category of creative industries (nominated for the Creative StartUp Europe Awards) and Ecoche, in the category of Green (nominated for the Green StartUp Europe Award).

Smolth-SEA       Ecoche zinc shower

How to apply to StartUp Europe Awards:

Zinc shower, first Spanish startup awards organisers to become member of the StartUp Europe Awards Alliance.

Zinc shower has become today the first Spanish member of the StartUp Europe Awards Alliance, which already counts on other members as the StartUp Awards Ireland.

The inclusion of Zinc Shower in the SEA Alliance as member of the StartUp Europe Awards Alliance means an increasing of visibility and potential at European and international level, giving them the opportunity of creating synergies with other organisations that focus their work on the support to the entrepreneurship.

How to join the StartUp Europe Awards Alliance:

Finnova and the case of NOBEL GRID in Zinc Shower.

The Foundation Finnova has played an essential role in Zinc Shower. The Head of Business Models for Finnova, Sharam Yalda, and the communication officer of StartUp Europe Accelerator, Catalina Valencia, took part in the event highlighting the opportunities for entrepreneurship in the European Union. Thus, the participants got to know the financing tools and the sources from the European Union to support innovative projects, as well as open calls, Fast Track to Innovation, LIFE programme and SME instrument. Likewise, H2020 NOBEL GRID, which is funded with 13,8 million euros, and which goal is to provide advanced tools and ICTs services  to all the actors in the electricity market to guarantee the best prices, more security and stability, was introduced as a model for the transformative innovation.

Nobel Grid as tractor project for entrepreneurship, offers an open platform on which the SMEs and startups can develop innovative applications within the new digital energetic efficiency, renewable energy and net management.


Makers UPV: making locally, winning globally

The Makers UPV community was born at the Universitat Politècnica de Valencia (Spain), three years ago. That’s why they decided to create a maker community, a functional structure which could bring people together to start “learning by doing”.

After the first meeting, which was held at the main square of the University, people seemed highly motivated by the idea. It was like a dream being able to talk to people you saw everyday about matters beyond the daily routine. That’s how a network started emerging day after day. During the meetings, people started talking about their abilities, some of which were really interesting. We started teaching ourselves subjects such as Arduino, electronics, soldering, web-development… The first lesson was held by Germán Torres, the community’s “tech-guru”, which brought his Do-It-Yourself 3D printer and printed us a Yoda sculpture. That moment will always be ingrained in our minds.

A whole world of possibilities opened up for us and, although exams and lessons were there, we decided to keep pushing, ‘wasting’ our time, as some of my classmates stated one day:

“You should be studying, instead of losing your time with the makers”, that was the tyopical  mindset, but we didn’t care.

But the situation was going to change very soon. We discovered that a robotics contest in Barcelona was taking place and we decided to create a team to compete. Although we were young, we decided to take a step forward and, don’t tell me how: we won several prizes! That had a big impact at the University, making our first headlines on their official website, achieving some local success. Word of mouth made effect and soon we had a community of about 500 students aiming to make new projects!

From that moment, after some bureaucratic matters, we created a student association and signed an agreement with the University, which offered us support for future activities. Partnering was our next key step: as soon as we heard that a FabLab Valencia was about to be built at the University, we reached them to offer our help whenever needed, and that way we were able to connect with the small maker communities around Valencia and co-organize the first Maker Fest in June 2014.

Not content to rest on the laurels, the makers kept growing, and global success arrived with People’s Choice award at NASA SpaceAPPS Challenge 2014 with project NextVision. Then came also GoSat (global top 5), HyperloopUPV (global top design concept) and MarsUPV (now global top 5). Now that I realise what we have achieved in such a short time span, with the resources we had (almost 0), gives me goosebumps.

As a non-profit organization, it is always hard to raise funds: we are students and we don’t have experience on that, but we believe there’s a lot of potential yet to be unleashed. Our dreams are now focused on having our own makerspace: a place with laser cutters, 3d-printers, circuit mills and basic tools for teaching others, teaching ourselves, and let the revolution begin.

With the Maker movement spread all over Europe, student maker communities have now the chance to shine more than ever: they are key players for local empowerment. We hope Institutions will understand that their support will be key for value generation in the future, fostering the values of collaboration, open innovation and, in the end, disruption. The growth of local maker communities will need to go together with institutional support if we want to fully unleash and value the real potential of the makers in Europe.

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Introducing the MY-WAY map: Europe’s startup ecosystems indexed in a visual map

Introducing the MY-WAY map: Europe’s startup ecosystems indexed in a visual map (May 12, 2016)

MY-WAY, a Startup Europe project with the goal to help more young adults to become successful web entrepreneurs, recently launched a visual mapping system to index Europe’s startup ecosystems. It provides aspiring entrepreneurs and young people thinking about starting up with info and contact details about VCs, angel investors, accelerators, service providers and other players in their local startup scene.

The map was created to empower first time entrepreneurs to understand the startup environment not only around them, but throughout Europe, and to help them find the missing piece that enables them to start and grow their business.
The MY-WAY team is continuously updating the map and includes new entities on a daily basis. The goal is to reach more than 1,000 indexed entities in the coming months. For the initial launch of the map, the focus was on 10 specific cities only (Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Dublin, Istanbul, London, Madrid, Milan, Stockholm, Tel-Aviv). But the plan is to really make it a European map and to shine light on all those startup hubs which are not very well documented yet.

Given the large number of vibrant startup hubs in Europe, the team behind MY-WAY is very open to receive hints and suggestions on what organisations to include – especially from smaller startup hubs, since they aren’t well represented in the map yet. If you have an addition to the map, please feel free to contact the coordinators of the project via email ([email protected]).

The overall design of the map is very easy to use and intuitive, but there is also a Beginner’s Guide which helps you to make the most out of the map’s search functionality. And if you don’t like the UX design, don’t worry – there is already a redesign in the pipeline, which will further improve the search experience for users.


StartUp ScaleUP – Ireland’s only Internet of Things Start-up Accelerator ready for take-off at DCU Ryan Academy

DCU Ryan Academy have opened applications for “StartUp ScaleUp”, Ireland’s only Internet of Things (IoT) focused startup accelerator which connects startups across Europe with top class expertise and advice.

The six-month programme, created with the assistance of StartUp Europe and the European Commission is largely based on-line. The closing date for applications to the IoT accelerator is May 13th. It is a no equity, no cost programme starting on June 27th at the DCU Ryan Academy in Citywest with a week of intensive face-to-face workshops delivered by experts in the fields of IoT and business development as well as corporates in the IoT space. The programme then moves online for five months of start-up development support from experienced facilitators.

Ongoing features of the programme also include: connectivity through the StartUp ScaleUp networks across Europe including corporates like Intel, Arduino, PCH and Deloitte; access to “smart lab” and other IoT testing facilities and advice from engineering faculty at the University of Cartagena in Spain: Online sessions including Ask Me Anything “AMAs” with leading players in the IoT and startup sector. AMA speakers in the last cycle included Vint Cerf, the “father of the internet” and Dan Moram, author of the “Crowdfunding Revolution” and a finale Showcase at IoT World Europe Conference in Dublin on the 22nd – 23rd November 2016.

Speaking about StartUp ScaleUp, CEO of the DCU Ryan Academy Eoghan Stack said: “DCU Ryan Academy is delighted to be at the fore-front of connecting Ireland’s rapidly growing Internet of Things startup sector to each other and to other networks in Europe. StartUp ScaleUp is hugely beneficial, combining online expertise with a week of intense workshops, all with the aim of assisting IoT start-ups to scale their company in an increasingly competitive global environment and expand into new European markets. We are pleased to act as both a connector, by linking Irish IoT startups with their European counterparts, investors and potential partners and also to act as a facilitator by creating an environment in which Irish IoT startups can come together and avail of mentoring and support.”

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Valencia acoge la Jornada Internacional de Emprendedores

VALENCIA (VP). La Academia Internacional de Ciencias, Tecnología, Educación y Humanidades (A.I.C.T.E.H.), ha elegido la ciudad de Valencia para la celebración de la Jornada Internacional de Emprendedores y Oportunidades de Negocio. El evento tendrá lugar el próximo jueves 19 de mayo a las 16:00 horas en el Salón de Grados de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Valencia (Campus dels Tarongers).

En esta Jornada se concitarán representantes de diferentes sectores de la empresa, de la economía y del sector académico. Las ponencias estarán a cargo de representantes consulares de la Unión Europea, Rusia, República Dominicana, Colombia así como letrados y juristas de China.

Durante el encuentro se tratarán las técnicas para emprender y trabajar en el extranjero, además de la importancia de la internacionalización de las empresas. También  se pretende incidir en las nuevas corrientes de negocio de la StartUp Europe Awards 2016, iniciativa promovida por la Comisión Europea y el Comité de las Regiones, implementada por Finnova en colaboración con StartUp Europe.

Con esta iniciativa se pretende impulsar las sinergias en el ámbito del emprendedurismo y situar a Valencia en el epicentro de acciones que genere actividad empresarial y de desarrollo entre los jóvenes valencianos y las empresas del ámbito nacional e internacional.

La inscripción en la jornada es gratuita y puede realizarse a través del enlace. Los asistentes recibirán un certificado de asistencia previa solicitud.