We Start Lisbon: MY-WAY & Digistart collaborate to inspire students in Lisbon for SEC2U!
We Start Lisbon was a fun, interactive student entrepreneur event held at Universidade Nova in Lisbon, organized by Startup Europe projects MY-WAY and Digistart for SEC2U.
On 21st October 2016, students interested in entrepreneurship gathered at Universidade Nova in Lisbon for a day of inspiring talks, and a fun interactive treasure hunt & pitching game with prizes.
We Start Lisbon was organized as part of the first ever SEC2U (Startup Europe Comes to Universities) week, a cross-border initiative that aims to showcase the commitment of European universities to create a culture of entrepreneurship.
In the same week as 35 universities across 17 countries held events on entrepreneurship, We Start Lisbon was held at Universidade Nova in Lisbon on 21st October.
The event opened with high energy and some inspiration from the organizers, MY-WAY and Digitart. Everyone was excited abut using the day to share fresh ideas, break the ice and make meaningful connections (even if the students didn’t yet have a startup idea!).
The very exciting treasure hunt and pitching game was also explained to the students by Hugin & Munin, the communications agency that manages the communications for Startup Europe.
Over 100 multi-coloured triangle shaped boxes were hidden all over the auditorium and event space, from which the students had to collect minutes to pitch their idea live online on Periscope and twitter, as well as find a special number to maybe win a prize!
The winners of the pitches would then get the chance to go on stage to pitch at the end of the event, giving them loads of visibility!
The morning: local advice, product development, facing failure and treasure hunts!
The first panel was made up of a group of young speakers from organizations NACUE, AEGEE, MIT/MBA, Barlan Ent Club and YES. Holly Knower, Pablo Hernandez, Manuel Countiho, Julia Tshuva, and Maria Logotheti discussed the startup activities available in their local ecosystems: UK, Greece, Spain , Portugal and Israel.
Next up was a workshop on Product Development with Matt Kuppers from Startup Manufactory, in which the audience shared their ideas with Matt on their potential products, as well as asking questions on problems that they had encountered during development.
At the coffee break the students started looking for their boxes around the room, and the first team presented themselves at the Startup Europe stand to do their pitch! This group were a team of 4 studying at the Universidade Nova, who had an idea to solve traffic accidents!
After everyone had enjoyed their coffee boost, the next workshop was very inspiring. Miha Matilevski talked about his experience of failing and how to beat the depression and anxiety that comes with it. He explained that we should reconceptualise failure as a learning experience. If we are failing, we are learning.
Next up was a panel with on how universities can promote startups, with Matt Kuppers (Startup Manufactory), Prof Andres Iborra (UPCT), Prof Diego Caceres (UPCT), Prof Mariana Pita (Aveiro Uni), Prof Manuel Laranja (ISEG) and Prof João Paulo Crespo (Vice-Rector NOVA).
At lunch the treasure hunt game continued, with students looking for triangle boxes in their lunch packs!
There were also more pitches: on slow fashion and travel, a drinks delivery service and new technologies!
The afternoon: workshops, PR, internationalisation and prizes!
After lunch the students were then wowed with a workshop by the highly energetic David Trayford (Founder-thehub.hu, team Project Coach at Singularity University), on how to pitch to investors. There was no time for a lull after lunch, as he snapped everyone into focus and put everyone into groups to come up with some pitching ideas on the spot!
Promotion for startups was discussed next by Thomas Ohr, who gave pointers on how to contact journalists with a press release, and then spoke to Miguel Alpoim Ruas (Doctor Spin PR/ Special Projects Startup Lisboa) on how to work with PR agencies.
Internationalisation was the next topic presented by Micael Gustaffson, who spoke about his experiences of going to Asia and the US, and talked with two very different startups, Mark Bastiaanssen (Pakketmail) and Lourenço Jardim de Oliveira (Linehealth)!
Finally, we had the panel ‘how to go from idea to business: help from ecosystem actors’, with Edite Cruz (Beta-i), Davis Gouveia (Start up Lisbon/ Uniarea) and Diana Pati (Startups.be), rounding off the event nicely!
At the end of the event, the final winners of the pitches were announced! Everybody did so well to pitch their idea and the judges were very impressed with the go-getter attitude of the students.
The winning students had ideas to solve traffic accidents, on slow fashion and travel, a drinks delivery service, and technology services for companies. Within the prizes were 3 copies of the book Startup Guide Lisbon, a book full of case-studies and tips on the Lisbon startup scene. Congratulations!
Overall the event was an inspiring homage to the student entrepreneur and startup scene in Lisbon. Not only did it give the students the opportunity to connect with new people and listen to the advice of startup leaders, but it also gave them the opportunity to try their hand at their first pitch!
“Encuentro de emprendedores con motivo de la presentación del programa SEC2U”
El Servicio de Emprendimiento (USAL Emprende) del Servicio de Inserción Profesional, Prácticas y Empleo de la Universidad de Salamanca ha presentado el programa SEC2U del que forma parte la Universidad de Salamanca.
La Universidad de Salamanca, a través de Bisite Accelerator y USAL Emprende, se ha sumado a la iniciativa SEC2U, que ya cuenta con prestigiosas instituciones como la Universidad de Cambridge, la Universidad de Dublín, la Universidad Nueva de Lisboa, el Centro Universitario U-Tad y la Universidad de Cantabria, entre otras.
La sesión, en la que participaron emprendedores, empresarios, investigadores y miembros de la USAL, contó con la intervención de Emilio Corchado, director del programa Welcome, Mili Pizarro, directora del Servicio de Inserción Profesional, Prácticas y Empleo de la USAL, Alfredo Mateos, director de la OTRI en la USAL y Rubén Sánchez, emprendedor y CEO de la empresa BeOnPrice.
Durante la sesión se mostraron las diferentes oportunidades que la Universidad de Salamanca ofrece a los emprendedores para llevar a cabo sus proyectos, así como las opciones que existen para los investigadores en transferencia de conocimiento. Por último, se impartió una pequeña sesión sobre desarrollo de producto y diseño a cargo del emprendedor Rubén Sánchez, CEO de una de las 52 empresas instaladas actualmente en el Parque Científico de la USAL.
SEC2U es una iniciativa avalada por la Comisión Europea (Startup Europe) con el fin de crear una cultura de emprendimiento e innovación dentro de las universidades europeas.
Retrieved: Salamanca24horas, Salamanca (Spain).
“Startup Europe Comes to FAU”
SEC2U is an initiative endorsed by the European Commission, having its first edition in 2016, meant to showcase the commitment of European universities to create a strong culture of entrepreneurship and innovation that is spreading in the university community. This culture transfers then to the society by creating startups and spinoffs with high added value, based on knowledge and technological development.
Within this context, FAU took part in the initiative by hosting a networking event on Friday 21st in JOSEPHS intended to help the FAU students navigate the European and local entrepreneurship landscape. The program strated with a presentation about the European projects and initiative that ecourage and support entrepreneurship, delivered by the Wi1 research associate Aida Boukhris. Then, the co-founder of the local Franconian startup Tavendo, Alexander Gödde, introduced the scope of their IoT business, providing insights about running open source digital ventures. Finally, the floor was given to the CEO of Zollhof, Benjamin Bauer, who introduced this brand new center for digital entrepreneurship in the Mittelfranken Region, and engaged in a discussion with the participants about the mission and goals of this new local entrepreneurship player.
On the European scale:
Overall, SEC2U had more than 2000 participants across 38 events hosted by the 35 participating institutions from 18 countries across Europe. There were more than 1500 tweets & retweets with the #SEC2U hashtag along the week with a total reach of more than 1 million people! All in all it was a brilliant week which saw some excellent events.
If you would like to know the participants of SEC2U 2016, please see the list below:
Albania: European University of Tirana
Austria: WU – Vienna University of Economics and Business
Croatia: Algebra University College
Cyprus: European University Cyprus, University of Cyprus
Germany: Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg
Greece: Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece, Athens University of Economics and Business
Hungary: Eötvös Loránd University
The Netherlands: Maastricht University
Ireland: Dublin City University
Israel: Bar Ilan University
Italy: Polytechnic University of Milan (Creative Industries Lab), Roma Tre University – Department of Engineering
Kosovo: Universum College
Lithuania: Mykolas Romeris University & ISM University of Management and Economics
Portugal: NOVA University of Lisbon, University of Lisbon – Faculty of Sciences
Romania: University Politehnica of Bucharest, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Stefan cel Mare University
Spain: University of Salamanca, U-TAD: Centro Universitario de Tecnología y Arte Digital, University of Cantabria (CISE project), Technical University of Cartagena, University of Granada, University of the Basque Country, University of Extremadura, University of Almeria
United Kingdom: Ravensbourne, University of Sheffield, London South Bank University, GSM London & Formation Zone London
University Friedrich-Alexander Erlangen-Nürnberg: Aida Boukhris –
Startup Europe University Network: www.startupeuropeuniversities.eu
Startup Europe: startupeuropeclub.eu
SEC2U contact: Matevz Gantar, University of Salamanca / BISITE Accelerator
Retrieved from FAU.
‘Speed dating with Investors with Cars’ with Welcome’s partner Mind the Bridge, October 15th at Betapitch, Berlin.
On 15th October, an interesting event was happening in Berlin. Numerous startups were getting into black cars and driving around with investors. This was, in fact, a very clever startup-investor matchmaking event.
As you probably know by now, Welcome Matchmaking events happen within larger events and aim to act as a ‘speed-dating´ sessions to connect carefully selected startups and investors. However, this particular event, ‘Speed dating with Investors with Cars’ was the genius brainchild of Startup Europe Welcome project and their partner Mind The Bridge at BETAPITCH global & Investors day.
In this event, shiny black Audi cars picked up startups to pitch their idea to investors while taking a ride around the block. Like a new version of the ‘elevator pitch’, startups had to get their idea across in limited time, and had the opportunity to make connections one-on-one.
In this event, 50+ 1:1 meetings took place, all whilst taking a drive around Kreuzberg.
And this was not all; in fact a parallel qualified networking session was going on at the same time indoors. At this session, 30+ matched meetings took place, and as you can see from the photos, lots of new connections were made.
Feedback from the event included congratulations for its great organization and praise such as the participants loving the originality of the event, with many positive highlights.
The next Welcome and Mind The Bridge networking event is set to take place at Uprise Festival, Dublin on Thursday 20th October. See you there!