Digital Excellence Forum@ICT Proposers’ Day 2019
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Digital Excellence Forum @ ICT Proposers’ Day 2019 will take place on 19-20 September 2019 at the Messukeskus centre in Helsinki. The event will provide an excellent opportunity to present and discuss the main policy drivers of the digital transformation of European industry and society. It will also present how the EU research & innovation agenda can best contribute to these objectives. The event will also present the Horizon 2020 Work Programme, and serve as a unique networking platform for ICT enthusiasts and professionals.
The Digital Excellence Forum will feature a conference session on the complementary role of research and digital policy, with the participation of high-level experts on the subject.
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Convergence – The Global Blockchain Conference
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Global Blockchain Congress, jointly organised by the European Commission, the International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA), the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum and Alastria, aims to become the pre-eminent blockchain conference worldwide.
Inaugural edition will bring together politicians, regulators, central bankers, technologists, entrepreneurs, c-suite executives, blockchain thought leaders, academics and activists from around the globe to the Trade Fair and Congress Center in Málaga, Spain, between 11 and 13 November 2019.
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The organisers of Convergence – the Global Blockchain Congress have announced the agenda and a first set of speakers for the inaugural event. The conference will bring together over 1,500 participants from the worldwide blockchain community for an intense dialogue with regulators, policy makers, industry influencers and members of the social impact community. Convergence will be held at the Trade Fair and Congress Center in Málaga from November 11 to November 13, 2019.
Initial speaker and participant list includes a broad set of organisations, governments, geographies and specialties.
The first set of speakers being announced includes:
- Roberto Viola, Director General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT), European Commission
- Egil Levits, President of Latvia, former Judge of the European Court of Justice
- Eva Kaili, Member of the European Parliament
- Denis Robitaille, World Bank Group Vice President, Information and Technology Solutions, and WBG Chief Information Officer
- Enrique Factor Santoveña, Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD)
- Haroldo Jayme Martins Froés Cruz, CTO, Banco Central do Brasil
- Masanori Kusunoki, CTO, Head of Technology and Design Division, Japan Digital Design, Inc., Executive Advisor to Government CIO of Japan
- Dr. Bitange Ndemo, Chair of the Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence Taskforce, Government of Kenya
- Sheila Warren, Head of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, World Economic Forum
- Jekaterina Govina, Bank of Lithuania
- Núria Ávalos, Director of Blockchain, RPA and Digital Experimentation, Repsol
- Christoph Steck, Director Public Policy and Internet, Telefónica
- Ken Timsit, ConsenSys
- Stefan Junestrand, CEO, Grupo Tecma Red
A wide range of global organisations, companies, governments, blockchain startups and organisations and universities have confirmed their participation at Convergence. Among those being announced today are:
- Central Banks: European Central Bank, Central Bank of Brazil, Bank of Lithuania, Spanish Central Bank.
- Regulators: European Data Protection Board, Autorité des Marchés Financiers France, Japanese Financial Services Authority, Spanish Data Protection Agency
- Key European Organisations: European Commission, European Parliament, European Economic and Social Committee, the EU Blockchain Partnership (EBP), which includes representatives working on blockchain from all EU Member States as well as Norway and Liechtenstein
- Governments: All EU Member States will be represented through the EBP; additionally today we can announce participation by individual representatives of the governments of Brazil and Kenya
- Blockchain Companies and Organisations: ConsenSys, IOTA, IBM, uPort, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance
- Corporations: Telefónica, Repsol, Everis/NTT
- International Organisations: World Bank, World Economic Forum
- International Standards Bodies: IEEE, ISO (TC 307), ITU
- Associations: IoT Congress, IASP (International Association of Science Parks)
- Academia: University of Málaga, University of South Korea, Frankfurt School Blockchain Center
Further speakers and organisations, as well as sponsors, will be communicated over the next several weeks, the full, up-to-date agenda can be found here.
Announced agenda addresses wide range of “convergent” topics.
Complete with information on the latest industry trends, as well as future challenges that are top of mind, the agenda features a broad program of presentations, panels, workshops, cultural events and roundtable discussions over three days. Convergence will explore cross-cutting issues of direct importance to the industry:
- A World Ledger: DLT Five Years from Now
- Technological Convergence (IoT, Big Data, Quantum Computing, and Blockchain)
- Blockchain for Sustainability
- Stablecoins and Central Bank Digital Currencies
- Distributed Ledgers versus Data Silos
- Interoperability of Blockchains
- Blockchain, Data Protection and Privacy
Moreover, workshops and deep dives will connect start-ups and users across these verticals:
- Supply Chains
- Smart Cities
Global Blockchain Challenge to provide awards for cross-disciplinary solutions to UN Sustainable Development Goals
Applications are now open for the Global Blockchain Challenge that will be held on November 11. This is an open innovation initiative to bring together developers, regulators and business people to address challenges around the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Objectives (SDGs) and deliver impactful, cross-disciplinary blockchain-based solutions. Members of the European Parliament will be among the many mentors, and prizes include a European Acceleration Ticket worth 10,000 euros. For more information and to apply please visit: www.blockchainconvergence.com/global-blockchain-challenge/
“Blockchain is a transformational technology that is impacting business already. However, many issues around regulatory compliance, interoperability and new business models need fresh thinking from public authorities, policymakers and companies alike. In Málaga, we will have the best occasion to engage with all relevant stakeholders to create solutions and bring the use of blockchain to the next level,” comments Christoph Steck, Director Public Policy and Internet for Telefónica.
“Blockchain for Smart Cities offers disruptive functionalities for social change, with the capacity to revolutionise governance, citizens’ participation, and public services. These are the main subjects and opportunities that I look forward to communicate during my talk, and also to meet and discuss with all the industry key players that will be present at the congress,” comments Stefan Junestrand, PhD Architect, CEO Grupo Tecma Red, member of the “EU Blockchain Observatory” and a main contributor to the forthcoming “Blockchain 4 Cities” report by U4SSC (United Nations / ITU).
Convergence enables attendees to shape the industry by connecting with thought leaders and influencers, regulators and policy makers. The event is a unique opportunity and can help set blockchain priorities for the coming years. Participants will receive global exposure and a vision of the blockchain “big picture.”
At Convergence, attendees will enjoy a number of exclusive networking opportunities not available at any other blockchain gathering.
The full agenda, info about the registration and info about sponsorship can be found on the event website at: https://www.blockchainconvergence.com/
INATBA, the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications, offers developers and users of DLT a global forum to interact with regulators and policy makers and bring blockchain technology to the next stage. Initiated by the European Commission and launched in April 2019, the association already has a membership base of more than 150 organisations, from start-ups to key industry players of various sectors. The association is additionally supported by an Advisory Board including organizations like the OECD, World Food Program, the World Bank, and the United Nations.
The core objectives of the association are to:
Establish a permanent dialogue with public authorities and regulators.
Promote open, transparent and inclusive global governance models for blockchain and DLT.
Support the development and adoption of interoperability guidelines and global standards.
Develop sector-specific guidelines and specifications.
You can find out more about INATBA by visiting inatba.org.
About the European Commission’s DG CONNECT
The Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology is the Commission department responsible for developing a digital single market to generate smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in Europe.
The European Commission’s policy for blockchain and other Distributed Ledger Technologies aims at developing a common approach for the EU in the international arena. Blockchain may bring great improvements for the European industry: from start-ups to large corporates, administrations and citizens. It can enable the provision of more efficient services and the emergence of new ones. This in turn can contribute to economic growth, boosting jobs, competition, investment and innovation in the EU.
About the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum
The European Blockchain Observatory and Forum is a European initiative to accelerate blockchain innovation and the development of the blockchain ecosystem within the EU, and so help cement Europe’s position as a global leader in this transformative new technology.
Created as a European Parliament pilot project, the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum is being run under the aegis of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). Its mission is to:
Identify and monitor blockchain initiatives and trends in Europe and globally on an ongoing basis.
Produce a comprehensive, publicly available source of blockchain knowledge through original research as well as gathering and collating expertise from the best European and global sources.
Create an attractive and transparent forum where all of Europe’s blockchain stakeholders, from thought leaders and entrepreneurs to early adopters and the general public, can share experience, debate issues, and reflect on the future of this new technology.
Make recommendations on the role the EU could play in accelerating blockchain innovation and adoption.
You can find more information about the initiative here: www.eublockchainforum.eu
Alastria is a non-profit association that promotes the Digital Economy through the development of decentralised technologies/bBlockchain. Alastria is a multi-sector consortium to which more than 500 entities of all sizes and sectors have already joined. The members of Alastria collaborate and compete within a permitted public network, which has the basic tools for the development of blockchain strategies thought in the distribution and organisation of products and services for the Spanish and European market.
You can find more information about the Alastria here: alastria.io/en/
Open call! 1:1 meetings with founders from Silicon Valley & Europe
A startup event by founders for founders
Unlike other startup events, Untold Stories prioritises the no nonsense approach and values quality over quantity.
Organised by people who have attended multiple networking and entrepreneurship-focused events as either special guests, speakers or general attendees, they felt there was a necessity to create something small and highly curated, which could actually meet the needs startups have.
Not everyone is looking for an investor, a future colleague or a COO. Some people may be looking for advice, the possibility to hear the diversified truth behind entrepreneurship, to be reassured that even those who are great today went through rough patches and didn’t necessarily have all the answers when faced with problems.
And this is what MY-GATEWAY wants to share with you. Stories which will mesmerise you, which will intrigue you and which will help make you stronger. These are the untold stories.
The first edition of Untold Stories will take place in Budapest, the ‘Pearl of the Danube’, on 7 November and it aims to create a community of change-makers.
No more than one hundred startups will be accepted to take part in this event, and, as you may expect, they will have to go through a selection process. Selected startups will have the possibility to book meetings with top-notch speakers from Silicon Valley and other European countries and benefit from their advice and experience. Take a look at the agenda and the format of the event here.
More about Untold Stories Budapest
Untold Stories Budapest is the MY-GATEWAY project’s final event and, just like MY-GATEWAY, it aims to foster entrepreneurship in the CEE countries. Co-organised by Europa Media, IVSZ, Startup Hungary and Startup Europe Networks, Untold Stories came with the intention to stay.
ENRICH In the USA Advanced Manufacturing-focused Tour
Collaborative partnership opportunities in the US
A pilot service offered by ENRICH in the USA.
Rolling Application opens: July 19, 2019 | Call closes: September 15, 2019 – 23:59 CET (extended)
The call for application will close once the candidate capacity of 40 is reached.
Services offered in this specific call
ENRICH in the USA is launching the ENRICH in the USA Advanced Manufacturing-Focused Tour to assist European Union and EU-affiliate stakeholders interested in US-based business and/or collaborative partnership opportunities. This Advanced Manufacturing-Focused Tour, hosted by the Council of the Great Lakes Region, provides connections and information to help explore and/or identify transatlantic customer, supplier, and/or investment opportunities for visiting EU stakeholders within the advanced manufacturing industry in the binational Great Lakes region, North America’s economic engine. Tour participants will leave this five-day itinerary with a clear understanding of investment, incentive, and operational gains the Great Lakes region has to offer should they be interested in conducting and/or opening a local office for business.
The unique opportunities leveraged by the host ENRICH in the USA Landing Hub, will enable participants to experience a one-of-a-kind interaction with US-based government, industry, and research experts who share similar challenges and solutions within the advanced manufacturing industry. These action- and connection-packed 5 days spent with the Council of the Great Lakes Region will provide EU visiting stakeholders a deep understanding of quicker pathways to access US and Canadian business, regulatory and technological resources, ensuring a smooth internationalization of advanced manufacturing equipment, processes, and/or software technologies or businesses. Every participant will leave the Tour with at least one major potential connection to a US and/or Canadian based entity with which to further explore partnership opportunities.
Located in the Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls metropolitan area and hosted by the Council of the Great Lakes Region, the Advanced Manufacturing Landing Hub provides European stakeholders unprecedented access to two national economies – the United States and Canada. The Great Lakes region is home to the third largest economy in the world, of a combined GDP of nearly $6 trillion (USD), and its most significant sector is manufacturing. On the US-side of the region, visiting European stakeholders can enjoy networking with manufacturing giants such as General Motors, Praxair Tesla, Moog Inc., and Dresser-Rand, who add to the nearly 2,000 other manufacturing companies within the area. These companies are deploying the latest state-of-the art technologies in additive, subtractive, robotics-based, and other advanced manufacturing methods to produce a wide variety of products for consumer, government and commercial use.
The first cohort will be hosted October 21-25, 2019, but subsequent annual Tours will be available in mid-October in a consecutive 5-weekday span each year after. The Tour is ideal for advanced manufacturing stakeholders from research, innovation, and/or business organizations from the EU, ideally C-level or other executives from departments covering R&D, Engineering, Product Development, Manufacturing, Operations, Business Development and/or Finances.
This first Advanced Manufacturing-Focused Tour will accept up to 40 participants. If 40 qualified participants who meet the eligibility and other selection criteria apply, a waiting list will be created; therefore, you are highly encouraged to apply for the service immediately upon interest. If any spots on the Tour become available, potential participants on the waiting list will be invited on a first come, first serve basis, so long as they also meet the eligibility and selection criteria. The Tour is open to EU Member States and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries advanced manufacturing (further defined in Target Group section) stakeholders.
This service gives you the opportunity to:
- Find relevant advanced manufacturing customer, supplier, technology development/research, and/or other partnership contacts, in a financially efficient, timely manner
- Find US financial support for international entities interested in locating a new global office to be closer to these customers/partners
- Explore business and investment opportunities in a bi-national location
- Find an international location with convenient major infrastructure accommodating trade logistics between three nations
- Explore the above opportunities in an area of the US that provides a highly attractive business, investment, and regulatory environment in the global advanced manufacturing market
Monday October 21st: Welcome from Council of the Great Lakes Region
- 9AM Welcome and Overview of Great Lakes Region (Council of the Great Lakes Region)
- 10AM New York State Incentives & Foreign Corporations Programs (Empire State Development)
- 11:30AM Lunch and presentation of University of Buffalo ecosystem
1PM Tour of University of Buffalo
- 4PM Plant tour and Presentation on the Power of Niagara’s Hydropower
- 5PM Dinner and Investor Meet-ups (hosted by Invest Buffalo Niagara)
Tuesday, October 22nd: Buffalo-Niagara Business and Innovation Ecosystem Resources
- 8AM Breakfast and Panel Discussion with Foreign Manufacturing Corporations Headquartered in Region
- 10AM Buffalo Manufacturing Works tour
- 12PM Lunch with Buffalo Angel Network and Launch New York on investment opportunities
- 1:30PM Panel of experts from Innovate Niagara and Niagara Canada’s Manufacturing leadership, including a side by side comparison of advanced manufacturing assets, logistics capabilities, and costs between the US and Canada
- 5PM Dinner and Night-time Tour of the Niagara Falls (zipline attraction for the bravest participants)
Wednesday, October 23rd: Invest Buffalo Niagara Advanced Manufacturing Assets
- 9AM Breakfast and Workforce Development Talent Pipeline Panel
- 10:30AM Tour of Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park
- 12:30PM Lunch
- 1:30PM Tours of Large Manufacturers in Region
- Moog Inc
- Tesla-Panasonic Solar Gigafactory
- 4:30PM Summary and Celebration of Advanced Manufacturing (hosted by Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Alliance)
Thursday, October 24th: Ontario Advanced Manufacturing Ecosystem and Assets
- 8AM Breakfast and Panel Discussion with Manufacturing Corporations Headquartered in Ontario
- 10AM Meeting with Next Generation Manufacturing Canada Supercluster
- 12PM Lunch with Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade on investment opportunities
- 1:30PM Panel of experts from Toronto Board of Trade and the Buffalo Niagara Partnership to discuss binational manufacturing advantage
Friday, October 25th: Pennsylvania Advanced Manufacturing Ecosystem and Assets
- 8AM Breakfast and Panel Discussion with Manufacturing Corporations Headquartered in Pennsylvania
- 10AM Tour of Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Center, (AMIC)
- 12PM Lunch with Ignite Erie and Erie Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership
- 1:30PM Panel of experts from Pennsylvania Department of Community and thePennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association
- 5PM Dinner
Expected outcomes and impact per participant
Average per participant
- ≥3 connections with government officials from the region regarding economic incentives, investments and other information
- ≥4 different geographic visitations to explore a variety of ecosystems
- ≥1 business connection per participant resulting in direct follow-up between participants and potential customers and/or industrial partner
- All participants will have at least one follow-up conversation post-Tour on regional incentives and other opportunity leads from ENRICH in the USA Advanced Manufacturing Landing Hub host organization and regional government representatives
Target Group of this Call
Applicants must be taxpayers in an EU Member State or Associated Country AND/OR be an EU Member State or Associated Country passport holder. Welcome advanced manufacturing industry stakeholders include but are not limited to:
- Startups and SMEs developing innovations and products
- Large corporation executives in R&D, Engineering, Product Development, Manufacturing, Operations, Business Development and/or Financial Departments
- Cluster coordinators
- Economic development organizations
- Industry and trade organization representatives
- Local or regional government representatives
- University administrators
- Science/Technology/Industry/Research/University Park executives
Advanced manufacturing products, processes, and services are defined as those which may utilize: software aided design; high-performance computing for modeling, simulation, and analysis; additive or subtractive processes of fine resolution (< microns) and/or which can accommodate a wide range of man-made materials; high precision manipulations, control or detection/sensing; information technologies; automation, advanced robotics and other intelligent production systems; sustainable, green processing; modern synthetic material handling or creation; custom manufacturing techniques; agile volume production; or high/fast rate production techniques.
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- If an individual, applicant must be a tax payer in an EU MS/AC AND/OR be an EU MS/AC passport holder
- If incorporated, applicant must pay taxes in an EU MS/AC AND/OR have as the majority of shareholders EU MS/AC passport holder
- Be able to communicate (read and speak) in English
Due to funding of this service by the European Commission, the cost per participant for all expenses is a non-reimbursable fee of 525€ (The Tour’s actual value is over 1300€ per participant.) This highly reduced participant fee covers two meals per day, entrance fees to associated events/venues, and transportation to/from hotel and all Tour stops.
Participants will also have to cover the costs for flights to and from the United States, as well as other costs not mentioned above (e.g. ESTA/VISA application costs, health insurance, accommodation, dinners, etc.) by themselves.
All applicants must register at the electronic submission tool F6S under https://www.f6s.com/enrichintheusaadvancedmanufacturingtour. It is highly advised again, that interested applicants should apply as soon as possible, and not wait for the application deadline, as eligible applicants who meet the selection criteria will be invited to the Tour in the order in which they applied. ENRICH in the USA staff will assist with questions or portal issues for applicants. Besides basic information, applicants must mark a checklist for actual criteria and must complete each section of the application.
In F6S, the applicant is asked to register themselves and fill in general information, personal information (such as name, institution, organization type, contact details, and specific questions referring to the organization type). All applicants must acknowledge that they are made aware that some costs have to be covered individually.
You will need to complete all required questions in the F6S application form before you are allowed to submit. Applicants for the Tour should be able to confirm that they:
- Engage in commercial and/or research activities within the advanced manufacturing industry (see previous section for definition/areas of alignment)
- Are a major decision maker in executing new customer, supplier, or partnership relationship developments
- Have a sincere interest in US-based business, technology development, and/or other partnership collaboration opportunities and be a decision maker in potential location scouting activities
The questions listed under Specific Questions were designed to help both the applicant and Host organizations foster ideal connections within the ecosystem, as well as to refine the Tour’s itinerary. These questions include:
- What types of products/services and/or research does your organization work on? If you do not directly conduct technology development, please indicate if you have stakeholders (customers/clients, members, tenants, etc.) that do conduct technology development and in what areas relevant to the Tour sector
- What are your expectations from the ENRICH in the USA Advanced Manufacturing-Focused Tour?
- Why are you interested in learning more about the US market?
- Please list particular companies, investors, and/or institutions you are interested in being connected to within the Landing Hub region this tour is held within. (Please visit: https://usa.enrichcentres.eu/landing-hubs for more information on Tour hosts and listings of potential customers/investors/partners; you are welcome to access your own resources to answer this question)
Note that all application responses have to be submitted in English.
Evaluation and Selection Procedure
The fundamental principles governing the evaluation of the applications are:
- Transparency: The process for selecting applicants will be clearly described and made available to any interested party.
- Fairness and Equality of treatment: All applications shall be treated alike, irrespective of where they originate or the identity of the applicants.
- Ethical and Legal considerations: Any application that contravenes ethical principles and legal regulations may be excluded from being evaluated and rejected at any time.
Selected participants must meet basic eligibility criteria and participant fee must be received by September 22, 2019. Applicants who meet the criteria will be contacted with payment information.
Step 1: Eligibility Check: Will be done by the ENRICH in the USA staff following the criteria defined in section 3:
- If they meet the respective eligibility criteria (outlined above)
- If they meet the respective target group for this call (outlined above)
Step 2: Applicants who meet the optimal selection criteria and satisfactorily answer the Specific Questions outlined in Section 5 listed above, will be invited to the Tour. Unanswered or partially completed questions will not be considered to move forward in the process. A team formed of ENRICH in the USA staff and ENRICH in the USA Advanced Manufacturing Hub organization executives will review applications in the F6S portal, every two weeks leading up to the application deadline.
Step 3: Scoring: All applicants will be evaluated on a five-star evaluation scale – if applicants can confirm all three selection criteria statements and answer all four of the Specific Questions thoughtfully, they will earn a 5-star rating.
Step 4: Admission: The first 40 candidates with 5 star-scores will be invited to attend the Tour. Within two weeks of applying, if not sooner, applicants will be notified of their selection.
Please note: ENRICH in the USA is beholding the right to create a wait list of suitable candidates reaching the necessary 5 stars score
July 19, 2019 – call opens
September 15, 2019 (extended deadline) – submission of application and call closes
Before and up to September 20, 2019 – selection of 40 applicants
September 22, 2019 – payment to participate must be received by
October 21, 2019 – tour Start-date
For questions regarding the ENRICH in the USA Advanced Manufacturing-Focused Tour, please contact:
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European Startup Monitor 2019
Startup founders! Complete the survey for the chance to win Slush tickets
We’re excited to announce that we’re helping the European Startup Network & the European Commission conduct the 2019 European Startup Monitor.
The project involves extensive quantitative and qualitative research, a pan-European startup survey, interviews with founders, corporates, and policymakers, and will provide forward-looking policy recommendations to the European Commission.
We will draw random winners between the end of July and the beginning of September, and the winners will be announced on social media.
Why should startups participate?
This is a one-off chance this year for startups to directly voice their opinions and needs to the European Commission. The answers will be reflected in the policy recommendations given to the Commission in the final 2019 European Startup Monitor Report.
Let’s all support the European startup environment!
Call for proposals for the European Startup and Scaleup Ecosystem Graph
Help increase understanding of different startup hubs
The European Commission is launching this call for proposals for the provision of services aiming to facilitate the management and development of the European startups and scaleups ecosystem graph. More specifically, it refers to the study and configuration of a dynamic data aggregation, visualisation and analysis platform.
This initiative will provide a better understanding of what is happening locally in various hubs, for example assessing strengths and weaknesses, and yearly growth, and measure their overall contribution to generating socio-economic welfare.
The objective of this pilot project is to investigate the growth potential of various startup and scaleup ecosystems, in a dynamic way, based on socio-economic data gathered through effective and reliable data collecting and processing methods. All this information will be gathered and made accessible to the public through a user-friendly online platform that will map and link key connections for numerous parameters that make up the startup and scaleup ecosystems, notably deep-tech hubs, by specialisation and competence.
- To configure an existing top data platform (i.e. https://public.tableau.com) to showcase in a visual and public way the information by country, industry and year, and permitting the download of automatically generated reports.
- To acquire socio-economic data and establish methodologies that offer access to the European startups and scaleups ecosystem graph.
- To create the first EU mapping of the deep-tech hubs with the highest potential for scaling up in the EU.
- The principle outcome of this project is to strengthen the image of the European ICT startup and scaleup scene. This initiative is going to target the positioning of such ecosystems, with the view of showcasing their strengths.
- Concretely, this project should create a measurable impact, which in the end serves as a trustworthy tool to design evidence-based policymaking, notably to identify and address and enhance deep-tech ecosystems in the EU.
- This initiative will provide a better understanding of what is happening locally in various European startup hubs, for example by assessing strengths and weaknesses, yearly growth, and measure their overall contribution that generates socio-economic welfare.
The action will be implemented by way of a call for proposals with a maximum aid intensity of 90% of the total eligible costs of the project(s).
Further information about the call is available in the documents available here.