European Commission organises event on intellectual property and SMEs
Registration open now!
The European Commission, the European Committee of the Regions and Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU are organising a one-day conference “Innovative, Collaborative, Regional: smart intellectual property for a competitive Europe”, taking place in Brussels on 14 November 2019.
A good business environment for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) supporting innovation and protecting intellectual property (IP) is a decisive success factor for growth and jobs in Europe. The conference will explore how the European Union and its regions can help SMEs to become more competitive and to grow through the smart use of IP.
Jointly the EU aims to make it easier for small businesses to become large innovators and global competitors. Policy makers, public and private stakeholders (incl. innovation and development agencies, chambers of commerce, business consultants) are invited to contribute to the EU SME strategy on IP and provide insight into how the public sector can best assist SMEs to use their IP to scale up business growth.
The conference features opening speeches by Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the Committee of the Regions, Timo Pesonen, Director-General of the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, and a representative from the Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs. Markus Beyrer, Chairman of Business Europe will give the keynote speech and there will be 6 panel discussions:
• Overview of IP challenges
• IP challenges from personal experience
• Find your way to IP advice
• How to use IP strategically
• Using IP to access growth funding
• IP in partnerships for innovation and business growth
Find more information and register here.
Startup Europe goes to Slush!
Policy workshops and mathmaking sessions are among the activities planned
Startup Europe will be matchmaking startups and investors at Slush, one of the world’s leading startup events in Helsinki, Finland. Startup Europe, together with Business Finland and Slush, will also organise a workshop on accelerating Digital Innovation and Ecosystems.
Slush, one of the world’s leading startup events is fast approaching, taking place on 21 and 22 November in Helsinki, Finland. Slush aims to connect investors and innovators, and to create a world-wide startup community by bringing together 4000 startups, 2000 investors and 20,000 other change-makers.
Startup Europe is bringing its full network of startups, partners and innovators along to Slush, who all have proven experience implementing digital innovation projects with its extensive grant-funding. This includes MY-GATEWAY, which focuses on strengthening the capacity of startups and SME’s in Central and Eastern Europe, and Startup Lighthouse, which helps promising EU startups to increase their market access. Among those joining are the winners of the Innovation Radar Prize and the 11 winners of the My Gateway Slush competition.
Discover Startup Europe’s tools and financing
Startup Europe aims to strengthen the startup ecosystem across Europe and help the startup community easily access our tools and funding. At Slush, we’ll delve into the details of our programmes, including the Digital Innovation and Scale-Up Initiative (DISC), which enhances finance for highly innovative, high-risk digital startups in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. More information will be provided on the new Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Fund, which will support the financing of a portfolio of highly innovative AI/blockchain companies and support the development of a dynamic EU-wide innovation ecosystem. The first phase of the fund in 2020 will support AI/blockchain companies with 100 million euros.
Startup Europe is matchmaking startups and investors: 21 November
In line with its goal of connecting people, Startup Europe is organising a special matchmaking event along with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Business Finland. The event will bring together 100 startups from across Europe, together with private venture capitalists and investors from large financial institutions such as the European Investment Fund (EIF), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank, and the International Finance Corporation. To support access to finance, a reverse-pitching session by the investors will be organised. Join the Startup Europe Matchmaking Session on 21 November from 16:00-20:00 and don’t miss out on discovering a whole range of opportunities!
Workshop on accelerating Digital Innovation and Ecosystems: 22 November —don’t miss it!
To advance startup and scaleup focused policy, in partnership with Business Finland and Slush, Startup Europe will organise a workshop on Accelerating Digital Innovations and Ecosystems which will bring together 350 stakeholders and experts. The workshop will take place on 22 November from 13:00-16:00. The session will focus on both startup policy and investment initiatives and how these can best be harnessed to enable digital innovation and growth. Innovators, startup founders, venture capitalists, business angels, national promotional banks, corporate representatives, startup associations, academics, policymakers and the media will attend.
Interested in what Startup Europe is doing at Slush? Get your tickets here.
Stable coins debate at Convergence
Convergence looks at the future of money
Bitcoin has been credited with catalysing a revolution in money. But high volatility has kept it and other cryptocurrencies from catching on as a means of payment. Stable coins, whether private ones like Facebook’s Libra or central-bank issued national cryptocurrencies, could solve this problem. But Libra has raised concerns among policy makers, and CBDCs (as central bank cryptocurrencies are known) are as yet untested. While there is great potential, there are also many unknowns.
Convergence is pleased to have the Libra foundation, the ECB, other major central banks and global regulators joining them to take a close look at the promises and perils of stable coins. It is sure to be one of the most highly watched debates in blockchain this year.
Convergence is also proud to announce over 30 new speakers from around the world, among them policy makers, politicians and practitioners:
- Olivier Guersent, DG “Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union”, European Commission
- Dirk Bullmann, European Central Bank
- Jumpei Miwa, Financial Services Agency of Japan
- Richard Williams, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
- Caroline Malcom, OECD
- Bernhard Kowatsch, World Food Programme
- Michèle Finck, Max Planck Institute
- Samia Melhelm, World Bank
- Jesus Ruiz, Alastria
- Pelle Braendgaard, uPort
- Takeshi Fukuizumi, Softbank Corp
- Rebecca Hoffman, OOC Oil & Gas Blockchain Consortium
- Caroline D.C. Madagow, Grassroots Economics
- Stela Mocan, World Bank
- Harald Gruber, European Investment Bank
- Masamba Thioye, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
- Cristina Aranda, Taiger
- Pietro Marchionni, Agency for Digital Italy, Italian Government
- Alejandro Pardo, Inter American Development Bank, LACChain
- Alakanani Itireleng, Satoshi Centre
- Bart Preneel, KU Leuven
- Chris Berg, RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub
- Chris Zhong, Blockchain Philanthropy Foundation / Accenture Australia
- Ovais Sarmad, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
- Franz von Weizsäcker, GIZ
- George M. Giaglis, Institute for the Future, University of Nicosia
- Ismael Arribas, Kunfud
- Ling Wu, TBCASoft
- Manuel Machado, Worldline
- Roberto Fernández Hergueta, Everis/NTT Data
- Zenu Sharma, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business, St. John’s University
View the speaker list online (updated continuously). Or, if you’re intested in joining the Convergence conference as a startup, register for the Global Blockchain Challenge and address challenges around the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals with your solutions.
“At INATBA our goal is to offer those developing and those using DLT a global forum to interact with regulators and policy makers and so bring blockchain technology to the next level. For three days in November, Convergence will be providing just such a forum. Our organisation is delighted to be leading the effort to bring this very special gathering to life on behalf of our over 150 members as well as the global blockchain community. We encourage everyone involved or interested in blockchain to take advantage of this unique opportunity to have their voice heard.” Julie Maupin Chair of the Board of Directors of INATBA, Director of Social Impact & Public Regulatory Affairs at IOTA Foundation
Sweden signs up to Innovation Radar
Taking the number of signatory countries to 23
Sweden has joined the Innovation Radar, an initiative supported by the European Commission, which identifies high potential innovations and the key innovators behind them in Horizon 2020 projects.
Last week His Excellency Ambassador Haak, Deputy Permanent Representative of Sweden to the EU signed the Innovation Radar declaration, making Sweden the 23rd country to join the initiative. The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology was represented by Thomas Skordas, Director “Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructure”, during the ceremony on 26 September.
The Innovation Radar is an initiative that focuses on helping high-potential innovations developed within the Horizon 2020 funding programme to reach the market. The Innovation Radar declaration was launched in April 2018 at the Digital Day. The Commission is committed to working with EU countries to raise the profile of the Innovation Radar and increase its uptake by relevant participants in countries and regions.
Untold Stories Budapest
The newest entrepreneurial event in Budapest looking for the best startups
● First startup event of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe
● Top-notch entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley and Europe
● Startup-speaker ratio is 10:1
● Possibility to book office hours with the speakers
With the focus on Central and Eastern European startups, Untold Stories, an event sponsored by Kitchen Budapest, Microsoft, Hiventures and KPMG, will bring international speakers, mostly from Silicon Valley, to the Hungarian capital with the intention to strengthen the bond between the USA and the EU.
“The ecosystem from Silicon Valley is incredibly dense, tons of smart people, tons of competition and you can learn really quickly. Whereas in other parts of the world it is much more challenging. Where you can’t go to an event every night and meet people who are in startups in most of the world, like you do in Silicon Valley. That’s why Untold Stories Budapest and similar event are so cool. Building connections between people who are doing similar things is super important because it is very difficult to build startups without community” says Zach Coelius, Founder-turned-angel & Syndicate leader.
What makes Untold Stories different from other startup events is in its name. A name which describes no-frills event, where attendees will be able to engage in one-to-one discussions with the speakers by booking office hours with them in advance. In fact, the startup-speaker ratio is 10:1. Startup founders will be exposed to the invisible reality that lies behind entrepreneurship and will listen to those stories which are often untold because the great majority of people are unwilling to acknowledge them. These stories are, however, the protagonists of this conference.
Having no more than one hundred startups attending the event will guarantee an intimate atmosphere for participants to connect and learn from one another. Startups are asked to fill out a typeform and, as applications are accepted on a rolling basis, the spots available may be taken before the deadline.
Over ten top-notch speakers will travel to Budapest to share their insights and personal experience with a community of entrepreneurs and founders who will be granted the opportunity to book one-to-one meetings with them. Amongst some of the great international speakers who can be met at Untold Stories are founder-turned-angel Zach Coelius, Entrepreneur in Residence at Silicon Valley Bank, Shruti Shah, partners at 500 Startups, Marin Liao and Sheel Mohnot and many more.
Selected startups will have the opportunity to pitch at Millenaris Startup Campus, a day prior to the conference on 6 November while all conference attendees will also be invited to Startup and Innovation Day right after Untold Stories.
As the last event of MY-GATEWAY, an EU-funded project which aims to boost entrepreneurship in the CEE region, Untold Stories aims to contribute to bridging the gap between the CEE and the rest of the world. Co-organised by Europa Media, IVSZ, Startup Hungary and Startup Europe Networks, Untold Stories came with the intention to stay.
Join Untold Stories here.
Join the Global Blockchain Challenge!
Calling all developers, regulators and business people
If you like solving problems in a cross-disciplinary way, then you’ll want to come to Málaga on 11 November and take part in the Global Blockchain Challenge.
This is an open innovation initiative to bring together developers, regulators and business people to address challenges around the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals and deliver impactful, cross-disciplinary blockchain-based solutions.
Teams of three people will be formed with three different profiles (tech, business and legal) and with backgrounds coming from private sector, academia and entrepreneurship.
Thanks to this cross-disciplinary approach, we hope and expect to have exciting, innovative but also well thought-through and practical solutions that take into account a broad range of conditions and viewpoints, and that are implementable in the short- to mid-term.
Information on how to participate and attend the Global Blockchain Challenge is available on the website.
And while you are in Malaga, participate in Convergence – the first truly global blockchain conference, bringing together the worldwide blockchain community for an intense dialogue with regulators, policy makers, industry influencers and members of the social impact community.
Attendees will enjoy a number of unique opportunities not available at any other blockchain gathering. These include:
- A chance to shape the industry through direct dialogue with regulators and policy makers
- An opportunity to help set blockchain priorities for the coming year
- A global exposure and a vision of the blockchain “big picture”
- Learn about the opportunities offered at EU and international level for funding blockchain initiatives
The conference will have a broad remit, exploring the convergence of blockchain with other technologies, with business, with the legal and regulatory landscape, and with society in general and the social good.
See you in Malaga!