Blockchain for the Next Generation Internet
Have you got what it takes to bring Europe to the cutting edge of the blockchain revolution?
The European Cluster Collaboration Platform has issued a call for research and innovation projects within technology, infrastructure and application levels to position Europe at the vanguard of the blockchain revolution.
Successful proposals will address one of the following sub-topics:
- Advancing research on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies
- Fostering trust in internet information exchange and content with blockchain
- Bringing forward the emergence of collective intelligence on the internet
The deadline for this call is the 16th of January and more information can be found here.
Call for expressions of interest for innovative projects in the smart textiles manufacturing
Do you have a manufacturing chain project that needs acceleration?
SmartX Europe has opened a call for Expressions of Interest for European SMEs and start-ups with innovative manufacturing chain projects within the smart textile and related sectors.
Projects are expected to be focused on driving an existing prototype through the manufacturing chain.
Successful applicants will obtain an acceleration support up to €60,000 during a year, plus mentoring from SmartX consortium partners.
This call ends on February 15th 2020 and more information can be found here.
Smart Ageing Prize
Should entrepreneurship have an age limit?
The AAL Programme & Nesta are looking to harness the skills, networks and experience that older adults contribute to the economy through the Smart Ageing Prize.
This 50,000 EUR challenge prize is seeking solutions that support, empower and inspire older adults to engage in entrepreneurship, for example through the creation of intergenerational teams and skills-sharing, or digital solutions to help bring to life the entrepreneurial ideas and energy of the 60+ age group.
The prize pot would be split into 3 awards:
- 35,000 EUR for first place
- 10,000 EUR for the first runner up
- 5,000 EUR for the second runner up
More information here.
Hotdesk opportunities in the US
Immerse yourself in the Boston and San Francisco ecosystems
ENRICH in the USA is supporting the exploration phases and set-up of promising EU researchers and deep-tech / deep-science entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs in the #1 startup and innovation ecosystems in the world located in the Boston and San Francisco area.
For this purpose, ENRICH in the USA is offering access to a collaborative workspace founded on the principle that people work better together with other like-minded people, and when immersed in these unique ecosystems.
More information here.
BlueInvest Awards 2020 | The Pitch Battle
On the lookout for startups in the Blue Economy!
Twenty of Europe’s top startups and SMEs in the Blue Economy will be selected to pitch on the main stage to a panel of investors for the BlueInvest Awards.
Applicants could gain international media exposure, potential clients and access to investors. Pitches will be live-streamed. The selected teams will receive pitch coaching and feedback from our industry specialists.
BlueInvest is searching for highly innovative, disruptive and next-generation products, solutions and technologies in the Blue Economy. There are also strong opportunities for solutions that promote the circular economy, decarbonisation, address climate change or relate to the sustainable development goals.
Criteria for applicants:
- Must have a working product, technology or solution
- Must be based in the EU or majority-owned by EU nationals
- Must fall within one of the official pitch categories
- Power from the Ocean. Innovative solutions, processes and technologies in the field of ocean renewables and ocean energy.
- Intelligent Ocean. Next generation digital technologies, products and solutions in the field of artificial intelligence, robotics, smart ports, harbours & terminals, remote sensing and navigation.
- Food & Feed from the Ocean. Innovative new food and feed from aquaculture and renewable aquatic biological resources.
- Blue Bioeconomy and Green Solutions. New products, technologies, solutions and processes from renewable aquatic biological resources, including packaging and medical/pharmaceuticals. It shall also cover solutions toward the “greening” of traditional maritime industries, marine litter, circular economy, natural capital/ocean resource management, among others.
How to apply:
- Register to BlueInvest Day 2020.
- Complete the online application form and attach your pitch deck.
- Apply by Friday, 3 January 2020.
Selection results will be sent by email on Monday, 13 January.
Crowst wins over angel investors at Slush
Startup to receive €300,000 in angel investing
Autumn 2019 has been busy for business angels, as an international syndicate of 30 investors have gone through 130 companies which applied for the Nordic Angel Program at Slush. From all those companies, one stood out from the crowd. Crowst will now receive an angel investing round of €300 000 to open up new markets.
A record-number of 30 angel investors participated in the Nordic Angel Program at Slush. FiBAN’s syndication service has already culminated into three successful funding rounds, with some fantastic investment targets: Screenful, FeelingStream and Duuers. This autumn, angel investors, following the lead of Tuomas Pahlman and Reima Linnanvirta, went through 130 companies to find the best one in Slush’s deal flow. After months of reviewing, interviewing, due diligence and negotiating, Crowst came out as the number one company and will receive the syndicate’s €300 000 investment.
Crowst is an insights platform that helps marketing departments gain real-time on-location consumer feedback at a low cost. “Crowsters”, as they call their users, redeem gift cards for the amount of reviews they do, as well as getting the chance to influence the market.
The Crowst team has already gained benefits from the angel investors: “On being shortlisted in the top 15 after the initial online process, it was very valuable to spar one-on-one with the investors to hear their feedback, challenging our own thinking. The deep-dive done during the due diligence process was quite thorough and made us sweat through the discussions with the lead investors. It is great to have eventually earned their confidence in our business and be selected for investment. We look forward to leveraging the wealth of experience and expertise the angel syndicate brings as part of this investment program”, comments Richard Jerome, CEO and cofounder of Crowst.
Good founders that work well together were very important for the investors. “Early stage is all about focus and execution. Crowst team was not as advanced as some others, but they actually convinced us actually by not doing some important stuff. Because they had done the more important stuff. And they had done it darn well and focused on what matters so far”, describes Tuomas Pahlman, co-lead of the syndicate.
This autumn, the investor group was large and diverse, and so were the top 15 companies. This represents in a way what angel investing is: in a big syndicate, there’s a lot of know-how about all kinds of technologies and industries, and therefore, there’s room to invest into whatever interesting technology there is. In this round, industries varied from health tech to insect-based cleantech, from surveys to cloud-service for apps. Not only that, but the companies had founders who were originally from all around the world, from India to Latvia. “It was interesting to see that there was no single vertical dominating the Top-15. Instead, everything from EdTech to LegalTech, PropTech to FoodTech and B2B SaaS to environmental hardware was represented. This comes to show that good investment cases can rise from any vertical”, concludes co-lead Reima Linnanvirta.
The whole list of top 15 companies by Nordic Angel Program at Slush:
- Manna Insect
- Elias Robot_
- React & Share
- AUVC Tech
- Absolute Module
Find more information and read the original article here.