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

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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.

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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.