The European Maker Week is back!

Building on last year’s European Maker Week (EMW), this year’s movement will challenge all creative makers around EU to identify a need in their community, and build solutions for real problems.

The European Maker Week is an opportunity for citizens from communities throughout the EU to participate in local activities, celebrating the innovation, ingenuity and creativity of the Maker Movement.

EMW was created last year to encourage, promote and highlight organisations from around the EU who are working to create more opportunities for people of all ages to be makers.

Makers are building themselves keys for the future: developing new solutions and products for pressing challenges; engaging students in hands on interactive learning of STEM, arts, and design; and enabling individuals to learn new skills in fabrication and manufacturing.

EMW is also an opportunity to convene key stakeholders in each local community to discuss the role of the Maker Movement in areas such as education, entrepreneurship, workforce development, manufacturing, community revitalisation and community-based problem solving.

Getting different stakeholders together to talk about the Maker Movement will develop new collaborations, partnerships and initiatives that can help grow this ecosystem in each territory.

The European Maker Week is an initiative, promoted by the European Commission’s Startup Europe, organised under the high patronage of the European Parliament, and implemented by Maker Faire Rome.


EMW presents an opportunity to showcase what makers do best: making things. The goal of each community’s project is to encourage makers to identify a problem in their community and to build a solution


While the goal of the event is to start a dialogue, the expected outcomes of #EMW17 should stretch well beyond the specific day of each event. While each community will determine the exact outcome of its own EMW, the hope is that the whole Week will spur the development of partnerships and programs within the maker community in order to have lasting impacts on the different local towns and cities.

Here’s more info on how to organise an event

Some examples of outcomes of such events are:

  • Increased support for local maker events by local government
  • A manufacturing alliance between local makers and manufacturing organisations
  • Academic partnerships between teachers and local makers
  • A health making partnership between a local elder facility and a community makerspace
  • A Chamber of Commerce featuring local makers, hackers, artists, and artisans.
  • European Maker Week is also part of  the initiatives for “Maker Faire Rome – The European Edition“ which will be held in Rome from the 1st to the 3rd of December, expecting 110,000 visitors and with over 400 exhibitors’ from all over Europe.


About European Maker Week

The European Maker Week (EMW) is an initiative promoted by European Commission and implemented by Maker Faire Rome in collaboration with Startup Europe. EMW was created last year to encourage, promote, and highlight organizations from around the UE who are working to create more opportunities for more people of all ages to make. Makers are developing new solutions and products for pressing challenges, engaging students in hands on, interactive learning of STEM, arts, and design, and enabling individuals to learn new skills in fabrication and manufacturing.

European Maker Week


About Startup Europe

The Startup Europe Team works with entrepreneurs connecting them with the European ecosystem where talent, investment and learning can be easily captured. We believe Europe’s growth is going to be determined by savvy startups, and we want to support the growth of these startups.

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About Maker Faire Rome

The greatest Maker Faire after the Bay Area. Maker Faire Rome is a celebration of innovation, open to all forms of applied creativity where startups and innovators are invited to participate to show their sense of creative entrepreneurship. It’s an event created to cater to curious participants of all ages, wishing to experience first-hand the makers’ inventions. Inventions that are the result of a desire to solve everyday problems, whether big or small. The watchwords of the Maker Faire Rome are: meeting, exchange, training, entertainment and interaction. At #MFR17 innovation is made available to everyone.

Maker Faire Rome



‘A Manifesto for Change and Empowerment in the Digital Age’: sign now to show your support!

‘A Manifesto for Change and Empowerment in the Digital Age’ is proposing concrete ways to leverage the strength of the digital single market for European entrepreneurs’ global success.

The manifesto is a response to a challenge issued by Commissioner Oettinger to stakeholders at CeBIT in March 2016 to inform him on what could be better done to help startups scale up in Europe, and a provide a way to accomplish it together. This comprehensive set of recommendations wants to make Europe not just the best place in the world to start a business, but the best place to grow one to scale as well.

This is why the European Commission welcomes and supports this Scaleup Europe movement, congratulates its leaders for jointly succeeding in bringing forward such an insightful document and will ensure a targeted policy response.

The manifesto is divided into six chapters, each of them built around an action line and contains a list of concrete recommendations. In total, there are 49 actions, and we invite you to discover and to sign to show your support.

Europe needs to create a better, more fertile environment where our brilliant, creative entrepreneurs can build global champions, create jobs, develop the “next big thing” and deliver prosperity to our society in years to come.

The movement was initiated by Startup Europe‘s H2020 project European Digital Forum, a first-of-its kind think tank dedicated to empowering tech entrepreneurs and growing Europe’s digital economy.


New European Commission tender: “Europe’s digital agenda meets Silicon Valley”

The European Commission has launched a call for tenders for a service contract to organise “Europe’s digital agenda meets Silicon Valley” with a total price that cannot exceed 150 000 Euros (SMART-2016/1008)

The two specific objectives of the contract are:

a) The organisation (in the US, Silicon Valley area) of a high profile event on the topic of digital Europe, focused on the digital economy, tech startups, digital innovation and digitisation, involving high level policy makers and business representatives from Europe and the US. The event will include side events and meetings connecting European participants with EU expatriates on-site, as well as recognised representatives of corporates, investors, universities and policy makers in Silicon Valley.

b) To establish a sustainable European expat entrepreneurship board which would include key European successful tech entrepreneurs and investors on-site (in the Silicon Valley area, USA). The Entrepreneurship board should be limited in size (around 20 persons), but should be open to new, relevant, membership over time. The entrepreneurship board would play the role of a networking platform, linking Silicon Valley to EU policy makers.

Official Journal reference: 2016/S 180-322104

For additional information and relevant documentation please refer to the announcement on the eTendering website.


Thinking about starting your own tech-company? Join the TWIST Digital project!

If you are currently considering establishing your own tech startup, or if you have already done so, the TWIST Digital project is exactly the thing you were looking for! TWIST Digital is an international project funded by the European Commission, aiming at connecting and supporting entrepreneurs in Rome, Stockholm, Lille and Warsaw. It’s a great opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs to receive mentoring, exposure and funding.

The TWIST Project was launched back in 2013 and has already supported over 1000 European startups. With a continuingly growing mentoring group of 120+ highly qualified professionals and experts from the top of European industries, the project is more than capable of providing your startup with the exact assistance you need. The project focuses on the challenges met by current web and mobile startups and has significantly increased the success rate of participating startups.

“Throughout the project we have met an astonishing amount of passionate and talented entrepreneurs. Many of themhave provided both the state of mind and the ideas to succeed in today’s highly dynamic and ever changing tech-markets. They just needed that extra assistance in order to finalize and establish their businesses. We, at Meta GroupPolska, are happy to be a part of this process, and recommend all aspiring entrepreneurs to indulge themselves in the TWIST Digital programme.”

Alessia Melasecche, COO of the META Group Polska and mentor of the TWIST Digital Project.

Throughout the execution of the project, a number of events have been held in each targeted city to promote the project and the entrepreneurial spirit in general. The events are free and anyone with an interest for tech, IT, innovation or entrepreneurship can join.


ePitch Training Session on September 21st and September 26th
Time – 16 CET
Mentors: Juliane Schulze & Luigi Amati

ePitch Training Session on October 12th and October 17th
Time – 16 CET
Mentors: Juliane Schulze & Luigi Amati

ePitch Training Session on November 9th and November 16th
Time – 16 CET
Mentors: Juliane Schulze & Luigi Amati

ePitch Training Session on December 12th
Time – 16 CET
Mentors: Juliane Schulze & Luigi Amati


Juliane Schulze is Member of the Board of Media Deals, a pan-European investor network being constituted of business angels and early-stage venture capital funds focusing on creative industries and digital media. Since its creation in 2008, Media Deals has been promoting and encouraging early-stage equity investment in high-growth startup companies at the crossings of the audiovisual sector and digital technology as well as cutting-edge media content technologies. Continue reading.


Luigi Amati is President, CEO & Co-Founder of META. Mr. Amati has been actively involved in the company’s development since its founding in 1993. For over 20 years META has completed more than 800 high-profile projects working with over 300 clients incl. European Commission, World Bank, Interamerican Development Bank, European Investment Bank, national & regional governments, development agencies, public & private investors, start-ups & entrepreneurs and invested over 60 million Euro in over 100 startups. Continue reading. 


If this article has awoken, or perhaps further strengthened, your inner entrepreneur, do not hesitate to sign up at the TWIST Project’s web-based platform. You can find it at: www.digitaltwisters.com. By doing so, you are one step closer to mentors, investors and potential business partners from around the European startup communities. You will also find much more information about each upcoming event and you will be the first one to be updated on what’s happening in Europe’s startup scene.

Boost your idea and startup to the next level and join a European-wide network of specialists. Remember, establishing, growing and succeeding with your company is an inspiring and fulfilling, but also long and tough journey. Thus there is absolutely nothing wrong with getting a little assistance along the way. Sometimes, a little push is all you need!


For more information, please contact:
Alessia Melasecche:


LIFE Project: Why startups need to get some basics down at the very beginning- Tech.eu

From the right founders to solving a real problem, the European Commission-sponsored LIFE project details the mistakes startups make in their earliest days.

The infancy of a startup involves a lot of searching. Startups talk a lot about pivoting, changing their mission or product to suit the market ahead of them. What may have seemed like a great idea in theory for a startup can hit a wall very fast in practice. However, despite all the assurances that a company can pivot and change in the future, decisions that its founders make at the very beginning will still have a profound effect on whether the startup actually goes anywhere.

The LIFE (Learning Incrementally from Failed Entrepreneurship) project conducted a survey of European startups on the problems, challenges, and failures they encountered during various stages of their development. LIFE divides this development into four phases – Discovery, Validation, Efficiency, and Growth. It provides a snapshot into the obstacles that entrepreneurs face at different stages.

Earlier we looked at the supposed skills gap in European tech. This time we’re looking at the mistakes startups make in their formative days when it comes to founders and defining one’s mission statement.

The startups surveyed were all able to identify where they went wrong with the benefit of hindsight. However, most interestingly, they were unable to pin down any concrete solutions. They were only able to give some advice on what they would have done differently when founding and launching their startups at the earliest stages.

According to one of the startups surveyed, not having a technical co-founder leaves the company in a bind when it comes to hiring and making decisions on the product development side of things. Often startups are founded by business-minded founders who lack technical input.

BrightArch regaled its challenges with focus across every phase. According to the startup, its biggest problem was not having co-founders with “different areas of responsibility”. This could mean one person focused on raising funds and another working solely on product development.

At the same time, this sort of structure can cause rifts if not addressed early on. Filmgrail from Norway cited problems it had with its “tech guys” having little understanding of the customers’ needs. This rift between the technical and business sides of a startup is not uncommon and can be remedied by better communication.

Nonabox from Spain described how early on it started to move too quickly into new markets and attributes this error to a lack of advisors.

Getting the right founding team in place early on is just one hurdle, according to the white paper, and there are other key decisions to be made in the early phases.

“A solution looking for a problem” is common mantra for a startup that has created a product or service with no real substance and long term potential. A startup’s formative days should be spent identifying a problem to solve rather than developing a solution that’s looking for an audience.

One startup that was surveyed experienced this very problem at its Discovery stage. “The solution that we proposed was well-liked and people saw a lot of potential but it was difficult to identify what the problem really was that we were solving,” stated Origo. The startup added that this ties together with communication issues among founders.

In its chapter on best practices, the LIFE white paper makes a number of recommendations to startups and founders.

Along with having a technical founder, it recommends that startup founders have some prior experience in a startup, which helps in identifying common mistakes and in developing network opportunities. A team of advisors can also help in this regard.

Retrieved from: Tech.eu



By Maren Lesche



Two groups of entrepreneurs, researchers and accelerators visited European Innovation Hub today to get a deeper look into the Berlin startup community.

Company visit „Springboard“ is a programme focussing on student entrepreneurship, startups and business acceleration. It is theflagship program of Connect Estonia for business creation and development.

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Springboard has offered coaching for more then 50 startup and growth companies for 10 years and has linked experts and entrepreneurs from various fields. Many of the alumni companies have succesfully raised venture funding. It is supported by the University of Turku, the Technical University Riga, Tehnopol Tallinn, the Sciencepark Turku and the Innovation Center Riga. Laura Kohler, founder and CEO of European Innovation Hub, welcomed the group and answered all their questions.

In the afternoon, 30 entrepreneurs and accelerators from Italy also stopped by at the European Innovation Hub offices in Berlin-Mitte. The delegation was initiated by SMAU. Berkay Kabay and Yannick Müller explained European Innovation Hubs Company Builder approach, the Welcome Startup activities as well as other initiatives supported by Startup Europe.

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Retrieved from http://www.europeaninnovationhub.com/welcome-entrepreneurs-italy-baltics/


About European Innovation Hub:

We grow tech startups in Europe and beyond. We connect corporates with startups driving their innovation stategy and support entrepreneurs in finding the right strategic business partners.

With our programs European Pioneers, Stargate/I3H and Welcome – co-funded by the European Commission – we help startups to scale-up within Europe. By screening the startup community and developing strategic accelerator programs we encourage innovation in corporates, especially SME, by linking them to the right startup communities in Europe and Israel.

European Innovation Hub GmbH is an etventure company.