ICT 2018: Imagine Digital – Connect Europe

ICT 2018 will take place in Vienna on 4-6 December 2018. This research and innovation event will focus on the European Union’s priorities in the digital transformation of society and industry. It will present an opportunity for the people involved in this transformation to share their experience and vision of Europe in the digital age.

In an open and participatory event, organised by the European Commission and the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, citizens can join science community members, policymakers, and fellow ICT-enthusiasts to discuss the future in a digital Europe.

Join the ICT 2018 community on Twitter @ICT2018eu and #ICT2018


Read more about it here:


If you want to attend the event, click here: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/attend-ict-2018



Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley

SEC2SV 2016 kicked off with the flagship pan-European event in Silicon Valley, European Innovation Day on Sep 12th, with Tim Draper addressing 500 entrepreneurs, professionals, and EU policy makers – and closed with an intimate invite only ceremony, on Sep 20th, led by Elżbieta Bieńkowska, EU commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.

Past participants included: The best 15 EU scaleups expanding to the US; Betsy Masiello, Head of public Policy @ Uber; Günther H. Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources; Julie Hanna, US Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship; Francisco de la Torre Prados, Mayor of Malaga, Spain; and Henry Chesbrough, the Father of Open Innovation.

SEC2SV 2017 maintains the above trend, and goes a step further by taking an intricate look at the EU corporate innovation outpost environment in Silicon Valley. Where are they from? When were they established? How can you partner with them and let them help you succeed?


Other notable inclusions in 2017:

  • An invitation to EU Commissioner for Research Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas


A dive into EU’s dominance on hot topics:

  • Industry 4.0 – From manufacturing  to automation
  • Augmented Reality, AR / Virtual Reality, VR
  • Artificial Intelligence, AI
  • Privacy and Data storage/transfer

Find more info on: SEC2SV 2017



Pilot project: Start This Up!

The European Commission is launching a Call for proposals for a pilot project to leverage the Startup Europe networks and hubs for the benefit of the West Pomerania province for a maximum amount of 750.000€

The aim of the pilot project ‘Start This Up’ is to create links between ecosystems, focusing on connecting people, local ecosystems, international outreach and providing information for the West Pomerania province and neighbouring regions. The Pilot will reinforce matchmaking between investors, corporates, higher education institutions and entrepreneurs as well as networking of regional decision-makers.

The pilot project will on the one hand, help established startups and prospective tech entrepreneurs to achieve market success and, on the other, raise broader awareness of high potential innovators in Europe with specific targeted actions for maturing innovation excellence in EU-funded ICT projects.

Take a look at all the related documents here



European Venture Summit

10th edition of European Venture Summit

Europe’s foremost networking and investment event for high growth technology start-ups, venture capital investors and technology corporations is to take place on 5-6 December 2016 in .  It offers to entrepreneurs the opportunity to grow their businesses across borders, and engage directly with Europe’s most active investors across investor-types. The European Venture Summit will present 100+ innovative ICT, Life Sciences and Cleantech companies from across Europe to an international audience of investors, key corporates and innovation experts.

The European Venture Summit in bullets:

  • Europe’s largest Tech Investment and matchmaking event
  • Annual flagship event of Europe Unlimited
  • Presentations by the Top 120 Companies selected though the European Venture Contest
  • Attended by over 400 people, of which 200 of Europe’s most active venture capital or corporate investors
  • Attended by high-tech entrepreneurs, advisors, corporates and government partners
  • Presentation sessions, pre-arranged one-on-one meetings, discussion sessions, partner roundtables and more


To see more information about the Summit, please check here

Registration is required to attend the European Venture Summit on 5-6 December 2016. After the registration is closed, ePlus will select 12-15 companies based on the profile and the pitch deck provided. The selected companies will get free access to the event with the following benefits:

  • Access for 1 participant
  • Prestigious presenting opportunity for selected presenters
  • Networking with corporate contacts, VCs & fast-growing companies
  • Visibility through website & Company Profile
  • Up to 4 pre-arranged meetings from a selection of 10 potential One2One partners
  • Free participation at our Masterclasses (5 December)
  • Networking coffee breaks, lunch, dinner
  • Full conference information pack


Please register here using the code: pitchingEVS2016

The deadline for registration is November 9,


Please find more information on the event here.




The European Competition for business ideas, mixing ICT and Creativity

Are you looking for fresh new ideas in the ICT field? Do you want to meet European Talent aspiring to be the entrepreneurs of tomorrow? Do you wish to engage in productive networking with European incubators and business angels? Then join the CREA Business Idea Contest @ SMAU 2016. Young talent that have gone through intensive training will present their ideas in 3 minute pitches and will be reviewed by an expert jury.

We are also still looking for new incubators and accelerators in Europe that would like to join the jury and to offer incubation programs for the winners.

Following this, you will be able to ask controversial questions to business angels and incubators in a Crossfire Chat and gain an insight into the way they work.

The three best ideas selected by the jury will finally be awarded during an evening award ceremony.


Anyone interested in new ideas and solutions in the ICT field; researchers; business angels and investors; University representatives; HR & talent scouters; incubators and accelerators.


CREA aims to support talented students, who have a real interest in becoming entrepreneurs by combining creativity with ICT. The seven Universities, business support initiatives and incubator partners of CREA have developed a Summer Academy model with a strong focus on creativity and ICT as drivers for the next generation of innovative startups. This program is particularly directed towards University students who find themselves between the idea and incubation phase, by filling a gap in the current incubation and acceleration programs available. Through mentoring and individual coaching, as well as group work and informal talks with successful entrepreneurs, students are accompanied through all the stages needed to build a company.

In the long term, CREA also aims to build a wide European network of universities, incubators and development agencies to further promote entrepreneurship cultures among Europe’s youngest generations.



@ SMAU Milan
27th October 2016
Hall 1 and 2 Fieramilano City, viale Scarampo Gate 8, Milan


More information at www.creasummeracademy.eu