Startup Olé Accelerator hosts SEC2U
Entrepreneurship is increasingly seen as a valuable career choice for recent graduates. Developing your entrepreneurial competencies is now seen as crucial, not only for starting your own business, butfor contributing to the success of small companies. Even large corporations are beginning to see the value in entrepreneurial skills for their employees.
There still exists a struggle for students to obtain entrepreneurship skills and experience, with commercialization and knowledge transfer often overlooked. For this reason, we welcome Startup Europe Comes to Universities (SEC2U)!
SEC2Uis an initiative endorsed by the European Commission (Startup Europe) to create a strong culture of entrepreneurship and innovation within universities across Europe. This consists of a series of events that bring together students, university staff,entrepreneurs, businessmen and representatives of local governments in order to showcase the available support andform valuable connections in the startup ecosystem. The second edition of SEC2U will take place from the 23rdto the 29thof October and the University of Salamanca/Startup Olé Acceleratorwill be joining the initiative!
During the event that will take place in the Narodowy Stadium, Warsaw as part of the CEE Acceleration Summit on the 26thof October, where Universities will come together with Accelerators, Corporations and Policy Makers to bring up the startup ecosystem in Europe
Startup Olé Accelerator of the University of Salamanca will be supported by other universities across Europe, taking steps towards the internationalization of the CEE region together with over 30 prestigious universities in the SEC2U initiative.
With approximately 3000 peopleexpected in attendance, this is a time to showcase the work of universities in the entrepreneurship area, build bridges between university communities and startup ecosystems and facilitate connections!
Take the right step towards your future and don´t miss out on this opportunity. Find out more about SEC2U and the events near you: http://startupeuropeuniversities.eu/
See you there!
About Startup Europe Comes to the Universities (SEC2U)
Startup Europe Comes to the Universities (SEC2U) is a Europe wide initiative to engage universities (from the Startup Europe University Network and beyond) and enable them to spread an entrepreneurial culture. SEC2U will hold events across Europe during the week of 23rd to 29th of October 2017.
The main objective of the SEC2U events is to showcase the commitment of European universities for entrepreneurship and to connect universities to the wider startup ecosystem.
Startup Europe was at the 3rd edition of Startup Olé, held in Salamanca, Spain on 26th & 27th April!
This year over 400 startups took part in the startup fair, as well as there being more than 200 international speakers, 40 corporates, 60 investors, 50 accelerators, 30 public administrations, 25 universities and various press and media organizations at the event.
Startup Europe was there with our stand, ready to tell you all about the Startup Europe initiative! The communications agency, Hugin&Munin, which runs the communications for Startup Europe, was there to explain the initiative and give startups more information about how they can benefit, no matter where in Europe they are from.
Madrid Startup House, a pilot initiative born out of Startup Europe, was also there with startups that they had brought from Madrid. You can read more about Madrid Startup House at Startup Olé here: (article in Spanish).
The first ‘Startup Europe Cities Network’ meeting also took place at Startup Olé, with representatives from many cities all around Europe, like Athens, Badajoz, Granada, London, Madrid, Patras, Seville, Skopje, The Hague and Vitoria participating in addition to their time at Startup Olé. The meeting was opened by Isidro Laso, Head of Startup Europe at the European Commission, and was directed by Madrid Startup House. The network hopes to link tech and startup friendly cities via a European cities network, using Madrid Startup House as an example of best practice for One Stop Shops in cities across Europe. The network is very much still in the development stage and is looking to consolidate its community by taking on many more representatives from cities all over Europe. To enquire about the network, please send an email to or [email protected].
Startup Europe thoroughly enjoyed the 3rd edition of Startup Olé, which is growing every year, and looks forward to seeing you at next year’s edition!
Salamanca acoge los días 26 y 27 de abril la 3ª edición de Startup Olé
Salamanca acoge los días 26 y 27 de abril la 3ª edición de Startup Olé, uno de los mayores eventos de emprendimiento tecnológico de nivel internacional
En esta tercera edición se prevé la participación de más de 2.500 personas, 400 startups, 200 ponentes, más de 50 aceleradoras, más de 50 corporaciones, más de 60 inversores y 25 universidades, así como administraciones públicas y medios de comunicación.
Durante los días 26 y 27 de abril Salamanca acoge de nuevo Startup Olé, un foro destinado a impulsar el ecosistema de emprendimiento tecnológico europeo, y que contará con la participación de más de 2.500 asistentes, 400 startups y más de 250 entidades entre corporaciones, aceleradoras, inversores, administraciones públicas, medios de comunicación y universidades.
El evento está organizado por la Universidad de Salamanca y su Parque Científico, la Junta de Castilla y León-ADE y la Comisión Europea-Startup Europe, en colaboración con SEPE, Iberdrola, Fundación Repsol, Global Exchange, Madrid Startup House, ViewNext, Europe Money 2020, Banco Sabadell, Ayuntamiento de Alcobendas y Turismo de Salamanca.
En la inauguración y a lo largo del evento habrá ponentes muy destacados como Juhan Lepassar (Responsable del gabinete del Vicepresidente de la Comisión Europea Andrus Ansip), Isidro Laso (Responsable de Startup Europe, Comisión Europea), Maria Pilar del Olmo (Consejera Economía de la Junta de Castilla y León), Rodrigo del Prado (CEO de BQ), Blanca Losada Martín (CEO de Gas Natural), Isidoro Alanis (Fundador y presidente de Global Exchange), Daniel Hernández Ruipérez (Exmo. Sr. Rector Mgfco. de la Universidad de Salamanca), y Fermín Albadalejo (Presidente de CEAJE).
Startup Olé cuenta asimismo con la colaboración de los siguientes grandes actores: corporaciones como Amazon, Repsol, Telefónica, Iberdrola, Ferrovial, Amadeus, Trivago, Renfe – ADIF, Correos, etc.; inversores como Demeter, Lucey Fund, Faraday, Axon Partners Group, K-Fund, Keiretsu Forum, Socios Inversores, Primomiglio o Ricari, entre otros; servicios de ministerios españoles como ENISA, SEGITTUR, RED.ES o el ICEX; y otras Administraciones Públicas como el Comité Europeo de las Regiones o el Parlamento Europeo; medios de comunicación como RTVE, Intereconomía, y Grupo A3 Media; así como aceleradoras y universidades de toda Europa. El evento también cuenta con más de 250 voluntarios/as, principalmente alumnos/as y antiguos/as alumnos/as de la Universidad de Salamanca.
Entre las actividades que van a tener lugar se incluye una feria de startups, una competición de pitches, un evento de emparejamientos entre corporaciones y startups, las reuniones del REDEI, una reunión de las Aceleradoras de la Comisión Europea, una reunión del Grupo Salamanca Investor Club-Investor Forum, una reunión de embajadores latinoamericanos, y la reunión de la red europea de países del este, con asistencia de representantes de más de 7 ministerios de estos países.
Startup Olé va a tener lugar los días 26 y 27 de abril en la Hospedería Fonseca de la Universidad de Salamanca. Se pueden obtener los tickets de forma gratuita en https://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-ole-2017-tickets-29105746070
Madrid Startup House will be at Startup Olé!
Madrid Startup House is going to be at Startup Olé, a great tech event in Salamanca, Spain, on 26th and 27th April!
Madrid Startup House is a pilot initiative which began through Startup Europe. It aims to be a one stop shop where entrepreneurs and startups can find everything they need to startup in Madrid, Spain. It is a neutral space which aims to connect all players of the ecosystem, and facilitate Madrid, and Spain’s, ability to adapt to the Digital Single Market.
Madrid Startup House will be at Startup Olé for both days of the event, to present the Madrid ecosystem and explain more about the initiative.
Madrid Startup House will:
- Be there with its two co-founders Victor Teodosio and Asier Basterretxea
- Have its own stand where you come to visit us and ask all of your questions
- Bring members of the Madrid ecosystem to meet you
- Bring selected top startups from Madrid: more on this very soon!
About Startup Olé
Startup Olé emerged in 2015 from a highly successful European project within Startup Europe (WELCOME). The main objective of this project was to connect the startup ecosystems across Europe and advance European tech entrepreneurship. Although this project has now finished, Startup Olé persists as a unique event to drive entrepreneurship through effective collaboration. In fact, because of its origins, Startup Olé has become something that no other event has been able to achieve: A place where meaningful connections can be made with ALL the key players in the tech ecosystem.
Armenian startups invited to apply for Startup Olé, April 26-27, Spain, by 15th March
Calling Armenian startups! Apply by 15 March to go to Startup Olé in Spain
The Armenian tech and startup ecosystem made a thriving development during the last years. In IT sphere alone, more than 12,000 people work in 450 companies and in relevant support structures. Traditionally, there are strong ties between Armenian startups and the US and Silicon Valley. Now the Armenia startup ecosystem also reaches out to Europe more actively. This is conditioned by the fact that Armenia used to be an “engineering hub” during Soviet era, where over 30% of all the military electronics, R&D and production took place.
Currently, Armenia boasts top-notch technical expertise incorporated in promising startups which can open new opportunities for European partners.
“In this regard, Startup Europe is proud to partner with “Support to SME Development in Armenia” (SMEDA) project in cooperation with Enterprise Incubator Foundation (EIF) and Small and Medium Entrepreneurship Development National Center (SMEDNC) of Armenia to support participation of 10 Armenian startups in Startup Ole Conference. The full announcement can be downloaded here.
SMEDA is co-funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ Private Sector Development in South Caucasus Programme. SMEDA is part of the EU4Business and EU4Innovation initiatives of the European Union.
More information about startups in Armenia can be found here: www.eif.am
SEA2Y – Startup Europe final conference
Startup Europe – Discover it’s impact and learn about future initiatives
Startup Europe is holding its final conference in Belgium in February 2017.
- Learn about what we know about the European startup ecosystems
- Discover what we have achieved with Startup Europe projects
- Understand the progress on startup and scaleup policies
- Engage with future projects and plans
- Connect with the Startup Europe network
Morning: Startup Europe Data + Impact
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
Afternoon: Future: Horizon 2020 ICT32 call & Networking
More information: EventBrite
Roundup of the first ever SEC2U (Startup Europe Comes to Universities) week!
The first ever Startup Europe Comes to Universities (SEC2U) week has come to an end, with over 35 universities taking part, across 18 countries.
Startup Europe Comes to Universities (SEC2U) is a cross-border initiative that aims to showcase the commitment of European universities to create a culture of entrepreneurship and facilitate connection between the academic and entrepreneurial community.
In particular, it hopes to bring together universities, entrepreneurs, local government and local business people on university campuses across Europe. It is coordinated by the Startup Europe University Network and comes under the umbrella of Startup Europe, a European Commission initiative.
For this first edition of SEC2U, the participating universities hosted 38 different entrepreneurship events on their campuses, all during the same period, between 17th & 21st of October.
The grand opening
The first ever edition of SEC2U was kicked off on 17th October with an event in Brussels at the EBN.
After opening the event and introducing the SEC2U initiative, there was a roundtable entitled “What is the role of Universities in the startup and entrepreneurial ecosystems development?”
The week saw a great diversity of events, with the following universities taking part:
Albania: European University of Tirana
Austria: WU – Vienna University of Economics and Business
Croatia: Algebra University College
Cyprus: European University Cyprus, University of Cyprus
Germany: Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg
Greece: Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece, Athens University of Economics and Business
Hungary: EötvösLoránd University
The Netherlands: Maastricht University
Ireland: Dublin City University
Israel: Bar Ilan University
Italy: Polytechnic University of Milan (Creative Industries Lab), Roma Tre University – Department of Engineering
Kosovo: Universum College
Lithuania: Mykolas Romeris University & ISM University of Management and Economics
Portugal: NOVA University of Lisbon, University of Lisbon – Faculty of Sciences
Romania: University Politehnica of Bucharest, AlexandruIoan Cuza University of Iasi, Stefan cel Mare University
Spain: University of Salamanca, U-TAD: Centro Universitario de Tecnología y Arte Digital, University of Cantabria (CISE project), Technical University of Cartagena, University of Granada, University of the Basque Country, University of Extremadura, University of Almeria
United Kingdom: Ravensbourne, University of Sheffield, London South Bank University, GSM London & Formation Zone London
Although all of the events were based on entrepreneurship, each University offered its own special perspective. For example, some universities showcased the culture of entrepreneurship within their own locations (their university or city), and others focused on particular expertise such as raising finance, learning from failure and innovative technologies.
A great success!
Overall, SEC2U had more than 2000 participants across 38 events hosted by the 35 participating institutions from 18 countries across Europe.
There were more than 1500 tweets & retweets with the #SEC2U hashtag along the week with a total reach of more than 1 million people!
What they said
It was very interesting and inspired me
I could talk face to face with young startuppers, they were so enthusiastic about their ideas
The speeches were really exciting
All in all it was a brilliant week which saw some excellent events and we hope to see you next year!
“Encuentro de emprendedores con motivo de la presentación del programa SEC2U”
El Servicio de Emprendimiento (USAL Emprende) del Servicio de Inserción Profesional, Prácticas y Empleo de la Universidad de Salamanca ha presentado el programa SEC2U del que forma parte la Universidad de Salamanca.
La Universidad de Salamanca, a través de Bisite Accelerator y USAL Emprende, se ha sumado a la iniciativa SEC2U, que ya cuenta con prestigiosas instituciones como la Universidad de Cambridge, la Universidad de Dublín, la Universidad Nueva de Lisboa, el Centro Universitario U-Tad y la Universidad de Cantabria, entre otras.
La sesión, en la que participaron emprendedores, empresarios, investigadores y miembros de la USAL, contó con la intervención de Emilio Corchado, director del programa Welcome, Mili Pizarro, directora del Servicio de Inserción Profesional, Prácticas y Empleo de la USAL, Alfredo Mateos, director de la OTRI en la USAL y Rubén Sánchez, emprendedor y CEO de la empresa BeOnPrice.
Durante la sesión se mostraron las diferentes oportunidades que la Universidad de Salamanca ofrece a los emprendedores para llevar a cabo sus proyectos, así como las opciones que existen para los investigadores en transferencia de conocimiento. Por último, se impartió una pequeña sesión sobre desarrollo de producto y diseño a cargo del emprendedor Rubén Sánchez, CEO de una de las 52 empresas instaladas actualmente en el Parque Científico de la USAL.
SEC2U es una iniciativa avalada por la Comisión Europea (Startup Europe) con el fin de crear una cultura de emprendimiento e innovación dentro de las universidades europeas.
Retrieved: Salamanca24horas, Salamanca (Spain).
StartUp Europe Awards 2016 recognises the best Spanish startups across 9 categories – Startup Olé
- The 9 winning startups from all over Spain are: Ecoche, WaynaBox, BeOnPrice, Human Surge, eKuore, TubEnergy, Komilibro, Apsu, and Discomon- KienMou.
- The selected startups will represent Spain in the European finals of the StartUp Europe Awards to be held in Brussels during 2017.
- The aim of the SEUA 2016 Awards is to highlight local successful models that serve as an example and inspiration for others, and give startups a European dimension.
On Thursday 8 September, the StartUp Europe Awards 2016 recognized 9 startups at the Startup Olé event held in Salamanca, which will go on to represent Spain in the European finals of these awards in Brussels. These startups have previously been recognized in events like ZincShower and Cultural Industries Summit, or in important calls such as H2020 SME Instrument, Climate KIC and Neotec, among others.
The startup ‘BEONPRICE’ won the ‘Startup Pitching International Fair of Entrepreneurship Startup Olé 2016’ award and will therefore represent Spain in the ICT category at SEUA2016 in Brussels. BEONPRICE specializes in Revenue Management technology solutions that help hotels to make business decisions.
The winning startups in Spain are, by category: Ecoche (Environment), WaynaBox (Tourism), BeOnPrice (ICTs), Human Surge (Social), eKuore (Health), TubEnergy (Energy), Komilibro (Creative Industries), Apsu (water), Discomon – KienMou (Cities).
“We want to identify successful models and replicate these across all the local startup ecosystems in Europe. We need these to inspire young people and also help local authorities to develop tailor-made programmes, support programmes and for public-private collaboration. These models will be used many times by external investors to approach local ecosystems”
Isidro Laso, Director of Startup Europe, DG Connect, European Commission.
“Startups generate innovation that improves citizens’ quality of life, social integration, as well as environment and health issues. They prove that anyone in their field can contribute to making progress by taking individual action”
Juan Manuel Revuelta, director of Finnova and StartUp Europe Awards.
StartUp Europe Awards is an initiative promoted by the European Commission and implemented by Finnova, in collaboration with Startup Europe, with the dual purpose of creating an alliance of institutions to support entrepreneurship and innovation and on the other hand, to reward startups across Europe for their work in nine different areas (cities, creative industries, energy, green, social innovation, tourism, ICTs, water and health), across five levels (local, provincial, regional, national and European).
The winners of the StartUp Europe Awards Spain will gain huge visibility across Europe and access to a mentoring programme in Brussels (on European funds, training, visibility, lobbying, etc.), through the Finnova Foundation and the partners of the StartUp Europe Awards, allowing them to develop their projects and make them more viable at a European level.
Startup Olé & Startup Europe coverage: Drones and alt energy tech star at Spanish start-up fiesta
Skill and enthusiasm on the Iberian peninsula
Hardware tech such as drones and energy reclamation technology predominated at the Startup Ole conference in Salamanca, Spain last week.
The two day event gathered 100 startups and more than 1,000 attendees to the historic University town in Western Spain. Similar events in the UK would be dominated by app developers or in Israel by cyber security firms – many of them alumni of the IDF’s famous Unit 8200 intelligence unit.
The Spanish crop featured a far more diverse group of companies across a greater range of technologies including energy and aviation as well as information technologies. Among the firms we met were AEInnova, which is using thermal cells to create power generation from waste heat. Applications include power sensors in industrial environments without relying on battery or mains power supplies.
The second annual Startup Ole showcase also featured Canard Drones, a startup that wants to replace specialist light aircraft for drones in calibrating the navigation aides at airports.
“There’s an eccentric element to it and startups are working from the bottom up on technologies,” Joe Haslam, professor at IE business school Madrid and founder of Hot Hotels, explained. “People do what they want to to do.”
Haslam added that unlike the UK and the USA – where places of learning such as the University of Cambridge and Stanford University – act as feeders as incubators for tech startups Spanish Universities don’t fulfil the same role. The University of Salamanca, for example focuses on the arts. Barcelona University has good technology courses but that alone isn’t enough. Madrid Universities tend to act as feeders to big companies. Accelerators in the country service “start-up tourism” without much output, according to Haslam.
Spain has never produced a Nasdaq listed tech firm. Part of the reason is cultural. “Starting a business is seen as disruptive to family life,” Haslam explained. “People don’t believe in themselves.”
There was certainly no shortage of energy, skill or enthusiasm on display at Startup Ole and reason for optimism, when it comes to funding. The Spanish government was mandated to put money into startups as part of the 2008 bank bail-out by the EU.
Startup Ole also incorporated Startup Europe – the European Commission’s initiative for startups. Panels on acceleration trends, how corporates want to interact with startups, universities and their role in startup ecosystems featured during the show as well as a pitching competition that (much like a school sports day) seemed to reward everyone with some prize or other.
Your own correspondent chaired a 30 minute session of disruptive technology during the conference. Alejandro Delgado Sanchez of IBM talked about the application of artificial intelligence in applications such as customer relationship management.
Miguel Amador of Startup Braga discussed how startups lead the way to new products based in nanotechnology and new materials, bridging the gap between science and market in the process. Miguel Arjona of Altran delved into virtual reality and, specifically, in the emerging technologies that will allow a full cognitive and sensorial immersion in the virtual worlds. he mentioned applications including real-time 3D mapping and avatars creation), touch sense through haptic and mechanics globes and brain machine interfaces (EGG headsets).