WHY DO WE HOLD A ICT STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS?
It is more than obvious the important role played by new technologies in the European Union. Jointly, the sector of ICTs reaches the 5% of the EU’s economy, generating the 25% of the business expenses. The investment in ICT has raised the increasement of the European production up to the 50%.
The sector is therefore one of the propellers of EU’s growth. Just a quick review over the data about ICT shows that: per one in two lost job positions, the digital market creates fice; EU digital economy raises 12% per year and is bigger than the Belgian national economy; there are more mobile phone bonus than people; the European sector of ICTs employs 7 million people; according to figures, half of the growth of production is due to the investment in ICTs, and so on.
Furthermore, according to the Digital Agenda for Europe, digital economy grows 7 times faster than the traditional economy. Currently, 250 millions of Europeans use internet daily.
Therefore, these awards aims at adding value to the European development related to the new technologies that will allow the improvement of the competitiveness of the EU in this sector, as well as the increasement of the use of ICTs by the citizenship.
ICTs StartUp Europe Awards aims at rewarding the best startups working in innovative projects related to the new technologies of Information and Communication, from software, to platforms, also covering new communication systems, IoT, 5G, etc.ICTs StartUp Europe Awards aims at rewarding the best startups working in innovative projects related to the new technologies of Information and Communication, from software, to platforms, also covering new communication systems, IoT, 5G, etc.
The most important eligibility criteria are the following:
Sustainability: the product or service must contribute to reduce the ecological impact of the city, thus increasing the sustainability from an environmental, social and economic point of view.
Innovation: We will focus on the grade of innovation, disruption and originality of the startups.
Governance: The product or service proposed will ease the citizen participation in the city management and it will allow to directly interact with the citizens’ needs or opinions.
Business model: We will rate the added value to society resulting from the startups (economic viability, private-public collaboration, replicability, etc.).
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