StartUp Europe Awards is an initiative of the European Commission, together with Finnova Foundation, which presents a methodology to encourage open innovation and collaboration between the different actors of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. In addition, “it aims to accelerate startups with funds from the European Union (SME instrument up to 2.5 million euros), as well as offering legal advice, networking, international communication, among other benefits” states Juanma Revuelta CEO of Finnova Foundation. StartUp Europe Awards is also a tool to improve the awareness and communication of entrepreneurship values.
StartUp Europe Awards is promoted by the European Commission and supported by the President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of the European Parliament as Ambassador and it is implemented by Finnova Foundation in collaboration with StartUp Europe.
However, StartUp Europe Awards Country Managers are as important as other pieces in this puzzle. At this moment, StartUp Europe Awards has 18 country Manager:
Digital African Woman is the responsible for Belgium. They are a social enterprise dedicated to the innovation and support for female-led tech business ideation. The Digital African Woman provides our best Master trainers to help startups develop their product and identify investor. We provide the opportunities for these women-led businesses to move from pitching their ideas to pitching a product.
Cleantech Bulgaria supports sustainable development, introduction and integration of clean technologies and innovative products, service and solutions in the businesses. The organization is active in different social and economic fields, including business, education, science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.
In Croacia, Bussiness School PAR is the Croatian Country Manager. They desire to make a change, education as an answer to a need for knowledge and care for the future generations. PAR has become known as an innovative international educational center, professional conference on leadership, the first higher education institution with an entrepreneurial incubator for students and the first sports academy, etc.
SockSeed is the responsible for Chyprus, they journey start from the very beginning of the idea development stage all the way you the idea launching strategies stage. Their platform is checkpoints pushes you to constantly test your theories with your potential customers an correct them according to your market need. SockSeed platform automatically generates all the essential documents and materials needed for a startup; material like presentation decks and scripts, interview templates, experimental landing pages, online surveys and many more.
In Greece, iED is the country manager, they begun by managing projects in the “Youth in Action” and “Leonardo da Vinci” frameworks and since then, we have been planning, submitting and materializing a great deal of projects in the following programmes as Erasmus +, Interreg or Europe for Citizens. The vision of iED is the facilitation of all the necessary precondition required for the creation of an environment that will cultivate entrepreneurship and subsequently, social and economic cohesion and development.
StarBoost in Italy is responsible of discovering, supporting and valorising potential entrepreneurs of diverse professional skills with the aim of creating team works capable of forming new online global and scalable businesses.
The Innovation Centre Kosovo (ICK) is a centre whose aim is to connect research and development component of scientific field with the business sector, focusing on creating new job opportunities oriented towards the future, based on knowledge and new technology. ICK was founded to support entrepreneurship, innovation and commercially based business development, with a focus on information and communication technology. The centre supports both start-ups and existing companies with the potential for growth.
Letonia counts with the Digital Communication Network, an international association connecting professionals of the digital age from a variety of backgrounds, in order to generate ideas, tools and products for media outlets, civil society organizations, businesses and public authorities.
Startup Grind in Luxembourg is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring and connecting 1.000.000 entrepreneurs in over 250 cities. It nurtures startup ecosystems in 105 countries through events, media and partnerships with organisations like Google for entrepreneurs. This global community holds monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies.
In November 2009, the Macedonian National Centre for Development of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Learning (NCRIPU) was established with the financial support of Austria Development Cooperation (ADC). The centre is being developed by the recommendations of the South-European Cooperation project for Innovation and Finance Agencies. They strive to strengthen the capacities for the effective performance of innovative, technological, and financial support to micro, small and medium companies.
NCRIPU is designed and centre open to innovative ideas, based on technology and profit oriented. Their mission is the promotion, support and development of innovations and entrepreneurial learning to reduce the unemployment trough the creation of innovative business and strengthen the SME sector in The Republic of Macedonia.
The Foundation for the Nations in Poland is an initiative by the Youth for Christ to draw together suitable YFC projects from around the world to with those who have to financial capacity to make them happen. The motto is “Wealth into Worth for the World”, to make informed decisions about safe giving destinations for their hard-earned money.
Fábrica de Startups the Portuguese country manager´s mission is to help people become successful entrepreneurs. Using their methodology they help them identifying business ideas, creating teams, designing their business model, finding customers and in the launching of the company.
For Startup Ireland, the country manager in Ireland, the challenge is that Ireland needs more people with the ambition, drive and skills to found and grow innovative, high potential startups. Their startups and scaleups need more: skilled employees; senior managers with experience of driving young companies to very significant scale, mentors and advisors.
For Spain, Finnova is the responsable. Finnova is the European Foundation for founding of innovation in entreprises, regions and municipalities. Its main objetives are sustainable development, the environment, renewable energy, information technology and tourism.
Risky Business is the responsable. They don’t just invest and help build startups, they build entrepreneurs. Their program is a life-changing learning experience that challenges you to go beyond what you believed was possible. An entrepreneur isn’t somebody who just makes money, it is someone who wakes up every day and says.
StartUp Europe Awards is promoted by the European Commission and supported by President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of European Parliament as Ambassadors and it is implemented by Finnova Foundation in collaboration with Startup Europe.
Cleantech Bulgaria organized Bulgarian final. The winners in this country are:
For Agritech, the winner is Green Scan. They are a startup for precise agriculture. With the help of unmanned aerian vehicle we monitor fields with various agriculture and produce NDVI images showing the vital condition of the vegetation.
Rivus, for Climate is a startup who develops highly efficient water-saving products like tap nozzle and shower head. Rivus nozzle can save up to 90% of the water and Rivus Shower up to 70% of the water.
Cybersecurity category was won by RV Solutions. They make modular WEB based system with a mobile application, which uses IoT to perform remote monitoring and control of industrial installations in warehouses.
My Spirulina won e-Health category. They create a Small and unique sized bioreactor for home cultivation of the superfood spirulina.
For the Energy Category, ELJOY is an startup that create smart electric bicycles and bike sharing system to change the way how people commute in cities.
CRISTA won Fintech category with Climate Risk Integrated System for Thematical Analysis provides climate risk analytics primarely to insurance companies to enhance the depth and integrity of their assessments.
In the Gastronomy the winner is Pulpy Crips, they implement Implementation of juice pulp into healthy fruit and vegetable chips.
In Green Category, ShiftIDEAS had won with developing an economically viable, fully biodegradable composite material, made of agricultural waste as a feedstock (straw, corn husks, tobacco stems etc.) and mushroom mycelium as a binding agent. The fungal organism feeds on the lignocellulose rich feedstock and produces hyphae that connect and bind the waste particles to form a bio-mass composite material, from which a multitude of products can be created – particle boards, protective packaging and construction materials.
Connected Bin, in IoT category. “ConnectedBin offers a smart solution for just-in-time solid waste collection. It allows for remote monitoring of various parameters of the waste bins (e.g. fill-level, GPS position, vandalization) and optimized schedules for their collection, as well as real-time notification for incidents (e.g. fire-alarm, dislocation, vandalization).
This way the environmental impact from the waste collection is minimized, funds are spent more efficiently and better service is provided, public or private.”
In Smart Cities, GreenReStart is the winner. “Green ReStart is a consulting company for life cycle assessment and preparation of environmental product declarations. Our initial focus is on the construction sector in Bulgaria with further development on other industrial fields and neighbouring countries.
Tourism category was won by qWater. They management of local wastewater treatment processes – We offer a complex service including small aesthetic local wastewater treatment plant, bioaugmentation product for optimization of the process and consulting for management of the water treatment processes.
ENOVA won Water Category. The BOD monitoring system we designed is based on new generation of biosensors capable to detect and quantify the organic pollution in water. The systems could be used for monitoring of water bodies such as lakes, rivers and wetlands or to be a part of the control systems in different industries dealing with water.
Project aim: Leevia is a digital marketing product suite designed to allow Brands to easily create Online Contests in a few minutes. Leevia´s products are fully integrated with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in order to allow companies to get the best results in terms of lead generation and Social Engagement.
Which one are Leevia´s products advantages?
First, the extreme ease of use: creating photo contest, polls and other prize competitions requires no coding skills. Second, the fully customizable campaigns, thirth the integration with Social Networks to boots virality. Forth the analytics tools with detailed analysis of the results and return on investment, and finally, collected leads downloadable into a CSV file.
What is Leevia´s future?
Leevia established itself as a consolidated brand in the Italian digital market and continues to grow at a sustained rhythm. 2017 will be closed with a raise of 300% in the turnover and new products will be released in 2018, with the aim of continuing to grow and expand its customer portfolio.
“Our products are already available in most of the EU languages, so the European market is our goal for 2018. We have now a suite of products that us scalable and ready. We are so excited about the job we´ve done in Italy so far, we can´t, we can´t wait to bring our products to other countries” Francesco Mancino, Leevia´s CEO and co-founder.
Project aim: Nextome is leader in indoor positioning. It localizes, guides and tracks users and asset with a simple to install, ready-to-use and low-cost solution.
What Nextome does?
Nextome technology has over 4 years of research to achieve high accuracy location of the user´s smartphone. The system catches the signal of Bluetooth beacons spread inside the environment and, thanks to proprietary artificial intelligence algorithms, it calculates the position of the user with an accuracy about 1.5 meters.
The system is patented and the calculation is performed inside the smartphone, so Nextome doesn´t need a powerful infrastructure or a continuous internet connection to perform the localization. Most of indoor positioning system are expensive or need configuration phases to be used. With Nextome you need only to install the beacons on suggested positions and the system works.
“We are very honoured to be part f the best European companies-Italian business enterprise has nothing to envy to that to the other countries” Vincenzo Dentamaro, Nextome´s CEO.
Project aim: By creating a new way of beekeeping and inventing a new hive -Elle Hive- Macedonian Honey work for one common goal: survival of the honeybee. Their bees become stronger, and their genetic material provide future bee generations easily to deal with predators and climate changes. Protecting endangered honeybee is not an altruistic venture – they are attempting to safeguard our own future. Honeybees as a major pollinator, are essential for the plant and ecosystem biodiversity. Climate change and biodiversity are inextricably linked.
What do you do?
We have created a new way of beekeeping and invented a new hive-Elle Hive. Everything that conforms to the natural habits of bees. We aimed our work toward one common goal: survival of the honeybee. Our work resulting in stronger bees with strong genetic material that provide future bee generations easily to deal with predators and climate changes.
We use no chemicals, no antibiotics, no acids, no fungicides, no artificial materials inside or outside the hive, no agricultural activities in 8 km radius around the hives. Our hives are sited 1600m up to the mountain where the wildflowers are pure and untouched We leave our bees alone to do what they naturally do best. We then collect all the surplus honey and place it in Tbsp size Honeystick´s.
Why do you decided to create Macedonian Honey?
Maybe you could stand to live in a world without honey, but could you stand to live in a world without chocolate, coffee, apple pears, avocados… Bees are responsible for 1/3 of all our food because bees are pollinating 70 percent of the crops that provide most of the world’s food including the alfalfa eaten by dairy cows. So, milk, butter, cheese, whipped cream and ice cream could all be missing from future tables, if bees are missing from this world.
Unfortunately, bees are dying at unprecedented rates — millions of bees are dying off across the planet each year. Scientists point to several causes of the bee die off, including climate change (recent wet summers have prevented bees from doing what they do best, searching out pollen), parasites, a class of bee-killing pesticides known as neonicotinoids and growing of monoculture crops to feed the world population.
Alas, these pesticides end up in the honey too, as bees buzz from pesticide-sprayed plant to plant, gathering tainted pollen and nectar, returning with it to the hive.
A world without bees would be devastating for food production and decreased biodiversity can lead to increased transmission of diseases to humans and increased healthcare costs. Our ecosystems sustain us and our economies – purifying our drinking water, producing our food and regulating our climate. We are in danger of approaching “a point of no return”.
The only species that will survive this mass extinction will be those species that benefit from our presence. We need to seize the opportunity to stop the damage to nature and biodiversity.
Climate change and biodiversity are inextricably linked. Preserving bees will therefore benefit all kinds of pollinating insects, animals and people. Protecting endangered honeybee is not an altruistic venture – we are attempting to safeguard our own future.
“As winners of the national Startup Europe Awards, we will continue to fight against bee decline and create a worldwide network with others beekeepers that will embrace our beekeeping method and Elle hive.” Elena Fidanoska, Macedonian Honey´s CEO
Created in 2016, the Startup Europe Awards award the best European Startups in 18 different categories. This awards, promoted by
European Commission aresupported by the President of the Committe of Regions and several members of the European Parliament as Ambassadors. The contest starts at regional level, proceeds to national level and reaches its end with a European final, which will take place in Brussels early in 2018.
The Portuguese final event will take place on January 11 in Oeiras, where Fábrica de Startups will receive all startups who applied to judge their pitches. The event will run only in one of the categories: Tourism.
In only five minutes, participants will have to prove their value by pitching their business idea and showing they are the best candidate to represent Portugal in Brussels’ final event.
In Brussels, the winner of each category will receive a ticket for a mentorship program through the Startup Europe Accelerator, which will provide legal and communication support, help to the internationalization process and access to European funds like the SME Instrument.
If you are interest in participate, clic here.
Project aim: E-learning project portal promoting online education. Is an unique blog posts from education sphere, useful content about education topics, press releases and news from learning industry and options to get affiliate programs via its pages.
How Cultus emerged?
Cultus, the e-learning portal established in 2013, was created to serve the community of educators and learners in their endeavours to find useful news, insights, product reviews, resources, events, training and consultation on education technology that will improve teaching, learning and education activities. The mission of Cultus is to enhance the relationship between the education and its consumers.
What are the future plans?
The next step of this project will be creating of www.learners.news, a new hub where RRS news from e-learning industry will be aggregated, in addition to the wider affiliate program e-shop establishing and continuing of the blogs posting, all from only e-learning sphere. The necessity of having e-learning information compiled at one place rises since this type of information and resources is the future of learning and these resources are available in literally millions of web pages, without consumers really being aware of the advantages and value of content being offered.
This will minimize the time of web search established by Search Engine Optimization rules, which have different criteria of ranging the content relevance. This new e-learning tool for e-learning community will be of an international character, as its content will be in English, with future options to upgrade it in other languages.
There were 12 Startup winners of the Italian edition, belong to different categories.
StartUp Europe Awards 2017 is an international competition promoted by the European Commission and Finnova Foundation to stimulate open innovation and collaboration between the different actors of the European ecosystem through public-private partnerships in support of the entrepreneurs.
The prize-giving ceremony of the startup winners of this year’s edition took place on December 12th, organized by Starboost Srl, Company Creator, where the CEO and Co-founder, Mattia Conte, represents Italy as Country Manager for SEUA17, in partnership with CNA Young Entrepreneurs.
A national jury of experts in the field assessed more than 60 applications from all over Italy, according to criteria such as degree of innovation, sustainability of the business model and team composition, and have selected the winning startups, each for own category.
During the evening, startups presented their businesses with a pitch and videos. The event was attended by Marco Zanni, Member of the European Parliament, who has connected from Brussels by a video call, Daniele Alberti, Eleonora Rocca, marketing manager CEO & Founder of Mashable Social Media. Day Italy and Digital Innovation Days, Adriano Travaglia, lawyer, startupper, manager, Founding Solomon & Travaglia, President of the European Start Up Association and Giovanni Caponetto on behalf of the European Commission, also Chiara Appendino, Mayor of Turin.
The Italian winners are:
Agricolus in Agritech category, their aims is to support farmers, agronomists and other operators in the agricultural world optimising agronomic practices, integrating expertise and the latest technologies data collection and analysis.
In Fintech category, Helperbit, is the winner. Helperbit uses blockchain to bring transparency in the charitable and insurance sector. The platform allows tracking of donations up to final beneficiary and to subscribe to a mutual plan against disasters.
HotBox, for the Gastronomy category. Hotbox solves the problem of cold and rubbery pizza to home thanks to the use of excess heat from the scooter and the de-umming system which allows you to keep the pizza hot and crisp until you get home.
Italian Artisan, for the Fashion category, a B2B marketplace of Made in Italy fashion that connects the best craftsmen specialized in the manufacture of footwear, accessories and clothing with designers and international retailers.
Leevia, is the winner in the Creative category. They are the first Italian platform to create online contests legal proceedings in just a few clicks. Provides services to companies and communication agencies to involve the community, collect qualified leads and create brand awareness.
Mobygis, is the winner for the Water category. Thanks to a combination of ground, satellite and model data mathematical, provides for the availability of water resources in the territory in the form of snow and water, to tourism, civil protection and hydropower industry.
Nextome, for the Cybersecurity category. Nextome is a patented software system navigation and localisation operating in closed environments (where the signal GPS is not present), technology compatible with traditional smartphones, easy to install.
Planet Idea, for the Smart City category, is the first Competence Center that transforms the large Real Estate real estate interventions in smart projects.
Tommi, for the E-Health category. They are a virtual reality game developed to reduce anxiety and pain in the children with cancer and their caregivers, collecting data useful for doctors to monitor cancer patients and their caregivers patients during therapy.
Tutored, by Edtech category, a social platform where students improve their lives from preparing the exams for the first job opportunities.
Cubbit, for the Iot category, the first data center operating without proprietary servers users connect your storage and get the first unlimited Free Cloud service.
Marshmallow, for the Social Innovation category. Marshmallow Games creates educational apps that stimulate learning by mixing content Editorials and game.
Winning startups can be selected by SEUA to access the benefits and opportunities offered by part of European institutions, businesses, public bodies and other entrepreneurship stakeholders, for develop and promote their business.
They will have the opportunity to take part in the final to be held in Brussels in 2018.
StartUp Europe Awards presents a methodology of awards for startups at local, provincial, regional and national level, promoting open innovation and collaboration between the different actors of European ecosystems, through public-private partnerships to support entrepreneurs. It also creates a network of contacts that inspires and makes local startups visible so that through this network they can scale their services and products globally.
StartUp Europe Awards (SEUA) is an initiative of the European Commission and the Finnova Foundation, supported by the President of the European Parliament, the President of the Committee of the Regions, the Vice-President of the Economic and Social Committee and Members of the European Parliament. SEUA is sponsored by StartUp Europe Accelerator of the Finnova Foundation.
The initiative recognises the efforts of the most innovative European startups at five levels (local, provincial, regional, national and European) in 18 categories by 2017: Creative Industries, Energy, Fintech, Environment, e-Health, IoT, Smart Cities, Social Innovation, Tourism, Water, Agritech, Legal, Space, Cybersecurity, Climate, Fashion, Edtech and Gastronomy.
SEUA17 offers 4 special awards this year: Best Public Administration for startups, which recognizes the efforts of the public administrations that support entrepreneurship and innovation; Best Media Partner, which chooses the media most committed to promoting the initiative and participating startups; Best startup of LATAM and .
StartUp Europe Awards already has the support of the President of the Committee of the Regions, DG Enterprise and DG Information and Communication Technologies of the European Commission, in this moments 12 MEP are taking part of this initiative, the Italian, Brando Benifei, Romanian Sorin Moisă, Estonian Kaja Kallas, Romanian Victor Negrescu, Spanish Esther Herranz, Latvian Inese Vaidere, Italian Marco Zanni, Bulgarian Eva Maydell, Croatian Ivana Maletić, Spanish Gabriel Mato, Irish Seán Kelly and Dutchman Lambert van Nistelrooij. The Spanish Pablo Zalba, president of Official Institute of Credit. All of them have joined StartUp Europe Awards as ambassadors, supporting local events with their presence and closely following the progress of the StartUp Europe Awards.
Its dimension has also attracted the attention of several international media outlets that have become Media Partners, as Forbes, Independent, Spanish Public Television, La Libre, o EUnews.
The StartUp Europe Awards 2016 final was held at the European Parliament and was honoured by President Antonio Tajani. The ceremony was also attended by the Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas; the President of the Committee of the Regions, Karl-Heinz Lambert; the Vice-President for Communication of the Economic and Social Committee, Gonçalo Lobo Xavier; the Director-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Michel Servoz, the Spanish Ambassador in Belgium, and several members of the European Parliament.
Currently, all the national country manager are celebrating their owns final. The StartUp Europe Awards European winners are coming soon.
Startup Europe Awards 2017 is an international competition promoted by the European Commission and the Finnova Foundation to stimulate open innovation and collaboration between the different actors of the European ecosystem through public-private partnerships in support of entrepreneurs.
Start-ups from all member countries will have access to the benefits and opportunities offered by European institutions, businesses, public authorities and other entrepreneurship stakeholders to develop and raise awareness of their business.
The Italian Call was aimed at all startups belonging to one of the following sectors: Creative, Energy, Fintech, Green, e-Health, IoT, Smart Cities, Social Innovation, Tourism, Water, Agritech, Legal, Space, Cybersecurity, Climate, Fashion, Edtech and Gastronomy. The winning Startups, chosen from among the candidates, will have the opportunity to be contacted by SEUA to participate in the final to be held in Brussels in 2018.
The SEUA17 Italy final event is organized by Starboost Srl, Company Creator based in Turin, where Mattia Conte, CEO and Co-founder, represents Italy as Country Manager in SEUA17. Initiative is promoted in partnership with CNA Young Entrepreneurs. This event will take place today, December 12th at 18:00.
Startups will be evaluated by a national jury of leading industry experts and criteria such as the degree of innovation, the sustainability of the business model and the consistency and composition of the team will be considered.
The jury that will be present at the event and will have to evaluate the candidate projects will be composed of the following names:
Stefano Azzalin, Director at SELLALAB; Francesco Baschieri, CEO & Founder Spreaker ;Marco Camisani Calzolari, Advisor in digital communication for big companies, Digital designer / Chief Digital Officer, University contract Professor ; Giusy Cannone, Managing Director – Fashion Technology Accelerator – Milan, Italy; Davide Canavesio, CEO Environment Park, Adjunct Professor in Corporate Finance at University of Turin, CEO Torino Nuova Economics, Board Member CRT Foundation; Giovanni Caponetto, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Internationalisation Staff of the Mayor, @City of Turin; Mattia Carluccio, Serial Entrepreneur & Investor CEO & Founder Grocerest Founder MyTable Partner Investors’ Clubs; Alessandro Chiaffredo, CEO Bakeca. Lorenzo Viscanti, Founder by mapendo; Franco Fassio, researcher and lecturer at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, National Councillor of Slow Food Italy, Member of the ADI Design Permanent Observatory Food Design Area; Simone Cimminelli, Md of iStarter Uk, the international accelerator of Made in Italy scale-up. Angel Investor, technology enthusiast, books addicted; Claudio Giuliano, Managing Director of Innogest Capital; Barbara Graffino, General Council Compagnia San Paolo, Talent Garden Head of Corporate and Partner Relations; Valentino Magliaro, Civic Leader – Italy at Obama Foundation, Managing Partner University; Francesco Mantegazzini, CEO MGH7 Venture Capital; Nicholas Morning, Co-founder / Investor Stamplay, Lecturer University Roma Tre, Mentor Accelerators; Jacopo Mele, Managing Partner yourDIGITAL, Chairman of the Homo Ex Machina Foundation, Jr Board Prioritalia; Jacopo Paoletti, CEO & Founder Communications, Marketer, Business Angel, Digital Entrepreneur, Partner yourDIGITAL, Investor Moovenda, PrestoFood, Userbot, Classup, Bit2Be; Laura Orestano, CEO SocialFareareare; Emilio Paolucci, Vice Rector for Technology Transfer, Polytechnic of Turin; Eleonora Rocca, CEO & @Founder Mashable Social Media Day Italy Former Microsoft PMM Mentor, Speaker; Fabio Sferruzzi, Managing Director, Talent Garden Connect Unit, Founder & CEO, Talent Garden Torino, Turin; Ciro Spedaliere, Senior Investment Manager at Invitalia Ventures; Adriano Travaglia, lawyer, startupper, manager, Founding Solomon & Travaglia, President of the European Start Up Association; Marco Vicentini, President of the National Youth CAN; Lorenzo Viscanti, Founder of Mapendo.