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SWIRL is the winner of SEUA Luxembourg in green category

Country: Luxemburg

Category: Green

Name: SWIRL

Project Aim: Why do we still pollute, using fossil instead of renewable energies?

Why did you create SWIRL?

Looking at the world energy situation and the social cost of CO2, this question strikes because of the tremendous, locally distributed impacts of combustion engines applied in human activities like communication and mobility.

Looking at these communication and mobility markets, one finds a complex, noisy bazaar, many players, immature products, sustainability threats, consultancy in renewable energies and efficiency. Established players in the energy markets try to keep up the status quo by means of barriers to a widespread adoption of decentralized sustainability.

All human activities needing energy, SWIRL opted for a different approach.

What do you do?

We concentrate on non-polluting energy conversion, thus improving local air quality in developed and emerging economies. We act on energy supply for two everyday local human activities, communication and mobility. We convert wind energy into non-polluting electric energy for both. Kinetic wind energy converters return the airflow without pollution. Our objective is local, smart, clean, sustainable energy supply and inclusive business services.

What is you main idea?

We at SWIRL believe there can be no resilience in supplying renewable energy globally without local technology transfer, local capacity building and networking.

Millions of communication towers rise off the grid worldwide, attracting human settlements like new beacons of our civilizations, but:

  • 1 diesel powered, single tenant GSM tower uses 12’000 l diesel/year, producing 35’000 kWh/year and 32.16 local tons of CO2/year.
  • A SWIRL smart wind turbine cluster (2-3 turbines) provides up to 70-80% of this, avoiding > 20 tons CO2 /tower/year.
  • 2016: up to 2’000’000 off grid GSM towers worldwide produce 64’320’000 tons CO2/year. There is room for sustainable SWIRL growth, addressing thousands of accessible towers/country globally.

Worldwide, there are 1.2 billion vehicles of which 251 million cars in Europe 2015.

  • EU, 2014, average CO2 emissions of new cars: 123g/km. For 10’000km/ year & car, this means some 309 million tons CO2/year for 251 million cars.
  • An average electrical car (16kWh for 100km), avoids 1’230 kg CO2 every 10’000km
  • One of SWIRL’s energy converters providing between 8-12’000 kWh/year (50’000-75’000 km/ year), avoids between 6’150 and 9’225 kg CO2. There is room for sustainable SWIRL growth, addressing thousands of accessible e-mobility stations globally.

How to deliver an inclusive resilient business model with smart decentralized wind energy conversion?

International standards for vertical axis wind energy technology (VAWTs) give the context of SWIRL’s technology and activities. Installation, commissioning and maintenance knowledge are implemented locally.

Our inclusive business model implements local capacity building for manufacturing, assembly and services to create resilient local jobs. By means of European technology, local CO2 impacts in two global off-grid activities are reduced.

Our self-monitoring, communicating turbines are “Things on Internet” and networked for preventive maintenance. This creates opportunities for hosting additional e-services (health, learning, commerce, money).

Our products and intellectual property are ready for local implementation anywhere. Discussions with global customers are taking place.

HOP WAVE is the winner of SEUA Greece in Tourism category

Country: Greece

Category:Turism

Name: Hopwave

Project Aim: booking platform developed for the needs of travelers visiting the Greek islands.

 

 

 

Why did you create Hopwave?

By creating a network of all small boat excursions, transportation itineraries and activities like scuba diving, snorkelling and fishing trips, hopwave provides travelers with many options that cover their leisure and transportation needs in small and bigger island complexes.

During our first year of activity, we have successfully included 10 islands as starting points and provided trips to 20 islands-destinations. Through hopwave travelers can now choose between 129 daytrips, that cover 105 unique destinations around Sporades, Cyclades and Dodecanese.

Who is your main client?

We deliver our services to individual travelers via the hopwave mobile app and our website where we provide information about the boats and routes, images of the destinations and ratings from other users, to help travelers decide what tour or trip they want to book when visiting Greek islands.

Hopwave also addresses the tour operators’ market. We allow tour operator companies, travel agencies, hotels and resort to provide such services to their customers and help them increase their revenues. We currently address companies that offer or organize trips, holiday packages and excursions around the Greek Islands.

We created hopwave to allow every traveler to live a unique and fun island hopping experience when visiting Greece. We want to give travelers a reason to travel more, explore more destinations and easily travel around islands with a few taps on their smartphones.

When did you found Hopware?

Hopwave was founded in May 2016 and after a great summer season we are preparing new features and services for the summer of 2017. New B2B dashboards, API and widgets will be available in 2017 for partner companies and a much wider network of boats and trips will be our main focus.

 

Our team consists of three members. George Pilpilidis, co-founder and CEO, George Siatras, co-founder and CTO, and Eleanna Gkotsopoulou, Marketing Manager. We are proud to have been selected to represent Greek Tourism Startups at the European Startup Awards. This award is an opportunity to show how we at hopwave perceive tourism and how Greece can offer innovative and user friendly options to welcome and serve travelers during their vacation.

Welcome to StartUp Europe Awards!

Welcome to StartUp Europe Awards!

EU Commission, European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions they all recently agreed that improving the ecosystem for start-ups and scale-ups in Europe will have a direct beneficial effect on jobs and growth in the EU.

Following this premise, the objective of StartUp Europe Awards (SEUA) is to identify local role models in each ecosystem of startups across Europe. These local entrepreneurs will become inspirational examples for the new generations that will have a positive impact on improving the entrepreneurship culture in Europe. All the same, the identified local successful entrepreneurs will be crucial for local authorities to define tailored programmes to invigorate their local ecosystems and enhance public – private collaboration.

Startup Europe Awards recognizes the effort of the European startups in five levels (local, county, regional, national and European) in ten categories: Creative, Energy, Fintech, Green, Health, ICT, Smart Cities, Social, Tourism and Water. Each involved country will recognize the best local startups which will have the chance to compete to be awarded as the best European startups, in the Final ceremony to be held first quarter of 2017 in Brussels. For this reason, StartUp Europe Awards is “The Eurovision for Startups”.

StartUp Europe Awards is creating as well an Alliance gathering the organizers of startup awards (accelerators, universities, consultors, businesses angels) all around Europe and beyond, being a forum for the interchange of best practices and networking amongst all the players involved in the European ecosystem.

The first year of this initiative, 15 countries answered our call being members of the SEUA Alliance: Ireland, Slovenia, Spain, Belgium, Slovakia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Croatia, Finland, Greece, Estonia, Poland, Italy, Luxembourg and Bulgaria.

As an active player of your local innovation ecosystem, you can be part of this great initiative and give the entrepreneurs of your territory the chance to be a model for the European continent!

From now, you will find in this blog the most relevant information about National Awards and the progress of the startups recognized in each national competition. This will be a window to give a European dimension to the talent of each participating country, in coordination with 15 media partners that are helping us to make more visible the initiative.

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 Ambassadors and it is implemented by Finnova Foundation in collaboration with Startup Europe.

You are more than invited to follow us and be part of “The Eurovision for Startups”.

 

Juan Manuel Revuelta                                               Isidro Laso

SEUA Director                                                             Head of Sector – StartUp Europe
General Director Finnova Foundation                     EU Commission

Startup Europe Awards chooses the best startups from Greece

Startup Europe Awards chooses the best startups from Greece

The members of the SEUA Alliance, Institute of Entrepreneurship Development (iED) and Aephoria.net, held the final national competition for StartUp Europe Awards in Greece.

The iED, an NGO promoting the entrepreneurship and supporting startups, tried to gather all the innovative startups through a special platform dedicated to Greek startups (entre.gr). With a very simple registration, the startups filled in their basic information. The total submissions in the platform reached the number of 75.

At the same time the Aephoria.net, a sustainable-business education and incubation program for startup companies operating in Greece, selected through “BlueGrowth” competition two winning startups.

The Greek Jury, formed by both organisations representatives, selected on 2nd of December 2016 the five winners in five different categories. These startups will have the opportunity to represent Greece in the European Final of StartUp Europe Awards to be held first quarter 2017 in Brussels. There, an international jury will chose the best 10 startups of Europe in the called “The Eurovision for Startups”.

Winning startups of SEUA Greece

For CITIES category the winner is CityCrop, aiming at modernising and democratising farming, as key to a healthier and greener living.

Nursify, a mobile device application that connects people who need First Aid Help with volunteers trained to provide First Aid Help, was chosen as the best greek HEALTH startup.

For CREATIVE category the winner is Convert Art, the first startup upcycling company in Greece, which manufactures handmade products made exclusively from recycled inner tubes, tires, electrical equipment, wood and aluminium.

Hopwave, which helps you discover new destinations in your island hopping journeys with the use of the small boats network, was chosen for the TOURISM category of SEUA Greece.

Finally, the winner for GREEN category is Phee, a startup that uses the dead leaves of sea grass, Posidonia Oceanica, which are washed up in huge quantities along many Greek coasts, creating natural and biodegradable products.

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 Ambassadors and it is implemented by Finnova Foundation in collaboration with Startup Europe

Three National final Awards close the first year of the StartUp Europe Awards initiative

Three National final Awards close the first year of the StartUp Europe Awards initiative

  • Italy, Poland and Finland organize their national awards between December 6 and 9 of 2016
  • More than 57 startups in up to 10 categories from 12 European countries have been recognized by their National Awards.

On December 6 with more than 50 startups participating, X23 will celebrate the Italian national final in Milan; Startup Poland will choose the best young talent in the country next December 7 in Warsaw and the Estonian Business Angels Network will celebrate the “Startup Day” in Tartu on Friday 9.

Ireland, Slovenia, Spain, Belgium, Slovakia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Croatia, Finland and Greece have chosen their best startups that will compete to be awarded in each of the 10 categories at the European final of StartUp Europe Awards to be held first quarter of 2107 in Brussels. “The Eurovision for Startups”.

After an intense autumn of local and regional events celebrated throughout Italy, the startups absolute finalists of each regional stage will compete in the national final, in an innovative event with the presence of Marco Zanni, Member of the EU Parliament; Isidro Laso – Head of StartUp Europe, DG Connect, EU Commission and Vanessa Ricci – from the Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME), EU Commission.

On the other hand, Startup Poland has partnered with the Polish branch of Citi Bank and created the Startup Poland Global program. The goal is to help Polish startups increase their business potential by going global. The best startups will be choosing to join the Startup Europe Awards in Brussels and meet with companies and investors from 16 countries.

Finally, from the “TOP 20 Startups in Estonia” chosen from a wider selection of applicants, the Country Manager Estonian Bussines Angels Network will select the best 10 Estonian startups during the Startup Day in Tartu.

All these countries besides Bulgaria, Luxembourg and UK are members of the SEUA Alliance, an international network that seeks to strengthen and support enterprise award organizers by sharing best practices that can replicate for the benefit of their entrepreneurial ecosystems.

To Juan Manuel Revuelta, SEUA director, “SEUA will be crucial to enhance public – private collaboration giving solutions to the local challenges, identifying innovation and improving the use of European funds”.

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 Ambassadors and it is implemented by Finnova Foundation in collaboration with Startup Europe.

Recognized the best public administrations supporting entrepreneurship and talent at FEED

Recognized the best public administrations supporting entrepreneurship and talent at FEED

  • StartUp Europe Awards and the 3rd Employment Fair in the Digital Era FEED have recognized the work of the Consorcio Zona Franca de Vigo, Parque Tecnológico de Fuerteventura, InnDEA Valencia and the Basque Government.

The Public Administrations StartUp Europe Recognition Awards- the award for the most committed public administrations supporting entrepreneurship, development, programs for attracting, retaining and managing talent in Spain- were given during the Employment Fair in the Digital Era, held on 15 and 16 November in Madrid.

“It is important to highlight companies and the role that local entities play in boosting and consolidating entrepreneurial ecosystems as well,” said Juan Manuel Revuelta, CEO of Finnova, the foundation that implements the StartUp Europe Awards.

The Public Administration StartUp Europe Recognition Awards for the “Best Public Administration in support of entrepreneurship” collected by the State Delegate in the Consorcio Zona Franca de Vigo, Teresa Pedrosa, is recognition to programs such as ViaGalicia, a strong accelerator for public initiative companies in its fourth edition, has more than 40 projects selected.

The prize “Best Program for Return and Attraction of talent” was given to the Parque Tecnológico de Fuerteventura for its tax incentives program, such as subsidies, for startups on the island.

One of the second prizes was for the InnDEA Valencia Foundation that successfully developped “Factory Startup” a public – private digital skills development program born from and for entrepreneurs.

The other second prize was awarded to the ecosystem of the Basque Government, for its “Bind 4.0” program thanks to which startups have the opportunity to work directly with industries, to access financing and other support services.

“Finnova is aware of the importance of public-private collaboration in innovation to solve the challenges of the territories. That’s why we will continue to highlight initiatives such as those awarded and encouraging other entities to be the winners of 2017,” said Revuelta.

Patricia Pastor, head of entrepreneurship at InnDEA Valencia; Ayose Kim Hernández, financial director of the Parque Tecnológico de Fuerteventura; Teresa Pedrosa, State delegate to the Consorcio Zona Franca de Vigo and Juan Manuel Esteban of the Basque Government, participated in the III Employment Fair in the Digital Era at the round table “Entrepreneurship and Attraction of talent” where they had the opportunity to present the programs that earned them the recognition of the StartUp Europe Awards.

StartUp Europe Awards is an initiative promoted by the European Commission with the support of the Committee of the Regions and several members of the European Parliament, implemented by Finnova in collaboration with Startup Europe. It aims to create an alliance of entities supporting entrepreneurship and innovation. It also recognizes the efforts of European startups in five levels (local, province, regional, national and European) in ten categories (environment, tourism, social innovation, creative industries, information and communication technologies, health, energy, water, smart cities and fintech).

Seven Croatian startups to compete in the Brussels final of StartUp Europe Awards

Seven Croatian startups to compete in the Brussels final of StartUp Europe Awards

The national edition of the Startup Europe Awards Croatia competition was held on november 15 in Rijeka, organized by the Business School PAR with the support of the Entrepreneurship Department from the City of Rijeka.

“I am proud that the Business School PAR got the opportunity to organize such an event”, said the Dean of the Business School PAR, Gordana Nikolic, adding that she considers entrepreneurship to be a skill that should be developed from a young age. The Dean also noted that it is encouraging to see so many creative young people presenting their ideas and innovations.

After a panel discussion on innovation in Croatia, the commitee announced the winners in 7 categories. All seven winning startups have qualified for the European finals of the  competition that will be held in Brussels first quarter of 2017. The winners are Juvo Home Friend (ICT); Tinja (Energy); Studio Rebus/Meridda (Health); Braille Riddles (Social); Eter.io (Cities); Terrible Creations (Creative) and LovePranks (Tourism)

During the Croatian edition of the event in Rijeka, the audience got the chance to vote and award two startups. Hence, the audience decided to give the Grand Prix Award to the startup Juvo Home Friend, while the Startup Hero Award was given to the Braille Riddles team.

Dario Zoric, the StartUp Europe Awards Croatia coordinator, expressed his appreciation of all the Croatian startups that entered the competition, congratulated the winners and the quality of all startup ideas presented.

In conclusion, it is safe to say that Croatia is sending top startups to Brussels, and there is no doubt that our future looks bright with yooung minds like these.

About StartUp Europe Awards

StartUp Europe Awards is an initiative promoted by the European Commission with the support of the Committee of the Regions and several members of the European Parliament, implemented by Finnova in collaboration with Startup Europe. It aims to create an alliance of organizations supporting entrepreneurship and innovation and at the same time to  recognize the efforts of European Startups in five levels (local, county, regional, national and European) in ten categories (green, tourism, social innovation, creative industries, information and communications technology, health, energy, water, smart cities and Fintech).

StartUps Europe Awards aims to recognize the best public administrations supporting entrepreneurship and talent in the III Job Fair in the Digital Age

  • The Recognition Awards of Startups Europe Awards will be given to Consorcio Zona Franca de Vigo, Parque Tecnológico de Fuerteventura, InnDEA Valencia y Gobierno Vasco.
  • The Employment Minister dña Fátima Bañez, who will attend the Job Fair, has shown enormous interest in the Public Administration StartUp Europe Recognition Awards

The best public administration in supporting entrepreneurship and attracting talent, will be awarded during the III Fair Employment in the Digital Era (FEED), one of the most important event of employment in the country, held in Madrid the 15th and 16th November. More than 2,000 participants are expected in this new edition.

More than 50 thematic-oriented presentations will be showed to professionals and entrepreneurs. Around 200 companies will be present and looking for talents during Digital Garden and Startup Hub. HR managers oriented towards digitalization and professionals with or entrepreneurial skills or entrepreneurs who need to be push.

During the event the Best public administration in supporting entrepreneurship to Consorcio Zona Franca de Vigo and the Best public program in attracting talent to Parque Tecnológico de Fuerteventura and the second awards to InnDEA Valencia and Gobierno Vasco – November 15 at 14:45 in the Digital Garden- will be recognized in order to prize the great work done by local public administrations. The juries representing Finnova, the law firm Navas & Cusi, the director of TVE Embark Juanma Romero and StartUp Europe, will give the awards.

StartUp Europe Awards is an initiative promoted by the European Commission with the support of the Committee of the Regions and several members of the European Parliament, implemented by Finnova in collaboration with Startup Europe. It aims to create an alliance of organizations supporting entrepreneurship and innovation and at the same time to recognize the efforts of European Startups in five levels (local, state, regional, national and European) and in ten categories (environment, tourism, social innovation, creative industries, information and communications technology, health, energy , water, smart cities and Fintech).

Entrepreneurship and talent attracting: StartUp Europe Recognition Awards

Awards Recognition of StartUp Europe Awards winners, will present their projects and programs to boost entrepreneurship and innovative talent in its territory within a panel discussion moderated by Juanma Romero de Emprende TVE. Other programs will be presented too, as the StartUp Europe Accelerator by the Finnova Foundation. The round- table will take place on November 15 at 16: 20h at the Auditorium 2.

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Eunews.it becomes a media partner for the StartUp Europe Awards 2016 for Italy

Eunews.it becomes a media partner for the StartUp Europe Awards 2016 for Italy

Eunews is an editorial start-up for European information. It is the first Italian newspaper with central editorial staff in Brussels and correspondence office in Rome, Milan and other European capitals. Eunews is addressed both to citizens and entreprises interested in independent, critic and first-hand information about European news, from policy programs to measures with normative and regulatory effect at all levels in our country.

The main idea is to support the creation of a public opinion aware of Europe, and to offer a direct connection with the European decision makers.

From now onwards, Eunews is a new media partner for the StartUp Europe Awards 2016 (SEUA16), which is an initiative promoted by the European Commission and implemented by the Foundation Finnova, with the support of StartUp Europe. This initiative aims at gathering all the startups awards organisers across Europe under the umbrella of the StartUp Europe Awards Alliance. Thus, the winners in each member state’s startups awards will become national candidates for the final phase of the StartUp Europe Awards to be held in the first quarter 2017.

As media partner for the StartUp Europe Awards, Eunews will follow the progress of the national Italian startups in their progress through the SEUA16.

More info: www.startupeuropeawards.com 

DAW Conference chooses the 3 startups to represent Belgium in the European Final of StartUp Europe Awards 2016

DAW Conference chooses the 3 startups to represent Belgium in the European Final of StartUp Europe Awards 2016

  • Ozentic, Yeba Essentials and Nappytalia are the winners of the Belgium National Final of the #SEUA2016
  • DAW Conference bet on women-led startups for the StartUp Europe Awards

On September 22, during the DAW Conference closing ceremony at the European Parliament, Bogdan Ceobanu, Policy Officer at European Commission representing Startup Europe, presented the winners of the StartUp Europe Awards 2016 for Belgium.

The jury chose Yeba” as the winner in the Creative category, a Belgian brand which designs chic business bags for modern and active women; Ozentic, a startup that digitalises certificates of authenticity, as the winner of the ICT category; and Nappytalia, natural and local products for women’s hair, as the winner of the Social category.

In his speech, Ceobanu explained that the StartUp Europe Awards 2016 is an initiative promoted by the European Commission, with the support of Startup Europe and implemented by Finnova, whose final European ceremony will be held in the first quarter of 2017. “We aim to help European entrepreneurs to create companies, to help them to grow them bigger and recently we started to think internationally. We believe that there’s a huge global opportunity and people from everywhere in the world can have a massive impact in this world. It’s just matter of having a great idea and working on it”, Ceobanu remarked.

The jury was composed of Brian Rashid, Silicon Valley Start-Up Trainer and Motivational Speaker; Alexandra Dreschner, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at UCB (CSR); Haweya Mohammed, Co-Founder and Head of Communications at Afrobytes Paris and Jezabel Martínez-Fabregas, Expert in Strategic Communications and Political Marketing. They listened to each of the pitches carefully, asked the startups questions, and finally chose the winners of the Belgian National Final of the SEUA 2016.

Digital African Women launch the first edition of the DAW Conference to give aspiring female African tech entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn, engage and develop their entrepreneurial skills with immersive training, while maximizing their power and use of technology.

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For two days, September 21 and 22, different activities took place in the European Parliament, such as panels with international speakers, a workshop and the Pitch Challenge. From August 8 to September 21, the startups registered took part in a 6-week online pitch training program. One of the requirements to participate was that the startup had to be led by a woman, of any background or origin. This training program was a prerequisite to take part in the final Pitch Challenge at the DAW conference on September 22, where they could present their startups in front of the jury and win the chance to be candidates in the European Final of the StartUp Europe Awards 2016.