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Six winning startups to represent Latvia in the final of StartUp Europe Awards

Six winning startups to represent Latvia in the final of StartUp Europe Awards

Under the frame of TechChill conference in Riga, SEUA16 Latvia has announced the six winners of their national StartUp Europe Awards 2016. The national Final Ceremony in Latvia, organised by the country manager “Latvian Association of Public Relations Professionals (LASAP)” has been last out of 13 events awarding best startups of 2016 in Europe which will now compete in the European Final in Brussels next spring.

National jury evaluated the performance of the previous year on the basis of the applications received, as well as in a wider context, on the basis of their expert-level knowledge of the Latvian startup industry as a whole.

Mrs Inese Vaidere, MEP from Latvia and ambassador for StartUp Europe Awards,  delivered the diplomas to the winning startups. The role of the ambassador in this competition is to support local startups and entrepreneurs. “Latvia is not a country with inexhaustible natural resources, but we are smart and educated people who are able to create products with high added value. Latvia clearly has the potential to become a centre in Europe, offering a stimulating and supportive
environment in which businesses grow and thrive”  – said Mrs Inese Vaidere.

The winners of the SEUA16 from Latvia are:

In the Creative Category Mozello the world’s easiest to use website builder.

Nordigen which offers transaction categorisation for improved credit scoring, is the winner in Fintech Category.

In the GREEN Category the winner is Conelum a biotechnological startup focused on development of rapid microbiological diagnostic tests for food and drink industry companies.

Anatomy Text   is augmented reality, web based software for medical education and healthcare professionals, and the winner for HEALTH Category.

The winner in ICT Category is Notakey, a smartphone based solution for strong & smooth authentication and authorisation.

Finally, Rention a Property Management Platform that helps you overview and control all your estate from A to Z, is the winner in the Smart Cities Category.

“Latvian Association of Public Relations Professionals (LASAP)” decided award a special prize for achievements in public relations to 4SmartStreets.

SEUA also applauds efforts of media in supporting development of startup ecosystem in Latvia by awarding three media outlets – Labs of Latvia, LSM.lv and technology blog Kursors.lv who during the past year drawn particular attention to Latvian entrepreneurial activities by promoting creative tech ideas to broad Latvian audience.

SEUA has so far brought together more than 1,000 startup applications and 13 national awards ceremonies on the continent, with more than 80 startups awarded. Startup Europe Awards has been called The Eurovision of Startups, identifying the role models for startup ecosystems across the Europe.

StartUp Europe Awards, an initiative promoted by the European Commission, has the support of the President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of the European Parliament as ambassadors and is implemented by Finnova in collaboration with StartUp Europe.

 

  • Thanks to our Media Partner 150sec.com for covering the SEUA16 Latvian final.
  • Pictures by Dan Taylor and Sandija Veipa, thanks to TechChill
10 M€ will be allocated by the EU for the growth and consolidation of startups

10 M€ will be allocated by the EU for the growth and consolidation of startups

– The call “Startup Europe for Growth and Innovation Radar” was presented at Startup Europe after 2 Years, organized by DG CONNECT at the Permanent Representation of Spain to the European Union in Brussels.

– Startup Europe Awards has been highlighted as good practice that recognizes the work done by public entities that support entrepreneurship.

– The Startup Europe after 2 years’ conference was inaugurated by the General Director for Finnova Foundation Juan Manuel Revuelta and the Director General  of DG CONNECT Gerard de Graaf.

– Prince Constantino of the Netherlands and the Colombian ambassador to Brussels, Rodrigo Rivera, welcomed the invitation to the event, attended by 200 people including political authorities, accelerators, consultants, representatives of European projects and journalists from the technological field.

Brussels, 6 February 2017.- The European Commission’s CONNECT Directorate-General in support of its Startup Europe initiative celebrated the ‘Startup Europe After 2 Years – Discover its impact and learn about future initiatives’ at the Representation Permanent Representative of Spain to the European Union in Brussels.

The European Commission has presented the call “ICT-32-2017 Startup Europe for Growth & Innovation Radar” to which it will allocate 10 million euros to reinforce the digital ecosystems and to facilitate the growth and consolidation of the startups, whose cut date  is next April 25. Finnova has expressed its interest in applying as the Belgian partner of this call.

During the meeting the situation of the European startups has been analyzed and the balance of the projects supported by Startup Europe in the last two years has been known, among which is WELCOME, startups platform that unites the cities of Madrid and Salamanca With Dublin, Berlin and Milan, led by BISITE Accelerator.

The director of DG CONNECT Gerard de Graaf has highlighted the success of the Startup Europe initiative, which during its two years of operation has supported more than 700 startups and highlighted how “talent in Europe is distributed, not located in a only place, and that is our strong point “.

For his part, Juan Manuel Revuelta, has highlighted “the opportunity we have due to  the current political situation, derived from the Brexit and the new US Administration, to generate connections with entrepreneurial ecosystems like Latin America, and Spain can be the bridge to achieve it”.

Startup Europe has supported 10 European projects H2020 connecting 16 cities, with more than 100 activities of internationalization for the startups, which have generated more than 3,500 jobs and have captured more than 200 million euros in investment.

Finnova Foundation, partner of the European Commission in the framework of StartUp Europe Awards, has presented the startups Latipp (which has gotten 50,000 euros of SME Instrument), Astronical Space Industries (winner of Startup Europe Accelerator so it will be accelerated in Brussels ), Apsu (benefited with the INNOBONOS Canarias assistance to prepare their participation in European projects) and Abonova, startup from Alicante in sustainability that supports agriculture.

César Morcillo, director of the Spanish Office for Science and Technology, Andrés Martínez and Tomás Coca, from the Repsol Foundation Entrepreneurs’ Fund, attended the meeting, among other institutional representatives.

StartUp Europe Awards

StartUp Europe Awards, an initiative promoted by the European Commission, has the support of the President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of the European Parliament as ambassadors and is implemented by Finnova in collaboration with StartUp Europe.

This project identifies local success models that inspire other entrepreneurs and public administrations with a methodology of public-private collaboration that maximizes the use of European funds in innovative solutions to improve the quality of life of citizens. Currently more than 30 organizations from all over Europe are part of the Alliance of these awards, which have recognized more than 70 European startups.

Startup Europe is an initiative of the European Commission, which is part of its “Digital Single Market” priority. Its objectives are to connect all the players in the European entrepreneurship ecosystem, through tools like Startup Europe Map and 5 projects (Digistart, Ecosystem ePlus, Start Scaleup, Twist Digital and Welcome) that are developed in several European cities. In addition, it supports regional initiatives such as Startup Europe Week or Startup Europe Regions Network. Startup Europe also celebrates the success of entrepreneurs through Techallstars, Europioneeers and StartUp Europe Awards.

StartUp Europe Accelerator

Finnova has managed since 2012 the program StartUp Europe Accelerator, a second level accelerator that offers a period of acceleration of high performance for startups through the optimization of European tools, fight against legal barriers, financing, networking and support for internationalization.

This program has benefited more than 150 entrepreneurs to date and has been supported for three consecutive years by the Ministry of Employment and Social Security of the Government of Spain. In addition, it is a partner of the Microsoft BizSpark program.

The “Startup Europe after 2 years” day has been streamed with the support of the Finnova Foundation through the link http://www.startupeuropeaccelerator.eu and will be available on the social networks of Finnova (https: // goo. Gl / GZVqSp).

PRESS CONTACT:

Catalina Valencia

eustartup@finnova.be

(STREAMING) Startup Europe after 2 years! Discover its impact and learn about the future initiatives

(STREAMING) Startup Europe after 2 years! Discover its impact and learn about the future initiatives

The European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG CONNECT), in support of the initiative of Startup Europe, celebrates the event ‘Startup Europe After 2 Years – Discover its impact and learn about the future initiatives” on February 2nd in the Hall Ullastres of the REPER of Spain in Brussels. It will be possible to follow this event via STREAMING thanks to Finnova Foundation, partners of the European Commission under the frame of StartUp Europe Awards initiative. 

The day will try to achieve different objectives such as: discover what is known about the European startup ecosystem, know what has been achieved with Startup Europe projects, understand the progress in startups policies, participate with future projects and plans and connect To the network of European Startup. Startup Europe is an initiative of the European Commission, which is part of its “Digital Single Market” priority. The 4 main objectives of Startup Europe are: 

·Connect people, startups, investors, accelerators, entrepreneurs, corporate networks, universities and #EUTechWriters through our network of contacts. It also contains the Startup Europe Map, a map that connects startups within a European ecosystem. 

·Connect local ecosystems of startups through 5 Startup Europe projects (Digistart, Ecosystem ePlus, Start Scaleup, Twist Digital and WELCOME) that are developed in cities across Europe. We also support regional initiatives such as Startup Europe Week or Startup Europe Regions Network.

· Helps startups to land in the simplest possible way in other markets such as Silicon Valley (eg SEC2SV: Startup Europe reaches Silicon Valley), India (eg Startup Europe India Summit), Africa (initiative Startup Europe Comes to Africa) United Arab Emirates (coming soon).

· Celebrate the success of entrepreneurs (Techallstars, Europioneeers and StartUp Europe Awards). 

The space will be in format conferences and round tables. The event will be attended by more than 200 people, already confirmed 230 people, among which are: responsible for accelerators, bloggers, consultants and policy makers. 

FOLLOW THIS EVENT VIA STREAMING 

State of European Tech report presentation under the frame of StartUp Europe Awards

State of European Tech report presentation under the frame of StartUp Europe Awards

Tom Wehmeier, Principal & Head of Research at Atomico, wrote the 2016 report which was published at the Slush conference in Helsinki in November
Startup Europe will highlight the importance of evidence based policy making on startups policy
– This presentation would take place under the frame of the StartUp Europe Awards initiative
One of the most comprehensive reports regarding the current state of the tech scene in Europe will be presented in Brussels the next 31th of January in an event organised by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). An excellent opportunity to highlight the importance of evidence based policy making on startups policy that will benefit the European institutions work towards startups with validated data.
Commissioned and produced by Atomico, a European-based global venture capital firm, in partnership with Slush, the organisers of the Slush technology conference in Helsinki, Finland, the report outlines three key trends underlying the growing influence and success of the European technology industry.

The presentation of the report “State of European Tech – The future is invented in Europe” is organised by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) leading think tank and forum for debate on EU affairs, with the support of Finnova Foundation and StartUp Europe (DG CONNECT), under the frame of StartUp Europe Awards.
StartUp Europe Awards (www.startupeuropeawards.com) 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. The objectives of StartUp Europe Awards (SEUA) are to identify local role models in each ecosystem of startups across Europe and to create an alliance of organizations supporting innovation and entrepreneurship.

FOLLOW THE EVENT VIA STREAMING 

AGENDA
14:30 – 15:00 Registration
15:00 – 15:10 Welcome Message
Jorge Nuñez. – Senior Research Fellow, CEPS
15:10 – 15:15 Presentation of StartUp Europe Awards – MEPs as SEUA Ambassadors
Juan Manuel Revuelta, General Director of Finnova Foundation
15:15 – 15:30 The importance of evidence based policy making on startups policy
Isidro Laso, Head of Sector Startup Europe – DG CONNECT
15:30 – 16:15 Presentation of the report: “State of European Tech – The Future is invented in Europe” Tom Wehmeier, Principal & Head of research at Atomico
16:15 – 16:20 Startup Olé 2017 Presentation
Emilio Corchado. CEO of StartUp Olé
16:20 – 16:55 Q&A – Discussion
16:55 – 17:00 Closing by CEPS
17:00 – 18:00 Networking

Poland has chosen nine startups for the European final of StartUp Europe Awards

Poland has chosen nine startups for the European final of StartUp Europe Awards

Under the frame of Startup Poland Global, an educational program for Polish startups and scale-ups helping them work on global expansion strategies, were chosen the nine startups which will represent Poland in Brussels, for the final of StartUp Europe Awards. This program selected 50 high potential startups that participated in three-day intensive course where they improved their pitches, listened to serial entrepreneurs’ stories of success and failure, and acquired legal and business background on moving operations abroad. During the pitching finals, the jury of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs rated startups performance on stage.

They selected the winners that will receive a tailored workshop on building global strategies and scaling, at the end of January 2017, and will go to the final of SEUA. Startup Poland Global is enabled by the United Way Worldwide and funded by Citi Foundation.

These are the startups selected to represent Poland in 9 categories in the final of Startup Europe Awards:

In the ICT Category the winner is DeepDoc; a project aimed at early detection of risk of depression using machine learning to analyze activity in social media, they diagnose the risk of depression at a very early stage.

Jumbster ,the winner in TOURISM Category, is an application to save on fuel; with this app you are able to find and buy the cheapest fuel in your area.

In the HEALTH Category was selected Pelvifly, a comprehensive, mobile system of prophylaxis and rehabilitation of pelvic floor muscles dysfunction.

Piece of cake provides the opportunity to easy splitting your bills for your friends, workmates and in every place, where you just need divide the bill. This startup will represent Poland for FINTECH Category.

Ronzo is aimed to empower consumers with delicious cricket-based products with natural ingredients, no artificial chemical substances or semi-processed products; and it is the winner for the GREEN Category.

Smartbox, wich creates a comprehensive Smarthouse system based on cloud computing, was chosen as the winner for ENERGY Category.

The winner for SOCIAL Category is Socialgamer, a search engine in the computer gaming industry focused on the rapid and precise searching for partners to create the perfect team.

Sense  produces wireless, mobile and intelligent sensors and designs measuring systems. Sense was chosen to represent Poland in the CITIES Category.

For the CREATIVE Category the winner is RoboCamp which enhances STEM education using LEGO robot building and visual programming.

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 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.

 

Five startups will represent Finland in the Final of StartUp Europe Awards

Five startups will represent Finland in the Final of StartUp Europe Awards

More than 15 startups from six cities all over Finland were competing for a prestigious StartUp Europe Awards in a National StartUp Europe Awards Pitch Competition, brought to Finland this year by Nordic Female Business Angel Network sponsored by NewCo, Helsinki Business Hub, Nordea and Slush.

The organizer NFBAN received 22 applications from Kotka to Turku and Tampere. 16 semi-finalists were invited to an online pitching event on November 16.  Each startup had a time slot of 10 minutes, during which they were pitching their company for 5 minutes and had 5 minutes to answer questions from 6 members of jury, representing experts from 3 different countries with diverse industry backgrounds, active and well established within the startup ecosystem.

High quality of presentations made jury’s task of selecting finalists and a winner quite a challenge. In the ceremony held at Newco on Thursday 24 November, from a shortlist of 8 finalists, were chosen five outstanding startups to represent Finland in the European final of StartUp Europe Awards.

PromoRepublic, a Finnish SaaS that helps Small Businesses and Marketers create amazing social media posts based on the context of the day: holidays, trends and events, will represent Finland in the ICT Category, and they also received first prize of the Pitch Competition.

For the ENERGY category, the winner is Tespack, specialized in providing a complete mobile energy experience by combining latest technology and renewables with a focus on generation of energy on-the-go.

Heimo, the anonymous & safe online community for untellable stories, was chosen in the category of SOCIAL.

For the TOURISM Category the jury chose Duara, a platform for communities in low-income countries to offer home stay experiences to impact-minded travelers.

Finally, Bryom wich turns smartwatches into a personal safety system replacing most elderly care wearables, devices and sensors with a single nice looking smart watch, will represent Finland for the category of HEALTH.

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

 

For more information please contact Florence Korhonen, founder and Chair at NFBAN – Nordic Female Business Angel Network: email: florence.korhonen@nfban.org.

Silicon Luxembourg becomes new Media Partner for StartUp Europe Awards

Silicon Luxembourg becomes new Media Partner for StartUp Europe Awards

Silicon Luxembourg is the unique media source for startup news in Luxembourg circulating information through a web platform, social networks, a print and digital magazine (SILICON), a newsletter and a mobile application coming soon.

From now onwards, Silicon Luxembourg is the new media partner for StartUp Europe Awards 2016 (SEUA16), an initiative promoted by the European Commission and implemented by the Finnova Foundation, 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 of 2017 in Brussels.

As media partner for the StartUp Europe Awards, Silicon Luxembourg will follow the progress of the startups coming from Luxembourg through SEUA16.

StartUp Europe Awards has chosen the best six startups from Luxembourg

StartUp Europe Awards has chosen the best six startups from Luxembourg

The winners of StartUp Europe Awards Luxembourg coordinated by Startup Grind Luxembourg were chosen with the collaboration of Nyuko​, 123 GO social contest, Lux Future Lab​ and EY Innovation on December 12.

The next six startups will represent Luxembourg in the European final of StartUp Europe Awards 2016 to be held first quarter of 2017 in Brussels.

Job Today, the easy-to-use app that connects employers and jobseekers, has been awarded in the SOCIAL category.

Digicash, that allows you to pay by smartphone as simple as SMS, is the winner for FINTECH category of SEUA Luxembourg.

For WATER Category the winner is APATEQ, which provides oil-water separation systems for oilfield operators as well as compact wastewater treatment plants and systems for industrial wastewater.

OUNI allows customers to do their grocery and household shopping while avoiding packaging waste. The first packaging-free organic grocery store in Luxembourg won for GREEN Category.

vyzVoice, the winner for ICT Category,  provides a highly secured cloud-based application infrastructure to manage your connected things.

Finally, the winner for ENERGY Category is SWIRL, a company which provides leading edge smart wind turbine solutions for grid edge and off-grid applications

Startup Europe Awards recognises 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 recognise the best local startups which will have the chance to compete to be awarded as the best European startups in the Final ceremony. For this reason, StartUp Europe Awards is called “The Eurovision for Startups”.

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.

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.