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BEST PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION FOR STARTUPS

BEST PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION FOR STARTUPS

WHY DO WE HOLD A BEST PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION FOR STARTUPS 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 goal 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. These models will be used by external investors to approach local ecosystems.

StartUp Europe Awards also contributes to Commission General Objective 1 to ensure that the new boost for jobs, growth and investment is not concentrated in a few areas in Europe. As it is a fact that startups are the main creators of new jobs in Europe, we need to ensure that the wealth generated by the startups is spread all across Europe benefiting a wider segment of the European society.

To grow and consolidate, startups need an ecosystem of key-players that support these objectives. Along with universities, incubators, accelerators and investors, public administrations have a crucial role: from policies adapted to the new challenges startups tackle to the creation of programs or services for supporting their developing.

A large number of entrepreneurship awards go to startups, entrepreneurs or entreprises. However, despite their important role, public administrations supporting and boosting entrepreneurial activity in their territories do not have a specific recognition for their determination, effort and commitment with potential enterprises which will create wealth and employment. From this fact, Best Public Administration Awards comes to life.

AIM:

Best Public Administration Award recognises the effort and support of Public Administration at a city, province or region level for the boosting of entrepreneurial activity and innovation in their territory. It aimed to award the Public Administration with the best programme/service addressed to boost entrepreneurs or startups of their geographical area of influence.

CRITERIA:

The following criteria are essential and discriminatory to be a participant for the aforementioned contest:

  • To have a supporting programme/service addressed to promote entrepreneurship (startups/entrepreneurs) in the geographical area of influence.
  • The only programmes that are considered valid to contest are those that are already implemented (plans are not valid).
  • For 2016 edition, candidates to Best Public Administration Award will be nominated by the organization of StartUp Europe Awards. The nominees will be the winners of prestigious European Awards addressed to Public Administration as European Entrepreneurial Region, EIPA/EPSA, Regio Stars Awards, among others. The list of nominees will be published on StartUp Europe Awards website.

 

The criteria for the evaluation of the candidates are the following:

  • Goals aligned with Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan and the StartUp Europe Awards mission (highlight local success models to serve as example for other entrepreneurs and next generations; contribute to Commission General Objective 1 to ensure that the new boost for jobs, growth and investment is not concentrated in a few areas in Europe, etc).
  • Impact of the programme/service addressed to boost entrepreneurial activity (startups/entrepreneurs) in the geographical area of influence, based on facts and figures publicly exposed.
  • Commitment to continue supporting startups/entrepreneurs (follow-up, demonstration of how the actions will be sustained beyond the program/service for a longer period, complementary programs/services in 2017, etc.)
  • Social Clauses: job generated, collaboration with NGOs, trainees program.
  • European Dimension: collaboration with StartUp Europe Awards 2016, participation in European funded projects, partnership or agreements with other European partners. Optimal use of European Structural and Investment Funds or other European funding.
Best Media Partner

Best Media Partner

WHY DO WE HOLD A BEST MEDIA PARTNER STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS?

It is known that startups need to be visible in order to get attention from investors, clients, partners, public administration, local entities and acceleration programs that can support them to grow and scale up according with their objectives. As a startup, one of the biggest hurdles to face is building an initial reputation. One of the best ways to do this is by getting your startup featured in media coverage, but doing that is often easier said than done.
Being featured on media could leave huge benefits for startups: brand visibility and reputation; user acquisition; Investor and partner interest; talent and recruitment, etc. That is the reason why StartUp Europe Awards intends to create a Media Partner Alliance, aimed to engage media from all over the world working on the promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation.
In the first year of the initiative, StartUp Europe Awards has proudly achieved to involve 21 Media Partners.

AIM:

It aims at rewarding the most committed Media Partner of StartUp Europe Awards 2016 with the promotion of the initiative StartUp Europe Awards and the startups participating in the contest.

CRITERIA:

The most important eligibility criteria are the following:

The criteria for the evaluation of the candidates are the following:

  1. Goals aligned with the StartUp Europe Awards mission (highlight local success models to serve as example for other entrepreneurs and next generations).
  2. Relevance of the media at local, national and European level (figures, recognitions and awards achieved).
  3. Commitment of the media with StartUp Europe Awards 2016 (publications made by the media as part of the coverage of SEUA16 and other types of participation).
FINTECH

FINTECH

WHY DO WE HOLD A FINTECH STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS?

The rise of fintech has forever changed the way companies do business. The traditional model of a new business turning directly to its local high street bank and/or a conventional investor is no longer the only game in town. Global investment in financial technology increased more than twelvefold from $930 million in 2008 to more than $12 billion in 2014. Europe experienced the highest growth rate, with an increase of 215% to $1.48 billion in 2014. Furthermore, the associated reworking of financial regulations, new innovations and customer behaviour, means this figure will continue its sharp growth in the coming years.
The rise of fintech has opened up a world of possibilities. Businesses can offer more services than ever and for a fraction of the price of what it would have cost before. Such is the impact of technology on how finance is run, cities like London actively and aggressively pursue technology talent to ensure it remains competitive.

AIM:

Fintech StartUp Europe Awards Awards aims at recognising startups offering disruptive solutions as new applications, processes, products or business models in the financial services or insurance industry: payments, blockchain/distribution ledger, lending platforms, etc.

CRITERIA:

The most important eligibility criteria are the following:

  • Innovation: We will focus on the grade of innovation, disruption and originality of the startups.
  • Business model: We will rate the added value to society resulting from the startups (economic viability, private-public collaboration, etc.).
  • Customer Value Proposition
  • Scalability and Market Reach
  • Social Clauses: job generated, gender policy, social inclusion, collaboration with NGOs, trainees program.
  • European Dimension: participation in European funded projects, partnership or agreements with other European partners.
eHEALTH

eHEALTH

WHY DO WE HOLD A eHEALTH STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS?

Many challenges need to be met to grant everybody’s legitimate wish for a long, happy and healthy life. Chronic and infectious diseases, pandemic threats and antimicrobial resistance are on the rise. Also, the side effects of an ageing population will need to be addressed – the number of people in the EU aged over 65 will have grown by 70% by 2050.

European research and innovation in health helps to tackle these challenges. It is an investment in our health and, on a larger scale, an investment in a healthy workforce, a healthy economy and lower public health bills. In that sense, Europe motivates startups to develop new solutions using new technologies that could keep older people active and independent for longer and help European health and care systems to remain sustainable.

AIM:

eHealth StartUp Europe Awards aims at recognising startups offering solutions to health and wellnes challenges through products and services that help to improve life quality and connecting health to new technologies.

CRITERIA:

The most important eligibility criteria are the following:

  • Innovation: We will focus on the grade of innovation, disruption and originality of the startups.
  • Business model: We will rate the added value to society resulting from the startups (economic viability, private-public collaboration, replicability, etc.).
  • Sustainability: it has to be sustainable from an environmental, social and economic point of view.
  • Impact: the project must be conceived with the aim of having a great impact and multiplying its results.
  • Social Clauses: job generated, gender policy, social inclusion, collaboration with NGOs, trainees program.
  • European Dimension: participation in European funded projects, partnership or agreements with other European partners.
WATER

WATER

WHY DO WE HOLD A WATER STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS?

Water is the source for life! It is life itself, actually. It is a precondition for human, animal and plant life as well as an indispensable resource for the economy. Water also plays a fundamental role in the climate regulation cycle.

Protection of water resources, of fresh and salt water ecosystems and of the water we drink and bathe in is therefore one of the cornerstones of environmental protection in Europe. The stakes are high, the issues transcend national boundaries, and concerted action at the level of the EU is necessary to ensure effective protection.

Since 2001 a Common Implementation Strategy has been in operation, bringing together national experts, stakeholders and the Commission involved initially in the implementation of the Water Framework Directive, and then later in the implementation of the Floods Directive as well.

Tourism StartUp Europe Awards, following this massive goal, aims at rewarding the startups working in that Europe goes on improving the good use of water.

AIM:

Water StartUp Europe Awards aims at recognising startups working in the implementation of water sustainable systems, coordination to public participation, chemical pollution, groundwater, floods and intercalibration…

CRITERIA:

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.

Business model: We will rate the added value to society resulting from the startups (economic viability, private-public collaboration, replicability, etc.).

Social Clauses: job generated, gender policy, social inclusion, collaboration with NGOs, trainees program.

European Dimension: participation in European funded projects, partnership or agreements with other European partners.

TOURISM

TOURISM

WHY DO WE HOLD A TOURISM STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS?

Tourism is a major economic activity in the European Union with wide-ranging impact on economic growth, employment, and social development, so that it can be a powerful tool in fighting economic decline and unemployment. Nevertheless the tourism sector faces a series of challenges: the economic crisis has seriously affected both the national and transnational tourism.

EU policy aims to maintain Europe’s standing as a leading tourist destination while maximising the industry’s contribution to growth and employment. It also promotes cooperation between EU countries, particularly through the exchange of good practice. The EU’s competence in the tourism sector is one of support and coordination the actions of member countries.

Tourism StartUp Europe Awards, following this massive goal, aims at rewarding the startups working in that Europe keeps it leadership in the tourism sector.

AIM:

Tourism StartUp Europe Awards aims at recognising startups offering products, services or methodologies addressing: tourism, mobility, hotels, sustainable tourism, applications for tourism, location of establishments, etc.

CRITERIA:

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.

Business model: We will rate the added value to society resulting from the startups (economic viability, private-public collaboration, replicability, etc.).

Social Clauses: job generated, gender policy, social inclusion, collaboration with NGOs, trainees program.

European Dimension: participation in European funded projects, partnership or agreements with other European partners.

IoT

IoT

WHY DO WE HOLD AN IoT  STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS?

The Internet of Things represents the following step towards the digitalization of our society and economy, where the objects and people are interconnected through communication networks and they inform about their situation and/or the environment. According to a study of the European Commission, the market value of the IoT in the EU is expected to surpass the billions of euros in 2020.

In March 2015, the European Commission released an Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI) in order to support the creation of an innovative European ecosystem, fostered by the industry of the Internet of Things. In May 2015, a strategy of Digital Single Market (DSM) will be adopted. The strategy of DSM includes elements that take Europe a step forward in the acceleration of the development of the Internet of Things. In particular, the strategy remarks the need for avoiding the fragmentation and fostering the inter-operability for the IoT to reach its greatest potential.

In order to satisfy the needs of the strategy of DSM and to inform the future policy, the European Commission published in April 2016 the working document “To Promote the Internet of Things in Europe”. This document is part of the initiative “Digitizing European Industry” (DEI) and specifies the EU’s vision on the IoT, which is based on three main points: a prosperous IoT ecosystems, an IoT approach focused in the human being and a single market for the IoT.

In addition to the political initiatives, the EU has established concrete objectives of investigation and innovation in the IoT within the framework of the current programme Horizon2020.

AIM:

The category Internet of Things (IoT) intends to add value to the European development related to the new technologies that will allow to improve the competitiveness of the EU in this sector and the increase of the use of TIC’s in the society.

CRITERIA:

The most important eligibility criteria are the following:

  • Innovation/Technology
  • Business Model
  • Customer Value Proposition
  • Scalability and Market Reach
  • Social Clauses: job generated, gender policy, social inclusion, collaboration with NGOs, trainees program.
  • European Dimension: participation in European funded projects, partnership or agreements with other European partners.
SOCIAL

SOCIAL

WHY DO WE HOLD A SOCIAL STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS?

Social innovation can be defined as the development and implementation of new ideas (products,services and models) to meet social needs and create new social relationships or collaborations. It represents new responses to pressing social demands, which affect the process of social interactions.

It is aimed at improving human well-being. Social innovations are innovations that are social in both their ends and their means. They are innovations that are not only good for society but also enhance individuals’ capacity to act.

They rely on the inventiveness of citizens, civil society organisations, local communities, businesses and public servants and services. They are an opportunity both for the public sector and for the markets, so that the products and services better satisfy individual but also collective aspirations.

Stimulating innovation, entrepreneurship and the knowledge-based society is at the core of the Europe 2020 Strategy.

Following this massive goal, Social StartUp Europe Awards will recognise the work of startups working in these areas and trying to make this world a better place to live.

AIM:

Social StartUp Europe Awards aims at recognising startups offering products, services or methodologies addressing: educationqualitychildcarehealthcaretrainingjob-search assistance and rehabilitation.

CRITERIA:

The startups will be evaluated following these criteria:

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.

Business model: We will rate the added value to society resulting from the startups (economic viability, private-public collaboration, replicability, etc.).

Social Clauses: job generated, gender policy, social inclusion, collaboration with NGOs, trainees program.

European Dimension: participation in European funded projects, partnership or agreements with other European partners.

ENERGY

ENERGY

WHY DO WE HOLD A ENERGY STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS?

The energy system is rapidly changing, and it is expected that by 2030, half of the electricity will be generated by renewable energies. This is why we have to prepare the European energy system, thus making it more flexible and orientated to the market, as just that way we will be able to fulfil the climate goals set in Paris, and likewise with the EU in terms of energy.

Nowadays, the European Commission has launched an initiative to design the future European energy market. The initiative aims at adapting the European legislation through the energy system changing; which in turn will allow the increasement of the intermitent production levels of electricity from the renewable sources as well as more interconection.

The initiative aims at fixing reliable prices for the investors, as well as implementing the competitivenes and ease the access to new oerators, as well as that the markets will be more flexible to increase the distribution of the energy and allow the renewable energy producersto benefit from the advantages of the integrated markets.

Ministries aim at increasing the secutiry in the supply as well as improving the information addressed to consumers in order to them making decisions with regards to energy topics.

The Enegetic Union startegy aims at gaining distance from the national supplying approach towards a more regional one. The objective of the European Commission is to create a fully operational and interconnected energy market within the European Union (EU).

Therefore, these awards aims at valuing the European leadership position as well as going on supporting the innovation and creativity in the scope of the renewable energies, stimulating enterpreneurs and businesspeople to create more innovative and competitive projects that are closer to the markets, and which will help them to meet the EU’s goals in terms of sustainability and efficient energy, climate change and support the renewable energies, as well as complying with the EU 2020 Strategy.

AIM:

Energy StartUp Europe Awards aims at rewarding the best innitiatives working in projects related to the development of sustainable and efficient energy models, based on renewable energies, as well as the development and technology transfer in the area of renewable energies, besides the best goverance projects  and citizenship participation in the development of renewable energies.

CRITERIA:

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.

Business model: We will rate the added value to society resulting from the startups (economic viability, private-public collaboration, replicability, etc.).

Social Clauses: job generated, gender policy, social inclusion, collaboration with NGOs, trainees program.

European Dimension: participation in European funded projects, partnership or agreements with other European partners.

 

CREATIVE

CREATIVE

WHY DO WE HOLD A CREATIVE STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS?

The current cultural world is constantly changing. The economic crisis of 2008 has carried out a social-cultural state of trance, which implies a continuous pursuit for new identities. As a result, the search for a professional position in the cultural field has become a difficult task within the last few years. In the Eurozone, the unemployment rate related to arts has raised up to 22,39%.

The creative and cultural professionals must show now more than ever a clear concern about responding to the call of that change. As Andy Warhol said once: “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” We live in a time demanding for new projects and renewals.

The entrepreneurship activity in Europe has raised up to 8%, a figure which slowly approaches the USA, a country in which entrepreneurship reaches the 12% of the commercial activity. The SEA rely on the potential of Europe and its entrepreneurs, willing to bring the focus and reconnaissance on them and their activity.

The Creative category of the SEA is addressed to professionals on the field of culture and creativity. Concretely, the focus lies on those entrepreneurs who have a project on the field of visual arts, performing arts, architecture, audio-visuals, literature, music, design and fashion, among others.

These awards have as objective the support of the entrepreneurs in the field of culture in order to boost their efforts in a crucial moment, since globalization and consumerism are diminishing identity signs that come along with culture. Furthermore, the search for innovation and creativity will be promoted in order to get culture further than just post-modern parameters.

AIM:

The aim of these awards is to reward the best startups working on cultural and creative projects in its broadest sense (visual arts, architecture, audio-visuals, literature, music, design and fashion), taking into consideration the originality of the project and its subsequent implementation. Moreover, the project must pursue a transnational geographical dimension, successfully reaching a European or even global dimension.

CRITERIA:

The most important eligibility criteria are the following:

  • Originality: the project must be considered innovative in a broad sense, that is, that this characteristic must be clearly present in any of the fundamental stages of the development process.
  • Cultural compromise: the proposal must be specifically conceived and oriented for the cultural interest.
  • Impact: the project must be conceived with the aim of having a great impact and multiplying its results.
  • Sustainability: it has to be sustainable from an environmental, social and economic point of view.
  • Social Clauses: job generated, gender policy, social inclusion, collaboration with NGOs, trainees program.
  • European Dimension: participation in European funded projects, partnership or agreements with other European partners.