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GASTRONOMY

GASTRONOMY

WHY DO WE HOLD A GASTRONOMY STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS?

In a few years from now, the food industry will have to assume one of the biggest challenges for human beings: the capacity of having a sustainable system of food production, conservation, distribution and waste recycling or even new food that could cater for everybody.

The GASTRONOMY sector needs to create and implement different initiatives that could improve the way we think about food. Thus, sustainable techniques for producing food and transporting it are a constant in innovation projects related to these areas, not only improving the systems of massive production but also approaching local production to local markets, with initiatives like 0km that aims to approach vegetables and fruit gardens to different neighbours in the cities or even the 0m that looks for creating a consistent network of gardens in rooftops of different places in the world. In this way, not only innovation is used for the production but also for the logistics of food: how to move it in the most efficient way to the bigger amount of people.

Food industry and entrepreneurs are also looking for ways to reduce at a minimum the amount of food waste by creating biodegradable packaging or developing apps to manage the remains of a restaurant or a supermarket. The food industry aims to promote the responsible consumption among citizens in order to create a new concept of food.

AIM:

StartUp Europe Awards aims to recognise those entrepreneurs who can address all these issues in an efficient and innovative way, communicating the necessity of facing the challenges related to gastronomy in the modern world.

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.
FASHION

FASHION

WHY DO WE HOLD A FASHION STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS?

Fashion and everything around it is in constant movement: from the prêt-à-porter to the low cost shops, there are new tendencies that exhaust the old ones and with them new challenges related to the life cycle, the selling and even human rights arise.

Fashion industry is more and more present and its approach affects not only the commerce but many other aspects from our daily life. Those enterprises that could face all these challenges in an innovative, effective and sustainable way will assure the success of fashion world in the near future.

The life cycle of clothes and fashion will be one of the key factors for the industry: to design a sustainable production that encourages the protection of the environment and the reincorporation of material to it in an effective way will be an essential requirement for the industry to keep growing. Initiatives like applications to exchange clothes or to give a “second life” to old clothes are on vogue among clients, therefore, if a second life for clothes could be implemented on a daily basis and at the same time link it to the fashion world could be getting close to solve one of its greatest issues.

Europe has always been a centre of trends and clothes, over time this industry has declined in favour of other countries. The innovation in the fashion world starts with the creation of a European system of fashion: applications that can allow a local production to have an international expansion, all of this from the sustainable consumption framework.

Maybe, that is why the fashion world should also concentrate its effort in create a modern design for the future: innovative, futurist and responsible. Besides, it has to struggle for a democratisation of the fashion, in other to provide everybody with the opportunity of being known along the world to show their designs and ideas.

AIM:

StartUp Europe Awards aims to recognise the fashion startups that try to create a new way of understanding fashion, from the production to the sale, without forgetting the design and trends.

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.
CLIMATE

CLIMATE

WHY DO WE HOLD A CLIMATE STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS?

The European Commission is looking at cost-efficient ways to make the European economy more climate-friendly and less energy-consuming.

Its low-carbon economy roadmap suggests that:

  • By 2050, the EU should cut greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels
  • Milestones to achieve this are 40% emissions cuts by 2030 and 60% by 2040
  • All sectors need to contribute
  • The low-carbon transition is feasible & affordable.

The roadmap suggests that, by 2050, the EU should cut its emissions to 80% below 1990 levels through domestic reductions alone (i.e. rather than relying on international credits). This is in line with EU leaders’ commitment to reducing emissions by 80-95% by 2050 in the context of similar reductions to be taken by developed countries as a group.

To reach this goal, the EU must make continued progress towards a low-carbon society. Clean technologies play an important role.

AIM:

The objective of the Climate category is to award the startups that develop clean technologies and low- or zero-carbon energy, spurring growth and jobs help Europe reduce its use off-key resources like energy, raw materials, land and water. Also, startups who create product or services that help with the mitigation of the impact of the climate change.

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.
EDTECH

EDTECH

WHY DO WE HOLD AN EDTECH STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS?

For the past 150 years or so, most learning models — especially regarding children — have barely changed: A teacher or lecturer stands at the front of the classroom explaining ideas or introducing facts while students sit and listen with the learning materials being mostly physical textbooks or printouts.

From free e-learning platforms that democratize higher education to online homework help communities, edtech startups of all stripes are popping up across the Europe and pushing the ecosystem to the next level. Even the European Commission has noticed developments in this area and is keen on tapping into the movement.

The E.C.’s Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan is generally focused on three areas: education and training; creating a pro-entrepreneur environment; and developing role models and doing outreach to reach groups whose entrepreneurial potential is not being fully tapped.

Technology is changing the job market, and it’s only natural that we find new ways of determining who the right fit for those jobs is. Edtech is poised to be the biggest and possibly most profitable digitalized sector yet, according with David Bainbridge, CEO and founder of Knowledgemotion.

AIM:

The objective of the Edtech category is to award the startups that bring innovative products or services for educative sector, from online certification platforms to websites that offer interactive learning apps. In general, projects those help to improve and advance in education and not only in training.

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.
SPACE

SPACE

WHY DO WE HOLD A SPACE STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS?

According to the data of the European Space Agency (ESA), the European space industry is at the forefront and attracts the international cooperation. The excellence of the European centres for research and innovation is widely known and the European space operators (Arianespace, Eumetsat, Eutelsat, SES Global, etc.) are the most successful ones in the planet.

The industrial policy of the ESA consists in improving the competitiveness of the European industry, maintaining and developing space technology, fostering the competitiveness of the European industry, transferring the technology developed for the space into applications of other spheres (“spin-off”) and importing innovations from other sector to the space to be used in new space systems (“spin-in”), promoting the innovation and increasing the technological independence of Europe and creating “Space Incubators” for the enterprises of the sector in all Europe.

The European Space Agency fosters the entrepreneurship through a network of business incubators all around Europe, an initiative to inspire entrepreneurs and to turn business ideas related to the space into commercial and viable enterprises.

AIM:

The SPACE category is born out of the need for awarding those innovative startups within the sphere of aerospace and to set Europe as a world benchmark in this sphere.

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.

 

LEGAL

LEGAL

WHY DO WE HOLD A LEGAL STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS?

The progress of technology is undeniable and it reaches every day more and more sectors. Although it may seem surprising, one of the most traditional sectors, legal has been revolutionised by the creation of different technological tools that ease its functioning in more and more innovative ways. The market is every day more competitive and, therefore, the clients’ requests are higher.

Legal Tech is a sector that is in constant development and growth, there are more and more investors that want to exploit this sector, which currently is flourishing in the United States of America, and that it is establish little by little in Europe. It deals with legal services where the technical part joins the legal one, all developed with technology as a basis, as in the case of cloud environment, artificial intelligence to assist in mechanical tasks, etc.

Over time more applications and webpages will appear, addressed both to lawyer’s, offices in order to accelerate the internal management, and to final clients that will conceive the legal services in a much more efficient way, for instance: looking for a lawyer close to the client, apply for estimates in your city, personalize contracts and lodge complains online in cases of cancelled flights or problems with the telephone companies.

AIM:

The initiative to create a category that will award the apparition of new solutions in the legal sphere comes out of this reality. They will be done through technology and will modernize the sector and help the enterprises to improve both their work and their competitiveness in the market.

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.
CYBERSECURITY

CYBERSECURITY

WHY DO WE HOLD A CYBERSECURITY STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS?

To secure the network and the systems of information in the EU is essential to maintain the online economy working and to secure the progress in an appropriate direction. The European Union works in several on a number of fronts to guarantee the cybersecurity in Europe, from the increase of the ability of the Member States to put into practice the international cooperation in terms of cybersecurity and cybercrime.

The strategy of cybernetic security for the European Union and the European Agenda on Security constitute the strategical general framework of the initiatives of the EU in terms of cybersecurity and cybercrime. The Strategy of Digital Single Market also recognizes the importance of the confidence and security. If the EU could achieve a Digital Single Market, they could encourage the economy in almost 415 million of Euros and create hundreds of thousands of new job vacancies.  But for the new connected technologies and services to get off the ground, the Europeans need confidence and security.

The platform for public network security and the security of information was created in June 2013 within the framework of the Strategy of Cybernetic Security of the EU, with the objective of identify the good practices that the organisation can follow in the value  chain in order to face the risks of cybernetic security. To help SME’s to face these risks is a special approach of the Platform.

AIM:

The category “cybersecurity” recognizes the effort of the startups that work in these areas to improve the cybernetic security and to achieve that citizens can trust new technologies.

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.
AGRITECH

AGRITECH

WHY DO WE HOLD AN AGRITECH STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS?

Agriculture technology (agritech) is becoming a key area of focus for investors at a global level. Agritech, which is a broad sector, includes a wide variety of technologies and innovation that farmers can apply in farms, distributors can apply after harvest and food companies can apply during processing. One of the main premises of agritech is the ability to produce more food – for a growing global population – with fewer environmentally damaging resources.

There is a huge potential and need to help the agriculture industry find efficiencies, to conserve valuable resources, to meet global demands for protein and to ensure consumers access to clean, safe and healthy food. For all these cases, technological innovation is inevitable.

The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the package of measures for the “Rural Development 2014-2020”established that the European policy for the rural development contributes that the rural areas of the EU can face the wide range of economic, environmental and social challenges that the XXIst century presents. The policy of rural development shares a series of objectives with the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI funds).

AIM:

The objective of the Agritech category is to award the startups that offer products, services and innovative methodologies in the rural and agricultural field, for example: waste reducing technologies such as biotechnologies producing biomaterials from food and agricultural waste, farm-to-consumer distribution, e-grocers, food nutrition transparency, traceability and packaging or processing technologies, among many others.

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.

 

 

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).