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2 years of WELCOME – and now the project is drawing to a close

2 years of WELCOME – and now the project is drawing to a close. It went by too fast!

This was an intense journey across Europe, bringing startups to meet new ecosystems, organising and taking part in the biggest tech events in the continent and so much more.

Look at the 2 years past through our final review presentations and through our numbers (click for high resolution!):


Most importantly, 90% of selected startups now feel part of a Pan-European ecosystem – through qualified introductions across the continent they know the key players personally – and are thus part of the wider picture.

More concretely, Startup Europe’s main benefits were helping 80% startups expand to new markets and discover new partners and 50% actively scale up.

The services provided (soft landing, matchmaking, travel support, workshops, etc.) were valued at over 1000€ by half of the respondents, who were able to enjoy them for free thanks to the networks of local players enabled by Startup Europe.


See more insights in the full document here

Looking back, it felt we were everywhere at the same time!

We were in more than 18 of the most important startup events around Europe, either through one-shot activities like Europass programme (Pioneers Vienna, IoT World Dublin, Slush Helsinki, Tech Open Air Berlin, etc) or with our two batches of the Roadshow that visited WELCOME’s ecosystems: Madrid, Salamanca, Berlin, Milan and Dublin (South Summit, Web Summit, Uprise Festival, Seeds & Chips, …). 

We’re very proud to have gathered such an impressive group of startups – check them out at our competition winners page and ask for our pitchdeck!

We were organising not only activities for startups, but for accelerators, universities, policy makers and all other ecosystem builders. Throughout these 2 years we also carried out initiatives such Accelerator Assembly, Startup Europe Comes to Universities, and Startup Europe Nations.

What did we learn through WELCOME?
  • Organising cross-border activities is hard and time consuming – it needs to be a win-win relationship for everyone – when you get that angle right, the magic happens.
  • WELCOME organised lots of small activities (workshops, matchmaking, roadshow, etc.) – they had the greatest impact when clustered around bigger events (Startup Europe Summit, Slush, Startup Ole, South Summit, etc.).
  • When bringing startups to events, what they value the most is the qualified networking, the extra activities, preferably invite-only, that we can get for them. That’s what makes the experience uniquely WELCOME.
  • Networks oriented to specific themes (accelerators, universities, etc) are highly valued – but also need a lot of animation and content – preferably coupled with other activities. However, the main result from all network meetings is always the networking, so that is the best focus to have.
  • In fact, WELCOME really showed that the human aspect is the most important factor to all activities organised, connecting people – not the prizes obtained in hackathons and competitions. (for more details, check out the matchmaking learnings here: http://welcomestartup.eu/5-things-we-learned-from-welcome-project-matchmakings/)

Now that the project is over, we look at what’s next in the horizon: new projects, new initiatives! Stay connected with the Startup Europe initiative to be part of this future!


‘Emprende Salamanca’- 9 great startup sessions run by our partner BISITE!

Throughout October, November and December, BISITE accelerator, one of WELCOME project’s partners held a series of events “Emprende de Salamanca” for startups in Salamanca.

This was a great opportunity for entrepreneurs and young startups in Salamanca to listen to other successful startups, meet new people and exchange ideas. The sessions were “for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs”, as all speakers were experienced in the startup world and had lots of real life advice to offer!

The sessions covered every aspect of entrepreneurial life, from pitching to looking for mentors:

13 Oct – Ideas Analysis
Speaker: Jesús Lozano (Silicon Seeds)



Jesus Lozano, Silicon Seeds Advisor, gave his professional experience as founder and as an investor over 10 years in startups and web companies.

He gave a tough account on what you need to sacrifice in order to succeed in the startup world, insisting that entrepreneurship is not for everyone and especially not for the unprepared.

20 Oct- Product development and design
Speaker: Rubén Sanchez (BeOnPrice)


Rubén is from BeOnPrice, a successful startup that has won among other things, a Startup Europe Award. He gave his experience on how to find opportunities in economic crises and the value of having a very clear objective. He shared his experience of building a business, focusing on forming a team and designing a successful product.

26 Oct- Entrepreneurship Hubs
Adrián Ferrero (BIOME Makers)


Adrián Ferrero (Co-Founder at BIOME Makers) shared his entrepreneurship experience, building 4 startups with a mix of successes and failures. He spoke about how accelerators can help, critical decision making, sharing your idea, team, finding market fit, staying positive and defending your market share.

27 Oct– Sales and Digital Marketing
Speaker: Javier Arias (Diconsul)

session-3Javier Arias (Partner at Diconsul) focused on the differences between sales and digital marketing. On sales strategies he gave most of the focus to the human/emotional factor. On digital marketing, he went into some detail on the most popular channels and what audience they’re suited for.

03 Nov- Strategy – beyond Product/Service
Speaker: Felix Velasco (Wembley Studios)


Felix is Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder of Wembley Studios. He explained that while obtaining revenue and investment is important, topics such as payment times, team dynamics, relations with suppliers and clients are more essential to sustainability.

10 Nov- Online advertising and Digital Intelligence
Speaker: Pablo Rodriguéz & Javier Parra (Súmate)


Pablo Rodríguez and Javier Parra from Súmate Marketing Online spoke about the most important factors to have online impact with potential clients: optimizing webpages as well as unique content. Javier spoke about the volume and value of data that we generate today, and how to exploit this opportunity.

11 Nov- Searching for Mentors and Marketing team
Speaker: René de Jong (Angel Investor)


René de Jong, investor, spoke about what to expect from a mentor, and importantly, how to find one. Then the entrepreneurship culture of Salamanca was discussed and what must be done to foster it.

17 Nov- Following a startup through its first months
Speaker: Javier Ayuso (CUBE Ventures)


Javier Ayuso of CUBE Ventures gave a session on an important part of entrepreneurship: finances and team management. Participants were given a lot of information on the first months of a startup and even some homework to help them put this into practice!

24 Nov- How to get investment
Speaker: Emilio Galán (BeOnPrice)


Emilio Galán, CTO of BeOnPrice, took the stage in the 2nd edition on the process of obtaining funding and valuing your startup.

25 Nov- Mentoring networking
Speaker: 8 mentors


A mentoring session was organised to facilitate networking between available mentors and prospective startups. 8 mentors joined 11 startups and networked to find the right match:

  • Javier Parra – Súmate
  • Pablo Rodríguez – Súmate
  • Cesar Lopez -SECOT
  • David Gomez – Rookiebox
  • Saúl Hernández – Grupo IDIMAD
  • Richard Dighero – Brite Shoes
  • Antonio Miguel – SECOT Salamanca
  • Soraya García – SG CURSOS

01 Dec– Pitching – Salamanca Investors Club
Speaker: Startups in Salamanca

7 top new startups in Salamanca pitched their business idea in 3 minutes, with another 2 minutes for questions:

  • Kiss your frog
  • Epitafio
  • TourSnapp
  • deMibu
  • Proyecto de singles
  • Bimarea.es


The winner of the pitching was TourSnapp! This means that they get to pitch at Startup Olé and gain even more visibility for their young business.

That’s it folks!

Thank you to everyone who took part and if you’d like to check out more on the events, you can see more info on the Bisite Facebook page.


Startup Europe rocked out at Slush 2016!

Startup Europe and WELCOME rocked out at Slush!

WELCOME’s largest delegation of startups ever (20 startups from Berlin, Dublin, Milan, Madrid and Salamanca) came together for one of the coolest startup events in Europe – many side-events and activities, for startups, accelerators and ecosystem builders alike, as WELCOME was once again representing Startup Europe as a whole.

29th of November was the first day, where some startups joined the Founder’s day, an exclusive activity for founders to provide mentoring and networking to prepare for the main event.

At night, WELCOME joined up with #ESNgoesNorth’s delegation for the first moment to get together as a group and set expectations for the big days ahead.


On the 30th, after the mandatory group pictures, startups were out and about to meet investors, attend industry specific sessions, participate in pitches, etc.


Also on the 1st day of Slush, WELCOME organised a European accelerators meetup: topics of funding & networking. Dozens of accelerators joined for a real buzzing event, just over the main Slush activities. For those who missed it, check out presentations on this link: Accelerator Assembly.


To wrap-up the first day, WELCOME was invited to attend Smeltende Sneeuw, a business networking event with Belgin beers, start-ups and representatives from Flanders Investment and Trade, together with digital agency Crop.


The 2nd day of Slush continued to be busy – booth continued to serve as meeting point for startups and ecosystem builders. A special mention to Constantijn van Oranje, one of the many distinguished visitors to Startup Europe’s corner.




During the morning of the 2nd day, WELCOME was also supporting head of Startup Europe Office Isidro Laso giving a workshop on connecting ecosystems, with a focus on available funding. Startup Europe was joined by Atomico, presenting its brand new report on the state of European tech.img_20161201_113950

WELCOME also had the pleasure of being invited to take part in a visit to the Spanish Embassy, along with its Spanish representatives.



Finally, after the event, some startups also joined an ecosystem tour visiting the Helsinki Business Hub, experts of the regional development agency for the Finnish capital region, and Smartly.io, leading Facebook marketing platform for large-scale performance marketers.

Another highlight for the event has been the performance of BEONPRICE, reaching the pitching semi-finals, thus being part of the 20 best startups at Slush!



That was the last Europass activity for WELCOME! It’s been a pleasure and we know our startups agree! Check our startups for Slush here: https://goo.gl/hB5znB

See more details about the startups here: https://goo.gl/hB5znB

The full list of competition winners for WELCOME can also be found here: http://welcomestartup.eu/competitions/


WELCOME is a project under the Startup Europe initiative that aims to build a pan-European tech startup ecosystem. To that end, Welcome links startups from five vibrant EU ecosystems — Berlin, Dublin, Madrid, Milan and Salamanca, to customers, VCs, business angels, corporates, mentors and other startups. The project targets aspiring entrepreneurs as well as early and late stage startups with activities enabling them to grow across borders and access the right combination of finance while helping corporates identify the best talents.

This competition is part of Welcome’s Europass Programme

About Slush

Slush is all about startups – Held during the darkest time of the year in Helsinki, Finland, Slush has always been characterized by a unique energy and enthusiasm. At the very core of Slush is to facilitate founder and investor meetings and to build a world-wide startup community.

Slush is a student-driven non-profit movement originally founded to change attitudes towards entrepreneurship. In 2015, Slush was organized in Tokyo and Beijing for the first time. In 2016, Slush is spreading to Tokyo, Shanghai and Singapore.


Startup Europe and the Welcome project are heading north for Slush!

Startup Europe and the Welcome project are heading north for Slush!


We’re taking 20 startups from Berlin, Dublin, Milan, Madrid and Salamanca to Europe’s leading startup event which takes place in Helsinki on Nov 30th – Dec 1st 2016. We’ve got a great programme for these companies including:

  • Tickets with access to the entire Slush conference, talks, networking and parties
  • Places at the Slush founders event for networking and workshops with other top startups
  • Startup Europe workshop at Slush with head of Startup Europe Office Isidro Laso
  • Networking events in collaboration with the European Startup Network (ESN)

Startup Europe will also have a stand at Slush. We’re at stand A58 in the Demo Area so drop by and say hello and find out about our startup initiatives!


Slush is Europe’s leading startup event with over 15,000 attendees. Slush has grown from a 300-person assembly to a world-renowned event, now spreading globally. The philosophy behind Slush has remained the same: to help the next generation of great, world-conquering companies forward.

Speakers include:

  • Dave McClure – Founder Partner at 500 Startups
  • Steve Jurvetson – Partner at DFJ
  • Danae Ringelmann – Co-founder of Indiegogo
  • Niklas Zennstrom – Co-founder of Skype &Atomico
  • Nicolas Cary – co-founder of Blockchain

Investors at Slush include:

  • 500 startups
  • KPCB
  • Accel Partners
  • Sapphire Ventures
  • Greenoaks Capital
  • Mosaic Ventures
  • …and many more

On the 30th of November, there’s also going to be an Accelerator Assembly meet up, we both funding will be discussed followed by some networking. It’s a great way of meeting the best accelerators in Europe, so make sure you attend!


For more info, clink on this link: Accelerator Assembly.

A couple of weeks ago we had the Europass competition open for startups to attend Slush.  Tech startups from our 5 ecosystems are given the opportunity to travel to Helsinki for 3 nights and 2 tickets to the conference!

Startups attending with the Welcome project are:

See more details about the startups and arrange meetings here: https://goo.gl/hB5znB


WELCOME is a project under the Startup Europe initiative that aims to build a pan-European tech startup ecosystem. To that end, Welcome links startups from five vibrant EU ecosystems — Berlin, Dublin, Madrid, Milan and Salamanca, to customers, VCs, business angels, corporates, mentors and other startups. The project targets aspiring entrepreneurs as well as early and late stage startups with activities enabling them to grow across borders and access the right combination of finance while helping corporates identify the best talents.

This competition is part of Welcome’s Europass Programme


Slush is all about startups – we help the next generation of world conquering founders forward. Europe’s leading startup and technology event, and expanding in Asia, brings together founders and tech talent to meet with top-tier international investors, executives, and media.

Held during the darkest time of the year in Helsinki, Finland, Slush has always been characterized by a unique energy and enthusiasm. At the very core of Slush is to facilitate founder and investor meetings and to build a world-wide startup community.

Slush is a student-driven non-profit movement originally founded to change attitudes towards entrepreneurship. In 2015, Slush was organized in Tokyo and Beijing for the first time. In 2016, Slush is spreading to Tokyo, Shanghai and Singapore.


Roadshow 2016: what we learned in our second year!

With the activity Roadshow 2016, for the 2nd year, Welcome Project  gave to ten top early stage startups from across Europe the extraordinary opportunity to travel in four different startup ecosystems, to meet investors and corporates, to exchange their experiences with other startups, living precious experiences for helping their project to grow up in the international contest and… have a lot of fun!

The Roadshow activity had been designed to support the selected startups, to build a connection network with local investors, corporates, startups and media, to find prospective partners and clients and to raise funds.

The whole program foresaw 4 stops in the 4 ecosystems of Madrid-Salamanca, Milan, Berlin and Dublin, and it was reserved to 10 top startups coming from these ecosystems. The same program was carried on in 2015.

The first stop was in Milan, 11-13th May, where the guys had a special spot at Seeds & Chips to pitch and meet local investors, whereas the second trip was to Berlin, on June 9th-10th, where the teams attended the Startup Europe Summit 2016, met international accelerators, corporates and other startups, and participated to workshops  and panels.

After these two stops where startups enjoyed special moments and had the opportunity to acquire useful contacts, the summer was even more extraordinary for the ten teams, as they travelled  to San Francisco for a three-week immersive program (August 29th – September 16th) at the Mind The Bridge Startup School. For many of them it was the first time they faced the Silicon Valley and they were very excited to discover the stimulating ecosystem and contest that It offers to startups.

Finally, as back to Europe, the ten startups participated to other two stops and attended to two great European innovation events:  in Madrid on October 5th-7th for South Summit and in Dublin on 19th-21st in occasion of Startup Grind and Uprise Festival.

South Summit!
Meetings with Google at Uprise festival!
Meetings with Google at Uprise festival!

The Roadshow 2016 was defined by the guys as a great experience for networking and connecting with different people and ecosystems; particularly they appreciated the possibility to present their startups and to acquire feedbacks about their startups from Investors, corporates, media, and to find strong motivation for their future. Good luck guys!

What they said:


What did you like most about the Roadshow?


The Roadshow was a great experience for SwiftComply. It was great to visit with the other startup ecosystems and learn from the experiences of other businesses and share our own experiences.


The opportunity to meet different ecosystems, entrepreneurs and potential partners from different cities


Networking, meeting people related with startups. It was a unique experience for learning many useful things for doing business. Also the international part its great.


San Francisco, far ahead. The phrase is disneyland for startups.


What was most helpful part of the Roadshow to help your startup/idea?


Collecting feedbacks from different markets to improve the product, and meet potential partners to promote it abroad


Understanding other ecosystems outside Spain. It open your eyes to your possibilities


Meeting with so many startups from all over Europe gave us great insights into the available talent all across Europe. It has definitely opened up avenues for us to develop cross border collaborations and new market opportunities.


Reality feedback, experts of the startup ecosystem gave me a clear view of my projects.



Give us your feedback and help us improve!


If you happened to take part in some of our activities, please let us know what you thought.

Those two years have been very intense: we’ve carried out many activities and involved many people with the ultimate goal of fostering entrepreneurship across borders.

We are confident we achieved great things in a short period of time, and hopefully you’ll help create an even better version of Welcome!

Click here to give us some feedback!



Hackathon in Madrid!


This hackathon was a bit different to the other ones we organised: teams outside the program could also participate in the hackathon. Together with us, we also managed to have some top-notch mentors such as Jose Ignacio Fernandez, CTO at Traity (for product) and Marc Borrás, Product Designer at OnTruck.

The Tetuan Valley Hackathon was a whole weekend, 19th-20th November, of hard work and coding. The event was organized as a part of the Tetuan Valley Startup School, in the stage of Product Development. It was held at Google’s Campus Madrid, one of the most important spaces for entrepreneurs in Madrid.


The purpose of this weekend was for early stage startups who are working on a prototype or MVP to come build their prototype, add functionalities or improve features. The end goal was for all teams to have fully functional prototypes by the end of the weekend, and for those with already existing prototypes to add user validated functionalities. This hackathon was not a contest, it was a space for entrepreneurs to accomplish goals that they had set for themselves, to share and learn from others.

Over 50 people attended this hackathon including both participants and mentors. 12 teams worked with 11 mentors throughout the two days and they all presented their functional prototypes at the end of the Hackathon.

Hope you came and built something!




5 Things We Learned from WELCOME Project Matchmakings

This is a post written by Mind the Bridge, one of Welcome’s partners. 

It’s been a great ride, the WELCOME project has almost finished. Still, we feel this is just the beginning.

Last month, we flew to Berlin and Dublin for the final stops of Welcome Project’s “matchmaking train”: two years of travelling around Europe to organize 8 light matchmaking sessions between top startups, investors, corporates and accelerators.

Without further ado, let us share some insights from this great experience.

1. Looking for funds? Cross some borders

We couldn’t have organized over 300 meetings in 2 years without thinking “cross border”. The EU is a huge market, with over 700 million people getting more and more connected. All the startups we met have always been keen to find opportunities all over Europe, especially for funding.
Welcome Matchmakings have been a small – yet fortunate- step in the right direction: more than half of our investors and corporates showed specific interest to connect and invest in startups from other EU countries. This effort is surely paying off: our startups collectively raised over €11M, and this is just the beginning.

Entrepreneurs, take note!

2. Keeping it lean always works

During these 2 years, we joined several large tech and startup events, setting up our matchmakings there. We had pitching sessions, matchmaking rooms, networking arenas, 1:1 meetings in Audi limos and buzz-electric booths packed with top investors. More than 90 startups, 50 investors and 30 corporates joined our sessions, set up during large tech events that inspired thousands of people.
It would have been literally impossible to achieve this, adapting to several, very different tech events in 4 EU top hubs without working lean, listening to everyone’s feedback to tailor the experience each time.

Yes, “going lean” still works.

3. From diversity comes strength

One of the things we loved the most about this journey has been the opportunity to connect with people from all over Europe and the world. We met “happiness managers”, “node.js ninjas” and “candy makers” and a legion of brilliant developers, CEOs of all ages and amazing female entrepreneurs. Just…wow.
Our startups connected with more than 160 of these international partners, and 75% of them got follow-ups.

Walls? No, thanks.

4. Connecting EU hubs is crucial

Plant a tomato in Norway, and we’re safe to say it’s not going to grow glowing red and juicy as if you planted it in Spain or Italy. We learned a lot by hosting an average of 40 1:1 meetings per event, each time with around 12 international startups breaking more and more barriers. We saw creativity and hardware companies thrive in Berlin, brilliant foodtech ones in Milan, drones flying over Salamanca and cleantech startups painting the Irish landscape even greener.
Where were they coming from? That’s right, from all over Europe and beyond.

5. Let’s do it together!

Last but not least, this highlight is also a “thank you” note. We wouldn’t have been able to do this without the fundamental support from all our Welcome partners, especially the amazing folks at Betahaus, Bisite Accelerator, dPixel and Ryan Academy.
Want to connect with their local ecosystems? The bridge is open!

And that is all, folks. Looking forward to the next journey!
Stay in touch, more to come.

See Mind the Bridge’s original post here: 5 Things We Learned from WELCOME Project Matchmakings


Announcement of 5 startups selected to attend IOT World Europe, Europe’s largest Internet of Things conference!

Startup Europe and Welcome Project have selected 5 startups from Germany and Spain to travel to Dublin to attend Europe’s largest Internet of Things conference, IoT World Europe.

These startups have secured a premium package for this event including conference passes, a stand and the opportunity to pitch to conference attendees, local investors and their fellow IoT startups.

IoT World is Europe’s most comprehensive IoT event. It is the leading forum focusing on case studies that show today’s Industry and Enterprises leveraging IoT technologies to transform their business through creating value and efficiencies.

Speakers at the event include:

  • Andy Caddy, Chief Information Officer, Virgin Active
  • Edmond Mesrobian, Chief Technology Officer, Tesco
  • Liat Ben-Zur, Senior VP and Digital Technology Leader, Philips
  • Jens Monsees, Corporate VP Digital Strategy, BMW
  • Dr Robert Griffin, US Department Homeland Security
  • Francois Girodolle, Head of Product Partnerships, Nest
  • Alexander Lautz, Senior VP M2M, Detsche Telekom
  • Michael Foster, VP & Chief Information Officer, FedEx Express

The 5 chosen startups will be joined at IoT World Europe by the 16 best startups from the Startup Scaleup accelerator, another project under the Startup Europe banner. Startup Scaleup is a pan-European IoT accelerator with over 80 companies on their current cycle. The top 16 of these companies have been selected and will be travelling to Dublin to attend IoT World Europe.

Startup Europe will also be represented with a stand at the event and a speaking slot for BluSpecs, one of Startup Scaleup’s partners.

The startups selected are:


  • OEEX 


    OEEX is for Open Energy Exchange – which is basically their vision: They are building a peer-to-peer marketplace to connect regional energy producers, suppliers and customers in a smart energy community to share and trade their energy for better efficiencies and use of local renewables. 

  • Sensorberg 

    sensorberg Sensorberg is making IoT as simple, affordable and fast as consumer technology itself by enhancing standard hardware with cloud software. Their proximity based IoT solution combines Beacon technology and consumer hardware enabling industrial processes to be digitalized, assets to be tracked and deep insights to be generated though BI tools and machine learning.


  • Carbon Shark 


    Carbon Shark Veterinaria is a European company which develops medical devices for the remote and live animal health monitoring. A wide range of wearable equipment for animals to improve their wellness and fitness, thanks to their GPS location system and their integrated sensors. 

  • Knock Knock 

    logo-knock-knock Knock Knock is a Spanish startup that communicates elderly people with their families wherever they are by using wearables and our mobile app. Carers and family can access the app to see the elderly person’s current state and are notified if something happens. The product offers 3 key perks: Automatic fall detection alert; 3 step verification; Location of the elderly person if an emergency occurs.


    sidisel SIDISEL provides the PX31 Platform, a family of circuits and tools used as building blocks for easier development of industrial-grade electronic products. They are specially suited for end products that require robustness, reliability, compactness, secure communications power efficiency for professional IoT and Industry 4.0 markets. 
    Also provides PX31 Processor boards, which feature a power-efficient ARM Cortex processor, DC/DC power supply, communications and other critical subsystems. PX31 Expansion boards add peripherals to the processor, and are designed for specific markets or applications. Customers can engineer their own expansion boards to suit their needs.

IoT World takes place in Dublin, November 21st and 22nd 2016.



WELCOME is a project under the Startup Europe initiative that aims to build a pan-European tech startup ecosystem. To that end, Welcome links startups from five vibrant EU ecosystems — Berlin, Dublin, Madrid, Milan and Salamanca, to customers, VCs, business angels, corporates, mentors and other startups. The project targets aspiring entrepreneurs as well as early and late stage startups with activities enabling them to grow across borders and access the right combination of finance while helping corporates identify the best talents.

This competition is part of Welcome’s Europass Programme

About IoT World Europe

Internet of Things World 2016 is the most comprehensive IoT event in Europe with 7 dedicated content tracks featuring over 110 IoT Case Studies and 150+ industry thought leaders. Building on the success of the sister show in California, Internet of Things World comes to Dublin for the first time in 2016 with an expanded conference agenda, free to attend exhibition, startup programme, evening social events and much more!

With a conference agenda covering both industrial and consumer IoT markets, including Energy, Environment, Agriculture, Healthcare, Smart Home, Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Logistics, Smart Cities, Connected Cars, Wearables and more, Internet of Things World boasts the most expansive IoT agenda in the marketplace.


Welcome project at Web Summit!

This week Welcome project was at Web Summit, Europe’s largest technology summit, in Lisbon, Portugal. Not only did Welcome project join all the other Startup Europe projects at the Startup Europe stand, but Welcome’s partners DPIXEL and Factory met with Commissioner Ansip to discuss the idea of a Single Startup Market. 

Have you ever heard of Web Summit? Web Summit has become “Europe’s largest and most important technology marketplace”, a crossroads where over 50,000 of the world’s most disruptive technological innovators meet in one place.




This event brought together CEOs, cultural icons, key global leaders from the EU and national governments, startups, investors, leading academics and the world’s most iconic companies, all in one single place: Lisbon. And the choice of location is no coincidence, Lisbon is known for its young but booming entrepreneurial tech scene that continues to grow year on year.

The Welcome team joined the Startup Europe stand in Pavillion 3, next to the summit’s second biggest stage and open networking areas. In addition to Welcome, the other Startup Europe projects were also at the stand: MY-WAY, Twist, Startup Scaleup and ePlus!


Here Welcome spoke to many entrepreneurs and startups about our activities, events and open calls, for example the Welcome team handed out red tshirts and flyers for the event Startup Olé which will happen in Salamanca, on 26th and 27th April (see picture below!).


With more than 20 stages and workshop areas, there were numerous talks and discussions to listen to, just check out the pictures below.



It is worth mentioning that many of the speakers at these talks were key public EU figures who spoke about pan-european digital initiatives related to Startup Europe and Welcome project. For example, you might have caught these figures at the stages:

  • José Manuel Barroso (President of the EU from 2004-2014)
  • Carlos Moedas (European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, European Union)
  • Ann Mettler (‎Head of European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission)
  • Andrus Ansip (Vice-President, Digital Single Market, European Commission), and
  • Marta Nagy-Rothengass (Head of Data Policy and Innovation Unit, DG CONNECT , European Commission
José Manuel Barroso (President of the EU from 2004-2014)

At one of these sessions, Commissioner Ansip pointed out the benefits that the Digital Single Market is already bringing to everyone across the European Union,and stressed that digital is a driver for growth.

For this reason, the Startup Europe stand served as a meeting point for partners of Welcome, DPIXEL and Factory, among others, to discuss the concept of a Single Startup Market with Commissioner Ansip.


Gianluca Dettori, founder of the Unicorn Forum who launched the single startup market initiative, and Simon Shafaer, Founder of Factory Berlin and CEO of Startup Portugal, spoke with Ansip about the concept of a Single Startup Market.

We are working on a white paper for a real implementation, starting from a couple of states agreeing on sharing a special regime for startups and opening that to member states willing to join” stated Gianluca.

During these months many other startup founders have joined the initiative and the EU Commission is keen to explore this opportunity that would dramatically reduce fragmentation within European borders for startups.


Overall, it was a great opportunity to tell you about Welcome events, activities and programmes, and meet so many of you in person!

We look forward to seeing you next year!