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Startup Europe and Welcome Roadshow Companies attend Uprise Festival, Dublin!

Eight top early stage startups from across Europe travelled to Dublin last week to attend Uprise Festival. These startups are part of two Welcome’s  ‘EU Roadshow’, where selected startups attend various events across Europe and spend 3 weeks in Silicon Valley.

Dublin was the final event for these startups who have visited  Silicon Valley, Berlin & Milan earlier in the year and South Summit in Madrid earlier this month.

The trip to Uprise began with the official pre-event, Startup Grind which took place in Dublin’s historic city hall. Startup Grind began with a short introduction from David Scanlon who has worked with startups in Dublin in many roles and is currently Venture Investment Leader with NDRC. David then introduced Sean Blanchfield.

Sean Blanchfield is CEO and co-founder of PageFair, the company at the forefront of the digital adblocking debate. He co-founded his first business, Phorest, while still an undergrad at TCD, exiting in an MBO 2 years later. In 2003, he dropped out of a PhD to co-found DemonWare.

DemonWare created P2P technology for video games, and helped drive the mainstream popularisation of multiplayer video gaming until its acquisition by Activision Blizzard in 2007.

Today, PageFair has been integrated on over 5000 websites, and is used by many leading international publishing brands. Sean is a well-known figure in Irish technology, and is a frequent speaker, panelist, columnist, and occasional mentor and investor.

Sean gave a very interesting talk about his journey in founding these companies and the lessons he has learned along the way. This talk was followed by networking during which the startups got to meet people from the local startup ecosystem.

Next morning the startups arrived at the Uprise Festival in the RDS for an early appointment with 4 mentors from Google. These mentors specialised in areas such as search quality, marketing, export and tools development and the startups gained a lot from these sessions.
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Next up was a matchmaking session organised by Welcome partners Mind the Bridge and DCU Ryan Academy.  Startups were matched with corporates and investors for quick, intensive meetings to pitch their startups (read more here!).

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Corporates and investors included:

  • Brian Quinn – Intel
  • Joe Perrott – PCH
  • David Bowles – Delta Partners VC
  • Stefano Francavilla – Growing Capital
  • Ian Lucy – Lucey Fund

Three of the startups exhibited at Uprise, Solo, Toursnapp and Link Fish and reported great interest in their booths.

Following an afternoon of networking, talks and workshopsat Uprise, the startups headed to the LaunchBox incubator for an afterparty with local Dublin startups.

The trip to Dublin was very successful with great feedback from the startups.

The startups were:

  • GirlCrew (Dublin) a global community for women
  • Link.Fish (Berlin) a bookmark manager that allows people to work with the information behind URLs
  • Replex (Berlin) a service for IT teams that enables them collecting critical information on all infrastructure assets both physical and virtual
  • Solo (Milan) a virtual POS that lets merchants accept credit and debit card payments
  • SwiftComply (Dublin)a platform solution for Fat, Oil and Grease compliance in the food service industry
  • TourSnapp (Berlin)a service that applies the concept of Smart cities to cultural tourism
  • Up to Seven (Madrid) a social network that enables foodies to share recipes and suggestions
  • CloudRoom (Madrid) a Cloud-Based Learning Platform that enable the integration of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) into the corporate world

 What they said

What the startups enjoyed most about this event:

Talking with the people that came to the stand!

All the chances to have 1-on-1 meetings 

What was most helpful for the startups:

People loved the idea!

The feedback that I received!

About WELCOME

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

AboutUprise

Our festival was founded by Paul O’Connell an Irishman living in Amsterdam. Through his stubbornness and focus we are moving into our fourth festival to help young companies grow even faster.

UPRISE is the largest startup festival in Europe. We focus on growth and visibility for Startup Talent. Connect with universities, companies and the public in our one day festival. In over 1 year we have brought 15,000 visitors to talk, connect and invest in young vibrant companies from our base in Amsterdam. Now in October 2016 we base from Dublin bringing Europe to this great city.

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Roundup of the first ever SEC2U (Startup Europe Comes to Universities) week!

The first ever Startup Europe Comes to Universities (SEC2U) week has come to an end, with over 35 universities taking part, across 18 countries. 

Startup Europe Comes to Universities (SEC2U) is a cross-border initiative that aims to showcase the commitment of European universities to create a culture of entrepreneurship and facilitate connection between the academic and entrepreneurial community.

In particular, it hopes to bring together universities, entrepreneurs, local government and local business people on university campuses across Europe. It is coordinated by the Startup Europe University Network and comes under the umbrella of Startup Europe, a European Commission initiative.

For this first edition of SEC2U, the participating universities hosted 38 different entrepreneurship events on their campuses, all during the same period, between 17th & 21st of October.

The grand opening

The first ever edition of SEC2U was kicked off on 17th October with an event in Brussels at the EBN.

After opening the event and introducing the SEC2U initiative, there was a roundtable entitled “What is the role of Universities in the startup and entrepreneurial ecosystems development?”

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The week saw a great diversity of events, with the following universities taking part:

Albania: European University of Tirana

Austria: WU – Vienna University of Economics and Business

Belgium: EBN

Croatia: Algebra University College

Cyprus: European University Cyprus, University of Cyprus

Germany: Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg

Greece: Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece, Athens University of Economics and Business

Hungary: EötvösLoránd University

The Netherlands: Maastricht University

Ireland: Dublin City University

Israel: Bar Ilan University

Italy: Polytechnic University of Milan (Creative Industries Lab), Roma Tre University – Department of Engineering

Kosovo: Universum College

Lithuania: Mykolas Romeris University & ISM University of Management and Economics

Portugal: NOVA University of Lisbon, University of Lisbon – Faculty of Sciences

Romania: University Politehnica of Bucharest, AlexandruIoan Cuza University of Iasi, Stefan cel Mare University

Spain: University of Salamanca, U-TAD: Centro Universitario de Tecnología y Arte Digital, University of Cantabria (CISE project), Technical University of Cartagena, University of Granada, University of the Basque Country, University of Extremadura, University of Almeria

United Kingdom: Ravensbourne, University of Sheffield, London South Bank University, GSM London & Formation Zone London

Although all of the events were based on entrepreneurship, each University offered its own special perspective. For example, some universities showcased the culture of entrepreneurship within their own locations (their university or city), and others focused on particular expertise such as raising finance, learning from failure and innovative technologies.

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University of Granada holds their SEC2U event in Spain!
Students wait eagerly at Roma Tre
Students wait eagerly at Roma Tre
Participants at SEC2U Universiteti Europian i Tiranes!
Participants at SEC2U Universiteti Europian i Tiranes!
SEC2U event at TEIW West in Greece!
SEC2U event at TEIW West in Greece
SEC2U event at MRU Vilnius!
SEC2U event at MRU Vilnius in Lithuania
Students participate at the event at MRU Vilnius
Students participate at MRU Vilnius
SEC2U event at Universum College in Kosovo!
SEC2U event at Universum College in Kosovo!
SEC2U events at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business in Vienna!
One of three events held at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business in Vienna!
The event is under way at University of Lisbon – Faculty of Sciences
The event is under way at University of Lisbon – Faculty of Sciences

A great success!

Overall, SEC2U had more than 2000 participants across 38 events hosted by the 35 participating institutions from 18 countries across Europe.

There were more than 1500 tweets & retweets with the #SEC2U hashtag along the week with a total reach of more than 1 million people!

What they said

It was very interesting and inspired me

I could talk face to face with young startuppers, they were so enthusiastic about their ideas

The speeches were really exciting

All in all it was a brilliant week which saw some excellent events and we hope to see you next year!

Useful information:

Startup Europe University Network: www.startupeuropeuniversities.eu
Startup Europe: www.startupeuropeclub.eu
SEC2U contact: Matevz Gantar, University of Salamanca / BISITE Accelerator matevzgantar@usal.es

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UPRISE Festival investor-startup meetings organized by Mind the Bridge!

The fourth edition of UPRISE festival was held in Dublin on October 20th. UPRISE festival aims to put people first- and they mean it. In fact, there is no public wifi at the event to encourage people to network in person. For this reason, Welcome, their partners Mind the Bridge and Ryan Academy held a series of startup-investor meetings within the festival schedule to try to connect investors, startups and others involved in the startup scene.

UPRISE is the largest startup festival in Europe. It is a one day festival focused on growth and visibility for Startup Talent. UPRISE Festival Europe started in Amsterdam in 2015.

More than twenty meetings were organized overall, which is a great success. They gathered Investors and Corporates like Intel, PCH, Growing Capital, Lucey Fund –among others– with nearly ten startups involved. There were also very special meetings organized with Google, in which startups had to chance to talk about their ideas with Google professionals.

In addition to these meetings, some of the startups had the opportunity to showcase their products at the Startup Booth. Investors were brought directly to the stand to meet the startups and find out more about their products.

This year’s meetings were possible thanks to Ryan Academy and Google, special thanks for their collaboration.

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Welcome is excited to announce the 15th edition of the Tetuan Valley Startup School in Madrid.

 

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The Startup School workshops were created in order to help people to get started with their ideas. It is a good starting point if you want to develop a product and you do not know how. More information about the Tetuan Valley’s Startup School here.

 

Sessions will be having place on Wednesdays, starting at 19:00 and ending at 23:30. The program will consist of two parts: Mentors talk in first place and then there is Pizzas and Pitch Practice.

 

WHEN AND HOW to APPLY?

Applications to register into the program ended on October 10th and the program began on October 26th. The Startup School program will continue till its last session on November 30th.

 

This year there is no need of being accepted into the program to attend the talks – they are open to everyone for free.

SESSIONS

These are the talks that the mentors will be giving each week:

Session 1 (October 26th) Effective Presentations

Session 2 (November 2nd) Value Proposition Tickets Here

  • Value proposition
  • Customer validation
  • Problem and solution interviews

Mentors to be confirmed

Session 3 (November 7th) Metrics Tickets Here 

Session 4 (November 16th) Product Development Tickets Here 

 

Hackathon (November 19th – 20th)

 

Session 5 (November 23rd) Legal Tickets Here 

Mentors to be confirmed

Session 6 (November 30th) Investment Tickets Here 

 

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South Summit 2016 – Roadshow & Europass come to Madrid!

One of this year’s greatest startup events is just happening!

If you’re at all interested in startups, entrepreneurship and everything innovation related, you must have heard of South Summit. It’s a leading startup conference aimed at showcasing the talent and opportunities Southern Europe and Latin America have to offer. South Summit, which takes place October 5th – 7th 2016, is based in Madrid, and has grown quickly from its beginnings in 2012.

This year, Startup Europe will be there with 17 high potential disruptive startups selected from the 5 ecosystems of the Welcome Project (Berlin, Dublin, Madrid, Milan and Salamanca).

These startups are part of two Welcome’s major activities: ‘EU Roadshow’, where selected startups attend various events across Europe and spend 3 weeks in Silicon Valley, and Europass, where startups are selected by open competition at attend each event.

Europass selected startups from Dublin, Milan & Berlin:

  • From Dublin three startups are Cambrist,offering a cloud processing solution, which enables banks and payments processors to easily control and optimize FX rates applied to international card payments, Opening.io, an AI powered end-to-end candidate analysis engine generating key recruitment intelligence: candidate assessment, salaries recommendations, job-candidate matching and various other latent metricsand REFLEX Gaming, building a platform that allows users to link their favourite online video games and compete against each other for prizes and in-game items.
  • Travelling from Milan are Goalshouter,a mobile crowd-sourcing platform for non-professional soccer teams, BabyinWonderland, an interactive map of family-friendly places and services based on users’ experiencesand SwishUp, a personal online shopper giving users real-time advice from the dressing room of the clothing store.
  • From Berlin are Timerift Tours, disrupting the tour guide industry & changing how we experience history.

The Roadshow startups attending South Summit are going for their Madrid stop after going to Silicon Valley, Berlin & Milan!

  • Aria Wearables (Milan) an active thermal shoe sole that heats and cools down the feet
  • Cloudroom (Madrid) a cloud based learning platform that brings MOOC into the corporate world
  • GirlCrew (Dublin) a global community for women
  • Link.Fish (Berlin) a bookmark manager that allows people to work with the information behind URLs
  • Replex (Berlin) a service for IT teams that enables them collecting critical information on all infrastructure assets both physical and virtual
  • Replit (Madrid) a social discussion platform based on short videos
  • Solo (Milan) a virtual POS that lets merchants accept credit and debit card payments
  • SwiftComply (Dublin)a platform solution for Fat, Oil and Grease compliance in the food service industry
  • TourSnapp (Berlin)a service that applies the concept of Smart cities to cultural tourism
  • Up to Seven(Madrid) a social network that enables foodies to share recipes and suggestions

For all the startups it is supporting, Welcome has carefully prepared an agenda full of interesting activities. These include visiting the Madrid Google campus, meeting with investors, gaining an inside knowledge of the Madrid ecosystem, and, of course, lots and lots of networking time!

Last but not least, Startup Europe and the Welcome Project will have a stand at the event. So do come over and meet us and our startups! We’ll be happy to tell you more about this European initiative and how to get involved.

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If you want to learn more about our project and other European initiatives, and can’t attend South Summit, you can visit www.startupeuropeclub.eu and leave us a message.

  

About WELCOME

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.

 

About Startup Europe

Startup Europe aims to strengthen the business environment for web and ICT entrepreneurs so that their ideas and business can start and grow in the EU.

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Tech Open Air – Post Event!

9 startups attended Tech Open Air Berlin with Startup Europe and Welcome!

In Mid-July over 11,000 attendees descended onto Funkhaus, a former Soviet broadcast station in East Berlin, for Tech Open Air. Among these were 9 startups from 3 countries, each of whom were selected to attend by Startup Europe and the Welcome project. Tech Open Air Berlin, Europe’s leading interdisciplinary technology festival which saw over a 160 speakers speak over the three days of July 13th – 15th.

Each of the 9 startups travelled to Berlin courtesy of the Welcome Project. At the festival startups networked with top investors and accelerators from across Europe, met corporate representatives, like minded founders and gained international media exposure as well as experiencing the amazing startup ecosystem of Berlin.

Tech Open Air 2016 included:

  • Conference with international speakers including MaitMuntel, co-founder of Lingvist, Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr, NikolajHviis, CEO & Founder Bragi and Jesse Hertzberg, CEO Livestream Movi to name but a few
  • 177 satellite events across Berlin over 3 days. 2015 satellite event hosts included Deutsche Telekom, Fyber, KAYAK, Rocket Internet, Sidestage, Soundcloud, TechCrunch and Uber

The Irish Startup Wake Welcome Project Start up Europe

One of these satellite events was the tremendous Irish Startup Wake, an event organised by the Dublin Commissioner for Startups in Factory on 14th of July. Traditionally an Irish wake is an opportunity to remember the life of a recently departed loved one, a light-hearted atmosphere allows attendees to tell stories and share memories to celebrate the life rather than grieve the loss of the deceased. The Irish Startup Wake was an opportunity fora number of brave entrepreneurs to share the stories of their startup failure to an audience of over 120. Konstantin Mehl, Marc Mogalle and Jens Urbaniak told the crowd the stories behind their most notable failures, the event was MC’d by Connor Murphy. Each founder told their tale of failure, after which the audience sang a verse of ‘The Parting Glass’ a traditional Irish funeral song and raised a toast to the dearly departed startup.

The nine startups were selected from across four of the Welcome ecosystems of Berlin, Dublin, Milan, Madrid and Salamanca.

From Dublin three startups were Hub Controls, a smart thermostat which gives consumers back control of their energy bills, T-Pro, a cloud-based clinical documentation solution for efficient and accurate speech recognition, medical transcription, messaging and coding and Parkyourcar, a platform where owners can rent out their parking space and where car drivers can prepay for a parking space.

Travelling from Milan were Waynaut, a multimodal B2B2C travel platform which integrates different means of transport and provides optimal itineraries and Tickete, the big data analysis start-up able to learn customers’ in-store, real habits and purchasing behaviour.

From Madrid/Salamanca were Artelnics, developing disruptive deep learning software for predictive analytics, Moggie, the world’s first intelligent cat care system, allowing cat owners better understand their cats and stay connected with them when away from home, EUROB Creative, deliver technologies and products in areas including 3D printing, senior care and e-commerce and Atelgraphics, providing ample visualization and manipulation of atomistic models and acting as front-end to several relevant calculation engines in the field of Nanotechnology Quantum Simulations.

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Tech Open Air was very valuable to the Welcome startups for networking and meetings. The 9 startups had over 70 meetings and received 20 expressions of interest in investment and over 30 partnership opportunities.

What they said:

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“Incredible, useful, productive and worth. We were not sure of what we were going to find and certainly has been incredible.”

Moggie
“Great event where we got lot of exposure with our Moggie stall. Being a finalist in the hardware pitch also helped us.”

Tickete
“The festival has been very cool and interesting. Good level of speakers and wonderful location.”

About WELCOME

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 Tech Open Air

Tech Open Air is Europe’s leading interdisciplinary technology festival. At TOA our mission is to connect, grow and inspire the human spirit through interdisciplinary knowledge exchange and collaboration. Now in its fifth year, the festival takes place over three days with 150+ speakers and 175+ satellite events, enabling attendees to connect and learn with industry experts in Europe’s startup capital, Berlin. Attendees will experience inspirational storytelling, interactive forums, art installations and live music at a beautiful riverside location and across town.

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Startup Europe Summit 2016 – Post Event!

For two days hundreds of policy-makers, founders, venture capitalists and key startup stakeholders converged on Berlin to inspire each other and create frameworks for real change in innovation policy. Thank you to everyone who atended!

After the success of the first edition of Welcome Roadshows for early stage startups, that last year saw six high potential companies travel across Europe broadening their network and raising funds cross border, WELCOME consortium is engaged in offering even a better experience to the 10 amazing startups selected for 2016.

Their second stop was in Berlin on June 9th and 10th where they attended the Startup Europe Summit 2016, a two days conference focused on technology and policymaking.

At the event startups had the opportunity to represent their projects with a booth and to take part of the “Startups Games” a pitch competition organized within SES, they enter the pitching battle with almost other 20 startups. Our WELCOME Roadshow startups fought with honor round after round till the final battle where 3 of them out of a total 6 got the opportunity to pitch on the main stage of the event. The final was pretty intense but WELCOME startup still managed to position themselves 2° and 3° with SwiftComply and Girl Crew.

They will soon leave for the Silicon Valley to attend two week startup school and come back to Europe stronger for next to trips to Madrid and Dublín.

Coming from the five WELCOME HQs these are the 10 selected startups participating to the EU Roadshow tour and Silicon Valley startup school:

  • Aria Wearables (M ilan) an active thermal shoe sole that heats and cools down the feet
  • Cloudroom (Madrid) a cloud based learning platform that brings MOOC into the corporate world
  • GirlCrew (Dublin) a global community for women
  • Link.Fish (Berlin) a bookmark manager that allows people to work with the information behind URLs
  • Replex (Berlin) a service for IT teams that enables them collecting critical information on all infrastructure assets both physical and virtual
  • Replit (Madrid) a social discussion platform based on short videos
  • Solo (Milan) a virtual POS that lets merchants accept credit and debit card payments
  • SwiftComply (Dublin)a platform solution for Fat, Oil and Grease compliance in the food service industry
  • TourSnapp (Berlin)a service that applies the concept of Smart cities to cultural tourism
  • Up to Seven(Madrid) a social network that enables foodies to share recipes and suggestions

 

Stay Tuned!

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WELCOME + Unicorn Forum presents Single Startup Market

Leading entrepreneurs call for the creation of a Single Startup Market in Europe

The Unicorn Forum, led by Dpixel within the Welcome Startup Europe project, is an informal group of relevant European companies founders that aims to stimulate discussion about policy making on entrepreneurshipand innovation in Europe. The unicorns are founders of those companies that have built over 500 million Euros in value, such as Skype, BlaBlaCar, Rocket Internet, Rovio, SoundCloud and Zalando.

These entrepreneurs represent a powerful source of insight for policy makers, of suggestions and inspiration for startups and prospective entrepreneurs. Our objective with the Welcome project is to engage Unicorns’ founders them in the Forum activities connecting them with the EU Commission and the innovation ecosystem in the continent to stimulate discussion on policies.

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The first activity of the Unicorn Forum took place on February 13th 2015 in Berlin during the Startup Europe Summit, and it has been a closed-door meeting between the European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip, the Startup Europe team and the key representative of some of the most successful European companies. VP Ansip, in charge of the digital single market, met with 15 Unicorns companies’ representativefor a brainstorming session to gather suggestions and advices to structure the DSM agenda.

Research, innovation and entrepreneurship are key elements for re-launching the European Economy” – VP Andrus Andrus states – “a single startup market would create a stronger ecosystem for innovation in Europe that could overcome our fragmentation and transform a problema in a solution: leveraging on our main strength, our diversity“.

Below is a list of people who were in attendance:

–          Linda Griffin, Senior Director – King (UK)

–          Renato Soru, CEO and Chairman – Tiscali (Italy)

–          Fabio Cannavale, Chairman at Bravofly Rumbo Group (Swiss)

–          Franco Petrucci, Founder and Chief Technology Officer – Decisyon (USA)

–          Mariele Giliberti, Co-founder – Decisyon (USA)

–          Kolja Hebenstreit, Board Member/Co-founder – Delivery Hero (Germany)

–          Bodo von Braunmuhl, Spokesman – Delivery Hero (Germany)

–          Georg Schardt, Deputy CEO of SOFORT AG and Deputy International Sales at Klarna Group (Sweeden)

–          Frederic Mazzella, Founder and CEO – BlaBlaCar (France)

–          Ignacio Perez Dolset, Co-founder – ZED (Spain)

–          Thomas C. Hoegh, CEO Arts Alliance Productions – LOVEFILM International Limited (UK)

–          Adam Somlai-Fischer, Principal Artist & Co-founder – Prezi (Hungary)

–          Moriz Krok, General Manager – TransferWise (UK)

–          Stefano Mosconi, CTO and founder – jolla (Finland)

–          Mathias Dopfner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – Axel Spinger (Germany)

–          Declan Ryan, Managing Partner – Ryanair/Irelandia Aviation (Ireland)

 

Participants’ expressed issues and struggles that they face everyday and proposed some suggestions and possible solutions, the main being:

  • Creation of common employment contracts to facilitate European hiring for start up
  • Creation of a single digital identity for each European citizen and a single digital signature
  • Institution of common regulations for all the services operating in the sharing economy
  • Design a data system based on trust, with a social ranking on a transactional base, so that is possible to create a digital identity that could be more meaningful than personal details
  • Provision of support to European companies in entering in new markets
  • Open the infrastructures (payments, telecoms) for open innovation

Starting from the issues emerged from the SES15 meeting and the suggestions proposed and noticing the struggles European startups founders face when operating cross borders, the Unicorn Forum together with Founders Forum launched a call for a Single Startup Market.

Backed by more than 30 among the most relevant entrepreneurs in Europe such as the foundes of Zoopla, Farfetch, Zalando, Transferwise, Ventee-Prive, Wonga and many others, the Unicorn Forum is asking the European commission to create a single legal framework for qualified startups with standard rules across countries within the European Community. A single legal framework will bring agility and easier cross contamination for European startups, making the overall innovation ecosystem stronger, bigger and more attractive for investors.

The Single Startup Market call was launched on 16th June 2016 at Founders Forum in London and it was publicly open for every single entrepreneur. Find out more www.singlestartupmarket.eu
About the Unicorn Forum

The Unicorn Forum, launched by Gianluca Dettori within the EU Commission funded project Welcome Startup Europe, is an informal group of relevant European startup founders that aims to stimulate discussion about policy making on entrepreneurship and innovation in Europe. We aim to build a communication platform between policymakers and successful company builders.

http://welcomestartup.eu/unicorns-forum/

 

About Founders Forum
Founders Forum is a private network of the world’s leading digital and technology entrepreneurs. Our network brings together the best, brightest and most inspirational digital entrepreneurs, corporate CEOs and senior investors who engage in open debate, brainstorming, discussion and problem solving at our forums across the world.

About Welcome Startup Europe

WELCOME STARTUP EUROPE is a European Commission funded project, with the aim of building a Pan European Entrepreneurial Ecosystem for startups located across Europe. Thanks to the efforts of twelve remarkable partners established in five vibrant entrepreneurial areas (Berlin, Dublin, Milan and Madrid & Salamanca), WELCOME  offers guidance, mentorship, networking and fundraising opportunities to startups at all stages, from inception (standup) to productmarket fit (startup) to growth (scaleup).
http://www.welcomestartup.eu

 

 

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STARTUP EUROPE COMES TO MADRID!

Startup Europe, the European Commission’s flagship initiative for startups, was in Madrid on the 27th of June to meet the main players of the Spanish entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Spain has been one of the main countries for two Startup Europe projects: WELCOME and Startup Europe Partnership (SEP).

WELCOME has brought dozens of Spanish startups (such as Wayook, Videona, BeOnPrice) across Europe to make business and gain visibility and SEP has developed a European-wide matchmaking club for the best startups and corporates (Telefonica, BBVA, etc.).

The meet-up was held at 17:00 at IE Business School with the objective to have an open discussion on the impact of the Startup Europe initiative in Spain, how it could improve and how can European Commission collaborate with the Spanish ecosystem to develop more opportunities for startups and promote entrepreneurship.

The opening was delivered by Professor Paris de L´Etraz, Director of the Venture Lab Accelerator of IE Business School.Isidro Laso Ballesteros, Head of Unit for Startup Europe, led the discussion together with the project coordinators, Emilio Corchado from BISITE Accelerator (WELCOME) and Alberto Onetti from Mind the Bridge (SEP).

In attendance were various representatives from corporates, accelerators, investors, media and startups (such as Connector, Endeavor, TetuanValley, Fundera.eu, Google Campus, Banco Sabadell, Global Exchange) ensuring a rich and community-led discussion.

There was a general feeling that Spain and especially Madrid is a great place to start a startup, even if that isn’t a well-known fact outside of its borders. Overall, it was felt that the government should listen to the needs of the startup ecosystem and provide support where needed, otherwise not intervene. A particular call to action was to make conditions better for startups to scale up, namely with what concerns tax and fiscal regulation.

The meeting was very organic and fluid as members of the Spanish ecosystem are well aware of each other. The final point of the meeting was to invite everyone to attend the next IE venture day, 6th of July.

At 19:00, there was a press moment followed by networking and cocktail, where journalists had the opportunity to seize the room.

 

Professor Paris de L´Etraz, Director of the Venture Lab Accelerator of IE Business School, welcoming the attendees.

 Isidro Laso Ballesteros, Head of Unit for Startup Europe, presenting the initiative and engaging with the local startup community.

 

Alberto Onetti from Mind the Bridge (SEP) presenting the results of the project an opportunities for corporates.
Alberto Onetti from Mind the Bridge (SEP) presenting the results of the project an opportunities for corporates.

 

Emilio Corchado from BISITE Accelerator (WELCOME) presenting opportunities for Spanish startups
Emilio Corchado from BISITE Accelerator (WELCOME) presenting opportunities for Spanish startups

 

Background information:

Startup Europe, an initiative of the European Commissionwww.startupeuropeclub.eu

Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kB18ISyQ1cI

The Startup Europe Team works to connect entrepreneurs, investors, accelerators, corporates,universities and policymakers throughout Europe’s ecosystem, where talent, investment andlearning can be easily captured.

WELCOME project www.welcomestartup.eu

Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWsjVt-lzp4

WELCOME strives to break down the barriers between 5 different major EU startup ecosystems (Berlin, Dublin, Milan, Madrid and Salamanca) and help tech startups to go international from the start.

Startup Europe Partnership http://startupeuropepartnership.eu

Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdOT9GdIeqI

Startup Europe Partnership is a platform where the best startups meet the best corporates, with a goal: to make things happen, whether that means procurement (corporates buy products and services from startups), strategic investments and eventually acquisition/acqui-hires.

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Berlin, Berlin, Berlin.. WELCOME can’t get enough of you!

 

 

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