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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.

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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!

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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!).

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

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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
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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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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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Newsletter WELCOME Project October

 

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South Summit – Very busy days indeed!

South Summit ended on Friday 7th October, but it’s almost as if we were still there! We’ll need a few more days to really soak in all we’ve learnt and experienced during those, very intense, 3 days. 12.000+ attendees from over 100 countries were present at the event, and I’m positive our startups met quite a few of them!

Both our Roadshow and Europass startups had meetings scheduled during those very intense 3 days, but let me start from the day they landed in Madrid on Tuesday 4th of October.

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On that same evening, Tetuan Valley, one of our partners, organized a dinner for the selected startups, and, as we all know, food, especially if served with a glass of cold beer –over 35 °C that week in Madrid, just saying!– makes socializing easier than usual.

Day 1:

The following day, October 5th, South Summit officially started. Startups from both the Europass and the Roadshow programme spent the whole day attending talks, workshops and, of course, networking!
The Roadshow teams got to meet the representatives of two international VCs: Nauta Capital and Balderton Capital; and the head of the startup program of Orange France. Over four hours were spent talking to investors and corporates at this meet up that WELCOME organized for them.

Just after lunch, all the Europass startups checked in at our meeting point: the Startup Europe Booth. It was great to feel such enthusiasm, and to hear many stories of just a few hours at the event! This time was also used for networking between the teams and sharing success stories, tips and tricks on how to master the conference. As you can imagine, we could not miss the opportunity to take a group photo before getting lost in the event again.

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Day 2:

On Thursday the founders attended a PR workshop on how to prepare your startup for a PR campaign and how to make the best out of it. The workshop was facilitated by Olivia Czetwertynski, PR Consultant and founder of Becomewide. According to startups, this was one of the star events of the programme. In addition, throughout the three days Olivia held 1-to-1 sessions with the Roadshow startups on how to tackle specific PR issues for their startups.

The rest of the day was left for networking at South Summit, which proved to be a great event to make contacts, meet other entrepreneurs and learn lots from others.

To be more precise, startups were involved in over 60 meetings with investors, corporate and potential partners! We’re already following up with them to see if something decisive has been discussed during the event. Bear with us and you’ll find out!

 

What they said:

“South Summit helped us to expand our vision. Nice event, nice people, good opportunity. We enjoyed Summit” Lorenzo Ricciardi, Karmahouse

“It was a great well done organised event” Caio Bulgarelli, Sprintfire

 “South Summit has been interesting, mainly related to some insights and lessons learned through the Fintech space and the Dave McClure keynote…Lucia, Silvia and all the team members were really amazing and supportive. We do really appreciate their work and their kind help” Daniele Galifa, Goalshouter

 

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Take a look at our pre-event blog post to check out our Roadshow and Europass startups.

 

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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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WELCOME made it to Silicon Valley!

 

 

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Programme for foreign entrepreneurs to establish their Start Ups in Spain

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For the last few years Spain’s start up ecosystem has been growing fast and is emerging as a destination of choice for an increasing number of entrepreneurs ready to innovate and collaborate in a most conducive environment.

First-class universities, topnotch business schools, highly skilled human capital and substantial capital funding, public and private, create the right conditions for your start up to grow.

So, if you are thinking on taking your innovative project to the marketplace, go to Spain. Rising Start Up Spain will help you to land.

Rising Startup Spain offers:

  • Free workspace in Madrid and Barcelona
  • € 10.000 grant to cover initial startup expenses
  • Soft-landing services and easier access to Visa and Residence permits (for you and your family)
  • Mentoring to help you connect with potential investors

Submission of applications: from August 17 to September 30, 2016

For more information, visit: Rising Startup Spain FAQs.

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