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InvestHorizon and the hosts IVACE, REDIT, STARTUP Europe Awards and EUREKA invite you to an Introduction Webinar

Are you raising an ambitious Series A Investment? Would you like to increase the investment and valuation amount? Do you want to save time, costs and effort at no costs, no equity and limited travel?

If the answers are YES, then you should join our Introduction Webinar to the free InvestHorizon Accelerator! Next cut off on the 30th of July!

InvestHorizon fosters the investment readiness of Europe’s ambitious high-tech companies. The Investment Accelerator fast tracks the fund-raising efforts and investment relations for selected companies. InvestHorizon is financed and promoted by the European Commission in association with Eureka and delivered by a consortium, coordinated by Tech Tour.

Sectors: Digital Tech | AI & IoT | Healthech | MedTech | Biotech | Cleantech | Energy | Mobility | Logistics |AgroFood and many more

Program:

10.00 – 10.10 Online Check-in / Registration of Participants

10.10 – 10.15 Welcome & Opening by the hosts from IVACE and REDIT

10.15 – 11.00 Presentation of the InvestHorizon Accelerator Programme – How is the free InvestHorizon Accelerator different? How will you benefit from it? How to apply – steps and requirements?

11.00– 11.15  InvestHorizon Alumni Startup Story – Carmen Plasencia, Aromics (Barcelona) – shared experience from the Accelerator programme

11.15 – 11.35 Q&A session – where you could ask your questions

11.40  End of the webinar

What is the InvestHorizon Accelerator?

 

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INNOWWIDE: An opportunity for SMEs to achieve internationalization

The new call for applications for European funds is aimed at innovative European SMEs from any sector that are looking to start up businesses outside Europe.


-Creative companies based in the EU will be able to access fixed grants of 60,000.


-The second call for INNOWWIDE opened On January 15 and ends On April 7.

20/03/2020 Brussels. Innowwide (Coordiantion and Support Action) launches a new call for small and medium-sized enterprises to achieve internalisation. This call will be financed by the European Commission with fixed grants of up to 60,000 euros. The aim is to create conditions that will enable innovative technologies created in Europe to be incorporated into international markets. Applicant SMEs based in the European Union or in a state associated with Horizon 2020 whose economic activity derives from technological developments (or start-ups with expectations of starting up such activity in the short term) may benefit from this subsidy, which amounts to 60,000 euros. The proposals, or VAPs, must have a fixed duration of 6 months and a minimum budget of 86,000 euros.

Innowwide’s second call for VAPs (Feasibility Assessment Projects) opened on January 15th and the deadline is April 7st.

From Finnova we will advise and mentor the companies benefiting from this call. If you have any questions or need further information, please send an e-mail to: adrian.noheda@finnova.eu

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“BELLEJO will transform the wasted biomass into valuable cosmetic products”

ENTREPRENEURS AT A CLICK

The startup receives support from Finnova in organizing and preparing the best funding for European projects

The startup Bellejo presented, during the Blockchain Challenge Hackathon 2019, the creation of a new environmentally friendly sunscreen product with Lignin from a by-product of beer, connected to the NGOs involved in the preservation of the marine ecosystem using blockchain. The Finnova Foundation is accelerating this company, which intends to connect its product, through Blockchain, with the NGOs, in order to preserve life in the oceans and restore damaged coral reefs and thus provide an incredible customer experience and create a cultural change in environmental protection.

We talked to Claudia Condulet, Founder & CEO of BELLEJO, who explained to us what her entrepreneurial idea is; how Finnova helps her and why startups are necessary.

-What prize have you won, on which date and through by what means or institution?

I won Best Blockchain-based start-up for our bio-based sunscreen product that connects NGOs involved in the preservation of the marine ecosystem using blockchain, in support with UN SDG 14. Award was obtained during Blockchain Challenge Hackathon organized in Malaga 11th of November 2019.

P-What has Finnova helped you with or is helping you with?

RI receive support from Finnova in organizing and preparing for best european project funding that suits my start-up, guidance and mentorship and also connecting my business with suitable partners. Looking forward to complete the acceleration of my start-up with Finnova.

P-How did you meet Finnova?

R– I met the representants of Finnova after I won the Start Up Europe Award, as the organization is responsible and involved in the acceleration of the awarded start-ups.

P-Are awards for entrepreneurs or startups important? -What is your project about and how do you differ from the rest?

R While others see waste, I see beauty. I am confident that BELLEJO will transform wasted biomass into valuable cosmetics products, our goal is to play an important role in bringing sustainable solutions to existing problems in the beauty market by re-defining existing supply chains. Our first product will be a Reef Friendly Sunscreen product with Lignin, a biopolymer extracted from beer saved grains. We also want to connect our product through Blockchain with NGOs, with the purpose of preserving life in the oceans and restore damaged coral reefs and thus providing an amazing Customer Experience and create a cultural change in environmental protection, where the customer can see their direct positive impact in ocean conservation efforts just by scanning our product.

P-Do you think it’s hard to invest in a startup?

R It is certainly a challenge to get funding for high risk innovative solutions, it takes courage and resilience to keep moving forward, to not give up when you really believe that you are working not only for the present, but for the future.

P- How has your company evolved since you won the acceleration ticket?

R I met extraordinary people that are involved in the start-up environment, with the same goals and aspirations for a brighter future. Not only that I met my fellow start-up owners, I also found that when I reached out for support and guidance, I received the most touching response and people will help if you just ask.

P- Do you consider that Startups are the future on a global level?

R Start-ups are usually created by people who can see better solutions to existing problems, who can anticipate and also create a better future. In a start-up environment, we have the liberty to try and fail, to try and succeed, making sure our solutions and products have a faster route from idea to market. In this sense, a start-up is usually the place where you will find unimaginable ideas brought to life and yes, they are the future.

P-Are awards for entrepreneurs or startups important?

R Awards can give us, start-up owners, the visibility that we need to find partners and funding. And also gives our partners the assurance that our solutions are validated and hence improve the entrepreneur’s chances to get the idea to the market very fast.

P- Do you think there should be more Startup Europe Awards? And what would you say to those entrepreneurs who are thinking of approaching European projects?R
R To all the entrepreneurs in Europe I would say, go for European Projects, apply for Startup European Awards competitions and events, it will improve your chances in getting your start-up to the next level, meet partners and supporters of your business ideas.

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EUROPEAN UNION SUBSIDIES FOR INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS AGAINST COVID-19

The European Commission, adds efforts, resources and calls on those SMEs and new companies with technologies or innovations that can help in “treatment, testing, monitoring or other aspects” to combat the COVID-19. In this exceptional call, projects may be under 500,000 euros. Open emergency call for SMEs to submit projects to combat the side effects of the coronavirus.

Details of the urgent call for projects to combat the Coronavirus

It can be applied urgently in the next round of funding from the European Innovation Council, to the EIC Accelerator, which is open until Friday 20 March at 5pm Brussels time. The budget of the call is a total of 164 million euros.

Juan Manuel Revuelta, Director General of the Finnova Foundation, encourages companies to submit their projects “Normally these projects are between 500,000 and 2.5 million euros, exceptionally in this case they may be less than 500,000 euros and in addition projects that are of interest may be financed by other EC and external financial channels such as additional funding from regional and national governments or private foundations”.

Given this situation, the Commission is accelerating the provision of these EIC grants and combined financing (together with capital investments) for innovations that support this cause. It will also seek to facilitate access to other sources of funding and investment.

Examples of innovations against COVID-19 that are already being supported

Some examples of innovations that have already been supported by EIT that contribute to the fight against Coronavirus are EpiShuttle (specialized isolation units), M-TAP project ( filtration to remove viral material), MBENT Project (human mobility tracking during epidemics).

Finnova supports in the application for these grants

Finnova is the European Foundation for Innovation Funding, Lola Bordás, responsible for communication of the entity, informed that Finnova will establish open innovation strategies that will contribute to provide disruptive solutions against this pandemic and that will facilitate public-private partnerships such as the Health startup europe Accelerator, project in which Finnova will focus its work.

Likewise, we also call on all those companies or SMEs that can provide an innovative solution or idea to disseminate this call for proposals.

You can send us your proposals to info@finnova.eu

For further information, press officer cmo@finnova.eu

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9th Philanthropic Program of REPSOL Startup Acceleration

  • Energy multinational announces awards to help innovative energy and mobility startups
  • The deadline for submission is March 4

Repsol, the energy multinational, has announced the 9th edition of its philanthropic program for Startup Acceleration to help innovative companies in the pre-commercial phase to bring their technological solutions to the market. The aim is for startups to work on solutions for the energy industry, new mobility and the circular economy, contributing to a sustainable energy transition. The program includes donations of up to 120,000 euros without taking an equity stake or intellectual property.

The deadline for submitting applications to the 9th Philanthropic Programme of REPSOL Startup Acceleration is March 4th.

More information and application forms can be found on the Repsol Foundation website:
https://www.fundacionrepsol.com/es/fondo-emprendedores

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GoHub Ventures and D’Ella Capital, winners of the Finnova Foundation’s Best Investors 4 Startups and Scaleups Europe Awards

The reception was held during the IX Edition of the Transfer of Technology, Science and Innovation Forum that took place in Malaga

Málaga, 13 February 2020 – The Startup Europe Awards, an initiative promoted by the European Commission and led by  Finnova Foundation, have held a new award ceremony in two new categories: Best Investors 4 Startups Europe Awards and Best Investors 4 Scaleups Europe Awards. GobHub Ventures and D’Ella Capital have both been awarded for their commitment to Spanish startups and for giving them the financial boost they need.  Yolanda de Aguilar, Director General of FYCMA and Rudy Aernoudt, Senior Economist of the European Commission (DG GROW) were in charge of presenting the awards to the winners.

This recognition is an open innovation tool that allows talented startups to identify investment funds that are committed to generating alliances capable of solving current challenges in multiple areas.

Maria Gil, Manager representative of GoHub Andalucia has collected the award and has already commented that GoHub is the open innovation hub of Global Omnium that invests in Deep Tech Startups that help improve life in cities and bring the industry to the new economy. GoHub has already invested 8 million by 2019 and has offices and acceleration spaces in Valencia, Barcelona and Seville.

D’Ella Capital is an investment company created to identify, buy and operate a private company in Spain, with net sales between 5 and 20 million euros and an EBITDA margin of over 15%, and at least three years of profitable operations. Its mission is to provide the company with long-term sustainable growth, offering continuity and creating value.

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Call for StartUp Europe Awards Hungary

The Startup Night ceremony will be held for Hungarian national winners

Two new categories will be added, making a total of 19 categories

StartUp Europe Awards is an initiative promoted by the European Commission and implemented by the Finnova Foundation in collaboration with StartUp Europe. Formed by 25 media members from several countries in Europe, it aims to create a StartUp Europe Awards Alliance to reward the work carried out by the startups based in Europe.

StartUp Europe Awards proposes a methodology of open innovation through a public-private partnership “that works for the public entities to find a solution for its local challenges and for the startups to try its innovations in pilots supported with European funding”, declared Juanma Revuelta, director of Startup Europe Accelerator by Finnova Foundation.

Ceremonies of this Awards have been held all over the world, and this year the Startup Europe Awards Hungary has been added to this list.

Hungary has a long history of innovation. In fact, today Budapest is ranked among the world’s leading innovation cities by Cities Today. In 2018, it won the Startup Europe Award in the Best Public Administration for Startups category.

The Budapest Enterprise Agency (BEA), a certified EU Business Innovation Centre, was founded by the City Council back in 1993 as the sole organization of the capital city responsible for enterprise promotion. Thus, BEA is using the diplomatic ties of Budapest to represent the best startups at leading innovation events around Europe.

This Agency became the official country manager of the Startup Europe Award in Hungary and has been running the Be Smart startup competition for startups twice a year since 2013. This competition gives startups the opportunity to present themselves on the Startup Night, an annual event with close to 1000 participants from more than 10 countries. Also, BEA is using the diplomatic ties of Budapest to represent the best startups at leading innovation events around Europe, such as Futurescope in Dublin, 4YFN in Barcelona, the Ruhr Summit, or the Web Summit in Lisbon..

During the competition, which will take place on 25-26 September, the online applications will be pre-screened and the applicants will pitch in front of a professional jury consisting members from the Budapest Enterprise Agency, the National Research, Development and Innovation Office, as well as universities, and our sponsoring partners.

On 28 November, the largest startup event will take place in Budapest: the Startup Night 2019. During this event, supported by the City Council, representatives of the Hungarian Government, the Municipality of Budapest, the top level managers of our sponsoring partners, and the BEA will present national awards.

Furthermore, during this call, the following categories will be added: Music and Medtech. The call for application for Startup Europe Awards Hungary will be published on 15 August 2019 and the application deadline is 20 September. The competition is open for all Hungary-based startups that are at least in the prototype phase.

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The Slovakian company Sensoneo has won the Proptech StartUp Europe Awards Final 2018, celebrated at MIPIM Europe in Paris on 2nd July



– The waste management startup has claimed first prize in the final of the contest, while Finnish company Mapple and German Sensorberg have made it to the second and third place respectively.

– The final of the Proptech StartUp Europe Awards has taken place within the framework of the MIPIM Proptech EU 2019 in Paris, where the main decision-makers in real estate and technology have met with start-ups and cutting-edge technology companies.

– Proptech StartUp Europe Awards is a new category of the StartUp Europe Awards, promoted by the European Commission and implemented by the Finnova Foundation, the EU PropTech House and Workero.



Paris, 03.07.2019. The Proptech StartUp Europe Awards 2018 has finally got its winner. Waste management startup Sensoneo has claimed the first prize in the pitching sessions of the finals of the contest, hosted at MIPIM PropTech EU 2019 in Paris. The Slovakia-based tech company has been one of the ten finalists from a very strong field of innovative companies. The Finnish company Mapple has made it to the second place, using modelling and AI technology to help cities handle rapidly increasing urbanisation by providing analytics. The 3rd place on the podium has been for Sensorberg, a German company who digitalizes buildings using an open and hardware agnostic sensor-based system. Ten finalists have taken part at the live pitching sessions in the Proptech StartUp Europe Awards 2018 finals.

Sensoneo is on a mission to help cities and companies manage their waste more effectively and efficiently while improving environments for people. The company has developed a cloud-based platform which allows customers to completely digitize the entire bin infrastructure, and to configure, monitor and manage daily waste operations online. Using their inhouse developed and produced smart sensors that are combined with sophisticated software, the solution provides real-time waste monitoring and suggests optimal collection routes and automated navigation via shortest and safest routes. The solution enables to collect waste on demand while utilizing the resources to maximum. Co-Founder of Sensoneo Andrea Basilova feels really “grateful” to the Proptech House, Finnova Foundation and the European Commission for “making this unique competition happen”. “It is a great opportunity to show up what the innovative companies from the EU have developed, to share experience and support each other”, she claimed.

Basilova also stated that “becoming a winner of Proptech Startup Europe Awards 2018 is another great success of Sensoneo. It clearly proves the potential that data-driven waste management can bring to the field of real-estate, urban planning and facility management”. Sheadded that this award is a “great satisfaction” for them and to the hard work they have done in terms of innovation, technology and also in the field of building partnerships, as this is really their “key” to make this amazing solution succeed worldwide.

The winner will receive an European Acceleration Ticket worth 10.000 euros from StartUp Europe Accelerator in order to scale up its business idea, which can be transformed thanks to European funds and try to make it, for instance, a LIFE Environment project. A LIFE Environment project offers up to 1 million € to carry out a pilot demonstration project. The ticket will also offer training on the legal framework in the EU, as well as information on different training programmes offered by the EU

The PropTech StartUp Europe Awards are a new category framed in the StartUp Europe Awards (22 categories), promoted by the European Commission and implemented by the Finnova Foundation, the EU PropTech House and the Worker. It is an award methodology for startups at European level, which fosters open innovation and collaboration between different actors of European ecosystems, through public-private partnerships to support new entrepreneurs. Stefan Scheuerle, CEO of the third classified Sensorberg, is “very pleased to be part of that competition”. “Not only gives it us visibility within our market, but we also appreciate the overall initiative as it gives start-ups a chance to really create change. In our case, how to create more sustainable and eco-friendly buildings and to implement open platform systems within the real estate industry”.

50 European Proptech companies participated in the semi-finals of the PropTech Startup Europe competition on May 6th in Brussels. They competed in front of the 35 members of a professional European jury. Ten finalists from a very strong field of innovative companies were chosen there: Be Park, Halio Glass (Belgium), Sensorberg, HomeBeat.Live (Germany), Sensoneo (Slovakia), Realiz3d and CAD42 (France), Mapple (Finland), Swedish Build Safe (Sweden) and Access Green (Ireland). The launch of the first PropTech Startup Europe Awards was a sign of recognition by the European Commission of the importance and enormous potential of PropTech’s innovative industry in the refurbishment of traditional real estate.

About MIPIM PropTech Europe 2019

The final pitching competition has taken place during the largest Proptech event in Europe, the MIPIM PropTech Europe in Paris. It is the meeting point where the main decision-makers in real estate and technology met with start-ups and cutting-edge technology companies. Under the slogan Matching User Expectations, the main objective of MIPIM PropTech was to promote the digital transformation of the real estate industry through various events and talks by renowned experts in the sector. It was also sponsored by the Belgian startup Workero, one of the organizers of the Proptech StartUp Europe Awards 2018. With more than 1,500 m2 of exhibition space, the most outstanding and innovative companies and startups of the Proptech ecosystem were present during the two days of MIPIM Proptech EU 2019. There were 2,000 participants and around 1,000 companies from 50 countries around the world, in addition to 50 top-level speakers in the sector.

About PropTech StartUp Europe Awards

The PropTech Startup Europe Awards competition is part of the StartUp Europe Awards, is supported and promoted by the European Commission and implemented by Finnnova, PropTech House and Workero.

Information: www.proptechhouse.eu

About StartUp Europe Awards

StartUp Europe Awards of the European Commission’s Startup Europe initiative and Finnova is an open innovation methodology that encourages collaboration between the public sector and businesses in the promotion of innovative initiatives. Its aim is to help create alliances that allow entities and support programmes for entrepreneurs to be added to local partners and to be a communication tool for society.

StartUp Europe Awards is also supported by the President of the European Parliament, the President of the Committee of the Regions, the Vice-President of the Economic and Social Committee and several members from the European Parliament. StartUp Europe Awards is sponsored by StartUp Europe Accelerator.

SEUA serves as a communication tool for society, encouraging collaboration between the public and business sectors and promoting innovative initiatives. Its aim is to promote the creation of alliances enabling in every region concerned to gather entities and the support programmes for entrepreneurs with local and international partners.

For more information:

www.finnova.eu

www.startupeuropeawards.eu

www.startupeuropeclub.eu

INFORMATION ON PROPTECH STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS 2018 WINNERS

1. Sensoneo

Sensoneo is redefining the way waste is managed, by combining ultrasonic fill-level Smart Sensors that monitor waste in real-time with the help of sophisticated software. It also provides both cities and businesses with analytics that can be used for data-driven decision making in the optimization of waste collection routes, pick-up frequencies, and vehicle loads

2. Mapple

Mapple is a spin-off from the Digital Geography Lab at the University of Helsinki. Following a longterm collaboration with Finnish cities and urban planners, the lab developed data driven tools to understand how the city functions. Seeing the need for advanced smart mobility solutions, a group of researchers decided to use their expertise to build easy to use solutions that help cities with their everyday challenges.

3. Sensorberg

Sensorberg digitizes complex buildings and physical processes within the field of Smart Spaces. They fulfill individual and specific needs of their customers and that require its own individual solutions for doors, lockers, sensors and actuators.





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StartUp Europe Awards Special Edition SES19 is looking for the best European startups

  • The startups will be able to apply to these prizes filling a form until 23:59 hours of 17 February 2019.

StartUp Europe Awards (SEUA), an initiative supported by the European Commission in collaboration with Startup Europe and organized by the Finnova Foundation, is holding a Special Edition for European startups that will be recognized during the Startup Europe Summit 2019 (SES19), to be celebrated in Cluj-Napoca, Romani, on 21 and 22 March 2019.

This SEUA Special Edition SES19 will recognize five startups, one for each one of the following prizes: Female-led startup; Young-led startup (founder under 30); United Nations Sustainable Development Goals startup; Social Inclusion startup and Job Growth startup.
It is possible to apply to the awards for every startup created 5 or less years ago in Europe. To apply, startups must fill in with detail the form found in the website of the SEUA Special Edition, and the deadline to apply ends on 23:59 hours (CET) of 17 February 2019. The startups should choose the prize most suitable for them (just one option).

A multidisciplinary jury, composed by professionals from different countries and fields, will make the selection of the best EU startups taking into account existing startups in the EU that meet these criteria and the applications received. Some of the jury members are part of the High Level group of experts from Startup Europe (European Commission).

Benefits for the selected startups

Winning startups will be invited to participate in the Startup Europe Summit SES19 that will take place between 21 and 22 March in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The expenses during both days for 1 member of the startup will be reimbursed (transport from country of origin to Cluj-Napoca, accommodation and daily allowance).

The startups will be recognized in a ceremony that will be held on March 21 in the frame of the Startup Europe Summit 2019 and will count with the presence of authorities from the European Commission, key influencers, investors, tech leaders, tech journalists, policy makers and entrepreneurs.

In SES19, the selected startups will be able to showcase their innovation in the networking area of the conference and will gain exposure and visibility through the StartUp Europe Awards Media Alliance composed by more than 30 media outlets and social networking sites.

The selected startups will pass to the European level of the next StartUp Europe Awards edition, regardless of any other startup competing or awarded in their country or category.

StartUp Europe Awards (SEUA) is an open innovation initiative promoted by the European Commission and the Finnova Foundation in collaboration with StartUp Europe; it is supported by the President of the European Parliament, the President of the Committee of the Regions, the Vice-President of the Economic and Social Committee and several members from the European Parliament. StartUp Europe Awards is sponsored by StartUp Europe Accelerator.

SEUA has celebrated two European finals (one in Brussels and the other one in Sofia), and is going to launch the third edition during the first quarter of 2019.

The winning startups will have access to information on opportunities offered by the European Union to boost and internationalize their projects through the StartUp Europe Accelerator program of the Finnova Foundation.

For more information about the StartUp Europe Awards Special Edition SES19 please visit https://bit.ly/2RMIL42

Startup Europe Summit 2019

Known as an evolving tech hub in Romania, the city of Cluj-Napoca will host the fourth edition of Startup Europe Summit in 2019, the perfect occasion to recognize the best European startups.

In the previous edition of the Startup Europe Summit, startups found information about new funding opportunities; meetings with investors, corporates and leading enterprises and public administration representatives as well as networking with a vivid community of key decision makers and tech leaders within EU, notably Central Eastern Europe and Western Balkans regions.

Press contact

Catalina Valencia

eustartup@finnova.eu

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El programa SGBnet culmina con la estancia formativa en Bruselas de nueve personas emprendedoras del sector de medio ambiente.

Bruselas, 15 de diciembre de 2018. SGS concluye en Bruselas el programa formativo de la Red de Negocios Verdes y Sociales – Social & Green Business Network (SGBnet), desarrollado en el marco del Programa empleaverde de la Fundación Biodiversidad del Ministerio de Transición Ecológica a través del Fondo Social Europeo.

proyecto que durante tres días, con la colaboración de la StartUp Europe Accelerator de la Fundación Finnova, ha dado la posibilidad a nueve emprendedores de Andalucía, Extremadura y la Región de Murcia, de recibir formación y realizar networking en la capital europea. En palabras de Cristina Gironés, Project Manager de SGS, “el emprendimiento verde y social debe estar en el ADN de los negocios y a su vez estas iniciativas empresariales han de hacerse visibles para potenciar su sostenibilidad, es por ello que la SGBnet ha potenciado las mejores iniciativas verdes y sociales ofreciéndoles la oportunidad de hacerse eco en los principales foros de Bruselas, conectando así a nuestros emprendedores con otras experiencias y actores europeos”.

Los nueve finalistas del programa formativo de la Red de Negocios Verdes y Sociales, llevaron a cabo su estancia formativa: StartUp Europe Accelerator en Bruselas.

Durante la jornada del lunes, previa visita a las instalaciones de Finnova, los emprendedores verdes pudieron acudir a la de la Oficina Regional de Extremadura en Bruselas, en la que participaron Lucía Huertas, Directora de la Oficina de la Región de Murcia en Bruselas, y César Morcillo, Director de la Oficina de Extremadura en Bruselas. Igualmente, las personas emprendedoras de las tres comunidades autónomas acudieron a Comité Económico Social Europeo, en el que recibieron los consejos de Arturo Iñiguez

Yuste, Administrador en Sección NAT de Agricultura y Pesca del Comité Económico y Social

Europeo. Por último, se reunieron con Blanca Sáez, de la Unidad LIFE de la UE en la Delegación ante la Unión Europea de la Cámara Oficial de Comercio de España en Bélgica y Luxemburgo. Para finalizar, y después de una sesión de mentorización sobre fondos de la UE a cargo de Juan Manuel Revuelta, CEO de Finnova, los participantes pudieron disfrutar de una cena debate.

Durante la segunda jornada, los ecoemprendedores visitaron el Comité de las Regiones, donde fueron recibidos por Gustavo López, Responsable de Políticas de Cohesión del CDR. Los participantes también tuvieron la oportunidad de visitar la Comisión Europea, donde Cristina Lobillo, Jefa del Gabinete del Comisario Europeo de Acción por el Clima y Energía, los recibió para hablar sobre oportunidades para sacar adelante los distintos proyectos dentro de la UE. Los emprendedores también acudieron a la presentación de la European Water Platform WSStp sobre gestión de agua por parte de Durk Krol, Executive Managing Director. Una jornada que terminó en con una sesión de mentorización, por parte de Wilber Díez, Araceli García y Javier Monteagudo sobre acciones de comunicación y marketing en el ámbito de proyectos y eventos de emprendimiento. Como afirmó Javier Monteagudo, “en la actualidad, con el auge de las redes sociales, el modo en que comunicamos nuestros proyectos o los actos institucionales de nuestras empresas marca la diferencia entre el éxito o el fracaso de las mismas. Conocer las claves para comunicar de manera rápida y efectiva, adaptando nuestro mensaje a los distintos públicos, es esencial para las startups en su camino para abrirse paso en el mundo empresarial”.

Para finalizar, el miércoles los emprendedores acudieron a la sede de la UNED en Bruselas, donde pudieron aprender acerca del marco jurídico y administrativo de la UE ofrecida por María Casado, Directora de la UNED. Una charla a la que siguió una masterclass sobre financiación de la UE para startups medioambientales y de energía a través de un encuentro con startups belgas del programa Start it @KBC.

Un acercamiento al tejido de las instituciones europeas, sin duda necesario para los emprendedores verdes debido al gran peso que la legislación UE ejerce sobre los distintos países miembros. En palabras de Juanma Revuelta, “lo que se pretende con una agenda de este tipo es que adquieran de manera rápida una comprensión de la Unión Europea dirigida a tres objetivos: las herramientas financieras y subsidios que da el ente europeo, desde formación para la internacionalización e innovación, el Marco jurídico, la legislación, que tanto puede afectar a empresas del sector medioambiental, y la importancia de la comunicación institucional, enfocada a cómo establecer estrategias de Networking”.

Se cierra así el programa formativo del proyecto SGBnet, cuyo objetivo principal ha sido el desarrollo de acciones formativas que capaciten a personas emprendedoras en la creación y consolidación de negocios verdes y sociales, SGBnet ha llevado a cabo dos fases en su programa formativo previas a la estancia formativa en Bruselas:

Una fase inicial, para la que se ofertaron 75 plazas y que abarcó 25 horas de formación (25 en Extremadura, 25 en Andalucía y 25 en la Región de Murcia), en la que las startups analizaron las claves para consolidar un proyecto de emprendimiento verde y social, así como impulsar la conexión y conversión de los negocios verdes también en iniciativas sociales, y una fase de Comunicación, para la que se ofertaron 30 plazas (10 en Extremadura, 10 en Andalucía y 10 en la Región de Murcia) y que abarcó 45 horas de formación relativa a la implementación de las estrategias de comunicación de un negocio verde y social.

Después de este proceso competitivo y mediante su estancia en Bruselas, algunas de ellas han sido evaluadas y nominadas para los StartUp Europe Awards a nivel regional.  los StartUp Europe Awards (SEUA) es una iniciativa promovida por la Comisión Europea y apoyada por el Presidente del Comité de las Regiones, varios miembros del Parlamento Europeo y ejecutada por la Fundación Finnova en colaboración con Startup Europe. El objetivo de SEUA es identificar modelos locales en cada nuevo ecosistema empresarial en Europa. Estos empresarios locales se convertirán en ejemplos inspiradores para las generaciones más jóvenes, que tendrán un impacto positivo en la mejora de la cultura empresarial en Europa. En cualquier caso, los empresarios locales identificados como exitosos serán cruciales para que las autoridades locales definan programas hechos a medida para vigorizar sus ecosistemas locales y mejorar la colaboración público-privada.

Dentro de Murcia, los seleccionados han sido: Animación y Aventura, S.L. (Social), VITA XXI (Agritech), y el proyecto de Sandra María Bonmatí (Gastronomy). Para Andalucía, S.A.T. Las Haciendas y General Machines Technology S.L en la categoría Green y HHO System en Mobility. Finalmente, para Extremadura, Sostenibiliza-t ha sido seleccionado en la categoría Energy y el proyecto de Juan Carlos Rojas en Tourism.

Para más información:

Fundación Biodiversidad: https://fundacionbiodiversidad.es/es

Programa emprendeverde: https://www.redemprendeverde.es

SGS: https://www.sgs.es

Fundación Finnova: https://www.finnova.eu

StartUp Europe Awards: http://startupeuropeawards.eu