FIREFIGHTING

WHY DO WE HOLD A FIREFIGHTING STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS?

Forest fires (unwanted fires burning forests and wild lands) are a major hazard throughout Europe, producing large environmental and economic losses and having an impact on human lives, for example between 2000-2017
• 8.5 million ha burned, approximately 480000 ha/year.
• 611 firefighters and civilians killed, nearly 34 people/year.
• Economic losses over EUR 54 billion, approximately EUR 3 billion/year.

Due to climate change, economic loss may increase up to 5 billion because of increased greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, analyses of European forest fires occurring in the last 30 years show an increase in the length of the fire season. Another consequence is the new wildfire context, characterised by rapid fire spread, intense burning, long-range fire spotting and unpredictable shifts.

The trend in recurring and tragic fire seasons in Europe reflects the limits of conventional wildfire and forest management strategies and programmes in efficiently addressing the phenomenon. Progress has been made to date at different levels, however, this new context calls for more effective science-based forest fire management and risk-informed decision-making which account for the socioeconomic, climate and environmental roots of wildfires.

The EU has contributed in many ways to tackle this problem. These years, more than 103 million euros have been invested in firefighting projects through programmes such as LIFE or Horizon 2020 or Cross-border cooperation in the following areas: fire science, prevention, detection, suppression, post-fire recovery and fire integration. Moreover, EU Research & Innovation (R & I) has played and continues to play a key role in identifying and addressing these policy challenges.

In the future, it is planned to keep funding these projects framed in Horizon Europe through the Euratom Research and Training programme with 2.4 billion euros, as well as its second pillar “Global Challenges & Industrial Competitiveness” offering:
• 15 billion euros to Digital and Industry actions
• 2.8 billion euros to Inclusive and Secure societies
• 15 billion euros to Climate, Energy and Mobility
• 10 billion euros to Food and Natural Resources

AIM:

Help address the climate change impact as well as economic and human losses rewarding startups both, in the research and implementation stages, offering solutions to fire prevention, extinction and recovery.

CRITERIA:

The most important eligibility criteria are the following:

  • Innovation/Technology
  • Business Model
  • Customer Value Proposition
  • Scalability and Market Reach
  • Social Clauses: job generated, gender policy, social inclusion, collaboration with NGOs, trainees program.
  • European Dimension: participation in European funded projects, partnership or agreements with other European partners.

CIRCULAR ECONOMY

The circular economy means that the value of materials, products and resources are kept in the economy for as long as possible, thus minimizing the production of resources. This helps protect businesses against scarcity and volatile prices, creating new business opportunities, with more efficient ways of producing and consuming. The EU has a key role to play in supporting them, creating a legal framework to regulate these actions, contributing to the development of a more sustainable, efficient and competitive economy, in line with different UN Sustainable Development Goals.

TARGET:
To reward startups that respond to the problems of material obsolescence and scarcity, offering disruptive ideas and innovative solutions to the UN and EC goals on digitalization, low carbon efficiency, sustainable consumption, among others, thus contributing to a more responsible society.

MOBILITY

Transportation has always been a vital aspect of human life. The current quest to create new, more efficient modes of transport also means continuing to improve existing means to reduce costs and increase their safety for people and the environment. Transport is also a fundamental pillar of the European economy. The European commercial road transport sector employs around 11 million people directly, i.e. 5% of all jobs in the EU. The Mobility Startup Europe Awards aim to encourage governments and companies to engage with current issues affecting mobility and transport for the benefit of the economy, society and the environment.

TARGET:
To reward startups that develop innovative solutions to reduce costs, achieve a zero-emission transport transition and the digitization of transport and help redefine mobility legislation to unify the European framework.

GOVTECH

WHY DO WE HOLD A GOVTECH STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS?

Government uses technology to manage internal projects and procurement, to track infrastructure, to regulate zoning — to name just a few examples. Government also uses external/citizen-facing tools to deliver health care, collect taxes/fees, to issue licenses and permits, to convene citizens, to manage water and sewer, and on and on…
Govtech initiative are enabling governments to become more efficient, more responsive, and better able to serve society trough better government platforms and registers as well as better services for citizens and better tools for public servants.
In recent years, the European Union has driven immense progress in part, trough the EU eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020 and lately, the Tallinn Declaration, which have set out to reform policy frameworks and encourage change across all EU member states. There are notable examples of success but there remain significant barriers to integrating technology into core government function in Europe as many countries still lag behind.
Therfore, Govtech startup Europe Awards aims at convincing governments across Europe to implement or reinforce innovative technological solutions for their workers and their citizens, overcoming social and legal barriers and creating a common framework.

AIM:

Rewarding startups offering governments and citizens innovative improved solutions to multiple services in diverse fields.

CRITERIA:

The most important eligibility criteria are the following:

  • Innovation/Technology
  • Business Model
  • Customer Value Proposition
  • Scalability and Market Reach
  • Social Clauses: job generated, gender policy, social inclusion, collaboration with NGOs, trainees program.
  • European Dimension: participation in European funded projects, partnership or agreements with other European partners.

GASTRONOMY

In a few years, the food industry will have to take on one of the greatest challenges affecting humans: the ability to have a sustainable system of production, conservation and distribution of food as well as the reuse of waste or even the production of new foods. There is a need to create and implement different initiatives that can improve the way we manage the food sector.

TARGET:
The Gastronomy StartUp Europe Awards aim to recognize those entrepreneurs who have the solution for all these problems in an efficient and innovative way, communicating the need to address the challenges related to food in the world.

CLIMATE

The European Commission is looking for more cost-effective forms of economy that are more climate-friendly and consume less energy. Its goal for 2050 is to reduce these emissions by 80% gradually. To achieve this goal, clean technologies play a very important role, as well as continuing to move towards an EU-wide low-carbon society.

TARGET:
To reward new companies that develop clean technologies and energy with low or zero carbon emissions, which stimulates growth and employment and helps Europe reduce its use of non-key resources such as energy, raw materials, land and water.

EDTECH

The way classes are taught has hardly changed over the last 150 years, especially in schools. Technologies are changing the job market, and new methods of assessing candidates are emerging. In this sense, and as David Brainbridge, CEO and founder of Knowledgemotion, states, edtech is postulated as the largest digitized sector with the greatest economic potential.

TARGET:
The objective of the “edtech” category is to reward startups that present innovative products or services in the field of education, which can range from online study platforms to websites with interactive learning applications. Special attention will also be given to projects that help to improve education and not only training.

SPACE

The European space industry is at the forefront, attracting international cooperation thanks to the excellence in research and innovation of its space operators. The policy of the European Space Agency (ESA) is to improve competitiveness, maintain and develop space technology, encourage and promote innovation for new space methods and transfer technology developed for this sector, focusing on all companies in the sector throughout Europe.

TARGET:
To reward innovative startups in the aerospace sector and to position Europe as a world reference in this field.

LEGAL

The legal sector has been revolutionized by the emergence of new technological tools that facilitate its operation in increasingly innovative ways. Legal Tech is a sector that is growing, more and more investors want to exploit it and little by little it is taking hold in Europe. It is about legal services where the technical part joins the legal, all developed with basic technology such as artificial intelligence to assist mechanical tasks. Therefore, this category is created to provide a solution to these new forms aimed at legal services that facilitate their management.

TARGET:
To reward the emergence of new solutions in the legal field. They will be realized through technology and will modernize the sector and help companies to improve both their work and their competitiveness in the market.

CYBERSECURITY

Securing the network and information systems in the EU is essential to keep the online economy functioning and ensure its progress. The EU is working to ensure cybersecurity across Europe by increasing the capacity of member states to implement international cooperation on cybersecurity and cybercrime. Its strategy, together with the European Agenda on Security, provides the overall strategic framework for EU cybersecurity and cybercrime initiatives. This is why work must continue to deliver the cybersecurity that all of Europe needs.

TARGET:
To recognize the efforts of startups working in these areas to improve cybersecurity and make citizens able to trust new technologies.