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

WHY DO WE HOLD A CIRCULAR ECONOMY STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS?

In a more circular economy, the value of products, materials and resources is maintained in the economy for as long as possible, and waste is minimized. Circular economy will help protect businesses against scarcity and volatile prices, as well as create new business opportunities with more efficient ways of producing and consuming. Therefore, it is an essential contribution to the EU’s efforts to develop a sustainable, efficient and competitive economy and it also contributes to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12 (responsible consumption and production).

 

The EU has a fundamental role in supporting it, ensuring a right regulatory framework in the single market and informing economic operators and society. More precisely, the European Commission adopted an action plan in 2015 to promote the transition towards circular economy. This plan identified 5 priority sectors (plastics, food waste, critical raw materials, construction and demolition, biomass and bio-based materials) and the transition was funded by European Structural and Investment FundsHorizon 2020, the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), and the LIFE programme.

 

Nowadays, all these actions have been delivered or are being implemented. Yet, much is still needed to scale up action at EU level and globally. That is why circular economy is also going to be present in Horizon Europe through usual calls, missions & partnerships of its second pillar “Global Challenges & Industrial Competitiveness” offering:

  • 15 billion euros to Digital and Industry actions
  • 15 billion euros to Climate, Energy and Mobility
  • 10 billion euros to Food and Natural Resources

AIM:

Contribute to a more responsible society and a more united market rewarding startups answering the materials obsolescence and scarcity problems, offering disruptive ideas and innovative solutions to the UN and EC targets on digitalization, low carbon efficiency, sustainable consumption, etc.

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.

MOBILITY

WHY DO WE HOLD A MOBILITY STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS?

Transport has always been a vital aspect of the human life. The current focus in placed in the creation of new efficient transport means as well as the continuation to ameliorate the existing ones in order to reduce costs and increase its safety towards people and the environment.

Transport is also a crucial aspect of the UE economy. The European commercial road transport sector employs nearly 11 million people directly, about 5% of total EU employment. Road transport accounts for nearly half of all freight transport operations. Passenger transport is expected to grow by 42% by 2050 and freight transport by more than 60% in the same period.

For these reasons, different measures are being taken at a European level.

In the recent years, the European Commission has been releasing Mobility Packages covering areas such as CO2 related matters, regulation, taxation and technology development. The Mobility Package is intended to address a number of problems or support specific developments within the European road transport sectors. To simplify the rules in order to achieve a more consistent enforcement across all Member States as well as supporting social fairness, fair competition, improving the environmental performance of and encouraging innovation.

More recently, the European Commission for Mobility and Transport is developing a study on the aforementioned concerns (safety, pollution, economic issues), which will be finalised in May 2019 and presented at the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council meeting in June this year.
In addition, the European International Bank is fostering the development of an innovative and sustainable European car industry through an agreement which will support CIE Automotive plants in Spain, the Czech Republic, France, Slovakia, Romania, Portugal and Lithuania with an 80 million euros loan under Juncker Plan.

Therefore, the Mobility Startup Europe Awards seeks to encourage governments and enterprises to commit themselves to the current issues affecting mobility and transport for the sake of the economy, society and environment.

AIM:

Rewarding startups developing innovative solutions for reducing costs, transport clean transition and transport digitalisation as well as helping to redefine the mobility legislation in order to unify the European framework.

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.

PROPTECH

WHY DO WE HOLD A PROPTECH STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS?

Proptech is the acronym used to describe any technology for the real estate space related, for instance, to IoT, Big Data, Smart Energy, 3D printing and so on.
Recent studies estimate that digitisation of products and services can add more than EUR 110 billion of annual revenue to the European economy in the next five years.
The European Commission launched on 19 April 2016 the first industry-related initiative of the Digital Single Market package. Building on and complementing the various national initiatives for digitising industry, such as Industrie 4.0, Smart Industry and l’industrie du futur, the Commission will take actions along 5 main pillars. These include use of policy instruments, financial support, coordination and legislative powers to trigger further public and private investments in all industrial sectors and create the framework conditions for the digital industrial revolution.
The mid-term review of the Digital Single Market strategy will focus on digitising the European industry oriented actions, aiming to manage digital transformation of our society and economy.
EU financing current plans should mobilise up to EUR 50 billion of public and private investments in support of the digitisation of industry.

  • EUR 37 billion investment to boost digital innovation.
  • EUR 5.5 billion national and regional investments in digital innovation hubs.
  • EUR 6.3 billion for the first production lines of next-generation electronic components.
  • EUR 6.7 billion for the European Cloud Initiative.

Proptech Startup Europe Awards envisages to scale up cross-border collaborations, to standardise the European PropTech markets, to create a legal framework adapted to PropTech, to foster innovation in Real Estate and to facilitate access to funding

AIM:

To reward startups helping to support a sustainable European PropTech market and to create a positive impact on the European living environment and beyond.
Subcategories
The PropTech StartUp Europe Awards will have 5 subcategories: Invest, Market, Design & Build, Manage & Operate, Live & Work. As there can only be one winner, all the subcategory winners will go head-to-head to determine the overall winner.

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.

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

WHY DO WE HOLD A GASTRONOMY STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS?

In a few years from now, the food industry will have to assume one of the biggest challenges for human beings: the capacity of having a sustainable system of food production, conservation, distribution and waste recycling or even new food that could cater for everybody.

The GASTRONOMY sector needs to create and implement different initiatives that could improve the way we think about food. Thus, sustainable techniques for producing food and transporting it are a constant in innovation projects related to these areas, not only improving the systems of massive production but also approaching local production to local markets, with initiatives like 0km that aims to approach vegetables and fruit gardens to different neighbours in the cities or even the 0m that looks for creating a consistent network of gardens in rooftops of different places in the world. In this way, not only innovation is used for the production but also for the logistics of food: how to move it in the most efficient way to the bigger amount of people.

Food industry and entrepreneurs are also looking for ways to reduce at a minimum the amount of food waste by creating biodegradable packaging or developing apps to manage the remains of a restaurant or a supermarket. The food industry aims to promote the responsible consumption among citizens in order to create a new concept of food.

AIM:

StartUp Europe Awards aims to recognise those entrepreneurs who can address all these issues in an efficient and innovative way, communicating the necessity of facing the challenges related to gastronomy in the modern world.

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.

CLIMATE

WHY DO WE HOLD A CLIMATE STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS?

The European Commission is looking at cost-efficient ways to make the European economy more climate-friendly and less energy-consuming.

Its low-carbon economy roadmap suggests that:

  • By 2050, the EU should cut greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels
  • Milestones to achieve this are 40% emissions cuts by 2030 and 60% by 2040
  • All sectors need to contribute
  • The low-carbon transition is feasible & affordable.

The roadmap suggests that, by 2050, the EU should cut its emissions to 80% below 1990 levels through domestic reductions alone (i.e. rather than relying on international credits). This is in line with EU leaders’ commitment to reducing emissions by 80-95% by 2050 in the context of similar reductions to be taken by developed countries as a group.

To reach this goal, the EU must make continued progress towards a low-carbon society. Clean technologies play an important role.

AIM:

The objective of the Climate category is to award the startups that develop clean technologies and low- or zero-carbon energy, spurring growth and jobs help Europe reduce its use off-key resources like energy, raw materials, land and water. Also, startups who create product or services that help with the mitigation of the impact of the climate change.

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.

EDTECH

WHY DO WE HOLD AN EDTECH STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS?

For the past 150 years or so, most learning models — especially regarding children — have barely changed: A teacher or lecturer stands at the front of the classroom explaining ideas or introducing facts while students sit and listen with the learning materials being mostly physical textbooks or printouts.

From free e-learning platforms that democratize higher education to online homework help communities, edtech startups of all stripes are popping up across the Europe and pushing the ecosystem to the next level. Even the European Commission has noticed developments in this area and is keen on tapping into the movement.

The E.C.’s Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan is generally focused on three areas: education and training; creating a pro-entrepreneur environment; and developing role models and doing outreach to reach groups whose entrepreneurial potential is not being fully tapped.

Technology is changing the job market, and it’s only natural that we find new ways of determining who the right fit for those jobs is. Edtech is poised to be the biggest and possibly most profitable digitalized sector yet, according with David Bainbridge, CEO and founder of Knowledgemotion.

AIM:

The objective of the Edtech category is to award the startups that bring innovative products or services for educative sector, from online certification platforms to websites that offer interactive learning apps. In general, projects those help to improve and advance in education and not only in training.

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.

SPACE

WHY DO WE HOLD A SPACE STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS?

According to the data of the European Space Agency (ESA), the European space industry is at the forefront and attracts the international cooperation. The excellence of the European centres for research and innovation is widely known and the European space operators (Arianespace, Eumetsat, Eutelsat, SES Global, etc.) are the most successful ones in the planet.

The industrial policy of the ESA consists in improving the competitiveness of the European industry, maintaining and developing space technology, fostering the competitiveness of the European industry, transferring the technology developed for the space into applications of other spheres (“spin-off”) and importing innovations from other sector to the space to be used in new space systems (“spin-in”), promoting the innovation and increasing the technological independence of Europe and creating “Space Incubators” for the enterprises of the sector in all Europe.

The European Space Agency fosters the entrepreneurship through a network of business incubators all around Europe, an initiative to inspire entrepreneurs and to turn business ideas related to the space into commercial and viable enterprises.

AIM:

The SPACE category is born out of the need for awarding those innovative startups within the sphere of aerospace and to set Europe as a world benchmark in this sphere.

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.

 

LEGAL

WHY DO WE HOLD A LEGAL STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS?

The progress of technology is undeniable and it reaches every day more and more sectors. Although it may seem surprising, one of the most traditional sectors, legal has been revolutionised by the creation of different technological tools that ease its functioning in more and more innovative ways. The market is every day more competitive and, therefore, the clients’ requests are higher.

Legal Tech is a sector that is in constant development and growth, there are more and more investors that want to exploit this sector, which currently is flourishing in the United States of America, and that it is establish little by little in Europe. It deals with legal services where the technical part joins the legal one, all developed with technology as a basis, as in the case of cloud environment, artificial intelligence to assist in mechanical tasks, etc.

Over time more applications and webpages will appear, addressed both to lawyer’s, offices in order to accelerate the internal management, and to final clients that will conceive the legal services in a much more efficient way, for instance: looking for a lawyer close to the client, apply for estimates in your city, personalize contracts and lodge complains online in cases of cancelled flights or problems with the telephone companies.

AIM:

The initiative to create a category that will award the apparition of new solutions in the legal sphere comes out of this reality. They will be done through technology and will modernize the sector and help the enterprises to improve both their work and their competitiveness in the market.

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.