Startup Europe Awards

10 M€ will be allocated by the EU for the growth and consolidation of startups

– The call “Startup Europe for Growth and Innovation Radar” was presented at Startup Europe after 2 Years, organized by DG CONNECT at the Permanent Representation of Spain to the European Union in Brussels.

– Startup Europe Awards has been highlighted as good practice that recognizes the work done by public entities that support entrepreneurship.

– The Startup Europe after 2 years’ conference was inaugurated by the General Director for Finnova Foundation Juan Manuel Revuelta and the Director General  of DG CONNECT Gerard de Graaf.

– Prince Constantino of the Netherlands and the Colombian ambassador to Brussels, Rodrigo Rivera, welcomed the invitation to the event, attended by 200 people including political authorities, accelerators, consultants, representatives of European projects and journalists from the technological field.

Brussels, 6 February 2017.- The European Commission’s CONNECT Directorate-General in support of its Startup Europe initiative celebrated the ‘Startup Europe After 2 Years – Discover its impact and learn about future initiatives’ at the Representation Permanent Representative of Spain to the European Union in Brussels.

The European Commission has presented the call “ICT-32-2017 Startup Europe for Growth & Innovation Radar” to which it will allocate 10 million euros to reinforce the digital ecosystems and to facilitate the growth and consolidation of the startups, whose cut date  is next April 25. Finnova has expressed its interest in applying as the Belgian partner of this call.

During the meeting the situation of the European startups has been analyzed and the balance of the projects supported by Startup Europe in the last two years has been known, among which is WELCOME, startups platform that unites the cities of Madrid and Salamanca With Dublin, Berlin and Milan, led by BISITE Accelerator.

The director of DG CONNECT Gerard de Graaf has highlighted the success of the Startup Europe initiative, which during its two years of operation has supported more than 700 startups and highlighted how “talent in Europe is distributed, not located in a only place, and that is our strong point “.

For his part, Juan Manuel Revuelta, has highlighted “the opportunity we have due to  the current political situation, derived from the Brexit and the new US Administration, to generate connections with entrepreneurial ecosystems like Latin America, and Spain can be the bridge to achieve it”.

Startup Europe has supported 10 European projects H2020 connecting 16 cities, with more than 100 activities of internationalization for the startups, which have generated more than 3,500 jobs and have captured more than 200 million euros in investment.

Finnova Foundation, partner of the European Commission in the framework of StartUp Europe Awards, has presented the startups Latipp (which has gotten 50,000 euros of SME Instrument), Astronical Space Industries (winner of Startup Europe Accelerator so it will be accelerated in Brussels ), Apsu (benefited with the INNOBONOS Canarias assistance to prepare their participation in European projects) and Abonova, startup from Alicante in sustainability that supports agriculture.

César Morcillo, director of the Spanish Office for Science and Technology, Andrés Martínez and Tomás Coca, from the Repsol Foundation Entrepreneurs’ Fund, attended the meeting, among other institutional representatives.

StartUp Europe Awards

StartUp Europe Awards, an initiative promoted by the European Commission, has the support of the President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of the European Parliament as ambassadors and is implemented by Finnova in collaboration with StartUp Europe.

This project identifies local success models that inspire other entrepreneurs and public administrations with a methodology of public-private collaboration that maximizes the use of European funds in innovative solutions to improve the quality of life of citizens. Currently more than 30 organizations from all over Europe are part of the Alliance of these awards, which have recognized more than 70 European startups.

Startup Europe is an initiative of the European Commission, which is part of its “Digital Single Market” priority. Its objectives are to connect all the players in the European entrepreneurship ecosystem, through tools like Startup Europe Map and 5 projects (Digistart, Ecosystem ePlus, Start Scaleup, Twist Digital and Welcome) that are developed in several European cities. In addition, it supports regional initiatives such as Startup Europe Week or Startup Europe Regions Network. Startup Europe also celebrates the success of entrepreneurs through Techallstars, Europioneeers and StartUp Europe Awards.

StartUp Europe Accelerator

Finnova has managed since 2012 the program StartUp Europe Accelerator, a second level accelerator that offers a period of acceleration of high performance for startups through the optimization of European tools, fight against legal barriers, financing, networking and support for internationalization.

This program has benefited more than 150 entrepreneurs to date and has been supported for three consecutive years by the Ministry of Employment and Social Security of the Government of Spain. In addition, it is a partner of the Microsoft BizSpark program.

The “Startup Europe after 2 years” day has been streamed with the support of the Finnova Foundation through the link and will be available on the social networks of Finnova (https: // goo. Gl / GZVqSp).


Catalina Valencia