Events

ESPON Transnational Conference

“Southern Europe at the crossroads: are we making the right decisions about accessibility investments for the future?”

The ESPON transnational conference “Southern Europe at the crossroads: are we making the right decisions about accessibility investments for the future?” will take place on 3 October 2017 at the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport in Rome.

Venue

Rome, Italy

Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport

3 October 2017 – 9:00am to 5:30pm
via Nomentana 2, Rome
“Parlamentino” Room (IV floor)
00161 Rome
Italy
Email: vassilen.iotzov@espon.eu

EU Prize for Women Innovators 2018

The European Commission has launched the fifth edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators to award women entrepreneurs who have achieved outstanding innovations and brought them to market. Apply by 15 November 2017 and follow us on #WIPrizeEU.

Why a prize for women innovators?

Europe urgently needs more innovators to stay competitive in the coming decades and to spur economic growth. Women are underrepresented in terms of creating innovative enterprises. This is an untapped potential for Europe, which needs to optimise all available resources to remain competitive and find solutions to our societal challenges.

That is why the Commission created a Prize for Women Innovators in 2011 to increase public awareness of this issue and to encourage women innovators to exploit the commercial and business opportunities and become entrepreneurs.

Who can apply?

The contest is open to women across the EU (or country associated to Horizon 2020) who have:

  • Founded a successful company and brought innovation to market
  • Benefitted from R&I funding from the public or private sector

Apply by 15 November 2017

For further information:

http://ec.europa.eu/research/prizes/women-innovators/index.cfm?pg=home

Maserati Live Innovation Event

26 September 2017

Modena, Italy

Are you an innovative start-up with a disruptive technology which may radically change the future of Transportation and Automotive industry?

It is high time to show your talent and get in touch with key industrial players.

The Call for the Maserati Live Innovation event is now open (online address http://maserati-innovation.euei.it) and it will give the opportunity to a number of startups to meet Maserati engineering departments, industrial technical experts, scientific staff from academic research centers during an open-house event where talented entrepreneurs will introduce their technologies to industrial spokespersons. The event targets the creation of a networking to foster innovation, lateral thinking and lay the foundation for potential future project collaborations.

The event will take place at Modena’s track, Strada Pomposiana 255/A Modena – Italy, on the 26th of September 2017 from 10:00 to 16:00.

Do you think that the technology developed by your start-up may have a successful application into the automotive industry?

Then, do not hesitate and apply for the “Maserati Live Innovation” event. Application period closes on the 23rd of August 2017.

Please read the Event Call for all details. For further information please send an e-mail to innovation.benchmarking@maserati.com.

Startup Europe Regions Network – SERN

Moving forward

14 June 2017, Brussels

European Commission, DG CNECT, Avenue Beaulieu 25,

Background

High-growth firms are crucial for strengthening the European economy, and boosting innovation and competitiveness of European regions. They create many more new jobs compared to other firms.

Several Member States have already put in place or are considering initiatives to create an environment conducive to innovation and entrepreneurship.

At European level important initiatives have been taken to support startups, in particular on 22 November 2016, the European Commission launched the Startup and Scaleup initiative as part of general strategy to make a deeper and fairer single market and help startups grow. Also, in partnership with the European Commission and since 2011,  the Comittte of Regions rewards every year EU regions which show an outstanding and innovative entrepreneurial policy strategy for the future.

However, futher assessment is needed regarding the implementation of effective measures to support startups at regional level, notably reviewing progess made over time and promoting best regional practices.

In this context, the European Commission promoted the creation of SERN which was officially launched at a major event in October 2015 at the Committee of Regions. Since then, SERN has been set up as a non for profit organisation with a strong commitment to support startups and its activities, in particular byfocussing on the mapping and promotion of support activities at regional level across Europe and by mobilizing regional resources to address relevant barriers to startups’ growth, such as harmonization of regulations, access to talent and to major research infrastructures.

SERN aims at providing an annual overview and gauging of the measures taken by the regions to foster startup growth, highlighting best practices and showing cases studies.

SERN will engage with the European institutions, local authorities and relevant stakeholders to ensure the success of this initiative.

Message from President Markku Markkula
of the European Committee of the Regions

Programme

9.00

9.30

10.00

10.20

11.00

11.25

12.10

12.45

Registration

Welcome and Introduction

Roberto Viola, Director General, DG CNECT

Bert Kuby, Head of Unit, Committee of Regions

Startup Europe and SERN

Isidro Laso Ballesteros,

Head of Startups and Scaleups Sector, DG CNECT

SERN Current state of affairs

Eurico Neves, CEO INOVA+

Coffee break

Session I: Presentations by EER regions

moderated by Eurico Neves, CEO INOVA+
Manuela Hofer, Lower Austria
Roberto Algarra, Comunidad Valenciana
Christine Chang, Helsinki-Uusimaa
Anto Recio, Extremadura

  • Review of measures included on EER strategies for supporting startups
  • Update on current state of affairs, progress made and challenges in supporting startups
  • Motivations and expectations for joining SERN. How can SERN help you?

The way forward: SERN activities

Emma Fau, SERN

End of session