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ePlus to promote SERN at the Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE) 2016

We are happy to announce that ePlus will participate at the Open Space Slots of the Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE) 2016 conference on Thursday 9 June in Muziekgebouw Eindhoven (14:00 – 16:00) and will promote SERN (Startup Europe Regions Network initiative).


Nitro: The extreme acceleration event recap

Last week the European Commission’s funded ePlus project hosted the Nitro event in the Capgemini Consulting office in Utrecht, the Netherlands as partner of Startupfest. In a creative environment, several European startups participated in workshops and exercises on topics such as sales, investment readiness, and innovation management. In addition to the workshops, the startups enjoyed the opportunity to meet with each other, corporates and investors. The event was concluded with an exciting pitching contest, allowing the startups to utilize the knowledge acquired from the workshops.


Ideas Competition By WeHubs

The 1st European Network of Women Web Entrepreneurs’ Hubs  is launching their Ideas Competition for women in the digital sector.

The Ideas Competition by WeHubs, is showcasing female creativity in software design and web services, and promoting and rewarding the best apps or software developed by girls and women all around Europe. 

They are on the look-out for the most innovative ideas for software applications for the web and other mobile devices. An indication of just some of the topics we are looking at are:


Smart Open Lisboa - help upgrade Lisbon's city life!

Smart Open Lisboa, the new startup program that will revolutionise Lisbon’s city life by challenging startups to solve some of the city’s most interesting issues with open data, was just launched!

Smart Open Lisboa is officially turning Lisbon into a living lab. Find out more about the program in the recently released website: http://www.smartopenlisboa.com/


Nitro: the extreme acceleration event deadline for applications extended to April 27

The ePlus Ecosystem has decided to extend the deadline for applying to Nitro: the extreme acceleration event to the 27th of April (23:59 CET).

During the event, 20 international mature startups will work together with consultants from Capgemini Consulting, Europe Unlimited, Inovamais and INTRASOFT on a wide range of topics such as Business Model Redesign, Investment Readiness, Organizational Design in Startups and Innovation Management.


Current State of Crowdfunding in Europe


Win a free trip to Pioneers, Vienna with Welcome & Startup Europe!

Welcome and Startup Europe have teamed up with the Pioneers Festival to offer an amazing opportunity to 8 early stage European startups.

2 members of your team will travel to Vienna, Austria for 3 nights courtesy of the Welcome project and Startup Europe with 2 tickets to Pioneers festival provided through the Pioneers500 initiative.

The festival takes place 24th – 25th May 2016.


Startup Europe’s IOT accelerator opens-up applications for its 2nd batch

Startup Europe is a European Commission initiative that aims to strengthen the business environment for web and ICT entrepreneurs so that their ideas and business can start and grow in the EU.

Startup Scaleup is a Pan-European IoT Accelerator that aims to provide a greater range and quality of services to ambitious entrepreneurs who want to launch and grow companies focused on the Internet of Things (IoT).


Scaling Together: corporate-startup collaboration

Startup Europe Partnership's latest report on corporate-startup collaboration - Scaling Together - was launched this week in Lisbon (at Beta-i) and Hanover (at CeBIT).  It provides some practical advice on how to form better corporate-startup partnerships and is available online.

This report analyses common barriers to corporate-startup collaboration and provides advice on how to overcome them.

Key findings


FIWARE Refugee Challenge - Let's solve it all together

Europe needs innovative ideas to turn the refugee crisis into the opportunity it is. Therefore, we invite all startups of the FIWARE family and beyond to apply with their solutions for a specific existing challenge. Following the Chinese idiom: