Friday, October 14, 2016

InvestHorizon and EASME Shaping the Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow

On 10 October, 90 startups and 9 expert coaches came together for an InvestHorizon Coaching Academy organized by EBAN in collaboration with EASME during the SME Instrument Innovator’s Summit in Brussels, Belgium. Around 600 attendees, including numerous VCs and angel investors, gathered at the EGG Brussels, where the event was opened by EBAN Vice President and FiBAN Founder Riku Asikainen. Mr. Asikainen’s keynote speech revolved around the 5 practical steps entrepreneurs need to take in order to conquer “the mountain”, which represents the goal every startup should have – becoming a scale-up.

Right after this hghly inspiring opening speech, the 80 participating startups were divided into 9 classrooms according to their sectors - health, energy, digital and ICT-focused - and underwent a rigorous coaching session entitled “Elevator Pitch Dry Run” with one of the following outstanding coaches, all of whom are experienced business angels:

•    Riku Asikainen – Co-founder and Chairman Emeritus, Finnish Business Angels Network
•    Berthold Baurek-Karlic - Managing Partner (CEO), Venionaire Capital
•    Julian Costley – Chairman, LawyerFair
•    Ian Sosso – Founder and Managing Partner, Monte Carlo Capital
•    Cécile Sevrain – CFO, Tiime
•    Audra Shallal – Board Member, Nordic Female Business Angel Network
•    Jaakko Salminen – Chairman, Finnish Business Angels Network
•    Cristina Vicini – Managing Director, Vicini Strategy
•    Kim Neel Wyon – Senior Partner, Optiteam

The coaching session consisted of startups presenting their 3-minute pitch, followed by 7 minutes of constructive feedback from coaches as well as fellow entrepreneurs. The workshops lasted for two hours and were followed by an Investment Forum that lasted through the afternoon and the following day. Several startups taking part in the Coaching Academy had the chance to pitch at the Investment Forum as well, equipped with advice and a better understanding of pitching best practices.
EBAN would like to thank all of the coaches and participants, as well as EASME for its collaboration!

In the Spotlight: Obuu - Attracting investors in the high-tech industry

Obuu was born 1 year ago, at a time when all founders quit their jobs in big engineering companies and jumped into this adventure. In a short period of time, we were the only Spanish company selected for the Airbus Bizlab, Airbus’ first corporate accelerator. As you can imagine, the press coverage was huge: a lot of calls, interviews and pressure.

We successfully went through the acceleration program, in which we managed to do several tests of concepts with different interested Airbus departments, and from which we obtained the commercial contacts that we have now. We’re now established in the ESA Business Incubation Centre, in Leganés (Madrid), and we receive a lot of support from logistics experts from ESA and Fundación Madri+d.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Fall fundraising - acceleration programs and competitions

In the fall new editions of acceleration programs and competitions arise. Don’t miss the opportunity to apply to the ones that suit best your startup. Check out the list we prepare for you in October!

FinTech Innovation Lab

The FinTech Innovation Lab London is an annual accelerator program run by Accenture in collaboration with the world’s top financial institutions. Now in its fifth year, the European chapter, the London Lab accepts applications from across the globe from early and growth stage companies that have developed cutting edge technology products targeted at the financial services and insurance sectors. This year FinTech Innovation Lab has introduced an Insurance (InsurTech) track into the programme.
Through a competitive process, 16 companies, across 4 tracks (Insurance, Retail banking, Corporate and Investment Banking and Tech4Tech) will be selected to enter the Lab. Held in a trusted, collaborative and non-sales environment, this innovative 12-week mentoring programme is your opportunity to work with potential future customers and perfect your propositions, gain unique insights into the banking industry and build strong relationships.

Location: London, UK
Closing date: October 09, 2016

BDL Accelerate 2016 Startup Competition
BDL Accelerate is one of the Mediterranean's biggest and most influential conference, attracting over 10,000 attendees from around the world. Last year, over 500 Million US$ of early stage VCs from the USA, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, & Africa participated in BDL Accelerate.
The BDL Accelerate Startup Competition puts the world's best early stage startups in front of industry leaders and veteran investors / VCs. BDL Accelerate will review and select the best 100 startups to compete on stage on November 3, 4, 5 2016 in Beirut.

Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Closing date: October 10, 2016

Startupbootcamp IoT & Data Tech 2016
With over 14 global programs across 10 themes, Startupbootcamp has earned itself a top spot in the Europe markets. The program in Barcelona specializes in Internet of Things and Smart Data.
The program lasts 3 months in Barcelona with over 300 mentor meetings, trainings and workshops. The teams have the opportunity to meet with key investors and press over an informal feedback session, before the final Demo Day at the 4YFN stage of the Mobile World Congress.

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Closing date: October 10, 2016

Mastercard Start Path Global

Start Path Global is MasterCard's worldwide programme for innovative later stage startups from across the globe.
Since 2014, this six-month virtual programme, has been working with an ever growing portfolio of later stage startups with unique solutions across fintech and commerce.

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Closing date: October 11, 2016

Start Alliance Berlin November 2016
This program helps startups from the cities Paris, Tel Aviv, Shanghai and New York city to expand their business to Berlin, Germany. So it targets startups who already have a product ready, and who have short term plans for extending and entering the German/European market.

Startups get free office space in one of its partner coworking places for the duration of the program to test the Berlin market and build a network of partners. Further support is given by connecting startups with meaningful industry partners, universities, by providing location service, financing service and talent service.

Location: Berlin, Germany
Closing date: October 12, 2016

Fashion Technology Accelerator Fall 2016

FTA Milan is a management Consulting firm that offers a business acceleration program aimed exclusively at young enterprises operating in the intersection between fashion and technology.

FTA boasts a network possessing exclusive expertise in Technology, Management, Fashion, and Investments in a 6 months acceleration to support the selected companies to grow and become leading players on the market.

Location: Milan, Italy
Closing date: October 15, 2016

Barclays Techstars Accelerator - London

The Barclays Accelerator Powered by Techstars is a three month intensive startup accelerator operated by Techstars in partnership with Barclays, focused on financial technology innovation and disruptive solutions. Ten companies will be selected and mentors will be engaged from the Techstars network and from Barclays.

Location: London, UK
Closing date: October 15, 2016

Accenture HealthTech Innov. Challenge
The challenge from Accenture’s Life Sciences and Health practices brings together early stage innovative startups with many of the largest life sciences companies and healthcare providers to tackle some of the world’s greatest health challenges including access, affordability and transparency.
The final companies selected will be invited to the StartUp Health Festival in San Francisco in January 2017 to pitch to an exclusive panel of judges that includes representatives from Amerisource Bergen, Merck, Novartis, Shire, and UBC. The winners will gain direct access to the leading companies in their target customer or therapeutic sector, while industry leaders gain exposure to fully vetted, cutting-edge technologies as they evolve.

Location: London, UK
Closing date: October 21, 2016

Pi Labs Accelerator
Property Innovation Labs (Pi Labs) is a 13-week intensive mentor led programme that accelerates the growth of exciting property start-ups. The programme culminates in a series of investor events where a carefully selected group of angel investors, VCs and Private Equity groups will be present.

Location: London, UK
Closing date: November 04, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

In the Spotlight: Smarthelix – Internet of Things getting investment ready

Smarthelix is a Portuguese early stage start-up based in UPTEC (University of Porto – Science, Technology Park) working mainly on the Internet of Things. The start-up comprises 5 promotors having together more than thirty years of experience and a common passion for entrepreneurship and technology.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Have you taken the most of InvestHorizon? These startups surely have!

At InvestHorizon, we always like to get news and feedback from the startups who attended our events and before we start off again after a well-deserved summer break for all of us, EBAN would like to share with you some of this feedback!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

In the Spotlight: Textil Energy – key lessons from an SME never running out of power

Textil Energy is a Valencia, Spain based company which works mainly on solar energy and energy storage systems.

Juan Toribio, the CEO, was fascinated by renewables energies and wished to create a company in that sector. After years of studies, the company Textil Energy became real with the objective of making people self-sufficient in energy wherever they are.

Friday, August 12, 2016

In the Spotlight: Knok – Key lessons from a start-up in the healthcare sector

Knok is an early stage ‘Uber-style’ private health care platform currently based in Portugal, which enables patients to access on-demand and in-person medical support at their convenience. This start-up took part in the InvestHorizon Early Stage Camp & Investment Forum EBAN Annual Congress in Porto on 25th May 2016 and won the “most investable” start-up prize according to the Forum.