Thursday, December 1, 2016

December fundraising - acceleration programs and competitions

In the winter new editions of acceleration programs and competitions arise. Don't miss the opportunity to apply to the ones that suit the best start-up for you. check out the list we prepared for you in December!

4YFN Awards 2017 @MWC

International media, global investors, innovation directors and potential clients will be attending 4YFN Awards looking for the world's top start-ups.
The chosen 24 finalists will travel to Barcelona during the Mobile World Congress taking place from 27th February to 1st March 2017 to pitch to investors, media, potential clients and the best qualified jury of experts, but only 3 will be the best 4YFN mobile start-ups of the year.
Meet investors, work with mentors and - most importantly - generate early cash-flow with your MVP. We run 10 programs, on 10 themes to suit your interest and passion. Smart City? November 2016. Tourism? January 2017. Space? June 2017.

Location: Barcelona, ES
Closing date: 4th of January, 2017

Microsoft Accelerator

Microsoft Accelerator London is global ecosystem that enables entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market. our capacity to work with Corporations as well as emerging tech companies creates a unique Win/Win situation that helps us to create sustainable global businesses. Microsoft Accelerator London's vision is to create robust technology to deploy strong sales pipelines.

Location: London, UK
Closing date: 6th of January, 2017

Start-up adVANce by Mercedes-Benz Vans

You have an idea to revolutionise the transport business? You want to gain from a along-term partnership with an OEM and stay independent at the same time? Start-up adVANce by Mercedes-Benz Vans offers you exactly what you are looking for. 
  • Three Tracks: 1. Revolutionising Cargo Space. 2. Concept Phase. 3. Prototype phase.
  • Total sum of awarded grants 1 million euros.
  • Exclusive Partnership with Mercedes-Benz Vans.
  • Overall Goal: Long-term partnership.

Location: Stuttgart, DE
Closing date: 15th of January, 2017

WiderPool (Al, Fintech, Big Data & Telco)

Helps corporates succeed by connecting them to the world's most innovate tech companies. helps growth-stage tech companies scale by bringing them to the attention of global corporates. we are global innovation brokers - we bring together the brightest people on the planet.

WiderPool is providing a unique opportunity for innovate early stage businesses that are looking to expand into new global markets and who can provide business solutions proposed by corporates.

Location: Global
Closing date: 31st of December, 2016
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SIBSPayForward (Smart Finance & Payments) Accelerator

Join SIBS PayForward for the unique opportunity to disrupt the Smart Finance and Payments Industry alongside a Fintech heavyweight. A 2-month program with top methodologies and experts backed by SIBS, one of the main innovators in the industry and one of the leading Start-up Accelerators in Europe, Beta-i.

Location: Lisbon, PT
Closing date: 31st of January, 2017
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Reimagine Drone

Reimagine Drone in Barcelona's first drone services incubator from Brinc and Incubio. We offer Europian entrepreneurs acces to prototyping resources typically available only in Asia in addition to a proven, online curriculum and technical hands-on-training.

The program will enable startups who are seeking financial and technical support with developing disruptive technologies leveraging the use of commercial drones.

Location: Barcelona, ES
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Start-upBootCamp Smart Transportation & Energy

Start-upBootCamp is teh global start-up accelerator with 14 programs in 9 cities including Amsterdam, Berlin, Istanbul, London, New York, and Singapore with a mentor and alumni network in more than 30 countries.

Each accelerator's program selects 10. start-ups from more than 500 global applicants to join the 3 month program including 15 000 eur for living expences, free co-working space and over 450 000 eur in deals from partners such as AWS and Salesforce.

Location: Berlin, DE
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X2 Labs

Join a team, co-create a company, become a co-funder and build your next dream job. Our 4 week accelerator programs takes you and your team on a hyper-growth program to launch and scale your new company.

Location: Stavanger, NO
Closing date: 14th of December, 2017
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PortXL - World Port Accelerator

PortXL is a start-up acceleration program for port inventors , located in the world's smartest maritime cluser.
Ten exclusively selected start-ups will be accelerated during an intensive 100-day mentorship driven program located in the city of Rotterdam. Apart from facilities and training, PortXL offers an ecosystem of funders, investors and corporate partners that supports and accelerates the entrepreneurial journey.

Location: Rotterdam, NL
Closing date: 31st of January, 2017
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AXA Assistance

At AXA Assistance we recognise the discruption of the insurance sector and that's great because it means more value for the end customer, which is what we're all about.

With this in mind we have shifted our strategy, making collaborative development with disruptive Start-ups one of our key goals. We're here to develop at place, in an agile way and deliver revolutionary experiences to our clients and their customers.

Location: London, UK
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The Conference of European Rabbis recognises the importance of tech and innovation being in today's society. Therefore by rewarding, supporting these projects annually, the CER is investing in the good of the future of our world. Enter your mission and you can win the First prize of 26,000 eur chash or one of the two 18,000 eur cash runner-up prizes. We measure success by the amount of good you're doing in the world.

Location: Munich, DE
Closing date: 31st of July, 2017
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Thursday, November 3, 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 November!

The Refiners

The Refiners is a 3-month acceleration program specifically designed to immerse startup founders from abroad in Silicon Valley culture. It will give you a foundation of knowledge and access to the expertise you need to expand your vision and scale your startup globally. It provides the necessary funding, education, networking and mentorship to start in Silicon Valley.
The Refiners accelerator aims to provide you the support and training necessary to grow your startup into Silicon Valley–ready ventures. We always make sure you are receiving maximum support, information and advice.

Location: San Francisco, US 
Closing date: 6th of March, 2017

Y&R SparkPlug

SparkPlug is Y&R’s global innovation incubator that offers free office space, resources and relationships to interesting companies and idea generators with zero equity fees. Companies can focus on building their game changing ideas, technology and products with the support of our global network spanning 189 offices in 93 countries around the world. In exchange, we invite you to share new ways to thinking, introduce innovative technologies and forge productive partnerships. 

We will assign agency champions from key client teams to each startup to help you navigate the agency and make introductions in order to maximize your time here. Additional program benefits may include mentorship from industry leaders, demo days, start-up seminars, client introductions, participation in innovation conferences, and investment funding and acquisition discussions.

Location: London, UK
Closing date: 31st of December, 2016

Reimagine Drone

Reimagine Drone is Barcelona’s first drone services incubator from Brinc and Incubio. We offer European entrepreneurs access to prototyping resources typically available only in Asia in addition to a proven, online curriculum and technical hands-on training.

Location: Barcelona, ES
Closing date: 25th of November, 2016

E2FC Pitch days

On 17 November 2016, Eierfabrik and Factory Campus bring you E2FC Pitch days! A startup battle with some of Germany’s brightest startups from the IT, Communications, New Media, Life Science, and Industry CleanTec 4.0 sectors.

One Grand Prize winner is set up to take home a 100K investment. Plus, the top 4 startups will be invited to a 3-day Intensive Startup Training session in Mallorca, Spain where they will take part in workshops, social events, and of course, a little bit of fun in the sun! The location is an ancient Majorcan manor which dates from the 13th century and is surrounded by an amazing natural environment and easy access to its beautiful beaches. The estate has been recently restored and turned into a wonderful place perfect to work together in small teams.

Location: Düsseldorf, DE
Closing date: 17th of November, 2016

Richi Social Entrepreneurs

Richi Social Entrepreneurs is a Boston-based initiative running a 3-week immersion program in Boston for international startups with potential to generate positive social outcomes in sectors like BioTech, MedTech, HealthCare, CleanTech, EdTech, or Social Tech. 

Location: Boston, US
Closing date: 7th of February, 2017

Capital Innovators

Ranked a Top Seed Accelerator in the U.S. (by Tech Crunch, Inc, MIT, etc.) the Capital Innovators Accelerator Program provides $50,000 in seed funding, project-based mentorship from a seasoned pool of knowledgeable experts, stellar perks, networking, and follow-on funding opportunities over the course of 12 weeks.

The 70 companies in our portfolio have gone on to raise more than $175MM after graduating the program. Two classes are run each year - one in the fall, and one in the spring. 

Location: Saint Louis, US

Closing date: 11th of November, 2016

Mundi Lab Insurtech Accelerator

Mundi Lab is an insurance tech acceleration program, designed to facilitate the go-to-market of startups with innovative solutions for the insurance and reinsurance industries. Mundi Lab is divided in two phases:
Phase 1: An intensive 5-weeks program designed to take 10 selected teams in very diverse industries to the next level…and open infinite opportunities to them within the Insurance market (cash and equity free for participants!)

Location: Madrid, ES

Closing date: 13th of November, 2016

Techstars Music

Techstars Music, in partnership with Bill Silva Entertainment, Harmonix Music Systems, Silva Artist Management/Era of the Engineer, QPrime Management, SONOS, Sony Music and Warner Music Group
Techstars is a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market wherever they choose to build their business. With 18 mentorship-driven accelerator programs worldwide, Techstars exists to support the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey. Techstars provides access to over 5,000 founders, mentors investors, and corporate partners, allowing entrepreneurs to accelerate the pace of innovation and do more faster. Techstars makes entrepreneurship more accessible by providing access to capital, guidance, marketing, business development, customer acquisition, and recruitment.

Location: Los Angeles, US
Closing date: 11th of December, 2016

European Student Startups

European Student Start-ups brings together aspiring entrepreneurs and investors; where early stage start ups are grown into successful companies.
Entrants will pitch to investors through a three-stage process, and the finalists will receive the opportunity to secure investment from a range of investors at our Demo Day in London, March 2017.

Location: London, UK
Closing date: 9th of December, 2016

Merck Accelerator

Are you ready to get your start-up to the next level?
The Merck Accelerator is looking for true innovators and entrepreneurs with a start-up mindset. Candidates applying to the accelerator program should be startups in the fields of healthcare, life science and performance materials who are dedicated to the program and ready to give their all for the entire program period. 

Location: Darmstadt, DE
Closing date: 19th of December, 2016

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