World Circular Economy Forum 2019: renewing the economy, as we know itOn 3-5 June 2019, the third edition of the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) will take place in Helsinki, Finland.Over two thousand circular economy thinkers, strategists and experts will gather to discuss how to scale up the transition to the next era of the circular economy.
EIC innovators connect with large Corporates in HamburgOn 24 and 25 April 2019, at the old Customs House in Hamburg, 54 companies backed by the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot had the opportunity to pitch and present their business cases and to engage in one-on-one business meetings with representatives from some of the leading Corporates in Europe. The multi-corporate event was promoted by the EIC pilot together with comdirect.
XpectralTEK's technology fights diseases in vineyardsIn the late 19th century the phylloxera epidemic destroyed most of the vineyards in Europe. Since then many techniques have been tried to avoid such a cataclysm, ranging from burying a live toad under the vine to chemical treatments to the plant. XpectralTEK has developed a multispectral imaging technology that can predict plagues and diseases in vineyards. The technology is now being tested with Vinho Verde producers from the Minho region of Portugal.
Join the Euronext TechShare Programme 2019Interested in what’s happening within the capital markets in the coming 18-36 months? Apply to the next edition of TechShare Euronext’s educational programme targeted towards CEOs of small businesses keen to learn more about capital markets. Euronext is now in the process of selecting the candidates for the next edition, starting in September 2019. The deadline to apply is the 5th of June 2019.
EU speeds up access to market of 13 innovative projects with €33 millionThe European Commission is awarding €33.12 million to bring innovative ideas to market quicker. The 13 benefitting projects, involving 54 partners in 17 countries, will receive around €2 million each with this round of the Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) under the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot.
CELLINK partnerships and acquisitions complement strong organic growthBased in Gothenburg, Sweden, CELLINK is developing bioprinting technology with a focus on making it easy to use for non-experts. Founded in 2016, Cellink went straight to an IPO on Nasdaq First North that year, raising €360,000 (SEK 3.7M). In 2018 the company received a Phase 2 grant from the EIC pilot SME Instrument of € 2.4 million.
277 innovators selected for funding under EIC’s SME InstrumentA total of 277 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) form 25 countries have been selected for funding under the latest round of the SME Instrument, in the so-called Phase 1 of the programme. The companies will receive a total amount of €13.7 million to share between their projects to get their innovations faster on the market.
EIC pilot and EDP promote matchmaking day for energy innovatorsThe European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot and EDP organised a matchmaking day for startups and scaleups working in the energy sector. On 26 March, a total of 29 entrepreneurs had the chance to pitch their solutions and engage in bilateral meetings with corporate representatives in Lisbon.
EIC Investor Day: Empowering women innovatorsCompanies that have women in leading positions consistently perform better than companies that don't. However, innovative, techy and digital companies still excruciatingly lack women entrepreneurs. On 4 April, 33 innovative companies led by women and funded by the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot met for an EIC Investor Day in Brussels to promote the access of women entrepreneurs to finance. In addition to panel discussions with investors and plenty of networking, 12 innovative companies got to pitch in front of investors. In addition, European Commissioner for Innovation Carlos Moedas announced the 13 finalists for the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2019, two of which are funded by the EIC.
1765 small businesses seek funding under the EIC SME InstrumentThe European Commission received 1765 proposals for the European Innovation Council pilot’s SME Instrument Phase 2 before the latest cut-off date on 3 April 2019. SMEs from 35 countries submitted proposals.