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14th Heidelberg Innovation Forum 2015, 19th and 20th May 2015 - Smart data

Heidelberg Innovation Forum 2015 - Smart Data
The 14th Heidelberg Innovation Forum – the matching platform for early innovation phases – is looking for your business ideas or R&D results with high market potential!
Apply and find your partners for (start-up) financing, development and licensing of your technologies or business ideas in Heidelberg.
The closing date for applications is 23rd February 2015. The application form can be found here.
Start-ups and researchers: Present your “Smart Data” business idea to investors!
“Smart Data” will be the focus of this year’s Heidelberg Innovation Forum.
We look for concepts using secure, profitable and high-quality data management to generate new business models. Ideas from various sectors such as life science, creative industries, smart production, security, logistics or mobility are eligible for submission. Further information about the topic “Smart Data” is available here.
If your submission is convincing, you will get the opportunity to present your business idea to investors and market actors in a six-minute pitch. In the generous matching breaks there will be time for talks with decision makers, experts and investors at your meeting point.
EIG Coaching Day
Benefit from the EIG coaching day at the forum:
Pitching companies receive training and individual coaching from international experts the day before the forum to improve their business model as well as their presentation skills. The coaching day is organized by the EU project European Investor Gate which aims at bridging the gap be tween public funding and private equity investment.
This event is free of charge for researchers and founders.
The Heidelberg Innovation Forum will take place on 19th and 20th May 2015. Organisers of the event are bwcon GmbH and the European Media Laboratory.
For further information:
Please contact Corinna Voss (+49-711-18421 645, ) for all questions related to the event or the call for proposals.

Wednesday, February 18th 2015

On 4th November EIG's 50 "most investable" European start-ups presented their business ideas to more than 30 investors at the Silicon Stroll Bootcamp. Seabery, a company providing augmented reality solutions for training from Spain, won the cash prize of 5000 Euro. To give you some impressions the Dublin Business Innovation Centre has collected the highlights of the event, enjoy!

Here’s  some highlights of the Silicon Stroll Bootcamp, hosted by Dublin BIC as part of the European Investor Gate project.  The event welcomed 50 tech entrepreneurs to Dublin for a day event which included a tour of Google, IBM & PayPal followed by pitch battles and entrepreneurial workshops.
Rory Caren (IBM), John Phlan, Tara Beshoff (DBIC) Pady Flynn (Google)
Rory Caren of IBM and Paddy Flynn of Google launch the event with Dublin BIC team members John Phelan and Tara Beshoff
Getting ready for the event
Getting ready for the event
The steps to Google
The steps to Google
 Paddy Flynn, Google & John Phelan (DublinBIC)
Paddy Flynn, Director Product Quality Operations at Google with John Phelan of the Halo Business Angel Partnership
 John Phelan (DublinBIC)opens the event
John Phelan of Dublin BIC opens the event
 Tony Corrigan of Tenderscout
Tony Corrigan of Tenderscout enjoys the Google session
 DublinBIC chairman Frank Roche with Rory Caren of IBM and John Phelan of Dublin BIC
Dublin BIC chairman Frank Roche with Rory Caren of IBM and John Phelan of the Halo Business Angel Partnership
 John Phelan (DublinBIC) enjoys the tech expo at IBM
The IBM Tech expo gets off to a good start
 Alexandra Rudl of bwcon leading the business modelling workshop for entrepreneurs
Alexandra Rudl and Corinna Voss of German incubator bwcon, lead the an entrepreneurial workshop on business modelling
 Victor De Witt from Recipay  enjoys the IBM tech expo
Victor De Witt of Luxembourg startup Recipay engages with the tech expo in IBM
 Anthony Rafferty (PayPal) & John Phelan (DublinBIC)
Anthony Rafferty of PayPal prepares to present “The Future of Money”
 Patrick Rahme of AllSquare pitches to investors
Patrick Rahme of All Square, a golfing platform, pitches to the audience
 Judging Panel - Conor Carmody(DublinBIC),Gilles Le Cocguen (BPI France) Brigitte Baumann (Go Beyond)
Gilles Le Cocguen of BPI France participates in the judging panel with Conor Carmody of Dublin BIC and Brigitte Baumann of Go Beyond
 Lucas Pedretti of Qymatix
Lucas Pedretti of Qymatix, a German sales analytics company, smiles for the camera.
Joana Soares of IPN and Heidi Corr of Dublin BIC moderate the pitch sessions
Heidi Corr from DublinBIC moderates the pitches with Joana Soares of Portuguese Innovation organisation Insituto Pedro Nunes.
Catherine Delevoye of Technoport leads the Deal Flows & Exit Strategy workshop
Catherine Delevoye of Luxembourg innovation agency Technoport, leads the group workshop on “Deal Flows & Exit Strategies”
 Nadir Benouali -  Medicadose -  Final Pitch Battle
Nadir Benouli of French startup Medicadose presents in the final pitch battle.
Frank Devisme of Hanakai, a french startup in the creative sector, listens attentively.
Paul Quigley of Newswhip gets interviewed
Newship’s CEO Paul Quigley gets interviewed
 IBM Case studies Tom Morrisoe of The Now Factory and Ronan Rooney of Curam
Tom Morrisoe of The Now Factoy and Ronan Rooney of Curam present as case studies to the event participants
 True Pivot engages with the IBM Q&A session
An entrepreneur engages with the Q&A session
 Gianluca Ferranti of Vivocha pitches to investors
Italian entrepreneur Gianluca Ferranti engages the audience to pitch his company Vivocha, recent winner of the 2014 Red Herring Top 100 Europe, 2013 IBM SmartCamp and White Bull and IAB competitions.
 Paolo Anselmo (IBAN), Chris Dial (Microsoft), Desmond Fahey CEO DBIC, Sean Beirne -Angel Investor, Alex Hobbs -AIB Seed Fund -Final Judging Panel
The judging panel decide the final winner – Paolo Anselmo, president of Italian Business Angel Network is joined by Chris Dial of Microsoft, Des Fahey of Dublin BIC, Sean Beirne of Halo Business Angel Partnership and Alex Hobbs, fund manager for the AIB Seed Capital Fund.
 Desmond Fahey (CEO, DublinBIC) Welcomes participants in the  Gravity bar
Desmond Fahey, CEO of Dublin BIC welcomes the participants to the networking dinner
 Fosca & Romain Sanviti relax at the networking dinner
Entrepreneurs from Italian startup PostGol enjoy the view of the city from the Gravity Bar
 Tara Beshoff (DublinBIC) with Dhinakar Subramani of Bizbase
Tara Beshoff, the event project manager with Dhinakar Subramani from Bizbase
 DublinBIC Chairmen Frank Roche, David Varian & CEO Des Faheywith members of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation - Padraig Hennessy and Wendy Grey
Wendy Grey and Padraig Hennessy of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation join Guinness Enterprise Centre board member David Varian together with Dublin BIC chairman Frank Roche and CEO Des Fahey for the networking dinner.
 Event winners Seabery enjoying a pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar
Pitch battle winners Seabery enjoy a pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar.
 Desmond Fahey, CEO DublinBIC, congratulates the event winners Alejandro Villarán Vázquez & Basilio Marquinez of Seabery
Alejandro Villarán Vázquez & Basilio Marquinez of Spanish startup Seabery get presented with the prize!

Friday, November 28th 2014

EIG is selecting the 50 “most investable” companies until 20th August 2014

Selection for EIG Bootcamp

All EuroQuity community members are automatically eligible and currently evaluated.
In an ongoing selection process the EIG consortium chooses the best 50 community members for the EIG Silicon Stroll Bootcamp – be selected as one of the 50 “most investable” start-ups across Europe!

If you are selected for the bootcamp, you will receive an official invitation by the EIG consortium.

If you have a special interest and would like to join one of our e.pitches or Investment Forums, please send an email to Perrine Hamon: .

Tuesday, July 22nd 2014

Application deadline: 31st July, 2014

Develop attractive lending and investment products for the audiovisual industry

You are interested in understanding how to create new and innovative funding products for the European audio-visual sector? You are an investor, business angel, manager of a venture capital fund, a banker, or a financial intermediary, wanting to make more educated financing decisions and to minimise your investment risk?
Apply today for ENTER Europe and get the unique chance to:
Join an intensive specialised one-day workshop in Paris or a workshop customized to support your product development if you are an organisation.
Participants will get the chance to work with experienced financing experts on the development of their own innovative financing tools. The focus of the training lies on modern risk mitigation strategies to better assess the credit-worthiness of SMEs in the CI and their actual profit-margins, on dealing with 'intangible assets' such as intellectual property rights, and on understanding how to use the EU’s new Loan Guarantee Facility.
Furthermore, it will introduce the participants to investment leverage opportunities like European, national, and regional funds and tax schemes as well as to new lending models bringing together lenders, investors, and guarantors.
The program is complemented by a 6-week individual online training, by online access to a collection of expert data and insider publications and a high-level networking event at the Film London Production Finance Market.
Apply for ENTER EUROPE – the professional training for financiers of the European audio-visual industry, supported by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.
Don´t miss this opportunity and apply now at
Application deadline: 31st July, 2014.
Please find here our full press release for further information.

Friday, May 23rd 2014

E-pitch: 8th July 2014 at 17:00 CET
Selection of the 6 applicants by EIG partners: June 20-22nd
Information of selected participants: June 23rd

2nd EIG e.pitch - Present your business idea or your company to investors

Audience: Business angels and private investors from different European countries
This is your opportunity to connect with investors and financial providers, to promote your company and to receive feedback on your business model - all you need is a webcam and a headset!
Participants - 6 innovative start-ups from the IT-sector – are selected according to a set of criteria. The selection is based on the information given in your online Euroquity profile. So please make sure there is the necessary information online.
Main requirements to join the e. pitch:
·         European company has already been founded or is in process of being founded, a business plan is available
·         The company has a market-ready product and ideally a first customer
·         The company is looking for investment at the moment and can determine the amount of investment needed
·         The business model is well-defined
·         The business idea fits into one of our four competition categories in the ICT sector (Mobilisation, Socialization, Robotization, Socialization)
Structure of pitches (8 mins per presentation, 3 mins for questions)
·         The company
·         The market needs / Customers' pain
·         Company's answer / Solutions (product, service, technology)
·         Market analysis (Size, trends, drivers)
·         Competitors
·         The team
·         Development strategy
·         Financial forecast / need for capital

To take part you have to be registered in the EIG-community:

Please contact Perrine Hamon if you would like to take part or if you have any question:

Monday, May 19th 2014

The first European e.pitch organised by European Investor Gate in cooperation with EuroQuity was successfully held on 24th April. Six innovative IT-companies from France, Germany and Italy who are currently seeking early-stage funding, presented their innovative business concepts to 30 investors from across Europe. The e.pitch was the first episode of the EIG e.pitch series which will continue until 2015 on a regular basis.
The next e.pitch will take place on 8th July 2014 at 17:00 CET. If you are a founder or start-up and would like to take part, please register for the EIG-community and send us a short email. If you are an investor and would like to attend the next pitching session, join our EIG community to receive an invitation.

e.pitch format has reached the European Level

The new e.pitch format by European Investor Gate is an online pitching session within a web conferencing system. The format had been tested previously by Bpifrance for French companies and has now been lifted to the European level by the EIG project. The companies simply use their webcam and their headset to present their company, while their slides are displayed to the audience in the web conference.
The six companies introduced their business ideas in short 8-minute-presentations while investors had the opportunity to ask the companies questions in a chat window. The pitches covered recent developments and innovative trends in ICT technology, such as indoor navigation, internet of things or managing customer-relationships in an innovative way. 30 investors from all over Europe joined the first session to listen to the presentations of the six founders. The session was moderated by Lizzi Lowell from the business angel network Go Beyond based in Malta and Switzerland.

Innovative solutions from France, Germany and Italy

The first e.pitch was presented by Lucas Pedretti from Karlsruhe (Germany) of his company Qymatix. Qymatix offers a Business intelligence tool for efficient data analysis which not only saves time and money, but also allows for a high quality analysis of business processes. The solution is a most valuable tool for business people to help them understand their data and grow their business.

The second presenter was Franck Bitar, CEO of OGARIT, who introduced his French company to the European investors. OGARIT is the pioneer and unique company worldwide to exclusively offer comprehensive and modular cloud-based tools that meet all needs and challenges of feed and food businesses: nutrients, ingredients, diets, formulas, claims, analysis, declarations, and much more.

Mirko Ross was the third presenter of his company digital worx from Stuttgart, Germany. Mirko has developed a revolutionary solution for supervising and correcting errors in production processes: With an ibeacon technology for indoor navigation and information it becomes much easier to provide indoor location based services. Low energy bluetooth makes effective indoor navigation and faster trouble shooting possible without any cameras or QR codes.

After digital worx, Arnaud Budkiewicz joined us to present his business idea. Arnaud has founded the company BISTRI in France. BISTRI is a new generation video communication platform for developers to embed video calls and conferences inside any web site or mobile application, without any software or plugin.

The penultimate presenter was Antonio Conati Barbaro; Antonio explained his vision of the Internet of Things to the audience. His company Alleantia from Pisa, Italy offers a new Internet of Things solution which is different from all the others out there: the technology X-Pango makes any possible device and sensor interoperable – no matter which vendor or technology is behind the devices. Connecting existing and new sensors or devices, no matter how different, becomes feasible.

Our final presenter of the evening was Frédéric Godefroy who introduced us to his company Sereneo from France. Sereneo offers an innovative solution that allows businesses to industrialize an ever-improving customer relationship, based on an intuitive modelling tool that enables experts to dynamically describe what they know, and a powerful and fully customized server that transmits this know-how in real time to company agents who are involved in the customer experience.

The six speakers received a selection of pertinent and valid questions from the business angels who participated in the session. A number of enquiries focused on the business models of the candidates, their revenues, first customers or sophisticated technologies. With their detailed questions, the investors kept the session interactive and gave the presenters a chance to elaborate further on their concept after their pitch.

Follow-up on EuroQuity

To stay in touch and follow-up with the companies, the registered investors will receive a video of the pitching session and the links to the company profiles on EuroQuity. The EIG-community on EuroQuity facilitates interaction between investors and start-ups and ensures that the investors receive the company details immediately after the pitch. In the course of the e.pitch series, more innovative start-ups and founders from the EIG-community will present their business concepts to investors to give their projects the final kick needed to take off or to accelerate their idea.

On behalf of the EIG consortium we thank the six companies for their interesting pitches. Join us for the next EIG e.pitch which will take place on 8th July 2014.
If you would like to follow-up with one of the companies, register on !

Tuesday, May 6th 2014

The call for applications opens Monday 03 March 2014 and ends 2 May 2014 (midnight CET)

Innovative researches, first-time entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in ICT sectors are invited to participate in the European Investor Gate’s competition, aimed to support participants in developing compelling business strategies to help them find the right investment partners. 

Eligible participants are researchers and entrepreneurs from the European Union who are developing a product/service making innovative use of ICT technologies in one of the below mentioned categories:
-  Visualization
augmented reality, projection technologies, 3D, screen technologies etc.
all products that focus on managing and enabling mobility like location-based services, mobile devices, transportation, e-mobility etc.
hardware technologies like robots, drones, human-machine interfaces, game equipment etc.
all products that focus on connecting people, devices or networks and help to manage big data like cloud computing, swarm intelligence etc.
What Participants get out of the Competition:
All applicants get free access to more than 6600 international investors registered on EuroQuity, the project partner’s online platform, and to free off and online training from experienced mentors to refine their financing strategy and learn how to manage an investment round. Selected applicants will attend a 2 day “Get Investment-Ready Bootcamp“ in Dublin with 8 survivors benefitting from exclusive one2one sessions with Dublin’s top tier ICT Corporations.  Finalists will participate in a specialised coaching and mentoring program with top sector experts and attend the awards ceremony at Heidelberg’s Innovation Forum in April 2015.
For more information on eligibility and selection criteria please refer to the project website
About the Project
European Investor Gate (EIG) is a two-year project initiated by the European Commission and funded by the European Union. It’s objective is to stimulate investor interaction with ICT researchers and innovative SMEs and to facilitate investment readiness of founders and entrepreneurs in the above mentioned technologies.
MFG Innovation Agency for ICT and Media is the official lead partner of EIG, which runs from September 2013 until August 2015. The partner consortium is composed of Media Deals, Go Beyond, Dublin Business Innovation Centre, and BPI France. The projects network partners are Business Angels Europe (BAE), Italian Business Angels (IBAN) and France Angels.

Monday, March 3rd 2014

The EuroQuity platform will be opened up to investors, companies, project managers and advisers from all over Europe during the NEM SUMMIT which takes place in Nantes from the 28th to 30th of October 2013.

Formerly only available in France and Germany, the EuroQuity platform will now be available to match make companies and investors from other European countries through the establishment of the first community led by the European Investor Gate(EIG) initiative which aims to support cross border investment in highly innovative ICT entrepreneurs from anywhere in Europe.

Investor Gate (EIG) is coordinated by MFG (Medien und Filmgesellshaft) from Baden-Wuerttemberg in Germany with partners from France (Media Deals and BPI-France), Malta (Go Beyond), Ireland (Dublin Business Innovation Centre) and associated partners from Business Angels Europe and leading business angel groups in Italy, France and the UK.

MFG - Medien und Filmgesellshaft Baden-Wuerttemberg - Germany Go Beyond - Malta  Media Deals - France Dublin Business Innovation Centre - Ireland Business Angels Europe - Brussels Bpifrance


Sunday, October 27th 2013

OSEO capital PME becomes Euroquity.

EuroQuity, go live the 22nd of May!
EuroQuity is now available for French companies to introduce their projets to investors coming from other countries.

Thursday, May 24th 2012

On 13 July 2011 Dr Ulrich Schröder, Chief Executive Officer of KfW Bankengruppe and Dr Stefan Breuer, Director/Sales at KfW, together with Francois Drouin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the French promotional bank OSEO, signed the agreement to SET up the binational internet platform "EuroQuity" at KfW's Berlin Branch.

Signing ceremony in Berlin
Signing ceremony in Berlin
The aim of the platform, which should go online mid 2012 in three languages (German, French and English), is to bring together capital-seeking SMEs and investors in Germany and France.

"EuroQuity will clearly improve and purposefully complement KfW's promotional offers in order to support SMEs in search of equity," said Dr Ulrich Schröder.

"The platform, which OSEO has been operating with great success for several years in France, and which will now be established on the German market as well, is a modern and up-to-date promotional instrument, which stands for innovation and high quality standards in terms of information and data provided."

Tuesday, July 19th 2011
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