IMPACT

We subsidize, accelerate & invest in the best mobile internet start-ups leading them to generate global impact.

Our metrics

Portfolio

60

Invested Startups

18

Now Accelerating

5,8M€

Total Investment

Origin of Startups

1670

Total Applications

30

EU Countries

IMPACT STARTUPS

Teams Growth

Funding after IMPACT

FIWARE Implementation

ACCELERATION

855

Mentoring Sessions

Net Promoter Score

100M

Media Impacts

IMPACT's objectives

  • Accelerate at least 64 European start-ups focusing on Mobile Internet.
  • Subsidize each start-up up to 100,000 euros without equity consideration whatsoever investing a total of 6,400,000 euros in 2-years time.
  • Provide Premium Acceleration Service during 6 months consisting in Training and Mentoring under the guidance of key world class digital ecosystem professionals and entrepreneurs.
  • Manage the most promising start-ups towards the Extended Investment Phase with Business Angels and first class global Funds.

Values IMPACT

Transparency

We work with open models where the processes are visible and where we all work towards a common goal. Creating an open and independent ecosystem contributes to promoting the IMPACT.

High performance

High demands on quality and requisites on accelerated projects and start-ups, urging them to be enthusiastic and daring, but not only towards ourselves, but to the mentors, the assessors and to the committee members as well. Intense pace, execution and determination are our key factors to IMPACT.



How IMPACT Works

Digital entrepreneurs, start-ups or SMEs established in Europe or at least with their management team located in Europe where Mobile* is key in its business model and who use FI technologies.

There will be three selection phases. Each phase will be initiated with an Open Call across Europe.


  1. Candidates will present their projects via the online Funding Box platform. Those complying with the standard requisites will go on to the second step of Selection.

  2. In phase 2 the projects will be evaluated by a Panel of independent Experts. Those with the best marks will present their projects to a jury in the Jury Day.

  3. Lastly, the Selection Committee will determine the start-up finalists to start the Acceleration Program.

Funds will be disbursed in 3 installments throughout the acceleration process and subject to the attainment of certain business milestones set by the entrepreneurs and their mentors.

  • PHASE 1: 25% - Month 0. Or after the process of selection and signing a grant agreement.
  • PHASE 2: 50% - Month 3. After fulfillment of business milestones agreed on.
  • PHASE 3: 25% - Month 6. After fulfillment of corresponding business milestones agreed on. This last stage has, in turn, 2 scheduled payments breakdown; 10% at completion of acceleration and the remaining 15% 6 months after completion.

Acceleration process is based on two modules: Training & Mentoring.

Training

  • 50 horas de clases presenciales.
  • Start-up exercices: 3 cursos de e-learning técnicos sobre especialidades digitales a elegir entre un portfolio de 10 opciones.
  • E-learning: Ejercicios prácticos que pondrán los mentores a las start-ups para evaluar su continuidad en el proceso de aceleración.
  • Entrepreneur talks: Emprendedores de éxito darán charlas, expondrán dificultadas e intercambiarán consejos con los proyectos acelerados.

Mentoring

The chosen start-ups will follow a mentoring process throughout 6 months with the aim of fulfilling the Milestones and bring the start-up to the next level.

  • Follow-up mentor: professionals with multifunctional profiles and start-ups founders, whose purpose is to guide the start-up holistically through the deliverables of each milestone throughout the acceleration process.
  • Specialists Mentors on call: professionals with certain profiles available to the start-ups to deal with specialized matters.

Impact will organize events, pitching competitions, networking sessions & demo days with top-notch European investors for those start-ups completing the Acceleration process in what is called the Extended Funding Phase.

In this Phase the IMPACT consortium can invest up to 250,000€ in selected start-ups with a 25% discount agreed on in the grant agreement.

Aside from the investment opportunities this entails, these events give media exposure to the entrepreneurs & their projects.

IMPACT Team

Nacho de Pinedo

CEO de ISDI

IMPACT Steering Committee

Nacho de Pinedo

Rodrigo Miranda

Director General de internetAcademi

IMPACT Steering Committee

Rodrigo Miranda

Fernando González Mesones

CEO Buongiorno

IMPACT Steering Committee

Fernando González Mesones

Sebastián Muller

Project Director

Sebastián Muller

Daniel Twal

Organization Team

Daniel Twal

Vesna Boskovic

Communications

Vesna Boskovic

Marcelo Royán

Technical Leader

Marcelo Royán

Pilar Anadón Marco

Organization Team

Pilar Anadón Marco

Michael Kleindl

Founder & Partner Seaya

IMPACT Steering Committee

Michael Kleindl

Henrik Brorsen

Partner of Teknologiudvikling ApS

IMPACT Steering Committee

Henrik Brorsen

Didac Lee

Accelerator Advisory Board

Didac Lee

Carina Szpilka

Accelerator Advisory Board

Carina Szpilka

Simona Torre

b-ventures Manager

IMPACT Steering Committee

Simona Torre

Francois Derbaix

Accelerator Advisory Board

Francois Derbaix

Massimo Mancini

Legal Representative of the Consortium

Massimo Mancini

Riccardo Scarascia

Organization Team

Riccardo Scarascia

Mauro Del Rio

b-ventures Founder

IMPACT Steering Committee

Mauro Del Rio

Maria Belen Manchego

Organization Team

Maria Belen Manchego

Eleonora Villanova

Organization Team

Eleonora Villanova

Alessio Pace

Organization Team

Alessio Pace

Lars Brøndum Petersen

Founder & Partner of Teknologiudvikling ApS

IMPACT Steering Committee

Lars Brøndum Petersen

IMPACT Mentors

Diego Fernández

Mentor

Diego Fernández

Marco Bestonzo

Mentor

Marco Bestonzo

Oscar Gallego

Mentor

Oscar Gallego

Alex Dantart

Mentor

Alex Dantart

Marzban Cooper

Mentor

Marzban Cooper

Alfredo Rivela

Mentor

Alfredo Rivela

Filippo Maria Renga

Mentor

Filippo Maria Renga

Cristina Chacon

Mentor

Cristina Chacon

Oriol Juncosa

Mentor

Oriol Juncosa

Rodrigo Miranda

Mentor

Rodrigo Miranda

Luis Villa Dal Campo

Mentor

Luis Villa Dal Campo

José Luis Vazquez

Mentor

José Luis Vazquez

Iñaki Arrola

Mentor

Iñaki Arrola

Fuencisla Clemares

Mentor

Fuencisla Clemares

Eric Brieva

Mentor

Eric Brieva

Didac Lee

Mentor

Didac Lee

Carlo Frigato

Mentor

Carlo Frigato

Alex Barrera

Mentor

Alex Barrera

Alessandro Gatteschi

Mentor

Alessandro Gatteschi

Inma Martínez

Mentor

Inma Martínez

Aquilino Peña

Mentor

Aquilino Peña

Luis Ferrándiz

Mentor

Luis Ferrándiz

Salvador Suárez

Mentor

Salvador Suárez

Mauro Del Rio

Mentor

Mauro Del Rio

Yaniv J. Turgeman

Mentor

Yaniv J. Turgeman

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Acceleration Spaces

IMPACT will physically operate in the B-Ventures Headquarters in Parma and in Digital Acceleration Centers of ISDI in Madrid & Barcelona, although this does not include space for the start-ups.

In the Extended Funding Phase, the start-ups selected by the Consortium needing globalization can count on the Buongiorno Headquarters in 14 countries, with a contact in Mexico DF through the ISDI agreement with StartupMexico, and connection with Silicon Valley through 500 Start-ups and RocketSpace, participated by Docomo Innovation Inc.

IMPACT also has an agreement to use incubators workspace in Barcelona (through Barcelona Activa), Zaragoza (through CEEI Aragón) and Malaga (through Promalaga).

ISDI Madrid

ISDI Madrid

Calle Viriato, 20 - 28010 Madrid

ISDI Barcelona

ISDI Barcelona

Carrer Diputació 37, Interior 2A - 08015 Barcelona

B-Ventures

B-Ventures

Borgo Omero Masnovo, 2 - 43121 Parma

MediaTic

MediaTic

Roc Boronat, 117, second floor - 08018 Barcelona

CEEI Aragón

CEEI Aragón

María de Luna 11. Campus Río Ebro - 50018 Zaragoza

Promalaga

Promalaga

C/ La Gitanilla, 17 - 29004 Málaga

Hot News

UNICEF INNOVATION FUND

UNICEF INNOVATION FUND

Feb 10, 2016

The United Nations will fund 60 startups to create open source technologies to improve the lives of children in developing countries.

Unicef, the children’s charity run by the UN, will channel more than $9 million into startups based on venture capital-style investing. But it isn’t concerned if the companies fail.

The money from Unicef’s Innovation Fund will go to around 50 to 60 startups using open-source technology, and which have working prototypes. Each will get approximately $50,000 to help them grow. Companies have to be at an early stage and will be picked based on the strength of their teams, the work’s relevance to children, and their future potential.

Startups wanting to apply for funding from the UN must submit initial interests by 26 February.

More on this:

http://www.unicefinnovationfund.org/

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2016-02/01/unicef-innovation-fund-startups-date

IMPACT announces the winners of the 3rd and last Open Call

Jan 26, 2016

Third and last IMPACT Open Call successfully completed: 18 additional startups have been selected to startin January the IMPACT Acceleration program and will be receiving fundings for a total of 1.8 million Euro (100,000 Euro per Project articulated as 90,000 Euro in funding and 10,000 Euro in services to be implemented through a 6 month specialized mentoring and training program).

The selection has been done by 11 evaluators from all over Europe who chose the winners of the competition among 57 projects that participated to the Jury Day on Dec 9th and 10th in Madrid.

The 18 teams will join the 42 already selected during the other 2 Calls and will commence the 6 month specialized mentoring program held by the EU accelerator IMPACT composed by Buongiorno(via its accelerator b-ventures) ISDI, Seaya Venturesand Teknologiudviking ApS . IMPACT acceleration program kick-off will be a Welcome Week taking place in Madrid on January 12th, 2016.

The 6 month acceleration process consists of mentoring and training with key digital ecosystem experts and entrepreneurs. The Mentoring Plan involves ‘follow-up mentors’ (intended to follow continuously the team throughout the duration of the acceleration program) and ‘specialized mentors’ (specialists in different strategic areas such as entrepreneurship, technology, marketing and financing).

The training plan includes:

  • a face-to-face program on entrepreneurial digital acceleration which will cover the development of start-ups, digital marketing, technology and financing, all of that focused on the mobile environment;
  • e-learning courses about specific digital tools & capabilities necessary for the development of the companies.

These 18 applications come from a total of 971 candidates, translated into 560 applications received from 29 countries. Only 57 were selected to pitch in front of IMPACT Selection Committee at Madrid Jury Day on 9 and 10 December, 2015.

A large majority of the 57 mobile internet projects were of an outstanding level in terms of the quality of the team (mastery, skills, fluency) and the worth and attractiveness of the business ideas behind. An important criteria in the selection process was that teams had already developed prototypes using selected components of the on FIWARE European digital technologies.

Each of the 18 selected participants for the 3rd Open Call IMPACT Acceleration program receives an initial injection of up to 100,000 Euro , without equity consideration. Funding is disbursed in three installments linked to the attainment of pre-defined business milestones over the 6 month period. Additionally, IMPACT will offer an Extended Investments Phase to the most outstanding projects after the 6-month Acceleration Process, consisting in fast track access to a network of international private investor and also to the IMPACT Partners investment programs, providing them with up to an additional 250,000 Euros, against 10% of equity with a pre-defined discount of 25% to market value.

IMPACT selected startups come from all Europe: 9 have been selected from Spain, 5 from Italy, 1 from Germany, 2 from Estonia and 1 from The UK.

Agora Voting (Spain): Secure digital elections with open source software.

Albert (United Kingdom): The super-simple financial assistant for the self-employed on their mobile.

Antlos (Italy): Antlos is a peer-to-peer marketplace offering skippered boat holiday experiences.

Bugfender (Germany): Protect your app against bugs, low ratings and bad user reviews.

Easy Stay (Spain): Easy Stay provides hospitality solutions through an innovative app that gives the user access to all of the hotels' products and services

eVeryride (Italy): eVeryride is the aggregator of all carsharing, bikesharing and scooter sharing services.

Gloveone (Spain): Touch and Feel Virtual Reality with your own hands

LastMinuteSottoCasa (Italy):Lastminutesottocasa..food has never to be thrown away!

Lectios (Italy):Lectios turns text contents into audio,expanding the audience of a website and generating a new stream of revenues through audio advertising

Little Smart Planet (Spain): Learning system based on educational mobile games for Primary and Secondary school. The more you play the more proficient you become.

MeteorDesk (Spain): METEORDESK connects the customer service industry to the two billion people using instant messaging mobile applications.

MultiDub (Spain): MultiLanguage. MultiYou. The movies, in your language. Wherever you are. Just with your smartphone, earphones and internet connection.

Situm (Spain): GPS for indoor spaces

Sporty Heroes (Spain): Video Content Marketplace where brands can save time and money finding authentic, inspiring stories published by awesome athletes

TaxiStartup (Estonia): TaxiStartup helps taxi and limo companies compete with Uber by providing advanced cloud tech and white label mobile apps.

TimeJoy (Estonia): Unique combination between a smart calendar and a personal assistant.

Wazypark (Spain): Wazypark is creating the most valuable community of car drivers by offering solutions to daily driving problems in a disrupting way!

What a Space (Italy): What a Space is a B2B online community and marketplace for businesses and young entrepreneurs to rent short-term retail and event spaces.

IMPACT results:

IMPACT accelerator is consolidating an acceleration process based on transparency and high performance which has been satisfactorily evaluated by the Startups .The training program has been evaluated with 8,2 points out to 10, and the Mentoring Program 9,4 out to 10 and, in general, IMPACT has gotten a Net Promoter Score of 84% which means that more than 80% of startups participating are really satisfied with IMPACT. Few positive results of IMPACT’s startups are:

In terms of Mentors IMPACT continuous to grow. Mentors committed to the first Open Call are: Steve Cadigan (ex VP LinkedIn),), Mauro del Río (Buongiorno’s Founder), Inmaculada Martínez (London Business Cathalyst ambassador and Favr.tt CEO), Francois Derbaix (Indexa Capital and Ex Top Rural founder), Gustavo García Brusilovski (Buy VIP founder), Carina Szpilka (UNICEF VP and Ex ING general Manager) or Didac Lee (F.C. Barcelona Advisory Board and Founder & CEO of Inspirit). Following are few mentor’s that belong to the second and third Open Call: Oscar Gallego (WW Direct at Hewlett Packard), Tony Raurich (EMEA Director at Booking.com), Javier Rodriguez Zapatero (Managing Director Spain & Portugal at Google), Bindi Karia (ex VP at Silicon Valley Bank), Arnaldo Muñoz (Managing Director Spain & Portugal at Airbnb) or Iñigo Onieva (ex VP of NH Hotels))

IMPACT’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd Open Call in Numbers

Nov 13, 2015

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IMPACT’s 3rd Open Call in Numbers

Nov 5, 2015

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Launched today the third Open Call of the European Consortium IMPACT

Sep 15, 2015

€2.2 Million to accelerate further 22 European FIWARE-based startups. IMPACT Accelerator launches today its third and last Open Call for innovative ideas and projects based on FIWARE technology related to the Mobile Internet. Start-ups and Web Entrepreneurs interested in the program can submit their projects up until October 15th through the Funding Box Platform: www.fundingbox.com/p/impact-accelerator/. The most innovative and high-growth ventures will receive around €100,000 per project without equity consideration (split into €90,000 funding + €10,000 in services) and a 6-month specialized Mentoring & Training program.

Since the beginning, IMPACT, the EU consortium composed by Buongiorno (via its accelerator b-ventures) ISDI, Seaya Ventures and Teknologiudvikling ApS., has accelerated 42 projects in total and the aim is to be accelerating up to 64 startups by the end of 2016, for a total amount of €6.4M.

IMPACT accelerator is consolidating an acceleration process based on transparency and high performance which has been satisfactorily evaluated by the Startups participating in the first wave. The training program has been evaluated with 8,2 points out to 10, and the Mentoring Program 9,4 out to 10 and, in general, IMPACT has gotten a Net Promoter Score of 84% which means that more than 80% of startups participating are really satisfied with IMPACT. In the two past Open Calls, IMPACT received the highest number of proposals among all the accelerators.

large majority of the mobile internet projects selected in the first two open calls were of an outstanding level in terms of the quality of the team (mastery, skills, fluency) and the worth and attractiveness of the business ideas behind. An important criteria in the selection process was that teams had already developed prototypes using selected components of the on FIWARE European digital technologies. Some of startup currently enrolled in the program are already successful cases in their reference market, such as Intoino, 8Fit, Chronobook and Inevio.

The applying entities must be established in one of the 28 European countries or an FP7 Associated country.

Applicants must submit ideas and projects related to the mobile internet and develop their products or services taking advantage of FIWARE technologies, an open set of future internet-based technologies, developed during previous phases of the FIWARE program.

IMPACT’s scope of interest are mobile applications or business models based on Mobile Internet in the areas of communication, social, video, media & advertising, design, education, entertainment, mobile commerce, device connections, content, TV peripherals, infrastructures, security, productivity, finance, smart cities and social networks.

The type of projects that IMPACT consortium is looking for are projects in the mobile domain with a working prototype available and at least one founder who work full time for the project, where the founders still own 51% of Shareholders’ Equity and with a target market launch date that is set in six months’ time or if the product is already present in the market, has been so for less than seven years.All these elements are recommended, they are not mandatory. The more closely the Projects match these criteria, the more likely they are to be selected.

Additionally, IMPACT will offer an Extended Investments Phase to the most outstanding projects after the 6-month Acceleration Process, consisting in a fast track access to the IMPACT Partners’ investment programs and up to €250,000 in additional funding, against 10% of equity, with a pre-defined discount of 25% to market value.

IMPACT announces the winners of the 2nd Open Call

IMPACT announces the winners of the 2nd Open Call

Jul 23, 2015

Second IMPACT Open Call successfully completed: 23 additional startups have been selected to start in September the IMPACT Acceleration program and will be receiving fundings for a total of 2,3million Euro (100,000 Euro per Project articulated as 90,000 Euro in funding and 10,000 Euro in services to be implemented through a 6 month specialized mentoring and training program).

These 23 applications come from a total of 819 candidates, translated into 434 applications received from 32 countries. Only 57 were selected to pitch in front of IMPACT Selection Committee at Milan Jury Day on July 14-15th

Each of the 23 selected participants for the 2nd Open Call IMPACT Acceleration program receives an initial injection of up to 100,000 Euro, without equity consideration. Funding is disbursed in three installments linked to the attainment of pre-defined business milestones over the 6 month period. Additionally, IMPACT will offer an Extended Investments Phase to the most outstanding projects after the 6-month Acceleration Process, consisting in fast track access to a network of international private investor and also to the IMPACT Partners investment programs, providing them with up to an additional 250,000 Euros, against 10% of equity with a pre-defined discount of 25% to market value.

IMPACT selected startups come from all Europe: 10 have been selected from Spain, 4 from Italy, 2 from Turkey, 2 from The Netherlands, and 1 from Germany, 1 from Macedonia, 1 from Croatia, 1 from Poland and 1 from The UK.

Music Sense's the next generation of music streaming services that feeds professionally chosen music based on user's activity & music tastes.

Real-time mobile application analytics for the entire user lifecycle with event-based analytics, heat map analytics and gesture recognition.

Re-invent connected TV gaming with motion controller in your pocket! GamePho comes for all gamers and developers on any connected platform!

The app that gives you cash-back ($$$) buying the brands you love at any supermarket. Just by uploading a picture of your store receipt!

Network of WIFI Hotspots that enhances customer experience and creates open big data for smart cities.

Empowering You to Protect, Manage and Securely Share Your Data, Pictures & Digital Assets from your Mobile & from anywhere in the world.

Alpify is a free app which geolocates emergency calls to 112/911 making the rescue faster and more efficient.

The Wold's Leading Platform for Unique Outdoors Accommodations.

Learning Assistant in the smart phone or watch, for students of ANY e-learning platform, using Big Data and Artificial Intelligence.

Quizlyse is an agile tool to create quizzes, generating questions and answers based on any internet content, automatically in real-time.

Butano24 is an App that links users with their local LPG (butane/propane) Distributor.

Mobile app which allows people to get EXTRAJOBS helping managers to face absenteeism and incidentals.

Prior is a mobile commerce platform enabling businesses to give their customers the ability to buy from anywhere.

Momentum is a virtual mobile CFO platform for SME helping with cashflow and business model planning, cost optimisation and sales.

Trading terminal for cryptocurrencies.

We aim to close Africa’s weather info. gap by leveraging new monitoring technology and providing smallholder farmers with accurate forecasts.

Fueloyal developed smart fuelcap that is installed on the fuel tanks on vehicles, controls and prevents fuel theft.

Actionable retail intelligence and knowledge-sharing platform.

Sellf is a personal CRM that helps sales people to reach their goals with less stress

DNAPhone allows you to learn and build portable devices for scientific purposes througt IoT technologies, in an economic and simple way.

Welco is the new smart door phone system which allows you to answer the door phone from your smartphone, wherever you are.

BACK IN TIME

BACKINTIME is a disruptive technology that predicts dementia risk and offers cognitive stimulation that could prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Sentinel is a platform catering for all your nautical needs from safety to buying provisions.

IMPACT startups with #ShareToIMPACT offer as a giveback 260 products for free for a value of 90.000€

Jun 19, 2015

IMPACT startups with #ShareToIMPACT offer as a giveback 260 products for free for a value of 90.000€

IMPACT is finishing its first wave of acceleration.

19 startups are in the final weeks of the acceleration program and they want to show their gratitude for receiving IMPACT´s support by offering a gift to the community:

http://bit.ly/ShareToIMPACTform

For this purpose we are launching the campaign #ShareToIMPACT in order to spread the word and reach as many people as possible who are interested in receiving these gifts.

This initiative starts this Tuesday, June 23rd and it aims at thanking the community, the European Union and Fiware program for the strong support they have given to IMPACTers, by believing in them and helping them develop their projects.

The gifts will be delivered to those participants who provide all necessary information asked in the questionnaire:

http://bit.ly/ShareToIMPACTform

In case there are more applicants than gifts, the winners will be selected according to their answers written in the questionnaire.

IMPACT will share the campaign through its social media: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

IMPACT presents a great opportunity for startups, designers and marketing managers

IMPACT presents a great opportunity for startups, designers and marketing managers

Mar 17, 2015

On 10th-11th April 2015, the second FIWARE HACKATHON will be held in Florence. The event is sponsored by IMPACT, one of the 16 consortia selected by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme.

24 hours of workshop and coding for participants to transform their ideas into tangible, innovative projects utilizing FIWARE technologies.

Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place (5,000 €) and other prizes will be awarded to individuals from any of the teams that personally demonstrate an outstanding level of skill.

The event is totally free, a work station will be provided with free internet, plus food, drinks and snacks; we ask you to bring your laptop, chargers and any extras that could be useful during the event. :)

The event, as well as offering possibilities for networking between aspiring startuppers, is also a prime opportunity to learn more about FIWARE and IMPACT’s accelerator program, whose next call for applications will take place from April 1st to 30th with the aim to finance at least 20 startups with an initial funding of 100k euro.

Are you ready for the first FIWARE Hackathon in Italy?

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MORE INFO: impact-hackathon.com

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Questions? Write to hackathon@impact-accelerator.com

IMPACT Accelerator to present a vision about disruptive acceleration at 4YFN conference

Feb 27, 2015

4 Years From Now (4YFN) a startup event devoted to mobile startups ecosystem will host IMPACT Accelerator during the upcoming three days conference held in Barcelona between 2nd- 4th March.

During the 4YFN, IMPACT (Internet Mobile Projects Accelerator) – together with SOUL-FI – will hold a workshop about FIWARE Acceleration Program, challenging the audience and giving information about their experience as one of the accelerators chosen by EC. Two of nineteen teams selected by IMPACT within its 1st Open Call:** Goal Shouter** (Italy) and Notegraphy (Spain) will explain how IMPACT is helping them accelerate their growth. The presentation will be performed on 2nd March from 12.00 to 13.30 during the workshops organized at the FIWARE booth, one of the Global Sponsors of 4YFN.

The event attendees will be offered a chance to meet the Impact Accelerator on 3rd March at the main auditorium, with capacity for 400 attendees from 10.00h-10.30h at AUDI TEATRE. The accelerator will be represented by Nacho de Pinedo- IMPACT Steering Committee Member and the Co-Founder & CEO of ISDI and Juanjo Hierro- Coordinator and Chief Architect at FIWARE who will give a speech about IMPACT acceleration model and the talent models in the digital age. The participants of this session will learn in detail why talent is the largest driver of success for any startup.

4YFN is one of key events on IMPACT’s road map regarding the upcoming Open Call. Startups and SME’s will have the chance to get to know in detail the Acceleration Program, and FIWARE technologies.

The 2nd Open Call will be launched on 1st April 2015. After this date the startups will have the opportunity to submit their applications through www.impact-accelerator.com page or directly at the FundingBox.com platform - the first and the largest global public funding platform for startups and accelerators.

19 startups to get 100 000 EUR each and accelerating services from IMPACT

Feb 17, 2015

Startups selected within Impact Accelerator 1st Open Call have just ended the Training Programme held in Barcelona. Their next step is participating in a 6 month specialized mentoring programme organized by the EU accelerator IMPACT – whose members are Buongiorno (via its accelerator b-ventures), ISDI, Seaya Ventures and Teknologiudviking ApS(via its accelerator FundingBox.com).

The successful teams were part of a total number of 846 applications coming from 30 European countries. The 19 startups come from a cross-section of EU countries, namely: 11 from Spain (8fit, Notegraphy, Bastly, Inevio, Conductr, Chronobook, Healthia Salud Inteligente, Shopping Leeks, BridgeMedia Service, Njoy, Smartsea), 3 from Italy (Intoino, Goal Shouter, Mivoq), 2 from the Netherlands (Revisely and Cofeestrap) and 1 from each of the following countries: Denmark (Onomondo), Poland (Dlaodmiany) and Slovenia (Olaii Payments). All teams participated in an 11 days’ Training Programme: “Digital Entrepreneurship” which included: - an entrepreneurial digital acceleration course, focused on the mobile environment, covering the development of start-ups, digital marketing, technology and financing; and - e-learning courses concentrating on the digital tools & capabilities necessary for a company’s successful development.

The 6-month acceleration path consists of an intensive mentoring and training programme provided by key digital business ecosystem experts and entrepreneurs. All teams will be trained on tools and skills required in order to exist and thrive on the market. They will also benefit from face to face advisory sessions with mentors who are specialists in strategic areas such as entrepreneurship, technology, marketing and financing.

Each finalist team will receive a grant of 100,000 Euros, without equity consideration. The funding will be disbursed in three installments linked to the attainment of pre-defined business milestones over the 6-month period. Additionally, IMPACT will offer an Extended Investments Phase to the most outstanding projects after the 6-month Acceleration Process, consisting in fast track access to the IMPACT Partners investment programs providing them with up to an additional 250,000 Euros, against 10% of equity with a pre-defined discount of 25% to market value.

The Training Programme hosted Steve Cadigan, talent advisor (Founder of Cadigan Talent Ventures) and one of IMPACT’s Mentors, who managed the growth of Linkedin from 400 to 5k employees in 4 years. Cadigan gave a master class on the key elements required to build a strong competitive base and highlighted the importance of ongoing learning through institutions that can provide a high level of teaching focused on the digital and online sector.

Arnaldo Muñoz, Director de ISDI Barcelona (Instituto Superior para el Desarrollo de Internet) commented: “As part of our path in the digital learning field we designed with b-ventures the Impact Accelerator program for European startups. At MIB (Master en Internet Business) we offered our work space to startups to create a virtuous circle and knowledge-sharing between companies. It is a natural thing we see at MIB where 20% of participants create their own startup and 60% end up working in the digital space”.

Simona Torre, General Manager of b-ventures commented “All the selected projects proved to be outstanding in terms of quality of the team (mastery, skills, fluency) and in terms of worth and attractiveness of the business ideas behind. An important criteria in the selection process was the readiness of a prototype already developed by using components of FIWARE European digital technologies. Startups joining IMPACT programme will count on Buongiorno’s (and b-ventures)’ 15 years of expertise in the mobile ecosystem and its international connections to support the growth of their projects”.

Filippo Renga IMPACT’s mentor and Professor of Politecnico di Milano added: “It is a great pleasure to be part of this international project that involves entrepreneurs from across Europe. Being able to stimulate a sustainable business growth is one of the most important challenges facing today’s European economic system

Startups having participated in the training expressed their contentment with many enthusiastic comments published via Twitter or Facebook. Here is one of them: “Execution, Execution, Execution! You need the best people to execute superbly and we found a bunch of them in IMPACT to support Shopping Leeks. Thanks” Alvaro from Shoppingleeks.com

IMPACT is focused on mobile Internet projects and aims to finance and accelerate 64 European entrepreneurs in the coming two years, for a total of 6.4 Million Euros. IMPACT consortium counts on a team of digital ecosystem experts, namely 10 evaluators, 30 professors, 50 mentors and 16 coordinators.

The experts that will provide mentoring during the 6 month programme include: Arnaldo Muñoz (CEO en Budgetplaces.com; Jon Oleaga (CEO of Visualbox.net); Filippo Renga (Professor of Politecnico di Milano) Daniel Peris (Inbound and Mobile Marketing Consultant); Didac Lee (Founder & CEO Inspirit and FC Barcelona Board Member); Carina Szpilka (Independent Consultant of ABANCA and former CEO of ING Direct España); Gustavo García Brusiliovsky (Advisory Board Member at Chemo and Mabxcience, Klikin Cofounder, former CEO and Cofounder of BuyVip) and Mauro del Rio (Chairman and Founder of Buongiorno) amongst others.

Startups can apply for the 2nd Open Call from April 1 to April 30 2015 (while the 3rd and last one will begin in October 2015). Applicants must submit ideas and projects related to the mobile internet and develop their products or services taking advantage of FIWARE technologies, an open set of future internet-based technologies, developed during previous phases of the FIWARE program. The online application form for the Accelerator Programme can be found at www.impact-accelerator.com. The application form is hosted by FundingBox.com platform - the first and the largest global public funding platform for startups and accelerators.

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The Steve Cadigan Masterclass

The Steve Cadigan Masterclass

Jan 22, 2015

On Behalf of Barcelona Activa and IMPACT Accelerator, with great pleasure we announce the IMPACT Exclusive Event (Barcelona, 2nd February, 2015) - The STEVE CADIGAN Masterclass: ¨From Startup to IPO.¨

Due to the worldwide interest in the digital entrepreneurship, IMPACT Accelerator in a collaboration with Barcelona Activa invites you to join us for this exclusive talk and find out firsthand: How do you grow from a Startup to compete with the best companies in the world? - Laying a foundation to Grow, Thrive and Succeed in the new reality of business today.”

In this 1st Open Call, the IMPACT Accelerator has created an extraordinary international community of 846 applicants coming from 30 countries, 216 cities. The internet mobile and business experts have highlighted the 20 most promising projects who are offered funding, training and mentoring!

As one of the IMPACT mentors, Steve Cadigan will discuss some of the critical considerations that entrepreneurs face in building companies today.

Drawing from his experiences in LinkedIn, Cisco, EA and many of the startups that Steve advises today, his Masterclass may not only open the new perspective on entrepreneurship, but also bring motivation and encouragement to the future applicants of the upcoming IMPACT Open Call, foreseen in May, 2015.

Please keep in mind that the number of seats is limited. In order to obtain your ticket, you must register online

The Selected Projects of the 1st Open Call

Jan 7, 2015

With great pleasure we announce the final confirmation of the selected projects in the First Open Call. These projects will receive funding (up to 100 thousand euros), training (a face to face intensive training and online learning) and a 6 month mentoring program.

Following is a brief description of the 19 projects which had been chosen as the most promising startups at the Jury Day Event, IMPACT´s last evaluation phase.

INTOINO kits allows you to learn and build electronic projects and Internet of Things in minutes without being a programmer or engineer.

ONOMONDO is a unique scalable software technology that combines mobile networks and eliminates roaming completely on a network level.

BASTLY is a mobile backend service that provides state of the art technologies to all mobile developers seamlessly.

INEVIO is an HTML5 Virtual Desktop, a website that looks, works and feels like a real computer.

CHRONOBOOK keeps, organizes, and helps you share and enjoy your digital life. ¨We do the tedious work, and we leave the fun for you¨.

NOTEGRAPHY rethinks the way we write and share text online through design. Best described as an Instagram for text.

CONDUCTR is a music creation app specifically designed for iPad. It provides musicians with a new way to interact with their instruments.

GOALSHOUTER helps football clubs of any size to better connect their passionate supporters with their sponsors at local and global level.

HEALTHIA will change the private health care to a more transparent, accessible and patient-centered one, aiming to put their patients directly in contact with the doctors.

OLAII PAYMENTS offers the visitors to pay in the fastest and securest way to the event organizers.

8FIT is a mobile fitness app which helps you reach your goals by providing you with a custom workout and meal plan.

SHOPPING LEEKS helps restaurants to order their supplies of food and beverages by using mobile applications.

MIVOQ offers innovative services suitable for creating and using personalized synthetic voices on mobile devices.

CROWDFASHION believes in scientific proof that crowdsourced design is a more creative and a useful design. This is an app that allows people to create their own style.

BRIDGE MEDIATECH is a platform that enables the widespread use of BigData and Second Screen tech. to the entire TV and radio market in a very easy way.

N´JOY CORPORATION develops both hardware and software solutions to make the shopping experience more enjoyable at the point of sale.

REVISE.LY is a mobile application that helps language teachers to correct texts: provide a better feedback to students and comparative studies for managers.

COFFEESTRAP is the mobile market that aims to improve your conversation skills: it automatically selects your perfect language exchange partner.

SMARTSEA integrates smart technology into yachting using mobile devices. We work with sailors and with marinas.

The Jury Day Process

The Jury Day Process

Dec 30, 2014

The Jury Day event took place in Madrid on the 18th and 19th of December, marking the IMPACT Accelerator´s last evaluation phase.

We would like to thank you for being part of this great internet mobile multicultural gather! The 57 projects from all over Europe competed to enter the IMPACT Accelerator program as a final step towards the funding. Different ideas coming from 12 countries surely proved that together we can make a positive IMPACT on the digital world!

Based on the Jury Day mandatory pitch, the Selection Committee had preselected the 29 candidates for a personal interview, shortlisting them as potential Jury Day winners.

The Selection Committee consisted of 9 members all together: 1 external evaluator, and 8 juries presenting one of the partners of IMPACT Accelerator. The Selection Committee members were as follows: 1. Nacho de Pinedo ISDI´s CEO, IMPACT Steering Committee member and Rodrigo Miranda the General Director of internetAcademi, IMPACT Steering Committee member(Spain). 2. Michael Kliendl the Founder & Partner at Seaya Ventures, IMPACT Steering Committee member and Beatriz González Founding Partner and Director of Seaya Ventures (Germany). 3. Simona Torre b-ventures Manager, IMPACT Steering Committee member and Fernando González CEO at Buongiorno, IMPACT Steering Committee member (Italy). 4. Henrik Brorsen partner of Teknologiudvikling ApS, IMPACT Steering Committee member (Denmark) and Tomasz Mazuryk partner and a CEO at FundingBox Group (Poland). 5. Gustavo García Brusilowski, (As an External Expert) Advisory Board Member at Chemo and Mabxcience, Klikin Cofounder (Spain).

The 1st Open Call winners who were announced at the GALA ceremony (the final closure of the Jury Day event), are advised to SAVE THE DATE for Barcelona training 2nd – 11th of February, 2015. The training will take place at ISDI, CAD (Carrer Diputació 37, Interior 2A - 08015 Barcelona) and Madia-TIC as part of the Barcelona City Hall/ Barcelona Activa (Carrer de Sancho de Ávila, 133 08018 Barcelona).

We would like to remind these 20 lucky winners (please see the image) that they will officially enter the IMPACT Accelerator program once it is reapproved by the EU commission. Once we have the EU validation, you will receive an e-mail indicating the following steps, and we will also publish a short description of selected stratups in a ¨Hot News¨ section of our website.

IMPACT Team encourages all participants who did not make the final cut to try again for the following Open Call which is foreseen in May 2015 (the 2nd Open Call updates will be published on our website).

Thanks to all of you who have put their time and effort to make this event as special as it was: multicultural, creative, loud, busy, exciting and fun! See you again in 2015! Download Image

The Jury Day participants

The Jury Day participants

Dec 23, 2014

We would like to thank all the participants who have joined us for this exciting journey! The 1st Open Call has highlighted the 289 most creative, and promising internet mobile ideas.

With great pleasure we announce that the External Evaluators Panel has shortlisted the 57 finalists who will be entering the final evaluation phase at the Jury Day event in Madrid, 18th & 19th Dec.

Congratulations!

As the image shows, the 57 Strat-ups will be competing on one of the given days: 18th or 19th Dec.

The Jury Day will consist of two parts: the pitch (mandatory for each Start-up) and a personal interview (only for the projects selected by the Selection Committee).

The winners entering the IMPACT Accelerator will be announced at the Jury Day Ceremony on the 19th Dec.

Shortly afterwards we will publish the results on our website. Download Infographic

First Open Call results and important dates

First Open Call results and important dates

Nov 26, 2014

Thank you for participating in the 1st round of the IMPACT Open Call. We have received 846 applications and 515 were successfully submitted. We consider this as a great outcome. Take a look at the infographic.

In the first phase of the selection process 289 projects have been selected via the FundingBox platform. During the next few weeks, the External Evaluators Panel will evaluate the selected proposals and will choose the 57 best proposals to compete at the Jury Day, in Madrid on December 18th and 19th. The Selection Committee will shortlist the applicants entering the Acceleration program.

Once the deliberations have been completed, the results will be published on the website. Good luck!!

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1st OPEN CALL announcement

1st OPEN CALL announcement

Sep 29, 2014

We start receiving projects from today up to Nov 7.

Please download our Guide for Applicant and read it carefully before applying. If you have additional question please read our Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs].

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FIWARE BIZ&TECH HACKATHON in Madrid

FIWARE BIZ&TECH HACKATHON in Madrid

Sep 19, 2014

Last tickets available. 23.09.

Register now: http://bit.ly/IMPACThackathon.

For more info: www.impact-hackathon.com












IMPACT FIWARE WEBINAR 2/6.

IMPACT FIWARE WEBINAR 2/6.

Aug 29, 2014

General overview about FIWARE technologies, FIWARE Generic Enablers, FIWARE School and FI-Lab.

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IMPACT FIWARE Webinar 1/6. General introduction about FIWARE technologies.

IMPACT FIWARE Webinar 1/6. General introduction about FIWARE technologies.

Aug 20, 2014

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IMPACT is born, an innovative model of start-ups accelerator to finance 100.000 euros to 64 European mobile Internet projects

IMPACT is born, an innovative model of start-ups accelerator to finance 100.000 euros to 64 European mobile Internet projects

Jul 16, 2014

Today we have a press conference. follow us: @impact_acc in twitter and Linkedin.

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