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Scale Up for a Real Smart Future

Scale Up for a Real Smart Future

From 23-24 October, the 7th FIWARE Global Summit is heading to the dynamic city of Berlin (Germany). The Summit, co-hosted with the Smart Country Convention, will be a joint effort, combining the strengths of both events, which will attract a total of 10,000 guests, of whom at least 1,000 will also be joining the FIWARE Global Summit.

FIWARE continues to evolve globally to be what smart economies need: fueling growth strategies through scalable innovations, open, reliable, and really smart. Join us at the FIWARE Global Summit in Berlin to discover what the world’s smartest open companies, cities, universities or developers are doing differently to succeed in tomorrow’s digital economy.

The event will consist of two content-packed days full of new and exciting FIWARE-related innovations. Great speakers, each a leader in his or her field, will be taking the stage during keynote speeches, panel discussions, fireside chats, and workshops on important challenges and best practices within the domains of Smart Cities, Smart Industry, Smart Agrifood, and Smart Energy. Leading trends and disruptive developments in tech will complement the five-track program. In addition, the 200m2 exhibition area will provide an attractive space for no less than 20 exhibiting partners to present their innovative solutions.

10 UNBEATABLE REASONS WHY TO JOIN

  • Extended Summit Program with lots of new features with more than 1,000 participants.
  • Co-hosted with the Smart Country Convention in Berlin.
  • More than 70 sessions, panels, workshops, and keynotes.
  • 20 FIWARE members co-exhibiting in the FIWARE community booth.
  • Answers to your questions, and solutions to your development and business challenges.
  • iHubs Growth Program and new ‘Do-It-Package’.
  • Startup Day featuring Startups and VCs.
  • Spanning the industries of Smart Industry, Smart Energy, Smart AgriFood with a Special Track on Smart City Showcases.
  • Brand new Track on Trends and the Disruptive Future (FIWARE with AI, Blockchain, Big Data, IoT, and more).
  • Meet the Community during the Meet-the-Open-Minds Aperitivo and FI-Night.

GET STARTUP-READY IN 6 HOURS!

Want to take your business to the next level, experiencing the power of FIWARE Open Source technology firsthand? The ‘Startup Day’ on 24 October is set to give you the tools you need to start your journey to success. From ‘How-to Sessions’ with business- and decision-makers and FIWARE success stories to tips and tricks on how to access those “unreachable” EU funding opportunities!

But wait, there is more! Up for a challenge? Join the FIWARE Hackathon, which will conclude during the Startup Day, and use your skills to make a real difference in the world. The FIWARE Hackathon, an initiative promoted by the FIWARE Foundation, the MIDIH Consortium, and the Connecting Europe Facilities (CEF), will focus on the use of FIWARE Open Source technologies and the Context Broker as a CEF Building Block. The Hackathon is aimed at developing new services/applications in the sectors of Smart Cities, Smart Manufacturing, and Open Data.

SUPER EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE!

Don’t forget to take advantage of the Super Early Bird ticket offer for a fantastic discount. Be with us at the forefront of technological advancements and smart reliable innovations and grab your tickets now.

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DIH² launches its first open call to encourage robotics-related technology adoption in the field of manufacturing.

DIH² launches its first open call to encourage robotics-related technology adoption in the field of manufacturing.

    • The European Commission project, part of the Horizon 2020 programme, will be distributing up to €248,000 to consortia made up of technology providers and manufacturing Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and Mid-Caps to enable them to adopt robotics-related technology.

10th July 2019. DIH², the pan‐European network of 26 robotics Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) for Agile Production launched on 1st July 2019 its first open call. The European project will be investing close to €3 million in the course of the next eight months.

The open call will distribute up to €248,000 to 13 selected consortia. Each consortium will have a maximum of 3 members and must include a technology provider (e.g. a start-up, SME, research organisation, competence centre or any type of technology provider) and a manufacturing SME or Mid-Cap.

Many large manufacturers have developed in-house technologies to optimise their production. However, manufacturing SMEs still face significant challenges in the automation of their processes and are not able to quickly react and adapt to market changes and customer needs. The main barriers to the adoption of an Agile Production process are the lack of knowledge and economic constraints.

The DIH² first open call aims at removing the knowledge and financial barriers and enable manufacturing SMEs and Mid-Caps to collaborate with technology providers. The technology providers will work with companies to integrate robotics solutions and facilitate the adoption of an Agile Production process.

THE TYPES OS APPLICANTS

Technology providers are any type of organisation specialised in technology transfer or system integration to end users. They can consist of system integrators, research and technology organisations, digital innovation hubs centres, start-ups and SMEs.

On the other hand, end users are expected to be manufacturing SMEs or Mid-Caps (organisations with a staff headcount below 500 employees and a turnover below €100 million).

THE FIRST PHASE OF THE OPEN CALL

During the first phase of the open call, manufacturing SMEs, Mid-Caps and technology providers can apply individually between 1st July 2019 and 31st October 2019 through a simple application form.

10 companies from each category (technology providers and SMEs/Mid-Caps) will be selected to participate in one of 26 local brokerage events taking place at a national level across Europe. In total, 520 companies will be invited to participate in a brokerage event.

Participants will receive €1,000 each to attend a brokerage event and form a consortium with a company with a complementary activity. Consortia will receive support from one of the 26 DIHs that make up the DIH² network to prepare their application for the second stage of the open call. Companies who did not participate in the first stage are able to apply during the second stage but are not entitled to any kind of support in the preparation of their application.

THE SECOND PHASE OF THE OPEN CALL

Applications during the second phase of the open call need to be submitted (by consortia of 2 to 3 members) between 3rd December 2019 and 27th February 2020. 26 applications will be selected to receive a mini-grant of €1,000 to participate in the Jury Day. A panel will evaluate the relevance and feasibility of the consortium partners.

During Jury Day, 13 consortia will be selected as the final beneficiaries of the DIH² programme and will obtain up to €246,000 extra funding plus premium technology transfer services.

ABOUT DIH2

DIH² is a network of 26 European Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs). Our objective is to grow this network to over 170 DIHs by 2022. Led by Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy, the network has a total of 37 European partners.

The ultimate goal of DIH² is to establish a sustainable network of robotics DIHs, endowed with tools and procedures, to facilitate the commercialisation and broad uptake of Agile Production by manufacturing SMEs/Mid-Caps.

DIH² offers a number of benefits:

  • A Common Open Platform Reference Architecture for Agile Production which can be instantiated to serve the needs of any Manufacturing SME by means of selecting and integrating a set of Robotic-based Open Standard Enablers [ROSE-AP].
  • A Technology Transfer Program bringing support to the best-in-class Technology Transfer Experiments.
  • A marketplace as one-stop-shop for SMEs with access to premier-class technical and non-technical services. A Corporate Sponsorship Program to support DIHs in liaising with component and robot suppliers, and system integrators.

This section summarises the characteristics of the open calls under the DIH² project.

DIH² has received funding from the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme under Grant Agreement 824964.

Related links:

The DIH2 Open Call Website

The Guide for Applicants

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RobotUnion selects the 20 best European robotics startups

RobotUnion selects the 20 best European robotics startups

  • 44 startups which were invited to the RobotUnion 2nd Jury Day were selected from 206 applications from 33 countries which applied to the 2nd RobotUnion Open Call. The best startups came to Warsaw to present their ideas and vie for up to €223,000 in equity-free funding, alongside acceleration and mentoring services.
  • RobotUnion offers a total of 4M€ in equity-free funding in two open calls for startups and SMEs within the framework of the Horizon 2020 program funded by the European Commission.
  • Selected startups are advancing the digitalization of European industry in the areas of health, manufacturing, agriculture, civil engineering and open disruptive innovation.

RobotUnion, the first pan-European acceleration program fully focused on robotics, has announced the names of the 20 startups of the second open call who will enter this unique  acceleration program. The Jury Day winners were selected among 44 startups and SMEs who pitched 4 times in front of a different panel of experts. The event took place in Warsaw on July 3rd at the headquarters of PIAP, who is one of the partners providing technical mentoring for accelerated startups.

The Jury was composed of experienced technical experts, representatives of venture capital and members of large corporations from the RobotUnion consortium: Fundingbox (PL) as the coordinator of the program; ISDI (ES) responsible for business mentoring; ODENSE Seed and Venture (DK), Blumorpho (FR), Chrysalix Venture Capital (CA) in charge of the  fundraising mentors, technical support and access to “premier-class” technology provided by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (FI), Danish Technological Institute – DTI (DK), TU Delft (NL), Tecnalia (ES) and PIAP (PL); direct access to top industry leaders is facilitated by MADE (DK), Ferrovial Servicios (ES), Fenin (ES), and Mobile World Capital Barcelona (ES) as the dissemination partner. Additionally, independent external advisors were invited in order to help the Consortium in the final decision.

RobotUnion selects the 20 best European robotics startups

LIST OF SELECTED STARTUPS

Below is the list of 20 startups and SMEs that were selected to enter the acceleration program of RobotUnion’s second call:

  • Rigitech (Switzerland): Drone delivery to integrate supply chains through hybrid drone hardware and cloud-based logistics.
  • IM Systems (Netherlands): Archimedes drive is a planetary transmission that uses friction instead of gear teeth to transmit torque.
  • Aether Biomedical (Poland): Zeus is a low cost-high efficacy prosthesis. This bionic limb can multiarticulate 14 grip modes.
  • BLITAB (Austria): Blitab is the first-ever Braille tablet to create tactile text and graphics in real-time.
  • MX3D (Netherlands): Software development for large scale Robotic 3D metal printing.
  • Rebartek (Norway): Standardized robotic cell to assemble reinforcement bar (rebar) pieces into rebar cages. 
  • Robotical (United Kingdom): Marty the Robot is a real robot that can be used to teach about robotics and STEM.
  • Rovenso (Switzerland): Agile robots that perform security and safety monitoring of industrial sites.
  • Scaled Robotics (Spain): Deploys robots capable of navigating construction sites autonomously to collect 3D maps and upload them to an AI-powered software platform for analysis.
  • Axiles Bionics (Belgium): AMP-Foot is a prosthetic ankle-foot prosthesis capable of bringing back a natural gait and posture during daily life activities, being flexible and highly responsive to the person’s intention and to the environment.
  • Automato Robotics (Israel): Robot development that works in soil/greenhouses/high tunnels to detect ripe tomatoes and harvests them.
  • Cyber Surgery (Spain): Robotic assistant for spine surgery.
  • Proxima Centauri (Denmark): Automation of the picking and sorting of natural casings.
  • Kinfinity (Germany): The Kinfinity Glove is a new generation of multi-modal input device for use in virtual reality applications, robotics, gaming and more.
  • LuxAI (Luxembourg): An expressive and engaging robot designed for autism.
  • INTSITE (Israel): Autonomous and connected tower cranes.
  • Moi Composites (Italy): Manufacturing of objects as one-off parts or small series combining our proprietary process with other additive manufacturing technologies or traditional manufacturing processes.
  • Life Science Robotics (Denmark): ROBERT is a rehabilitation robot focusing on active resistive and assistive mobilization of the lower extremities.
  • Subsea Mechatronics (Spain): Agile design and fabrication of prototypes involving mechanics, electronics and software, finding solutions within time and cost requirements to meet the specifications.
  • Formhand (Germany): Granulate-based vacuum grippers that can adapt to and handle objects with different shapes.

Each selected company will be eligible to receive up to €223,000 in equity-free funding upon reaching the milestones of the programme. 10 startups will also receive access to technical support from European robotics experts and business acceleration services. The best-performing companies participating in the program may obtain an additional €1 million of private investment in funding rounds led by Blumorpho and supported by Odense Seed and Venture and the VCs Chrysalix Venture Capital.

During the Jury Day, startups heard presentations from world-class experts invited to share their knowledge. The first was given by Guido Boehm, senior business developer from Dematic shared some tips he has picked up over the years in his talk Ten rules for making corporate partnerships with startups work. Guido mentioned the importance of staying focused on the development of a useful product, the advantages of partnerships with corporations and how to overcome problems while building a startup.

The second speaker was Andrzej Garbacki, expert in industry 4.0 and Member of the Board and Solutions Department Coordinator from Astor, who explained the importance of introducing technology to industries to facilitate production processes. Startups who attended the event discovered how the automation process affects industrial plants. Mr. Garbacki shared several success stories of these processes through his company, which proposes solutions to adapt the traditional industry to a new operational structure based on human-machine cooperation.

THE PROGRAM: FROM RESEARCH TO THE SET UP

The 20 startups and SMEs selected in the second open call launched by RobotUnion will initiate an acceleration process that will have a duration of up to 14 months. After Jury Day, the acceleration process will begin with the 2-month feasibility phase when startups will define a plan which will specify technical and market potential of their robotics solutions. This plan will be presented during the Welcome Camp that will take place in Odense on October 2nd and 3rd 2019. In addition to equity-free funding, the companies will receive extensive technical and technological support provided by leading robotics R&D institutes in Europe.

They also will have access to ISDI’s international network of recognized mentors from Google, Airbnb, Ikea, Yahoo, Prisa and Microsoft, among others. It builds on the expertise of the IMPACT Accelerator, which invested over €20 million equity-free funding between 2014 to 2018. IMPACT has been named among the top ten seed accelerators in the world and the second best in Europe by Gust’s Global Accelerator Report.

The entrepreneurs will also have direct contact with leaders of agri-food, healthcare, civil engineering, and manufacturing sector through the participation of organizations including MADE, Ferrovial Servicios, ARLA Foods and FENIN.

RobotUnion will further boost the visibility of startups and SMEs in the robotics sector taking part in top international events such as 4YFN at MWC Barcelona, DLD Innovation festival, Automatica Munich and Slush.

ABOUT ROBOT UNION

RobotUnion is designed to increase the number of unicorns in Europe in leveraging on European uniqueness and expertise in robotics related fields by implementing an ambitious programme which consists of:

  • State-of-the-art technical support and access to “premier-class” technology provided by top research and technology organizations like VTT, DTI, TU Delft, TECNALIA, and PIAP.
  • World-class training and high-level business mentoring by a pool of tier 1 mentors from Google, Airbnb, Ikea, Yahoo, Prisa, Microsoft, among others, provided by ISDI.
  • Internationalization services. Presence in top EU scaleup events such as 4YFN at MWC (Mobile World Congress), Slush, Web Summit and International PR exposure powered by Mobile World Capital.
  • Fundraising services provided by Blumorpho (private funding) and FundingBox (public funding).
  • Engagement with world top industry leaders such as MADE representing world manufacturing leaders like Danfoss, Grundfos or Vestas among others. ARLA in agri-food; FENIN in healthcare and FERROVIAL in civil infrastructure.

RobotUnion will invest €4 million in 40 companies during 2 open calls from 2018 to 2020. In each open call, we will select 20 companies and will invest €2million.

Link to official images of the Jury Day: 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/142469027@N05/albums/72157709408859656/with/48190094672/

Web: https://robotunion.eu/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/RobotUnion_EU

Press contact: mportales@mobileworldcapital.com

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RobotUnion closes the last open call with 206 applications submitted

RobotUnion closes the last open call with 206 applications submitted

  • 40 startups and SMEs selected in the second RobotUnion Open Call will be invited to the Jury Day in Warsaw to pitch in front of Jury and win the possibility to enter the Acceleration program with full technical and business mentoring services and up to €223,000 in equity-free funding.
  • Projects participating in RobotUnion will take part in the digitalization of the European Industry, as part of the framework of the Horizon 2020 program (Grant agreement 779967) and the Digital Single Market of the European Commission.
  • The area of open disruptive innovation has attracted most of the applications, followed by manufacturing, healthcare, agri-food, and civil engineering.

RobotUnion, the pan-European robotics acceleration program, closes its second and last open call with 206 submissions. The applications came from 33 countries with the following distribution: Spain (10,7%), followed by UK (9,7%), Italy (8,7%), Israel (8,3%), France and Denmark (7,3%), Germany (6,3%), Netherlands (5,3%), and Poland (4,9%).

RobotUnion project aims to respond to social and industrial needs in the landscape of technological solutions for 5 verticals: agri-food, healthcare, manufacturing, civil engineering, and open disruptive innovation. The last category is for applicant innovations that go beyond the proposed fields.

At the forefront of the applications are solutions involving human-robot interactions and artificial intelligence. In the healthcare vertical the trends go towards rehabilitation and assistance. Startups who applied under the manufacturing vertical are drones and nano-technologies. Submission examples for civil engineering are mapping services and construction mobility. As for agri-food, we can find crop monitoring and harvest machines. Applications of augmented reality and applied to education can be found at open disruptive innovations.

NEXT STEPS

Now each of 100 highest ranked proposals will be evaluated by 4 independent experts with wide expertise in Robotics. At the end of May, the final ranking will be created and the top 40 projects will be invited to pitch in front of the RobotUnion’s 3rd of July at PIAP Headquarters in Warsaw (Poland).

Want to know more? Watch our video from the 1st Jury Day in San Sebastian last year.

After the pitching day, 20 winners will be announced to enter the Feasibility Phase, which is a 2-month period where Business and Technical experts will work with the teams on defining a Feasibility Plan, specifying the project’s technical and market potential. Once the 20 projects are defined, they will all be invited to the Welcome Camp in Odense (Denmark) on 2-3rd October to present their final plans. The 10 projects with the most potential will be then selected to enter the Product Acceleration Phase with full mentoring provided by RobotUnion Technical Experts and will get access to Facilities provided by TOP European Technological Centers from the consortium.

During all the program, startups may get up to €223,000 equity free and receive support from RobotUnion’s investment partners: CHRYSALIX, ODENSE SEED AND VENTURE and BLUMORPHO to raise around €1M of private financing. All startups will take part in RobotUnion communication actions by participating in TOP Robotics events (Global Robo Expo, Viva Technology, EU Robotics Forum) where they can present their solution and meet investors and potential clients.

ABOUT ROBOTUNION

The RobotUnion acceleration program is led by FundingBox, in collaboration with 14 partners, top Research and Technology Organizations, Corporates, Business Mentoring, Communication and Investment experts who all together have created a unique program which gathered researchers and top business professionals who understand the Robotics startup needs and challenges in order to help them to scale up their business.

The 16-month online premium acceleration program does not require to move to one place, it’s done remotely! There will be some special events like bootcamps, networking, Robotics events, business and investment mentoring sessions which might require startups to travel in order to help them to improve their business in different aspects.

During Product Acceleration stage each startup will have a Technical Mentor assigned and will have access to the facilities of the Research Organizations that form part of the Consortium: VTTDTITU DELFTTECNALIA, and PIAP.

The Technical Mentor will be a Ph.D. or a Senior Researcher from one of RobotUnion’s research organizations, that is, with a wide background in robotics and with an overall vision of all the technologies/abilities addressed. He or she will be allocated to a given startup to match its needs to what is technologically feasible.

In the middle of the product acceleration phase, the business mentoring (Stage 3) will start. This part is managed by ISDI who will incorporate high-level business mentors from IMPACT Accelerator. This stage is focused on helping startups in defining the Business Plan and it will start with Training Master Class Week in ISDI´s headquarters (Madrid), which is a high-quality one-week face-to-face training program.

In the end, 4 startups will enter 3-months period (Stage 4), led by Blumorpho, where besides of making the Proof of Concept of the products developed, they will become a part of a VIP investment program which aims to multiply the Funds received through Private and Public sources.

All Participants will also have the chance to be in direct contact with leaders of the agri-food, healthcare, civil engineering and the manufacturing sector through the participation of corporate organizations including MADE, Ferrovial Servicios, ARLA Foods and FENIN.

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Follow the IMPACT Connected Car journey

Take a peek into IMPACT Connected Car’s second batch of acceleration

First Lublin, then Madrid… What’s next for IMPACT Connected Car startups?

IMPACT Connected Car wrapped up its second and final call in October with the participation of over 200 startups and SMEs from 39 countries. In February, 24 projects were chosen to enter the three-stage acceleration program. A month later, these selected startups traveled to Madrid to participate in the IMPACT Connected Car Digital Bootcamp, a week-long event that gathered startups, consortium partners, superstars from previous IMPACT programs, and experts from all around the globe.

First stop... Lublin

The program kicked off in February with a three-day Disruptive Bootcamp held in the Polish city of Lublin, and organized by LPNT, one of the partner organizations in charge of connecting IMPACT Connected Car startups to the ecosystem at large.

In total, 37 pre-selected startups from among over 200 applicants attended the bootcamp,  where they participated in various training sessions and workshops, and had the chance to meet with consortium partners for the first time. The event concluded with a jury day. You know the drill: founders pitched in front of a jury composed of representatives from IMPACT Connected Car partners, and at the end of the day 24 startups were selected to enter the second phase of the program, a two-month acceleration led by ISDI and CTAG.

Selected startups and consortium partners take a group photo at the end of Disruptive Bootcamp.

MEET THE NEW #IMPACTERS

Here’s a list of the 24 startups selected to participate in IMPACT Connected Car’s second batch of acceleration. Check them out!

  • 25ways (Germany): A provider-independent mobility platform that encourages behavioral changes towards sustainable mobility options.
  • 2hire (Italy): 2hire’s technology acts as a gateway enabling the interaction and both standard parameters and non-standard parameters reading.
  • Anadue (Ireland): An analytics platform to help Connected Car Service Providers to maximize the value of their real-time data.
  • Ainomaly (Sweden): RoboTest enables software developers to deliver high quality code quickly.
  • BeNomad (France): A navigation software tailored to helping companies manage their mobile resources as effectively as possible.
  • Better World (France): Better World collects feedback from customers, analyzes the data and shares it with car-making businesses.
  • Capricode (Finland): Cyber security of connected vehicles in form of automated updates and configurations.
  • Discoperi (Spain): Discoperi develops System Eye, able to prevent roads accidents and monetize automotive data, thanks to its built Discoperi Blockchain Protocol.
  • Drive Buddy (Turkey): Drive Buddy is a mobile solution that analyzes driver’s driving habits and detects car accidents by just using sensors on the smartphones.
  • Drivvisor (Spain): An app-based driving monitoring system that uses the front camera of a smartphone to perform driver distraction and fatigue detection while driving.
  • Eiver (France): Eiver is based on Al algorithms and big data analytics, and has been designed to improve the user’s driving performance and inspired by popular health and wellness quantified self applications.
  • Go To-U (Ukraine): An app for drivers to book the charging EV station at the most convenient time.
  • Journify (Spain): A carpooling app for daily commutes, such as going to work or to school.
  • Letos (UK / Germany): Real-time monitoring of a person’s heart and respiration rates, all without coming in direct contact with the person under test.
  • Make My Day (Israel): A car software system that uses a unique algorithm and big data to provide the optimal route.
  • Mappo (Israel): A geo-culture content layer created by an algorithm.The geo-culture content combined of texts, music, TV and AR.
  • Micocar (Spain): An app to save 10% to 50% on all taxi rides. An efficient marketplace where ride prices are calculated according to supply and demand.
  • Newport IMS (France): A vocal companion providing in-car mobility services and products.
  • Ozone Drive (Spain): A tech-based EV car-sharing solutions to address the zero-emissions mobility challenges as an optimized way of transportation.
  • Parquery (Switzerland): Parquery analyzes images from any camera to detect objects and provide parking managers with real-time answers.
  • Safemode (Israel): SafeMode profiles driver behaviour using Big Data & AI algorithms based on behavioral economics techniques.
  • Secmotic Innovation (Spain): An awareness and safety system for work zone invasion that increases safety and controls accessibility in temporary working areas of roads.
  • X-Motion (France): An app that leverages artificial intelligence and smartphone sensors to provide predictive analytics for driving behaviour and vehicle management.
  • Zify (France): A carpool service that has become an alternative to pre-existing mobility networks.

Second stop... Madrid

In March, the 24 selected startups traveled all the way to the Spanish capital to take part in the Digital Bootcamp. The event was held at ISDI, the leading digital business school in Spain, and the partner organization in charge of leading business coaching in IMPACT Connected Car.

The first day was a chance for startups to learn more about the acceleration process and for the IMPACT Connected Car partners to learn more about the startups’ needs. As a result, the event began with partner introductions and live product demos where founders had the chance to show what their startups actually do.

Elisabetta Mari, COO of 2hire, presents her startup’s product.

The day closed with an inspirational talk by Talal Benjelloun, CEO and co-founder of Glamping Hub, a startup previously accelerated by IMPACT, that was followed by a networking cocktail, where founders got to meet their peers and chat with consortium partners. As much as we believe in the benefits of remote work, this type of face-to-face activities are also essential to startups’ success in the program.

Startups snap a photo during the post-Welcome Day networking drinks.

The following days were packed of classes and workshops led by experienced professional from all around the world with multinational, consultancy or entrepreneurship experience. In the evenings, startups were given the opportunity to meet privately with specific consortium members in order to get to know each other better, discuss next steps in the program, and ask for help and support if needed. Startups got to meet with the coordinator of the program (FundingBox), the business coaching leaders (ISDI), some of the technical coaching providers (CTAG and AUTOKLASTR) and corporate partners (Ferrovial Servicios, PSA Groupe and FIA).

Founders having one-to-one meetings with consortium partners.

Next stop...

All 24 selected startups are now well into the second stage of the program, during which startups receive customized mentoring from top experts in the mobility and business sectors, as well as technical coaching. At the end of this two-month period, only 18 companies will be selected to remain in the program. These startups will then enter the third and last stage of acceleration, which will last four months and will include two new features: funding coaching (led by FundingBox) and corporate guidance to foster startup-corporate collaboration (led by Ferrovial Servicios). Startups will also have access to an international network of mentors, founders and investors with expertise in the digital sector and the automotive industry, and will have the opportunity to showcase their companies at top international events organized by 4YFN and Mobile World Capital Barcelona.

WHAT'S THE IMPACT CONNECTED CAR EXPERIENCE LIKE?

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IMPACT mentor Noelia Fernández Arroyo reveals the secret to successful startup mentoring

SUPPORTING IMPACT FROM THE START

We’re proud to introduce you to Noelia Fernández Arroyo, possibly the most versatile mentor at IMPACT.

It’s been four years since Noelia joined IMPACT—yes, she was one of our first mentors—and there are many reasons why, when the accelerator was created, we immediately thought she would be the perfect fit. Noelia is full of surprises: she’s a journalist, an entrepreneur, a teacher, a high-level executive at a multinational tech company… and a brilliant startup mentor! With over 25 years of experience in the digital environment, she has taught marketing at multiple educational institutions and has worked for highly prestigious companies such as Yahoo! and the Spanish media conglomerate PRISA. Noelia is currently the Director of Large Customer Sales for Northern Europe at Google, and a mentor both in IMPACT Growth and IMPACT Connected Car.

“Being passionate is not enough. If I’m not able to help startups and give them good feedback that is actionable, I won’t be able to help them succeed.”

Tell us about yourself, what you do, where you work, past experience, etc.

I’ve been in contact with the Internet and the digital world throughout all of my career. I majored in journalism at school, but before finishing journalism I was already working in newspapers, and radios, and so on.

I discovered the Internet back in 1994, and that’s when I decided that was what I wanted to work on for the rest of my life. This discovery led me to make two huge decisions. First, I created a company (which we would call a startup now, but back then I was just starting my own business), and secondly, I became a university professor, teaching students about marketing and journalism, and helping them think of new ways of interacting with their audiences for marketing or for communication purposes through the Internet.

“If you look back ten years, there’s a lot we have changed with the help of ISDI and the IMPACT programs.”

After three or four years of doing that, Yahoo! reached out to me to launch their operations in Spain. At that time the Google team didn’t exist, as they were created later on. It was still the time when Yahoo! defined the digital ecosystem. I worked with them for 17 years. The first half of my career I was based in Spain, Switzerland, and London, and I ended up running global media operations as their VP. That was a very exciting journey, especially since I got to experience the crazy growth of digital media in the late ‘90s, early ‘00s, the birth of social networks, of the mobile environment… I saw this through the lens of Yahoo! as they went through those cycles, but also in connection to the founding of ISDI, and one of the things we saw in the decade of the ‘00s is that there was not enough talent that we could hold onto, especially in terms of media management with digital experience.

That was the origin of ISDI, by the way. And if you look back ten years, there’s a lot we have changed with the help of ISDI and the IMPACT programs.

After I left Yahoo!, I came back to Spain for a couple of years to work with the CEO of a media organization, driving their digital transformation strategy and also running their IT and infrastructure and development teams, running media from a technical and digital strategy perspective. It was an interesting learning process with a very strong brand that helped me understand the pain points of business both leaders and journalists.

I joined Google a year ago as the Director of Large Customer Sales for Northern Europe, and I moved again because of that. Now I’m living in Ireland and I’m working on helping our largest customers in the Northern European region.

“I provide a sounding board because I’ve seen all kinds of things for the past 25 years.”

And how are you liking this new phase?

I’m really enjoying the journey! I’m in Stockholm today and was in Oslo at the beginning of the week. These markets have been known for their innovative, sophisticated customers, and what they’re experiencing now is being coming digitally savvy and adapting to a fast-paced environment where consumers are changing all the time because of their mobile consumption, or because the ubiquity of Internet access…

One of the reasons why I’ve always been very interested in the IMPACT programs is that, even though I work in a fantastic company that is a big corporation and helps companies of all sizes, I have always been close to the startup environment, and I’ve always wanted to see how they’re facing the opportunity of making an impact and building value, as well as the challenges they face in order to be successful, because it’s a challenging environment.

You have so much experience in many different environments. How does your particular experience gives you a unique position to help startups?

I’ve been close to four IMPACT startups since the program started. In all cases I’ve experienced, the CEO can trust me providing any kind of issue they might be facing. Sometimes it’s product strategy, sometimes it’s overall business strategy, sometimes it’s funding or financing, sometimes it’s recruitment… And just in general, I think I provide a sounding board because I’ve seen all kinds of things for the past 25 years, and there’s a lot of experiences I’ve had that help me connect with startup founders. I think that’s something they appreciate, that I have experienced many different environments and markets. Also, because of how long I’ve been in this sector, I’m well-connected, so I will know someone directly, or someone that knows who they need to be reaching out to, for almost any type of need they may have.

So, sounding board across diverse categories and networks is probably where I’m most able to help them, and then, of course, I have a significant domain knowledge in terms of content, product, and, as I’m learning now, how to create a great sales organization in a digital environment. But I would say that my personal experience and my connections are probably where founders feel my value is more genuine.

And they do. I mean, I’m sure you know, but the startups love you.

Awww. Yes! I love them too. And sometimes I think to myself: “Ah, I wish I could help them more…” But it’s just about being there when they need you. Sometimes it’s a few minutes’ conversation, and sometimes it’s something more profound that they need to share with someone, and I guess I’m generating that trust with them.

“IMPACT provides a structured, thorough framework and, in parallel, a high level of commitment from mentors, and it’s precisely that combination that makes the program so valuable.”

As we’ve said, you’ve worked with four IMPACT startups: Quizlyse, Glamping Hub, Ximantis, and ArtuData. How would you describe the evolution these startups have experienced during and after IMPACT? Or, put differently, how do startups change during the IMPACT experience?

I think it’s a combination of a very structured operational framework that they have to go through to make sure that they’re tackling every single aspect they need to take into account. It’s financing, it’s development, it’s recruiting, it’s strategic proposition… And I think you have to be very thorough in addressing that. So, to me, it’s the combination of a dedicated mentor, and a checklist to make sure that you’re on top of all those critical dimensions. Because what founders have the least of is time and money, but they need to tackle all those things if they want to be successful.

IMPACT provides a structured, thorough framework and, in parallel, a high level of commitment from mentors, and it’s precisely that combination that makes the program so valuable.

We also hold each other accountable, so there’s a lot of rigor in terms of how we rate them (startups) and how they rate us (mentors). There’s a strong incentive on both sides to do what’s right. As a mentor, I reserve a number of hours that I’ll be dedicating to meeting with startups, and I know that I better be there, because otherwise they won’t give me a positive evaluation. Being passionate is not enough. If I’m not able to help startups and give them good feedback that is actionable, I won’t be able to help them succeed. I think it’s all those ingredients combined that make IMPACT an exceptional accelerator.

“Having subject-matter expertise, knowing what your strengths are, and being very direct when you’re seeing issues, I think are the three key points of good mentorship.”

That’s wonderful. One more question: what do you think is the key to good mentorship? How can mentors help startups?

That’s a good question. I think the program needs to identify very well the strengths of all the mentors that they’re putting together. For instance, how do I make sure that I have a good collection of people that really understand the subject matter, and that have a lot of expertise in it? As a mentor, you need to be aware of your strengths, because whatever you’re telling founders, it really has to add value, because, again, they have very little time to address all these things. In addition, I believe you need to be strict, especially in addressing problems. When you see they’re not paying enough attention to something that matters, you have to be very straightforward with them and make sure they take it very seriously.

So, to summarize: having subject-matter expertise, knowing what your strengths are, and being very direct when you’re seeing issues, I think are the three key points of good mentorship. And again, they have very small teams, which means they have just a handful of people to solve funding issues, and the delivery of results for their customers. Every piece of feedback is vital for their survival.

Thank you so much. I don’t have any more questions. Is there anything you’d like to add?

I’m very proud of being a part of this program and I get a lot of satisfaction from seeing IMPACT startups succeed, so the more I can contribute, the better! I’m really happy that we’re talking more about IMPACT. It’s so nice to see the evolution from where we started until now, the diversity of companies that we’re reaching, and how far advanced they are in terms of their vision. And I hope we could help them (even) more! But I know we’re definitely contributing, and I’m proud to be a part of that.

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IMPACT Growth brings together investors and startups from around the world for Investor Day

IMPACT GROWTH GOES OUT WITH A BANG

A year ago, the first batch of startups started their IMPACT Growth journey. These 14 startups were carefully selected out of 2,000 applicants from all over Europe and the world. In April, a second batch of 14 joined the program, bringing the total to 28 IMPACT Growth startups.

As acceleration finishes and IMPACT Growth draws to a close, the superstar teams participating in the program are looking to take their startup to the next level. What better way to help them accomplish this than with a round of funding?

IMPACT Growth Investor Day took place at ISDI Madrid.

IMPACT Growth Investor Day took place in Madrid, with the central part of the event being held at ISDI Madrid on October 1st. It was an exclusive event aimed at putting some of the best startup minds in Europe in direct contact with the most important players on the European investor scene to make the magic happen.

Nine top startups out of the original 28 were selected to take part in the event, coordinated by ISDI. Not only did the startups get to pitch in front of investors – and then meet them in face-to-face private meetings – but they received personalized pitch prep, including a special session led by Kat Mañalac, Partner at Y Combinator.

Investor Day consisted of four parts:

  • Online pitch training led by Kibo Ventures
  • Face-to-face pitch practice led by Kat Mañalac (Partner at Y Combinator)
  • Pitching and private meetings with a selection of top European investors
  • VIP Rooftop Gala in Central Madrid

HOW TO ATTRACT INVESTORS LED BY KIBO VENTURES

First, the nine startups took part in an online pitch training led by Kibo Ventures, a Madrid-based early stage venture capital firm and IMPACT Growth partner. During this session, the Kibo Ventures team shared tips and answered questions about how to effectively attract investors. After the pitch training, startups had the chance to sharpen their pitch according to Kibo Ventures’ feedback and get ready for the big day.

Kat Mañalac, Parter at Y Combinator, led the startups through pitch training.

PITCH PRACTICE LED BY Y COMBINATOR

A week later, the nine IMPACT Growth startups traveled to Madrid for another pitch training, this time face-to-face, arranged by ISDI and led by a very special guest, one of the top experts from the first accelerator in the world: Kat Mañalac, Partner at Y Combinator. The session, designed to help startups take their pitches to the next level, was a success. All nine IMPACTers had the chance to watch each of their peers pitch and receive personalized feedback from Kat and Sebastian Muller, IMPACT’s Acceleration Director (ISDI). This allowed them to get multiple perspectives of what an A+ pitch means.

Having perfected their pitches to the maximum, the event kicked into gear.

Javier Ferrer, CEO of WiTraC, was one of the startups selected to pitch at IMPACT Growth Investor Day.

THE BIG MOMENT

The afternoon brought together the three fundamental pieces of the puzzle in one room: nine outstanding IMPACTers ready to pitch their startups, top VCs and investors from all over Europe, and, of course, the amazing mentors that have supported startups every step of the way.

Pitching went by in the blink of an eye. This time, the ones asking questions were not startups, but real investors, who, amazed by the startups’ high level of maturity, filled the rest of the evening with private meetings. Startups went from meeting to meeting, establishing connections and deepening relationships. The investors, meanwhile, were able to build a detailed picture of what IMPACTers had to offer, and got a chance to forge synergies with the most exceptional companies in the program.

As IMPACTer Carlos Iborra, CEO at FruitsApp, put it:

Investor Day at IMPACT Growth has been a very interesting event for us in which we have been able to directly contact the most important players in the current investor scene.

The Rooftop Gala was a time for startups and investors to meet in a more relaxed atmosphere.

“DE MADRID AL CIELO”

To end things right, the following evening startups, mentors and investors were invited to a VIP gala event on a rooftop overlooking Madrid, where they gathered for networking and fun, this time in a more relaxed atmosphere. In the words of IMPACTer Vasco Portugal, CEO at SENSEI:

An excellent closure, on a rooftop in Madrid between conversations, laughs and glasses, and among entrepreneurs, mentors and investors.

We’re sure the combination of an amazing view, great weather, and delicious Spanish food led to really great conversations and, perhaps, potential partnerships. Soon, we’ll find out!

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Digital Bootcamp: an inside look

Digital bootcamp is the week-long event that kicks off IMPACT Connected Car's acceleration

But what, exactly, does that mean?

Digital Bootcamp is part of the acceleration process designed for the startups in IMPACT Connected Car, the automotive and mobility-focused vertical of IMPACT Accelerator. Normally it’s an exclusive, invitation-only event, but in this post, we’re throwing open the doors to give you a glimpse of what goes on. If you’re inspired, apply to IMPACT Connected Car (before October 18th, 2018) and who knows? You might find yourself taking part in the next Digital Bootcamp.

What is a Digital Bootcamp?

Digital Bootcamp kicks off the acceleration program. It’s a week-long event that brings the newly-selected startups together with mentors, IMPACT Connected Car partners, digital experts from top organizations, and star entrepreneurs from all over the world. Each day is packed with intensive classes and seminars from experts. Not only do startups learn a lot, but it’s the first chance for them to get to know each other, so there’s also plenty of time for networking – and fun.

The first Digital Bootcamp took place at ISDI’s headquarters in Madrid and was attended by the fourteen startups that comprised IMPACT Connected Car’s first batch. The startups came from all over Europe, including The Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Italy, and more.

A startup founder gives his product demo pitch.
(Photo from April 2018.)

Representatives from IMPACT Connected Car’s partners were also present. There are 17 partners in total:

Welcome Day

Digital Bootcamp starts with a grand Welcome Day. In the morning, startups meet the partners and hear about the acceleration program to come, what’s expected of them, and what they will learn.

Mentors play a key role at the event, as they do throughout the mentoring process. At IMPACT Accelerator, each selected startup is paired with a “follow up mentor,” an expert custom-matched for the startup’s needs. Mentors come from well-known organizations such as Google, Tesla, and more. This mentor will meet regularly with the startup and, over time, forge a positive relationship with the startup team that will help the company grow.

Startups and mentors meet each other for the first time on Welcome Day in a mentor unveiling ceremony, one of the more dramatic moments of the day.

In the afternoon, startups give their pitches but with a product demo twist. The focus isn’t on trying to “sell” their startup — they’ve already been selected for the program, after all — but rather to demonstrate what, exactly, their startup does. Gone are the PowerPoint presentations and market projections. Instead, startups show off dashboards, give live demonstrations, and reveal the day-to-day of their product.

Towards the end of the day, an exclusive keynote speaker addresses the startups, offering advice and valuable insights. The keynote speaker for the first IMPACT Connected Car Digital Bootcamp was Soujanya Bhumkar, former VP of Global Partnerships and founder of Cooliris.

Finally, the day ends with an informal drink and a chance to network.

It was an honor to have Andy Stalman, author of BrandOffOn, as a speaker at the Digital Bootcamp.

Roll up your sleeves

The rest of the week is devoted to an intensive schedule of classes, workshops, and inspirational talks. All material is carefully curated to help startups get the most out of their time in the Bootcamp, and teachers are expert professionals drawn from top tech companies around the world.

Each day tackles a different theme, including internationalization, funding, dashboards, culture, and exits. It’s a tiring week, but well worth it. Startups come away with a solid knowledge base, skills, and connections to help them grow their companies. In the words of one startup:

IMPRESSIVE!! I don’t think that I have ever come across such quality accelerator program. The content of the lectures is extremely appropriate with a good mix of both hands on tools and theoretical explanation plus real life examples. The speakers were simply amazing and inspiring.

The rest of the startups agreed. Participants were asked to fill out a daily survey – part of our ongoing commitment to live due diligence and constant improvement.

At the end of the week, the average class session was rated 8.8 out of 10, meaning the startups were taking away a lot of value.

What’s next?

On the last day, startups hop on trains or catch planes back to their home cities. IMPACT’s acceleration program is “delocalized,” meaning that startups don’t have to move to a new place in order to take part. They can strengthen the European startup ecosystem without disrupting their local network.

Over the next three months, the startups will meet with their mentors, set goals, measure progress, and grow, grow, grow!

What do startups get out of IMPACT?

Don’t take our word for it. Let them tell you:

Be a part of IMPACT

If this sounds like something you’d like to be part of, apply to IMPACT Connected Car before October 18th.

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FAQ: IMPACT Connected Car’s six challenges

What are the six IMPACT Connected Car challenges?

from the IMPACT Connected Car FAQ

  • IMPACT Connected Car is currently looking for innovative mobility startups and SMEs focused on six verticals, or challenges. The verticals are broad enough to admit a wide range of projects while narrowing the scope and specialization of the program.
  • To learn more about the six verticals and which one your startup fits into, read on. Further information about IMPACT Connected Car on the official FAQ. Apply before October 18th, 2018 at 17h CET on the website

You’ve probably heard of IMPACT Connected Car, the mobility & automotive vertical of IMPACT Accelerator. You might even be in the process of applying to the open call right now. If so, you may have encountered the question about what challenge your startup fits into. In Connected Car, we use the word “challenge” to refer to vertical or focus. There are six main challenges in the program.

The six challenges are:

  1. Safety and security
  2. Driver assistance
  3. Well-being
  4. Mobility management
  5. Vehicle management
  6. Infotainment

Let’s dive in and take a deeper look at what each one of these challenges entails and what projects we might see applying in each category.

Before we go any further, however, please note that projects are not limited to the categories detailed here. What’s most important is that applicants show how their startup or project will directly impact the connected car space.

1. Safety and security

The challenge of safety and security is to develop functions that warn the driver of external hazards and to create internal responses to those hazards.

Features that are included in this challenge include: collision avoidance (blind spot monitoring), intersection pilot, lane assistant, autonomous braking, traffic sign violation warning, hazards warning, emergency calling (eCall), protection of vulnerable road users, cybersecurity, stolen vehicle tracking and recovery, roadside assistance, measurement of pavement conditions, and cybersecurity dedicated to blockchain.

This is not a comprehensive list! However, projects that apply under this challenge must demonstrate their impact (no pun intended) on the connected car space. Some examples of expected applying projects include:

  • services to inform drivers about the state of the roads and other external
    environmental hazards,
  • projects related to the protection of software in the vehicle, to prevent cyberattacks,
  • projects related to the protection of the vehicle occupant’s data,
  • services (C-ITS applications) to connect cars with VRUs and warn of danger.

2. Driver assistance

The challenge driver assistance focuses on partially or fully automatic driving. Up to 90% of all traffic accidents are caused by human error. Thus, automating driving in part or in full will greatly reduce the number of accidents and increase safety on the road. Projects applicable for this challenge might include operational assistance or autopilot in heavy traffic, in parking or on highways; 3D cloud-based navigation; cruise control; self-driving; speed or distance advice; or artificial intelligence (AI) for autonomous driving.

Example startups that fit in this challenge might be working on:

  • projects related to cooperative adaptive cruise control or autonomous cruise control,
  • services (C-ITS applications) related to control self-driving, speed, and distance.

3. Well-being

Well-being is focused on identifying functions that relate to the driver’s comfort, ability, and fitness to drive. This might include fatigue detection, alco-lock, seat adjustment, services or funcions to assist elderly drivers, driver distraction alert, or driver health monitoring.

Projects that might fit in this challenge include:

  • startups with innovation solutions to prevent accidents resulting from driver fatigue, driver distraction, or driver health problems,
  • services that provide the elderly with access to connected cars,
  • monitoring services to track drivers’ abilitites and behaviors.

4. Mobility management

The challenge related to mobility management is all about making sure drivers reach their destinations quickly, safely, and in a cost-efficient manner. Mobility management covers current traffic info (floating car data/ITS), maps/street view, journey planning, parking lot or garage assistance, electric vehicle services (including charging slots, locating charging stations, prices), estimating battery and driving range, home charging, optimised fuel consumption, hazardous climatic conditions warnings and driving tips.

You might fit into this challenge if your startup is working on improving journeys with something like the following:

  • integrating the car into the journey context, helping ensure the journey is relaxing, planning the journey, and so on,
  • making journeys with electric vehicles more pleasant by shortening travel time, reducing consumption, or finding charging stations,
  • journey planning, taking into account possible climatic hazards and offering advice on driving in unusual conditions such as black ice, animals on the road, and so on.

5. Vehicle management

Startups in the challenge of vehicle management seek to aid the driver or car owner in reducing operating costs and improving ease of use. This includes vehicle conditions and service reminders, remote operation, transfer of usage data, driver performance analytics, electronic tolling and road usage, car sharing, vehicle-to-grid capabilities, customer profiling, load identification and characterization, vehicle communication (V2X), or artificial intelligence.

You might be right for this challenge if your startup is focused on:

  • intelligent route payment,
  • improving customer experience in the car,
  • new services based on customer profiles,
  • projects related to load control on the road to avoid accidents,
  • sevices to connect the vehicle to any other device, car or infrastructure.

6. Infotainment

Startups in the infotainment challenge, as might be guessed from the name, look to entertain driver and passengers. Topics included in this challenge may be related to the smartphone interface, Internet services & hot spots, social media & networking, personal info management, the mobile office, ads & points of interest, or easy booking at hotels and restaurants.

Your startup might belong in this challenge if you are working on something like:

  • projects related to implementing and optimizing the mobile office,
  • entertainment services for driver and passengers in self-driving cars.

Behind the curtain

IMPACT Connected Car is supported by the collaboration of 13 partners from across Europe:  ISDI, FundingBox, CTAG, INSERO, Mov’eo, Autoklastr, LPNT, Mobile World Capital Barcelona, PARP, Ferrovial Servicios, Groupe PSA, Federation Internationale de l’Automobile and FIWARE Foundation. IMPACT Connected Car is funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for the European Union under grant agreement no. 731343.

To learn more about the six verticals and which one your startup fits into, visit the official FAQ.

IMPACT Connected Car is currently seeking disruptive mobility solutions. Apply on the website before October 18th, 2018 at 17h CET.

 

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IMPACT Growth selects two superstar startups to get €150,000 equity free

IMPACT Growth selects Bookingabus.com and Clarity as top startups to receive an additional €150,000 equity-free

These outstanding startups were chosen from among the 14 startups participating in IMPACT Growth’s first batch of acceleration.

IMPACT Growth has announced Bookingabus.com (Denmark) and Clarity (Spain) as the best projects from its first open call.

IMPACT Growth is the startup acceleration program made of leading accelerators, venture capital entities and global brands. Two thousand startups applied to the first batch of acceleration; the best 14 of these were selected to participate.

Now, out of this pool of 14 exceptional companies, the top two were chosen for an additional accolade. Clarity and Bookingabus.com will be awarded €150,000 equity-free, on top of the €100,000 funding received when they first entered the IMPACT Growth acceleration program, for a total of €250,000 equity-free.

Meet the winners

Based in Denmark, Bookingabus.com is an independent online portal for coach and bus rental with a driver, helping people find chartered bus services. It provides an easy overview of the market, including prices, from all relevant bus operators. Since 2015, the company has provided thousands of coach transfers across Europe, to clients ranging from private groups to large corporations and public institutions.

Clarity, based in Spain, is a social-as-a-service software solution that allows investors and companies to measure and optimise the social impact of investment portfolios without having to compromise returns or risk values. This technological solution enables the measurement of social impact for all stakeholders such as investors, consumers, governments, etc. It does so by estimating users’ needs, following a “bottom-up” approach, and classifying all types of companies, organisations and governments using Big Data and AI algorithms.

Both startups are part of the digital content vertical, which is led by DOCOMO Digital and focuses on growth-stage startups working to address the content needs presented by electronic media, telecommunication, culture and social networks, among others issues.

Startups of IMPACT Growth's first batch learned from experts -- and from each other -- at the Training Camp that kicked off acceleration.

Selection criteria

All startups in the first batch of IMPACT Growth were evaluated based on the same criteria. These include:

  • funding prospects,
  • team,
  • product,
  • performance during the IMPACT program,
  • and more.

After reviewing the information provided by the startups in each of the above areas, the selection committee chose Clarity and Bookingabus as the “superstar” startups with the most potential for growth and disrupting their sector.

What does IMPACT Growth offer?

Like all the startups participating in the IMPACT Growth acceleration program, Clarity and Bookingabus.com attended a face-to-face training program led by ISDI and Accelerace, and featuring experts and entrepreneurs. Subsequently, startups had access to an international network of over 100 esteemed mentors, founders and investors. They also had the option to get private investment from the partner investors and VCs, Kibo Ventures and Invesdor.

ISDI and Accelerace led the acceleration process and the FIWARE Foundation is powering the projects through the integration of its technology into the development process. MWCapital is responsible for featuring innovative startups at world class events.

The IMPACT Growth program is de-localized, meaning that startups can receive training, mentoring and funding without having to move to another city or country. Startups can focus their efforts on expanding their business, whilst attending the world’s top startup events, training camps, and networking events in Madrid, Porto, Copenhagen, London, Tel Aviv, and others.

Rebeca Minguela, founder of Clarity, shows off her diploma at the IMPACT Growth Jury Day 2017, together with Carolina García of Ferrovial Servicios.

What’s next?

IMPACT Growth is currently accelerating its second batch of startups. Read more about them here.

IMPACT Growth is an initiative funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, under grant agreement No 732480.

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