Financially sustainable creative incubations units


NOV 14
Tech Business Incubator Launched

14/11/2014, Kakkanad, India

Minister for Industries and IT P K Kunhalikutty on Thursday inaugurated the business incubator set up by the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) at KINFRA Park, Kakkanad.

The incubator has been set up as a continuation of the Young Entrepreneur Summit (YES) held on September 12, 2014, with the aim of creating an enabling environment for startups across all sectors in the State.

Focusing on the electronic and IT startup ventures, the KSIDC will provide 120 seats to the incubatees. The 5,000-sqft incubator, set up at the Geo Info Centre, can accommodate 30-40 startups. Separate cabins and common work stations are provided. Of the 61 applicants at the YES summit, eight applicants who had requested for incubation space have already been provided the same at the business incubator.

The 8 start-ups will start operation immediately. The selected startups cover the fields of software/mobile application development; interactive game development; e-commerce; wireless charging technology; CSR management activity; virtual classroom for teaching practices and enterprise software product development. Companies like Datafactors Software (P) Ltd, Tuttifrutti Interactive, 3Q Mentors and Grabmy Grocery, as well as individual promoters, will be setting up startup ventures at the centre.

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Province puts $1M into Hamilton youth business incubator

12/11/2014, Ontario, Canadá

The province is pumping more than $1 million into a McMaster University project to help Hamilton youth establish new businesses. Ontario’s Campus Linked Accelerator program is giving seven figures to The Forge, a McMaster and Innovation Factory incubator for young entrepreneurs.

Politicians and McMaster officials launched the project at Wednesday’s McMaster Innovation Showcase. The Forge provides potential new business ventures with space and programming to “fast-track” them, McMaster said in a media release.

It will help projects that benefit the local economy and produce “the next wave of technology-driven companies in Hamilton.”

The Forge gives students, alumni and youth access to entrepreneurship and business training, mentors, industry experts and service providers, as well as equipment and incubation space.

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ESA business incubator opens in Portugal

12/11/2014, Coimbra, Portugal

European Space Agency's (ESA) latest Business Incubation Centre has opened in Portugal, ready to help entrepreneurs and start-up companies take space technology and services into non-space areas such as health, transport and energy. Over the coming five years, the centre will help 30 Portuguese start-up companies to get their businesses going, creating at least 120 local high-tech jobs.

The companies will receive 1.5 million euros as seed incentive and be able to tap into an additional 7 million euro. The new incubator is managed by the University of Coimbra's Instituto Pedro Nunes, or IPN, in collaboration with Science and Technology Park at University of Porto and DNA Cascais, a non-profit organisation that fosters entrepreneurship in Cascais and the greater Lisbon region.

With 18 years' experience in business incubation, the institute has supported more than 200 technology and innovation projects. Entrepreneurs and start-up companies can apply to enter the new incubator. Accepted projects will benefit from 50 000 euro as seed incentive to prototype development and acquire or manage intellectual property rights. ESA provides technical support in applying the space technologies and intellectual properties to the products.

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Wells Fargo Launches $10 Million Cleantech Innovation Incubator

11/11/2014, Denver, USA

Wells Fargo has launched its Innovation Incubator (IN2) program, a $10 million grant for clean technology startups funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to foster the development of early stage clean technologies for commercial buildings. The program is said to be the first of its kind in the banking industry.

Clean technology startups will be identified and recommended by Wells Fargo’s network of technical, financial, and industry advisors at laboratories and research facilities across the country. The first of three rounds of selected companies will be announced in early 2015, and will receive up to $250,000 for business development needs, research, and testing support at NREL’s world-class facility in Golden, Colorado, along with coaching and mentorship from Wells Fargo. An independent advisory board of nearly a dozen industry leaders representing the commercial building sector, academia, community organizations, successful entrepreneurs, and technical experts will select the final companies to be included in the IN2 program.

The first year of the IN2 program will focus on sustainable buildings technologies that will provide cost savings and reduce the overall negative impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment. Qualifying technologies may include the following: energy efficiency, net zero-energy, indoor environmental quality enhancement, water efficiency, lighting solutions, waste reduction, materials efficiency, operations and maintenance optimization, and data center facilities management. Over time, the program will expand its portfolio of selected companies and the scope of clean technology sectors.

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Ohio awards millions to boost Cincinnati startups

10/11/2014, Ohio, USA

The Ohio group responsible for bolstering the tech industry in the Buckeye State has awarded $9.1 million to boost startups in Cincinnati.

Ohio Third Frontier on Tuesday approved the grants to four local groups. The funding represents a $3 million increase over what was awarded for the 2013-14 period and will fund the Southwest Ohio Entrepreneurial Signature Program through the end of 2016.

That program is administered by CincyTech, which received $3.25 million from Third Frontie and includes funding for these organizations:
  • The Brandery, Cincinnati's nationally-ranked top 10 startup accelerator that focuses on helping startups building consumer-focused brands, will receive $1.2 million.
  • Cintrifuse, a regional nonprofit that aims to be a one-stop-shop for startups by providing low-cost office space and access to mentors, funders and support services, will receive $2.5 million.
  • The HCDC Business Center, which is the region's oldest incubator and provides office space and mentoring to startups, will receive $1.2 million.
  • The University of Cincinnati Technology Commercialization Accelerator, which helps commercialize technology and intellectual property resulting from UC research, will receive $1 million.
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NOV 14
Global Entrepreneurship Week


Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.

Millions who had never before considered launching their own ventures soak up advice and inspiration from the likes of Richard Branson, Michael Dell and Muhammad Yunus. Thousands of brand new startups spring to life through bootcamps like Startup Weekend and competitions like Startup Open. Hundreds of universities strengthen connections that help them commercialize research from their labs. Researchers and policymakers engage in discussions around the world to examine the underlying policies necessary to promote entrepreneurial growth. And serial entrepreneurs share their expertise through activities like EO24, run by the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and practical training courses like FastTrac.

Meanwhile, world leaders and local elected officials alike have embraced the campaign as they look to fuel the economic engine of high-growth startups in their own countries and communities. During 2013 alone, 126 heads of state and ministers from 69 countries supported Global Entrepreneurship Week by speaking at activities during the Week, filming statements of support or otherwise endorsing the national campaigns in their countries.

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University of California proposes creation of new venture fund to invest in UC innovation

15/09/2014, California, USA

The University of California announced the creation of UC Ventures, an independent fund to pursue investments in UC research-fueled enterprises, subject to the approval of the UC Regents. The Office of the Chief Investment Officer would make an initial commitment of up to $250 million to the fund.

UC Ventures will seek to generate attractive, risk-adjusted returns by investing in commercial opportunities arising from the University of California. No tuition or state funding will be used. With its 10 campuses, five medical centers and three affiliated national laboratories, as well as more than 20 incubators and accelerators, 233,000 students, 190,000 faculty and staff, and 1.7 million living alumni, the University of California is a rich environment for innovation that is already the target of venture capitalists from around the world.

UC Ventures will be a stand-alone, independent investment vehicle structured to operate with a long-term, investment horizon. UC’s Office of the Chief Investment Officer will hold certain key governance rights and help UC Ventures develop its own resident expertise to mitigate risks. The UC Ventures team will have day-to-day investment management responsibilities.

Subject to approval by the UC Board of Regents, the University of California plans to launch UC Ventures in 2015.

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Ryerson Futures to launch India-specific fund of US$5 million

16/10/2014, Mumbai, India

The Canadian accelerator will invest in 10 to 12 startups. The ticket size will be about US$30,000 to US$50,000 per startup. Matt Saunders, President of Ryerson Futures and Zone Startups, said that the accelerator plans to launch a fund of US$5 million for the Indian market. This number is “to begin with and monies will be added over the years”.

The India-specific fund will be launched end of 2014 or early next year. It will invest in 10 to 12 startups. The selection will target on companies that have an enterprise focus in the mobile and internet space. These startups should have an operating business with early users.

Ryerson Futures is also exploring partnering with the Government of India. The Department of Science and Technology has funds that are applicable to incubators and it is looking to access those funds to further boost its programme.

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Japan’s Yamanashi prefecture launches $2.9M fund for local startups

20/09/2014, Yamanashi, Japan

Yamanashi, a prefecture located two hours from Tokyo by train and best known for the scenic Mt. Fuji five lakes region, is making a small splash in the startup world. The prefecture, in association with a variety of local businesses, is establishing a JPY 319 million (US$ 2.92 million) fund.

According to San-nichi, the daily paper of the prefecture, the Fuji Kyuko railway company, the Fuji Yoshida Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Central Bank of Yamanashi, and the Central Bank’s venture capital arm all joined forces with the prefecture to create the fund. Though established on August 26, Yamanashi only just made the official announcement.

The Central Bank confirmed that the fund will focus on startups operating in five key areas – medicine, agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, and the environment. Startups which receive funding will receive a variety of support, including introductions to new business partners or research institutes.

The proactive approach of Yamanashi prefecture is a welcome change from misguided plans proposed by local governments like Tokyo. There, US$30 million is available but only in the form of burdensome asset-based loans.

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Firebox100 set to invest £2.5m in 100 startups

17/10/2014, London, England

A London-based accelerator program is looking to invest a total of £2.5m in 100 startups, it was announced today. Firebox100, which claims to be the UK’s largest accelerator programme, will invest £25,000 in 100 different startups for 7% equity.

Startups will also receive business support through the accelerator.
The Firebox100 fund was set up under the belief that most accelerator programmes are over-prescriptive. The accelerator promises more hands-off support during startups’ early stages, providing “funding and comprehensive light-touch support to get their ventures off the ground”.

Ecodesk founder Robert Clarke, who leads Firebox100, explained “that great businesses need a head start” and that the fund wants to offer “a much-needed boost”.

On top of the equity, the accelerator charges an administration fee of around £1,500, a setup charge of £295, and a monthly admin cost of £295 for the first six months. In total, the startups will have to pay back just over £3,500 over six months.

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SEP 14
Building Effective Creative Clusters

25/11/2014, Munich, Germany
Image - Picture Cluster2020 and European Creative Cluster Lab Partners, actions of the European Creative Industries Alliance project, are happy to invite you to the Conference “Building Effective Creative Clusters” that will be held in Munich, Germany on 25 November.

The conference will address practical ideas to unlock the economic value of the Creative & Cultural Industries and will showcase the final results and findings from both of these ECIA actions.

The conference programme includes sessions on:
  • Developing strategies and services within creative clusters
  • Effective co-working and Incubation Centres for Creative Clusters
  • How Creative Industries can add real value in your city or region
  • Cross-sectoral and Cross-cluster collaboration – a catalyst for real growth

The event will take place at the innovative co-working space WERK1 in Munich and is being organised in partnership with the ECCL pilot training on cross-sectorial innovation and collaboration among creative clusters and the EBN Tech Camp 26-27 November, Munich, with a special focus on creative industries.

About the European Creative Industries Alliance (ECIA)

ECIA is an integrated policy initiative that combines policy learning with 8 concrete actions on innovation vouchers, better access to finance and cluster excellence & cooperation. It is an open platform that brings together policy-makers and business support practitioners from 28 partner organisations and 12 countries. Its overall aim is to shape a community in Europe that actively supports creative industries as a driver for competitiveness, job creation and structural change by developing and testing better policies and tools for creative industries.

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or contact: Cláudia Silva,

SEP 14
Study by the Brookings Institution on the "Rise of the Innovation Districts”

09/2014, USA

The Brookings Institution recently published a study by Bruce Katz and Julie Wagner entitled "Rise of the Innovation Districts” which broadly describes the spatial and social geography underwriting the regional innovation successes of places like Silicon Valley. The study seeks to identify the factors that enable innovation at scale, with an eye towards promulgating these factors to new localities.

Katz and Wagner dispel the notion that innovation is something that just happens. Instead, they make a compelling case that a sustainable innovation "ecosystem" is a function of the interaction of economic, physical and networking assets, underwritten by a supportive, risk-taking culture.

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Digital Computer Magazine’s issue on innovation economy


Digital Computer Magazine’s issue of August examines the players bringing ideas to market today. The research institution, the public university, venture capitalists, and an incubator all give a behind-the-scenes view of what it takes to succeed and thrive in the innovation economy. Areas that are investigated on the subject include:

- The role of public comprehensive universities in closing the innovation deficit. University of North Carolina Wilmington's ambitious initiative demonstrates how public non-research universities can help close the US innovation deficit by encouraging local entrepreneurship and regional economic development.

- University commercialization models: the university of Akron. The authors describe how a university-affiliated research foundation can benefit both its institution and community through increased partnerships, shared services, engagement with area business leaders, and support for entrepreneurship and commercialization.

- Tekmountain: a community-driven corporate incubator. A model business incubator in Wilmington, North Carolina, fosters entrepreneurial spirit by providing a physical space and work atmosphere conducive to interaction and innovation.

- Venture capital: fueling the innovation economy. Venture capital experts explore current opportunities to fuel and benefit from the innovation economy.

Baltimore Innovation Week 2014

12-20/09/2014, Baltimore, USA

Baltimore Innovation Week 2014 is a week-long celebration of technology and innovation taking place September 12 - 20. More than 5,000 people attend more than 45 events that show off the region’s amazing tech community.

During the Innovation week the participants are able to:
  • be introduced to programming or sharpen their skills, through advanced and beginner workshops
  • participate in targeted business boot camps, learn from local leaders on their biggest mistakes, and hear from investors what they're looking for
  • discuss with business leaders, politicians, bureaucrats and citizens about social enterprise, the creative class and technology's economic impact
  • hear from leading experts who are not only responding to the change but helping to shape the fields of marketing, media and public relations
  • find the intersection between art, media, entertainment and technology
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KSIDC to Start 20 Incubators

25/08/2014, Kerala, India

The Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) will start 20 incubators in the state to help entrepreneurs by December 2015, five of which will be operational by October this year, said KSIDC managing director Aruna Sundararajan.

The incubators will provide support staff and equipment. The first set of incubators will be started in Kochi (two), Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode and Kottayam districts. In Kochi, the business incubator will be set up at Infopark at Kakkanad, a technology incubator for food processing at INKEL building at Angamaly, Kerala’s first incubator for women will be set up at Assumption College, Changanassery, and a handloom-based incubator will be started at Balaramapuram in Thiruvananthapuram, she said.

“The incubator will focus on giving advice to entrepreneurs to start a business, whether to start a Limited Liability partnership company, funding etc, while in the technology incubator, KSIDC will be tying up with CDB. The incubator for Women will focus on design and garment making, Sundararajan said.

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Microsoft Ventures, Deshpande Foundation in pact for incubators in small cities

25/08/2014, India

Microsoft Ventures and Deshpande Foundation, founded by philanthropist Gururaj Deshpande, have entered into a three-year partnership to launch 'Sandbox Startups', an incubator to nurture technology startups in tier two and three cities of India.

The incubator is aimed at providing a launch pad for aspiring entrepreneurs in smaller cities by validating their business ideas, helping them sharpen their business acumen, develop products and launch solutions.

Deshpande Foundation, which has operations in India, Canada and the US, is focused on building an ecosystem to nurture innovative social entrepreneurs in India. The foundation actively nurtures entrepreneur through several programs in North Karnataka, Nizamabad in Telangana and Uttar Pradesh.

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JUL 14
Maine startup and create week

12-20/06/2014, Portland, USA

Maine startup and create week (MSCW) is about strengthening the innovation and startup community. Startup Portland, Creative Portland, and the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce are the hosts of MSCW. MSCW is led by a broad steering committee of individuals and organizations who are involved in supporting the growth of startups, entrepreneurs and creative innovators.

Startup Weekend (June 13-15) is the kickoff event for Maine Startup and Create Week which consists of over 30 events from June 12-20. Startup Weekend is an intense learning experience for participants whether one is new to starting a business or has years of experience in a large company.

Participants don’t listen to theory but build their own theories and put them to the test while collaborating with like-minded, passionate individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and points of view. On top of that, participants receive invaluable one-on-one time with movers and shakers within the community. Local business and tech leaders take part in Startup Weekend as coaches and judges, and local CEO’s, founders and startup veterans are on hand to provide expertise and give talks on their fast-paced world of startups.

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Social entrepreneur incubator launched in Taiwan

7/07/2014, Taiwan

A social entrepreneur incubation platform based on the U.K.’s UnLtd model was launched July 1 in Taiwan, according to program operator Social Enterprise Insights. iLab was launched to bridge the gap between startup competitions and venture capital financing and aims to serve as an incubator for social enterprises.

The iLab concept is licensed from UnLtd, a charitable organization that provides funding, mentorship and networking support for social entrepreneurs around the world. Both organizations strive to tackle social problems through innovative solutions by fostering business ventures.

A similar model is the Grameen initiative launched by Bangladeshi Muhammad Yunus, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for pioneering the concept of microcredit and microfinance. The Taiwan branch of Yunus’s Grameen network is scheduled to commence operations in the second half of the year. It is expected that Grameen and iLab will considerably boost local social entrepreneurship development as prioritized by the central government.

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Business incubator to open location in downtown Summerville

9/07/2014, South Carolina, USA

The Harbor Entrepreneur Center is planning to open a location in downtown Summerville, the first expansion from the nonprofit's location in Mount Pleasant.

The location will be in a 2,500-square-foot space that is being vacated in August by South Carolina Bank & Trust. The Harbor Entrepreneurship Center is a recently launched business incubator that was the brainchild of Osborne and Patrick Bryant. The center includes resources like co-working space in addition to mentors and peer groups.

Summerville is planned to be one of several new locations for The Harbor Entrepreneurship Center. The group received a $250,000 innovation grant from the S.C. Commerce Department earlier this year. That funding is helping the expansion of offices into Summerville, West Ashley, North Charleston and downtown Charleston.

Late last year, the founders launched Harbor Accelerator, a 14-week program to help entrepreneurs fast-track their business.

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San Diego Startup Week Kicks Off with Opening of New IoT Incubator

17/06/2014, San Diego, USA

San Diego Startup Week begun with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of iHive, a shared workspace and CyberTech “Internet of Things” incubator, and a pitchfest intended to highlight San Diego’s prowess in startups, art, and music.

San Diego’s second annual Startup Week included scheduled events, a downtown “startup crawl,” entrepreneur “speed mentoring” sessions, workshops, panel discussions, and parties intended to showcase a cross-section of San Diego’s creative class and the innovation economy.

Startup Week showcased leading innovators in cleantech, biotech, defense tech, cross-border hard tech manufacturing, mobile tech, and online marketplaces. Participants included San Diego’s brightest entrepreneurs, top-tier investors, talented service providers, and high profile community supporters, all of whom contribute to San Diego’s thriving startup ecosystem.

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Company incubator network expands

9/07/2014, New Zealand

New Zealand’s nationwide network of business incubators is being expanded, with the introduction of a new type of technology-focused incubator designed to get more high-growth start-ups off the ground, Science and Innovation.

The list of incubators approved by the Callaghan Innovation Board includes three of the new technology-focused incubators and five founder-focused incubators, previously known as Business Incubators. The technology-focused incubators will have access to the pilot repayable grant programme announced in Budget 2013.

The Incubator Support Programme from Callaghan Innovation offers support and funding to two types of business incubator companies, the existing founder focused incubator model and the new technology focused incubators.

Technology-focused incubators will be able to access a new repayable grants tool on behalf of the start-up companies they incubate. These grants will be administered by Callaghan Innovation. The Government will contribute up to $450,000 over two years to eligible companies resident in technology-focused incubators, matched 1:3 with incubator owners contributing up to $150,000. The Government grants will be repayable out of the company’s revenue. This pilot repayable grants programme has been allocated $31.3m over four years.

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JUN 14
Creative Industries and Crowd Funding event in Bratislava

25/03/2014, Bratislava

The seventh Difass (INTERREG IVC project) workshop took place on Tuesday 25 March 2014 in Bratislava Slovakia, and was attended by approximately 55 partner representatives. The workshop enabled the exchange of good practice on the subject of Creative Industries and Crowd Funding.
Image - Picture The creative industries in Europe make a significant contribution to the EU economy, creating about 3% of EU GDP – corresponding to an annual market value of €500 billion – and employing about 6 million people.

Businesses in this sector, and especially SMEs, too often face obstacles to fulfilling their full potential. The current economic crisis is also adversely impacting on these industries, making it even more difficult for them to access the resources they need to finance their activities and adapt to the new environment. Many cultural and creative entrepreneurs are small to medium sized enterprises, consisting of one to two people.

The overwhelming majority of the companies of the sector encompass a new type of ‘entrepreneurial individuals’ or ‘entrepreneurial cultural workers’, who no longer fit into previously typical patterns of full time professions.

Access to finance is a core barrier to growth for many businesses within the sector and Creative businesses face specific challenges in achieving investment readiness for various reasons:
  • Lack of information and understanding about relevant sources of finance
  • Difficulty in developing and presenting a business plan in a convincing way
  • Reliance on a failing business model
Furthermore, these businesses are, for the greater part, prototype or project-based, heavily dependent on their ‘star products or services’ and largely depend on individual talent and risk taking.

Culture and Creative Industries (CCIs) access to financial support is limited as many businesses suffer from chronic undercapitalisation and face serious problems in obtaining adequate valuation of their immaterial, e.g. copyright assets (such as artists signed to record labels writers signed to publishing houses or catalogues of musical or cinematographic works) when raising finance. Contrary to businesses in technological fields, the immaterial assets of CCIs have no recognised value in balance sheets and their investments in developing new talents and creative ideas are not in line with the standard concept of ‘research and development’. The world of creation and the world of finance – which are often ‘worlds apart’ – need help to find a common language, through which CCIs can have fairer access to funding. Against this background, innovative financial instruments, such as venture capital and guarantees, and other risk sharing instruments that are delivered through market players, can play an important role in facilitating access to finance by SMEs. Such instruments are being implemented in the context of market-oriented EU expenditure programmes (such as the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme). They have proven to be effective in helping SMEs to access finance, but have been targeting a wide range of SMEs with no specific focus on companies from the CCI.

More specifically targeting CCIs, interesting new financial models have emerged at national or regional level. The Incompass project main outcomes have been presented to the Difass project partners. After this good practice presentation and Q&A round table discussions enabled groups to draw out the strengths of the good practice and also the barriers to transfer.

The questions that have been on the table:
What key strength makes this GP suitable for transfer? (what might make it attractive to other regions). What barrier can you see to transferring this good practice? (what might make it less
attractive to other regions). The presenter of the good practice moved around the tables answering any queries and each table was asked to write their key strengths and barriers on sticky notes and add them to a flip chart.

The Incompass project represent a lot of opportunities for the transfer however it further research needs to be done in order to improve its transferability model and tangible results.

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International Creative Camps on Lake Constance

18-20/05/2014, Friedrichshafen, Germany

The Creative Camp at Lake Constance is the 2nd edition organized in the framework of the European project CCAlps. Its aim is to provide intensive professional business coaching and mentoring to selected startups and young companies from Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France, Slovenia and Austria and give them valuable insight on how they can develop and improve their business ideas.
Image - PictureTopics that will be covered are for instance business modelling, financing, investor pitching, marketing, IPR and other legal issues.

The Creative Camp at Lake Constance presents an enriching opportunity to exchange and network with entrepreneurs from different European countries and get valuable insights from the Industry through the international coaches, mentors and speakers.

The European project CCAlps promotes the Creative and Cultural Industry, it is financed by the Alpine Space Program of the European Union and its aim is to develop the competitiveness and the attractiveness of the Alpine Space Area, by strengthening the relations between urban and peripheral areas.

“Creative camps initiative” amis to develop networking between cultural and creative industries, micro, small and medium enterprises, in traditional and advanced industries, local institutions, universities and research centres.

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JUN 14
Week of Innovative Regions in Europe 2014

12-13/06/2014, Athens, Greece

The ‘Week of Innovative Regions in Europe’ (WiRE2014) will take place this year in Athens (June 12-13th) under the auspices of the Greek EU Presidency. Since 2010, the Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE) Conference Series serves as a key instrument in setting the European Regional Agenda and provides the most significant forum for policy dialogue on Regional Strategies, Innovation and Growth. Today, the Conference Series has been established as a key actor in cultivating the debate leading to recommendations for optimal use of policies for regional development.

WIRE 2014 is hosted by the Greek EU Presidency and is being organized by the National Documentation Centre of Greece (EKT) and the European Commission, in collaboration with the General Secretariat for Research and Technology.

The Conference is listed as one of the most significant events of the Greek EU Presidency and aims to build on the previous events adding knowledge, debate and expertise for supporting innovation and growth.

The conference will bring in contact leading agents in the field of policy making, enterprises, politics and innovation at a national and European level and will promote dialogue on three main topics:
  • European Funding for Regional Development in 2014-2020
  • Business Driving Regional Innovation
  • Scientific Excellence, Open data and Knowledge re-use for regional growth
At the political level, the Conference is expected to produce recommendations on the interaction of different instruments for addressing the widening innovation divide among European regions as well as guidelines on open innovation and knowledge diffusion for efficient regional policies. At the programme level, WIRE 2014 will provide feedback and proposals on the use of running instruments.

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Vodafone to set up $50m HQ and startup incubator in Christchurch

3/06/2014, Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch's new Innovation Precinct will play host to Vodafone New Zealand's $50 million South Island heaquarters.

The purpose-built, four-level, 8,300 square metres open plan floor space facility at Tuam Street will allow Vodafone to bring together its 350 Christchurch staff – currently working across several temporary sites – into one central location, with capacity for future expansion and growth.

The company expects to occupy the building in early 2016.

Vodafone Christchurch will also feature an innovation incubator – the xone – developed and sustained jointly with Callaghan Innovation and the city of Christchurch.

According to Vodafone, the xone will provide technical expertise, logistical support and facilities to help promising New Zealand technology companies gain a fast-track into proof-of-concept trials across its network. It will also draw on knowledge and learnings from Vodafone’s other xones in Silicon Valley, London, Cairo, Dusseldorf and Milan.

The xone will allow between 10 and 20 start-ups to cluster together in a purpose-built, collaborative environment.

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New incubator for Abu Dhabi

26/05/2014, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

A new hub for entrepreneurs is due to launch in Abu Dhabi, after twofour54 signed an agreement with Flat6Labs and United Markets International Holding.

The incubator – named Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi – will aim to help launch more than 80 companies in the next four years, with a particular focus on digital content, e-commerce, social media and citizen journalism, media and video production, and mobile applications.

During the initial phase, the programme participants will get basic seed funding, with the possibility of getting a second round of funding from Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi or other interested parties.

The programme will use twofour54’s local expertise, combined with insights from UAE government leaders, Emirati business leaders, global technology experts, and regional investment experts.

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New Janssen Labs Incubator may Bring Up to 50 Companies to South SF

14/05/2014, San Francisco, USA

Tiny biotech startups will have a new place to germinate in the San Francisco Bay Area. Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Labs division is opening a new 30,000 square foot incubator in the biotech-rich suburb of South San Francisco.

The flexible space, complete with common rooms, wet labs, and offices, could hold as many as 50 companies, according to Melinda Richter, a Bay Area incubator veteran tapped last year to head Janssen Labs nationwide. That would roughly double the group’s nationwide capacity, part of the international company’s aggressive reach beyond its walls to find, and fund, new science and technology.

In addition to the new “@South San Francisco” location, as they’ve dubbed it, Janssen Labs also runs an eponymous space in San Diego’s La Jolla neighborhood; occupies part of the LabCentral incubator in Cambridge, MA, and will announce three new tenants there; and in San Francisco proper has Janssen@QB3, a joint project with the University of California-affiliated QB3 and private investors.

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Domi Station incubator opens for business

23/05/2014, Florida, USA

A former warehouse off Railroad Avenue has been reborn as a place where ideas take shape and new businesses get their start.

Domi Station is an 8,000-square-foot incubator open to local entrepreneurs who'd like a place to work, confer with their counterparts in commerce and obtain various support services and coaching. Local officials who officially opened the incubator call it the final piece in the framework for an entrepreneurial ecosystem.

More than 30 startups are scheduled to begin working in the incubator right away — some occupying the space for free with the promise that they might attain launch capital from investors, and other new ventures that pay a monthly amount for co-working space.

All the users can participate in Domi Station's activities and events it will host.

The idea for the incubator came from county officials who had a vacant building situated between Tallahassee's two universities and thought it could play a role in the community's efforts at technology transfer and commercialization.

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JUN 14
KTU Design Centre Hosts Kaunas Design Week

5-10/05/2014, Kaunas, Lithuania

On 5-10 May Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) invited Kaunas community to celebrate creativity at Kaunas Design Week events.
Image - Picture KTU Design Centre offered a wide range of events within Kaunas Design Week to please every design lover. Creative workshops, industrial design and fashion exhibitions and design talks have fed imagination and inspired creative thinking and discussions.
Image - Picture The Design Week has been divided into 3 separate and contributing events:

One part of the exhibition featured industrial design items that have won prestigious professional awards such as Red Dot Design Award, iF Design Award and others.
The second part of the exhibition presented ideas of young designers from across the globe. Visitors paid a special attention to a design association Design Library Milano exposition Fuori di Design.

‘Design is rarely understood as a whole system of decisions, which result in creating a new product and affects its success’, said Rūta Valušytė, head of KTU Design Centre.
Everyone interested in design concepts and discussions participated in a public design conference Design Talks. Among the speakers of the conference were Paris Spartaco form Rome La Sapienza university and a director of Design Library Milano Lorenzo Piazzi.

The exhibition featured collections designed by several KTU students. Different concepts and ideas, techniques and creative solutions were appreciated by everyone interested in contemporary fashion.

JUN 14
Good4 Start Up The Future Award

7/05 - 15/10 2014

The “Good4 Start Up The Future” Award aims to support business projects and professional development by young talents which are related to the food sector and designed to ensure sustainable development from an economic, environmental and social point of view.

The competition invites business projects put forward by young people who are no more than 30 years of age on December 31, 2014. The objective is that of offering a financial incentive for the initial development stage of the activities and/or educational training related to the idea of the project.

Participants are invited to submit a development plan for an innovative food chain solution within the following categories:

1. Good4 our Wellbeing: projects aiming at improving the wellbeing of people through food in relation to nutrition, quality and food safety aspects.

2. Good4 our Planet: projects aiming at promoting one or more sustainable agri-food chains taking into consideration either the food chain as a whole or specific stages of it (cultivation, production, distribution...).

3. Good4 our Communities: projects created to increase the social inclusion of all those belonging to a community through the promotion of food as a means of wellbeing and socio-economic development.

4. Good4 our Knowledge: projects that both promote the “hidden value” of food (quality raw materials, state of the heart [or exclusive] production and logistic processes, controlled supply chain, environmental impact, social impact) that people choose every day for their nutrition and contribute to consumers and young generations gaining better knowledge of the food sector.

6 projects will be selected to receive the following contributions:

- Good4 our Wellbeing, Good4 our Planet, Good4 our Communities categories: 1 contribution consisting of a one-off grant of 15,000€ for starting the activity covered in the Project description; 6-month speed up tutoring for the development of the activity presented in the Project description.

- Good4 our Knowledge category: 3 contributions consisting of a one-off grant of 15,000€; total tuition waiver for the winner to enter the Master of Management in Food &Beverage program at the SDA Bocconi School of Management.

The projects can be uploaded on the website starting on May 7, 2014 and no later than October 15, 2014.

The “Good4 Start Up The Future” Award is presented by Barilla G. and R. Fratelli SpA, in collaboration with the SDA Bocconi School of Management of Milan and the Speed MI Up incubator.

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JUN 14
Cross Creativity – Creativity and Culture at the Core of Innovation

19-20/06/2014, Milan, ITALY
Image - Picture Cross Creativity will be the big event focus on Innovation, Creativity and Start-Ups and it will be held in Milan the 19-20 June 2014.

A big exhibition area with the Start-ups Expo, networking spaces and the right music.
Two days of pitching, workshops, meetings with investors, information on future calls, testimonials and speech to inspire new ideas and paths.

A showcase of innovative start-ups and insights on the emerging reality of the new cultural and creative enterprises.

It is an event with an international vocation that comes under the patronage of the Lombardy Region and the Creative Companies in Alpine Space European project (CCAlps).

CCAlps promotes the Creative and Cultural Industry, It is financed by the Alpine Space Program of the European Union and its aim is to develop the competitiveness and the attractiveness of the Alpine Space Area, by strengthening the relations between urban and peripheral areas.4.

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MAY 14
Designers in Residence

02/06/2014, Kortrijk , BELGIUM

With its brand-new Designers in Residence Kortrijk programme, Designregio Kortrijk intends to highlight cross-disciplinary strategies to explore new concepts, to allow for experimentation and to produce creative work.

Designregio Kortrijk invites recent design graduates from the various creative disciplines to apply for its Designers in Residence Kortrijk programme 2014. During a working residence of 3 months (September to December 2014), the three selected designers from Belgium and overseas will be offered a unique opportunity to work together around the theme of Open Design for a better connected community.

The Budafabriek and the BUDA::lab are the two inspirational locations in Kortrijk where the designers will create, work and stay. At the same time, these locations are also the focal point for a fascinating community of creative individuals, companies, cultural organisations, creative teaching as well as end-users. Within this creative community, we want to take into account changes in the present model of creation, production and consumption, in close cooperation with the end-user.

Registration before June 2nd, 2014.

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Maryland officials sponsor cyber program at Anne Arundel County incubator

06/05/2014, Annapolis, USA

The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development is sponsoring a program geared toward cyber entrepreneurship at Anne Arundel County’s technology incubator.

The Chesapeake Innovation Center’s CyberHub initiative aims to offer women and veteran cyber professionals mentorship and development opportunities through programs and events.

It will consist of two tracks - CyberWomen and CyberVets. CyberWomen will create opportunities for women entrepreneurs and CyberVets will be a one-stop resource for those already working in or with entrepreneurial ideas in cyber-related technologies.

CyberHub will “also to help expand the number of entrepreneurs – and ultimately the large corporations and agencies that will use those technologies – ultimately ensuring a thriving, diverse cyber industry,” CIC executive director Laura Willoughby said in a statement.

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Startup Tech Incubator Announces Biotech Experiments

28/05/2014, California, USA

Last week Y Combinator, the well-known and very successful technology startup incubator, announced that it was going to begin experimenting with biotech startups. n a world where the need for hardware, servers, and computer infrastructure has been replaced by the cloud, mobile, and social media, the cost to launch a tech startup has decreased enormously over the past decade.

Here’s the gist of the concept: a biotech startup selected by Y Combinator would get ~$120K in seed funding, and lots of advice, guidance, coaching via the “incubator” experience in exchange for some of the founding equity of the startup.

Of the 500+ startups that Y Combinator has backed since 2007, apparently ~10% have valuations (or been acquired for) above $40M (here).

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New international business incubator launches in Richardson

18/05/2014, Texas, USA

North Texas-based Chinese-American entrepreneurs have launched a program for startups interested in international markets.

DFW Excellerator combines the elements of incubator, accelerator and co-working space, where the region’s entrepreneurs can seek mentors, investors and seed money.
The program launched Friday at a two-day event featuring panels on technology and innovation, a mobile hackathon and meetings with investors.

DFW Excellerator is among a growing list of incubators and accelerators aimed at fostering a vibrant startup community in the region. The program is housed at an 8,000-square-foot facility near Arapaho Road and International Parkway.

The accelerator program is expected to start in September. The four-month program will provide up to $20,000 in seed money in exchange for 6 percent to 10 percent equity, Liu said. The program will look for internationally focused startups in technology, media and communications.

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Chilean Incubator Wants Companies Using Tech to Help the Poor

15/05/2014, Republic of Chile

Socialab, a Latin American not-for-profit company, runs competitions for technology-based business proposals that address some of the major problems wrought by poverty in the region: food insecurity, lack of clean drinking water, struggling public education and so on. Then it taps its virtual community of 300,000 users to identify the best ideas and fine-tune them.

The network is, according to Socialab founder and CEO Julian Ugarte, the largest open innovation platform in the world. Drawing its own funding from grants, including ongoing support from the Inter-American Development Bank and Movistar Chile, Socialab then incubates the winning projects, encouraging the nascent companies to test their products on real users and continue to iterate on their products. When it’s clear that the products will sell and the revenue model is solid, Socialab and the company approach investors. Latin American backers are far less likely than the scions of Silicon Valley to gamble on a neat idea with no clear path to profit.

Last year, Socialab whittled 15,000 proposals down to 111 products that it supported based on $2.1 million in grants. It’s currently incubating 35 companies.

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Business incubator to open in NPR by May

15/05/2014, Florida, USA

An incubator opening in May in New Port Richey (NPR) will hatch some innovative products and new companies, business leaders hope. The SMARTStart Business Incubator will set up in the former post office building at 6347 Grand Blvd. The Pasco Economic Development Council will use the model from the first incubator, which opened last year in Dade City.

The incubator will occupy about two-thirds of the 9,000 square feet, and the New Port Richey Public Library will use the rest of the building for its makerspace program for innovative products.

SMARTStart caters to self-employed people or home-business operators who want to take the next step to expand and hire staff.

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APR 14
15-week MOOC for global entrepreneurship training launches

08/04/2014, Selangor, Malaysia

Taylor’s University has launched a 15-week massive open online course (MOOC) to equip students to build and fund their own companies. The course is coordinated by the Malaysian university’s engineering department.

It will explore entrepreneurial thinking and basic business such as finance management and registration, as well as crowd funding and understanding the entrepreneurship ecosystem.

The MOOC is supported by two Australian startups, crowd funding platform Pozible and online education software Open Learning, on which the platform is run.

OpenLearning cofounder Adam Brimo told StartupSmart they were excited the course captured the opportunities of MOOCs as well as the unique challenges of entrepreneurship.

Students finish the course in teams formed across continents, working on a business idea.

Over 1000 students from 100 countries have already signed up to be involved. Brimo says they’ve seen the most enrolments from Malaysia and Australia, but have also received enrolments from Portugal and Qatar.

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Portland Incubator Experiment, recruiting fourth startup class

03/04/2014, Portland, USA

As the Portland Incubator Experiment recruits the fourth class for its annual summer startup camp, it’s also working to sign up teens and young professionals to learn about opportunities in creative manufacturing.

PIE, Wieden+Kennedy’s startup lab, is sponsoring a youth-oriented design contest called “The Future of Stuff.” Concordia will host the event in Northeast Portland next month, part of a program run by a nonprofit called Project Breaker.
Project Breaker works to encourage collaborative learning through hands-on activities. For “The Future of Stuff,” it’s inviting applications from people ages 17 to 24 to study local manufacturing efforts, identify business opportunities and evaluate them.

PIE, which ran an entrepreneurship program last year for underserved teens, will help develop the program’s curriculum and find mentors and professional collaborators. Meanwhile, PIE has opened applications for this summer’s three-month incubator class. It offers $20,000 in funding, connections to experienced startup and technology leaders, and six additional months of workspace in its Pearl District offices.

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Pitney Bowes Launches Startup Accelerator In India

07/04/2014, INDIA

Pitney Bowes, the 94-year-old producer of stamp postage meters attempting to become an e-commerce platform, is the latest to tap into India’s engineering talent for incubating startup ideas.The accelerator program will be conducted jointly with India’s technology industry association, Nasscom, as part of its year-old startup incubator called “10,000 Start-ups”.

Unlike the Target Accelerator, which started in Bangalore earlier this year and will invest through its own corporate fund, Pitney Bowes is partnering with a much bigger Nasscom incubator that has received over 7,000 applications in a year and incubated 30 startups in India.

Pitney Bowes will be an incubator partner for Nasscom’s 10,000 Start-ups program, which will start accepting fresh applications May 1, 2014. Mobile, data analytics, location-based services, and e-commerce management are among focus areas for startups to join the accelerator program.

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Startup Village receives 527 applications in March

08/04/2014, Kochi, INDIA

City-based incubator Startup Village received a record 527 applications in March from young entrepreneurs keen to set up technology businesses.

The near doubling of the number of applications over one month comes as the mobile-Internet technology business incubator - set up under public-private partnership mode with strong support from the central and state governments - gears up to mark its second anniversary this month. In February, 286 would-be entrepreneurs expressed interest in signing up with the incubation programme at Startup Village --a milestone easily surpassed in March, a press release said.

The total number of applications at Startup Village touched 2,269 by March 31. The incubator currently supports 600 startups, out of which 216 have been started by students.

Thirty-four of the supported companies are physically incubated at the Village's campus at Kinfra Park in Kalamassery.

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Cleveland startup exposition

07/04/2014, Cleveland, USA

The entrepreneurship ecosystem of Greater Cleveland went on display Monday in an artful setting--the Ames Family Atrium of the Cleveland Museum of Art. In the vast, bright, aquarium-like space stirred the citizens of a startup village. Hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors, advisors and exhibitors pitched ideas, sought advice, shared strategies and struck deals, helping a nascent startup scene bloom brighter.

The occasion was the 2014 Northeast Ohio Entrepreneur Expo, which is sponsored by JumpStart Inc. and billed as the largest event of its kind in Greater Cleveland.
Innovative software and tech products, many of them designed for mobile devices, dominated the ranks of 110 exhibitors.

An expo that featured many seasoned entrepreneurs also rocked with youthful zeal. Student startup teams streamed into the museum from nearby Case Western Reserve University as well as from Oberlin College and Kent State University.

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MAR 14
SPRING UP – The spring of Creative and Cultural Industries in Monza e Brianza>

16/04/2014, Milan, Italy

The Monza Brianza Cultural District, in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce of Monza and Brianza, the City of Biassono and the City of Sulbiate, organizes the second edition of SPRING UP! THE SPRING OF CREATIVE COMPANIES IN BRIANZA.

This year, the District intends present its proposal during a meeting dedicated to Innovation and Enterprise line and the activities that will be fielded in the coming months on the territory of MB in collaboration with the Politecnico di Milano - Department of Design and MAKE A CUBE.

In addition to SPRING UP! Aperitifs Initiative, a networking opportunities open to the public already tested last year, will be organized a fab-lab workshops during which will be provided managerial services for aspiring entrepreneurs.
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MAR 14
Plans for Olympic Park tech hub Here East approved for development

26/02/2014, London, United Kingdom

Real estate and data centre joint venture iCITY has announced that its plans to develop former press and broadcast centres at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park into a “world-leading” digital business hub have been approved by the London Legacy Development Corporation’s (LLDC) planning committee. iCITY has also revealed that the East London development, which was unveiled by mayor Boris Johnson last May as part of a £1bn initiative to boost Tech City, will be named Here East.

It is intended that Here East, a one million sq ft infrastructure, will house global companies including BT Sport and Infinity LDC, alongside “innovative” creative and digital start-ups; offering access to some of the “most advanced digital [solutions] in the world”. It will feature three main buildings; a 300,000 sq ft innovation centre, a 1,045 seat auditorium and an 850,000 sq ft building which will combine educational space, broadcast studios, office space, and a “state-of-the-art” data centre.

The overall goal of the “hub” is support the creative and digital industries whilst generating employment, training and education opportunities and it claims that it will create over 7,500 jobs once complete.

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Department of Science and Technology launches innovation growth programme

28/02/2014, INDIA

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), government of India and Lockheed Martin Corporation, USA has launched the DST Lockheed Martin India innovation growth programme. The programme will assist Indian innovators accelerate their technologies into the global marketplace, help innovators assess the right scientific and commercial value of their innovation and also to get the right product to the right market with the right partner, a statement issued by DST said.

The programme will be ideal for technology start ups, technology incubators, techno entrepreneurs, scientists and researchers. The programme is in partnership with the bi-national Indio-United States of America's Science and Technology forum, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Stanford Graduate School of Business, US among others.

The innovators will also be able to showcase technology before potential industry partners, customers and investors through technology ex-positions in India. Innovators can apply on DST website, said the statement.

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Vancouver’s Leading Tech Accelerators Join Forces to Host Cascadia Startup Fest

04/03/2014, Vancouver, Canada

GrowLab, Invoke Labs, Launch Academy, Spring Activator, and Wavefront are joining forces to bring you what’s bound to be the Vancouver startup event of the year: Cascadia Startup Fest - Accelerating Together.

Organized by Vancouver’s leading tech accelerators and incubators, Cascadia Startup Fest is a series of workshops and a high-energy pitch competition that connects tech entrepreneurs across the Cascadia region with investors, media, and industry professionals.

Cascadia Startup Fest will take place on April 3rd in Vancouver at the Yaletown Roundhouse. Workshps will take place during the day and the evening agenda will showcase 25 investment-ready startups that graduated from GrowLab, Invoke Labs, Launch Academy, Spring Activator and Wavefront.

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Kitchener to spend $1M to encourage startup ventures downtown

01/03/2014, Kitchener, Canada

The city of Kitchener wants to make sure fledgling startups have a soft place to land. Councillors agreed this week to spend up to $1 million over the next five years to help downtown property owners fix up underused upper-storey space for new startup companies.

When startups emerge from local business incubators it can be hard for them to find a suitable space in the area — raising the concern that these firms will go elsewhere.These landing pads are hopefully only interim spaces for the startups, as they leave business incubators and begin to expand and grow.

Eligible property owners within the downtown community improvement plan area could receive up to $20,000 in matching funds for renovations per floor, and up to $40,000 in matching funds for accessibility improvements like elevators in common areas. The program could fund about 30 floors, providing a home for 30 to 60 startups and upwards of 600 employees.

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John Lewis launches tech start-up incubator

2/03/2014, United Kingdom

John Lewis has launched a technology incubator, ‘JLab’, in a partnership with technology entrepreneur Stuart Marks.

John Lewis’ director of IT, Paul Coby, said in a blog post that the incubator has been set up “to identify and develop technology innovations that will provide John Lewis with future strategic advantage with customers’ needs at the core of each idea.”

Five start-up companies will work with John Lewis and Marks between June and September this year, where they will be given the support to develop their products and solutions across three main areas. These areas include in-store innovations and products which will improve customer experience across all channels, innovations around the “Internet of Things” and looking at how John Lewis can use data to drive real-time, in-store personalisation for customers.

One company from the five will then be chosen for a £100,000 investment.

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FEB 14
Open Education Challenge

22/01/2014, Europe

The Open Education Challenge, launched in partnership with the European Commission, is an invitation to all innovators to submit projects, and receive technical support through the European Incubator for Innovation in Education, and access funding for their future companies.

The Open Education Challenge, is part of Startup Europe. Applicants may be aspiring entrepreneurs or existing startups in the first stage of development. All projects are welcome; the only condition is that they must contribute to transforming education. The proposal can address, for instance, one or more of the following:
  • Learning contents
  • Devices, tools and connectivity
  • Learning assessment and analytics
  • School management and organisation
  • Learning communities.
Applications may be from all over the world and not only from the European Union. All selected startup teams must commit full time to the incubation process and all selected startups will be required to have registered or register within the EU.

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France opens business incubators in the US

12/02/2014, San Francisco/Boston, USA

France will open its first two ‘Maisons de l’International’ business incubators in San Francisco and Boston on 12 February, announced the country’s foreign trade minister, Nicole Bricq. The will both be aimed at digital and biotech start-ups, but in different proportions. AFP reports that president Francois Hollande called on his government to draw up a strategy for overseas incubator in April 2013.

Bricq said the Silicon Valley facility, based at Hubtech 21, is an initiative of the Ile-de-France region that predates the president’s call to action. These incubators, which will act as a shop window on French technology, will be linked to networks in France including clubs of exporters, financiers and international specialists to identify and select companies that want to establish a sustainable presence abroad.

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Sierra Leone Will Spur Entrepreneurship with a Business Incubator

30/01/2014, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, still lacks such basic infrastructure as paved roads and traffic lights. But the city is gearing up for prosperity. The School of Management building now under construction at the University of Sierra Leone is one sign of the country's push to nurture entrepreneurship at home and investor confidence abroad. Following a visit in January by Cesar Bandera, an assistant professor of management, the building's entire top floor has been dedicated to a business incubator modeled on NJIT's Enterprise Development Center.

Professor Bandera noted that the government wants to establish a pipeline of companies from the Freetown Enterprise Development Center (FEDC) to the Sierra Leone Stock Exchange, adding that likely first occupants of the incubator would include companies supplying basic, needed services such as food processing and communications technology and support.

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$4M state investment in health care technology incubator

05/02/2014, Illinois, USA

Governor of Illinois planned to announce details of a new health care technology incubator at Thursday that will follow the successful blueprint of 1871, the River North tech hub.

The new endeavor, called MATTER, will be located next to 1871 on the 12th floor of the Merchandise Mart. And billionaire investor J.B. Pritzker, a main backer of 1871, also is backing the new project. 1871 has produced more than 200 start-ups resulting in the creation of more than 1,000 jobs since its launch in 2012.

The goal of the new non-profit BioHub will be to provide workspace where ideas can become fully formed companies with a little help from some friends — mainly investors and other innovators. The state is providing a $2.5 million grant and a $1.5 million loan to help the new operation secure a lease in the Mart.

The incubators is expected to be up and going within a few months.

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NC IDEA awards $250,000 grant to Council for Entrepreneurial Development

1/12/2014, North Carolina, USA

NC IDEA, an economic development group in Durham focused on helping startups across the state, is giving $250,000 to the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, which is also focused on giving entrepreneurs assistance in growing new ventures.

The grant, payable over 3 years, is designated as a resource for CED as the organization adjusts its service and business model to meet the changing needs of the Triangle’s entrepreneurial community. Funds will initially be used to build an information bank of companies, mentors and investors to efficiently track connections and progress.

The goal is to help companies make smart connections to the right people at the right time, and improve their opportunities for success. Other initiatives will follow in the second and third years of the grant as NC IDEA and CED work closely to evaluate the entrepreneurial landscape.

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JAN 14
Hot tech: 7 Greek Start-Ups You Need To Know About!

10/01/2014, Greece

In a surprising twist to Greece’s economic story, Greek start-ups are giving the geeks of Silicon Valley a run for their money. That’s why Neelie Kroes’ StartUpEurope Tour is stopping off in Athens today.

Today’s "Greekcovery" event is being held at the Orange Grove, a flexible workspace run by the Dutch Embassy in Athens, where Greek and Dutch entrepreneurs can work on their businesses, network and learn.

Here are seven of the hottest Greek tech start-up projects with international reach:
HELIC – Smashing smartphone barriers globally
RAYCAP – keeping your internet running
CONSTELEX – Greeks in Space
TAXIBEAT- the smart way to catch a taxi
COOKISTO – turning home cooks into micro-businesses
CORALLIA – making innovation possible in your town
THE EGG – bringing the start-up mindset to Greece

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“Financing Creativity” event

20-21/02/2014, Athens, Greece

The Conference «Financing Creativity», organized by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports and cofounded by the European Commission, during the Greek Presidency of the EU in the first half of 2014, aims to inform on the growing importance of the creative economy and survey existing tools and expertise that facilitate access to finance. It also examines the right conditions that must exist for creativity and innovation to flourish within a culture of entrepreneurship and focuses on the quest of efficient strategies leading to social and economic prosperity. The Conference addresses to central and local government agencies, banks, chambers of commerce and professional organizations, universities, venture capital companies and creative industries, cultural institutions, NGO’s, etc.

The cultural and creative industries are increasingly recognized as underpinning local, national and regional economies and societies; Lying at the crossroads between the arts, business and technology, the creative industries can be defined as knowledge-based industries, creating employment and wealth. By nurturing creativity and fostering innovation, societies hope both to maintain cultural diversity and to enhance economic performance.

The Conference “Financing Creativity”, focuses on a distinctive interdisciplinary and critical understanding of culture and creativity. Through this Conference, the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports aims to provide cutting edge knowledge of the cultural and creative industries. The main objective is to mark the new philosophy for the cultural and creative sector in Europe, to familiarize with the existing tools and expertise that can facilitate access to finance, to increase the capacity of the cultural sector to attract private finance and to highlight the commercial potential and opportunities of contemporary creation, that can open up new opportunities for economic growth and employment, especially among young people.

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Fort Worth incubator slated to launch Feb. 5

6/01/2014, Fort Worth, USA

A new incubator program focused on strengthening startups across industries will launch in Fort Worth on Feb. 5.

IDEA Works FW is a new program that was developed by the Business Assistance Center Education Foundation, a nonprofit that supports the activity of the Fort Worth Business Assistance Center, a division of the Economic Development Department.

The program is the result of a public, private partnership with the city. The city gave the group a $100,000 grant to help the program launch, and IDEA Works FW is hoping to match that grant through sponsorships and donations. The incubator is at the Guinn Complex, which also houses Tech Fort Worth.

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DOE targets clean energy entrepreneurs with incubator initiative

08/01/2014, USA

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced a new initiative to support clean energy entrepreneurs, The National Incubator Initiative for Clean Energy.

This new organization will coordinate a national network of clean energy-focused incubators. It will serve as a central source of information, enabling entrepreneurs to access incubators more easily, while connecting industry with innovative startups.

DOE is kickstarting the initiative with $3 million. While that may not sound like a lot of money, it's a critical infusion for these services which provide vital support for entrepreneurs trying to commercialize new technologies.

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$81.9M REDC Awards Support Binghamton University’s Incubator and Innovative Academic Programs for STEM Students

12/12/2013, Binghamton, USA

Binghamton University stands to gain significant support from the latest Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Awards announced in Albany Wednesday, December 11. The Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (STREDC) was designated a “top performer” by the state and awarded $81.9 million for 87 projects.

In addition to being a “top performer” and receiving an $81.9 million financial package that is a combination of cash and tax credits, the Southern Tier REDC also competed for and won one of the “Innovation Hot Spot” designations for its regional incubator initiative. The STREDC’s plan outlined a virtual hot spot that included Binghamton University’s incubator in Downtown Binghamton, Corning University’s Incubator in Ithaca and Corning Incorporated’s Ceramics Corridor Innovation Center, which is affiliated with Alfred University.

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Dhruva Interactive Sets Up Incubator For Indian Game Developers

19/12/2013, Bangalore, India

Bangalore-based Dhruva Interactive has set up an incubator called Gametantra targeting mobile game developers and it will offer space and mentorship in return for a 3-7% stake. It has space for 7-8 startups and has already received 12-13 applications from developers interested in the six-month long incubation program according to Rajesh Rao, Founder and CEO of Dhruva.

The company has been planning to start a fund/incubator to encourage upcoming game developers for a while, but it was delayed as most of the resources went to the parent company itself, which was growing rapidly.

Dhruva is also trying to set up exchange programs with incubators in other parts of the world to improve exposure for developers. It will also be working with other incubators in India who may not have experience handling gaming startups. The other incubators will refer those developers to Gametantra.

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OCT 13
General States of Culture

Following the success reached by the “Culture Manifesto of 2012” and the first edition of the General States of Culture, on November 21 was held the 2nd edition organized in collaboration with Fondazione Roma. The event wanted to give continuity to the debate and was focused on the role of business in development of the Italian cultural heritage. In this edition was attended by the Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta.
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SEP 13
Microsoft backs African incubators

24/10/2013, Nigeria, Tanzania

Microsoft has announced strategic cooperation agreements with three incubator organizations across the African continent to enable startups, innovators and Africa's developer community to grow their skills and build businesses with Microsoft technologies. Under the recently launched Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative, Microsoft has entered into agreements with CcHUB in Nigeria, DTBi in Tanzania and AfriLabs, the pan-African hub network. The cooperation aims to offer the communities working in these hubs increased access to software, skills development opportunities and a means through which innovative startups can access capital investment, benefit from international outreach and scale their businesses to the world through Microsoft's cloud computing solutions.

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Top-tech entrepreneurs present manifesto for start-up success


Some of Europe's top tech entrepreneurs and startup community pioneers are today presenting EU leaders with their manifesto on how Europe needs to adapt for the digital age. This contains ideas for how decision makers – at every level in every country – can improve the climate for innovation and growth. On the eve of an EU Summit which focuses on completing the digital single market and digital economy, the Startup Europe Leaders Club, was scheduled to present at 23th October their manifesto to Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European Council, and discuss it in a round table with Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands and other national leaders and ambassadors.

The Startup Europe Manifesto has been drawn up by the 9 members of the Startup Leaders Club and draws on the combined experience of dozens of Europeans who have imagined, built and grown successful businesses. It contains 22 recommendations to the European Commission, EU Member States and EU companies in the fields of education and skills, access to talent, access to capital, data protection and thought leadership

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Silicon Valley Venture Fund for Big Data Startups

17/10/13 San Francisco, USA

Data Elite, an early-stage venture fund and incubator, launched today in San Francisco with the aim of providing six-figure investments, free office space and expert coaching to big data startups.

The parties involved in the so-called "venture lab" include Andreessen Horowitz, The Social + Capital Partnership and Anand Rajaraman, a computer science professor at Stanford who founded Kosmix, the company that became WalmartLabs, the tech-development division at Walmart.

According to its backers, Data Elite will fill a need for big data startups that have found generic startup incubators and investment funds unsatisfactory, since the people involved all too often lack an understanding of the specific challenges and possibilities of data science.

Data Elite's three-month incubator program will provide a minimum of $150,000 to each startup through common stock purchase and convertible notes. The inaugural class will include up to 10 companies, all of whom will be expected to work at the Data Elite offices in San Francisco.

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New technology incubators to speed company start-ups

30/10/13 New Zealand

New repayable Government grants of up to $450,000 per company will be invested into start-up technology companies to help get them underway, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce announced today.

The repayable grants will be distributed by a new type of private-sector led technology incubator, which will add its own funding to provide at least 25 per cent of the start-up company’s costs on a one for three basis.

Up to four incubators are planned and the total government cost of the scheme is budgeted to be $31.3m over four years.

Funds for the repayable grants and the incubators will be distributed by Callaghan Innovation, the Government’s new High-tech HQ for kiwi businesses, and the first of the new incubators is anticipated to be up and running by July next year.

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Quincy Center for Innovation fills incubator gap south of Boston

30/10/13 Quincy, USA

Office space geared toward the needs of startups has grown steadily in recent years in communities around Greater Boston — with the notable exception of areas south of the city.But that's changing now, with the opening this month of the Quincy Center for Innovation.

Through a partnership between the Quincy Chamber of Commerce, Quincy 2000 Collaborative, Eastern Nazarene College, the South Shore Innovation Center and the City of Quincy, the center officially opened to the public on Oct. 1.

The 12,500-square-foot facility is located at 180 Old Colony Ave., near the Wollaston MBTA stop,on the third floor of Eastern Nazarene College’s business school building. The nonprofit center specifically targets startups in the life sciences, tech and cleantech sectors.

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EAI's virtual accelerator. Transforming innovation into successful businesses

EAI’s EXelerator is a virtual platform specially designed to accommodate an innovation-driven community creating an unparalleled source of crowd-wisdom. This path-breaking new approach to bridge the gap between research, entrepreneurship, and market, will lead to a much higher success rate in technology commercialisation.

The EXelerator mission is to significantly increase the number of research projects who will reach commercial penetration by providing research teams and entrepreneurs access to international partners, technologies and funding. As well as enabling worldwide dissemination of research and technology, thus leading to wide recognition. All in a scalable, virtual and location independent format, coupled with local outreach in a large number of sites.

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AUG 13
A manifesto for entrepreneurship and innovation to power growth in the EU


Economic conditions in Europe remain hugely challenging with the European Commission forecasting that euro-zone GDP is set to shrink by 0.4% this year. Yet the growing importance of internet-driven economic growth could transform this picture by helping improve the lives of millions of people providing them with new jobs, new skills and renewed hopes for a better future.

Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes has created The Startup Europe Leaders Club — an independent group of founders in the field of tech entrepreneurship who provide guidance on strengthening the business environment for web entrepreneurs in Europe. In March 2013, she invited them to develop a manifesto for economic growth. Since June 2013, the initial recommendations based on the grass roots perspective of these successful web entrepreneurs have been further strengthened with the support and collaboration of the Founders Forum in London, a community of the best global entrepreneurs, select inspiring CEOs and key investors in media and technology.

The result is the drawing up of the manifesto, comprising of 22 actions which, taken together, can give European businesses the best chance of future success. You are able to sign the Manifesto tille.

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Startup Europe

02/09/13 London, UK

Campus Party Opening Ceremony, London, 2 September 2013.

Campus Party is an event within the Startup Europe forum. During the days of the event activities such as hackathons, innovation labs, competitions are organized.

According to Neelie Kroes, the Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, “You will encounter some great ideas, innovations and inspirations. You will be meeting some great people: those with much to teach; and those with the willingness to learn; ideally both.”

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Spending review 2013: what will it mean for science and innovation?

26/06/13 London, UK

In Britain, the science budget – that is, funding for research allocated mainly through the research councils and block grants to universities for research – was "ring-fenced" at £4.6bn per annum in the previous 2010 spending review, to the relief of the research community, which had been braced for significant cuts.

However, the capital spend on science was cut drastically – cuts that have been partially but not entirely reversed since then. The chancellor confirmed that the ring-fenced science budget would be maintained, and capital spending on science boosted.

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Optimistic results from Coralia project

24/07/13 Greece

The messages from the presentation of the results of the first program to support innovative high-tech clusters, implemented under the NSRF nationwide, were proved to be most promising.

The programm "Phase-2 Aid Greek Technology Clusters in Microelectronics" was launched in October 2008 as one of the actions to activate the NSRF under the management of the Corallia Unit.

40 innovative companies and 13 academic and research institutions from all over Greece participated, utilizing the support and the financial tools provided by the program, and managed to show remarkable growth, over the period of the program, in a series of macro-economic and innovative indicators.

Business incubators springing up across Gainesville

12/09/13 Florida, USA

Ten companies are already filling the room at Starter Space, the newest in a string of public and private incubators and shared office spaces that welcome startup companies. Founders Pad opened a year ago, StartWhys started offering free weekly “pop-up” co-working events two weeks ago and a new shared office space called MojoCoworking out of Asheville, N.C., has been looking for space in and around downtown Gainesville, the Gainesville Sun reports.

The idea, said one of the founders of Starter Space, is to connect University of Florida graduates with the city's startup ecosystem so they'll stay in the area.

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AUG 13
Creative Highway1, a hardware incubator backed by PCH

25/06/13 San Francisco, USA

Highway1 is a hardware incubator backed by Chinese fulfillment company PCH. The newly-formed incubator plans to accept about 10 companies into the four-month program and offer participants office and machine room space, expertise and $20,000: all in exchange for 3 percent to 6 percent of equity, according to Brady Forrest, VP at Highway1.

The incubator is the next step at reaching out even earlier to companies, hopefully helping them design products that can be manufactured economically and offering PCH (it stands for Pacific Coast Highway, also known as California’s famous Highway 1) a pipeline into what might become the next hot company as well as a potential customer. Participating companies will spend a week in San Francisco learning the ropes of building a hardware company before flying to Shenzhen, China for two weeks of tours of manufacturing plants and learning about how products are made.

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Tech Incubator to Launch in Brooklyn, N.Y.

24/06/13 New York, USA

Coming this fall, New York City will launch a 2,000-square-foot clean tech incubator called the Clean Technology Entrepreneur Center with intensions to hold space for 20 startups that focus on clean and green technologies, according to local media.

Through a partnership between the city’s Economic Development Corp. (NYCEDC) and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, the incubator will open shop in Forest City Ratner’s 15 MetroTech.

The NYCEDC will pay $750,000 over the next two years to help fund the project.

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AUC launches new incubator for startups across Egypt

17/06/13 Cairo, Egypt

The American University of Cairo (AUC) saw the launch of the new on-campus incubator, the AUC Venture Lab, hosted by the university’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program (EIP).

AUC’s incubator will be initially fueled by the startups that are competing in the recent Venture Lab Challenge. Applicants from across Egypt have been narrowed down to a select few who are currently going through a series of business training classes at AUC before the final 5-6 startups are chosen for incubation and given a small need-based grant to get started.

Unlike many of the region's accelerators, including Cairo's Flat6Labs and Alexandria's Tahrir2, the AUC V-lab is sector-agnostic and doesn't take equity in any of their startups; most of the applications they have received are tech-enabled startups, focused on building new mobile apps, renewable energy solutions, and retail platforms.

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Indian Government to set up 10 incubators to promote entrepreneurs

06/07/13 Bhubaneswar, India

The State Government has firmed up plans to set up 10 small and medium enterprises (SME) incubators to nurture and promote innovative entrepreneurial ventures within the current year.

The incubators would be funded by the Union MSME Ministry and hosted by technological universities and institutions.

While Odisha’s first and only business incubator at KIIT University, supported by Union Department of Science & Technology, is functional since 2009, the State MSME Department has got on to the job of identifying other institutions for opening such facilities.

The objective is to provide a proper environment with high-class infrastructure, laboratories, workshops, libraries and resource materials to enable the budding entrepreneurs to give shape to their ideas and innovations. The incubators would offer complete support right from fostering and developing the ideas into enterprises to ensuring successful commercialisation of the ventures.

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The Idea of Creative City

18-19/09/13 Cracow, Poland

The Department of European Studies at the Cracow University of Economics and the Jagiellonian Club are pleased to announce the international conference: The Idea of Creative City and the Urban Policy Debate to be held in October 17-18, 2013 in Cracow, Poland.

The concept of “creative cities” has become popular among academics and policy-makers who are concerned with the future of cities. Creativity, creative industries and cultural resources are increasingly seen as a remedy for urban development in the postindustrial economy. The idea was developed and popularized by, among others, Charles Landry (“The Creative City: a toolkit for urban innovators”, 2000), Richard Florida (e.g., “Cities and the Creative Class”, 2005) and John Howkins (“The Creative Economy”, 2001). In the last decade, there have been many endeavors to put this concept into practice in various parts of the world, from Europe and United States to Japan.

The aim of the conference is to overview and assess the concept “creative cities” and its implementations. We are interested in a debate based on research, both theoretical and empirical, and on exploration of particular cases from all over the world, which can highlight potentials and pitfalls of putting the theoretical idea into practice. In particular, we are looking for comparative studies and different cases which may provide a lesson for Central Europe.

We address this conference to the representatives of academia dealing with urban studies, artistic community, policy-makers and non-governmental organizations interested in culture, creativity and urban policy. Our aim to to bring together people fascinated by the dynamic changes in contemporary cities.

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First Summer School in Electronic Business

28/07/13 Lesvos, Greece

The Department of Information & Communications Systems Engineering of the University of the Aegean organizes the 1st International Summer School in Electronic Business- eBiz2013, from the 28th of July till the 4th of August 2013, in Molyvos, Lesvos Island, Greece.

The First Summer School in Electronic Business is organized with the support of the ELTRUN laboratory for e-Commerce of Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), the Departments of Marketing and Statistics of AUEB, the Department of Financial and Management Engineering of the University of the Aegean, the Institute for Language and Speech Processing and the Michigan State University.

E-Business is an interdisciplinary topic encompassing both business and technology. The purpose of eBiz2013 Summer School is to provide a broad introduction to e-business technologies, increase participants’ understanding of the complex issues related to marketing goods and services on the Internet, and to expand on the fundamental e-business theory and practices.

Indicatively, participants will work collaboratively in teams to design and implement an online presence for a Business-to-Consumer e-shop and will also implement a mobile application for an Augmented Reality tourist guide. Participants will also learn new skills (via mentoring) and apply skills learned in the eBiz2013 program as they develop a short e-Business Plan for an innovative idea in the e-Commerce environment. The 2 best e-business ideas will be awarded with a Touchpad Tablet!.

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Orange Grove Athens: New co-working space in Athens

18/07/13 Athens, Greece

The Dutch Empbassy in Greece in collaboration with enterprises, Universities and friends is creating the «Orange Grove Athens», a new and alternative working environment, which offers flexible working spaces in 70 new entrepreneurs thus, allowing their innovative ideas to be developed and prosper.

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Innovation, Patents and Standards: Complementarity and Conflicts

19/11/13 Tours, France

Standards and patents are two pieces of technical information made available to all economic agents. Although complementary in appearance, these two technical mediums, vehicles of knowledge, seem to differ in practice.

According to the few works written on the subject, it would appear that the strategic choice of the inventor to register a patent has a negative effect on the probability of the same inventor choosing to become involved in the associated standardization process. However, it would be too hasty to compare standards with patents without taking account of their mutual benefits.

In this context, the policy of intellectual protection and, more specifically, of the role of patents in the process of innovation, deserves research with regard to the role of technical standards.

To gain a better understanding of these phenomena, the workshop organized by FBS at Tours on 19 November 2013 will provide the opportunity for specialists - practitioners and academics - to meet and exchange ideas on original contributions - articles or case studies - and thus help to identify the principle interactions between innovation, research, intellectual protection and standardization process.

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Designing The Future -Innovation through strategic partnerships

03-09/09/13 Kolding, Denmark

The 16th TCI Annual Global Conference will addrs the critical question: How can clusters innovate through various types of strategic partnerships?.

This year’s TCI conference provides a unique opportunity for cluster practitioners, policy-makers, business executives and academics to advance our understanding of strategic innovation partnerships in clusters, and to work towards practical solutions.

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JUL 13
Creative Europe Programme to promote cultural and audiovisual initiatives in the EU

17/07/13 Brussels, BELGIUM

Committee of the Permanent Representatives (COREPER I) has agreed on the compromise text of the Regulation establishing the Creative Europe Programme with a view to allowing the Presidency to finalize agreement with the European Parliament on this file.

The Chairman of COREPER I ambassador Arūnas Vinčiūnas underlined the importance of agreeing the file as soon as possible, so as to allow the Commission to proceed with its preparations for the implementation of the programme which is of the vital importance for the creative sectors across EU. He also thanked his Irish colleagues, who have done the most work on this file. The Lithuanian Council Presidency took over from the Irish and finalized the outstanding issues of the file, namely the co-financing rates and budgetary allocations.

The Programme “Creative Europe” brings under a single umbrella three currently self-standing programmes that have provided EU support to the cultural and audiovisual sectors: Culture, MEDIA and MEDIA MUNDUS programmes. The main reason to join existing programmes was to create more opportunities for projects operators and facilitate the implementation of programme in the various contexts.

The existing EU support in the form on subsidies remains and at the same time new instruments for the SME’s operating in creative sectors to get loans are foreseen. In addition to grant funding, the proposal includes a financial instrument aimed at capacity building of the financial intermediaries to better understand the cultural and creative sectors. The Guarantee Facility (expected to be managed by the European Investment Fund) will provide guarantees to banks dealing with small and medium-sized entreprises operating in cultural and creative sectors, thus enabling those SMEs easier access to bank loans. Financial institutions as private banks or any other operating in the financial sector can be involved.

“Creative Europe” Programme is the direct instrument to promote cultural and audiovisual initiatives in the EU. Though it has impact on growth and job creation, but the main goal is to encourage creativity. It focuses on the Small and Medium Enterprises and enables companies in cultural and audiovisual sectors to develop and generate new ideas. The overall budget of the programme is EUR 1,462 billion.

Commission delivers €100 Millions to tech startups and SMEs - puts money where mouth is

11/07/13 Brussels, BELGIUM

Around 1000 start-ups and other highly innovative companies will receive grants from a new €100m funding round from the European Commission’s Future Internet Public-Private-Partnership to develop apps and other digital services, in areas such as transport, health,smart manufacturing, energy and media.

European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes said: “I promised action at Le Web in Paris last December and now I am delivering. We need more innovation and a more digital economy in Europe and that starts with a better ecosystem for start-ups. We’re putting our money where our mouth is.”

This third stage of the partnership’s funding aims to develop new Internet applications and services for a wide range of areas. Funding will be channelled through 20 consortia – teams from the internet ecosystem - which includes: accelerators, crowd-funding platforms, venture capitalists, co-working spaces, regional funding organisations, technology companies and SME associations, technology companies. The successful consortia will be selected according to how they plan to maximise the economic impact of their funding across the Internet eco-system.

The services and apps will be built around thetechnologies developed in Commission’s Future Internet Public-Private Partnership(PPP) programme.

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New QB3 Biotech Incubator in Central San Francisco Waterfront

29/05/13 San Francisco, USA

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) announced that QB3 will develop a new biotech incubator at 953 Indiana Street in San Francisco’s Central Waterfront area. The incubator will be called “QB3@953”and will advance QB3’s work to support life science companies and create jobs in California by providing two key elements of success for startups: efficiency and networking.

QB3@953 will provide laboratory and office space for 20 to 30 startup companies focused on the life sciences. Space at the new incubator will be leased similarly to the other QB3 incubators, in amounts as small as a single research bench, making state-of-the-art laboratory space affordable to fledgling operations.

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Online debate in Digital Agenda for Europe on Innovation

19-20/06/13 Dublin, IRELAND

The further translation of research and innovation into jobs and growth for sectors such as
photonics, robotics, networks, service infrastructures, is one of the debates being discussed in Digital Agenda Assembly next 19th and 20th June in Dublin. Which specific strategy should be adopted, which instruments, which priorities, etc, are the typical questions to be debated.

Let's take the example of the micro- and nanoelectronics sector.
In the last week, a strategy for this sector was announced with the ambition to facilitate industry investments of 100 billion euros and help create 250,000 jobs in Europe up to 2020. It aims to maintain Europe at the leading edge in the design and manufacturing of micro- and nanoelectronics, and to provide benefits across the economy.

Please join the online debate.

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“The Dublin Innovation Declaration” manifesto

23/05/13 Dublin, IRELAND

The Dublin Innovation Declaration” manifesto: Ten point declaration to create more wealth, better welfare and improved wellbeing with Open Innovation 2.0.

The Irish presidency conference Open Innovation 2.0 – Sustainable Economy & Society in Dublin welcomed over 75 international experts who addressed more than 350 delegates from around the world, highlighting how economic growth and job creation can be generated by modern innovation and technology. The major two day international conference closed in Dublin Castle with overwhelming agreement on the drafting of “The Dublin Innovation Declaration”. This ten point declaration, drafted with the intention of harnessing innovation and technology to bring about job creation, will be presented to José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission.

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Speech: Innovation isn't just for the young

17/05/13 Brussels, BELGIUM

Neelie Kroes’ speech, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda.

“Europe today is in a time of change. It's the short-term economic issues that grab the headlines. But there's another bigger change, too. Perhaps more significant in the long term: our continent is getting older.

Your organisation, AGE, is for those in Europe over 50. Already today that means you represent 150 million people. By 2060, though, you could represent close to half the EU population! And over that same period, the number of over 65s will almost double. While government spending on related areas could increase by 20%.

There are a number of ways to look at that. You could see it as a triumph: advancing medical science and enlightened public policy have delivered something wonderful for our citizens. Longer, healthier lives. Or you could see it as a fantastic market opportunity. After all, the potential 'silver market' for older people is already worth around €3 trillion – and growing fast. In today's economy, we should keep a close eye on such growth areas.

Or you could see it purely as a challenge. As a rising cost in the national accounts. As an awkward trend demanding an arduous response. And, personally, I think too many people do just see it that way. But however you see it, one thing is clear. The change is huge, and we must respond…”.

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LT-Innovate Summit

27/06/12 Brussels, BELGIUM

On 27 June 2013, Brussels will again be the meeting point for the Language Technology Industry to network, discuss needs, strategies, innovation opportunities and business trends.

The Summit will bring together Language Technology vendors (speech, translation & intelligent content technologies) and other stakeholders (investors, buyers, integrators, researchers, policy makers).

Its main features will be:
  1. Discussion Panels about topics related to the state and future of the LT industry in Europe
  2. Presentations by the European Commission on European policy initiatives and programmes relevant to LT
  3. Innovation Partnering Focus Sessions in which LT value-chain stakeholders will investigate the potential for innovation in LT and how LT can become a powerful key enabling technology for industrial competitiveness
  4. Showcase Sessions through which companies involved in developing LT products and services can present their projects to the audience and a Jury of experts
  5. Networking opportunities between LT stakeholders
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Innovens- Photo contest

Until 01/09/13

Theme of the contest
Smart Europe launches the Photo Contest “INNOVENS 2013. Innovation through your lens”, to showcase new innovative companies around Europe which can generate job opportunities in the innovation-based sectors of their local economy.

Theme of the contest is to represent possible “smart paths” undertaken by new entrepreneurs to develop innovative ideas and to enter the market.

Contest participants can choose to picture the path of innovative companies in traditional sectors or in rural areas, creative companies, start-ups/spin offs driven by young people, networks among SMEs located in an “innovation lab”, Science Parks, Innovation hubs… just to mention a few.
Photos must be associated to a “smart path story” explaining the message or the reasons behind the picture or the feelings it means to evoke. All contents have to be entered in English.
As an example, three pictures and their smart path stories are uploaded in the contest gallery under the name SmartEurope.

The contest is open to professionals and amateurs aged over 18. They have to be nationals of and residing in EU member states, Norway and Switzerland. Croatian citizens will have access to the contest starting July 1st, 2013.

How to Enter
Entries must be submitted via the Internet on the webpage. Participants complete the entry form and upload their photos.

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2nd Applied Research and Innovation Competition, Greece Innovates!- Opening event

20/05/13 Patras, GREECE

The competition is open to individual researchers, research groups, companies engaged in production and/or research activities in Greece, as well as domestic institutions involved in research, irrespective of whether they had taken part in the first competition or not.
The deadline for submitting candidate files has been set on September 30, 2012.

The competition comprises two types of awards: one for Applied Research and one for Innovation.

Two awards, the First (A) and Second (B) from each category will be given, i.e. a total of four awards. The awards for each field are financial, amounting to 15,000 euros for each First Prize and 8,000 euros for each Second Prize, and are accompanied by honorary plaques.

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EIBA 2013

12-14/12/13 Bremen, GERMANY

For the international business (IB) community, the term transnational has come to be associated with a particular form of multinational enterprise (MNE) that is able to resolve the tension between local responsiveness and global integration. In other areas of social sciences and the humanities, the term transnational is used to designate actors or institutions that span across borders in a way that begins to challenge the existence and legitimacy of those borders.

The theme of this year’s conference explores the role of MNEs as transnational actors that mould and shape other actors and institutions in the global economy. At the macro level, this concerns for example questions regarding the political behaviour of MNEs when they join with national governments and international organizations to craft new regulations. It also includes examining the role of MNEs as both partners and adversaries of civil society organizations. In the legal realm, some key questions of interest concern the role of MNEs in generating a body of transnational private law in order to fill gaps or remove uncertainties in the established body of law. At the micro level, topics of interest include the role of MNEs in both promoting, and responding to, changing attitudes and values concerning globalization and the emergence of new transnational institutions.

While all of these topics deal with the contemporary global economy, historical analyses concerning the role played by MNEs in economic and social transformation in the past are also clearly relevant. By focusing on the processes of transnational influence and transformation, we hope to encourage the IB community to become more engaged with this discourse and the work that is being done in other social science fields. Since MNEs are important actors taking part in these processes, the IB community has a great deal to offer in this area, both in terms of identifying the managerially relevant implications, as well as formulating recommendations for public policy.

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1st International Conference on Applied Innovation

13-14/09/12 Arta, GREECE

Goals: The link of production and academic research through innovation. It is addressed to the academic (Universities) and business researchers (R & D).
  1. Informatics
  2. Economics (especially in financial-accounting)
  3. Administrative sciences (especially in tourist business and applied foreign languages in management & commerce)
  4. Agricultural Bio-Sciences (especially in crop science, animal production, aquaculture & fisheries, and floriculture & landscape architecture), renewable energy
  5. Health Sciences (especially in nursing, speech & language therapy, and early childhood care)
  6. Music (especially folk and traditional music).
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European Innovation Academy

08-26/07/13 Tallin, ESTONIA

European Innovation Academy is a completely new level in Start-Up Trainings. From idea to company in 3 weeks – obtain the skills, knowledge and network in a truly international and intense environment. The most innovative Start Up will win €10 000! Spend the best part of your summer with the most determined young people from all over the world and make history!.

Lectures, workshops, case studys, video training, cultural exchange, pitching – each week we have one thematic course that concentrates on certain stage of founding a company. You can choose either you go through the whole journey with us or join the ride for one course that you’re most interested in.

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Kenya: Technology Prop As IBM Innovation Centre Opens

08/05/13 Nairobi, KENYA

Nairobi — Kenya's emerging position as a global ICT hub has received fresh acclaim after the International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) launched its first East Africa innovation centre in Nairobi.

The new innovation centre will provide IT businesses, developers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and academics access to the latest enterprise software, hardware, training, business and marketing support.

In Kenya the IT industry is expected to grow by 11 percent annually creating need for highly skilled professionals capable of driving IT innovation and entrepreneurship.

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New Tech Incubator Venture Park Brings Together Local Detroit Businesses with Networking Event

09/05/13 Detroit, USA

Small businesses, start-ups, and entrepreneurs will gather in Downtown Royal Oak to network and socialize. This networking event, called Bootstrapped, will be held at the end of May and is open to all entrepreneurial individuals in the Southeast Michigan region. Event host Venture Park is a new tech incubator that aims to bring these individuals and small companies together under two roofs—one that houses co-host and sponsor Traffic Digital Agency and its affiliate companies, and the other housing all other interested parties.

Aside from a month off in April, Venture Park has thrown its Bootrapped event at the end of every month since last December. Hundreds of guests have been in attendance, representing freelancers, start-ups, established businesses, and other business incubators.

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Deutsche Telekom to Open Start-Up Incubator in Krakow

21/04/13 Krakow, POLAND

Global player Deutsche Telekom decided to locate a start-up incubator in the city. Called hub:raum, the centre is due to open in April. Following in the footsteps of similar innovation centres established by Google and Motorola, DT describes hub:raum as a “hub that connects your team, vision, and expertise with the corporate power of Deutsche Telekom.” The first hub:raum was opened in Berlin last year, and Krakow has been chosen as the location for the second.

DT’s aim is to support promising telecom start-ups by providing coaching, supervision from mentors, access to their corporate infrastructure, financing and physical co-working space. In return, DT gets a share in the equity of the start-up.

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Investissement Québec Helps Launch Business Incubators

25/04/13 Quebec, CANADA

Financial institution and economic development agency Investissement Québec announced that the government of Québec will provide support for three business incubators to be located in Shawinigan, Trois-Rivières and Bécancour.

The government’s contribution, which could amount to as much as 25% of the costs of projects under development, is intended to help stimulate entrepreneurial activity in the regions.

The fund targets projects by businesses, including those active in the social economy, manufacturing and driving service industries, which comprise high-value-added companies and those using new technologies, especially information and communication technologies. Primary industry companies with secondary or tertiary processing projects are also targeted, as are major projects by tourism companies.

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Business incubator launches in Hawke's Bay

19/04/13 Hawke's Bay, NEW ZEALAND

Auckland-based business incubator The Icehouse, which offers training, networks and access to funding for start-up companies, has launched a hub in Hawke's Bay.
The Icehouse officially kicked off in the region at a Mission Estate event attended by local business owners and stakeholders.

The Icehouse was set up in 2001 in recognition of the massive number of SMEs in New Zealand and their importance to the economy. It has since worked with more than 4,500 owner managers who range from start-ups to multi-million dollar companies.

Hawke's Bay business owners would be able to attend an Achieving Business Growth Workshop in May and Owner Operator Programme in June. Other tailored programme options would also be offered.

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20/06/13 Milan, ITALY

Strengthening cultural and creative enterprises to offer new employment opportunities to young people and promoting the attractiveness of the territory is a major challenge for the institutions.
As shown in many studies, the cultural and creative industries(CCIs)are among the most dynamic sectors of the European economy and among those with the best prospects for future growth, but it is a potential still not fully expoloited. What are the policies and actions to be put in place to ensure that this potential of CCIs will bloom?.

Discussing this important issue is the objective of the meeting ” Culture, Creativity, Growth.Towards Europe2020: ideas, projects and policies” that will take place on 20th June in Palazzo Lombardia, Milan.

During the event a “creative pitching” will involve the participants of the “Creative Camp Lombardia”, and a jury will select the 5 best ideas. Fundamental will be the intervention of Silvia Costa, MEP and rapporteur for the Creative Europe Programme, who will present the most recent lines of action of the European Commission in support of cultural and creative industries.


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Code4Milano: Hackers, designer, visionaries, this is for you

04/05/13 Milan, ITALY

On May 4thdevelopers and designers and startups will team up to build new services for the smart city of the future, using open data and services created by different institutional and industrial providers.

Code4Milano is a one day hackaton organized by StartMiUp in collaboration with TavoliExpo E015 and with the support of Coworking Login, also venue of the event.

Participants will work on open data and services collected through thre E015 project: the digital ecosystem of Expo2015. The data, still unpublished to the public, will be made available by Cefriel (Politecnico di Milano) in an exclusive preview for the day on 4 May.

In addition to providing a valuable initial feedback to the great work done by the institutions and the University of collection and enabling data, Code4Milano also offer the opportunity to young talent and innovative startups to create services and useful app, which can be the starting point for future development of real businesses.

Prizes for the winning team:

StarMiUp – acceleration services for the best app with business impact

ENTER – cloud services for the best app from tech point of view

UBER – €200 credits for usign Uber services

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Skype, Spotify and Angry Birds creators advise EU – first stage of "Startup Europe" campaign


The European Commission wants young Europeans to be inspired by home-grown entrepreneurs, so their bright ideas start and stay in Europe. With help from the creators of Spotify, Angry Birds, Tuenti, Skype, SeedCamp, HackFwd, London's Tech City and TheNextWeb, the Commission is creating a platform for star entrepreneurs to tell their stories of inspirations and frustration, to wake-up young Europeans and leaders to the potential of entrepreneurial careers.

The Startup Europe Leaders Club is the first part of Startup Europe, the European Commission's 6-part plan to accelerate and connect local entrepreneurship ecosystems in Europe to help tech start-ups to start and grow in Europe and to scale up to a global level.

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EIT Foundation: Young leaders present innovative solutions for Europe's future

26/03/13 Brussels, BELGIUM

Thirty young leaders from the worlds of business, academia and research shared their inspiring ideas with policy-makers and business executives at the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Foundation's Annual Innovation Forum in Brussels today. The young professionals, entrepreneurs and students presented ideas for business opportunities in areas ranging from healthcare to energy production and market information.

The EIT Foundation young leaders' programme aims to discover a new generation of talented entrepreneurs who can drive the development of sustainable innovation in the EU.

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FAU Technology Business Incubator expands again

27/03/13 Florida, USA

The Technology Business Incubator at the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University will add an additional 10,000 square feet this month.

The expansion is the second in 10 months for the incubator that serves as a resource center and office for entrepreneurs from FAU and the South Florida community, according to a news release. The added space is to allow the incubator to better accommodate current client companies and to house new companies that have been on a waiting list. This expansion brings the incubator to a total of 25,000 square feet and will accommodate an additional 15 companies, with individual offices ranging from 120 to 1,000 square feet.

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Budget earmarks $60-million for accelerators, incubators

22/03/13 CANADA

The Conservative government’s 2013 budget has proposed $60-million in federal funding over a span of five years to help improve “outstanding and high-potential incubator and accelerator organizations in Canada.”

Incubators and accelerators can be found across Canada, the U.S. and worldwide, and expose early-stage startups to industry mentors and investors who provide valuable advice and resources related to business development, growth and follow-on financing.

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500 startups now accepting investment online through startup nexus AngelList

22/03/13 Silicon Valley, USA

500 Startups, the Silicon Valley accelerator with a penchant for emerging markets, has opened fundraising for its Fund II through AngelList, the social network of sorts for startups.

Back in December 2012, AngelList launched a partnership with Secondmarket, the private market place for buying and selling alternative assets, to allow smaller accredited investors to invest in startups. The minimum investment amount was set at US$1 000 and the service reportedly went on to raise US$12 million within 30 days of going live.

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A competition for entrepreneurs from the creative industries

22/03/13 Copenhagen, DENMARK

The creative industries are growing sectors that continue to provide more jobs and add increasing value to products and services. Moreover, creative industries have a positive spillover effect on more traditional industries improving growth and innovation. These industries hold a great potential but the creative entrepreneurs often lack insights and business competences needed to realize this potential. That is why there is a need for a competition such as Creative Business Cup that can improve the business skills and the number of successful companies in the creative industries.

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Young Creative Entrepreneur Programme

09/12 London, UK

The Young Creative Entrepreneur (YCE) programme seeks to celebrate, support and connect emerging innovative and entrepreneurial leaders in the creative and cultural industries around the world.

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New Incubator in Athens

03/13 Athens, GREECE

Eurobank, member of the NBG Group and Corallia proudly announce “egg - enter•grow•go”, a joint Corporate Social Responsibility initiative that aims to boost young innovative entrepreneurship and improve employment opportunities for young people in Greece.

The “egg - enter•grow•go” is a holistic entrepreneurship acceleration programme, reaching out to young teams with creative and innovative ideas. Through the programme, participating teams will have access to a reliable network of mentors and partners with experience in start-ups’ acceleration; a focused, hands-on educational programme on business development; and value-added, one-stop-shop services to support business operation and growth. Each cycle of the programme lasts 12 months.

With the purpose to facilitate interaction and exchange of ideas and experiences, participating teams will be co-hosted in state-of-the-art facilities provided by Eurobank, offering modern and creative collaborative spaces. The first facility of the programme will operate in the city of Athens.

The principal architects of this programme, both of them pioneers in their respective fields, designed “egg - enter•grow•go” in order to provide visionary and motivated young people with entrepreneurial prospects and opportunities. Eurobank has been, since its very inception, consistently implementing and supporting, long-term, targeted Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. Respectively, Corallia actively contributes to the development of world-class innovation ecosystems, and the support of young entrepreneurship as a key pillar of its initiatives.

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DRUID celebration conference

17-19/06/13 Barcelona, SPAIN

Innovation, Strategy And Entrepreneurship
Competitiveness and Dynamics of Organizations, Technologies, Systems and Geography, organized in cooperation with and hosted by ESADE Business School; Ramon Llull University.

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Creative Camps: multimedia – fashion and service design

04/04/13 Milan, Italy

Lombardy Region lunches the "Creative Camps" initiative in the framework of CCAlps European project.

CCAlps promotes the Creative and Cultural Industry, It is financed by the Alpine Space Program of the European Union and its aim is to develop the competitiveness and the attractiveness of the Alpine Space Area, by strengthening the relations between urban and peripheral areas.

"Creative camps initiative" amis to develop networking between cultural and creative industries, micro, small and medium enterprises, in traditional and advanced industries, local institutions, universities and research centers. Creative Camps include many activities to develop new products and/or services, enhancing the growth of the local productive system.

Lombardy Creative Camp is inspired to the Europe 2020 strategy and is focused on the following goals and macro subjects, closely examined in the project briefs aimed at collecting project ideas ahead EXPO 2015:


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creative camp

MAR 13
Technical Chamber of Greece/Section of Central Macedonia (TEE/TKM)/: Business ideas support workshop

03/13 Central Macedonia, Greece

TEE/TKM, the officially recognized professional body of all University graduates in engineering, hosts a three-day event for new business ideas, which is scheduled for the end of May, and invites young engineers/researchers to submit their idea.

The aims of the event are:
The presentation of Engineers’ business ideas to investors, businessmen, and stakeholders, in order to assist in the implementation, the promotion of interesting ideas of students and the promotion of knowledge, innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Accelerating the Commercialization of Global Innovation - Three co-located innovation to commercialization events

12-16/03/13 Washington DC, USA

One week in Washington DC, three co-located innovation to commercialization events:

TechConnect World 2013
TechConnect World is uniquely designed to accelerate the commercialization of innovations, out of the lab and into industry. TechConnect World is divided into a Technical Research Program and an Innovation Partnering Program, gathering the world's leading market-focused research and commercially-viable innovations into the largest global technology accelerator program.

National innovation summit and showcase.
In support of the White House and Congressional call for innovation commercialization initiatives, the National Innovation Summit and Showcase delivers the world's largest showcase of the Nation's top innovations supported through our federal funding programs.

National SBIR Conference.
Co-located with the 15th Annual TechConnect World and the National Innovation Summit, the National SBIR Conference will provide key information and contacts for small businesses and TTOs competing for SBIR/STTR contracts totaling over $2.5B Annually.

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Synergy Project

Athens, Greece

Synergy Project is the new coworking space in Athens. The outstanding locale under the Parthenon, next to the Acropolis Museum and just seconds away from the metro station combined with state of the art interior design and equipment compose a superior office solution for self-employed professionals, freelancers, startups and students offering reasonable and flexible answers to the contemporary business scenery.

Synergy Project offers fully equipped workstations for anyone looking for a place to work or to study, specially designed desks for one-to-one business meetings, a modern meeting room for large meetings, presentations and seminars and a relaxing common area for charging your batteries during the day.

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Athens, Greece

Loft2Work is a social business, dedicated to motivate, unite and encourage people to accomplish enterprising ideas for sustainable impact through interaction and collaboration.

It offers access and resources to an emerging ecosystem of people working collectively.

Loft2Work initiates physical, virtual and social spaces for change across countries, organizations and cultures. Through research, planning & implementation. Loft2Work will create microstructures aiming to fight unemployment and social exclusion in countries under crisis, such as Greece.

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Athens, Greece

Located in the heart of Athens, in a building of exceptional architectural beauty newly converted into a specialized loft, 123P offers inspired solutions to diverse professional needs. 123P is the ideal choice for those seeking the luxury and comfort of a fully equipped office without long-term commitment and financial risk.

Space's versatile, modular design, as well as its modern aesthetic, enable its members to work, learn, communicate and create, redefining the relationship between space, time and outcomes.

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coLab workspace

Athens, Greece

coLab offers a professional environment for start-ups services such as Co-working, Hot Desks, Meeting Rooms, Virtual Office, Shared Space and Office Space. Terms and fees vary from hourly rates to private office space that someone can rent from 3 to 12 months.

coLab also has other solutions for Independents and freelancers, like Virtual Office or Mail Service to help provide a professional image.

coLab has a relaxed and informal feel of a coffee shop with excitement and enthusiasm of the entrepreneurs at work. It provides a great environment to work, connect and collaborate.

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2013 SUMMER SCHOOL: "Knowledge Dynamics, Industry Evolution, Economic Development"

07-13/07/13 Nice, France

There is now a large consensus among economists and social sciences that knowledge is a crucial input to industry dynamics which in turn is a key component to economic development. What is less evident among our communities is what type of knowledge is the most central in innovation processes shaping industry evolution, in view of generating advanced and sustainable development. If one wants to be realistic in that matter, it is necessary to consider that there is no unique definition of knowledge, innovation, and development, and consequently that the possible connections between these notions are far from being unique. The sources at the origins of change, i.e. individuals, firms, industries, regions, countries, are themselves intrinsically diverse, while their joint contribution obviously shapes the drivers of knowledge, the processes of innovation, and the attractors in terms of economic development.

The 2013 Summer School is aiming at presenting the latest results in the field. The Summer School will focus especially on the way in which the properties of knowledge are likely to have an impact on industry evolution and economic performance; it will be centered on how the emergence of shakeout / non shakeout industry evolution possibly contributes to economic growth and sustainability. The Summer School is also dedicated to derive proposals for an economic policy where knowledge, innovation and development are considered as key steps for a better society. Latest methodologies and protocols of research will be presented, including statistical analysis of the dynamics of firms characteristics and firms localisation, social networks analysis, dynamics of replication, simulations on modular systems, patent analysis, etc. The Summer School will underline that these methodologies and protocols of research are the outcome of close relationships between social sciences, computer sciences and life sciences.

The Summer School will be centered on the most prominent analyses in the field of knowledge dynamics, industrial evolution and economic development: emergence and persistence of innovation, entrepreneurship, growth of firms, corporate governance and performance, agglomeration/dispersion of industrial activities, skills dynamics, economics of science and innovation, environment as a driver of innovation.

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2nd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “THE GOVERNANCE OF A COMPLEX WORLD". 2013 Conference theme: Innovation and cooperation as entrepreneurial challenges

24-26/10/13 Rotterdam, The Netherlands

In a period of crisis – according to many commentators the most important one since the Great Depression – the governance of an ever increasingly complex world is a major challenge to economics and social sciences, especially in the current stage where no clear consensus has emerged so far in our scientific communities. The aim of the conference is the identification of major propositions of political economy for a new society, grounded on structural, technological and institutional change.

We encourage both theoretical and empirical contributions dealing with different levels of governance (countries, industries, firms, individuals), where innovation is viewed as a key driver to stir our complex world out of the crisis. We especially welcome analyses in the field of knowledge dynamics, industrial evolution and economic development, dealing with key issues of collaboration and alliances, small firms, entrepreneurship, growth of firms, corporate governance and performance, agglomeration/dispersion of industrial activities, skills dynamics, economics of science and innovation, environment as a driver of innovation, emergence and persistence of innovation.

The first edition of the International Conference The Governance of a Complex World was organized in Nice, France, 1-3 November 2012. For the second edition of this conference in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, a specific interest will be devoted to the theme of ‘Innovation and cooperation as entrepreneurial challenges’.

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1st Kefalonia Summer School in Economics

01-07/07/13 Kefalonia, Greece

The Department of Economics of the University of Ioannina organizes the 1st Kefalonia Summer School in Economics. The general objective of the Summer School is to provide a stimulating environment for young doctoral students, faculty members, professional economists and researchers who seek to obtain advanced training on specific topics in Economics. Moreover, it offers the opportunity to all the participants, and especially the advanced doctoral students, to present their research and to interact with other students from all over the world, as well as with leading scholars of the academic profession. The specialized topic differs from year to year and reflects issues that are currently lively areas of state of the art research and policy interest.

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Economics Researchers - Grantholder Positions

14/04/13 IPTS Seville, Spain

The Knowledge for Growth unit (KfG) of JRC-IPTS has a vacancy for a senior researcher in its Industrial Research and Innovation (IRI) action. This action is carrying out research on the role of private R&D and Innovation on companies' economic performance and employment creation. The analytical work also includes issues related with the determinants of corporate R&D and Innovation activities, their existing barriers and possible implications for EU policy. The successful candidate will work on the analysis of industrial R&D investment and conduct studies on the factors determining innovation and economic performance. On the basis of a thorough and up-to-date knowledge of the field, he/she should be able to review the literature and to carry out statistical and economic analyses. He/she will provide policy advice on the basis of these analyses and will contribute to the implementation of the analytical part of the EU's "Industrial Research & Innovation Monitoring and Analysis" activities (which, e.g., include the EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard)". He/she would be required to guide in-house and subcontracted work, to write policy-support oriented reports and policy briefs, to produce scientific papers and to make public presentations in a variety of settings. This post is open to a senior scientist with a proven reputation in industrial R&D and innovation studies. Econometric skills and experience in the use of quantitative economic models would be an asset, in order to assist the action to expand the analytical tools available. In this respect he would be asked to liaise with other teams within the JRC.

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Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Development of Regions of Varying Density - 26th ERSA Summer School

01-08/07/13 Karlskrone, Sweden

The lectures will focus on both theory and empirical research methodology, and how these can be matched to progress our understanding of the relationships between innovation, entrepreneurship and development in regions of varying density. The aim is to give the participants advanced knowledge of theory and methodology, emphasizing knowledge gaps and avenues for research areas that will push the research frontier forward.

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MAR 13
Changemakers to Milan Expo 2015: 10 ideas that will change the life of 10 million of peoples

04/03/13 Milán, ITALY

From the beginning of March Milan is hosting the core phase of the project "Change maker: 10 ideas that will change the life of 10 million of peoples", eight weeks of intensive incubation launched by the partnership in October 2012.

The project, promoted by "Telecom Italia, Expo 2015 and Avanzi. Soustanability in action" aims to support and develop 10 innovative business ideas with high social value and impact.

During the eight weeks of incubation (march-April) the 10 ideas, and their teams, will be hosted for free, in a technological campus in Milan, (Avanzi) where they will live and work to develop 10 new sustainable and innovative startups.

At the end of the incubation the projects will be presented to an audience of potential investors and business partners able to ensure its realization.

Thanks to the contribution of experts in the fields of innovation, new technologies and policies for the development of smart city and with the participation of investors and legal consultants, the incubation lab proposes itself as a reference point within the ecosystem of innovation in Italy.

As the partners repeatedly stressed, the project is focus on young people, considering they the most important resource for the development of the country, in the belief that only offering to the new generations the tools to transform their ideas into concrete projects you can win the challenge for innovation.

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SPEED ME UP – Incubator for business and professionals-

26/02/13 Milán, ITALY

Speed me up is an initiative born out of the Accord for the Support of Employment and Entrepreneurship signed by the Milan Chamber of Commerce and the City of Milan. The Consortium created by Bocconi and the Chamber takes care of its implementation.

Speed me up is aimed at attracting entrepreneurial talent, also from abroad, while creating jobs in Milan and its hinterland. It will leverage Bocconi's higher education expertise and the Chamber's consulting resources to accelerate the growth of innovative firms.

The projects is about nurturing firms and professionals for maximum of two years in spaces provided by Università Bocconi, for the first three months devoted to education and tutoring, and by the City of Milan for the remaining time period.

Each firm will be endowed with: an ad hoc advisory board comprising experts in the business area of choice: a cooperative social networking platform, an ERP online system, a virtual secretary, assistance. In access to subsidized loans; services concerning innovation, ReD and internationalization supplied by specialized agencies of the Chamber of Commerce, and support to business development by Bocconi's research center.

The project has been present at the end of January and it's first call will close in May.

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FEB 13
'Incubator' gets startup cash for budding businesses

24/01/13 Dade City, Florida, USA

The Dade City Commission approved $50,000 for the Pasco Incubator Network.

The Pasco Incubator Network, or PIN, would work with owners of home-based businesses who are ready to expand, entrepreneurs who are starting new businesses and local students with new technology ideas.

It would be housed in the Dade City Business Center, where clients would be supplied with inexpensive space to house their enterprises and get help with business basics, marketing and financing and benefit from networking activities and shared equipment and services.

The financial contributors would be the council, the City of Dade City and, possibly, the Pasco County Commission.

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Grand Opening of A&M Student Business Incubator

22/01/13 Texas, USA

This week marks the grand opening of a student business incubator at Texas A&M University.

The development of Startup Aggieland started about a year ago. Students have the opportunity to network with business people on and off campus, including with the local Chamber of Commerce, Aggie graduates, and service providers.

All A&M students can participate in what is officially called a “business accelerator” where they learn multiple disciplines, including expertise in finance, marketing, and engineering.

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Cusat boost for NRI tech incubator

13/02/13 Kochi, INDIA

The Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) will collaborate with the NRI-Technology Business Incubator (NRI-TBI) to support techpreneurs planning to invest in the state.

The NRI-TBI, which was inaugurated during the Pravasi Bharat meet in Kochi last month, also has the support of the Technopark Technology Business Incubation Centre (TTBIC) and Infopark.

Infopark CEO Gigo Joseph said during discussions with Cusat vice-chancellor, it was known that Cusat would help in technology, innovation, research support and also issues relating to intellectual property rights.

The state IT department has allocated 2,500 sq ft space at Infopark, Kochi for NRI-TBI. More NRI-TBI units will come up in other IT parks, including Technopark in Kollam and Cyberpark in Kozhikode.

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Clearwater starts business incubator for technology companies

08/02/13 Clearwater, USA

Clearwater officials are launching a business incubator program for tech startups that are willing to locate downtown. The idea is to provide strategic advice and services to tech entrepreneurs so they can market their products and hopefully succeed.

Clearwater is contracting with the Tampa Bay Innovation Center, a nonprofit outfit that runs a business incubator at the Young-Rainey Star Center on Bryan Dairy Road in unincorporated Largo.

Clearwater is hiring the Innovation Center to help a handful of chosen startups with things like marketing, finances, business plans and growth strategies.

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Min. Al-Rashidi opens Kuwait 1st business incubator

10/02/13 KUWAIT

Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Thikra Ayed Al-Rashidi on Sunday opened a business incubator aiming to support the successful development of females' small enterprises.

The project is developed by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development (SCPD) and the country office of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

This project will serve as a nucleus for a chain of business incubators for young male and female entrepreneurs. The ultimate goal is to tap into the potentials of the youth and put in play their role in economic development

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Innovations, entrepreneurial universities and economic development

17-18/03/13 Lund, SWEDEN

CIRCLE and Entreprenörskapsforum (Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum) cordially invites scholars to submit paper proposals for a conference on innovations, entrepreneurial universities and economic development. Applicants from economics, business administration, and other related disciplines are encouraged to apply.

The conference is a two-day workshop and includes paper sessions and a key-note lecture planned to be held by this year's winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research. We welcome papers dealing with the following areas:

  1. The role of entrepreneurial universities in economic growth
  2. Determinants of innovative regions
  3. Entrepreneurship, knowledge flows and firm performance
  4. Institutional frameworks and norms, academic entrepreneurship and their interaction
  5. University policies and organization of academic milieus for innovation and spinoff processes
  6. Human capital formation, diffusion and economic growth
  7. Innovation systems dimensions of entrepreneurial universities
  8. The intersection of innovation and entrepreneurship policy
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Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE IV)

19-22/06/13 University of Zadar, Zadar, CROATIA

This annual event, under the Regions of Knowledge programme of FP7, focuses on innovation in regional locations. The conference, which is proposed to be held in Cork given its regional focus, is expected to attract up to 500 delegates. Legislative link: The WIRE Conference will contribute to the finalisation of the research content of Horizon 2020 (2014-2020), the adoption of which is itself a major priority for the Irish Presidency. It will also contribute to Cohesion Policy and may also be a theme to be followed up by the remaining 2 Presidencies in the Trio - Lithuania and Greece.

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7th European conference on sustainable cities & towns

16-19/04/13 Geneva, SWITZERLAND

The City of Geneva, its local partners, as well as the European Sustainable Cities & Towns Conference Preparatory Committee, have the pleasure of inviting you to the biggest European conference on sustainable development since the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

With more than half of the global population living in urban areas, it has been extensively demonstrated that cities and urbanization play a key role in achieving sustainability targets. Cites provide an ideal opportunity to directly gauge the urgent needs of communities and are therefore essential when delivering sustainability.

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4th European Conference on Corporate R&D and Innovation (CONCORDi-2013)

26-27/09/13 IPTS Seville, SPAIN

The 4th European Conference on Corporate R&D and Innovation (CONCORDi-2013) will focus on "Financing R&D and innovation for corporate growth in the EU: Strategies, drivers and barriers". It will take place from 26 to 27 September 2013 at the premises of the JRC’s Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS) in Seville, Spain. The two-day programme will address the financial challenges affecting the link between innovation and growth of European companies.

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8th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship - ECIE 2013

19-20/09/13 IPTS Brussels, BELGIUM

The conference provides opportunities for scientific discussion and collaboration at an international level over a broad range of relevant fertile areas associated with recent trends in innovation and entrepreneurship. During recent years, there has been growing recognition in business environments of the key role played by innovation and entrepreneurship in the creation and success of businesses. In a dynamic environment with uncertain contexts like those we are currently experiencing, the capacity and right approach for creating new firms is fundamental and the probability of success is largely determined by innovation. At the same time there is growing recognition of the need for more sustainable innovation, combining economic, ecological and social aspects. In this setting (networking in) innovation in business and policy making go hand in hand. We warmly invite researchers, practitioners and academics to present their researches and to share their own experiences in a broad range of fields related to the new trends in innovation and entrepreneurship.

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JAN 13
Plans for high-tech incubator moving forward

03/01/13 Binghamton, New York, USA

The Southern Tier High-Tech Incubator is one of 62 projects that will be funded with the $91.1 million awarded to the Southern Tier from New York State. Seven million dollars from the Regional Economic Development package will fund about a third of the $22 million facility.

The incubator will help about ten businesses at a time by getting them through the crucial early stages of development, a period when companies are more likely to fail.

"Statistics show that an incubator has a great impact on the future successes of small businesses," said Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chair and BU President Harvey Stenger.

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Incubator for socially minded entrepreneurs launches in New Orleans

04/01/13 New Orleans, USA

The latest business incubator takes shape in New Orleans, this one focusing on socially-minded businesses and non-profits in areas such as healthy food access, justice, education, the environment and land use.

The group, called Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation, moved into a renovated former rim shop on Washington Avenue near South Broad Street in Central City where it now houses 23 organizations with room to grow.

The incubator offers inexpensive office space to social entrepreneurs and a venue for professionals from different fields to collaborate and take advantage of Propeller's consulting services. The group is a non-profit, but the incubator is a for-profit entity run in partnership with Green Coast Enterprises, an environmentally oriented real estate developer.

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Business incubator for NRIs to come up at Infopark- Kochi

10/01/13 Kochi, India

The incubator is a joint initiative of Technopark- TBI, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India,   Non Resident Keralites Affairs Department and Infopark-Kochi.

The state IT department has allocated 2,500 sft space at Infopark-Kochi to set up the initial operations of NRI-TBI. Similar facility will be set up at different technology parks across the state, including Technopark Kollam and Cyberpark Kozhikode.

This first of its kind NRI-TBI model has plug and play office space, mentors and consultants from various fields along with value additions like green channel facilitation, remotely accessible office, managed talent pool etc, said Infopark CEO, Gigo Joseph.

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First business incubator comes to Chapel Hill

15/01/13 Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

The incubator, LAUNCH Chapel Hill, is set to open at 321 W. Rosemary St. in a soft launch on Feb. 1. A formal dedication and opening will take place later this spring. Formal applications for office space — which will have 10 offices and 15 desk spaces, hosting more than 20 ventures — will be accepted through Jan. 28.

But Ted Zoller, director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UNC, said the number of applications has already exceeded the number of available office spaces.

The town has committed about $30,000 per year to the project for a time period of three-and-a-half years. Orange County has pledged $40,000 a year, and 3 Birds Marketing has committed $10,000 a year. The University committed to help cover costs of programming in addition to operations. Tenants will pay rent to help with the cost of the space.

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Startup incubator GRUPARA launches free co-working space in Jakarta

16/01/13 Jakarta, Indonesia

GRUPARA Inc, an Indonesian startup incubator that invests in seed and early stage companies, has just announced their startup coworking space, called FREEWARE.

Located at MEDCO Ampera building (Jl. Ampera Raya no.20 Cilandak, Jakarta Selatan), FREEWARE is a 120 square meter facility consisting of 16 free working spaces, a free library, as well as free meeting spaces, which are Apple TV compatible. On top of that, tenants also enjoy free Internet access and free parking space. The facility is open from Monday to Friday (7 a.m. – 10 p.m.)  and Saturday (7 a.m. – 1 p.m.).

Albeit being a new co-working space, a lineup of events has been planned for the new space. FREEWARE will hold sharing sessions among entrepreneurs one or two times a week, and will provide well-known speakers to give lectures twice or thrice a month.

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First IPTS Workshop on Tools and Methodologies in Support of Cohesion Policy 2014 – 2020

14/02/13 JRC-IPTS, Seville, Spain

The Joint Research Centre's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS) is organising a workshop at IPTS premises dedicated to tools and methodologies in support of regional policy 2014-2020.

The event will bring together internationally reputed experts in the domain of regional economic modelling, economic analysis and regional policy making.

The aim of the workshop is to identify the state of the art in economic modelling and in the data provision at the regional level in order to support economic analysis, evaluation and policy design / assessment for the next multi-annual financial framework 2014-2020.

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6th International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development (ICEIRD)

20-21/06/13 ISTANBUL SEHIR UNIVERSITY, Instanbul, Turkey

In the face of fragile economic recovery following the economic and financial crisis of 2008, many firms all around the world continue to invest in growth-enhancing activities to achieve a sustainable development.

While the crisis has heavily hit all aspects of business vested interests, investments in innovation, entrepreneurship and regional partnership have been the key priority to ensuring a strong and stable economic growth.

The objective of the conference is to gather decision makers (government, ministries and state agencies), innovation experts (universities, research and development centres, technology transfer centres, start-up centres) and practitioners (smes,business incubators and business support organisations) to generate discussion and exchange on the potential of entrepreneurship promotion and innovation to national and regional competitiveness.

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Management and Learning International Conference 2013

19-22/06/13 University of Zadar, Zadar, Croatia

The International Scientific Conference on Management of Knowledge and Learning MakeLearn is organised by the International School for Social and Business Studies (ISSBS) in cooperation with foreign partner universities, international institutes and organisations chosen in accordance with its annual theme. The conference takes place every June in different country; its participation is international. The official language of the conference is English.

Through MakeLearn, the ISSBS encourages the sharing of most recent developments in the field of knowledge management between Slovene and foreign experts, as well as promotes itself and higher education in the Central and South-Eastern Europe. By including individuals from major regional businesses, MakeLearn also encourages discussion and the exchange of knowledge between the academia and the economy. Although the general theme of the conference, i.e. management of knowledge and learning in businesses and other organisations, remains the same, each year the focus of the conference is adapted to regional and global findings, occurrences and needs of the time.

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Commission presents new Rethinking Education strategy

20 November 2012, Brussels, Belgium / Strasbourg, France

The youth unemployment rate is close to 23% across the European Union – yet at the same time there are more than 2 million vacancies that cannot be filled. Europe needs a radical rethink on how education and training systems can deliver the skills needed by the labour market. The challenge could not be tougher in the context of widespread austerity measures and cuts in education budgets. Today, the European Commission is launching a new strategy called Rethinking Education to encourage Member States to take immediate action to ensure that young people develop the skills and competences needed by the labour market and to achieve their targets for growth and jobs.

Rethinking Education calls for a fundamental shift in education, with more focus on 'learning outcomes' - the knowledge, skills and competences that students acquire. Merely having spent time in education is no longer sufficient. In addition, basic literacy and numeracy still needs to be significantly improved, and entrepreneurial skills and a sense of initiative need to be developed or strengthened (see IP/12/1224 on call for stronger focus on new skills in schools).

To ensure that education is more relevant to the needs of students and the labour market, assessment methods need to be adapted and modernised. The use of ICT and open educational resources (OER) should be scaled-up in all learning contexts. Teachers need to update their own skills through regular training. The strategy also calls on Member States to strengthen links between education and employers, to bring enterprise into the classroom and to give young people a taste of employment through increased work-based learning. EU Education Ministers are also encouraged to step-up their cooperation on work-based learning at national and European level.

Other proposed measures include a new benchmark on language learning, guidelines on the assessment and development of entrepreneurship education, and an EU-level impact analysis on the use of ICT and OER in education to pave the way for a new initiative in 2013 on Opening-up Education, aiming to maximise the potential of ICT for learning.

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3rd European Forum for Innovation 2012 - The future of entrepreneurs according to Zvi Eckstein, the Former Deputy of the Bank of Israel

4-6 December 2012, Tel Aviv –Israel

The former deputy of the Bank of Israel, Zvi Eckstein, will speak at the upcoming European Forum for Innovation (EFI) in Tel Aviv this December. We’ve asked him if it is still possible to rely on public supports today, or if entrepreneurs should plan only on basis of private venture capital on global level.

This is his answer: “The public and private investment are not mutually exclusive but these are complements. That is, the public investment is usually given at the very early stages of the innovation where the risk is high and potential return and spill over impact is high. Given the early public support for innovations the private R&D is coming in a more significance to focus on the actual products and markets”.

Eckstein discussion at EFI 2012 is entitled, "The Israeli Economy: Is the "Start Up" engine working?" Deputy Eckstein's talk will highlight how Israel's economic performance had surpassed that of many other nations during the economic crisis which intensified with the collapse of Lehman Brothers. With relatively good GDP growth and comparatively low unemployment, Israel was an economic success story against a backdrop of economic difficulty in Europe and the United States. Eckstein, who was deputy during the hit of the crisis when many of the critical decisions were made at the Bank of Israel, attributes the economic success largely to the hi-tech sector in Israel. "The hi-tech sector was the main source of growth and exports," stated Eckstein. However, Eckstein continues, Israel now finds itself in difficulty. "Recently the growth of exports has dampened, the balance of payment is in deficit, GDP growth is down to about 3 percent and unemployment stabilizes at about 6.6 percent. The world volume of trade is down and the potential engine of growth – the high-tech sector – is not performing as has been seen in the last fifteen years."  Eckstein points out that the innovative ability of the Israeli work-force is the key challenge of policy today.

For information about when Eckstein's talk will be, visit the EFI Programme page,

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Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2012 - Innovation performance of 190 European regions compared

6 November 2012, Brussels – Belgium

Innovation is a key driver of economic growth and jobs. The Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2012, published on 6 November 2012, provides a comparative assessment of how European regions perform with regard to innovation. The report covers 190 regions across the European Union, Croatia, Norway and Switzerland. The Regional Innovation Scoreboard is based on the methodology of the Innovation Union Scoreboard (IP/12/102).

The Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2012 classifies European regions into four innovation performance groups, similarly to the Innovation Union Scoreboard: there are 41 regions in the first group of "innovation leaders", 58 regions belong to the second group of "innovation followers", 39 regions are "moderate innovators" and 52 regions are in the fourth group of "modest innovators".

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Report of the "Investment Forum 2012"

17 October 2012, Istanbul – Turkey

The 2012 NEM Summit has hosted on October 17, 2012 the first “European MediaTech Investment Forum” an event organised by Media Deals with the support of the European Commission (DG CONNECT), as part of the European Commission’s policy to encourage the transfer of results from research and innovation to the market.

Ten European SMEs and entrepreneurs specialized in Networked Electronic Media developments, and selected on the basis of applications to be submitted a couple of weeks prior to the meeting have presented their business concepts (in 7’ sharp!) to a group of European investors carefully chosen to fit to companies’ and projects profiles and needs for investment.

The event was successful and reached its overall objective to more efficiently engage innovative SMEs with investors from across Europe. In the next weeks and months several of these invited SMEs should report an effective impact (on the next round of funding) of their participation in the event.

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KreaNord – Nordic Creative Economy - presents himself during the second meeting of ECIA platform

30 November 2012, Copenhagen – Denmark

During the open session of the second ECIAp (European Creative Industries Alliance political platform) meeting, held the 30th of November in Copenhagen, KreaNord has presented its initiatives.

KreaNord is a Nordic initiative designed by the Nordic Council of Ministers relized through a collaboration between the Nordic Ministers of Business Affairs and the Ministers of Culture, to improve the growth prospect for the region's cultural and creative industries. The initiative promotes the Nordic region as a centre for cultural and creative industries.

The aim of KreaNord is to develop and promote the Nordic region as a centre for cultural and creative industries, with a focus on network activities, development activities, promotion and political recommendations.

KreaNord has formed a Nordic platform for the exchange of knowledge and policy development, which will provide a Nordic political framework for focusing all Nordic as well as national initiatives in the realm of cultural and creative industries.

The political raccomendations designed to achieve the greatest Nordic synergy, are divided in policy areas wich can be read as strategic line of action.

  • Promotion of strategic collaboration within the Nordic cultural and creative industries and with other sectors for value creation, innovation and growth.
  • Promote new opportunities for access to global markets, financing and attractionh of foreign investments for the Nordic cultural and creative industries.
  • Promote cultural and creativity in Nordic education at all levels and entrepreneurship and business skills in cultural and artistic education.

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Part Incubator, Workspace & Code School, Galvanize Wants To Turn Denver Into A Startup Hub

9 November 2012, Denver, Colorado, USA

Galvanize is a 30,000-square-foot workspace for digital startups that recently opened in downtown Denver. While most of Colorado’s entrepreneurial energy emanates from Boulder, the Galvanize founders are on a mission to bring Denver into the conversation by creating a shared workspace that will accommodate over 300 individuals and approximately 60 to 70 startups once it’s fully operational.

Jim Deters, the founder and Managing Director of Galvanize, says that the idea was inspired by other national startup communities and workspaces like RocketSpace in San Francisco and 1871 in Chicago. It offers support and office space for every phase of the business development process, from a shared area for small, one-or-two person teams in the ideating phase to suites for 10-person startups.

Less than a month since the space officially opened, Galvanize already counts over 125 residents from both native Colorado and national companies, like Uber, Roximity, GoSpotCheck and Forkly, along with “honorary members,” (i.e. mentors) like TechStars founders Brad Feld and David Cohen and Associated Content founder Luke Beatty, who will be holding (somewhat) regular office hours to help advise up-and-coming Colorado startups.

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The Contribution of the Arts and Creative Industries to the Scottish Economy

26 November 2012, Dundee

Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise commissioned CD Research, cogentsi and Pirnie Ltd to undertake research to obtain a comprehensive and robust picture of the contribution of the Arts and Creative Industries to the wider Scottish economy. The resulting report (Economic Contribution Study: An approach to the economic Assessment of the Arts & Creative Industries in Scotland) was published in June 2012. They study is not only useful in understanding the economic contribution of the sector but also to developing an understanding of the problems of defining the sector.

The study identifies sixteen industries that make up the sector in Scotland and compares with the thirteen historically utilised by the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The study addresses a range of additional, wider economic impacts, including direct, induced and tourism impacts of the Arts and Creative Industries. It also attempts to estimate some of the harder to capture employment related to the sector - such as roles in higher education and local authorities as well as those in creative occupations outside of the Arts and Creative Industries.

The Study concludes that the sector employs some 84,400 people in Scotland and makes a direct contribution of £3.2bn of Gross Value Added (GVA). If Heritage and Radio & TV are included GVA increases to £3.7bn. The Study estimates that the sector generates an additional £3.06bn turnover in indirect impacts (£1.35bn GVA) and an additional £2.22bn turnover in induced effects (£1.25bn GVA). An assessment of the contribution to tourism concludes this represents direct GVA of £280mn.

Whilst the impact of the sector is clearly significant the study is also of interest in terms of describing how official data has been used to build up a picture of the sector at a Scottish level. The study can be downloaded from the Scottish Enterprise Website:

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EC launches a strategy to boost growth and jobs in CCIs!

The European Commission has recently launched a strategy that aims at boosting growth and jobs for the cultural and creative sectors in the EU. The Commission's new strategy aims to increase the competitiveness and export potential of these sectors, as well as to maximise their spill-over benefits for other areas such as innovation, ICT and urban regeneration. The Commission is calling for a range of actions to promote the right conditions for the cultural and creative sectors to flourish. They focus on skills development, access to finance, promotion of new business models, audience development, and access to international markets and improved links to other sectors.

With this strategy, outlined in a document entitled "Promoting cultural and creative sectors for growth and jobs in the EU", the Commission also wants to encourage stronger partnerships between different policies, in particular culture, education, industry, economic affairs, tourism, urban and regional development, and territorial planning. It also plans to mobilise EU funding to increase support for the sectors, notably through the proposed €1.8 billion 'Creative Europe' programme for 2014-2020 and through Cohesion Policy funds.

"Europe's cultural and creative sectors are not only essential for cultural diversity; they also contribute a great deal to social and economic development in our Member States and regions. At the local and regional level, strategic investments in these sectors have often delivered spectacular results, as exemplified by many European Capitals of Culture. They also produce important spill-over effects, as well as enhancing a dynamic image of an attractive and creative Europe which is open to cultures and talents from across the globe", pointed out the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou.

According to the 2010 European Competitiveness Report and other sources, the cultural and creative sectors account for between 3.3% and 4.5% of GDP and employ between 7 and 8.5 million people. These sectors include companies and other organisations active in architecture, artistic crafts, cultural heritage, design, festivals, film and television, music, performing and visual arts, archives and libraries, publishing and radio. Evidence collected at European, national, regional and local levels confirms the economic importance of the sectors, which have shown a relative resilience in the current economic downturn and they are also facing major challenges, such as a changing environment driven by the digital shift and globalization, the difficulties in accessing to finance or a high fragmentation along national and linguistic lines.

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European International Business Academy (EIBA) Conference 2012

The theme of the 2012 conference was ‘International Business and Sustainable Development’. The most widely-quoted definition of sustainable development is ‘development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

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INVESTMENT FORUM 2012 to take place during the 2012 NEM Summit in Istanbul

The European Commission (DG CONNECT), as part of the policy to encourage the transfer of results from research to innovation, announce the European Mediatech Investment Forum http://nem- to take place during the 2012 NEM Summit in Istanbul, October 17. 10 European mediatech SMEs and entrepreneurs will present their business concepts to European investors. During the NEM Summit a specific pitch session will be thus dedicated to support these 10 entrepreneurs to more efficiently engage with investors from across Europe, carefully selected to fit to companies’ and projects profiles and needs for investment in order to increase their chances to receive the next round of funding. European entrepreneurs (spin-offs from FP7 research projects, participating SMEs) seeking investment and willing to access European equity investors interested in their sector will be thus able to find the right environment to meet up and brainstorm with mediatech entrepreneurs and participants from FP7 research projects to discuss investment and partnership opportunities. Besides, entrepreneurs are offered the opportunity to individually get trained by sector experts and pitch in front of investors.

The interested parties are now welcome to submit applications to be considered for the upcoming event. Applications should be uploaded to the application platform at the following link by September 23:

JUL 12
Media Evolution-The Conference 2012

The Media Evolution Conference, “Human behaviour in a digital world”, will take place on 21-24 August in Malmö (Sweeden) for the eighth year. The Conference is to inspire young creative entrepreneurs and to introduce them to potential clients and investors in Sweden and Denmark. The Conference has been proclaimed as one of the best places in Europe to find business intelligence about the trends in the new digital media landscape.

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JUL 12
DLD Tel Aviv Conference

DLD Tel Aviv Conference is one of the events of Tel Aviv Festival. DLD Tel Aviv Conference will bridge the existing international community to Tel-Aviv based digital and business elite as well as creative minds and makers. DLD Tel Aviv Conference will become an active hub for exhibiting business opportunities, joint ventures and exchanging ideas.

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€8.1 bill. investment in research & innovation to create growth & jobs

The European Commission has today announced the final and biggest ever set of calls for proposals for research under its Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). In total, €8.1 billion will support projects and ideas that will boost Europe's competitiveness and tackle issues such as human health, protecting the environment and finding new solutions to growing challenges linked to urbanisation and managing waste. The funding - which is open to organisations and businesses in all EU Member States and partner countries - makes up the lion's share of the EU's proposed €10.8 billion research budget for 2013. This announcement comes just days after EU leaders emphasised the importance of research and innovation in the Compact for Growth and Jobs.

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The Best Countries for Innovation: A Fascinating View with a Few Surprises

As part of its Ideas Rountable, The Atlantic recently published the Innovation Barometer 2012, a GE-sponsored survey of 2,800 business executives from around the world. The resulting infographic on innovation provides a fascinating comparison of the differences in perception between members of developed nations and citizens of emerging countries, as well as the nuances among certain countries.

The differences follow some expected lines. The pace of innovation in emerging economies is considered adequate, while the pace of innovation in developed economies is significantly less likely to be deemed sufficient. The developing world may be innovating quicker, the survey found, but companies there are less likely to consider their countries' IP protection robust.
The survey focused on Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States.

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It’s a Start - Opportunity for cultural and creative industries

It’s a start is an interactive event born from the collaboration between Lombardy Region, Province of Monza e Brianza and Chamber of Commerce of Monza e Brianza within the framework of “Cultural district project” promoted by Cariplo foundation and CCALPS project (Creative Companies in Alpine Space financed by Alpine Space Programme).

During the morning were organized a round table about European, regional and local opportunities for creative and cultural industries, represents from European Commision , Lombardy region, Province of Milan and Milan municipality attended this session.

In the afternoon were selected 20 creative ideas, which will receive free advice for their business plan and the possibility to participate at Creative-camps within the project CCALPS.

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