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ITA - Italian Trade Office is pleased to offer a new great opportunity to the world of Italian innovation: on July 19th and 20th ITA will take part in Unbound London 2017 with an exhibition space that will host up to 30 Italian startups and SMEs.

UnBound London is one of the world's most important digital industry events, attracting the most innovative companies and major investors from all over the world: in this edition, organizers expect more than 500 exhibitors and more than 5000 qualified operators (VC, business angels, decision makers and others) as visitors.

Moreover, in order to provide useful insights to participating companies, ITA will organize a workshop day on 18th July with leading UK innovation experts.

For all the information on how to participate go to the following link

 

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Improbable, a UK virtual simulation start-up, is raising $502m from Japan’s SoftBank in a deal that will value the business at more than $1bn and mark the largest-ever venture financing round for a private British company. The investment is set to transform the prospects for the secretive London-based software developer, founded by two Cambridge university graduates, which creates sophisticated virtual worlds for games and other applications. Its previous venture financing round saw it raise $20m at a $100m valuation from well-known Silicon Valley backers Andreessen Horowitz and a fund run by British tech investor Saul Klein. Although such sums are routine for Silicon Valley counterparts, the SoftBank move is the largest so-called Series B investment in Europe, according to CBInsights. European start-ups have traditionally struggled to secure chunky cheques from later-stage investors.

For SoftBank, the deal is the second major UK investment in under a year by Masayoshi Son, the globe-trotting founder of the telecoms-to-technology conglomerate. Last July, Mr Son swooped on Cambridge-based chip designer Arm Holdings with a £24.3bn takeover deal, just weeks after the UK had voted to exit the EU.

Source: Financial Times, https://www.ft.com/content/76529d16-3669-11e7-bce4-9023f8c0fd2e

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12/05/2017

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4 days of meetings in one of the most exciting place of innovation on earth: the initiative promoted by the Italian Trade Agency, with the precious collaboration of Italia Startup association, allowed 14 start-ups and innovative Italian SMEs to get in contact with numerous investors and decision makers of South East Asia area.

At Innovfest Unbound 2017 in Singapore, ITA managed the organization of an entrepreneurial mission enriched by numerous networking opportunities, during which Italian companies were able to get to know and deepen the opportunities that Singapore's financial hub offers startups in the form of investments and partnerships.

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Satispay, a Milan, Italy-based fintech startup, raised €14m in its latest funding round.

The round, still open and with a final target of €16m, brings total funding to date to €22.5m and launches the valuation of the company close to €50m.

According to local reports, backers include existing shareholder Iccrea Banca and other undisclosed investors.

Co-founded by Alberto Dalmasso, CEO, Dario Brignone, IT & Organization, and Samuele Pinta, COO, Satispay provides a mobile payment system that allows people to pay on stores and friends from their smartphone. The service, completely free, can be used by anyone above 18 years old with an Italian bank account or prepaid card with an Italian IBAN code.
The app is available for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone.

Source: http://www.finsmes.com

FM

05/05/2017

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TechItalia London Meetups are informal monthly gatherings, open to Italian professionals, entrepreneurs, startups, SMEs in tech/media businesses, based in London, and/or professionals working with Italy in similar sectors. Every month, 3/4 chosen members will be presenting their businesses to the audience. This will be followed by networking/drinks, every month in a different venue in Central London. Relaxed atmosphere, informative topics and a good opportunity to network.

If you want to know more please visit the Meetup page and join the Facebook Group.

FM

28/04/2017

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Anche quest'anno a Vienna si tiene, nella splendida cornice dell'Hofburg Palace, il Pioneers Festival, evento internazionale di grande rilievo nel panorama delle start-up innovative. 

Si è aperta il 28 marzo la registrazione delle domande di partecipazione con l'Ice-Agenzia per la promozione all'estero e l'internazionalizzazione delle imprese italiane (Ice). Un nutrito numero di start-up innovative, selezionate dagli organizzatori di Pioneers Festival, avranno accesso allo spazio comune allestito dall'Ice e potranno mostrare il proprio materiale video sugli schermi messi a disposizione, ottenendo così maggiore visibilità nei confronti dei venture capitalist presenti. 

Per ulteriori informazioni e per aderire all'iniziativa, si consulti la circolare di pubblicizzazione in allegato. 

(AP) 29-Mar-2017

 

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Today marks the launch of Tech Nation 2017 from Tech City UK. Tech Nation 2017 shows that the UK digital tech sector is one of the country’s economic success stories, growing twice as fast as the wider economy and creating highly skilled workers and well-paid jobs.

With over 1000 data points, 220 community partners, 61 tech startup case studies and 30 UK tech clusters, Tech Nation 2017 marks the most comprehensive study to date on the UK’s tech ecosystem.

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K2 Global, which has invested in start-ups such as Uber Technologies and Spotify, aims to raise US$200 million (S$284.2 million) for a second venture capital fund, after gathering just under that amount for its first such offering.

The investment firm, led by Singapore-based chief Ozi Amanat, will start seeking more money in the second quarter, after raising US$183 million from investors last year, according to an investor presentation obtained by Bloomberg News.

The new fund will focus on technology, Internet and software firms, according to the presentation.

Mr Amanat declined to comment.

K2 was started in 2015 to help wealthy Asian families invest in start-ups before they raise money via initial public offerings (IPOs).

Mr Amanat received a US$35 million allocation in Alibaba Group Holding shares before its IPO in September 2014 - a majority of which he placed with Asian families.

Through its first fund, K2 is invested in more than 15 companies, mostly in the technology sector, according to the presentation.

Its annual return before fees has been 26 per cent since its inception, it said in the presentation.

Among K2's holdings is a stake in Stockholm-based music streaming start-up Spotify, which aims to go public this year.

The investment firm also owns shares in Magic Leap, a US start-up working on a device that simulates reality, and ride-hailing company Uber, which has garnered more than US$17 billion in cash and debt since its founding in 2009.

K2 also acquired a stake in Twilio, a maker of mobile and Web applications, before its IPO last June.

The shares have more than doubled in price since.

In Singapore, K2 recently led a US$32.5 million funding round for Paktor, the region's biggest online dating app. Paktor is also backed by Vertex Venture Holdings, the venture arm of Temasek Holdings.

This article was first published on The Straits Times on 10 March 2017.

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Within the "Technological Innovation in Asia" 2017 Program, ITA-Italian Trade Agency will organize a collective participation of Italian startups and innovative SMEs at Innovfest Unbound 2017 in Singapore.

Singapore is today a major financial and technology hub, a meeting place for big investors and digital companies: the Government's policy has always been inclined to encourage the creation and development of business (2nd in Doing Business 2016 Ranking ): this makes Singapore a strategic market for innovative companies.

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TECH IN ASIA SINGAPORE 2017

MAY 17 - 18 2017 | SUNTEC CITY CONVENTION CENTRE

Get direct access to tech leaders transforming the digital landscape, meet potential customers and investors, network with fellow tech junkies and more - taking your startup to the next level starts here.

EXHIBIT YOUR STARTUP

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Wanted: Anyone with a smart, technology-based solution that fights corruption, cuts red tape or improves information security in government.

Anyone who can meet those challenges should make a beeline for an event organised by banking giant Citi. Citi said yesterday that it has chosen Singapore as one of the cities where it will hold a Demo Day for its Citi Tech for Integrity Challenge (T4I), which is targeting the public sector.

T4I is a global open innovation competition where companies of any type or size can submit tech solutions for specific challenges facing public sector companies, such as government transactions and procurement; culture, ethics and citizen engagement; cutting red tape; and information security and identity.

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The LeadersIn Tech Summit, one of the headline events of London Tech Week, is now open for registration. The summit will be an intimate 2-day event that will bring together leaders and C-level executives from scale-ups to tech giants working in converging and contrasting areas of the digital industry.

Thought-leadership presentations and panels will be followed by closed-door discussions and debates building on the day’s themes and giving all participants the opportunity to actively contribute to the agenda. 

This year’s program focuses on ‘harnessing innovation for global competitiveness’ from the external context that is needed to foster great tech businesses through to the emerging technologies that leaders need to adopt to stay ahead.

With speakers from industry powerhouses such as Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO at WPP and Kristo Käärmann, CEO & Founder of Transferwise, as well as being hosted by Google, the LeadersIn Tech Summit is a date for your diary that must not be missed!

For registration and more info, please follow here.

13th - 14th June 2017
Google Digital Academy, London

16/02/2017

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Here are the main resources available to founders, from hard funding to soft advice.

1. Funding
There are many ways to fund a startup. You can bootstrap the business yourself or through friends and family, go to the bank or gain entry to an incubator or accelerator. In terms of government support though there are several funding routes that can be taken.

The government's Start Up loans scheme offers up to £25,000 at a fixed interest rate of 6 percent per annum for new business ideas, as well as mentoring and support services.

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Singapore Power (SP) has launched the Free Electrons Global Accelerator programme (http://freelectrons.co/), which aims to bring together utilities and startups to innovate and co-create the next generation of ideas and clean energy solutions for the industry.

The programme is initiated by eight international utilities - SP, AusNet Services, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Electricity Supply Board (ESB), Energias de Portugal (EDP), innogy, Origin Energy and Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) which together represent a global footprint covering 73 million end customers across more than 40 countries, with a combined net income of US$148 billion.

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BIAT 2017 - Innovation and High Technology Lab, Catania - March 2-3, 2017

The third edition of BIAT showcases the innovation and excellence of enterprises and research systems in Italy's Convergence Regions (Campania, Calabria, Apulia and Sicily).

The focus areas at BIAT this year are ICT, New Materials, Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Mechatronics, Renewable Energies, Environment and Smart Cities

BIAT 2017

Inviting companies, research centres, universities, venture capitalists and investors to discover some of Italy’s most exciting and innovative developments in technology, and to explore avenues of collaboration in technology, research and knowhow.

For more details : http://innovationlab2017.ice.it/ or write to us at mumbai@ice.it

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It has been a momentous couple of years for India's vibrant startup ecosystem with great ideas, alliances, fundings, government initiatives and even failures. Here is a comprehensive list of the most influential entrepreneurs and voices on India's startup scene in 2016.

While e-commerce players still reign supreme, there are also some new entrants to the list, especially from SaaS startups.

Top 40

Photo credit : MINT

Read the complete list here

 

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Everything is ready in Helsinki for the 2016 edition of Slush.

Italian Trade Agency's mission is taking off and will be proudly supporting the 27 startups which joined the initiative.

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Today’s Autumn Statement contained good news for the tech and digital sector. The Chancellor showed in his first big set-piece speech on the economy that he understands some of the main drivers behind our industry. Here’s a summary of some of the key announcements. 

At a time when the UK technology sector is particularly concerned about its ability to retain talent, it is gratifying to see the Government paying particular attention to the startup community with a number of measures.

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The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will fund up to half the cost of promising fintech "proof-of- concept" trials based in Singapore, or a maximum of $200,000 for each project.

Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said at a ceremony last night at Universal Studios for the Fintech Awards that the new grant scheme is aimed at ideas that can benefit not just an individual financial institution or start-up, but also the financial system at large, in Singapore or abroad.

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The UK’s most exciting innovation festival!

Chaired by Yossi Vardi, unbound London connects an audience of 3,500 founders, entrepreneurs, investors, corporate and brand executives and opinion formers.

For brands and corporates: unbound provides access to concentrated sources of innovation and start-ups from around the world.

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Tech Crunch returns to London in just a few weeks. An incredible lineup with global product launches, incredible speakers, engaging demos and the clash of ideas about the future of Europe.

The two-day conference (preceded by a two-day Hackathon), kicks off on December 5 in the former Olympic Village’s Copper Box Arena, and wraps the following day with the Startup Battlefield finals where one startup will take home £30,000 in cash.

Deep learning legend Dr. Michael Lynch will talk about the future of AI and investing. The founder of hot London startup Citymapper, Azmat Yusuf, will discuss what is on the horizon for his company. For starters, you may have seen robots wandering around in the U.S. Marc Raibert, CEO and Founder of Boston Dynamics, is flying in from the States to show off his company’s latest walking robots. And there’s Amy Chang of Accompany, Jay Hoag of TCV and the founders of Musical.ly making the trip across the pond, too.

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53th SMAU exhibition, one of the leading fair on innovation in Italy and Europe, saw the organization of the third edition of ITALIA RESTARTSUP, the meeting event between the most promising Italian startups and Italian investors and an audience of major international investors, organized by ICE - Italian Trade Agency with the patronage of the Ministry of Economic Development and the collaboration of SMAU.

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"Yes, we have acquired an Indian startup...and I believe that it is a first for an Italian company." - Dario Calogero, CEO and Founder, Ubiquity

Ubiquity-Solutions InfiniWith an eye on key emerging markets like India, leading Italian mobile services provider, Ubiquity, has acquired a majority stake in Solutions Infini, an enterprise communication and cloud telephony services startup based in Bengaluru in South India. This strategic acquisition will broaden Ubiquity’s offerings and business solutions, including the addition of an innovative voice services platform by expanding its range of services to the enterprise and developer segments. The investment is part of Ubiquity’s drive to build and diversify its revenues and expand its international presence beyond Europe, and this development also provides Solutions Infini with a global platform to scale up in other international markets.

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The Italian Tech Tour 2016 is promoting innovation and investment for the best technology companies of Italy and showcasing the regions best investment opportunities. The Tour will incorporate in its program the 6th edition of the Italian Corporate Venture Forum and will include a program in Turin and in Rome.

The Italian Tech Tour is a meeting platform for 30 growth companies and 20 emerging companies selected by a Selection Committee with 80+ Italian and international venture capital and corporate investors and partners attending the 3 day event.

Some key data concerning the Italian Tech Tour:

  • 20+ presenting emerging Italian SMEs in ICT/Digital Tech, Life Sciences and Cleantech
  • 30 presenting growth companies in ICT/Digital Tech, Life Sciences and Cleantech
  • 60+ attending VCs, corporate investors and business angels
  • 130+ attendees
  • Exclusive opportunity to learn from some of the best companies in the world

To register please visit: TECH TOUR ITALY or (http://www.techtour.com/register2/0-register.aspx?events_id=1753)

 

RK (26-OCT-2016)

 

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About the Accelerator

Startupbootcamp FinTech is the leading accelerator focused on financial innovation. Its intensive 3+1 month program provides startups with an intense structured, mentorship, office space in the heart of Mumbai, funding and access to a global network of investors and VCs, for up to 10 selected FinTech startups from across the globe.

What they offer

  • Extensive mentorship from our network of entrepreneurs, investors, and partners
  • Access to top markets in US & Latin America, Europe and Asia
  • 3+1 months free office space
  • INR 1.1 million cash grant per team
  • INR 33 million+ in partner services
  • Exposure to our international network of Angels + VCs
  • Invitation to the SBC global alumni network and growth program

For more information, Please visit:https://www.startupbootcamp.org/accelerator/fintech-mumbai/

30-09-2016 (RK)

 

 

 

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Brought by the Department for International Trade (DIT) of the UK Government, Innovate UK, is the leading event that will showcase the UK’s world-beating innovations. You’ll see a stellar speaker line-up, discover Government support for business and meet with international buyers and investors. Innovate 2016 is the global showcase for the most exciting innovators. It is an opportunity for you to connect with research partners, export opportunities and investors who can help your business to scale and grow. Exhibiting at Innovate 2016 will give you unrivalled access to an influential audience of over 2,500 innovators, government officials, universities, research centres, buyers, investors and more.

When: 2nd - 3rd of November 2016 

Where: Manchester Central Convention Complex (Windmill St, Manchester M2 3GX).

Should you be interested in participating or exhibiting, and for further details on the event, please click HERE.

26/09/2011

FM

 

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Italian Trade Agency, in partnership with SMAU International, offers Italian startups and foreign operators the opportunity of a two-days initiative, Italia ReSrtartsUp 2016, composed by seminars, conferences and B2B sessions.

Participants will take part to an exciting series of events and business meetings, within the SMAU International Fair in Milan, one of the leading event in Europe for startups and investors.

In the last edition, the initiative saw the participation of more than 100 Italian startups and more than 50 foreign operators, who met each other in over 870 B2B meetings.

Italian startups, investors and local development agencies interested in participating are invited to examine the file attached and apply to the following form https://goo.gl/forms/vC7W1w4fMaTig2lE3

 

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Angels Unleashed,a UK based VC fundin association with UK Business Angels Association, is in the process of selecting European firms to join the delegation going to TiECON, a two day conference to be held on 4th and 5th November in Chennai, India. If you are a European business looking for customers, strategic alliance/ partners or investments from India then get yourself registered at http://auevents.co.uk/ 

Application end date: 30th September, 2016

 

16-SEP-2016 (RK)

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The inaugural Singapore FinTech Festival will bring together a series of distinct FinTech events back-to-back in the week of 14-18 November 2016.

The Singapore FinTech Festival will comprise three components:

(a) Global FinTech Hackcelerator – In May 2016, the global FinTech community will be invited to ideate and co-create solutions to specific problems or challenges solicited from the financial industry.  Up to 20 teams will then be selected from across the world to develop market-ready solutions to these problems over the following months. The selected teams will present their completed solutions at the Demo Day during the Festival.

(b) MAS FinTech Awards – The Awards will recognise innovative FinTech solutions that have been implemented by FinTech start-ups, financial institutions, and technology companies.

(c) Conferences and Events – The Festival will include the MAS FinTech Conference, ABS-MAS Tech Risk Conference, ABS-MAS Regulation Technology (RegTech) Forum.  The Festival will also feature other community and networking activities like the Innovation Lab Crawl, the SGX Bull Charge Charity Run, etc.

The events for the FinTech Festival can be found here.

Who are attending?

  • Startups
  • Investors
  • Financial Institutions
  • Local Ecosystem Partners
  • Government Agencies

Please click here to register.

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Cybertech Global Events, in collaboration with Leonardo - Finmeccanica, will present "Cybertech Europe" on Septembre 29th in Rome in Palazzo dei Congressi exhibition centre.

Cybertech is one of the largest cyber solutions events and a huge networking opportunity for industry leaders and government decision-makers. 

Participants will have the chance, together with local and European government offices and major companies, to join hundreds of representatives from Italy, Europe, and Israel for a one-day conference & exhibition on cyber solutions, innovations, and technologies. In addition to the exhibition of technological innovation, Cybertech will serve as a meeting place for a discussion on fintech, telecommunications, investment, protecting critical infrastructure and more.

The program of the event will include conference on the themes of cyber security, fintech, IoT, infrastructure, ytransportation and more, with a B2B session to let participants achieve more results in terms of  business opportunities.

For more info please visit the official website of the event italy.cybertechconference.com or contact the supervisor of the initiative Mrs Julia Kraut at julia.kraut@israeldefense.co.il.

For the start-ups interested in participating, please find attached the regitration form.

 

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Next Money & BBVA presents Next Money London 2016.

It's about bringing people together.

400 people will gather at the Boiler House at Old Truman Brewery, with the best speakers in Europe assembled to cover the most progressive FinTech content and the BBVA Open Talent Pitch Competition. This is a day not to be missed!

Speakers include Derek White, BBVA, Jeffrey Tijssen, CAPCO, Eamon Jubbaway, Onifido, & more!

When: September 14th 2016

Where: London, Boiler House at Old Truman Brewery

More info, schedule and how to register HERE.

02/09/2016

FM

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Are you a start-up, early stage company or entrepreneur working in the field of technology?

Want to get noticed and pitch your idea to an elite panel of industry leaders and potential investors?  Last year 80% of the finalists received invesment and funding.


Enter the 7th Discovering Start-Ups competition NOW.

The selected 10 finalists will pitch their ideas, technologies and innovative products to an elite judging panel of business leaders from BT, Deloitte UK, Samsung,London Business Angels, Barclays, Wayra, Silicon Valley Bank and many more.

Five winners will each receive a prize fund including one year CW Founder membership one delegate pass for the 2017 Future of Wireless International Conference and the chance to exhibit and three lucky winners will each receive a ticket to attend the 2017 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona courtesy of Tradefair and UKTI. Other prizes to be announced!

This is a unique opportunity to showcase YOUR innovative idea or product and gain valuable PR exposure to the world of investors and technology industry.

It could be YOU this year! FREE to enter – so apply NOW!

Deadline for Applications: 23 September 2016

To register fill in and submit the FORM.

Nore info at: http://www.cambridgewireless.co.uk/dsu/

02/09/2016

FM

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We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Enabling Innovation hub, in partnership with Magna International. The hub provides a free opportunity for 20 SMEs and innovators to showcase their latest concepts, products and processes to potential partners, investors and buyers from the industry.
 
Enabling Innovation will take place on the 2 & 3 November 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham as part of Advanced Engineering 2016. It will provide early stage companies and innovators with a unique and valuable platform to showcase their latest innovations. The companies which secure a space in the hub will be part of a show which features over 700 leading companies from the engineering world and attracts 13,000 engineering professionals. This includes buyers and decision-makers from OEMs and top tier manufacturers.
 
As part of its support Magna International, one of the world's premier global automotive suppliers, will also hold a competition during the event where it will award a £5,000 prize to the most innovative and disruptive technology featured within the hub.
 
Representatives from the Magna Research and Development team will also host one on one meetings with innovators to discuss ways to commercialise their ideas.
 
Katie Crocombe, Event Director comments on the partnership: "We are thrilled to be adding, yet another, new element to Advanced Engineering 2016. We're constantly looking for ways to support growth of innovation within the industry and the Enabling Innovation hub provides a fantastic opportunity for SMEs to accelerate the commercialisation of their latest technologies."
 
"Advanced Engineering is fast becoming the hub for the industry and I am truly excited about what this year's show has to offer to attendees and exhibitors!"
 
There are several ways in which you can get involved:

If you are an SME, apply for an exhibition place - Do you have the next generation of technology or application for the engineering industry? Submit your application on the Advanced Engineering website to be considered for a place

Book a meeting - Representatives from the Magna Research & Development team will be available onsite for 1-on-1 meetings during the event

Calling all investors - Attend the show as an investor and get unique access to the latest technology available and support innovation in the UK. Register for your free badge today.

Or simply register to visit as a free show floor visitor.

For more information about exhibiting at Advanced Engineering 2016, please visitwww.advancedengineeringuk.com

30/08/2016

FM

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A reality show for Indian startups along the lines of Shark Tank is in the offing. The unlikely planner of the show is the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), which is in the process of conceptualising the programme it wants to air on India's national broadcast channel Doordarshan. They plan to hire an agency to scout for startups and investors to feature on the show. Actual funding will be provided to the winners," according to a senior DIPP official.

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The August Fest is now into its 4th Edition and is one of the Largest Startup Festivals that Celebrates Arts and Entrepreneurship in Asia! Having hosted 4200 amazing people from 40 cities and 10 countries last year and with 500 attendees in 2013 and emerged as one of the largest start up conferences in India.

Known for diversity & cool surprises; this year catch up with the remarkable speakers, outstanding entrepreneurs, techies, marketers, game changers, creative folks, dreamers, achievers, investors, startup ecosystem players from across India, Asia, Middle East, Europe and U.S.

For more details, please check the website: http://theaugustfest.com/

 Aug -26-2016 (RK)

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A close comparison of the first half of the year with the same period in previous year gives a clear picture of the crunch, which comes to about a 40-percent overall dip in volume, from $3.5 billion in 2015 to $2.1 billion in current year.

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Start-ups and entrepreneurs looking to connect with and learn from other global companies and investors will be able to do so at Singapore's inaugural tech and innovation convention next month.

Government agencies and industry players in the innovation and enterprise sectors will come together at the first Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology, or Switch for short, to be held from Sept 19 to 21 at the Resorts World Convention Centre on Sentosa.

Switch will feature exhibitions, conferences and workshops revolving around entrepreneurship and technology innovation. These will be organised by 23 partners from both the Government and private sector, such as the National Research Foundation (NRF), IPI Singapore and start-up event promoter Slush Singapore.

Two of Singapore's existing tech start-up events, Techventure and TechInnovation, will be integrated into Switch.

There will also be a series of conferences and workshops around topics of interest for start-ups and investors. More than 3,000 investors, start-ups, corporations and international technology organisations are expected to attend the event.

To register for SWITCH – Singapore Week of Innovation and TeCHnology, please visit here.

20 SEPTEMBER 2016 – SLUSH SINGAPORE
21 SEPTEMBER 2016 – PARTNER EVENTS

The article was first published on The Straits Times on 18/08/2016

AH

 

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Lazio Region has released the public notice for sponsoring "Meet in Italy for Life Sciences 2016", the leading international business convention on Life Sciences that will take place in Rome at the "Salone delle Fontane" (Via Ciro il Grande 10, EUR district) from 25th to 28th October.

The initiative is promoted by Lazio Region, through Innova Lazio, in collaboration with Unindustria, CHICO (Cluster of Health Innovation and Community), BIC Lazio, EEN Network - Enterprise Europe Network -, ALISEI Cluster and the most representative national and regional associations. To date, over 200 national and international companies from over 24 foreign countries have registered for participating in the international brokerage event, not including the delegations of investors involved by ICE-Agency, partner of the event.

To whom?

The initiative addresses to the Industry of Life Sciences, the Research world, the ecosystem of the Startup, national and international investors and venture capitalists, to all those who are interested in new opportunities in terms of technological and scientific cooperation, and involves the following sectors:

Biotechnology
Medical Device
Pharmaceutical and Nutraceutical
ICT for Health
Service and related activities

Goal:

Providing visibility and business opportunities, networking, setting up specific discussion forums and dialogue between national and international public and private stakeholders. Bringing together talents and startups with investors, accelerators and entrepreneurs through the promotion of entrepreneurial culture and success stories. Networking the innovation generated by research.

Program:

a) Brokerage Event (26 and 27 October), which will take place during the first two days reserved for bilateral meetings and networking.

Registration until 10th October at www.b2match.eu/mit4ls2016

b) International conference (28 October) on the theme of Life Sciences and Well Being

c) Thematic workshops (October 27), in-depth meetings on specific topics and discussion with international partners.

d) BootCamp (25 and 26 October), a pre-session during which they will play a BootCamp for StartUp who embark on a journey of mentorship and participate in the pitching sessions.

Registrations until 31st August at platform.digitaltwisters.com/#/challenges/20522

e) Challenge addressed to large companies and research talents to promote the meeting between demand and supply of innovation.

Why participate?

Meet in Italy for Life Sciences is an opportunity to initiate national and international partnerships in the field of research, development and technology transfer and trade-related topics, for European projects, for investments, to make themselves known.

It is a unique opportunity for visibility to a strategic network of private and public stakeholders and to enterprises, universities and research centers, startups, national and international associations and clusters

It is a forum for discussiing and for getting in touch with potential partners/clients and with an audience of highly motivated professionals.

It is an event with a strong international flavor, which will host delegations from all around the world.

It is the showcase of excellence of the "Italy System" related to Life Sciences

The growing numbers: the latest edition saw 300 participants, 25 countries involved, 1400 B2B meetings (45% between different countries), 50000 profiles viewed.

 Participation in the initiative is FREE

 

For information on the conference, and BootCamp Challenge:

Lazio Innova SpA

Internationalization, Networks and Studies

Phone: +39 0660516.647 - 711 - 712-333

E-mail: internazionalizzazione@lazioinnova.it

 

For information on the Brokerage Event:

BIC Lazio SpA

Partner Network EEN - Enterprise Europe Network

Phone: +39 0680 368 264

E-mail: een@biclazio.it

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For the fifth year since 2012, TECHINNOVATION is a premier technology-industry brokerage event organised by IPI. It brings together international and Singapore technology providers and seekers to explore technology and business collaboration opportunities through open innovation.

TECHINNOVATION 2016 is a premier industry-to-technology matching event and marketplace that brings together international technology providers and enterprises to accelerate the commercialisation of emerging technologies, seed licensing opportunities and foster open innovation collaborations.

It is the largest conference and exhibition in Singapore that focuses on the matching of industry’s needs to enabling and ready-to-market inventions & technologies in info-communications, electronics, materials, manufacturing, personal care, healthcare, medtech, energy and environment from global sources.

Join leading corporate R&D, research organisations, university tech transfer offices, IP intermediaries, technology translators, multi-national corporations, small & medium enterprises and public agencies for an intense two-day event packed with exciting plenary talks, fast-paced technology pitchings, calls for collaboration and productive one-to-one pre-matched meetings.

HIGHLIGHTS OF TECHINNOVATION 2016
- Close to 100 exhibitors and 300 emerging and ready-to-market technologies will be featured.
- Global and major corporations presenting and seeking technologies, solutions or external partnerships in the spirit of open innovation.
- Technology providers pitching available technologies for adoption, licensing or co-development.
- Pre-event matching of technology opportunities with company needs through one-to-one business meetings.

To register, click here.

Event Type: Conference and Exhibition
Venue: Resorts World Convention Centre (Singapore)
Dates: 20 - 21September 2016
Opening Times: 8.30am - 5.30pm
Event Web: www.techinnovation.com.sg

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The only event dedicated to the entire breadth of ecommerce. 
Find out about the trends and technologies that will have a big impact on growing your ecommerce business. If you work in ecommerce, eCommerce Expo is an unmissable event where thousands of B2C and B2B ecommerce professionals come together with some of the most innovative suppliers of ecommerce technologies and services for two days of networking, business, education and inspiration.

The event is themed across the core areas within ecommerce: marketing, platforms, payment, logistics & delivery, customer service, cross-border trade and the more general areas of ecommerce and omni-channel business operations.

And for the first time, eCommerce Expo takes place alongside Technology for Marketing (TFM) and Customer Contact Expo, giving you a single place to source and optimise the tech and services you need across the customer journey by learning how to connect your technologies, data and people to create a better customer experience.

To register click here.

Event Type: Trade
Venue: Olympia National (London)
Dates: 28 Sep 2016 to 29 Sep 2016
Opening Times: 
Wed: 9.00am-5pm
Thu: 9.00am-4.30pm
Event Web: ecommerceexpo.co.uk

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Discover the impact of the Internet of Things on homes, cities and industries at Smart Summit London.

The rise of digital technologies is transforming almost every aspect of modern life. A cluster of technological advances is changing how people live, work and play. Physical and virtual areas of our lives are increasingly becoming intertwined. More and more of our interactions are mediated by machines.

This two day conference and exhibition will cover the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem and its impact on the digital society.

With 3 in-depth event tracks and over 160 leading speakers, no other IoT event covers the Smart Home, Smart Cities and Industrial Internet of Things in as much detail.

Co-located with a joint networking exhibition, each track (summit) features over 20 unique and topical sessions – gain a unique insight from industry heavyweights and hear case study examples from major contributors.

To register click here.

Event Type: Trade
Venue: Olympia Conference Centre (London).
Dates: 21 Sep 2016 to 22 Sep 2016
Opening Times: Wed: 8:30am - 6pm
Thu: 8:30am - 6pm

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The Italian Trade Agency's Office in Amman (Jordan) wants to promote the participation of Italian ICT operators at the MENA ICT Forum 2016, which will be hosted in King Hussein Business Park in Amman on November 9-10 2016.

MENA ICT Forum is the main event for ICT industry in Middle East and Northern Africa Area, held biennally under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein, and this year discussions will be focused on the impact that cutting-edge technologies (Big Data, Cloud Computing, Social Media, the Internet of Everything, Mobility, 3D Printing, Virtual Reality, Wearable technologies, etc.) are having on those industries and sectors that are crucial in MENA's economy.

MENA ICT Forum 2016 will be a unique opportunity to meet ICT experts, decision makers and industry players and to discuss the trends and the outlook of local economy.

All interested operators can learn more about the topics and the format of the event by opening the attached Program and Concept Paper files, or by contacting Italian Trade Agency's Startup desk at startup@ice.it

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In a bid to further aid and accelerate India’s startup ecosystem, Cisco announced a brand new LaunchPad program. The program will focus upon providing industrial mentoring to developers and startups, based upon their needs. The program will also see Cisco working with selected start-ups to develop products together.

The LaunchPad is basically an open innovation initiative that will seek to accelerate the growth of relevant startups and support India’s massive developer community. Under this program, a bunch of teams from Cisco will be working to mentor startups and the developers involved with them. The assistance provided will also take a very diverse form. Please find the link below for the program.

http://www.cisco.com/c/m/en_in/launchpad/faq.html

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Singapore is rushing to reinvent itself as Asia's financial technology, or fintech, hub to fend off a regulatory threat to its wealth management industry and revive a sluggish economy.

State funding, light-touch regulation and a recent move to allow start-ups to test financial products in a controlled environment have put Singapore ahead of rival Hong Kong to be Asia's fintech hotspot.

A KPMG report said Singapore has been more aggressive in pursuing fintech opportunities, and tryb noted that all but a dozen of the around 210 fintech firms operating in Singapore have opened in the past two years - the fastest growth rate in Asia.

With Moody's expecting Singapore's economy to grow at its slowest pace since the global financial crisis, government officials are keen to engage with new industries.

In Singapore, any entity can operate payment systems and e-wallets without seeking approval, while rules introduced in Hong Kong last year require firms to have a licence for Stored Value Facilities, or a prepaid electronic cash or card.

Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) managing director Ravi Menon said fintech firms would only be regulated when they grow large enough to pose a risk to the traditional financial system.

Full article is published on The Business Times on 04/07/2016.

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Students of College of Engineering, Pune were not only successful in creating a mini satellite named SWAYAM-1 but also being able to deploy it with the launch rocket PSLV C 34 from Sriharikota which was carrying 20 satellites with it on June 22.

The mini satellite SWAYAM-1 launched by ISRO (Indian Space research organization) split at 515.3 km into the orbit. SWAMAY is one of a kind satellite to employ an innovative technology of passive stabilization that doesn’t draw electrical power from stabilization in orbit but instead orients itself towards the earth’s magnetic field on its own.

As many as 176 students were involved in the project of making SWAYAM -1 starting at 2008 funded around Rs.50 Lakhs. SWAYAM -1 is a 997 gram, lightest weighing satellite amongst the 20 satellites to be deployed in the space by PSLV C34.

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The Italian Innovation Days is a two-days initiative jointly promoted by Confindustria Innovative Systems, CNR, the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Singapore, Unindustria, Enel spa, ICE-Agency and Unioncamere, which aims to promote 60 Italian innovative companies in a strategic business area such as ASEAN.

On 21st and 22nd November will be held in Singapore a series of institutional meetings, project presentations, dedicated visits and B2B meetings with major industrial and business representatives of Singapore environment, who will be invited to meet all the Italian companies that have created innovative applications in Aerospace, Cleantech, ICT, Fintech Digital, Green Power, Meditech and Smart Cities fields.

The initiative will be promoted every year in order to become a key event for Italian innovation companies to approach new markets in the Far East.

Interested companies can learn more at this link and join the initiative for free by 29th July

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L'ICE-Agenzia per la promozione all'estero e l'internazionalizzazione delle imprese italiane realizza, in collaborazione con la Regione Sardegna, un incoming di operatori internazionali del settore ICT. 

L'evento di terrà presso l'ex Manifattura Tabacchi di Cagliari in occasione dell'edizione 2016 di SINNOVA (6-7 ottobre), organizzata dall'Agenzia Regionale Sardegna Ricerche.

Il Forum sull'internazionalizzazione del settore ICT offrirà alle imprese sarde la possibilità di un confronto con investitori, buyers e giornalisti, creando l'occasione per apprezzare e far conoscere le eccellenze del territorio sardo.

Le aziende interessate a partecipare possono compilare il form di iscrizione al seguente link entro e non oltre venerdì 8 luglio.

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ICE-Agenzia in Germania in collaborazione con SMAU (la manifestazione italiana per eccellenza dedicata all'innovazione) presentano la seconda edizione dell'evento dedicato alle startup innovative italiane a Berlino.

L’iniziativa, nel suo nuovo format, verrà inaugurata presso l'Ambasciata italiana in Germania la sera del 15 giugno ed avrà durata di un giorno e mezzo (16 e 17 giugno): avrà inizio con una sessione di speed pitching in cui 8/10 start up italiane si presenteranno in 3 minuti a testa; proseguirà poi con una tavola rotonda in cui saranno coinvolti esponenti italiani e tedeschi dell’ecosistema dell’innovazione. Al termine, come specificato nel dettaglio che segue, un evento di networking faciliterà la conoscenza tra i partecipanti.

L’area espositiva ospiterà le startup e le PMI che incarnano l'innovazione “MADE IN ITALY” accuratamente selezionate da SMAU e i suoi partner regionali; gli investitori presenti saranno identificati e invitati da ICE-Berlino.

La lista delle startup italiane partecipanti è consultabile al seguente link

 

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StartupbootCamp offices in Rome, had been working hard to figure out which are the hottest cities in the world for foodtech startups. Scanning the globe up and down crunching all kinds of data: number of foodtech startups originated, number of deals generated, overall capital invested in foodtech startups, local support by ecosystem players such as incubators, accelerators, business angels, funds and governmental organizations.

2016 top 10 foodtech startup ecosystems in the world: London, Berlin, Rome, Bangalore, Silicon Valley, New York, Amsterdam, Paris, Istanbul, and Milan.

Between June and September, startup boot camp will be visiting each of the top 10 cities and engaging with their foodtech ecosystems in 10 highly targeted FastTrack events.

Startupbootcamp will be visiting Bangalore on the 7th of July for selecting the start-ups. To apply check http://www.startupbootcamp.org/events/foodtech-fasttrack-bangalore/

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The Hyperloop is a solar-powered, elevated, tubular transportation system with reduced-pressure tubes in which pressurized capsules ride on an air cushion driven by linear induction motors and air compressors. It is the brainchild of Canadian-American business magnate, engineer and investor Elon Musk, who founded the Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) and Tesla Motors, among other companies.

In the meantime, the Italian team has been restaffed, and with the entrance of Andrea Paraboschi and Antonio Davola, it became more structured, attracted the interests of investors and evolved into a technology start-up.

Ales Tech is the only Italian company that is taking part in this pioneering challenge, and one of the few players in Europe.

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Startuppato is a startup fair organized by Treatabit: an event where you can get close innovative projects and test their products and services in preview. 

Participation is free, but it is must to register: in this way you will receive at the entry two Treata-token with which you can vote the projects that you believe they can positively change your life, or that of humanity (and yes: to innovate, we must aim high!).

The list of startup selected for the event will be announced on June 10.  Last date to register your startup is 7th June.

See more at: http://www.treatabit.net/article/startuppato-2016-summer-edition#sthash.affJ4VMX.dpuf

 

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"Growth, Innovation and Leadership Event 2016: Silicon Valley" is an event organized by the prestigious consulting and research firm Frost & Sullivan which will take place on September 11-13, 2016, in Santa Clara, California.

Structured on a series of cross-industry panels, seminars, and networking opportunities, the event focuses on the across the board emergence of new disruptive business models.

Attendees can purchase the full-access ticket to all the event's activities or choose from an a-la-carte event menu. The event is targeted specifically to C-level attendees -- who represented over 60% of past edition's attendees and the total cost for the full-access ticket is approximately $3,000.

For more information please visit the event's website or download the official event's brochure.

 

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Italian industrial company Leonardo-Finmeccanica on Monday (May 23) announced it signed an agreement with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to start a five-year research collaboration in integrated and innovative composites helicopter structure and aerodynamics. 

The S$4.2 million research collaboration was signed in Rome and witnessed by Minister for Education, Universities and Research Stefania Giannini and Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S Iswaran at the Ministry for Education, Universities and Research.

This collaboration will enhance Leonardo-Finmeccanica's lead in advanced helicopter technologies and research capabilities and will provide NTU faculties and students unique access to helicopter industry expertise and know-how.

It will seek to further technology opportunities in the rapidly evolving rotary wing sector - whose changes are characterised by the progress in composite materials, reduction in hydraulics and dynamic components and growing efficiency in industrial processes, the company, which in April underwent a rebranding exercise to eventually be named Leonardo, added.

Joint projects may include research in innovative methods to advance the manufacturing of Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s products, through the use of new composite materials which are lighter and stronger. The collaboration will also expand aerodynamics research modelling, which can potentially improve overall flight performance, it said.

NTU had said in February the collaboration is expected to boost Singapore’s aerospace industry, and is also “well-aligned” with the Government’s Research, Innovation, and Enterprise (RIE) 2020 plan.

Source: Channel News Asia (published on 23 May 2016)

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The e-commerce market in Singapore is expected to be worth US$5.4 billion (S$7.46 billion) by 2025, according to a report by Temasek and Google released on Tuesday (May 24).

This is larger than the casino industry in 2015, which was valued at about US$4 billion.

The report found that Singapore's e-commerce market was valued at US$1 billion in 2015, with online shopping making up 2.1 per cent of retail sales - the highest proportion of all Southeast Asian countries surveyed.

Come 2025, Singapore's e-commerce market is expected to make up 6.7 per cent of all retail sales, behind Indonesia's 8 per cent, the report stated.

The report, which also looked at the venture capital and startup landscape in Southeast Asia, also found that as of 2015, Singapore is the most active country with 37 per cent of deal quantity and 72 per cent of deal value.

It found that Southeast Asia is the world's fastest growing Internet region, with an existing Internet user base of 260 million. This is expected to grow to 480 million users by 2020. Consequently, the Internet economy in Southeast Asia is expected to exceed US$200 billion by 2025, driven mostly by the growth of the e-commerce market, followed by online media and online travel, the report said. 

Driving growth are three factors unique to the region: A young population, with 70 per cent under the age of 40, a lack of big-box retail, as well as a rapidly growing middle-class, the report said. 

Source: Channel News Asia (published on 24 May 2016)

 

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Italy is the global leader in top culinary experience and food excellence. It is also a leader in the manufacturing of consumer and industrial food production and processing equipment. Italian agriculture boosts the highest yields and productivity per hectare in the world, as it features one of the most innovation driven agrotech industries globally. Italy is also undergoing a deep transformation with vast consumer and business markets ripe for disruption. With its great culinary culture and its excellent products, Italy is the perfect location to validate and accelerate any foodtech disrupting company. Having the chance to iterate the product in Rome and testing it in the Italian market, dealing with all major Italian and international industry players, is an opportunity that hardly ever comes twice.

Startupbootcamp FoodTech is the leading global accelerator in foodtech, based in Rome to support and scale companies innovating and disrupting the food industries.Over the 3 months program, 10 selected high potential startups from across the globe will accelerate their companies with the help of our team of first-class entrepreneurs, investors and partners.In 3 months, the selected teams will achieve what normally would take you 18 months.Startups have until 19 September to apply to the program, with applications open to companies from across the world.

They are looking for high growth tech startups operating within the following segments:

For more details please visit: http://www.startupbootcamp.org/accelerator/foodtech.html

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Singapore's entrepreneurship ecosystem is having a steady start to 2016 despite startup valuations going south.

Serial entrepreneur Leslie Loh, who runs startup incubator Red Dot Ventures, said that the global economic slowdown, coupled with the pessimistic, cautious investing sentiment from the US, have rubbed off on investors in Singapore and Asia through the early part of the year.

Singapore funding in fact is up: US$275 million in 37 deals in the first quarter versus US$183 million a year ago. Last year's record was US$549 million with 31 deals in Q3, according to Tech in Asia Research. Total investment amount in Asia in Q1 2016 was US$17.29 billion in 850 deals, up from US$14.82 billion in Q1 2015. In Q3 2015, the numbers were US$22.2 billion and 1,063 deals.

Funding activity is likely to lag further with the expiry of the Technological Incubation Scheme (TIS) in June, said Mr Loh. This will cause a fall in the number of investments into seed-stage infocomm startups, a decrease of as much as 30 per cent in the next 1-2 years, he cautioned.

TIS is a scheme through which the National Research Foundation co-invests in seed-stage infocomm startups alongside tech incubators. Since 2008, it has backed over 145 startups. Mr Loh said: "Seed-stage investment is critical to the early-stage startup ecosystem as it provides bridge funding to develop sufficient deal flow for venture capital investment."

Source: The Business Times (published on 23 May 2016)

 

 

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Join The Wall Street Journal’s Thorold Barker and experts Harry Briggs from BGF Ventures, Passion Capital’s Eileen Burbidge and Suranga Chandratillake from Balderton, on Wednesday, June 1, for an evening’s lively discussion on what happens after you’ve launched. You’ve had the great idea, you’ve got your core team, you’ve even received initial investment, but how can you now move forward? We have brought together a panel of leading entrepreneurs, mentors and investors to help answer that crucial question for any growing business.

6:30-7:00 PM:Check-in and refreshments
7:00-8:00 PM: Panel discussion and Q&A
8:00-9:00 PM: Networking and refreshments 
WHEN
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (BST) - Add to Calendar
WHERE
The Wall Street Journal - The News Building 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9SG

Admission: 10£ (register here)

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The Singapore Centre for 3D Printing, the first 3D printing centre in Singapore, was launched by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) on May 17 2016.

The Singapore Centre for 3D Printing will receive funding of S$42 million over 10 years from the National Research Foundation's Medium-Sized Centre Grant, as well as another S$41 million from industry and government partners.

The Singapore Centre for 3D Printing will be equipped to print customised concrete structures for buildings, such as rooms, beams and pillars. This is expected to be more cost-effective and environmentally friendly than current casting methods.

NTU will partner ST Engineering, Keppel Offshore & Marine Technology Centre, Sembcorp Design and Construction, and Emerson Process Management to collaborate and undertake research in 3D printing.

NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson said that besides developing new technology with industry partners, the centre will also come up with standards – which are currently lacking – to govern 3D printing activities.

The Singapore Centre for 3D Printing will be led by Professor Chua Chee Kai, one of the world's leading experts in 3D printing, Prof Andersson said.

The Singapore Centre for 3D Printing has 17 full-time researchers and 85 PhD students.

Known as additive printing, 3D printing is one of the cutting-edge manufacturing technologies included under the Research, Innovation and Enterprise (RIE) 2020 plan – Singapore’s sixth roadmap for research and development.

Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S Iswaran said at the launch of the NTU centre that 3D printing is a sector with immense potential with a wide range of applications. The additive manufacturing industry is expected to grow to more than S$21 billion in worldwide revenue by 2020, he added.

Source: Channel News Asia (published on 17 May 2016)

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ENGIE, in collaboration with the Nanyang Technological University (NTU, Singapore) and SIGFOX are seeking submissions of innovative Internet of Things projects, specifically those suited to Low Power Wide Area Networks.

The goal of this call for Projects is to help visionaries develop and commercialize projects embarking Internet of Things technologies and developing services to serve their clients. Short-listed projects will be presented to the judges during World Cities Summit in Singapore (10-14 July 2016).

Deadline for submissions: May 31st midnight (Singapore time, GMT + 8 hours)

Purpose of this call for projects

ENGIE is looking for Innovative Internet of Things projects, specifically those suited to Low Power Wide Area Networks.

The advent of open access IoT networks such as SIGFOX, opens up possibilities for a wide range of new or improved applications.

The jury will consider two types of projects:
a) Value by Optimization: Projects that involve existing use cases, such as smart metering, or vehicle tracking, that will become more efficient or less expensive by integrating SIGFOX connectivity.
b) Rupture: Projects that will connect new types of devices, or develop new business models thanks to these devices. 

The following areas are of special interest:

  • Utilities
  • Urban Energy Efficiency and Sustainability
  • Logistics and transportation
  • Home solutions and Smart Cities

Submitted projects are expected to be innovative and unique, and not merely modifications of existing solutions.

Applications will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Originality/innovative nature/ambition of the submission (new technologies/approaches/procedures);
  • Suitability of the technology for the proposed usage;
  • Market potential;
  • Social and/or environmental impact

Provisional calendar

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 at midnight (Singapore time, GMT + 8 hours): Deadline for submissions;
Week of June 6th, 2016: Examination of submitted projects by the Selection Committee and announcement of finalists;
Between 10 and 14 July, 2016: Pitch of finalists to the Selection Committee, final decision and announcement of winner(s).

For more information, please visit http://openinnovation-engie.com/en/detail/opportunities/iot-openinnov-challenge-develop-your-internet-of-things-project-idea/1852.

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9 May 2016: PSA International unveiled its latest innovation initiative - a corporate venture capital arm and incubation programme known as PSA unboXed.

With an initial fund size of S$20 million, PSA unboXed will invest in and nurture up to 20 startups in logistics technology, which has solutions for cargo automation, maritime trade transactions, data analytics and the Internet of Things.

Selected startups will receive up to S$50,000 in seed funding, be able to access incubator facilities at PSA's Pasir Panjang Terminal Building 3 in Singapore and live port environments at PSA Singapore Terminals, as well as receive mentorship from seasoned PSA port professionals and industry leaders.

The call for submissions begins on 9 May 2016. Interested applicants can visit unboxed.globalpsa.com to apply for the programme by 8 July 2016 or register interest for a port tour (1.5 hours).

Source: The Business Times (published on 9 May 2016), PSA unboXed

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TechDay is – according to its website – “the largest startup event in LA”, which will connect an estimated 10,000 “press, investors, job seekers and early adopters to more than 300 amazing companies”.

The event will take place on September 22nd, 2016, in Los Angeles and seeks to be the ultimate networking experience for entrepreneurs, investors and tech enthusiasts. Intel, MasterCard, UBER, GoDaddy, FanDuel, Blue Apron, WeWork and Photos.com are only a handful of confirmed attendees. TechDay is at its fifth edition and it's been indeed praised by the press as one of the key events for startups on the US West Coast.

Startup companies can purchase a small booth starting from $385 – the upgrade to a large booth comes with a $1,335 price tag - while general admission is free.

Please refer to TechDay website for further details on costs and registration procedure.

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As part of IFB2016, the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) Creative Industries Sector group is pleased to organise the “Financing collaborative R&D in the creative sector” business-to-business matchmaking event.

When: 28 June 2016

Starts at 9:30am Ends at 5:00pm

Where: IFB2016 Liverpool

This event will aim at fostering collaboration and securing financing to develop creative and digital projects in a variety of industries.

This event will target:
• Private investors such Business angels, crowd funding platforms, banks...
• Public financing organisations
• Creative and digital companies of all sizes
• SMEs and larger organisations from different sectors
• Research organisations

This unique event at IFB2016 will appeal to ambitious, innovative organisations from Europe and beyond that want to become more competitive and front-runners in their industries by using digital and creative technologies.

EEN’s matchmaking events are a proven and effective way to meet potential cooperation partners. Its simple online registration and process of booking meetings with like-minded organisations help delegates maximise their time at crowded exhibitions and conferences guaranteeing a higher customer satisfaction rate and a positive contribution towards thousands of pounds of business or financing secured.

In order to maximise the delegates’ exposure, the most innovative participants will have the opportunity to showcase their expertise in the event room.

Delegates will also be invited to attend an evening reception. This will foster more networking opportunities and strengthen relationships with other participants met at the matchmaking event.

The following day, delegates will be invited to visit premises of some Liverpool and North West based participants.

EEN has secured several £250 travel grants for overseas companies to come over.

To register to this event for free, please go to the following link: https://www.b2match.eu/finance4creativeprojects

For more info, please contact ENN Team at info@eenw.org or +44 3333202553

09/05/2016

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In a bid to help its consumers tap the true potential of Internet of Things, Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it has acquired Solair, an Italian company that has been delivering innovative IoT services to customers across a number of industries, including manufacturing, retail, food & beverage and transportation.Founded in 2011, Solair is currently not a very big name in the market but it has a wide variety of clients, including Italian espresso machine manufacturer Rancilio Group and food processing machine company Minerva Omega Group.

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Singapore fintech start-up Crowdo has received a provisional capital market services licence from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to offer both equity crowdfunding and peer to business (P2B) lending solutions in Singapore.

With this licence, it has become the leading crowdfunding outfit in the region, said co-founder and chief executive officer Leo Shimada.

Last year, the local start-up received a licence from the Malaysian banking regulator to start equity crowdfunding there. In March, Crowdo launched its P2B lending operations in Indonesia.

In a media statement, Mr Shimada said: "I see our multi-market licensing and operational presence as an invaluable competitive advantage in an increasingly crowded, yet nascent industry."

Looking ahead, Crowdo aims to expand into other countries in the region using funds it will raise. Other equity crowdfunding start-ups include Capbridge Capital which received its MAS licence last month.

Source: The Straits Times (published on 5 May 2016)

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Swiss Re has today announced the launch of its corporate “InsurTech” startup accelerator program with an aim to help startups develop business solutions for the insurance sectors in India.

The accelerator is a program managed by Kyron. The themes that have been identified for the programme includes Internet of Things (IoT), systems of engagement and smart analytics.InsurTech provides an opportunity for startups to develop products and business case. As per Jason Richards, head P&C business management and technology-reinsurance, up to five startups will be selected for the first programme. 

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April 28. At 12.50 pm sharp, a 44.4-metre-tall PSLV rocket, weighing 320 tonnes, blasted into the clear afternoon skies from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh with a blazing orangered tail trailing behind. After zooming through the sky for nearly 20 minutes, the satellite IRNSS-1G was ejected from the rocket and injected into an elliptical orbit. It swiftly opened its solar panels.

Back home, the mission control room of Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) resonated with thunderous applause. The scientists who were till then glued to their monitors burst into cheers. India's mini GPS, a regional positioning system, was ready to be rolled out. 

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Visa opened its Singapore innovation centre - a 7,000-square-foot facility that will allow the firm to work with its clients, partners and developers to come up with payment and commerce solutions - on Thursday (Apr 28).

The innovation centre at Robinson Road is the first in a network of new innovation centres the company is opening around the world later this year and in 2017. It builds on the success of Visa's flagship innovation centre which opened in July 2014 in San Francisco.

President of Visa, Ryan McInerney said the company aims to make commerce and shopping simple and easy for both consumers and businesses through its drive for innovation.

"The way that we all shop, the way that we buy, the way we interact with these devices is fundamentally changing how we live our lives. Increasingly, the point of sale is moving from a storefront to our pocket, to our phones, to our jewellery, to our cars, to the way that we live our lives through these connected devices," said Mr McInerney.

The centre aims to be a collaborative space where various stakeholders can come together to create commerce solutions, particularly on mobile and digital platforms, he said.

By providing access to Visa technology at the centre, such as Visa APIs and software developer kits through the Visa Developer Platform, clients and partners can experience real-time experimentation and rapid prototyping.

As the first innovation centre in Asia, the Singapore centre will also operate as a commercial gateway for Visa's clients, partners and developers from across the world to extend their service offerings into Asia.

Dr Beh Swan Gin, chairman of the Economic Development Board (EDB), said this new innovation centre is "very much in line" with EDB's strategic objective to position Singapore as the digital capital of Asia.

He added that Singapore is also building a "smart financial centre" where "technology will be used pervasively, to increase efficiency, to better manage risks and to create new opportunities".

EDB is working closely with the Monetary Authority of Singapore to develop an eco-system for innovation, said Dr Beh.

"Through this eco-system, we believe Singapore can be the lighthouse for the commercialisation of new solutions before they are scaled globally," he said.

Source: Channel News Asia (published on 28 April 2016)

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Singapore firms lead the pack in Asia-Pacific when it comes to adopting Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to keep up to pace with an increasingly digital world, a new survey showed.

Forty per cent of businesses in the Republic are leveraging on APIs for various purposes including incorporating third-party services, building web-based and mobile applications, and enabling third-party developers, according to a poll conducted by US-based software corporation CA Technologies and IT research firm Freeform Dynamics.

This puts Singapore ahead of its Asian peers such as India (35 per cent) and China (32 per cent), and above the global average of 34 per cent.

“The recognition that APIs are the foundation of today’s application economy, where software is at the centre of every business, is gaining traction in Singapore,” said Vic Mankotia, vice president of security and API management for Asia-Pacific and Japan at CA Technologies.

APIs – defined as sets of routines and protocols that specify how one software application interacts with another – have been increasingly embraced by companies around the world as a key to meeting the requirements of the digital age. In February, Visa unveiled a suite of open APIs which enabled external developers to connect third-party applications into its credit card transaction systems.

While factors like government support have fostered a fertile ground for the use of APIs in Singapore, there is still more that companies can do to improve on the implementation of their API strategies.

For instance, 34 per cent of Singapore companies have adequate infrastructure in place, while only a quarter of businesses polled indicated that they have found the right suppliers to provide skills and advice.

In terms of recruiting developers and defining a developer community support program, only 25 and 40 per cent of firms, respectively, have these strategies in place.

Across the industries, the likes of telecommunications, consumer electronics, retail and financial services were among the sectors that were most well-prepared to leverage on APIs, data provided by CA Technologies showed.

“MAS TOOK A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION”

Recently, the topic of APIs has been given renewed attention after the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) identified them as the necessary foundation for financial innovation.

At a two-day conference held in March, senior officials described APIs as a "critical gateway" for local financial services to collaborate with financial technology (FinTech) start-ups, and announced plans to make data on its website available in a format that can be used readily with third-party applications.

When asked about the MAS’ plan to lead by example, CA Technologies’ Mr Mankotia described it as a “great step in the right direction”. While other central banks in the region such as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Bank of Japan (BOJ) have called for support for the fintech industry, none have been “as detailed as the MAS”, he added.

“What the MAS has done is to encourage banks and the fintech sector to take a look at where, what and how to enable users to have a more enriched digital experience so I think that is a great step in the right direction,” the vice president said.

While the MAS’ call is only targeted at banks, Mr Mankotia believes that will eventually have a spillover effect on the local ecosystem.

“Banks are usually the first because you can do a simulation of a transaction, but that transaction can later on become healthcare records which will allow patients to see doctors without having to carry their X-rays around. Transport departments will learn from that and drivers’ licenses will be electronically enabled, which is the case now in New South Wales. This is a step in the right direction which many other industries will soon follow.” 

Source: Channel News Asia (published on April 29 2016)

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Carter and Courtney Reum are a mainstay of Los Angeles’s tech industry. Over the years they have invested in companies such as Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Warby Parker, Bonobos, Thrive Market, Blue Bottle Coffee Co., and Surf Air, among many others. The Reum brothers, up until recently, were the major stakeholders in Veev Spirits, a vodka company based in Beverly Hills, which they sold to Luxco Inc.

The Reums are launching M13, a start up studio and syndicate dedicated specifically to consumer products companies. M13 will function mainly as an incubator but will also provide startups with mentorship and other on-demand services in exchange for a minority stake in the companies. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of M13 is its focus mainly on physical products, unlike most incubators/accelerators which prefer to invest in software-only startups.

Source: Los Angeles Business Journal – 25 April 2016

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The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) recently authorized ₹1,000 crore fund which will now be distributed among 30 venture capital firms, through government’s India Aspiration Fund.

The amount was approved by the SIDBI executive committee from ₹1,416 crore approved by its independent advisory venture capital investment committee earlier.

SIDBI’s Chairman Kshatrapati Shivaji said that it will take around 12 to 18 months for the money to reach startups as due diligence takes time. He further said that as this is a long term process of around 10 to 12 years, VC firms will have to scout for best companies which will take time for closure.

A couple of months ago, SIDBI had cleared around Rs. 930 crore from its Rs. 2,000 crore fund that was launched in August 2015 in order to help venture capital firms.

In January 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an additional Rs 10,000 crore fund to support startups, which will be funded on an annual basis with Rs 2,500 crore.

Commenting about the same, Shivaji said:

The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has set aside Rs 2,000 crore for a fund-of-funds to pick-up equity in startups under the Rs 10,000-crore corpus announced in the Budget. It plans to use a part the remaining Rs 8,000 crore of the budgetary allocation to extend soft loans to micro, small and medium units at concessional rates.

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It’s certainly not just big companies that want to remain in Europe. Ambitious, trading, entrepreneurial businesses from embryonic tech start-ups to global market leaders all benefit from the access to the massive home market and huge network of international trade agreements that Europe delivers. That’s why 70% of technology firms, for example, want to remain in a reformed EU, compared with just 9% against membership. 

This sector is particularly important to the future of London because it offers huge potential to create jobs. And, incredible though it may seem, the London economy already has more software engineers than not just Silicon Valley but the whole of California.

Part of the reason tech is thriving is that Europe provides a massive domestic market of more than 500 million people. It also provides a huge pool of highly skilled talent, so if you need specialist software skills, you can probably find them. If UK walks away from Europe, these jobs could well start drifting to Berlin. And London tech firms could find it trickier to scale up like so many of them are doing right now.

Source: http://www.standard.co.uk/business/john-allan-businesses-aren-t-split-on-brexit-we-want-to-stay-a3229431.html

21/04/2016

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On April 12, 2016, over one hundred startups pitched their ideas during a pitching competition called “Arena Festival” organized by Expert Dojo in Santa Monica. Experto Dojo is a company based in the Silicon Beach tech district whose mission is to “help entrepreneurs build empires” through networking events, accelerator programs and business advisory.

For the “Arena Festival” event at the center of the stage sat Paige Craig, former angel investor and managing partner of Arena Ventures, a Venture Capital firm based in Santa Monica. Paige Craig’s impressive portfolio as an angel investor includes investments in Lyft, Twitter, Postmates, Wlsh; his VC, Arena Venture, is currently backing Honk, Mytable, Produce Pay, One Month, among many others.

The extremely fast pace of the pitching competition was matched by the bluntness of Paige Craig’s quick remarks and pressing questions: “it’s not a fit, next”, “cool idea, go talk to my guy”. Only a handful of startups survived, not necessarily the best, but certainly the ones in line with Arena Venture’s vision which excluded any startup presenting products or software with hardware components.

The requirements to be taken into consideration by Craig were:

  • strictly no hardware
  • software apps
  • marketplace apps
  • e-commerce apps
  • big data analytics
  • encryption
  • social networks
  • the UBER of “fill-in-interesting-vertical”

Below some of the highlights – startups with a product already available (click to open download link or website).

Holysnap!

Trainersvault

Enkrypt

Gatsby

 

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The Indian Government in 2015 had announced its plan to develop 100 smart cities across the country. This opens up a huge opportunity in each aspect of smart city planning, project execution and management. The government has allocated Rs 7,060 crore (approx. $1.2 billion) in the current year, but the overall investment needed for building smart cities will be much larger.

The Smart City Mission will be operated as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) and the Central Government proposes to give financial support to the Mission to the extent of Rs. 48,000 crores over five years i.e. on an average Rs. 100 crore per city per year. An equal amount, on a matching basis, will have to be contributed by the State/ULB; therefore, nearly Rupees one lakh crore of Government/ULB funds will be available for smart cities development.

The Government of India intends to promote mixed land use in area-based developments — planning for ‘unplanned areas’.Housing and inclusiveness, creating walkable localities, Preserving and developing open spaces, promoting a variety of transport options, making governance citizen-friendly and cost effective, giving an identity to the city , applying Smart Solutions to infrastructure .

Please find the attachment for the short report on Indian Smart Cities.

For the complete report contact the Italian Trade Agency,Mumbai at on mumbai@ice.it or r.kumar@ice.it

April-20-2016 (RK)

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The Italian startup ecosystem finally seems to be building some momentum. Last month, Cisco Investments, the US behemoth's corporate venture capital arm, announced it is putting €5m into Invitalia Ventures, one of the main innovation-related funds in Italy. The move came as part of a broader strategic plan, which involves the multinational investing €100m over the next three years to boost the digital economy in the country.

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The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) announced that a FinTech Office will be set up on 3 May 2016 to serve as a one-stop virtual entity for all FinTech matters and to promote Singapore as a FinTech hub.

The FinTech Office will be co-led by Mr Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief FinTech Officer, MAS, and Mr Steve Leonard, Chief Executive Officer, SG-Innovate, with representatives from The Economic Development Board, Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd, Info-communications Media Development Authority, National Research Foundation and SPRING Singapore.

FinTech businesses intending to set up in Singapore can seek advice through the FinTech Office on various FinTech and technology-related government grants and schemes. The FinTech Office will:

  • review, align and enhance FinTech-related funding schemes across government agencies;
  • identify gaps and propose strategies, policies, and schemes in industry infrastructure, talent development and manpower requirements, and business competitiveness; and
  • manage the branding and marketing of Singapore as a FinTech hub through FinTech events and initiatives.

Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore (published on April 1, 2016)

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Earlier in the month of April India and US signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for building a state-of-the-art LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational - wave Observatory) project in the country, after the recent discovery of gravitational waves.The MoU was signed between the National Science Foundation USA and India's Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Science and Technology. DAE secretary Sekhar Basu  signed the agreement in USA.

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mPulse Mobile, a mobile healthcare software company based in Los Angeles, raised $13M from Cambia Health Solutions and Rincon Venture Partners. Last January the company had announced a first tranche of a Series A funding, worth $10M, which came from HLM Venture Partners, OCA Ventures, Merrick Ventures and Jumpstart Ventures. mPulse Mobile, led by CEO Chris Nicholson, develops software to:

  • help remind people about appointments
  • help reduce the number of missed appointments
  • assist with medication adherence
  • provide mobile messaging for health plan, provider, and pharmaceutical client

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KredX, an online platform which lets credit-worthy medium and small enterprises borrow working capital from lenders against their unpaid invoices, has secured a $750K angel round from Prime Venture Partners. The startup is looking to organise India’s highly scattered, working capital lending system.The platform works in a way, similar to how offline lending via financial institutions works for MSMEs, albeit in a more organised manner. Through KredX, SMEs looking to gain access to working capital from willing financial lenders can get the same against unpaid invoices. Customers in the B2B segment offer delay payments by upto 2 months, which leaves the service providing SME cash-strapped, hence requiring additional working capital to run the business.

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Singapore's first FinTech (financial technology) Festival will be held this November, even as the country ramps up its efforts to highlight the attractiveness of the ecosystem here.

The Singapore FinTech Festival will be held from Nov 14 to Nov 18 2016, and will be organised by both the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS).

MAS said there are three components to the Festival: The Global FinTech Hackcelerator, the MAS FinTech Awards, and conference and events.

For the Hackcelerator, the global FinTech community will be invited to co-create solutions to specific problems or challenges solicited from the financial industry this May, MAS said. Up to 20 teams will be selected, and these teams will present their completed solutions at the Festival.

Innovative solutions that have been implemented by FinTech start-ups, financial institutions and tech companies will also be recognised at the MAS FinTech Awards, the ministry added.

Source: Channel News Asia (published on April 13, 2016)

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On April 11, 2016, the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) launched the much awaited Unified Payments Interface (UPI). It's being hailed by many as one of the biggest changes to take place in the financial sector, but what is the UPI, and what does it mean to you? Here's a quick guide to everything you need to know about the UPI:

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Reusable rockets seem to be the future of space travel and research. ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization )saw SpaceX create history by launching and recovering its first ever reusable rocket on Saturday. Hence India’s plans are in the same sector.

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Hero future Energy Pvt. Ltd., renewable energy venture of the Hero Group recently announced the issuance of India’s first certified climate bond for expansion of its wind portfolio, through its wind holding entity. The entity has secured a funding of INR 300 crore through issuance of rated and secured non-convertible debentures.

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The Growth Stream at this year's London Technology Week celebrates London as a thriving hub for the start-up ecosystem. It will provide start-ups with actionable free advice to help them grow. Events run by specialists in their fields will provide advice on intellectual property, marketing strategy and legal pitfalls as well as how to attract and retain the best talent. They will also address access to funding and barriers for scale-ups as well as how to harness international growth opportunities and partnerships.

London Tecnology Week takes place the week 20-26 June 2016 in London, UK

Following is a list of updated Growth events within the London Technology Week:

Start-up Marketing Masterclass: This intensive masterclass for start ups is designed to ensure your marketing strategy is fit for purpose. On completion, you will have a long list of actions that will generate concrete leads and a clear action plan. Click Here for more details.

Wed - 22nd - Wed - 22nd, 09:30 - 05:00 @ The Bridge
81 Southwark Bridge Road
London
SE1 ONQ

Intellectual Property Clinics: Keltie will once again be offering a series of face-to-face clinic sessions throughout the week to provide personalised advice on protecting inventions, ideas, branding and designs. Click Here for more details.

Mon - 20th - Fri - 24th, 10:00 - 16:00 @ Keltie LLP
No. 1 London Bridge
London
SE1 9BA

Engaging with Giants: An engaging panel discussion between large corporations and innovative tech startups. Panel discussion : "Why open innovation is the right way forward for both corporations and startups". Click Here for more details.

Thu - 23rd, 15:00 - 18:00 @ The Bakery
230 City Road
EC1V 2TT


The Talent Challenge: Squire Patton Boggs's event will provide advice and strategies on how best to bring in overseas talent, and how to attract and retain tech talent. Click Here for more details.

Fri - 24th, 08:30 - 10:30 @ Squire Patton Boggs
7 Devonshire Square
London
EC2M 4YH

 

 

http://londontechnologyweek.co.uk/

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As the industry-leader, Business Startup is a free exhibition for anyone thinking about starting a business or expanding a business. With over 250 seminars, over 350 exhibitors, advice, opportunities, and much more.

Business Startup is part of The Business Show, Britain’s largest and fastest growing business exhibition and conference. The event provides an unprecedented wealth of expert business advice and draws over 25,000 entrepreneurs and SME owners looking for inspiration, expert advice and the latest products & services to help their business grow. Packed with seminars, workshops, live features, and the latest exhibitors, the show is an unrivalled hub of business expertise carefully designed to help business leaders grow, expand, or improve their business.

When and where: 11 May 2016 - 12 May 2016 @ ExCeL London (One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL).

Tickets are free, simply register here.

More info about the event may be found at http://www.thebusinessshow.co.uk/.

05/04/2016

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IFB2016 is a global marketplace for creating connections and doing deals. It brings together thousands of businesses from around the world (influential business leaders, entrepreneurs, free-thinkers and investors).

For three weeks this summer, IFB2016 offers unrivalled business opportunities for start-ups and blue-chips alike. An unmissable series of seminars, a chance for you to reach new markets, and learn from the best.

A series of conferences, events, workshops and key-note speeches, will liven up IFB2016 with themes touching sectors such as Manufacturing, Energy & Enviroment, Creative & Digital, Science & Innovation, Professional Services, Infrastructure & Logistics, and many more..

When?

13 JUNE - 1 JULY 2016

Where?

Exhibition Centre Liverpool (Kings Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, L3 4FP)

For more information about the IFB2016 and the schedule of events, please visit the official website IFB2016

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Modern information and communications technology (ICT) services are expected to play a more important role in supporting growth this year, according to the Monetary Authority of Singapore, through the delivery of high-value information technology services.

These include emergent technologies like data analysis or cyber security, which follow a natural evolution of having a hyper-connected population, thanks to convenient and easy access to the Internet.

One area primed to become even more relevant is data analytics, the sector which collects, analyses and uses large amounts of data.

According to the Economic Development Board (EDB), the data analytics sector will likely add S$1 billion in value to the economy by 2017. The Infocomm Media 2025 masterplan, a government road map for the ICT sector over the next 10 years, ranks big data as one of the key strategic thrusts for the nation.

Source: The Straits Times (published on March 17, 2016)

This article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 17, 2016, with the headline 'Opportunities abound in data analytics sector'. http://www.straitstimes.com/business/opportunities-abound-in-data-analytics-sector

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The DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia is organized by National University of Singapore (NUS) Enterprise in partnership with the DBS Foundation.

The challenge aims to identify and support new social ventures that have the potential to generate positive, scalable and sustainable social impact.

With a dedicated learning platform and meaningful networks as well as increased awareness and support for budding social entrepreneurs, Social Venture Challenge will accelerate the impact of winning entries to solve today’s most pressing social problems.

Into its second year, the DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia (SVC Asia) is offering SGD 150,000 of seed fund to the winners of the challenge, in commemoration of Singapore’s 50th year of independence. The increased funding, from last year’s SGD 55,000, also encourages participants to submit ideas that demonstrate greater scalability and potential for sustainable social impact.

Prizes

Grand Prize: SGD 75,000

Best Newcomer Prize: SGD 30,000

Additional special prizes:

- Two Syngenta Agriculture Social Enterprise Awards worth SGD10,000 each

- A raiSE VentureForGood Grant award of SGD50,000 for the top social enterprise with impact in Singapore

 

The deadline for the competition is 15th May 2016, 2359 hrs (Singapore time).

For more information, please visit DBS - NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia website.

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A growing number of companies listed on the Singapore Exchange have in recent years embarked on projects ranging from solar-power installations in India to hydropower plants in Indonesia. Examples are Charisma Energy, SHS Holdings and ISDN Holdings. Kow Juan Tiang, the group director of environment and infrastructure solutions at International Enterprise (IE), noted that more than 50 homegrown firms have developed expertise in renewable energy and are actively pursuing projects overseas.

The nascent clean-energy sector in Singapore follows years of government-led investment in research and development efforts in renewable energy.

The Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) was the first of a string of research bodies. It was set up in 2008, with the aim of cementing the Republic's position as a solar energy hub in the Asia-Pacific.

The Energy Research Institute at the Nanyang Technological University (ERI@N) came along in 2010 to study wind and marine renewable energy, fuel cells, energy storage, green and smart buildings and electro-mobility; a year later, the Experimental Power Grid Centre (EPGC) by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) opened with a one-megawatt experimental power grid.

The three institutions aim to go further than the basic research by the local universities; they will partner companies and create commercially viable solutions. In all, some S$2 billion has been pumped into R&D to grow the clean-technology (cleantech) sector - which includes environment and water solutions - since 2006, said the Economic Development Board (EDB). Another S$900 million has been set aside for R&D in urban solutions and sustainability in the recently unveiled Research, Innovation and Enterprise (RIE) 2020 plan, which maps out the track for Singapore R&D in the next five years.

The development of the clean-energy sector is, first and foremost, to serve Singapore's needs in enhancing energy security and lowering carbon emissions.

Singapore has identified solar power as the only technically feasible, renewable energy source for domestic consumption.

Over the years, however, the ambit of the sector has broadened, as the country has set its sights on exporting clean-energy expertise to the region.

Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S Iswaran last year identified the clean-energy sector as one with "great potential" for Singapore because of the demand for it in Asia - not just in terms of the technology but also in financing models and business structures that Singapore can develop.

This article was first published on March 2, 2016 at The Business Times.

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A new co-working space has opened in Block 79 at Launchpad@One-North in the Ayer Rajah industrial estate in the western part of Singapore.

This co-working space is free for use by financial technology entrepreneurs and also features an art gallery, a fintech library, a cafe as well as a small auditorium. The space has been provided by Singapore-based fintech venture capital firm Life.Sreda.

This co-working space will allow financial investors, financial technology entrepreneurs to exchange ideas, knowledge and experiences and aims to accelerate the  local fintech ecosystem.

For more information on the co-working space, go to www.lifesreda.com

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SINGAPORE - Singapore's largest telco, Singtel's innovation arm has teamed up with the innovation arms of Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Singtel and Telefonica to connect the start-up ecosystems across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Go Ignite is an alliance between hub:raum, Orange Fab, Singtel Innov8 and Telefonica Open Future, the innovation arms of Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Singtel and Telefonica respectively.

Go Ignite is also launching its first global call for start-ups to enrol their projects into one of five categories, which are Internet of Things (IoT), cyber security, big data analytics, content delivery and customer experience enhancement.

Up to five startups will be selected for the program. The selected start-ups will be provided business development opportunities in each of the geographies the alliance members operate in. 

The application deadline is 30 April 2016.

For more information, please visit Go Ignite Global Call website.

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SINGAPORE - United Overseas Bank (UOB) and Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd (IIPL), a unit of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), will provide up to S$440,000 in cash and benefits to 30 financial services technology (fintech) startups under its accelerator programme, The FinLab.

The 100-day accelerator programme will take in its first batch of 10 startups come May.

Each start-up will also receive S$400,000 in software credits and about S$7,000 in complimentary office space, for a total of up to S$440,000 in cash and benefits.

The programme will be rolled out in three cycles over the next two years, with each cycle seeing 10 start-ups chosen by a selection committee of senior bankers and investment professionals.

Applications close on Mar 18 and the programme will commence in the second quarter of 2016.

 

Application Deadline

 

18 March 2016                      

 

Pitch Day (for shortlisted startups)

 

09 April 2016

 

Programme Starts

 

03 May 2016

 

Demo Day 

 

04 Aug 2016

 

 For more information, visit The FinLab website.

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The Open Innovation Summit, organized by the The Innovation Enterprise Limited will take place from 27th April to the 28th April 2016 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in London, United Kingdom.

The main themes for this years discussion are:
• Identifying organisational goals
• Analysing different business models for open innovation
• Fostering open innovation through effective communication
• Implementing an open innovation program
• Creating an action plan for new products

If your job role includes the following responsibilities then this is a MUST attend event:

Innovation / R&D / Concept Development / New Product Development / External partnerships / Collaboration / Crowdsourcing / IP / Innovation Lab / Ideation.

For more information visit the Open Innovation website

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22/02/2016

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Just Eat is branching out by buying businesses in Spain, Italy, Mexico and Brazil. The popular food delivery company said on 5 February that it is buying four divisions from two food delivery start-ups.

The UK-listed firm is buying two European divisions from Berlin-based start-up Rocket Internet and two American businesses from German Foodpanda, whose biggest investor is Rocket Internet. In total, Just Eat will pay €125m (£94.7m, $140m) from cash resources.

"This transaction reflects our ambition to make strategic, value-enhancing acquisitions that consolidate our leadership of the global digital marketplace for takeaway food delivery," the company's CEO David Buttress said. "Just Eat has enhanced its market-leading positions in geographies that we understand and where our existing businesses are performing strongly."

Just Eat is buying Rocket Internet's Spanish subsidiary La Nevera Roja, the PizzaBo Hellofood venture in Italy

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The Indian government announced on 22 of January 2016 "The list of first 20 smart cities that are going to be funded in the fiscal year 2016"!The selection of the first twenty smart cities above came through a rigorous process of evaluation of panel of experts , including World Bank,London school of economics and National Institute of Urban affairs.

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Get the opportunity to meet Enel’s top management and leading VC funds and investors in the event that will launch Enel’s presence in the UK startup community! Enel is an energy multinational and one of the leading integrated global operators in the gas and electricity sectors, in particular in Europe and Latin America. There is no better place to be if you run a startup in the following sectors: big data, predictive mainteinance, IoT, Analytics, Energy, cleantech. Enel top management will share with the audience the new innovative approach of the company, showing how a multinational can deal with startups and boost their development.

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Join the Entrepreneurship Series Event at the Hult House – Postgraduate Campus in London.

WHEN
Thursday, 25 February 2016 from 17:30 to 21:00 (GMT) 
WHERE
Hult International Business School - Postgraduate - 37-38 John Street London WC1N 2AT GB

"London's tech sector is flourishing," said Mayor Boris Johnson at the launch of an £85 million London Co-Investment Fund in December 2014. The past few years London has attracted some of the most important investors; in 2015 the total VC investment surpassed £1 billion. An exciting lifestyle, global workforce and wide network of tech hubs and accelerators also help the UK's capital continue to attract young businesses.

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​IFB2016 is a global marketplace for creating connections and doing deals. It brings together thousands of businesses from around the world for three weeks of events, networking and deal-making.

When your business meets the world, great things can happen. IFB2016 offers unrivalled business opportunities for start-ups and blue-chips alike. An unmissable series of seminars, a chance for you to reach new markets, and learn from the best.

The Festival presents a unique opportunity for companies of all sizes to network with business leaders from across the globe, with international investors and potential partners. The inaugural Festival attracted 68,000 delegates from 92 countries and saw thousands of deals agreed, worth a combined £300m. As a direct result, some 6,500 companies exported for the first time, with thousands of jobs created nationwide.

The festival takes place at Exhibition Centre Liverpool, a world class venue situated in one of the most vibrant cities in Europe.

For more info, please visit https://www.ifb2016.com/

03/02/2016

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STARTUP EUROPE WEEK is is organized by the European Commission as part of the Startup Europe initiative with Startup Manufactory acting as London Co-organiser representing the London startup eco-system. The objective of STARTUP EUROPE WEEK is to showcase projects sponsored by Startup Europe and all other relevant local initiatives being developed across 28 countries and 350 regions to foster entrepreneurship locally.

From 1st to 5th February 2016, STARTUP EUROPE WEEK LONDON will showcase major startup ecosystem players, entrepreneurial initiatives by the UK government, interview investors, entrepreneurs, and some of the most relevant people supporting entrepreneurs in London, one of the major startup hubs in the world.

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Millennial 20/20 Summit will explore the Future of Next Gen Commerce for Brands, Retailers, Corporates & Start-ups with over 150 World-Class Speakers, 4 Industry Sector Conference Tracks, 40 Showcase Exhibitors, 4 Live Immersive Showcases including the Retail Store of the Future and networking opportunities by day and night.

Showcases at the Summit include: Future of Retail, Future of Travel, Future of Music, Future of Sport & the Start-up Boulevard showcasing the latest start-up innovations.

The Summit takes place on 13th and 14th April at B1 Victoria House in Bloomsbury, Central London with Official Media Partner Forbes, Official Broadcast Partner CNBC and Title Sponsor Accenture.

Get 25% off your tickets now with Discount Code: ITC.  Book now at http://millennial20-20.com/index.php

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The new buzz across everywhere in India these days is the grand startup initiative launched this month by Hon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The new identification of a plan for this startup oasis in midst of the many startup dunes; comes after the recent tour of Mr. Modi to the Silicon Valley meeting the chief executives of Facebook,Google, and Apple. It won’t be wrong to assume that Mr. Modi is trying to build a sustainable Silicon Valley within India.

 

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The amount of money being invested into tech startups is rising year on year with the most recent figures suggesting that UK tech firms raised £1 billion in the first six months of 2015.

Here we've rounded up some of the biggest venture funds that startups can contact when they're looking to raise money in order to grow their businesses.

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On the 13th and 14th of April, at the Victoria House - Bloomsbury Square, will take place the Millennial 20/20 Summit in London.

The two-day Millennial 20/20 Summit, with Official Media Partner Forbes and Official Broadcast Partner CNBC, is the grand gathering of over 3,000 start-ups, brands, retailers and corporates with 3 curated conference stages, 4 industry sector tracks, 150 world-class speakers, 40 experiential exhibitors, 4 live immersive showcases and a series of networking opportunities through the day and night. Speakers include Alan Yau, Rio Ferdinand, Intercontinental Hotels CEO, Formula-E CEO, FarFetch CMO, Pepsico Head of Digital, Selfridges Head of Digital Marketing and many more speakers from companies such as Uber, Trip Advisor, Cambridge Satchel Company, McDonalds and Jamie Oliver.

Millennial 20/20 Summit looks into the future of business from the perspective of a digitally-savvy consumer with a micro focus on 10 key pillars: Retail, Marketing, Advertising, Mobile, Payments, Video, Social, E-Commerce, CRM and Big Data.

Sizeable yet focused, Millennial 20/20 brings four different industries with the leading brand and retail figures alongside the world’s most disruptive start-ups in each of them.

More details on the event and how to participate may be found Here.

London 22/01/2016

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Bett is the world’s leading event for learning technology, renowned for providing an environment that supports innovation, highlights quality and gives the UK a reputation for cutting edge products. Now in its 32nd year, the four-day event is once again set to provide education professionals with an opportunity to see, touch and test the latest and most ground-breaking technologies, providing them with a taste of how those technologies can be used to revolutionise learning.

How to book: Visit www.bettshow.com to register

Date: Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd January 2016

Time: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Location : ExCeL London

Cost : Free

Time: Wednesday – Friday 10am – 6pm; Saturday 10am – 4pm

Visit www.bettshow.com for further information and details of the various seminars and fringe events.

London 20/11/2016

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The Italian Community APP is now available. After the launch of the online directory for Italians abroad in 2013, the APP is another big step to provide free visibility to all Italian businesses in the UK.

 APP features:
✓ Directory of 1.430 Italian businesses
✓ Weekly updated events calendar
✓ Daily updated Job Board for Italian candidates & employers

Find it for Apple & Android.

More info @ http://theitaliancommunity.co.uk/

FM (18/12/2015)

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Innovate UK, the UK's innovation agency, accelerating economic growth, is pleased to announce your chance to innovate.

This £175k IC tomorrow contest seeks to encourage digital innovation across the retail landscape. 

Are you a digital start-up or SME seeking funding?

There are five awards of up to £35k to fund the development of digital solutions solving challenges across retail under the themes of optimising virtual fitting, improving accessibility of digital services in-store and at markets, empowering customers to reduce food waste, and streamlining the process of replenishing everyday items within the home. 

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Italian digital wealth management startup, MoneyFarm has completed a round of financing as it prepares for its launch into the UK market. The company, which recently received regulatory approval from the FCA (and is also regulated by the Bank of Italy and CONSOB), has raised a €16 million investment from Cabot Square Capital, and United Ventures.

James Clark, Partner at Cabot Square Capital, says: “The excellent management team at MoneyFarm has a clear vision of how to use technology to dramatically improve the investment management industry for clients. Combining technology with a strong customer service ethic has enabled them to build lasting relationships with their customers.”

“We were particularly impressed by the depth of service MoneyFarm offers its customers, combining portfolio structuring, execution, ongoing rebalancing and advice.”

“The team has proven MoneyFarm’s appeal by building a sustainable and growing FinTech business in Italy and we are excited to help them deliver the same level of service and product to clients here in the UK.”

MoneyFarm uses technology to deliver high quality advisory and discretionary services at a fraction of the cost of a traditional wealth management firm. With one of Europe’s largest FinTech fundraising rounds of 2015, MoneyFarm, as well as launching in the UK in 2016, will continue the double-digit growth in the Italian market while positioning itself to be Europe’s leading Digital Wealth Management business.

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APAC Innovation Summit 2015 Series – Advanced Materials

Connect • Collaborate • Catalyse

The Advanced Materials Conference, under the APAC Innovation Summit 2015 Series, will take place in Science Park in November. As one of the HKSTP’s flagship events, the conference would be an ideal platform to connect all stakeholders, facilitate collaborations and catalyse new ideas and opportunities.

The Advanced Materials Conference will have a number of local and overseas inspiring keynote speakers, influential experts and leading industry players to exchange their latest insights on advanced materials development. Innovative applications of smart materials to electronics and green technologies will also be covered.

Date: Thursday, 26 November 2015

Time: 09:30 – 17:00

Venue: Charles K. Kao Auditorium & Hall 04-07, Science Park

Organiser: Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation

Website: http://www.apacinnosummit.net/

Enquiry: +852-2629 6786/ info@apacinnosummit.net

 

To enjoy a 50% discount on the listed ticket price, please visit the following:

http://www.apacinnosummit.net/eDM/advancedmaterials/eDM_50_discount/SO/eDM_50_Discount_ITA.htm

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A fresh look behind the scenes of ItaliaRestartsUp 2015, the national matchmaking event taking place in Milano on October 22 and 23, reveals its basic numbers. Over 50 investors will have a chance to meet 100 Italian startup companies and 30 other Italian counterparts, including investors, incubators and local development agencies. About 800 appointments will be set up in total at the kermesse, which also includes five informative sessions in English on the morning of October 22, organized in close co-operation with the Ministry of Economic Development. ItaliaRestartsUp is co-located with Smau Milano, the renowned Information and Communication Technology fair. 

A list of foreign investors taking part in business meetings is attached. Meetings are scheduled by Ita's Innovation and Startup Team and are strictly reserved to registered guests. 

During the fair, in addition to ItaliaRestartsUp's schedule, visitors will be able to choose among a wide selection of workshop and speed pitching sessions to further facilitate contact between foreing visitors and the main players in the Italian startup ecosystem. The overall schedule of events is available at http://www.smau.it/milano15/pages/international-ita/#ws while the schedule of events held in English can be consulted at http://www.smau.it/milano15/pages/international-eng/?lang=en

 

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APAC Innovation Summit 2015 Series – Smart Cities

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The Smart Cities Conference, the 2nd highlight of the APAC Innovation Summit 2015 Series, will take place in Science Park in September. Following the success of the last event in Robotics of the series, this flagship event of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation continues its commitment to promote innovation and technology and aims to connect all stakeholders, facilitate collaboration and catalyse new ideas and opportunities.  The Smart Cities Conference will feature a number of inspiring keynote speakers and influential smart city thinkers and doers from both local and overseas to exchange their latest insights on smart cities development, smart transportation system, green and smart buildings, energy management and low impact development. The event will also showcase a mini-exhibition of the latest innovations and technology from research community and industry.

Date: 22-23 September 2015

Time: 09:30 – 17:30

Venue:Charles K. Kao Auditorium, Science Park

Organiser:Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation

Website: http://www.apacinnosummit.net/

Enquiry: +852-2629 6780/ info@apacinnosummit.net

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The Indian government in an attempt to come in par with the establishment of smart cities in alignment with the modern best smart cities in the world. The central government of India has initated the selection of cities to be made smart through a "smart city challenge".

The challenge encouages various states of India to propose their preferred cities to recieven funds for the urban development. The states compete in drafting proposals to encompass smart city componets like smart governance, smart grid, smart transportation and smart commuications to be named few.

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BENGALURU: Microsoft will offer free its Azure cloud services to start-ups in India for speeding up the entrepreneurial ecosystem in India, the global software major said on Tuesday.

"Microsoft's Azure cloud services, valued at $120,000 will be given free to qualified start-ups under the 'BizSpark plus programme' for building the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the country," the company's Indian subsidiary said in a statement here.

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Indian based restaurant and event-listing site Zomato.com, owned and operated by Gurgaon-based Zomato Media Pvt Ltd, had acquired Italy-based web and mobile restaurant search services startup Cibando Ltd.for an undisclosed sum last Dec 2014

Post acquisition, Cibando is integrated with Zomato and the entire Cibando team joins the firm.

Zomato said in a statement that it is planning to invest $6 million in Italy over the next two years to grow its team and business.

Cibando is one of the largest restaurant search services in Italy. Their existing traffic and user base will give us a great start as we launch Zomato in the country,” said Deepinder Goyal, founder and CEO of Zomato.

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Smart homes’ and ‘wearables’ were reported as the most popular Internet of Things (IoT) topics discussed on the web and social media, according to a web analytics study conducted earlier this year. However, this may soon change if recent trends and market opportunities are to go by, especially from emerging regions like India.

Startups, governments and innovation-led ecosystem developers are slowly realising the many ways IoT solutions can solve some of India’s most critical challenges, including those in infrastructure and management of resources. Our smart cities may need even smarter problem-solvers than those you may find in cities of the developed world, for our challenges are acute in day-to-day necessities like energy and water.

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Amongst the startups that participated in the Global Entrepreneurship Congress held few months back in Milan,Italy;one of the most interesting startups was Solenica, a lean hardware startup based out of Rome.

The young entrepreneurs of Solenica with a PhD and a stint at Singularity University , Solenica is building a robot called ‘Lucy’ that aims to bring more sunshine into your home or office.

 

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Hong Kong’s digital start-up scene is thriving with several companies already making name for themselves.

8Now. Storyappy. AfterShip. WeLab. Divide. Not some mysterious code, but the names of some of Hong Kong’s brightest start-ups. According to a report released last year by Google and the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Center for Entrepreneurship, the number of Hong Kong start-ups has tripled since 2009. Accelerators and incubators that nurture them have also tripled since 2009, as have funding providers, which have risen from 16 to 42. There are now more than 400 start-ups listed on Startupshk, a database and community resource for new business, which launched in 2010. Most use technology to disrupt traditional business models to offer cutting-edge solutions.

“The scene here is really booming,” says Atin Batra, who set up Ab.Initio, a digital marketing firm targeting start-ups. Since moving to Hong Kong a year ago, he said the number of co-working sites has grown, giving start-up entrepreneurs the space to share ideas and network. “There was just a handful a year ago. Now there are at least 48,” he said.

To read the full article, please click here http://hkmb.hktdc.com/en/1X0A2L27/life-style/Fingers-on-the-Pulse#

Source: HKTDC. For more information, please contact ICE HK by e-mail at hongkong@ice.it

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A number of start-up accelerators have opened up in Hong Kong in the past two years, including Blueprint in New Hong Kong start-up accelerator Brinc will draw on the resources of three Pearl River Delta cities to nurture companies creating smart devices.

The company was founded in 2014 by serial entrepreneur Manav Gupta, who has spent more than seven years running software firms in China. Start-ups will be given access to the Hong Kong's legal and business community, Shenzhen’s manufacturing expertise and Guangzhou’s strong distribution hub.

“We’re leveraging the strengths of every city based on the value these teams can derive from those cities,” Gupta said.

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APAC Innovation Summit is Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation's flagship event with an aim to provide the leading minds an opportunity for inspirational exchange in technology and market trends. Riding on the success of the past 10 years, the event has become a high profile regional event targeting to engage stakeholders from academia, research community, industry, government departments, and investors, both locally and globally.

For more information regarding this article, please e-mail ICE HK at hongkong@ice.it or visit the website:  http://www.apacinnosummit.net/

APAC Innovation Summit 2015 Series - Robotics, 24-25 June 2015

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The CINEV (China International New Energy Vehicle Show) 2015 will be held in Hong Kong from November 25 to 27 in Asia World Expo. This trade show gathers European and Asian players of eco-mobility under the “Smart mobility in Smart cities” theme:

  • All clean technologies for green mobility (electric, hybrid, hydrogen, etc.)
  • All types of transport (cars, public transportation, services linked to mobility)
  • All players of the value chain (industrials, public authorities, education & research, investors)

In order to promote new ways of mobility and increase knowledge & acceptance from general public, the organizer created the "Smart Mobility City Awards" in which cities and local authorities are involved in. For more information, please contact ICE HK by e-mail at hongkong@ice.it or visit the CINEV’s official website: http://cinev-hk.com/

Source: CINEV

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In 1998, the Government took initiative to develop the Digital 21 Strategy to turn Hong Kong into a leading digital city. After numerous reviewing and updating, the Digital 21 Strategy updated in 2008 aimed to:

  • Facilitate a digital economy
  • Promote advanced technology and innovation
  • Develop Hong Kong as a hub for technological cooperation and trade
  • Enable the next generation of public services and build an inclusive, knowledge-based society

Through this digital 21 Strategy, the HK government spend close to US$740 million in 2013 to 2014 and estimating to spend US$800 million in 2014 to 2015. Activities include:

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Around 2% of the Hong Kong’s labor force is in the ICT sector, and they contribute to approximately 6% of the total GDP. The R&D expenditure in the ICT sector represents half of total R&D expenditure and of total R&D personnel in the business sector. The ICT sector is dominated by “value added” activities which take up majority of the workforce, while manufacturing of products only represent 2.5 of the workforce in ICT.

Main ICT Sectors in HK:

Fixed Broadband

The price for high speed and penetration rate in Hong Kong are the least expensive in Asia. HK is a world leader in the deployment of fiber. Operators have been aggressively rolling out Wi-Fi networks. As of August 2013, there were more than 11,000 public Wi-Fi hot spots in the city and that number continues to grow. As of June 2014, Hong Kong had 203 licensed Internet service providers (ISPs). However, not all licensees operate an active business and the ISP market is dominated by a few major players. Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association (HKISPA) is responsible for promoting the development of Internet infrastructure, and enhancing fair market competition.

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Hong Kong is ranked number one globally in terms of technological infrastructure according to the Institute for Management Development, Lausannein 2014. Hong Kong is ranked fourth in fixed telephone lines per 1,000 inhabitants, following behind after Taiwan, France and Korea. And, second place in the fixed telephone tariffs per local calls, after Canada. Also, Hong Kong is ranked first in the mobile phone subscriber per 1000 inhabitants and internet bandwidth; along with second place in the mobile phone costs per local calls, after India.

On the market structure, Hong Kong has the fastest peak internet connection in the world and the second largest connection speed in the world. The household broadband penetration rate is 83.2% and mobile penetration rate is 239.1% (one of the higher in the world). As a result, Hong Kong is a good test-bed for ICT companies, a small matured market that is geographically and economically close to China. In addition, Hong Kong as a highly liberalized ICT market with no import duties, no entry barriers, a highly transparent and predictable regulatory framework and a service-oriented economy.

For more information regarding this posting, please contact ICE HK by e-mail to hongkong@ice.it

Source: European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao Trade Sector

(ICE HK) - 7-May-2015

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Rebright Partners, a startup fund backed by leading Japanese internet companies and focused on investing in startups in Southeast Asia, announced that it has formed a new fund called Rebright Partners II Investment Partnership, looking to enhance investments in consumer-focused mobile-first or mobile-only startups in India.

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Macau, attributable to unique geographical location and Government’s policies, is having an expanding economy. Macau was listed fourth in GDP per capita’s ranking in 2013, showing countless opportunities. Supported by Macau SAR Government and major local organizations, Macau New Technologies Incubator Center (a.k.a. Manetic) is determined to nurture technological development, actively bring in overseas technologies to Macau. In the previous 13 years, Manetic has successfully bred a number of outstanding technological corporates, and shaped a good business environment for them.

For companies that are major in technological field (for instance, Information and Communication Technology, Environmental Technology, Bio Technology, etc.) and intends to explore in Macau’s market to set up an international business. Manetic is offering a full dimensional service “Project EDEN (Exploration and Development Network), assisting in scrutinizing Macau’s market. The project targets for oversea companies to capable business opportunities in Macau, such as seeking business partners, starting up business, etc.. Being an incubation centre which has been operating for more than a decade in Macau, Manetic is proficient to assist in multifaceted promotional and operational services. Besides, it is also a platform to safeguard your first step in Macau and international markets.

For more information regarding this posting, please contact ICE HK by e-mail to hongkong@ice.it

Source: Macau New Technologies Incubator Centre (Manetic)

(ICE HK) - 5-May-2015

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Dal 1 aprile è attivo il nuovo programma di Repubblica.it , dove è possibile proporre le idee imprenditoriali nate sui banchi di scuola per i ragazzi tra i 16 e i 20 anni. Il team con il progetto migliore avrà la possibilità di trasformarsi in una startup e volare in Silicon Valley. Saranno chiamate a partecipare su RNext 16 idee. RNext andrà in onda, in orario serale, dal 1 aprile sul sito Repubblica.it: in ogni puntata si sfideranno due team di concorrenti e ogni settimana ci sarà una sfida a eliminazione diretta, fino ad arrivare alla finale, fissata per l’8 luglio al Tempo di Adriano di Roma. Il termine ultimo per partecipare allo Startup Junior Club di Repubblica è il 25 marzo 2015. Per maggiori informazioni email nextjuniorclub@repubblica.it.

(SA) - 14-Apr-2015
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Il 22 aprile prende il via a Miami presso il Wynwood Warehouse Project, SMART CITY STARTUP 2015, in cui 100 tra le più promettenti startup nei settori UrbanTech presenteranno le proprie soluzioni per risolvere i problemi che assillano le sovrappopolate metropoli odierne. I progetti proposti spaziano dall’ottimizzazione delle riserve idriche al riciclo dei rifiuti, dai trasporti urbani agli edifici ecosostenibili. Tra i partecipanti, oltre alle startup, venture capitalist,  istituzioni,  compagnie multinazionali e organizzazioni non-profit. L’evento si aprirà il 22 aprile con il summit, maggiormente orientato al B2B e professionisti, e proseguirà giovedì 23 con il festival, aperto al pubblico. Si prevedono almeno 300 presenze di leader nel settore. L’iniziativa di terrà al Wynwood Warehouse Project, 450 Northwest 27th Street, MIAMI, FL (33127).

Per maggiori informazioni e per partecipare si veda il sito ufficiale: www.smartcitystartups.com

(AP) 10-Apr-2015

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Come già accaduto nella precedente, anche alla tappa de L'Aquila del Roadshow per l'internazionalizzazione l'Ice allestirà un tavolo ad hoc per ascoltare i bisogni di internazionalizzazione delle startup e offrire loro assistenza e supporto. Un funzionario del nucleo Innovazione e startup illustrerà, in colloqui con le singole imprese, quanto l'Agenzia può fare per loro. Il roadshow si terrà il 22 aprile presso il San Donato Resort in località Santi (AQ). Si tratta di un'occasione preziosa per acquisire, da fonti diverse, tutte di elevato livello professionale, elementi utili alla formulazione di un piano di internazionalizzazione. 

L'evento è organizzato dall'Ice in collaborazione con partner nazionali quali Ministero dello Sviluppo economico, Ministero degli Affari esteri e della cooperazione internazionale, Simest, Sace, Unioncamere, Cassa Depositi e prestiti, Rete imprese Italia, Confindustria, Alleanza delle cooperative, Conferenza delle Regioni e delle province autonome, nonché partner locali quali Regione Abruzzo, e Confindustria L'Aquila e il Sole 24 ore in qualità di media partner. 

Le imprese interessate, startup e non, possono iscriversi visitando il portale ad hoc e fornendo le informazioni richieste. 

(MS) 9-Apr-2015

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La California è da sempre sede di due principali hub di biotecnologie, San Diego e San Francisco, ai quali a breve se ne aggiungerà un terzo nella città di Los Angeles, ha annunciato il Presidente di USC Max Nikias. Le università angeline, infatti, creano annualmente più di 5000 laureati nel settore, in contrasto con i 2800 di San Francisco. Anche per questa ragione, la University of Sourthern California (USC) sta progettando la costruzione di un Biotechnology Park in collaborazione con CalTech, Community colleges, la Los Angeles Unified School District e altre istituzioni. Il corridoio di biotechnologie offrirà spazi per compagnie già costituite, training per neolaureati e incubatori per startup.  Diverse aziende farmaceutiche, biomedicali e biotecnologiche hanno già espresso il proprio interesse al progetto. Si prevede che il Biotechnology Park, inizialmente, creerà 4000 posti di lavoro che includeranno tecnici e scienziati di primo livello, per poi raggiungere una volta completo, le 30 mila occupazioni. Il Presidente Nikias e il Los Angeles County Supervisor ed ex Secretary of Labor per l’amministrazione Obama Hilda Solis si sono incontrati per discuterne lo scorso Febbraio. Ulteriori dettagli perveranno in seguito.

Fonti: https://news.usc.eduhttp://www.latimes.com/

(AP) 2-Apr-2015

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Spain South Summit sta cercando le startup più promettenti del Sud d'Europa, Mediterraneo e America Latina per collegarli con investitori internazionali e le aziende più innovative provenienti da una vasta gamma di settori.
Una piattaforma unica per dimostrare al mondo il talento, l'innovazione e le opportunità provenienti dal Sud Europa. 
 
South Summit riunirà circa 100 start-up operanti in vari settori che spaziano dalle fasi di early stage alle fasi di crescita. Le start-up selezionate avranno accesso ad un gruppo selezionato di oltre 400 investitori ottenendo cosi visibilità e possibilità di pitchare di fronte a un pubblico unico.
 
 
Il bando sarà aperto fino al 24 maggio 2015. 

Nel 2015, la Spagna prova ad ampliare la portata del South Summit con l'obiettivo ambizioso di rafforzare il ponte strategico tra Europa e America Latina.

Registrati presso http://apps.spain-startup.com/register per partecipare alla call.
 
(SA) 30-mar-2015
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C'è tempo fino al 3 aprile per iscriversi a Collide, programma riservato alle startup all'interno di Collision, evento dedicato all'informatica che si terrà a Las Vegas (USA) dal 5 al 6 maggio 2015. Gli organizzatori selezionano, tra le imprese che si candideranno, un gruppo cui dare alcune facilitazioni per partecipare all'evento, come sconti su iscrizione e biglietti di ingresso e uno stand gratuito. Per saperne di più, consultare il sito del programma startup https://collisionconf.com/startups/collide e/o dell'evento nel suo complesso https://collisionconf.com/ .

(MS) 30-Mar-2015

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Are you THE amazing startup to watch? Do you want to take your venture to the next level?

Then apply to CIIE IIM A’s Startup Lounge on 5th of April in Hyderabad where 20 cutting edge startups will get the chance to present their venture.

Application Process

Register for the CIIE IIM A Startup Lounge here. Be present on the day of the Startup Lounge, to pitch to investors & CIIE team. Based on all the pitches, teams will be shortlisted for interviews.

if you have any questions about CIIE IIM A’s Startup Lounge, feel free to drop us a line at rajesh@weekendventures.org

Schedule – April 5, 2015 – 2pm to 5pm

 

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Ranked as the world’s freest economy for 21 years in a row by the Heritage Foundation, Hong Kong remains the top destination for business formation and entrepreneurship. Home to over 7,000 companies with parent companies based outside the territory, the city also has a diverse mix of startups in terms of founders’ origins, operational base and sectors. Altogether there are 1,065 startup companies employing 2,381 staff within co-work spaces.

Most recently on 6 February, Beijing-based Tus-Holdings Co Ltd announced the opening of TusPark (Hong Kong), its first innovation space in the city. In expanding into Hong Kong, the Mainland Chinese science park developer highlighted the city’s fast-growing startup ecosystem. Greg So, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, officiated at the opening ceremony and said, “Startups are the engines that would shape our future. By supporting startups which have the entrepreneurial passion to turn innovative and creative ideas into thriving businesses, they can become a new innovative force for Hong Kong’s economy.” The research also found that in terms of sector distribution, ICT, e-commerce and technology take the lion’s share.

When it comes to starting a business, the availability of funding, investors, talent and proximity to the Mainland and regional markets are crucial factors. Hong Kong has about 20 funding schemes available to startups and the number of angel investors and venture capitalists is on the rise.

For more information on this news letter, please e-mail ICE HK at hongkong@ice.it  

Source: Invest HK

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Il prossimo 10 aprile a Berkely si svolgerà la fase finale dell’annuale Global Social Venture Competition, concorso internazionale ideato e promosso dalla HAAS School of Business per favorire la nascita e lo sviluppo di nuove imprese a forte rilevanza sociale e/o ambientale (social venture). GSVC mira a creare una sinergia tra il mondo accademico, imprenditoriale e finanziario atta a sostenere i giovani imprenditori e le loro idee. Nell’edizione 2014 l’iniziativa ha ricevuto più di 600 adesioni da 40 diversi paesi. Quest’anno, tra le 18 aziende finaliste che concorreranno per premi dai 5 ai 25 mila USD, l’italiana Solwa (www.solwa.it), ideatrice di un sistema innovativo per l’essicazione del cibo. La deadline dell’italian round per questa edizione è stata lo scorso 10 dicembre 2014. Le startup interessate hanno inviato via mail un executive summary della propria idea imprenditoriale, redatto secondo le linee guida pubblicate sul sito www.gsvc.it, ed i CV dei componenti del team proponente.

La conferenza si terrà venerdì 10 aprile dalle ore 8 alle ore 17.30 presso la Haas School of Business della University of California, Berkeley. Per maggiori informazioni e per registrarsi si veda: http://gsvc.org/

(AP) 24-Mar-2015

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Chris Olson, Direttore operativo di Amplify, uno degli acceleratori leader di Los Angeles, spiega sulle colonne della newsletter Start Up Value, pubblicata dall'Ice, quali sono i fattori di successo per le start up di Silicon Beach, l'ecosistema della California meridionale che ha dato i natali a imprese di successo come Cornerstone on Demand, TrueCar, Oculus Rift, Maker Studios e Cooking.com.

Buona lettura a tutti!

(MS) 23-Mar-2015

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Startup weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups.

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Hong Kong is the second largest private equity centre in Asia, providing local and regional start-up companies with a readily available source of equity financing. Private equity is an asset class investing in equity of non-publicly traded companies. The common investment strategies of private equity firms include, but are not limited to, venture capital, leveraged buyouts, growth capital, and distressed investment. Venture capital is one of the most popular strategies used by private equity firms in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong's stock market offer easier exits for venture investments. Among private-equity-backed IPOs, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange has hosted a major share of Chinese mainland investors’ sales.

With the growing focus of venture capital investment in the Greater China region (comprising the Chinese mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong), the Chinese mainland has become the largest private equity centre in Asia. Mainland-related investment also provides a major theme for Hong Kong's venture capital fund-raising activities. Hong Kong will continue to be an ideal platform for the exit private equity investment, with its IPO fund-raising ranking among the top three in six consecutive years from 2009-2014.

Organisations in Hong Kong helping support the development of private equity/venture capital include Hong Kong Micro Venture Capital (HKMVC) and Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (HKVCA).

For more information on this news letter, please e-mail ICE HK at hongkong@ice.it   

Source: HKTDC

 

(AFMS) 17-Mar-2015

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Los Angeles based Snapchat, the app for swapping disappearing messages that was in discussions last month to raise $500 million in a round of financing (that could value the company at $16 billion to $19 billion), has also sparked the interest of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.. The China’s biggest e-commerce enterprise plans to invest in the Californian company $200 million, an investment outside the abovementioned $500 million round. The deal would make Snapchat the 3rd most valuable startup, behind only mobile car-booking app Uber ($40billion) and Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi ($45 billion). The Silicon beach team is also aiming at live sports broadcasting, after the implementation of the features “stories” and “discover”. Moreover, Lyft, the major Uber’s antagonist, just announced on its website (March 11, 2015) an additional $530 million in funding from Japanese e-commerce organization Rakuten. After Facebook and Google, many others joined the Billion Dollar Startup club. Since 2011, of the 16,700 private companies that have raised venture capital, at least 73 are valued at $1 billion or more, according to an analysis by the WSJ and Down Jones VentureSource.   

Sources: socaltech.com, blog.lyft.com, Bloomberg.com

(AP) 12-Mar-2015

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LeanRounds helps early stage startups to scale to a level where they become interesting for Angel Investors or PE investors. This program lasts for 13 weeks and is starting on 15th March. Read more about it athttp://leanrounds.com/index.php/program
Interested startups can sign up at -
http://leanrounds.com/index.php/auth/register

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The Hong Kong Science and Technology Park hosted the 10th APAC Innovation Summit in the Hong Kong Convention Exhibition Centre during 1-6 December, 2014. This event gathered over 2,000 international policy makers, business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs from countries all over the world, including Finland, India, Israel, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and US.

You can view the post-fair report on this follow link: http://mail02.edm.hkstp.org/intimate/viewMessage/content_path/messageId_2421914/logEnabled_true/ctEnabled_false/trackerType_3/?sign=5752c8fd92ab9f15645ea141f599f3a16d550c3f7c1c41e6a08ae29535652a19

For more information on this news letter, please ICE HK at hongkong@ice.it

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ICE Los Angeles ha raggiunto un accordo di collaborazione con Digital Magics per promuovere il primo incubatore italiano in Silicon Beach nei confronti di partner e investitori pubblici e privati. Digital Magics è un venture incubator certificato di startup innovative digitali, che propongono contenuti e servizi di valore tecnologico, e di scaleup, imprese digitali che vivono una fase di crescita e di espansione. L’incubatore costruisce e sviluppa internet startup affiancandosi ai fondatori, investendo capitale proprio e fornendo i servizi di accelerazione. Gabriele Gresta, co-fondatore dichiara: Il nostro obiettivo è quello di supportare le startup italiane negli Stati Uniti e di promuovere il made in Italy digitale nel mondo.

Per maggiori informazioni: http://www.digitalmagics.com/

(AP) 3-Mar-2015

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Apre i battenti il 4 marzo la tre giorni dedicata agli sviluppatori di giochi a San Francisco. Per la prima volta l'Italia sarà presente con un padiglione nazionale, organizzato dall'Ice e da un'Associazione di categoria, l'Aesvi. Ad animarlo saranno le imprese Digital Tales, Foofa Studios, Forge Reply, Imagimotion, Just Funny Games, MixedBag, Studio Evil e Vae Victis e le start up innovative Bad Seed, Balzo, Mangatar e Tiny Bull Studios. Maggiori dettagli e le dichiarazioni del Vice Ministro dello Sviluppo economico Carlo Calenda, del Direttore generale dell'Ice Roberto Luongo e del Presidente di Aesvi Andrea Persegati sono riportati nel comunicato stampa e nel catalogo allegati.


(MS) 2-Mar-2015

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The Asian Financial Forum (AFF) was held on 19-20 January 2015 in Hong Kong. This forum gathers over 100 distinguished speakers and more than 2,600 global leaders in the government, finance and business sectors.

The post-fair report was recently released capturing an overall review of the investment market in South and Southeast Asia. 43% of the participants believed that the economic liberalization and structural reform to be the top drivers of growth in China 2015.

61% predicted China’s GDP growth in the coming year to be around seven per cent. 41% of the audience believed that the greatest threats in China would be the local government debt and the shadow banking problem.

The top three investment destinations in South and Southeast Asia is India (21% of the audiences voted for) followed by Malaysia (18%) and Thailand and Indonesia (tied at 15%). Audience members also chose healthcare (28 %) and e-commerce (24 %) as the sectors with the greatest growth potential in Asia, with green industries as well as telecommunications, media and technology tied for third.

For more information on this news letter, please e-mail ICE HK at hongkong@ice.it   

Source: HKTDC

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L’Innovation Desk di Los Angeles ha recentemente intervistato Chris Olson, Director of Operations di Amplify (accelerator di Venice beach) sui temi Silicon Beach e startup. Di seguito una breve introduzione di Amplify, di Olson (fonte: http://amplify.la/accelerator) e l’intervista integrale in inglese: 

Amplify is Southern California's premier startup accelerator and entrepreneurial campus in Venice, California. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, Amplify is perfectly positioned—physically and programmatically—to help our companies thrive. We have an unmatched team of investors, mentors and executives who are committed to helping our founders build their startups into strong, scalable, successful companies.

Chris Olson is the Director of Operations at Amplify. Chris has an extensive background in Front End Design, Development, Product Development and Online Marketing which gives him a unique ability in helping early stage startups. Chris attended the University of Southern California where he studied Economics. 

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Sao Paulo State offers an initiative to promote high tech startups with a highly innovative profile. Two financial instruments are offered by Desenvolve SP: a subsidized rate loan and a grant for innovative enterprises with a turnover between R$ 3,6 mln and R$ 18 mln. The program is envisaged for San Paulo based startups with an innovative profile and with a focus for those already incubated or part of a parque tecnolo'gico. Target Sectors are: ICT, agritech, new materials/nanotech, health technology.

http://desenvolvesp.com.br/portal.php/sp_inova

(EB) 19-Feb-2015

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Futur en Seine, festival dedicato alle startup digitali, aprirà i battenti l'11 giugno nella zona Arts et mètiers di Parigi, Francia. Gli organizzatori offrono gratuitamente uno stand con dotazione di serie, elettricità e wi-fi inclusi, alle startup straniere interessate a partecipare. Le startup invitate sono quelle specializzate nella casa digitale, le città intelligenti, l'istruzione, il turismo, il benessere, l'occupazione, l'imprenditorialità culturale e le tematiche connesse. Ci si può candidare fino al 1 ° marzo, compilando il modulo online rintracciabile qui.
 
(MS) 19-Feb-2015

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Saranno in mostra a Barcellona al prossimo salone sulla telefonia mobile e le applicazioni, Mobile World Congress (MWC), 25 startup italiane del comparto della telefonia mobile. Obiettivo della partecipazione collettiva dell'Ice al MWC è quello di sostenere, promuovere ed incentivare la collaborazione economica e tecnologica tra le imprese italiane e i grandi colossi del settore presenti a Barcellona nonchè di qualificare l’Italia come paese di riferimento per l'offerta di servizi nei settori delle applicazioni mobili e dell'internet delle cose.

Grazie ai fondi previsti dal Piano Export Sud per le Regioni della Convergenza quest’anno la presenza di 12 startup provenienti da Sicilia, Campania, Puglia e Calabria è particolarmente rappresentativa ed è mirata ad aumentare la conoscenza delle innovazioni e delle eccellenze tecnologiche italiane delle startup del sud offrendo loro una vetrina sul mondo e aumentandone così la capacità di penetrazione in nuovi mercati. Obiettivo di una presenza cosi importante di aziende delle Regioni del Piano Export Sud è proprio quella di fare conoscere un’altra Italia, fatta di tecnologia di altissimo livello, d’innovazione d’avanguardia anche in settori che spesso si pensa siano appannaggio di altri Paesi.

Nella scorsa edizione, il MWC è stato visitato da oltre 85.000 visitatori provenienti da 201 paesi, hanno partecipato 1.800 aziende espositrici che hanno presentato le ultime novità e servizi del settore su uno spazio espositivo che si estendeva su 98.000 metri ed è stato seguito da 3.800 testate internazionali e analisti di settore. Per maggiori informazioni: http://www.mobileworldcongress.com/ 

(SA) 17-Feb-2015

 

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The 2015 Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum & Exhibition (2015 MIECF) organized by Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute - IPIM and the Macau European Chamber of Commerce - MECC will take place on 26-28 March 2015 at The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Macao.

The theme for 2015 MIECF will be “Green Economy - Solutions for Clean Air”. For the first time, top leaders from environmental industry, government and academic will share their air pollution control technologies, policies and experience in achieving the ultimate goal of Thinking Green, Going Clean and Living Cool. Major forums, themed exhibitions and networking activities will be held to serve as a platform to promote networking between local and international environmental industries, and foster business opportunities for the latest green technology and projects.

Together with a series of other activities such as the Green Showcase, Green Forum, Green Business Co-operation Day, Networking Events, Green Matching, Technical Visits and Green Public Day, MIECF acts as an exchange platform for government entities, businesses and academic institutions to promote local, regional and international cooperation and to share the latest environmental technologies and solutions, and create business opportunities for regional development.

For the fair, please visit http://www.macaomiecf.com/miecf2015/intro.html

For more information on this news letter, please e-mail ICE HK at hongkong@ice.it   

(AFMS) 16-Feb-2015

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A multi-day, multi-nodal laboratory for the future of entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation. Cutting across sectors and spaces, the Festival will focus on highlighting all things cutting-edge and trans-disciplinary through an eclectic collection of partners, events, spaces, formats and collaborators.

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Nello svolgimento della conferenza What is happening in the Italian Start Up scene?, organizzata dalla Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) in collaborazione con l’Italian Trade Agency e svoltasi il 5 febbraio scorso a Century City, sono emerse notizie di rilievo riguardo la direzione presa da Silicon Beach per il futuro. Silicon Beach, rispetto alla più blasonata Silicon Valley, sta investendo molto di più in innovative business, e sebbene collabori con la sorella maggiore, sta a poco a poco diventando una realtà di riferimento autonoma. A conferma di ciò sono le recenti espansioni di Facebook, WhatsApp, Yahoo! e Digital Magic, uno dei maggiori incubatori italiani, nell’area strategica di Marina del Rey. 

I relatori, inoltre, hanno partecipato ad ItaliaRestarts Up e avuto modo, tramite meeting programmati, di incontrare le compagnie italiane selezionate per l'evento. La delegazione statunitense ha plaudito la qualità delle aziende presenti sottolineando che in media i nostri imprenditori hanno maggiore esperienza (provengono da corporation e laboratori universitari), sono più qualificati (vantano un’alta percentuale di lauree tecniche), creativi e possiedono una solida disciplina finanziaria e una mentalità internazionale (dovuta alla debolezza del mercato interno) rispetto ai colleghi d’oltreoceano.

Tra gli speaker: Leonard Lanzi (Executive Director di LAVA), Gerard Casale (Managing Partner di Tylt Lab), Buck Jordan (Managing Partner di Canyon Creek Capital), Gabriele Gresta (fondatore di Digital Magic e Yottio), James Robert (Managing Partner di Global Capital Law).

(AP) 11-Feb-2015

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E' questo il titolo del seminario internazionale che si svolgerà presso la sede Enea di Roma il 17 e 18 febbraio 2015 dedicato alle energie rinnovabili da biomasse e alla manutenzione del territorio.

Obiettivo del seminario é discutere della sempre più pressante necessità di ripensare i modi di produrre e consumare energie riducendo al contempo le emissioni.

Organizzano il Laboratorio di Scienze della Cittadinanza (LSC) e l'Agenzia Italiana per le nuove Tecnologie, l'Energia e lo Sviluppo Economico Sostenibile (ENEA).

La partecipazione é gratuita, basta registrarsi al seguente link http://goo.gl/pD0PKJ 

Per maggiori dettagli http://goo-gl/P5oVsQ 

(Pask) 11-Feb-2015

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An important meeting point for startups, international investors and media, Slush 2015 will take place on November 11-12th in Helsinki.

It features two days of talks and pre-booked meetings.

In the 2014 edition, that hosted over 750 investors, 3.500 companies and 700 journalists, 3.800 pre-booked meetings took place.

Web page: http://www.slush.org/.

(EB) 06-Feb-2015

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The Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) has taken initiative to play an important role in the development of innovation and technology in Hong Kong. The innovation and technology in Hong Kong is often associated with scientific researchers, technological inventors, risk-taking investors or funding from Government or quasi-Government organization, entrepreneurial producers and the adventurous consumers. It is the support from these stakeholders that pursuits on scientific discoveries and technological inventions that result in the production of new goods and services.

The latest movement from the HKSAR is the proposal to establish an Innovation and Technology Bureau (ITB) for formulating policies and promoting the development of innovation and technology in Hong Kong and coordinating relevant effort within the government. The current two government departments in these sectors, the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) and the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) will report to ITB after its establishment.

The tasks of ITB will include:

Improving the current R&D to increase the application of information technology in the public sector
Strengthening the linkages among stakeholders
Motivating the commercialization of R&D result
Identifying measures to strengthen policy research and collaboration with different places to promote bilateral scientific and technology exchanges

For more information on this news release, please contact ICE HK at hongkong@ice.it

(AFMS) 5-Feb-2015

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The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) India, is conducting a three day India Leadership Forum from 11 – 13 Feb 2015.

Key themes of discussion include

  • Industry of future-banking healthcare, retail, telecom.
  • Building digital capabilities and role of CIO
  • Building digital infrastructure
  • India –Roadmap to digital 2020 Smart cities
  • Government Industry Partnership

Speakers include executives from Forrester, Equifax, Lufthansa, Tesco, Genpact and Hexaware, among others.

Venue of the event is: Grand Hyatt, Off Western Express Highway, Santacruz (E), Mumbai

Registration date: Till 7th Feb 2015

For more details visit:

http://www.nasscom.in/Indialeadershipforum-2015#overview

(RK) 5-Feb-12

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InnovFest unBound Singapore is a 2 day innovation festival connecting brands and global corporations with new technological solutions and creative insights to fuel innovation and growth. Presented by National University of Singapore (NUS) Enterprise and AcreWhite it is supported by Singaporean government agencies. The event aims to attract entrepreneurs, influencers and corporate leaders from the US, Israel and Europe and invite them to explore Asian opportunities. 

The festival will take place on the 28 and 29 April 2015 at Suntec convention centre in Singapore. Participants will discuss and showcase the latest trends in global & Asian innovation through panel workshops, keynote speeches and a series of satellite events including: Meet the Leaders, Urban Happening, Retail Innovation Forum, Cyber Security Roundtable, VC Forum and Gadget & Technology Expo.

The two main organizers are AcreWhite, a company specializing in event production, from large scale conferences to roundtable thought leadership dinners, catering to the needs of digital entrepreneurs, growth stage companies, investors, corporates, influencers and journalists, and NUS Enterprise which provides an enterprise dimension to NUS teaching and research, nurtures talents with entrepreneurial and global mind-sets and advances innovation and entrepreneurship through a wide variety of programmes and activities. 

The event's website can be found at this Internet page.

(MS) 3-Feb-2015

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Next Thursday, February 5, 2015, the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) in collaboration with the Italian Trade Agency of Los Angeles will introduce, in front of an audience of 60 investors, the Italian Startup ecosystem and its rapid growth through the voices of the American Venture Capitalists that have been part of Italia Restarts Up!, the two days event held last December in Italy aimed to encourage the internationalization of innovative companies. Main topics also include: the benefits of the new legislative framework known as Startup Act and the activities of the Los Angeles Innovation Desk.

The meeting will take place at the Conference room A of the Century City Towers, 2029 Century Park East, Los Angeles. For more information regarding the Los Angeles Venture Association and its events please visit www.lava.org.

(AP) 02-Feb-2015

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Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks (HKSTP) is a world-class 22-hectare corporate and research facility on the Tolo Harbour waterfront in Shatin, Hong Kong. Opened in 2001, it has grown into a dynamic and innovative ecosystem. It includes 20 state-of-the-art R&D office and laboratory buildings, offering over 2.3 millions square feet of space. The park is the home to over 400 technology companies and more than 9,000 professionals in five clusters: green technology, biotechnology, prevision engineering, electronics and ICT.

The official website of HKSTP: http://www.hkstp.org/en-US/about-us/Mission-Vision-Core-Values.aspx#.VJjQGAA4

HKSTP introduced two soft-landing programmes targeted for oversea starts-up companies.

  • The soft-landing programme for technology and innovation collaboration under the Innovation & Technology Fund – General Support Programme (GSP) is for overseas universities/ R&D Centres. The participating starts-up have to submit an application for a panel evaluation, those approved for the panel will be offered the following:
  • Shared office space in HKSTP

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Si terrà a Milano, il 25 febbraio 2015 a partire dalle 8.30, la prossima edizione di StartUp Initiative / Global Social Venture Competition. L'appuntamento sarà dedicato a tecnologie e progetti innovativi a forte rilevanza sociale (Social Venture), e offrirà numerosi spunti di sicuro interesse per tutte le realtà attente alle tematiche della responsabilità sociale d'impresa e della sostenibilità economica del terzo settore. Dopo un percorso di formazione e selezione a cura di esperti ed angel investors, le prime due classificate potranno partecipare alle Global Finals di Berkeley (8-10 aprile 2015), dove concorreranno con altre proposte provenienti da tutto il mondo, per l'assegnazione di premi che vanno da 5.000 a 25.000 dollari. La manifestazione è organizzata da Intesa Sanpaolo e Banca Prossima in collaborazione con Altis Cattolica, Associazione Prospera, Italeaf e u-Start. I lavori si svolgeranno in lingua inglese, con la disponibilità di un servizio di traduzione simultanea.

Per informazioni si può scrivere a startup@intesasanpaolo.com oppure consultare i siti www.startupinitiative.com/en/index.html e www.gsvc.it. (MS) 28-Jan-2015

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L'annuale TechConnect World Innovation Conference (14-17 giugno, Washington, DC) rappresenta uno dei più grandi convegni internazionali multisettore. Perfetto punto di incontro per portare sul mercato l’innovazione tecnologica di laboratori, università e startup provenienti da tutto il mondo, TechConnect mette in luce le applicazioni nei campi nanotech, advance materials, manufacturing, energia e sostenibilità, elettronica e microsistemi, biotech, medico e farmaceutico, cura della persona, cosmetico e alimentare. Le startup e le tecnologie più promettenti saranno selezionate da un comitato proveniente dal mondo accademico, dell’industria e del venture capital e avranno la possibilità di presentare i propri progetti davanti ad una platea di investitori internazionali. 

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Unicredit organizza il 30 gennaio a Milano una presentazione del programma 2015 per le startup (la call for ideas si chiude il 30 aprile).

Verranno presentati gli strumenti del programma di accelerazione di Unicredit, con particolare riguardo sul fondo centrale di garanzia per le startup innovative, con desk per approfondimenti individuali.

Iscrizioni entro il 26 gennaio all'indirizzo unicreditstartlab@unicredit.eu.

(EB)

 

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A seguito del successo della prima edizione di ItaliaRestartsUp l'Ufficio Ice di Parigi ha lanciato una newsletter, inviata a un pubblico ristretto di circa 140 di interlocutori francesi, tra investitori e addetti ai poli di competitività, e dedicata alle startup italiane. Nel numero zero si danno le coordinate principali del nuovo strumento. Le segnalazioni di quanto possa essere d'interesse per i lettori della nuova pubblicazione digitale possono essere indirizzate a parigi@ice.it

(MS) 19-1-2015

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Pioneers Festival, May 28 & 29, 2015, Vienna

A meeting point for startups and investors in the magnificent Hofburg Palace in Vienna, the Pioneers Festival is a world renowned event for startups. This year the Festival calendar has been moved from the end of October to the end of May. It features a Pioneers Challenge (competition among startups pitching to investors – the best startups will be selected by a jury), a Pioneers Showroom (startups will exhibit in booths, like in “traditional” trade-shows) and a Pioneers 90” Pitch (startups will pitch to all participants).

Applications must go though a selection process, the deadline is on April 3, 2015.

Web page: http://pioneers.io/festival2015

 

 

 

 

 

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"Le start-ups hanno cominciato a guadagnare forza recentemente in Brasile, per lo più supportate da una serie di iniziative pubbliche e private." E' quanto sostiene Ice San Paolo, in un articolo pubblicato sulla sua newsletter di novembre 2014 (vedi testo completo in allegato) che passa in rassegna i principali programmi del governo e traccia un quadro dei fondi di investimento specializzati nel sostegno alle start-up. Una rappresentanza di investitori brasiliani è tra i delegati all'evento ItaliaRestartsUp organizzato da Ice e Mse e in programma per il 9 e 10 dicembre a Milano."

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