Startup Europe Village matchmaking event at NET Futures 2016

Mar 21, 2016

On April 20th and 21st, NET Futures 2016 will be hosting a matchmaking event at the Startup Europe Village, in Brussels, Belgium.
The matchmaking event will be organised by Startup Europe Partnership (SEP), with the support of FIWARE and the Microsoft BizsPark ecosystem. During the event, selected startups will have a chance to meet and network one-on-one with corporates.

On the first day of the event, 25 startups selected from across Europe –including the most promising companies from FIWARE– will get the chance to have one-on-one closed door meetings with renowned corporates that are part of the SEP open innovation platform, like Microsoft, Enel, Telefonica, Telecom Italia, Unipol, BBVA, SKY, Cisco, Virgin and Daimler.

Day two will consist of an open panel discussion, which will be moderated by Mind the Bridge Chairman, Alberto Onetti. It will also involve senior execs and provide insights about opportunities and issues, giving startups a unique chance to interact and collaborate with large corporations. Following the panel, SEP will be presenting some recent data regarding the status of the European startup and scale-up ecosystem.

The Startup Europe Partnership is a platform where the best startups meet the best corporates, with a goal: to make things happen, whether that means procurement (corporates buy products and services from startups), strategic investments and, eventually, acquisition/acqui-hires.

Take a look at the detailed programme:

To get the tickets for Net Futures event, follow the link:

Startup Europe Partnership (SEP) is an open innovation platform launched by the European Commission. It is is managed by Mind the Bridge and its goal is to initiate qualified connections between top European scale-ups and medium and large corporations, in order to foster commercial and strategic partnerships.

FIWARE is an open source platform easing the development of smart applications in multiple sectors, and laying the basis for a whole ecosystem where entrepreneurs, industry, developers and cities can join in to capture the opportunities that are emerging with the new wave of digitalization. This ecosystem is growing, and has recently welcomed the creation of the FIWARE Foundation.
FIWARE open APIs are getting adopted as de-facto standards in several markets, fostering a new generation of smarter applications and services, at a lower cost. The Foundation will ensure the long-term evolution of FIWARE and its availability for users, for free and forever.

Microsoft BizSpark empowers start-ups by providing them with software development tools and cloud services free of charge. Through BizSpark, Microsoft also helps start-ups build connections with key industry players and investors, supporting entrepreneurs to kick-start and scale-up their business.

Startup Europe (SE) is an initiative supported by the European Commission that aims to strengthen the business environment for web and ICT entrepreneurs, so that their ideas and business can start and keep growing in the EU. SE works towards getting entrepreneurs more connected within the European ecosystem, where talent, investment and learning can be easily captured. SE believes that the growth of Europe will be determined by savvy startups, and wants to encourage this development.

Net Futures 2016: Driving Growth in the #DigitalSingleMarket wishes to maximize competitiveness of the European technology industry. The conference will gather over 1.000 attendees, to form an interconnected community involving companies, organizations and people in Research & Innovation, Market Validation & Living Lab Research, Business Development, Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Strategy, and Policy Making. Bridging the gaps between these communities, innovations will more easily and effectively find their way to the market.


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