Monthly Archives May 2015


We are going to reveal the most important and influential calls for 2015 and those every Spanish entrepreneur should know.

Nowadays, publications of calls for prizes, contests and competitions focused on discovering great talents and great ideas that are generated in our country are more and more common.
In this list you will see different events in which several skills are measured, from the traditional sectors to those with the projects about the latest technologies, but in all of them, the most important factor to consider is innovation.
Many entrepreneurs and companies consider these competitions as a unique opportunity for funding, visibility and promotion their business idea. In addition to all the advice and mentoring support that are included in many of the programs.

Do you want to know the relevant ones that have been calling for over the 2015?


“Salonmiempresa” allows a dozen start-ups obtain financial facilities for their businesses during the ‘Elevator Pitch’ contest. Moreover, there are three prizes of 3,000 euros in cash for the best business model, the best proposal for e-Commerce and the most innovative project.
Deadline: Until January 30th, 2015

Sprita Start-ups

“Sprita” is a corporate Accelerator for start-ups, specialized in technology companies and innovative seed-stage projects and seeks the best projects about Smart Cities. The selected projects are provided with 35,000 euros (€15,000 in cash and 20,000 € for services for entrepreneurs).
Deadline: Until January 31st, 2015


“Lanzadera”, the project promoted by Juan Roig with 100% of private capital to help nee companies to get started. It has expanded to 25 the number of selected projects in its third edition. With a total budget of 5 million euros, the deadline for submission takes part during the month of February.
Deadline: Until February 28th, 2015

V Concurso Nacional para Jóvenes Emprendedores

The aim of this fifth edition is to award the most entrepreneurial young career, giving him or her a full scholarship to participate in one of the most prestigious and renowned programs of Executive Education ESADE: the Program for Directors owners whose cost ascends to € 14,980. Aimed at young talented people under age 30 that have developed and launched a company, but that, however, have not had the opportunity to complete their training in management.
Deadline: February 2nd, 2015

Yuzz entrepreneurs

If you have an innovative technologic-based idea, you are between 18 and 30 years old and you live in a Spanish province in which there is a YUZZ Center can submit your idea. All participants go for 60,000 euros of prizes, 40 trips to Silicon Valley and 80 full scholarships for IMPULSA Forum.
Deadline: February 19th, 2015

Top Seeds Lab

“Top Seeds Lab” is the only Spanish accelerator that is part of the prestigious Global Accelerator Network. Seed funding, mentoring, networking, and business Angels services to move forward with your project.
Deadline: February 28th, 2015

Accelerating Entrepreneurs

EY has launched the Accelerating Entrepreneurs program, a global initiative focused on supporting six entrepreneurs with potential growth and drive their businesses. Entrepreneurs who are finally selected will receive a full program of training and advice that will allow them, among other things, to expand their network of contacts.
Deadline: March 1st, 2015

Zinc Shower

In the third call for “Zinc Shower” the objective are the best business projects of creative and collaborative economy. You can present your project or start-up whether it is in early stage of development or creation, as if it is an already implemented business already in growth, expansion and internationalization phase.
Deadline: March 15th, 2015

UC3M ideas competition

The Business Incubator of the Science Park of the University Carlos III of Madrid announces the 7th edition of the Competition for Ideas for the creation of innovative technology-based enterprises and aimed at students, alumni, researchers, and all those who wish to undertake in the field of knowledge and technology of the UC3M.
Deadline: March 31st, 2015

Everis Awards

The Everis Foundation launches the call for the XIV Everis Awards for entrepreneurship, innovation and talent, that will give it to the business project whose proposal has as its objective the exploitation of technological, management, social or environmental innovation, in one of these categories: “Information Technology and Digital Economy”, “Biotechnology and health” and “Industrial or energy technologies.”
The winner will get a cash prize of 60,000 euros for the development and launch of his/her company as well as accompanying services and support of i-deals, valued at 10,000 euros. If the jury thinks it appropriate, it may award an honorable mention to one of the projects that have been finalists and decide on the funding.
Deadline: March 31st, 2015

XXI Entrepreneur Awards

“La Caixa” and the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, through ENISA, announce the ninth edition of the Awards EmprendedorXXI, the more established call for entrepreneurs in Spain. The initiative provides 400,000 euros in money prizes for innovative and high growth potential companies. Moreover, the winners are also invited to stays for training and networking in some of the main centers of innovation in the world, such as Cambridge (UK), Tel Aviv (Israel), Silicon Valley and New York (United States).
Deadline: April 17th, 2015

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EU Start-Up Policies and Procedures


Towards further simplifications to start a business in the European Union

Europe needs more entrepreneurs. This is a long-term objective for economic growth and sustainability in all the Member States of the European Union. To encourage potential entrepreneurs to start a business, there are several factors and areas of influence. An important one is, of course, education and training as a basis for innovation and more openness towards entrepreneurial culture. Another important factor are the administrative requirements, i.e. policies and procedures that need to be followed in setting up a new firm. This article will consider the attempts and the progress made in eliminating obstacles for business start-ups.

The creation of an environment where entrepreneurs can flourish and grow, is one of the three pillars in the Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan, which is a blueprint for decisive action to promote entrepreneurship in several areas. A study on “Business Dynamics: Start-Ups, Business Transfers and Bankruptcy” from 2011, confirms the impact of reducing regulatory framework complexity on entrepreneurial activity. One recommendation for the EU and the Member States in their policies concerning small and medium-sized enterprises, is to simplify procedures as much as possible throughout the whole enterprise life cycle. Policies should focus on both – increasing the number of new entrepreneurs and also on keeping the “stock of entrepreneurs”, i.e. keeping existing entrepreneurs active. According to this study the administrative procedures in the enterprise life cycle include licensing, business transfers to new owners, bankruptcy and the conditions for re-starting a business – the “second chance” for unsuccessful entrepreneurs.

Facilitating business start-ups mainly refers to time and costs in starting a business. There are also other elements taken into consideration by the EU, e.g. the simplification of administrative procedures to obtain licences, permits and authorisations. However, over a longer period of time, there are ongoing attempts within the EU to reduce the costs and to speed up the start of a new company – with sustainable progress made! In 2001 the average time to start a company in the EU was 22 days and the average costs € 827. Twelve years later the average time amounted to 4.2 days and the costs to € 315. The target set by the Competitiveness Council in 2011 was even more ambitious: Until 2012 the start-up time should have been reduced to 3 working days and the costs to only € 100. Although the time target was accomplished by 12 countries, only 7 countries achieved the cost target. Furthermore there are several countries that to-date do not comply with all the objectives.

Removing barriers to business creation is one way in better realising the EU’s entrepreneurial potential as expensive and time-consuming procedures and regulations, discourage many would-be entrepreneurs. Some countries made progress in loosening administrative burdens in start-up procedures with the effect: Cheaper and faster start-ups lead to more start-ups in number!


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Entrepreneurship Support Program In Turkey

Entrepreneurship in Turkey

In general, entrepreneur is the expression with which we define the person who undertakes risk, so as to profit.

An entrepreneur is someone who brings together production items under the best condition to make goods or produce services, in order to satisfy others needs.
The three basic factor that characterize an entrepreneur are: ability, courage and knowledge.
If we look at entrepreneurship in wider context, an entrepreneur should satisfy these factors :

• Must trust himself and be the person who is trusted at the same time
• Can give up and start again
• Can evaluate results and undertake occupational risks.
• Must be creative
• Must be courageous
• Must be individual and social at the same time
• Must be optimistic
• Must be directed towards success
• Must benefit from opportunity
• Must be open to innovations
• Must be someone who loves his job

Speaking of KOBİ enterprise for exemple, according to information resulting from researches, it is possible to sort the characteristics of company’s organization in this way:

• They have powerfull sense of enterprise
• They desire to work independently
• They want to benefit from financial opportunities
• They invest in social aims
• They pursue a goal to employ their family members
• They want to struggle with their own ability
• They expect quick and tangible results.

We can understand that the owner of KOBİ has features related to entrepreneurship, such as the desire to work independently and struggle with their own ability. However the company is lacking to receptiveness to innovations.

To find out more about the Entrepreneurship Support Program , read the PDF here : Entrepreneurship Support Program In Turkey


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Freelancer: A Positive Choice or an Enforced Option?

Freelancer desk

As more people become freelancers the employment market is shifting and with it many of the traditional structures in place to support it. Being a freelancer can provide flexibility, a good income, an exciting breadth of work and the ability to guide your own projects, but it also presents challenges. Working as a freelancer usually gives less job and income security than a normal job, involves additional admin and does not come with the usual package that accompanies employment such as a pension scheme or maternity/paternity leave options.

Nonetheless, freelancing is on the rise and has the potential to be a very positive influence on how we work. For many it is a positive choice – they learn how to generate income, enjoy the lifestyle and prove successful in balancing needs and delivering revenue streams. However, as a society we must be mindful of the increase in people who fall in to freelancing because they have no other choice or are offered work on a freelance basis only even when it was not their plan. In these circumstances freelancing can become problematic and disruptive. It is in these situations when support must be offered early on and specifically for individuals either to guide them towards their goal (eg full time employment) or to empower them as a freelancer and embrace what it can offer.

Co-working spaces will continue to grow in importance for freelancers, providing affordable spaces that give them a surrogate team, a like-minded community and somewhere to belong. When combined with working at home and on client site, the variety of the working week becomes interesting, promoting creativity, conversation and the blending of worlds.

Businesses of all size and style should begin to include in their strategy the use of freelancers. The access to their skills, talents and experience can be very good value, very low risk and very low commitment. More positively it provides quick response resource to immediate needs and requires no long-term commitment. In the future it may be that small businesses create over time their own freelancer teams that get to know them and their business and together provide capacity and expertise beyond the core team function that expand the capability of the business, give it confidence in taking on new work and enable growth in smaller steps.

Our employment markets are evolving quickly and freelancing is a good option for many. But it’s still an option only, which should be a positive choice for individuals.

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