Monthly Archives July 2015

Creative Europe: new calls !

Creative Europe: new calls for proposals promoting networking and entrepreneurship available now!

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On Thursday, July 23rd 2015, the Directorate General for Education & Culture  published two new calls for proposals in the framework of the program Creative Europe.

Replacing the program Culture for the new funding period 2014-2020 Creative Europe aims at boosting the cultural and creative sectors by promoting the use of new technologies. Innovative aspect of the candidate projects is clearly expected and encouraged.

According to the Regulation (EU) No 1295/2013, one of the top priorities of the Cultural – Subprogram consists in testing and expanding of new business models.

Call for proposals EAC/S08/2015 – EU Network of Creative Hubs and Co-working Spaces

The Call for proposals EAC/S08/2015 intends to grant one single pilot project which  “will set up and support an EU-wide network of creative hubs and co-working spaces for cultural and creative professionals and entrepreneurs”. The project should reach this goal through the following activities:

  • To identify and select eligible creative hubs and co-working spaces
  • To develop virtual networks through the creation of a web portal, a digital platform and social media pages
  • To facilitate exchanges between creative hubs
  • To provide coaching and training support to creative hub managers
  • To organize a EU Network of creative hubs conferences in Brussels
  • To publish a report about EU creative hubs and co-working spaces

Application have to be submitted no later than on Thursday, September 10th 2015. The selected project will be granted with a maximum amount of 1,000,000 Euro for 24 months covering no more than 80% of the total budget.

For more details, please consult the guideline of this call for proposal.

 

Call for proposals EAC/S11/2015 – Pilot project supporting networks of young creative entrepreneurs: EU and third countries

The Call for proposals EAC/S11/2015 intends to grant one single pilot project enhancing networks of young entrepreneurs from the EU member countries and third countries active in the cultural and creative sector through the establishment of an innovative platform. Beyond this overall goal, the project should achieve specific objectives related to those of Creative Europe:

  • To support the capacity of young entrepreneurs to operate transnationally and internationally
  • To foster peer-learning and exchanges of experiences on new business and management models in the cultural and creative sectors
  • To foster the entrepreneurship, innovation and creative potential of young entrepreneurs for international cooperation in the cultural and creative sector

Applications have to be submitted no later than on Tuesday, September 15th 2015. The selected project will be granted with a maximal amount of 800, 000 Euros for 24 months covering no more than 80% of the total budget.

For more details, please consult the guideline of this call for proposal.

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TECH ALL STARS 2015: most innovative web start-up awarded!

What is TECH ALL STARS?

From 16th to 18th June 2015, the fourth edition of Tech All Stars took place in London.

Launched by the European Commission in 2012, this annual competition awards the most innovative web start-up company once a year in June. It is especially intended for accelerator graduates and web camp winners.

Beyond victory, successful applicants can expect to gain both exposure and network through this high-level competition.

Results of TECH ALL STARS 2015

Start-ups were invited to submit their application until 17th May in compliance with the following criteria:

  • Registration within the EU
  • Launching within the last 3 years
  • Profit below 1,000,000 Euros (in external capital)

Among all applications the selection committee accepted 12 start-ups for the Tech All Stars Battle organized in London. After having heard the pitches of all participants, the jury finally awarded Trip Rebel Tech All Stars 2015, an online hotel and accommodation provider. Winnows and Watly completed the podium.

As a result, the three finalists were invited to attend the Founders Forum, the biggest event gathering digital and technology entrepreneurs at the European level.

Successful start-ups: the case of WINNOW

Located in London Winnow was set up in order to help the hospitality industry to drastically reduce food waste through the use of new technologies.

The start.up was co-founded by Marc Zornes who as consultant at McKinsey co-wrote the Global Institute report “Resource Revolution: Meeting the World’s Energy, Materials, Food, and Water Needs”. According to the report, 1/3 of all food is wasted which also generates an economic loss in the amount of $750 billion per year.

The system created by Winnow involves a scale to measure the weight and cost of each food that is thrown away. In this way restaurants and hotels can easily check what the highest wastes are and adapt their food consumption. According to Winnow, it seems that this system has contributed to having saved 678400 meals and 3392 CO2.

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