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Startup Serbia is partner of the Pan-European Hackathon to develop innovative solutions to overcome societal challenges related to coronavirus.

The European Commission and EU member states have today launched a call for participation in a pan-European Hackathon to connect innovators, partners and buyers across Europe to develop innovative solutions to coronavirus. The Hackathon, led by the European Innovation Council, will take place on 24, 25 and 26 April and is structured around categories of problems that need short-term solutions in relation to coronavirus health and life, business continuity, remote working and education, social & political cohesion, digital finance and an open category for other challenges. Feel empowered to get creative!

European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel said:

This pan-European hackathon is an example of how Europe can come together in times of crisis. It’s inspiring to witness this show of solidarity by our community of innovators. Our most talented minds will do their best to find solutions to coronavirus and support our citizens. This is European innovation in action.

All 27 EU Member States are taking part as well as Norway, Israel, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. The winning solutions will be invited to join a European Innovation Council Platform that will facilitate connections with end users (e.g. hospitals) and provide access to investors, foundations and other funding opportunities from across the European Commission.

Can you hack it? Register now on the EUvsVirus Hackathon website to be part of the solution!


Western Balkans Network

The Network, which will endorse the Startup Europe initiative, aims at connecting key startup players, fostering entrepreneurial culture, and guiding Western Balkan ecosystems towards success.

The Startup Europe Western Balkans Network will:

Focus its efforts in laying the foundations of and sustaining the Western Balkans Network. We will prioritize the creation of new collaborations and connections between start-up players active in various ecosystems throughout the whole region.

Bridge cooperation between the Western Balkans and the Central and Eastern Europe Networks to advance know-how and best practices exchanges. In this regard, we will reduce prevailing gaps that divide the entrepreneurial systems into these two regions, and help them in accessing funding opportunities.

Release policy recommendations and share advice on the available financial tools and opportunities. Network members are well aware of the Western Balkan’s growth potential and, therefore, will commit themselves to transform the region into a promising and attractive ecosystem for entrepreneurs.

Guarantee the sustainability of the network through an Action Plan, which will promote the network as a start-up location. Members will develop an Action Plan gathering a stocktaking of the main obstacles for the start-ups’ growth and a range of concrete actions to undertake.


Bootcamp Village

“Bootcamp Village” is a platform for cross-sectoral cooperation between three specific groups operating in rural areas:

• Organic producers,

• Rural tourism business and

• Artistic, creative industries and old craft workshops.

By linking these three business categories, the project will boost its product improvement as well as will challenge the creation of the new products and services.

“Bootcamp Village” aims to increase the level of economic activities in rural areas by strengthening the innovation capacities of various social and economic entities developing their knowledge and skills.


SEE-IT Summit

Novi Sad has hosted the SEE-IT summit which was held at the Novi Sad Fair at November 7-9, 2018 co-organised by Resenva company and Startup Serbia.

A significant part of the program was dedicated to young entrepreneurs and start-ups organized in the Start-up Pavilion. Within this program, a competition for Startup Serbia and Future Agro Business Serbia is announced.

SEE-IT Summit is an event consisting of several program units:

  • IT and other companies in the field of Information Technology

  • Telecommunications and Innovation and IoT

  • Conference and Workshop and

  • Start of the pavilion

With this program, the SEE-IT Summit creates a business-educational platform with a special goal to the promotion of young entrepreneurs in three-day events for which a series of free opportunities are provided in the Start Pavilion:

  • Exhibit space at the Start Pavilion

  • Panel program and workshop for startups

  • B2B meetings

  • Competition in technological and agro-innovation

This is an exceptional opportunity for startups and young entrepreneurs to become a part of exhibitors and business communities and apply to provide their fair space at the Start-up Pavilion, where they will easily be able to follow all the summit programs, organize and schedule business meetings and present their business services and products.


STARTUP EUROPE AMBASSADOR

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WHAT IS STARTUP EUROPE?

Startup Europe is an initiative of the European Commission, which falls under its priority of the ‘Digital Single Market’.

The main objectives of Startup Europe are to:

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WHAT ARE STARTUP EUROPE AMBASSADORS?

Throughout the years, Startup Europe (SE) has been a collective effort of hundreds of stakeholders, movers and doers in tech and startup field. The impact of this initiative could not have been possible without the immense support provided by this community.

The community that is currently taking part in the growth of Startup Europe as a bottom-up movement have been invited to be Startup Europe Ambassadors.

Startup Europe Ambassadors represent a group of key influencers in the European startup ecosystems who actively support Startup Europe activities.

With this movement, we will democratise the access to Startup Europe, by making it open to our partners with the goal of offering them the power of improving the initiative.

Startup Europe Ambassadors are organisations that have been selected through the evaluation of proposals of European Commission’s Horizon 2020 ICT 32 call, as well as partners of the Pilot project: Start This Up! and OpenMaker.

WHAT DO AMBASSADORS DO?

  • Actively contribute to the visibility of Startup Europe by acting as a key information point in their countries about Startup Europe activities or by connecting the Startup Europe team with relevant stakeholders from their local startup field;

  • Gather feedback and provide innovative insight to the European Commission’s

  • Startup Europe team with the objective of improving the activities of this initiative.

HOW TO GET IN TOUCH WITH US?

Interested or have any further questions? Drop us a line info at serbiastartup.rs


creative block

Creative Block is a series of meetups for the creative industries entrepreneurs.

Creative entrepreneurs, within their everyday work, produce items and contents that can be subject to intellectual property. They are authors of original works and innovative solutions, but often, do not have entrepreneurial and business skills.

The creative block, therefore, gathers creators at thematic meetings to exchange experiences, identify problems they face in their work, and introduce them to the entrepreneurial way of thinking, acting and planning how to turn their creativity into a successful carrier.


my gate-way

What is MY-GATEWAY?

MY-GATEWAY is an initiative of HORIZON 2020 - Startup Europe that aims to strengthen the capacities of high-tech start-ups and innovative SMEs in the CEE region to become better connected, gain higher market exposure, and have improved streamlined access to funding opportunities and talents.

What is the Startup Europe Summit?

Startup Europe Summit is a European Commission event which aims to bring together startup founders and policymakers. More than 400 people will attend this year’s Bulgarian edition to learn about new funding opportunities, meet entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders and benefit from the possibility of closing a business deal.


Future agro challenge

FAC bridges the gap between agripreneurs and the resources they need to develop their ideas and make a positive impact in the world.

Serbia Start Up is Future Agro Future national partner for Serbia as one of the 50+ impact makers.

The current problems in our world today are almost too many to list: food security is coming under attack, rural and urban poverty and inequality is at an all-time high and the environment is quickly buckling under the weight of the human footprint.

With the proper policies and incentives in place, these issues could be rectified. But when traditional players like governmental bodies and NGOs are too slow to react and time is running out, we have to start taking matters into our own hands.

FAC is dedicated to solving these on-going problems by bringing the important players together to create a much-needed positive change in the world. We are an independent grassroots organisation run by entrepreneurs that aim to make a global impact by bringing together agro innovators, entrepreneurs, farmers, investors and stakeholders to address national policies and challenges.

There isn’t one single solution to the myriad of complex global challenges we face — like feeding the estimated growing population of 9 billion people by 2050. While disruptive solutions are being created across regions, individuals and visionaries often feel overwhelmed by the complexities involved in integrating with the agricultural ecosystem. We’re here to untangle those complexities.

We believe discovering solutions to global challenges doesn’t have to be complicated. Our goal is to foster a community of agro visionaries, startups, farmers, manufacturers, and distributors from countries across the world so they can start a global conversation. We bring these stakeholders together in their shared interest to learn from each other, grow with each other and develop solutions together to solve problems and bring about positive change.

Agriculture’s share in the economic GDP may be low but in the electoral and political arena, it certainly has a voice — and a strong one. By supporting agripreneurs we aim to close the gap between the agricultural labour force and the agricultural contribution to economic GDP.

As a new agricultural revolution is underway, our goal is to unlock natural capabilities by merging nature and technology to achieve an increase in food production by 70% by 2050. We hope to do this by efficiently boosting agricultural productivity while at the same time decreasing our environmental footprint.

New technological solutions are coming to the forefront. With these come new opportunities for the workforce. To give some perspective: the Agriculture industry employs over 1.3 billion people throughout the world — close to 40 per cent of the global workforce. In more than 50 countries across the world, half of the population works in Agriculture — in some poorer nations that percentage rises to 75%.

The Agriculture industry is the world’s largest provider of jobs and, in many countries is the largest provider of jobs to women. This is a giant industry that bears so much of the weight of the world’s struggles. It is constantly growing and changing and proving to be fertile ground for opportunity, efficiency and innovative change.

We’re here to make that happen.


Founder institute

The Founder Institute is the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator, having helped launch over 3,500 companies across 180+ cities and six continents.

The company was founded in 2009 by serial entrepreneur Adeo Ressi and his colleague, Jonathan Greechan. The idea for the program spawned from operating TheFunded.com, where it became apparent that most entrepreneurs at the idea and launch stages lacked the structure, feedback, and support network needed to be successful.

News of the launch was announced on TechCrunch, the first Founder Institute program methodology was crowdsourced by over 10,000 CEO members of TheFunded.com, and the inaugural program started in May 2009 in a small classroom at Stanford University. There were originally no plans to expand beyond Silicon Valley, but upon receiving immense inbound interest to launch the program in other cities, the Founder Institute began to expand. Today the program operates across 180 + cities and is localized into 9 languages.

In total, Founder Institute Alumni have raised over $800M and are worth an estimated $20B.

Our VISION is that there are talented people everywhere whose potential can be unlocked to make an impact on the world through entrepreneurship.

Our MISSION is to empower communities of talented and motivated people to build impactful technology-enabled companies worldwide.

We BELIEVE that

  • Great companies start with great people.

  • Great companies can be built anywhere.

  • Great companies are not built alone.

  • Anyone can change the world through entrepreneurship.

  • Focus is one of a founder’s greatest challenges.

  • Startups are much harder than you think.

Our Program

We help pre-seed entrepreneurs and teams build get to traction and funding by establishing a critical support network of local startup experts that are invested in their success, and by providing a structured and challenging business-building process that has helped our alumni raise over $800M. Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used the Founder Institute to raise funding, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more.

Learn more about our pre-seed startup accelerator program.


creative business cup

The global initiative for entrepreneurship and innovation

Creative Business Cup National Competitions are organized in more than 70 countries, sending winners annually to the Global Finals in Copenhagen.

The event empowers entrepreneurs in the creative industries, connects them to investors and global markets and strengthens their innovative capabilities to the benefit of industry and society.

Why entrepreneurs from the creative industries?

Worldwide, the creative industries contribute significantly to growth and jobs – and to the development of new, innovative solutions to the challenges that companies and societies face. Also, traditional industries become more innovative and competitive when collaborating with creative companies or “creatives”, called cross-sector innovation. The creative industries contribute to a more dynamic, competitive and innovative society in many ways.

The road from being an entrepreneur to become a growing company is more challenging in the creative industries than for entrepreneurs in any other sectors. All entrepreneurs face challenges in business development, internationalisation and access to finance, but for entrepreneurs from the creative industries, the obstacles for growth are greater. For example, creative entrepreneurs are often perceived as a more risky investment. However, studies on insolvencies have proven otherwise where creative companies do better even in times of crisis. The possibilities for growth, jobs and innovation in the creative industries have just not been realised…yet.

Click here to read more about the event.

What about the prizes?

The winners of the Creative Business Cup Global Finals stand to win cash prizes as well as the title of ‘the world’s best creative startup’.