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Good news from EuropeanPioneers startup Zylia

Our Polish EuropeanPioneers startup Zylia recently won a major competition and received some grant money. 

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News from Polish EuropeanPioneers startup Zylia

In 2016 many great news came from Polish startup Zylia, that joined the first batch of EuropeanPioneers accelerator with Audioimmersion, a 360 degrees live audio recording system.

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5 EuropeanPioneers teams at STARGATE Innovation Day, May 23, Vienna

20 startups and scaleups in the fields of smart cities & IoT-platforms have been invited to a special innovation day run by the iHub network - among them Audiotube, Pico.buzz, Dignisen, RezGuru and Tracktics! 

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EuropeanPioneers startup initiated Berlin Smart Mobility Meetup

Balazs Szabo, CEO of Konetik, a startup from EuropeanPioneers batch 1, founded a new meetup group to facilitate the discussions about mobility to make it more collaborative and efficient. The first event took place on April 12th.

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BeaconInside partners with Google

At the EuropeanPioneers Demo Day, the German startup BeaconInside announced a new collaboration with Google on the new Eddystone beacon standard. Read more about it.

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How Lingua.ly supports refugees in Germany

We merge human instructions and technology to make language learning social, personalised and efficient", said Jan Ihmels, CEO of Lingua.ly at the EuropeanPioneers DemoDay. Learn more about their recent pilot in Hessia.

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Upcoming events May 2016

In May our startups and partners will attend many events all over Europe. Here a few occasions where you can find us.

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Impressions from the DemoDay of EuropeanPioneers on April 14

250 investors, mentors, entrepreneurs & editors came together on April 14 to celebrate the second batch of the accelerator EuropeanPioneers. 13 startups from five countries presented their achievements after 8-months acceleration. Enjoy the photos and the video from this special event!

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EU-Program Welcome Meets EuropeanPioneers

At the DemoDay of EuropeanPioneers five Berlin-based startups will get the opportunity to pitch on stage in front of 250 investors, corporate executives, editors and fellow founders. 

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Meet the EuropeanPioneers startup: Audiotube

Happy Tuesday everyone! We’ll end our start-up features with Audiotube, a Digital Distribution Company unlocking the true value of music in the digital age. We caught up with Scotty, the CEO of Audiotube, who told us all about his experience starting a business.

 

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Meet the EuropeanPioneers startups: Tracktics

Happy Monday. Today we talked with Ben Bruder, CEO of Tracktics, who is changing the football experience by bringing athletic performance data like distance, speed and sprint data to millions of coaches and players worldwide.

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Meet the EuropeanPioneers startup: Beaconinside

Happy Friday everyone! Today we are catching up with Cornelius Rabsch, the CTO and Managing Director of Beaconinside, a startup with a mission to develop engaging proximity experiences by connecting mobile customers with the physical world around them.

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Meet the EuropeanPioneers startups: CHOPCHOP

CHOPCHOP is an app that guides you through cooking a several-course meal with the help of Artificial Intelligence – and without sweat! The young team came a long way during their EuropeanPioneers time: In December 2015 CHOPCHOP has been launched supported by the EuropenPioneers team. We spoke with the founder JinA what happened after that. 

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Meet the EuropeanPioneers startup: DooWapp

Today we are bringing a smile and some music in your life with DooWapp. We caught up with Yaw Asamani, one of the Founders and CEO of DooWapp on how they got started and where their inspiration came from.

 

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Meet the EuropeanPioneers startups: ChangeAlert

Today we caught up with Gillen about their company ChangeAlert. He told us the story of the founders who have personally experienced how incontinence can reduce quality of life and dignity.

 

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Meet the EuropeanPioneers startups: INFARM

Living in one if the biggest cities of the world but still enjoying fresh produce? Israeli entrepreneur Erez Galonska founded INFARM in Berlin to be able to grow their own food, right in the middle of the city and to create the tools for an urban farming revolution.

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Meet the EuropeanPioneers Startups: Lingualy

We caught up with Jan Ihmels, Co-Founder and CEO of Lingualy, about the startup life and their passion for language learning. Founded by two language enthusiasts, Lingua.ly is at once an education company and a disruptive tech-startup that has developed a solution for language learning via digital immersion. Here is their story and what they learned along the way.

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Meet the EuropeanPioneers startups: Fitfully

Today is Fitfully’s turn to go under the microscope. We met with Roy Tertman, Co-Founder and CPO at Fitfully, who answered some of our questions about the innovative technology they are developing.

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Meet the EuropeanPioneers startups: Pico

The second in our start-up features is Pico, an Israeli startup who allows brands to engage with their fans in real time. We caught up with Asaf Nevo the CEO of Pico who shared his experience in starting a business and his learning along the way.

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Meet the EuropeanPioneers startups: Watly

In March and April we are going to introduce you to all of our 13 international teams. The first is Watly. The Spanish-Italian startup developed an IoT solution that gives people in need access to clean water & sanitation as well as free energy & connectivity. 

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EuropeanPioneers is partnering up with Startup Camp Berlin

More than 1,000 entrepreneurs gathered at last years Startup Camp Berlin. 2016 the German Startup Association that runs this startup event is expecting an even bigger crowd. In 2016 European Innovation Hub, that team that manages EuropeanPioneers, cooperates with Germanys biggest entrepreneur organization to promote entrepreneurship made in Europe. 

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April 14, Berlin: Celebrate our DemoDay with us!

We are happy to invite you to our DemoDay with our teams from Berlin, Barcelona, London, Copenhagen and Tel Aviv!    

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EuropeanPioneers startup making a Splash at SXSW by winning the SXSW Accelerator

Congratulations to the EuropeanPioneers startup Splash, formerly known as Viorama, for winning the prestigious SXSW Accelerator competition in the category Virtual Reality.  

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CHOPCHOP X EuropeanPioneers: Live Testing an Artificial Intelligence Chef

This November in Berlin and London we organised live testing sessions for CHOPCHOP’s AI cooking app. The app which helps you cook multiple courses like a professional chef was developed by foodies who came together at StartupWeekend London that.

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Next Stop: London!

I'm sure you've noticed by now that we're called EuropeanPIONEERS for a reason. That's why after great Training Days in Berlin and Tel Aviv is now following the next leading startup hub in Europe: London. Of course there are many reasons for locating our program there, but I'd like to share some particularly important ones with you. 

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Why the Training Days in Tel Aviv were a success

The EuropeanPioneers team just returned from a week long trip in Tel Aviv to introduce our 13 startups to the Israeli Tech Ecosystem. 

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Who is accelerating the special teams?

You met our teams, but who are we? Get to know us, we would love to get to know you in return!

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HOW CAN BRANDS BECOME CLOSER TO THEIR FANS?

Pico is the first real-time engagement platform for brands. They provide brands the ability to engage with their fans during real-time events. In this interview you will get insight on Pico's unique, patent pending technology that collects the pictures fans are taking and sharing through different sources into one place, helping you as a brand create higher affinity with them.

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Looking Back on a Month in Berlin

Alan Weinkrantz is a Tech PR / Startup Communications Strategist and is also engaged by  to help Israeli startups & developers succeed. In his recent visit to Berlin, he discovered that the city has a lot to offer and especially for startups who wish to be located in a thriving geographical tech hub. 

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We Are Going To Tel Aviv This October!

We had many high quality applications for our second round of funding. It was no surprise that a high number of those applications came from Israel given the country's strong competitive technology focus. Since we chose 3 startups from Tel Aviv, we decided to take the rest of our teams from Berlin, London, Copenhagen and Barcelona to Israel and connect them to our network there. 

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What does TRACTION really mean to us?

Traction for us is simply how well a startup is doing in their target market. Questions we tend to ask are: what stage is the product? are people using it? how many? how are they using it? are users recommending it?  does the go to market make sense? is it aligned to what users want? have they attracted funding? Did they win awards? Is this innovative?

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A Selection of a Special Kind

It's time to show the world our final startup selection. 13 rockstar teams kicked off the second batch of EuropeanPioneers. 

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The Underdogs Advantage: Can Resource Constraints mean more Innovation?

Underdogs can actually be at an advantage in competition with elites. In this video, Malcolm Gladwell tell us how it is often by changing the rules of the game that this theory is achieved. 

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This is Your Chance to Discover FIWARE Media & Content Enablers!

This is your one stop shop as it gives you, as a developer, the place to test, develop and run applications
using FIWARE Media & Content enablers, meet the FIWARE Media & Content Lab!

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Connecting Hubspots in Europe

4 startups from Berlin and London, 3 startups from Tel Aviv and one startup from each Barcelona and Copenhagen. In our second batch we decided to select startups from Europe's most important tech hubs to give our startups the best value, network and knowledge available in Europe. 

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Start-up Sunday: TobyRich

TobyRich makes next generation smartphone controlled gadgets. One of their top selling products is the SmartPlane, the world's first smartphone-controlled gadget airplane. TobyRich is also the first startup in Germany to setup a Kickstarter campaign. This is startup to keep an eye on!

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Start-up Sunday: eLoptico

eLoptico allows for better work flow in dental clinics by leveraging on glass technology. The benefit of the eLoptico platform is patient data visualization on google glasses, and being actually able to make journal entries through voice technology. It secures more efficient treatments, and a more hygienic work-environment, as this solution allows for hands-free data entry.

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Demo Day

The first European Pioneers cohort graduated! The Demo Day came and went, leaving its imprint in the fabric of the European startup space. We had 300 international guests - investors, entrepreneurs and startup supporters, the day opening with Keynotes by Christophe Maire, CEO of Atlantic Internet and Peter Fatelnig, Head of Net Innovation of the European Commission. But here’s a short video that sums up what went down on the day.

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Start-up Sunday: Konnektid

Konnektid believes the potential to learn anything is right in your own neighborhood, all you need is help discovering it. That’s where they come in. Konnektid have realized that by connecting with neighbors, the opportunities for learning new skills are endless. Plus, getting to know those around you is good for you and your neighborhood!

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Steve Jobs on the power of asking for help

In 1994, just two years before he returned to Apple, Steve Jobs was interviewed by the Santa Clara Valley Historical Association. In the video from this interview, Jobs talks about the remarkable power of asking for what you want:

"Now, I've actually always found something to be very true, which is most people don't get those experiences because they never ask. I've never found anybody who didn't want to help me when I've asked them for help."

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Start-up Sunday: Avuxi

Avuxi developed a GeoPopularity algorithm that computes in real time at the moment the most popular areas of the world and represents them visually. They highlight the areas and venues people love and care about the most. Geo-tagged BigData from multiple sources is analyzed to create a profile and popularity ranking of every coordinate on the planet.

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FIWARE Techcamp Dublin Edition

Last week our partner from Ireland (Thoughtbox - founded by Cristina Luminea) hosted a FIWARE Techcamp for the Irish digital ecosystem. The event covered FIWARE FAQ's and one on one consultations with our FIWARE experts. As it also gave startups the chance to network amongst each other. 

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Designing products with users

Cristina Luminea from ThoughtBox is sharing her experience designing their first product: Numerosity with kids for kids. Check out her 7 learnings and tips of building successful products. 

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Is a broken down car parked?

In this TEDxDubai video he is talking about teaching children to think for themselves and he is achieving this through Thunks. He defines a Thunk as the noise the brain makes when it's thinking. Thunks are supposed to be deceptively tricky little questions that 'make your brain go ouch!

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It's all about the story

Watch Simon Sinek show how great leaders inspire action. According to him it’s all about the WHY, not the HOW or WHAT. He explains how the reason your are doing something is more important than what you are doing or how you are doing it. People buy into your beliefs and not in your logic. 

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Wise Wednesday Quotes

Here are our top quotes on entrepreneurship and leadership that always remind us to persevere and hold our ground. 

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Learning from kids about innovation

Picasso once said: "All children are born artists, the problem is to remain an artist as we grow up." We believe the same is true about innovation.

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Start-up Sunday: GameGenetics

GameGenetics enables game developers to market games more effectively, win players and optimize ROI ahead of scaling volume. They give international publishers and other key traffic partners access to a first-rate game portfolio and match their audience with the best converting games. GameGenetics works closely with leading developers such as Electronic Arts, Kabam and Ubisoft.

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8 Wise Lessons for Entrepreneurs

In her Inc. video series ‘Barbara Corcoran's 8 Lessons for Entrepreneurs’ Barbra talks about important pillars that have helped her reach professional success in her company. These lessons are not to be overlooked by entrepreneurs who are striving to make their business’s work!

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Start-up Sunday: usheru

usheru is a BFI sponsored cinema app for film search, discovery and discounted tickets all in one place. This is what sets it apart from the many film review and listing sites out there. usheru’s exclusive deals with cinemas means it will have the best value available, it makes personalised recommendations to each consumer increasing customer satisfaction, and its social features will allow the users to connect and make film choices together with friends! 

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An alternative way to run your company

"What if your job didn’t control your life? Brazilian CEO Ricardo Semler practices a radical form of corporate democracy, rethinking everything from board meetings to how workers report their vacation days (they don’t have to). It’s a vision that rewards the wisdom of workers, promotes work-life balance — and leads to some deep insight on what work, and life, is really all about. Bonus question: What if schools were like this too?" 

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The Best Time to Plant a Tree

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." - Chinese Proverb

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Gamification in the Workplace

People believe that gamification is about adding points and rewards to an existing activity, to encourage customers or employees to participate. This used to work with store coupons and travel miles in the past, but when it comes to gamification in the workplace it is all about the experience: challenging people to achieve their potential. 

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Starting a movement

What do I mean by starting a movement? Creating one of the most successful email marketing campaign of the year, that within 10 hours has:
its own hashtag on twitter, its own Linkedin group, meetup group and a networking event organised around it 2 days after the campaign started. And all this, planned by the recipients with no incitement from the original sender of the email.

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EuropeanPioneers supports European digital businesses with the „Start-Up Training Days 2015“

The 12 innovative start-ups at EuropeanPioneers met for the second time in Berlin for the “Training Days”. The 12 innovative start-ups at EuropeanPioneers met for the second time in Berlin for the “Training Days”.

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Interview with Martin Weber, the new Program Manager of EuropeanPioneers

We have a new team member and we want you to meet him. Martin our project manager has plenty of accelarator experience and he worked across different European market. Now he is bringing this experience and giving our selected teams the Support which they need.

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Welcome days – first round of start-ups

We are complete! The first 12 start-ups have been chosen for this round and we are really happy and proud of our team. On the 8th of December 2014 we gathered with our selected pioneers to commence the first round and to celebrate the beginning of an 8 month cycle.

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Exam time at the EuropeanPioneers Accelerator (Pitch day is finally here!)

This past Wednesday we had an eventful day as it was our first round of pitches! We met great teams and enjoyed 23 presentations of which we will choose our finalists.

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What on earth is FIWARE?

A lot of you are asking us (1) what exactly is FIWARE technology? (2) What can it do for me? and (3) how is FIWARE related to the €4.5 million EU-Funded Media Accelerator, EuropeanPioneers?

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European Conference on the Future Internet launches in Munich!

European Conference on the Future Internet launches FIWARE technology and Accelerators in Munich!

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Laura Kohler takes charge of the EuropeanPioneers EU Accelerator at etventure

Laura Kohler is now responsible for the EU-funded accelerator programme EuropeanPioneers at the Startup Builder etventure in Berlin.

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