INITIATIVE TO CONNECT INNOVATION AND STARTUP ECOSYSTEMS BETWEEN EUROPE AND INDIA

This initiative supports networking activities between startup incubators and accelerators from India and the EU

Between 2018 and 2020, we will match organisations from both regions. We will bring relevant organisations together in two networking events in India and two networking events in Europe.

While the networking events will be primarily targeted at incubators and accelerators, we also intend to motivate participants to engage in further exchanges between staff as well as startups themselves. We will also encourage startups to participate in relevant conferences and events in both regions. The aim is to kick-start a self-sustaining ecosystem that fosters high-level interactions and technology & innovation partnerships that benefit both regions.

As part of this initiative, we also facilitate the creation of an innovation platform connecting European innovation stakeholders in India. For more information on this part of the initiative, please visit the Delegation of the European Union to India’s website

Fostering EU-India innovation cooperation

Piloting an initiative to connect innovation and startup ecosystems between Europe and India

The Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) of the European Commission has launched a piloting initiative with the aim to foster innovation cooperation between India and Europe.

Innovation is gaining momentum in India. In particular, the Indian startup community has emerged as the fastest growing base of startups worldwide. Today, India has one of the five largest startup communities in the world.

Against this background, it was agreed at their annual summit in 2017 that both the EU and India should work towards an enhanced cooperation on innovation and technology development aiming at actions strengthening cooperation between European and Indian industries and start-up ecosystems.

Therefore, over the next two years, the European Commission will carry out networking activities for startup incubators and accelerators between Europe and India:

Identify

... & reach out to incubators, accelerators and other relevant stakeholders from Europe and India with a specific interest in the other region. Incubators/accelerators will be matched by the team with counterparts focusing on similar thematic areas in the other region, facilitating mutual learning and exchange programmes.
This way, a long-term network will be created linking the key EU and Indian startup ecosystems.

Organise

... four networking events for incubators and accelerators which support startups that could benefit from this initiative. Two events will take place in Europe, and two will take place in India. To each event, 20 representatives from incubators and accelerators (10 from each region) will be invited. Other stakeholders are also expected to attend the events.

Motivate

... incubators and accelerators to engage in further exchanges between their own staff and staff of their member startups. This includes support to create tailored incubator/accelerator exchange programmes.

Encourage

... startup participation in relevant conferences and events in both regions

If you are an accelerator / incubator, you can benefit from this initiative if:

You already have some links to the other region’s startup communities and would like to build on these relationships

You don’t have previous links to the other region but are interested in internationalising and have a genuine interest in how innovation and business work in the other region

You want to connect to entrepreneurs from the other region and participate in relevant events to exchange ideas, expertise, explore partnerships for co-product development or market leverage

You want to benefit from the skills and knowledge of partners in the other region to develop innovative products, service and solutions to common challenges, best practise and staff exchanges

You support/host startups in sectors such as water, health, energy, bioeconomy, climate, agriculture, mobility/transport, urbanization

If you are a mentor, corporate or investor,
sign up here to receive information on how you can join the Europe-India Innovation Partnership.

This initiative focuses on creating incubator/accelerator level partnerships that should act as multipliers to ultimately benefit a higher number of startups than could be reached otherwise. The initiative does not only include incubators/accelerators but also involves VCs, angel investors, corporates, and bilateral support agencies and government organisations that support innovation.

Benefits to startups in both regions

The initiative will be implemented in three steps

  • 1

    Ecosystem mapping & scoping interviews

    As a first step, the team met with relevant incubators and accelerators in Europe and India and discussed their current activities, existing partnerships (if any) with the other region, their capacity in terms of number of startups being supported, thematic focus (sectors in which they predominantly support startups), stage of startups being supported (early stage, scale-up etc.) and their willingness and commitment to be part of this initiative.

  • 2

    Two-stage Matching

    The EU initiative consists of a virtual pre-matching programme whereby each incubator/accelerator from one region (EU/ India) will be matched with two or three counterparts in the other region. The matched organisations are then invited to devise specific action plans on how to cooperate with tangible results.

    Our process of matchmaking, cross-border exchange, continuous support and helping incubators/accelerators understand operating models across both regions is designed to foster deep and long-term interactions between both regions.

  • 3

    Organising networking events

    The four networking events due to take place over the next two years will provide the opportunity for selected incubators/accelerators from the network created by this initiative to deepen their cooperation. Each event will run over approximately two days. The format of each event may vary but will include a combination of workshops, incubator/accelerator site visits, mentoring sessions, and startup pitches.

Latest updates

Our network was successfully launched in Bangalore, India, on 9 October 2018, when 21 incubators from India and all over Europe were gathered to explore opportunities for collaboration. Over the next months, the incubators/accelerators will work on formalizing their partnerships and set up joint programs and exchanges.

 

GTEC challenge

This presents an opportunity for 2 EU Start-ups to showcase and demo technologies @ the Global Tech Experience Centre (GTEC). Apply before the 30th of November 2018 to avail India market access and tech commercialization/ deployment mentorship services for 6 months (No charge).

Learn more about this opportunity here

 

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Networking events

SECOND NETWORKING EVENT OF THE EUROPE-INDIA INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP

SECOND NETWORKING EVENT OF THE EUROPE-INDIA INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP

14 - 15 May 2019
Tallinn, Estonia

On 14 and 15 May, the core members of the Europe-India incubators and accelerators network will come together for the second time in Tallinn, Estonia, to discuss progress with their plans of action to engage in collaborative activities such as organising startup exchanges and joint calls. The event will also be attended by high-level public officials and will involve a pitch session for startups and corporates and investors. The event is supported by Startup Estonia.

FIRST NETWORKING EVENT OF THE EUROPE-INDIA INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE

FIRST NETWORKING EVENT OF THE EUROPE-INDIA INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE

8 - 9 October 2018
Bangalore, India

On 8 and 9 October, 20 carefully selected European and Indian incubators and accelerators came together in Bangalore, India, to explore opportunities for cooperation on common challenges in the areas of agritech & biotech, health & medtech, cleantech & energy, among others. The event also attended high-level public officials from the EU and India.

Relevant Third Party Opportunities and Events

DG RTD

Funding opportunity for cooperation between innovation organisations in Europe and India – the RISE scheme

The European Union’s funding programme 'Horizon 2020' offers funding for both mobility of researchers and collaborative research. As part of the programme, the Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) scheme offers funding for short-term exchanges of personnel between academic, industrial and commercial organisations throughout the world. The proposed research and innovation activities should exploit complementary competences of the participants and enable networking activities, organisation of workshops and conferences to facilitate sharing of knowledge, new skills acquisition and career development for research and innovation staff members.

We encourage network participants to apply for funding of staff and startup exchanges they plan to implement as part of their plans of action for cooperation. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to find out more.

Horizon 2020

Funding opportunity for EU-India research and innovation cooperation through Horizon 2020

Indian enterprises can team up with European partners to participate in collaborative projects under 'Horizon 2020‘, the European Union’s research and innovation funding programme. Through participation in 'Horizon 2020', Indian partners can benefit from access to talent, knowledge, data and infrastructures, and connect to world-leading teams, networks, value chains and address jointly global challenges. Under the cooperation of DBT and the European Commission, Indian partners can receive funding from DBT to participate in cooperative projects with European partners funded by the EU under Horizon 2020. For the incubators in our network, the calls listed can be found here (p. 3 f.). Please get in touch with us if you would like to obtain more information. The deadlines for the various calls are from January until March 2019.

EIT Climate-KIC

EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator

The EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator is the only EU accelerator programme focused on climate impact by cleantech commercialisation - now coming to more countries across Europe. This edition of the start-up Accelerator is open for applications for start-ups in various EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) countries (see link above).

Startup Ole

Startup Ole

26 - 28 March 2019
Salamanca, Spain
Tech-entrepreneurship

Deeptech for good

Deeptech for good

26 March 2019
Graz, Austria
Smart City Smart Mobility Smart Health & Well-being Industry 4.0

Wolves Summit

Wolves Summit

2 - 3 April 2019
London, UK
Networking

EU-Startups Summit

EU-Startups Summit

2 - 3 May 2019
Barcelona, Spain
European start-ups

InfoShare

InfoShare

8 - 9 May 2019
Gdansk, Poland
Central and Eastern Europe

The Next Web Conference

The Next Web Conference

9 - 10 May 2019
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
topics range from artificial intelligence to blockchain

Pioneers '19

Pioneers '19

9 - 10 May 2019
Vienna, Austria
deep tech

WEBIT.FESTIVAL

WEBIT.FESTIVAL

13 - 15 May 2019
Sofia, Bulgaria
gathers the tech, digital and policy elite to re-invent and pave the digital future of Europe

F&A next

F&A next

15 - 16 May 2019
Wageningen, the Netherlands
Food and agriculture

Latitude 59

Latitude 59

16 - 17 May 2019
Tallinn, Estonia
Estonia's tech ecosystem

Viva Technology

Viva Technology

16 - 18 May 2019
Paris, France
technology

Arctic15

Arctic15

5 - 6 June 2019
Helsinki, Finland
Matchmaking

Startup Grind Europe

Startup Grind Europe

6 June 2019
London, UK
discussions around the future of startups, venture capital, artificial intelligence, fintech, and more

Techsylvania

Techsylvania

8 - 11 June 2019
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
leading technology event in Eastern Europe

Startup Elevate

Startup Elevate (part of London Tech Week)

12 - 13 June 2019
London, UK
Networking

Pirate Summit

Pirate Summit

26 - 28 June 2019
Cologne, Germany
invitation-only conference

Entrepreneur 2019

Entrepreneur 2019

17 - 18 July 2019
New Delhi, India
growth money next gen future industry

IT Arena

IT Arena

27 - 29 September 2019
Lviv, Ukraine
uniting global tech in Ukraine

Bits & Pretzels

Bits & Pretzels

29 September - 1 October 2019
Munich, Germany

Web Summit 2019

Web Summit 2019

4 - 7 November 2019
Lisbon, Portugal
Technology

INK Conference

INK Conference

15 - 17 November 2019
Jaisalmer, India
intersection of science technology community and culture

Bengaluru Tech Summit

Bengaluru Tech Summit

18 - 20 November 2019
Bangalore, India
Innovation & impact

Participating incubators and accelerators

Here is a list of innovation players involved in this EU initiative:

European partners:

Indian partners:

Relevant links

Delegation of the European Union to India and Bhutan
Startup Europe
DIRECTORATE-GENERAL FOR RESEARCH & INNOVATION