Launching the EUROPEAN INNOVATION ZONE IN INDIA (EIZI)

A European Innovation Zone in India (EIZI) is a soft landing place for start-ups and innovation actors coming from Europe located in a well-established and strong Indian Incubator and accelerator.


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Corona Related Opportunities

The network is involved in a number of initiatives related to tackling the impacts of Covid-19, which can be accessed here.


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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

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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.

European Innovation Zone in India (EIZI)

What is it?

A European Innovation Zone in India (EIZI) is a soft landing place for start-ups and innovation actors coming from Europe (EU member States and countries associated to the EUs research and innovation framework programme Horizon 2020/Horizon Europe) located in a well-established and strong Indian Incubator and accelerator.

The EIZI has a designated contact person who can “receive and guide” the European innovators who want to explore business and co-creation opportunities in India. In other words, it is a platform from where a first contact person in India will navigate the European innovator into the Indian ecosystem.

What is it doing and offering

The overall aim of the EIZI is to facilitate the matchmaking with European innovation actors that want to explore the Indian ecosystem for business and co-creation opportunities.

The EIZI is based in reputed Indian incubators and accelerators that have strong infrastructure and space, a vibrant ecosystem, connects with corporates/industry/R&D and the ability to provide services for market access, mentors, organise events, delegation visits, and soft landing for European innovators.

The Indian Incubator/accelerator that has accepted to host an EIZI, nominates a contact person that can navigate the European innovator through the Indian innovation ecosystem and address the first enquiries or engage in a discussion on how best to pursue the European-India innovation cooperation. The EIZI contact person will be familiar with both the Indian and European innovation ecosystem and will advise and engage beyond the activities of the incubator where the EIZI is located. In other words, a unique and over time, tailor made professional service for European start-ups can be expected, both virtually and physically. Through the pre-selected EIZI a holistic experience can be offered covering soft-landing measures such as mentoring and co-working spaces; product analysis, research facilities to adapt and make the product, service or technology adapted to local conditions and affordable and reach out to the business and investment community.

From preliminary contacts among creative and like-minded actors, access to market can be facilitated and the possibility to spend time in India/at the Incubators premises, allowing to become more familiar with the Indian innovation ecosystem.

Events

Virtual Roadshow of the Indian Innovation Ecosystem for European Start-ups<

Virtual Roadshow of the Indian Innovation Ecosystem for European Start-ups

24 November 2020
Virtual Event

Come explore opportunities in Indian innovation ecosystem and learn how to develop business through our soft-landing tool

Register for the Virtual Roadshow here - It's free of charge!

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EIZI@T-hub
EU Innovation Zone in Hyderabad, India

HYDERABAD: MELTING POT FOR TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION

Hyderabad, popularly nicknamed Cyberabad, has emerged as the second Silicon Valley of India. It boasts of being home to technology giants such as Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Uber, Google and Qualcomm as well as BFSI majors like Wells Fargo, HSBC, ICICI, DBS etc. Telangana State’s regional strengths include Life Sciences, AI, Big Data & Analytics, Aerospace, Defence, ESDM and has many supportive niche policies such as Drone policy, Data Centre policy, IoT policy, IMAGE (Innovation in Multimedia, Animation, Gaming and Entertainment) policy, Innovation policy among others, to boost its status as an innovation powerhouse. Hyderabad, with its world class digital & physical infrastructure and skilled talent pool continues to attract global organizations. Presence of eminent players, conducive policies, pool of innovation hubs and support organisations make Hyderabad a natural choice for a global startups.

T-HUB: WORLD’S LEADING STARTUP ENGINE POWERING ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INNOVATION

T-Hub enables and empowers an ecosystem hungry for innovation. Based in Hyderabad, India, it leads India’s pioneering innovation ecosystem that powers next-generation products and new business models. It uses the Triple Helix model of innovation based on interaction and collaboration between industry, academia and the government. Incorporated in 2015, it has provided over 1100+ national and international startups with access to better technology, talent, mentors, customers, corporates, investors and government agencies. T-Hub also provides thought leadership for government organisations across the globe to build innovation ecosystems and entrepreneurship programs. It has elevated innovation for leading national and global corporates, transforming enterprise business models for the better.

The launch of T-Hub Phase 2, in 2020 will make it the world's biggest innovation campus hosting over 4000 innovators with dedicated spaces for corporate innovation labs, accelerators, and centres of excellence. T-Hub, with its unique impact-oriented innovation ecosystem, is an ideal place for product analysis, testing and launch. It is an inviting and accessible gateway for startups to thrive and experience next generation technologies.

T-Hub Virtual Tour

Introduction Phase 1 Phase 2

EIZI@CCamp
EU Innovation Zone in Bangalore, India

The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP) is a Department of Biotechnology (DBT, Govt. of India) initiative and a member of the Bangalore Life Science Cluster (BLiSC). Considered one of the most thriving hubs for technology-based innovation in India in the field of life sciences, C-CAMP has been an enabler of cutting-edge bio-science research and entrepreneurship since its inception in 2009 and has supported over 170 innovative start-ups till date. C-CAMP has a significant global presence and a number of collaborations with international eco-system stakeholders including Incubators, Accelerators and Investors.

With an aim to strengthen its ties with the European Start-up Ecosystem, C-CAMP is delighted to host the EU Innovation Zone in India (EIZI) to handhold and support EU start-ups entering the Indian Start-up ecosystem. The EIZI@C-CAMP aims to be an EU house for innovation and a gateway to the Indian Life Science ecosystem for incoming EU start-ups, innovators and delegations. The EIZI@C-CAMP provides EU start-ups & innovators with (as per C-CAMP Policies):

  • Equipment & Infrastructure: C-CAMP has a high-end bio-incubation facility with a ‘plug & play’ model where all needed equipment and infrastructure are readily available for start-ups to use.
  • Capacity & Eco-system: Start-ups would have access to the entire C-CAMP eco-system and network, which includes: a)scientists and research institutions, b) emerging and established entrepreneurs, c) C-CAMP Mentor Network, d) C-CAMP portfolio start-ups, e) government and private funding bodies & investors, f) regulatory agencies, g) IP firms, h) Hospitals/Farmer Organizations, i) CRO’s & Distributor network.
  • Experience: C-CAMP has till date supported over 170 start-ups and is in touch with over 2000 innovators and start-ups across the country. This will provide ample opportunity for collaborations with EU start-ups.

Latest updates

Call to Join the Europe-India Food Waste Challenge

The Europe-India Innovation Network continues to work on tackling the foodwaste challenge – by bringing together startups working on solutions in agritech, farming, food production and logistics to reduce food waste. Corporates and stakeholders interested in accessing these innovative solutions to the foodwaste challenge, or to test the readiness of other markets in Europe or India for their own related products and services, can send an email to eu-india@servicefacility.eu. We can showcase 40+ Indian and European startups developing innovative solutions to foodwaste upon request. The startup deck includes a diverse range of startup solutions – from smart farming, to food processing, logistics and packaging, supply chain management, and waste management and recycling. We also invite incubators participating in the network to share more relevant startups with us.


Updates on the Accenture Ventures India Open Innovation Call

On March 9th, 2020, Accenture Ventures India launched a technology scouting call for applications within the European Commission’s European and Indian incubator network, to identify and support the incubators’ leading deep-tech portfolio startups in the agritech space. The call closed on the 31Mach 2020.

The call was a success and submissions were received from European and Indian agritech startups working on precision farming, data analytics in agriculture, farm services, and innovative solutions on enabling better livelihood and working conditions for the farmer and improving yield.

As a next step, the Accenture Ventures India team plans to schedule calls with the startups they have shortlisted to discuss how they can participate in Accenture’s Open Innovation Program. This program will allow the selected startups to collaborate with Accenture to co-innovate and co-create assets/ solutions for clients across the globe. The startups will have access to the Accenture Innovation hub in Bengaluru and will also be mentored by Accenture leaders, introduced to top industry/ government forums and recommended for investment/ partnerships with partner VCs and CVCs.


Dutch investor Crosspring’s Open Innovation Call

An open innovation call by Dutch investor Crosspring was launched during the 4th EU-India networking event on 27 May 2020 and applications were accepted until 10 July 2020. Through this innovation call, Crosspring sought to invest between EUR 10-150K each in innovative startups from FinTech, AI, Cyber security, AR/VR, Block chain, B2B SaaS sectors, who are keen to set up their businesses in the Netherlands.

In addition, a webinar was held on 26 June, where Crosspring B.V. Netherlands presented the investment opportunity they are offering for innovative startups. A total of 19 participants interacted with the Crosspring team during the webinar.

Crosspring will provide the shortlisted / selected startups with hands on business support (usually for a period between 12-18 months) and support with access to a broad international network, consisting of at least (but not limited to): Angel investors, VC’s, governmental agencies (local, regional, national), corporates, banks, universities, SME’s, startups, innovation hubs, consultancy, firms, advisors, mentors, etc.

Crosspring is currently reviewing the startup applications received and will follow up with the startups to explore the investment opportunities they can offer. Startups and incubators can contact the Crosssprings’ team to discuss EU investment opportunities at koen@crosspring.com.


Interactive Virtual Session with Enterprise Europe Network (EEN)

The EU-India incubator network and their portfolio startups were invited to participate in an interactive virtual session to learn about the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) on the 8th of July. About 31participants from India and Europe partook in this opportunity.

EEN is coordinated by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) set up by the European Commission. The EEN network, active in more than 60 countries worldwide, is the world’s largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions to help businesses innovate and scale internationally. EEN combines international business expertise with local knowledge to take innovation into new markets with a broad range of services for growth-oriented SME’s.

The interactive virtual session provided insights on how the EEN network can support startups / SMEs from the Europe – India Innovation Partnership network to innovate and grow internationally by leveraging the EEN network to find partners for technology, business and / or research collaborations with counterparts, startups and SMEs in Europe and India. Information was disseminated on the EEN’s business database, which contains thousands of company profiles to help startups find the perfect match. Moreover, that the EEN network has expertise in 17 key sectors such as aeronautics, agro food, auto motives, environment, healthcare, ICT, energy, materials, construction, textile, tourism, women entrepreneurship, retail and more.

As a next step, startups that are keen to develop internationalisation opportunities in Europe, can contact the EEN India contact point – GBI at hlingam@globalbusinessinroads.com – who will facilitate their engagement with the EEN Platform. The Enterprise Europe Network can help in connecting startups with partners, customers, distributors, manufacturers, etc to assist in their market expansion. Incubators and startups will also be informed of relevant events and funding opportunities that arise from the EEN Network.


Aggregator 2020EU-India Network Members Launch the Aggregator 2020: International Start-up vs Covid-19 Matchmaking Competition between Europe, Africa and India

Five EU-India Incubator Network members (Incubateur Descartes – France, Technoport SA – Luxembourg, AIC-Aartech – India, IIM Calcutta Innovation Park – India, and SRiX – India) have joined forces with African incubators in the Africa-Europe Innovation Partnership tech hub network, and launched a call for application called the molecular start-up initiative - International Start-up vs Covid-19 Matchmaking Competition between Europe, Africa and India.

This competition is designed to identify, reward and promote innovative start-up and SMEs interested in expanding to Europe, India or Africa, to be matched to each other and join forces to become a molecular-startup. A molecular start-up is an association of different start-ups to form only one. The main goal is to increase their growth and give them many opportunities on the international market.

The selected start-ups will be matched based on having the same maturity in terms of development, similar or complementary products or services, or same targeted market! Moreover the 3 matched companies with the highest potential of becoming molecular start-ups will win a travel allowance to the other region.

The application deadline is on October 30th, 2020. For more information, here is the link to access the call regulation and a flyer. For start-ups to apply, they have to fill in and return this application form together with a short video to info@incubateur-descartes.com. The winning start-ups will be announced on November 30th 2020!


The Fourth Networking Event of the Europe-India Innovation Partnership Inititative

The fourth networking event brought together the second cohort participants that came together during the third networking event in Delhi, India on 12-13 November 2019. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was decided to organise this virtual stocktaking event to keep the momentum up and for the incubators to present on the state of play of partnerships and discuss how to further enhance collaborations with the incubator(s) from the other region. There was a total of 19 participants – 9 from Europe and 10 from India.

This one-day virtual event, on Wednesday 27 May, included interactive plenary and breakout sessions. The participants had the opportunity to update each other on progress with regard to the collaborative activities they respectively agreed to at the Delhi networking event and discussed how to continue, deepen and extend these looking forward. The event also included sessions on the food waste challenge, tackling the impact of COVID- 19, one-on-one breakout sessions between participants, and corporate partners’ engagement to support the internationalisation of European and Indian startups. The participating incubators were allocated to breakout rooms, 2 to 4 participants per breakout room, where they discussed their ongoing and potential future collaborative activities with counterparts from the other region supporting startups in similar sector(s). In total, 15 interactions between pairs or groups of incubators took place in this format. As a result, 6 concrete partnerships emerged from the event with some envisaged collaborative activities focused on:

  • Providing soft-landing support to each other’s portfolio startups that are interested in exploring market opportunities and identifying local partners in the other region.
  • Jointly launching a call for applications around COVID-19 – to create critical mass and match startups from Europe and India to jointly develop solutions to COVID-19.

 

Networking events

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.

THE SECOND NETWORKING EVENT OF THE EUROPE-INDIA INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE

THE SECOND NETWORKING EVENT OF THE EUROPE-INDIA INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE

14 - 15 May 2019
Tallin, Estonia

The second networking event in Tallin, Estonia on May 14-15 2019, brought together participants who already attended the first networking event as well as additional incubators and accelerators that have engaged in partnerships since the start of our initiative. The event provided the opportunity for the participants to get to know incubators and accelerators from the other region and to continue working on a plan of action to engage in collaborative activities. During the event, 10 plans of actions between 12 European and 9 Indian incubators and accelerators were developed or refined, including activities such as joint events or staff exchanges.

THE THIRD NETWORKING EVENT OF THE EUROPE-INDIA INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE

THE THIRD NETWORKING EVENT OF THE EUROPE-INDIA INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE

12 - 13 November 2019
New Delhi, India

The third networking event took place in New Delhi, India on November 12-13 2019 and brought together 27 incubators/accelerators from Europe and India – 12 from Europe and 15 from India, with 17 participants that met for the first time as network members, and 10 participants that already met at previous events and are already in the process of implementing collaborative activities. Building on the results of the previous events, this third event served to further formalise the emerging partnerships, based on the plans of action already developed by some of the participants, and allowed new participants to explore opportunities for collaboration with counterparts from the other region. Participants benefitted from targeted inputs with regard to potential funding sources, market access and IPR and regulatory issues, in order to put the emerging partnerships on a track towards self-sustainability. At the event, 16 new Memoranda of Understanding between 17 partners were signed, demonstrating the long-term commitment of many participants to the network.

THE FOURTH NETWORKING EVENT OF THE EUROPE-INDIA INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE

THE FOURTH NETWORKING EVENT OF THE EUROPE-INDIA INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE

27 May 2020
Virtual Event

The fourth networking event brought together the second cohort participants that came together during the third networking event in Delhi, India on 12-13 November 2019. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was decided to organise this virtual stocktaking event to keep the momentum up and for the incubators to present on the state of play of partnerships and discuss how to further enhance collaborations with the incubator(s) from the other region. There was a total of 19 participants – 9 from Europe and 10 from India.

This one-day virtual event, on Wednesday 27 May, included interactive plenary and breakout sessions. The participants had the opportunity to update each other on progress with regard to the collaborative activities they respectively agreed to at the Delhi networking event and discussed how to continue, deepen and extend these looking forward. The event also included sessions on the food waste challenge, tackling the impact of COVID- 19, one-on-one breakout sessions between participants, and corporate partners’ engagement to support the internationalisation of European and Indian startups. The participating incubators were allocated to breakout rooms, 2 to 4 participants per breakout room, where they discussed their ongoing and potential future collaborative activities with counterparts from the other region supporting startups in similar sector(s). In total, 15 interactions between pairs or groups of incubators took place in this format. As a result, 6 concrete partnerships emerged from the event with some envisaged collaborative activities focused on:

  • Providing soft-landing support to each other’s portfolio startups that are interested in exploring market opportunities and identifying local partners in the other region.
  • Jointly launching a call for applications around COVID-19 – to create critical mass and match startups from Europe and India to jointly develop solutions to COVID-19.

Third Party Opportunities

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.

Deadline: 28 April 2020 — 17:00 Brussels time

INNOWWIDE 2nd VAP Call

INNOWWIDE 2nd VAP Call

The INNOWWIDE 2nd VAP Call aims to provide funding to at least 120 European innovative SMEs and start-ups to conduct Viability Assessment Projects (VAPs) in markets outside of Europe. The INNOWWIDE programme helps innovative SME gain access to new international markets by funding viability assessment projects to be deployed in cooperation with local stakeholders around the world. The budget available for the 2nd Call is €4.2M (to be divided approximately one third per target country group). Each approved VAP will receive a fixed grant amount of €60,000, representing a maximum of 70% of total eligible costs (staff, consumables, equipment, subcontracting, others) which must be a minimum of €86,000.

If you are an innovative SME with the ambition to develop a new and innovative product-market combination (or process or service) with a strategic counterpart outside Europe; or if you need to first check the technical, commercial, legal and socio-economic feasibility of your innovative idea, the VAP instrument supported by the INNOWWIDE CSA can be the solution! The call for applications just opened on January 15th. You will be able to submit your application until March 31st!

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).

Toilet Board Accelerator 2021

Toilet Board Accelerator 2021

The Toilet Board Accelerator 2021 is looking for commercially viable businesses across the Sanitation Economies - including innovative sanitary-ware infrastructure, products & service providers; toilet resource collection, treatment, and transformation (circular resource recovery and up-cycling to water, energy, nutrients; and digital applications for sanitation and preventative healthcare. Please share with your portfolio startups to apply!

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8 - 11 October 2020
Antwerp, Belgium

Held right outside of Salesflare HQ, SuperNova is a new conference that launched in September 2018. It brings together thought leaders, investors and European scale-up companies for four days of inspiration, connection and mind-blowing demonstrations from the technological innovations of today and tomorrow.

Webit

Webit

12 October 2020
Europe, Valencia, Spain

Webit is a huge tech conference series with more than 10,000 attendees from all over the world. This event offers great networking opportunities as well as heavy-hitting speakers such as Mark Cuban.

Dublin Tech Summit

Dublin Tech Summit

14 October 2020
Europe, Dublin, Ireland
Digital technology

Dublin Tech Summit Virtual will draw the most influential tech and business leaders from across the world. For one day, experts from over 70 countries will come together to share knowledge, debate the latest trends, and network, all from our live virtual event space.

SHIFT

SHIFT

27 - 28 October 2020
Europe, Virtual & Onsite - Turku, Finland

SHIFT is a relatively new conference that offers a healthy mix of attendees from the business and tech worlds. They want tech and business to be beneficial, responsible and sustainable. Plus, the event tries to avoid being too big or too small, so that you can talk to everyone you’d like to without getting lost in the mix of things.

IMPACTFEST

IMPACTFEST

27 - 29 October 2020
Europe, Hague, Netherlands

ImpactFest continues its mission of ‘doing good & doing business’ to drive innovations for a better world. Together we take on the challenges the world is facing. Utilizing online possibilities, impact makers from around the world will connect. From sharing lessons learned and investors meeting innovators to master classes, ImpactFest once again provides impact makers with the opportunity to take new steps in their mission and accelerate innovation. Conditions allowing, offline sessions will be hosted on different locations in The Hague, together with our partners of the impact ecosystem.

HowToWeb

HowToWeb

28 - 29 October 2020
Bucharest, Romania

How to Web showcases the startup methods, tactics and mindset to help you build better tech & digital products and faster growth.

EBN CONGRESS 2020

EBN CONGRESS 2020

3 - 4 November 2020
Europe, Virtual Event

The annual EBN congress will take place online, and the theme is 'Regional Ecosysems Shaping European Innovation'

DRONETECH 2020 B2B Virtual Matchmaking Event

DRONETECH 2020 B2B Virtual Matchmaking Event

6 - 7 November 2020
Europe, Virtual Event

The event is addressed to all interested in the field of drone technology i.e. unmanned aircrafts and overland vehicles. It will target a wide spectrum of companies, universities, institutions, research and scientific centers from Europe and other parts of the world interested in sharing knowledge, experience, new project ideas and finding collaboration partners.

Rise of AI Conference

Rise of AI Conference

17 - 18 November 2020
Europe, Virtual and Onsite - Berlin, Germany

The Rise of AI conference has been around for about five years, and continues to be one of the premier AI events out there. With more than 800 AI experts, decision makers and thought leaders in one place, it’s a great place to discuss AI and its impact on society, politics and the economy.

Slush

Slush

19 - 20 November 2020
Helsinki, Finland

The conference has a unique energy and enthusiasm and offers a place to facilitate founder and investor meetings and to build a worldwide startup community. It will be a gathering of 25,000 curious minds, including 3,500 startups and 2,000 investors.

BENGALURU TECH SUMMIT 2020

BENGALURU TECH SUMMIT 2020

19 - 21 November 2020
India, Virtual Event

India's flagship event, Bengaluru Tech Summit has evolved over two decades as a Premier ICT, Electronics and Biotechnology Summit. Powerful Conference has been a strong component of the event, right since its inception providing view of critical, technical, commercial, policy issues facing the industry. The 23rd edition of BENGALURU TECH SUMMIT with its theme "Next is Now" is being held at Bengaluru the "Silicon Valley" of India from 19th to 21st November, 2020. This year, BTS 2020 will be a Virtual Event where audiences will participate virtually and experience the same content at the same time, from different locations, from different locations.

SaaStock

SaaStock

24 November 2020
Europe, Virtual Event

SaaStock APAC is the conference that connects local and global founders, execs, and investors in Asia for hands-on interactive workshops, ground breaking content, unrivalled networking opportunities, and a lot of fun. Get ready for jam-packed hours of interactive and relatable content designed to inspire growth, create better value for your customers, scale up your company and transform your business metrics.

Web Summit

Web Summit

2 - 4 December 2020
Europe, Virtual Event

Web Summit is one of the largest tech conferences out there. Packed with speakers, investors, startups and much, much more. This Summit brings together the people and companies redefining the global tech industry.

WindEnergyMatch 2020

WindEnergyMatch 2020

3 - 4 December 2020
Europe, Hamburg, Germany

The international brokerage event WindEnergyMatch 2020 offers companies and research institutions along the entire value chain of wind industry an additional uncomplicated platform to make valuable contacts and find out new aspects of international cooperation possibilities.

International Forum of Agricultural Robotics

International Forum of Agricultural Robotics

8 - 10 December 2020
Europe, Virtual Event

FIRA is the world expert leading event focused on the new era of agriculture: robotics. Robot manufacturers, agricultural businesses, producers, investors, suppliers and entrepreneurs from all over the world will meet online in 2020. SMEs, start-ups, researchers, farmers, distributors, suppliers, clusters are invited to attend FIRA, since it is the unique opportunity to share knowledge, explore new collaborations and design robotics development strategy to bring innovative robotics solutions into a farming process that’s interested in less harmful impacts on health, food production and environment.

Arctic 15

Arctic 15

Postponed, date TBA
Europe, Helsinki, Finland

Arctic 15 is described as “the most effective matchmaking startup event in the Nordics and Baltics.” The event revolves heavily revolves around making deals and creating an environment for quality networking. The program includes 15 tracks across tech and offers one-on-one meetings in Deal Room, plus side events and workshops.

SaaStr Europa 2020

SaaStr Europa 2020

Postponed, date TBA
Europe, Paris, France
Business software and tech companies

SaaStr is the world's largest community of SaaS executives, founders, and entrepreneurs. The goal is to bring together Software as a service (SaaS) best practices directly —to share, scale, and grow together.

Tech Open Air

Tech Open Air

Postponed, TBA
Europe, Berlin, Germany

Tech Open Air is a leading European tech festival. Its mission is to help people future-proof their businesses and their lives. As technology continues to transform the way we work, live and relate, it becomes more and more important to take advantage of the opportunities it’s creating.


Corona Related Opportunities

COVID-19 initiatives within the Europe-India Innovation Network

Coronathon India

Coronathon India

Coronathon India, India’s COVID-19 online hackathon to build projects that can help India tackle the pandemic.

Startups vs COVID 19

Startups vs COVID 19

The Indian incubator 91 Springboard is part of the community that has launched the Startups vs COVID 19 initiative, where they have developed an online platform and are consolidating all efforts being taken by investors, government departments, and stakeholders in the startup ecosystem to support startups tackling COVID 19.

Centre for Augmenting WAR with COVID-19 Health Crisis

Centre for Augmenting WAR with COVID-19 Health Crisis

The Indian incubator SINE ITT Bombay is implementing a “Centre for Augmenting WAR with COVID-19 Health Crisis” (CAWACH) on behalf of the Indian Government’s Department of Science and Technology to scout, evaluate and support the innovations and start-ups that address COVID-19 challenges.

Care & Industry together against CORONA

Care & Industry together against CORONA

The Belgian incubator WSL has reached out to the Indian incubators to collaborate on the Care & Industry together against CORONA, initiative which is an online platform that aims to match and facilitate partnerships between innovators and solution seekers (industry, government, NGOs) in the healthcare sector, as well as to be a platform where people can share their initiatives and exchange knowledge.

COVID-19 Initiatives outside the Network

EUvsVirus Challenge

#EUvsVirus Challenge

24 - 26 April 2018
Online event

#EUvsVirus Challenge is an online Hackathon that the European Commission, in close collaboration with EU member states, will host from April 24th - 26th, to connect civil society, innovators, partners and buyers across Europe to develop innovative solutions to overcome coronavirus-related challenges.

#EBNvsCOVID 19

#EBNvsCOVID 19

#EBNvsCOVID 19 is an initiative launched by EBN to tackle the COVID-19 crisis. EBN members and the companies they support are being asked to pitch their initiatives and innovative solutions.

NEED4HEALTH

NEED4HEALTH

The NEED4HEALTH online platform is where healthcare professionals can list their needs in regards to COVID-19, and companies can post solutions that can have a positive impact to the current crisis and post crisis.

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