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ADER - Agencia de Desarrollo Económico de La RiojaEntity: ADER - Agencia de Desarrollo Económico de La Rioja

From 2015-09-14 00:00 to 2015-12-08 17:00

Logroño / La Rioja

What it is?

We offer promotion and assessment services for internationalisation of companies from our region (La Rioja, Spain)Entidad que presta servicios de promoción y asesoramiento a las empresas riojanas.


StartUp.org AlcobendasEntity: Startup Alcobendas

From 2015-09-24 00:00 to 2015-11-15 00:00

Alcobendas / Madrid / Spain

What it is?

Startup Alcobendas is an accelerator lead by Alcobendas City Council. The program lasts 5 months, and it´s FREE and opened to any sector startups, being of no importance the maturity of the project.


Evaluators Signup FormEntity: FundingBox Accelerator sp. z o.o.

From 2015-11-02 01:00 to 2016-11-30 23:59

What it is?

New acceleration initiative in CEE from The FundingBox Group.


Next step Challenge - Startups in the field of Sound and Home IntegrationEntity: Next Step Challenge

From 2015-11-13 01:00 to 2015-12-01 23:59

Denmark / Holstebro

What it is?

Next Step Challenge is Europes most innovative startup competition and development program featuring a grand prize of €250,000!




Being part of the OpenAxel has been a fantastic opportunity for MyTwinPlace. We were immersed in San Francisco's ecosystem and we took this opportunity to release our new product directly in Silicon Valley, which brought us to being featured in TechCrunch. This has been a key milestone in the launch of our product.

Jean-Noël Saunier

OpenAxel was a very positive outcome for us, in particular with the reference to the Next Step Challenge, and I look forward to continuing to be involved with OpenAxel in future

David Monks

OpenAxel2014 was valuable in increasing the brand and knowledge of WISEflow the leading European end-to-end assessment platform

Rasmus Blok

The organization helped us in every aspect needed and we were able to stablish great contacts that we plan to keep in touch for a possible relation in the future. The trip to San Francisco, make us open our eyes on how things work in the field of business.

Honorio Navarro

OpenAxel is one of the efforts that the European society is doing for startups through accelerators and administrations

Carlos Molina

Really enjoyed working with the guys from the Spanish Tech Centre and the OpenAxel consortium. As a fellow European, the quality and strength of the companies were a huge indicator of what the start up scene in Europe has to offer. It was impressive to see these leading companies taking the steps to grow their business and access the US market.

Barry O’Brian

Exchanging thoughts with the OpenAxel group around the key facts on Silicon Valley and what the Endeavor aims to build, was a fruitful conversation to continue the support of entrepreneurs around the world

Allen Taylor

I had the pleasure of working with the OpenAxel team last year and they did an amazing job in raising awareness of European startups. SVForum looks forward to strengthening the ties and continuing to bridge the gap between Silicon Valley and the European entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Klaus Børme Wehage

OpenAxel was a great programme and a very good opportunity to meet fellow entrepreneurs and top-notch investors and mentors of the european startup scene. I think all of the companies involved had a great time and were given very good business opportunities in Madrid and in Silicon Valley.

Lóci Alvégi
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And now… on to 2015 and 2016!

OpenAxel is now looking forward to organise its 2nd contest next year, which is expected to attract even more startups, mentors and accelerators, as well as the winners of the first round. We are now looking forward to see your applications, we would like to make the second OpenAxel batch even more memorable!


OpenAxel takes Europe’s startup leaders to Silicon Valley

OpenAxel will select during this month the 9 winners of its second European startup competition and offer them the opportunity to participate in a high performance seminar in Silicon [...]

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Corporate acceleration “a necessity” if Europe is to gain competitive edge, says leaders from 70 corporates

“Something has clicked within the start-up ecosystem.” Says Emma Sinclair, founder of EnterpriseJungle and the youngest woman in the United Kingdom to take a company public at the age of 29. “The symbiosis between large corporates and start-ups is now critical if Europe is to gain the competitive [...]

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OpenAxel announces its second european startup contest

Following the success of the first contest, OPENAXEL launches its second call to detect the best digital European entrepreneurial talent. Accelerators and corporate start-up programmes are again looking for the most promising European startups. This second OpenAxel contest will be open until October 30 [...]

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