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NFFA-Europe

From 2016-04-05 00:00 to 2019-08-31 00:00

Italy / Trieste

What it is?

NFFA-Europe offers European and Third Country (see eligibility criteria) scientists from both academia and industry the possibility to carry out comprehensive projects for multidis...

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SME Instrument 2016-2017. Phase 2

From 2016-02-03 00:00 to 2017-10-18 00:00

What it is?

The SME instrument addresses the financing needs of internationally oriented SMEs, in implementing high-risk and high-potential innovation ideas. It aims at supporting projects wit...

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Open Data Incubator Europe Open Call

From 2015-05-01 00:00 to 2016-08-31 00:00

What it is?

Open Data INcubator for Europe (ODInE) project is funded by European Commission under Horizon H2020 programme and ODINE will provide an accelerator programme for SMEs and startu...

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42 Accelerator Autum 2016

From 2016-05-02 00:00 to 2016-09-30 00:00

Italy / Turin

What it is?

42Accelerator is looking for hungry game-changing entrepreneurs who are ready to join a new kind of accelerator program, driven by more than just capital. Up to 10 startups will b...

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SME Instrument 2016-2017. Phase 1

From 2016-02-24 00:00 to 2017-11-08 00:00

What it is?

The SME instrument addresses the financing needs of internationally oriented SMEs, in implementing high-risk and high-potential innovation ideas. It aims at supporting projects wit...

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FAST TRACK (FUNDING) TO INNOVATION

From 2015-02-02 00:00 to 2016-10-25 00:00

What it is?

The FTI pilot supports projects undertaking innovation from the demonstration stage through to market uptake, including stages such as piloting, test-beds, systems validation in re...

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Smart City Proof of Concepts/ Pilots of IoT OPen innovation Ecosystem for connected smart objects

From 2016-06-01 00:00 to 2016-08-01 00:00

Finland / Espoo

What it is?

bIoTope develops a dozen of smart city proofs-of-concept/pilots, implemented in three distinct cities/regions (Helsinki, Grand Lyon, Brussels Region). In order to engage local dev...

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KIC InnoEnergy 2016

From 2016-06-01 00:00 to 2016-10-11 00:00

What it is?

KIC InnoEnergy is the European company promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and education in sustainable energy by bringing together academics, businesses and research institutes...

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Startup Platforms in Eastern Poland

From 2016-03-01 00:00 to 2016-12-31 00:00

Poland / Warszawa

What it is?

Startup Platforms is a business accelerating program implemented by the **Polish Agency for Enterprise Development** under the Operational Program Eastern Poland 2014-2020. It is a...

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Big Data Ready Challenge

From 2015-09-29 00:00 to 2016-11-01 00:00

USA

What it is?

The contest aims at taking big data projects from pilot to production, harnessing big data to increase customer loyalty, reduce fraud, and improve operational efficiency and using ...

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Cleanest engine of the future

From 2016-04-20 00:00 to 2019-08-20 00:00

What it is?

The purpose of this prize is to stimulate the development of next generation engine and powertrain technologies using conventional fuels. This should reduce emissions of pollutants...

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Engine retrofit for clean air

From 2016-04-20 00:00 to 2017-09-12 00:00

What it is?

The prize aims at spurring the development of new technologies that can be applied to existing diesel engines and powertrains to reduce emissions of pollutants in real driving cond...

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Birth Day prize

From 2016-04-28 00:00 to 2017-09-06 00:00

What it is?

The challenge of the prize is to identify and bring to market innovative solutions preventing death and complications during pregnancy and childbirth. The contest is open to any le...

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Startupbootcamp FoodTech Rome 2016

From 2016-05-12 00:00 to 2016-09-19 00:00

Italy / Roma

What it is?

This 3-month acceleration programme is aimed at supporting and scaling companies innovating and disrupting the food industries and is searching for start-ups , anywhere in the worl...

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Nordea - Programme 2016

From 2016-05-12 00:00 to 2016-08-07 00:00

Norway / Oslo / Finland / Helsinki

What it is?

Nordea accelerator programme, which is run together with Nestholma Venture Accelerator, is an intensive, 12-week programme designed to grow your FinTech startup. The programme off...

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Startup Alcobendas

From 2016-07-28 00:40 to 2016-07-28 00:40

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 matur...

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StartUp.org 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 matur...

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Photovoltaics meets history

From 2016-07-05 00:00 to 2018-09-26 00:00

What it is?

Horizon prize for Integrated Photovoltaic Energy System will reward a European protected historic urban district that has perfectly integrated in its buildings a photovoltaic sy...

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CO2 reuse prize

From 2016-07-05 00:00 to 2019-04-03 00:00

What it is?

Horizon prize CO2 reuse will reward innovative products utilising CO2 that could significantly reduce the atmospheric emissions of CO2 when deployed on...

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Innovative experiments on interworking and interoperability of SoftFIRE

From 2016-07-08 00:00 to 2016-09-06 00:00

What it is?

SoftFIRE integrates European independent testbeds that are made available with a set of basic functionalities related to Network Function Virtualization and Softwar...

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Low carbon hospital

From 2016-07-05 00:00 to 2019-04-03 00:00

What it is?

Horizon prize for Combined Heat and Power (CHP) installation in a hospital using 100% renewable energy sources will reward a hospital that has an innovative and per...

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European Broadband Award 2016

From 2016-07-04 00:00 to 2016-09-15 00:00

What it is?

The aim of this competition is to identify and award good practices in planning, management and implementation of the High Capacity Networks in Europe, as well as t...

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LUISS EnLabs Acceleration Programme, 2nd batch, 2016

From 2016-07-05 00:00 to 2016-09-25 00:00

What it is?

LUISS EnLabs is a Rome-based startup accelerator which, twice a year, select a new batch of early-stage disruptive startups for their acceleration prog...

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Testimonials

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
jean-noel_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
david_monks

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

Rasmus Blok
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
honorio_navarro

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

Carlos Molina
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
barry_obrien

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
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
klaus_bome

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 2016!

Over the coming weeks OpenAxel will select the 9 winners of its 2nd European startup contest which has been a success with almost 1100 applicants from almost all European nationalities and from all sectors and technologies. We look forward to announce them really soon!

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Meet the most promising European startups

OpenAxel is proud to announce the winners of its second contest, which were selected out of more than 1.100 applicants from more than 20 European countries. This impressive traction was achieved thanks to the support of the solid and vast network of accelerators built by OpenAxel and the competitive acceleration package that OpenAxel program offers. Winners will be awarded with several prizes including tailored mentoring and coaching, [...]

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