By @SimonCocking to be accepted to Silicon Valley giant accelerator Y Combinator / Google to integrate technology developed by the startup Peoplegraph

  • 300 international guests at the Demo Day of the etventure-led EU accelerator EuropeanPioneers in The Factory Berlin

  • Opening Keynote speeches given by Christophe Maire, CEO of Atlantic Internet and Peter Fatelnig, Head of Net Innovation of the European Commission
  • The second round of acceleration at EuropeanPioneers has started where startups receive up to €250.000 and join an 8 months training and mentoring program

The first 12 startups funded by EU accelerator EuropeanPioneers show cased their achievements in the 8th of July Demo Day  at The Factory in Berlin. 300 international guests attended to watch the startups present their progress of the 8 months program at the accelerator. The international crowd included investors, European Commission representatives and proactive pioneers in the startup scene. The Demo Day concluded the first round of funding at the EuropeanPioneers accelerator which started in December 2014.

The event was opened by two Keynote speeches. The first given by Head of Net Innovation of the European Commission Peter Fatelnig. The second speech by CEO of Atlantic Internet and one of the well known investors in the German startup ecosystem, Christopher Maire.

All participating startups have presented their achievements and the milestones they have set for themselves in the coming months. One of the highlights was attributed to (an educational online platform that allows programmers to video livestream while coding) as they announced their acceptance to the new class of Silicon Valley accelerator, Y combinator. Y combinator has funded and supported 300 startups since 2005 amongst their portfolio are successful startups Airbnb and Dropbox. Furthermore, UK startup Peoplegraph who is revolutionising the way to find people online is now integrating their technology with Google.

TobyRich  who is the first German startup to launch a crowd funding campaign on the American platform Kickstarter. TobyRich who develops smartphone controlled toys have also won the award for most innovative product in March with IoT{Accelerate} Berlin. Finally, other startups who have also reached impressive milestones are eloptico and Konnektid (E-Learning), Zylia, muuselabs and GameGenetics (Gaming), Avuxi and Smartdrive (Smart City Services), Appscend and usherU (Social Connected TV).

Peter Fatelnig, Head of Net Innovation at the EU Commission: “Entrepreneurship is not a hobby. As a founder you have to turn into an all-rounder.  EuropeanPioneers was the key for 12 European teams to shape and make the most of themselves and their business ideas. The sustainable development of a digital market and such tech ideas in Europe can only be done by accelerator programs like EuropeanPioneers.”

Christophe Maire, CEO of Atlantic Internet: “The establishment of startups is easier among peers who have similar mindsets. Therefore, Berlin provides the perfect environment to grow European startups and accelerate the development of  their business models.”

Laura Kohler, Head of Accelerator: “We are overwhelmed by the completion of the first round. We have supported and helped fortify the businesses of 12 European Startups during the 8 months of the EuropeanPioneers program. We are sure that our teams will successfully continue on in their paths. At the same time we are excited about the start of the second round of acceleration at our program. We are currently evaluating all applications received. Interest in our accelerator was enormous. We know that we will get more great startups for this second round.”

The second cohort starts the accelerator programme on the 11th of August 2015.

A total of 650 applications have been received for the second round at the EuropeanPioneers accelerator program which closed it’s application process on 22. June 2015. This round received 400 more applications than its predecessor round that launched in December 2014.

The EuropeanPioneers team will select 40 startups out of the 650 applications whom they will invite to Berlin to pitch in front of an expert Jury on the 21. and 22. of July 2015.  41 applications out of the 650 came from Ireland. After the July pitches, 13 startups in the business areas of Smart City Services,  E-Learning, Pervasive Gaming and Social Connected TV will be selected to kickstart the second round of funding starting on the 11. August 2015.

About European Pioneers

The etventure led consortium around EuropeanPioneers is part of the Future Internet Programme of the European Union “FIWARE ACCELERATOR PROGRAMME”, which gives up to 80 Million Euros as grants to innovative startups. EuropeanPioneers is in charge of the 16 accelerator programmes together with it’s partners the Fraunhofer Institut IAIS (Sankt Augustin), Weblify (Poland), ThoughtBox (Ireland) und F-Secure (Finland).

About ThoughtBox

ThoughtBox is an award winning educational company, specialising in E-Learning and Gamification. By partnering with bigger brands such as Eason and Fyffes, ThoughtBox is aiming to provide free quality educational products to children worldwide.



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