CEE Soft-Landing Tour

The Department for International Trade, in collaboration with Startup Campus London, is now inviting innovative retail-tech and med-tech entrepreneurs from the CEE to join a two-day scoping visit to London on 22 & 23 November 2018.

 

Delegates will get an insight into the UK’s vibrant B2B ecosystem and will have access to first-hand information from industry experts, business advisers, university partners, incubators, accelerators, funding organizations, and potential investors. They will also have the opportunity to introduce their business on stage to a selected audience and to attend a networking reception afterward.

We offer two-nights’ accommodation in London for each participant (1 delegate/company) and free attendance in the programme. Flights and other travel arrangements need to be covered by the delegates.

Should I come?
Ideal delegates will operate in the B2B segment and already have a commercialized “product” and/or funding provided by a VC or angel investor. We look forward to receiving applications from innovative SMEs that specifically target the UK market with their solution or want to go global via the UK.

Topics to be covered during the programme:
– Introducing DIT’s services for overseas businesses
– How to start a business in the UK (company registration, bank account opening, taxes, incentives, investment schemes, funding opportunities, R&D schemes)
– Legal aspects of doing business
– Opportunities in the Northern Powerhouse Region
– Opportunities in London
– Business etiquette / how to negotiate with UK partners successfully
– Meeting CEE businesses already successfully operating in the UK
– Pitching session

How to apply: 
Those who are interested in joining the mission will need to complete the below questionnaire and follow the instructions to apply.

The deadline for application is 28 October 2018.

We launched our newest project called Startup Campus High School

Through this, we aim to reach out to teens between the age of 14 to 18. We believe that to build a strong startup ecosystem in Hungary, we need to create a firm foundation and a creative and young generation which knows what it means to be a startupper and has the right mindset and motivation to start Her/His own startup!  

So, with this goal, we decided to visit a High School each month in Budapest or Debrecen to hold 1/1.5-hour long introduction sessions at each. During these, we introduce the teens to the basics of what they need to know about startups and what it means to participate in the startup ecosystem. 

Our first stop was at Lauder Jave Community High School in Budapest, where three of our colleagues and one startupper from our portfolio startups shared their experiences and answered the student’s great questions. We hope that the further stops of our tour will be as inspiring and useful as this one was.  

Startup Campus BME powered by Hiventures Program has been launched!

At the official kick-off press conference, we announced the start of our new project Startup Campus MBE powered by Hiventures, in cooperation with the Budapest University of Technology and Economics alongside with  Hiventures Venture Capitalist Fund.

Want to know how to create something great just from an idea? Take part in the 5 weeks long training sessions and start your own Startup!

Here you will get the possibility to learn the steps of creating your own company with the guidance of professional mentors and coaches. They will help you create a business and financial plan, plus at the very end of the sessions, you’ll get the possibility to pitch your idea in front of the Investment Board of Hiventures. Be one of the best teams, and win the 9 million HUF investment prize!

For further details and the application, link click here! 

Application deadline: 10. October 2018.

Startup Campus V4 Tour visited Tel Aviv

The Startup Campus V4 Global Tour to Tel Aviv from September 2-6, 2018 was held within the framework of the 2-day DLD Innovation festival (Sept. 5th and 6th). The tour consisted of workshops, B2B meetings, networking, pitching, in addition to historical sightseeing. Four Hungarian and one Polish startup in the field of Life Sciences and MedTech represented the V4 startup ecosystem including Vitrolink, Viola City, Innoria, DiabTrend, and Electron Square.

On the first official day of the tour, the startups visited Google Campus Tel Aviv to learn about the evaluation process of local MedTech investors, then traveled to Jerusalem where they explored the historical sites with the Diplomat for Cultural and Educational Affairs of the Embassy of Hungary in Tel Aviv, attended a networking event organized by the V4 diplomats, and met with OurCrowd Ltd. venture capital firm representative

 

The following day, the startups attended an Axis Corporate special edition of workshops and presentations held at the Polish Institute in Tel Aviv opened by the ambassador of Poland, followed by local innovation leaders from MagnaCarta Communications, OurCrowd Ltd venture partners, Applied Value Group, Bluechain Ventures, Axis Innovation, and the Institute of Venture and Global MBA at TAU who prepared the delegation for working with multinational corporations and doing business in the Israeli startup ecosystem.

The third day was spent at the DLD Innovation Festival, attended by 110 delegations from over 40 countries, over presenting 100 startups, and approximately 4,000 guests. At DLD, the startups participated in B2B meetings, networked, and attended panel discussions on a variety of topics, followed by an evening rooftop networking event at Mindpsace Tel Aviv organized by the V4 missions in order to build knowledge about opportunities between the V4 region and Isreal. The networking event commenced with opening remarks by the Ambassadors of Poland and Slovakia, CEO of Enterprise Hungary, the Federation of the Israeli Chamber of Commerce, and more experts on cooperation prospects between CEE and Israel. 

The startups returned to the second day of the DLD festival for more B2B meetings and networking on the final day of the tour before returning to their respective home countries.

Hungarian Industry 4.0 startups introduced themselves at the annual venture forum in Baden-Württemberg

On the 23rd of July, the delegation of Startup Campus visited the „Industry 4.0 – Startups meet Hidden Champions” investor event, organized by Venture Forum Neckar. We were happy to provide 4 innovative Hungarian startups the chance to convince about 120 visitors, among them mainly investors and decision makers of local SMEs, of their technologies.

Bechtle AG, Germany’s largest independent IT systems integrator and Europe’s leading IT e-commerce provider, was kindly providing space for the conference and exhibition. Representatives from the sponsors Bosch and Sigloch joint the event to discuss the startups’ technologies and explore investment opportunities.

Altogether, 23 startups presented their solutions in form of 8-minute pitches, 90 seconds pitches. The members of the Startup Campus delegation were: Aeriu, the drone-software company for inventory management in big warehouses. AXS Motion System producing wearable technologies for industrial use, combined with an ergonomic evaluation system. Pozi.Tech who digitalize production and supply chain logistics processes by automatic real-time localization of production-related objects, and SFI Engineering who provide modularized automation solutions for car manufactures.

Startup Campus will launch its Industry 4.0 portfolio in September 2018, with a detailed 1-year business development program ensuring conditions for entry to the market and providing support for collaborations with German companies from the industrial sector.

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Ungarische Industrie 4.0 Startups stellten ihre Technologien auf dem jährlichen Venture Forum in Baden-Württemberg vor.

Am 23. Juli besuchte die Delegation des Startup Campus die vom Venture Forum Neckar organisierte Investorenveranstaltung “Industry 4.0 – Startups meet Hidden Champions”. Wir gaben 4 innovativen ungarischen Startups die Chance, über 120 Besucher – darunter vor allem Investoren und Entscheidungsträger lokaler KMU – von ihren Technologien zu überzeugen.

Die Bechtle AG, Deutschlands größter unabhängiger IT-Systemintegrator und Europas führender E-Commerce-Anbieter, stellte freundlicherweise Raum für die Konferenz und die Ausstellung zur Verfügung. Vertreter der Sponsoren Bosch und Sigloch nahmen an der Veranstaltung teil, um die Technologien der Start-ups zu diskutieren und Investitionsmöglichkeiten zu erkunden.

Insgesamt präsentierten 23 Startups ihre Lösungen in Form von 8-Minuten-Pitches, 90-Sekunden-Pitches oder in der Ausstellungshalle. Die Mitglieder der Delegation des Startup Campus waren: Aeriu, das Drohnen-Software-Unternehmen für das Bestandsmanagement in großen Lagern. AXS Motion System produziert am Körper tragbare Technologien für den industriellen Einsatz, kombiniert mit einem ergonomischen Bewertungssystem. Pozi.Tech, die Produktions- und Lieferkettenlogistikprozesse durch automatische Echtzeitlokalisierung von Gütern digitalisieren, und SFI Engineering, die modulare Automatisierungslösungen für Automobilhersteller bereitstellen.

Startup Campus wird im September 2018 sein Industrie 4.0 Portfolio einführen. Ein detailliertes einjähriges Business-Development-Programm sichert die Voraussetzungen für den Marktzugang und unterstützt die Zusammenarbeit mit deutschen Unternehmen aus der Industrie 4.0.

 

Industrie 4.0 Startups Meet Hidden Champions Selection Day

On June 26th, 2018, the “Industrie 4.0 Startups Meet Hidden Champions Selection Day” was held at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. At the joint event of Startup Campus, which specializes in the international launch of innovative enterprises, and the Venture Forum Neckar investor group in Baden- Württemberg, the international large business segment was represented by General Electric Digital, and the domestic medium-sized company was represented by the Tungsram Group.

The aim of the “Industrie 4.0 Startups Meet Hidden Champions Selection Day” was to support the digital transformation of German small and medium-sized companies, which are the backbone of Germany. For this reason, SMEs seek worldwide innovations of the Industry 4.0 that will ensure the competitiveness of the SME sector in Germany.

Guests were welcomed by Dr. László György, State Secretary for Economic Strategy and Regulation from the Ministry of Innovation and Technology. The audience then listened to speeches by Dr. Stefan Reineck, Chairman of the Venture Forum Neckar Investor Group, and Thomas Schulz, the Central Eastern European Network Manager of GE Digital.

The lineup of speakers continued with László Kovács, head of the BME I 4.0 Technological Center, and concluded with Joerg Bauer, CEO of the Tungsram Group, who gave a first-hand presentation on the digitalisation challenges faced by a medium-sized company.

The Startup Campus Industry 4.0 startup portfolio, including Aeriu, Haris Engineering, SFI engineering, Pozi.tech and AXS motion system also introduced their ideas at the event.

All five of the startup teams were then invited to participate in the investor forum in Heilbronn on July 24th, 2018.

Following the event, Zoltán Galla, head of the Startup Campus Berlin program, stated, “We believe, that Hungarian innovative startups will be able to promote cooperation with the capital-strong German SME sector based on long-term partnerships, professionally prepared and with industry focus.

More pictures about the event here. 

The Startup Campus V4 Global Tour Halfway Point

From June 13th to the 15th, 2018, the Startup Campus V4 Global Tour arrived to London for its 5th destination within the framework of London Tech Week to promote the V4 startup ecosystem. Included in the global tour was the closing event of the Startup Campus London university incubation program, where the Hungarian student teams participating in the Spring semester of the training program introduced their innovative startup projects to a professional jury panel and audience.

Some of these young Hungarian diaspora living in London joined the global tour startups at the Business Breakfast held at the Hungarian Embassy on the first day of the tour, as well. At the breakfast, participants were introduced to incubators and investors, accompanied by international diplomats and the Ambassador of Hungary in London.

“In Istanbul, Berlin, New York, Boston and Vienna, we were able to strengthen the discoverability of the V4 countries and the region’s innovation ecosystem. London is Europe’s startup capital, so it was of paramount importance to host an official satellite event of London Tech Week, the UK’s largest technology conference,” said Zsolt Kovács, CEO of Enterprise Hungary, who initiated the Startup Campus program.

On the second day of the tour, Hungarian teams Bankzee and Trustchain, and Polish teams Transparent Data and the Cancer Center had the chance to visit the TechXLR8 London Tech Week anchor event, where Cancer Center had won the HackXLR8 competition on the previous day of the anchor event. Later that evening, young Hungarians living in London presented their innovative entrepreneurial ideas at the Demo Day event of the Startup Campus London Spring Semester. The professional jury chose the winner, Ecosync, a young team of engineers working in Oxford on energy developments.

The Global Tour’s closing event on Friday was organized on the 8th floor of the brand new MindSpace Shoreditch coworking space, where Fintech, Energy and Life Science startups demonstrated their business potential to a team of professional investors in the jury panel. The market opportunities of the Ecosync project were also validated here, as the team celebrated its second consecutive win, beating later stage startups at this event.

The jury panel, among others, included proponent of two major industry focuses of the tour, such as Triin Linamagi, head of the Startupbootcamp Fintech division, and founder and managing director of Sustainable Ventures, Andrew Wordsworth.

Launch your startup on the international market

Startup Campus offices opening in 7 destinations –  The purpose of the decentralized incubator network is to help mature startups to access international markets and to achieve global expansion. In addition to Budapest, the global program includes interconnected cities such as London, Berlin, Hong Kong, Singapore, Chengdu and Shenzhen, and more destinations coming soon.

The global program focuses on three key industries or technologies of the corresponding ecosystem in each city, led by a local team of professionals and partner network, which provides a local presence for startups. The main task of the bases is to offer personalized support for foreign market entry, with particular emphasis on their inclusion in the given ecosystem, by involving local investment, sales as well as relevant partner networks essential to their growth.

Quick fish eats big fish! This is one of the basics of our program. With the global network, we aim to accelerate the international validation and market acquisition of innovative businesses. One of the most important things in this competitive world of innovation is time and timing. With our program, we wish to provide an accelerated platform for startups and to help launch them into this global competition. “said Zsolt Kovács, managing director of Enteprise Hungary, the program.

Startup Campus Global Locations and Industry Focuses:

  • Berlin – Fintech, E-commerce, LifeSciences, Industry 4.0
  • Budapest – FinTech, CleanTech, E-Commerce
  • Chengdu – LifeSciences, Agri-Food Tech, Gaming
  • Hong Kong – Fintech, SmartCity, Blockchain
  • London – Fintech, CleanTech, Life Sciences
  • Shenzhen – SmartCity, LifeSciences, CleanTech / Energy
  • Singapore – FinTech, Big Data, IoT

The two main programs of Startup Campus Global – the three-stage Soft-Landing Program and the Business Validation Tour – provide a dedicated solution to the problems that a startup may face when entering the global market. The main aim of the programs is to build bridges between international markets and startup ecosystems and to facilitate the global expansion of startups.

The application is now open for all locations: https://www.f6s.com/startupcampusglobalincubationprogram

Website: http://scglobal.co.uk/

University innovations have also introduced themselves at the Startup Campus V4 Global Tour to Vienna

May 24-25, 2018 , the fourth destination of the Startup Campus V4 Global Tour, also marked the Startup Campus University Innovative Idea within the framework of the Pioneers Festival.

After Istanbul, Berlin and the USA East Coast tour, the Startup Campus V4 Global Tour, which supports the start-ups of the V4 region, arrived to the Austrian capital. This two-day event was opened by a business breakfast organized at the Hungarian Embassy in Vienna. In the morning, Czech Angee Technologies, Polish Agribot, Hungarian Greenfox Academy and the Austro-Hungarian Intellyo team participated in a V4 breakfast attended by Austrian investors and partners.

 

With the international programs of the Startup Campus, we wish to provide a trampoline for talented university students and startups. We promote the global discoverability of teams and our services encourage international validation and market access. It was an honor to have been a professional partner at the Pioneers Festival this year and to have provided opportunities for university students and regional startup teams.“- said Zsolt Kovács, CEO of Enterprise Hungary, the mother company of the Startup Campus program.

The Startup Campus University program overlapped with the fourth stop of the global tour , featuring the best 8 Central and Eastern European university startup teams who had their first opportunity to pitch to and receive constructive feedback from a professional jury.

The winning idea was the Romanian Xvision team, who specialize in the automatic detection of diseases in the human body through the smart analysis of medical X-rays.

After completing a 2day bootcamp in Budapest a few weeks prior to the Pioneers pitching event, the team continued to the incubation of 8 finalists, and the mature teams were able to begin to source funding and capitalize.

The Startup Campus V4 Global Tour will continue to its fifth stop in London, where Slovakian, Hungarian, Czech and Polish startups in the field of Energy, Fintech and Life Science will introduce their ideas within the framework of London Tech Week, in addition to participating in B2B meetings and networking events.

Startup Campus V4 Global Tour – USA

Between May 6th-13th, 2018, the Startup Campus V4 Global Tour journied across the United States East Coast. At the third destination of the tour, five Hungarian health care startups had the opportunity to validate themselves in the US market and to develop further cooperative relationships at various business-to-business meetings.

During this one-week business trip, startups presented themselves at the Foley and Lardner pitching and networking event in Boston, opened by Dr. László Szabó, Ambassador of Hungary in Washington D.C. In the following days, the teams visited the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), MIT’s Media Labs, and participated at another pitch tournament before a diverse group of health care, law and business professionals at the Quinnipiac University.

In New York City, the teams exhibited at TechDay NYC, one of the biggest tech events in the city, after which a musical chairs-style pitch program and networking event was held at the Hungarian Consulate General in New York City, where the teams met several local experts and gained valuable feedback and connections. At the last stop of the East Coast tour, they presented their innovations in Worcester, Massachussetts before the Hungarian Medical Association of America and received several invitations that would allow for further cooperation.

We see a lot of opportunities between local health and med tech startups and the ecosystem of the USA East coast. The week spent there has resulted in network growth, useful feedback, and startups have been given direct access to American partners. The outgoing startups introduced new perspectives in the USA that, based on experience, can leverage the acquisitions gained here and how to validate themselves in the US market.” said Sebastian Tamás, director of the Hungarian National Trading House, Innotrade program.

In the USA, 6 medtech / health care startups joined the tour; InSimu Patient, a patient-simulation application specially developed for professional use; Vitrolink, advanced technology solutions to assist the pathologist’s daily routine; MED3D, a surgical innovative education system that enables professionals to check the quality of the prepared sutures in detail, and Now Technologies Gyro smart tool that helps people with mobility impairments with headaches in communication and movement, as well as Promobox, with gift packs and information publications to help their mothers with their children. Notch, the first smartphone ready motion capture platform.

The next destintion of the global tour will be to Vienna within the framework of the Pioneers tech event, which will also mark the finals of the Startup Campus University – Innovative Idea Battle.