Startup Weekend Cagliari
A European delegation of policy makers, startups, established corporations and investors will meet Silicon Valley business stakeholders to foster cross-continental collaborations. On September 21-25 the most flourishing startup ecosystem of the world will host the “SEC2SV – Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley” initiative, part of Startup Europe, organized by Mind the Bridge Foundation, in partnership with Silicon Valley Comes to UK, Allied for Startups and with the support of several Silicon Valley-based partner organizations. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is invited to open the event.
Modeled by the successful Silicon Valley Comes to UK, the weeklong initiative (SEC2SV) aims at connecting Europe and Silicon Valley toward establishing new business opportunities and collaboration. The delegation will include commissioners and prime ministers, a selection of some of the best EU “Scaleups” (mature startups with 20% revenue or employee growth in the last 3 years), the new European Unicorns (private companies with over $1 billion dollars in market value), established corporations and investors.
The week of meetings in Silicon Valley will provide an opportunity to bring together the activities of European Member State representatives under one single European Flag. Europe is producing a new generation of startups that can have a disruptive impact on many areas of the global economy.
Invited participants include Andrus Ansip, European Commission VP for the Digital Single Market; Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner; Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the United States; as well as senior executives from Google, Facebook, Airbnb, Uber, Apple, Telefonica, Orange, Deutsche Bank, and representatives from the venture and academic communities from both sides of the Atlantic (from Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock, Social Capital, Softech VC, USV, Y Combinator, RocketSpace and 500Startups to Stanford, Berkeley, Singularity University).
The week will start on September 21st with SEC2SV European Innovation Day, a full-day conference held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View that is expected to gather 600-700 attendees around the following topics:
The SEC2SV event is aimed at building a high-quality, geographically diverse delegation of Scaleups. Applications are currently open and the final selection will be curated by Silicon Valley-based partner organizations each focused on a specific EU country or region:
Europe will benefit from Silicon Valley to help create economically impactful and long lasting ecosystems where innovation can flourish, while Silicon Valley will benefit from an open dialogue with European policy makers to tap into significant global markets.
For more details about SEC2SV visit Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley
(as appeared on SiliconValley.Corriere.it blog)
We are honored you accepted the invitation, that we made, along with our beloved Consul General in San Francisco, Mauro Battocchi, during the last Italian Innovation Day (video here, at min. 6.18), the event that we’ve been organizing for years to portray to the Silicon Valley community an image of Italy that goes beyond “food & fashion”, but rather highlights the value of ingenuity and technological creativity that we are so rich of, but that we often find difficult to value and export.
Mr. President, your journey has for us, Italians in Silicon Valley (well over 5000 to the last count), demonstrated a change in direction of our country.
We would like to think that this trip is the symbol of a renewed Italy, that identifies innovation, digital culture and the world of startups as a national priority, with the aim of restarting a virtuous cycle of growth.
Mr. President, we invite you to make good use of the opportunity offered by this journey to open a direct channel of communication with this community that will welcome you.
They represent the best of all things Italian (creative, sociable and loved) mixed with the best of the professionalism of the Silicon Valley (innovative and successful).
Put them on an advisory board, listen to them in order to integrate their perspective into your strategic decisions.
This is a community that has so much to give to the country that educated them.
They are comprised of a first generation, which helped lay the foundation for the development of microprocessors and computers, but also by a new generation, that of the startup entrepreneurs. A new generation that is making inroads in Silicon Valley, playing in the real “Premier League” world of innovation.
This is the community that was inspiration and support for the activities of Mind the Bridge Foundation. With our programs in support of startups, today, after 7 years, we have “graduated” more than 350 entrepreneurs from our Startup School, filtered and supported thousands of startups, and told the story of this “other Italy” to tens of thousands of people in the world.
The results are are evident. This community today is vibrant and very hungry for success. This bridge, once weak and distant, today has become a six-lane highway.
The fact that the European Commission has called an organization like ours to lead a project as the Startup Europe Partnership, which aims to create success stories of startups in Europe, is testimony that the work we have done in recent years is pushing in the right direction.
We believe, from our experience, we could provide many “technical” indications about what is useful to do in Italy in the field of investments (ie, a matching fund for venture capital), labor market (flexibility) and of tax benefits (tax breaks for investments and acquisitions in startup). We would be honored to be at your disposal.
Today we would like to ask for your attention and your support not on technical aspects, but for a topic that is very close to our heart at Mind the Bridge Foundation: entrepreneurship education.
In this regard, some programs already exist and must only be properly supported and strengthened.
We ask you to support institutional and practical programs that expose young Italian graduates and researchers to the best of Silicon Valley (as the Fulbright BEST), or lead young entrepreneurs to spend a month of their lives in San Francisco (as our Startup School, or match managers of large enterprises with young startuppers (such as our Intra-preneurship programs ). On this front, the bridge is open. To make a difference, we just have to move more people. Because every single person who experiences this experience, goes back to Italy transformed and becomes, in turn, an agent of positive change.
The piece that is still missing today, however, is to insert the topics of entrepreneurship education in early age schools (elementary and middle school). We need to give our young generations an entrepreneurial spirit and to make sure that this will become an integral part of their course of education and growth. With the aim of giving them a different perspective, a “can do” attitude and the desire and confidence to create their own opportunities instead of waiting for top-down solutions.
Mr. President, today we would like to ask you to do one more step. You have rightly placed education at the center of your reform process. In this context, the next step is the inclusion of entrepreneurship education in school curricula. To teach in an innovative way, by “native entrepreneurs.”
This step would put Italy at the forefront internationally, not immediately, but in the near future. But it’s from the day-after that we start to make plans for today and tomorrow.
We, at Mind the Bridge Foundation, have the passion, experience and content needed to carry out a program to address masses of students aged 8 to 13. Italy may become the case study on which to build similar programs at European level.
We believe that entrepreneurship is a fundamental social engine. We strongly believe in its value not only for economic growth but also, and above all, for its overwhelming social impact. This is the one ingredient that determines that sense of viral positiveness that you can breath here in every startup accelerator or co-working space.
It’s our duty to make sure that the younger generations in our country are born and can grow up with a “can-do” attitude – an attitude which now seems to have been lost in Italy- an attitude that is the true secret of Silicon Valley.
1) provide education on entrepreneurship and
2) offer to selected startups the opportunity to showcase their business idea in front of a panel of investors.
Most importantly, the best project(s) can win a seat @MTB Startup School, a 3-week program in San Francisco!
Below a short description of the events and the instructions to participate.
LECCE, June 14. Thanks to special contribution of Camera di Commercio di Lecce, Mind the Bridge will be in Puglia to promote the local startup community. You are absolutely invited to participate in the event! We’ll be waiting for you at Officine Cantelmo on June 14 (see agenda here). Please register here and, if you are a startupper or a wanna-be entrepreneur, submit your project here! Remember, you might win the MTB Startup School…
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NAPLES, June 25. Thanks to the collaboration with the project “Unite the two Bays- From Vesuvio to Silicon Valley” promoted by Associazione Skillpoint, Campania Felix and Campania Innovazione, Mind the Bridge will be in Naples on June 25 @PICO – Palazzo dell’Innovazione e della Conoscenza. You can participate either as merely participant (registration here) or compete with the other startups (submit your project here) for the MTB Startup School. Agenda here.
Don’t miss it!
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Here they are, in all their HD beauty, the fantastic-8 startups that presented in front of a full audience at the Computer History Museum for the Italian Innovation Day:
Myze [Yuval Yifrach]
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Tok.tv [Fabrizio Capobianco]
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Map2App [Pietro Ferraris]
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in3D Gallery [Francesco Marcantoni]
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Pick 1 [Armando Biondi]
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Curious Hat [Luca Prasso]
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Bad Seed [Jacopo Musso]
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Atooma [Gioia Pistola]
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There has been a unanimous high-five-ing in the Italian startup community at the news that Techcrunch is finally landing in Italy.
Last Friday the Mind the Bridge Italy Tour stopped in one of the most vital cities of Sicily, Catania.
We finally reached the South of Italy, a place we liked a lot not only for the amazing places, the delicious food and the welcoming people we found there (yes, we had fun J), but above all for the enthusiasm and reactive response we had from the local community.
The last stop of the MTB Italy Tour 2012 was organized in partnership with Ethyca Association, Comune di Catania and Principia SGR. The event was hosted at Le Ciminiere di Catania, the ideal location to promote innovation. Continue Reading →