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100 Start-Ups From 100 Countries

Winners of the European Union's "SpeedUP! Europe" programme to present their business ideas at Laeiszhalle. The EU honours each team of founders with a prize money of up to 70,000 euro

Hamburg is the capital of start-ups: out of 100 projects from 13 countries selected for the EU programme “SpeedUP Europe”, 42 are at home in the Hanseatic city. “ Hamburg is the big winner of this EU funding scheme for young companies”, says Stefan Stengel of “Speedup! Europe”. Officially called “start helper”, Stengel co-ordinates the programme in Hamburg on behalf of the EU.

Next weekend, i.e. 20-22 February 2015, Hamburg will be hosting the officially kick-off event. Following home parties organisied by various Hamburg teams and the official launch party at Hamburg’s Edelfettwerk nightclub, where the “Orange Lounge” has been reserved for informal get together, all 100 winners from 13 countries will be presented at Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle. They all will receive an initial funding of 50,000 euro and and up to 20,000 euros for further project development. Following the opening address by Dr. Bernd Egert, Secrectary of State at the Ministry of Economy, Transport, the keynote speech at will be held by Ragnar Kruse, co-founder and CEO of Smaato.

Start-Ups To Move To Ottensen’s Start-Up Centre

SpeedUP Europe grants 50,000 euro for each of the winning 100 start-ups to cover expenses for software and equipment, travel, rent of facilities, and accommodation. An additional 20,000 euro can be requested during project implementation to bring in another project member at a later stage. The grant is offered with no obligation for repayment, nor do the winners have to give away shares. At Ottensen’s Gausshof, the start-ups will be given 650sq m of office and work space to develop their projects and marketing. “All winners need to take up premises at the start-up centre, where they receive training and support from mentors”, explains Stefan Stengel. Together with project co-ordinator Olaf Gerd community, he will help the founders and bring them together with eight coaches from marketing, IT and management.

Business Ideals From Three Sectors

The final conference has been scheduled to take place in Hamburg in November, with Europe’s top five start-up receiving further 500,000 euro of funds. All projects mustbe on clean tech,smart cities or agriculture. Entries are evaluated according to team quality, economical and societal impact and the innovative use of FIWARE.

Family Farming: Computer-Aided Agriculture

One of the Hamburger projects focuses on digital agriculture. Called “Family Farming”, it is based on the fact that today’s citizens are interested in healthy and sustainable food, but only have little experience or hardly any resources for their cultivation. To bridge this gap, the intelligent greenhouse “Agrarium” was developed and equipped with sensors. that deliver all data on temperature, humidity, light and nutrients to an online app. Cultivation is thus made easy and reliable.

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Family Farming - Team from Family Farming on Vimeo.

On SpeedUP Europe

SpeedUP! Europe is an EU project aiming at accelerating “Future Internet” related business ideas, start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises active in smart cities, clean tech and agri food, by providing coaching, office space and 5.5 million euro of fund for at least 100 startups in open application grants. Approved projects will be supported by one of SpeedUP Europ’s nine European business support organisations located in Hamburg (Glocal Consult), Stockholm, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Aarhus, and Brussels.

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