WISE Case Study and Funding Opportunity

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The WISE (http://www.wisebiotech.com/index.php?link=company) story is a great example of how the Nanotech Call for Start-ups (http://goo.gl/Bk0nln ) could benefit any international up and coming nanotech start-up. WISE , a nanotechnology start-up that which  develops electrodes for stimulation with the aim of treating neurological diseases (such as chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy) fabricates and commercializes exploitation of electronic, won the  Nanochallenge & Polymerchallenge 2011, the business competition organized by Veneto Nanotech and IMAST. After winning the Nanotechnology challenge, WISE it was also funded by an important German investment fund High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) and it subsequently was also qualified as one of the Top 10 start-ups of the European Venture Contest 2012. An amazing journey which certainly is the result of WISE’s amazing value proposition, but certainly facilitated by the Nanotech challenge and investor road show program.

 

Veneto Nanotech, Nanoforce and Intesa SanPaolo will offer the same opportunity to any the nanotechnology start-up that will join and take part in this year’s programs. The nanotechnology selected startups will in fact start-ups would have the opportunity to pitch their idea, product and business plan in front of a selected audience of high profile investors. There is no cost to join and to submit your application. You can easily do so from this website http://goo.gl/Bk0nln before September the 2nd!

Details of the program are the following:

The 12 select start-ups will be invited to join a Boot Camp program organized by Intesa Sanpaolo Start-Up Initiative and its partners Maverick Angels.

Following the Boot Camp, the 12 start-ups will pitch in front of investors – venture capitals, business angels, development funds, etc. – and industry players – companies and corporations embracing the open innovation paradigm to boost their development potential.

The best start-up from the pitching session will be eligible for the grand prize of the 360by360 Competition, on Friday 29th. For the first year running 360 Capital Partners, a private equity firm specialized in VC investments with a track of more than 75 backed businesses in 10 countries, has launched a competition for companies in the following sectors: digital, industrial & cleantech and medical devices. The total prize amount is 360.000 dollars.

In addition to the above, the selected teams will benefits some advantages from the following:

1.  Free registration to the NanotechItaly 2013 Conference

The 12 start-ups (up to two persons per team) will receive a code to register free of charge to the whole NanotechItaly 2013 conference. The start-ups admitted only to the poster session will pay the minimum fee of 70 € per day (through a dedicated code to be inserted on the registration link and that will be sent at the time of communication of the results). All registrations must be carried out no later than September 26th.

Participants in the audience of the session From the Lab to the Market will be able to register for free upon invitation through a special code sent by email by the organizers. This registration will allow access only to this specific session on Friday 29th.

2. Nano Stand

The 12 selected teams will be offered by the Organizers a “nano-stand” for free on Friday 29th November in the foyer of the NH Laguna Palace Conference Center, to show and display their own technologies, products or business proposals to investors and scientific and industrial partners.

3. Poster session

A specific area of the conference venue will be set up for start-ups and dedicated to their posters.

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NanotechItaly 2013

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SkipsoLabs is excited to announce the launch of a unique opportunity for nanotechnology start-ups looking for funding: Nanotech Italy Call for Startups http://startup.nanotechitaly.it.

From the Lab to the Market is a unique coaching and fund-raising fast-track opportunity for nanotechnology entrepreneurs that will take place during the NanotechItaly2013 conference. The event From the Lab to the Market is dedicated to start-ups in the field of nanotechnology and aims at presenting new companies with business ideas in nanotechnology to a wide audience of experts, companies, investors and VCs in order to facilitate the matching of supply and demand of nanotechnology.

It is co organized by Intesa Sanpaolo Start-Up Initiative and the Nanoforce project. The Start-Up Initiative is an international acceleration platform developed by Italy’s leading bank Intesa Sanpaolo. The program selects promising high-tech start-ups, coaches them and connects them with financial and corporate investors.  Since its inception in 2009, it has developed a strong track record: 55 investment forums in 6 countries across 5 technologies, matching over 370 start-ups and growing companies with thousands of investors, corporations and players of the innovation ecosystem. The Start-Up Initiative Alumni have raised over 30M€ in equity, awards and grants, and 5 of them reached an exit.The Nanoforce project aims to foster the innovative nanotechnology sector networks across Central Europe regions by bringing together public and private organizations (enterprises, research centres, venture capitalists and public institutions) to carry out collaborative and interdisciplinary researches on nanomaterials and to turn the most promising laboratory results into innovative industrial applications.

 Best start-uppers will pitch in front of investors – venture capitals, business angels, development funds, etc.- and industry players – companies and corporations embracing the open innovation paradigm to boost their development potential.

New entrepreneurs, start-uppers, researchers and scientists with a business idea are invited to submit their proposals by filling in the online form here available http://startup.nanotechitaly.it, the deadline is 2nd of September.

The whole event is spread over 4 days, with a first phase of training of Intesa SanPaolo followed by the pitching in front of investors:

·       Tuesday 26th of November: Boot Camp day 1.

·       Wednesday 27th of November: Boot Camp day 2.

·       Thursday 28th of November: 1to1 meeting to prepare Friday pitch.

·       Friday 29th of November: From the Lab to the Market presentation in front of the an audience of industrial and financial investors.

The European Cleantech Challenge 2013

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SkipsoLabs, in cooperation with Intesa Sanpaolo, is pleased to invite you to apply for the 2013 edition of the European Cleantech Challenge, a unique fund raising and business development opportunity for start-ups active in cleantech.

The challenge is part of the Intesa Sanpaolo Start-Up Initiative, an end-to-end acceleration platform that combines training, services, access to international investors and media coverage. The initiative, launched in 2009 by one of Italy’s leading banks, has developed a strong track record: 31 international editions in 5 countries, matching over 190 start-ups and growing companies to over 2.800 financial and industrial investors and corporations, a significant number of these have successfully closed their financing round.

Participating start-ups will go through a training and selection process made available at no charge by key industry players and qualified coaches. The most promising teams will have a chance to pitch their project to a wide audience of financial and corporate investors, significantly improving their fund raising and business development reach.

The program, whose initial phases will revolve around Milan, Italy, is structured as follows:

  • October 12 – 13 – Boot Camp Weekend (Milan): admitted start-ups will receive two full days of training delivered by Silicon Valley investors Maverick Angels.
  • October 14 – 28 – Remote coaching: each start-up will have a chance to schedule one-to-one skype sessions with our coaches, to strengthen its business plan and improve investor communication
  • October 28 – Deal Line-Ups (Milan): the trained start-ups will pitch to a panel of experts (industry players, investors and researchers), who will provide structured feedback and select the finalists, which will move forward with the program
  • November 12 –Investor Arena Meeting (Milan): on one of the two days (depending on technology) the start-ups selected at the Deal Line Up will have 10 minutes to pitch their project to an audience of investors, corporations and players of the innovation ecosystem
  • The best among the finalist start-ups will be given an opportunity to embark in an International Roadshow covering UKGermany,France and the US to reach more investor audiences and maximize their chances of success.

There is no cost to join and submission deadline is September 15th!

Register here : http://www.europeancleantechchallenge.com/en/registration

The European Cleantech Challenge 2012 is Live!

Intesa Sanpaolo is pleased to invite you to apply for the 2012 edition of the Cleantech Start-Up Initiative, a unique fund raising and business development opportunity for high-tech start-ups.

This program is part of the Intesa Sanpaolo Start-Up Initiative, an end-to-end acceleration platform that combines training, services, access to international investors and media coverage. The initiative, launched in 2009 by one of Italy’s leading banks, has developed a strong track record: 41 investment forums in 5 countries, matching over 270 start-ups and growing companies with over 3.500 investors and corporate players.

Selected start-ups will go through a training and selection phase made available at no charge by key industry players and qualified coaches. The most promising teams will have a chance to pitch their project to a wide audience of financial and corporate investors, significantly improving their fund raising and business development reach.

The program, whose initial phases will revolve around Milan, Italy, is structured as follows:

  • Sep 15-16 – Boot Camp Weekend (Milan): admitted start-ups will receive two full days of training delivered by Silicon Valley investors Maverick Angels, to strengthen their business plan and improve investor communication
  • Sep 17-27 – Remote coaching: each start-up will have a chance to schedule one-to-one skype sessions with our coaches, to discuss pitch details and receive customized pointers
  • Sep 28 – Deal Line-Up (Milan): the trained start-ups will pitch to a panel of experts (industry players, investors and researchers), who will provide structured feedback and select the finalists, which will move forward with the program
  • Oct 2 – Investor Arena Meeting (Milan): the start-ups selected at the Deal Line-Up will have 10 minutes to pitch their project to an audience of investors, corporations and players of the innovation ecosystem
  • Over the course of 2013, the best among finalist start-ups will be given an opportunity to embark in an International Roadshowcovering UKGermany and France, to reach more investor audiences and maximize their chances of success.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, August 24th 2012 . If you are interested, you can submit a Business Plan and/or Executive Summary of your project.

Participation to the program is free of charge (travel and accommodation expenses not included). More information can be found on by clicking on the two links above.

Many thanks and best regards,

The European Cleantech Challenge Team

Cleantech Grants, Awards, Incentives – Monthly Update (July 2011)

This month on Skipso:

  • 16 new Cleantech Grants, Awards and Incentives added to Skipso’s funding database
  • Focus: 1 Business Plan Competition, 6 Prizes / Awards, 6 Research & Development Grants, 2 Installation Projects, 1 Start-up Grant
  • 20 grants and awards approaching application deadline

The Skipso funding section this week has reached 886 Cleantech grants, awards, incentives, all are accessible for free on Skipso’s funding section.

Skipso Monthly Digest – Cleantech Grants, Awards, Incentives (July 2011)

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