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Startups. Proyecto Europeo Incense. 150.000 €. 1ª Conv. hasta el 15 Enero 2015. Aceleradora del Programa Europeo FI-WARE

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INCENSe, el acelerador del programa europeo FIWARE centrado en CleanTech, ha abierto su primera convocatoria el 15 de octubre de 2014. En esta convocatoria serán seleccionadas 14 startups europeas con innovadores productos y servicios en CleanTech, que desarrollarán sus proyectos en tecnologías FIWARE, una plataforma tecnológica abierta basada en internet. Cada startup recibirá hasta 150.000 euros a fondo perdido (sin entrada en su capital social), un programa de aceleración de 6 meses y servicios de apoyo. ​​La convocatoria se cerrará el próximo 15 de enero de 2015.

El objetivo de INCENSe consiste en acelerar hasta 42 startups europeas con productos y servicios CleanTech innovadores. Estas empresas desarrollarán sus productos utilizando las tecnologías FIWARE, un conjunto abierto de tecnologías basadas en internet desarrolladas en fases anteriores del programa de colaboraciones público-privadas para el desarrollo del internet del futuro (FI-PPP Programme).

Entre las áreas de interés de INCENSe se encuentran la eficiencia energética y domótica, las energías renovables, las redes eléctricas inteligentes (smartgrids), el almacenamiento energético, el diagnóstico avanzado y soluciones de automatización, la e-movilidad, la ciberseguridad y la digitalización de la energía mediante TIC.

INCENSe abrirá dos convocatorias (esta primera de octubre de 2014 y otra junio de 2015) con el fin de seleccionar las mejores empresas a las que financiar. Las primeras 14 startups se seleccionarán durante la primera convocatoria, que permanecerá abierta hasta el 15 de enero de 2015. Las convocatorias se realizarán a través de la plataforma FundingBox, desarrollada para que proyectos innovadores puedan encontrar mentores y financiación, y las propuestas serán evaluadas inicialmente por un jurado independiente de expertos externos. La selección final será realizada por el Comité de Evaluación de INCENSe.

Las startups ganadoras podrán acelerar su desarrollo  gracias a una ayuda no reembolsable de hasta 150.000 euros en efectivo (sin entrada en el capital social de la compañía) y servicios de apoyo.

Estos servicios, prestados por los socios de INCENSe, incluyen: un programa de aceleración de 6 meses, sesiones adicionales de coaching, talleres a medida sobre programas de financiación europea, acceso a bancos de pruebas en España (como por ejemplo Smart City y Zem2All en Málaga), Dinamarca (el Next Step City Living Lab en Esbjerg) e Italia, además de actos de intermediación durante los que las startups podrán presentar sus proyectos a inversores privados (Business Angels). Asimismo, las startups ganadoras podrían tener acceso directo al proceso de selección de Enel Lab (el programa de incubación de Enel) y al Next Step Challenge, el programa de aceleración de Accelerace.

INCENSe tiene un presupuesto total de casi 8 millones de euros y es un proyecto cofinanciado por la Comisión Europea.

El Programa FIWARE Accelerator es la tercera fase del programa de colaboraciones público-privadas para el desarrollo del internet del futuro (FI-PPP Programme), iniciado por la Comisión Europea en 2011. Este Programa ha involucrado a empresas tecnológicas europeas claves en el desarrollo de una plataforma tecnológica abierta basada en internet (FIWARE), con un presupuesto de 400 millones de euros para las dos primeras fases.

La tercera fase, que cuenta con un presupuesto de 80 millones de euros, busca introducir en el mercado productos y servicios basados en estas tecnologías, mediante el apoyo a pymes y emprendedores web, acelerando así una nueva generación de startups europeas y fomentando el desarrollo del empleo especializado en alta tecnología.

Más información en www.incense-accelerator.com.

Fuente: Incense-accelerator, Endesa y DGIPYME

Boulder.The Most Start-up ‘Dense’ Area in the U.S. by  Eric Markowitz .INC.com     

A new report from Engine and the Kauffman Foundation measures the so-called start-up density around the country. The winners might surprise you.

Three years ago, Brad Feld, the investor-turned-author who co-founded Techstars in Boulder, Colorado in 2006, mused on his website that Colorado might have the highest “entrepreneurial density” in the entire country. Turns out Feld (who’s also an Inc. magazine columnist) was onto something.Back then, he wrote:

During lunch, I reflected some on the number of times I’ve heard in the past year from people outside of Boulder about how Boulder has become a nationally known entrepreneurial center…

While I was listening to everyone and being proud of the little 100,000 person town I call home, I thought of a new phrase that I hadn’t used before: “entrepreneurial density.” I wondered out loud if Boulder was the “highest per capita collection of entrepreneurs in the U.S.”  I have no idea if this is true but from my travels around the U.S. it feels like something that might be true.

According to a report released today by Engine.is and the Kauffman Foundation, it is true: Boulder (1) has the highest “high-tech startup density” of any metro area in the United States. Fort Collins-Loveland–a metro area about 60 miles north of Boulder–ranks second. And Colorado Springs and Denver both make the top 10. In other words, four out of the top 10 cities on the list are in Colorado. 

Engine’s economic advisor Ian Hathaway, who led the report–which is available here–measured start-up density by looking at a couple of factors. First, they qualified high-tech start-ups as those companies with very high shares of employees in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Then, they calculated the number of those start-ups in a region, relative to the average across the United States. 

Silicon Valley (3) and Boston (4) ranked third and fourth, respectively.  

Of course, the ranking is a measure of density–not volume. In terms of venture capital raised, for instance, the Bay Area is still an order of magnitude “bigger” than Colorado. (According to CrunchBase data, the amount of funding raised by start-ups in California in July 2013 was $1.4 billion. Colorado start-ups raised abut $130,000 in the same time period.)

Still, there’s something special about Colorado, where a new start-up sprouts up every 72 hours. It’s tough to determine the exact factors that make Colorado so appealing for high-tech start-ups, but it’s likely a combination of several elements. Richard Florida, the urban studies theorist and author of “The Rise of the Creative Class” recently cited three particular Boulder ingredients that could help explain its start-up density: “talented people and a high quality of life that keeps them around, technological expertise, and an open-mindedness about new ways of doing things, which often comes from a strong counterculture.”

The study doesn’t go too deeply into the causes of start-up density, but it does offer economic development folks a chance to see which cities are “doing it right.” 

“In the case of Boulder, a start-up community whose evolution I’ve observed and participated in closely over the past many years, the cultural and economic transformation has been extraordinary,” Brad Feld commented as part of the research. “While there isn’t one, definitive blueprint to building a technology industry, this research can hopefully inspire communities and policymakers to work together to ensure that the spread of high-tech entrepreneurship isn’t just a trend, but a long-term phenomenon.”

 Fuente: INC.com and Brad Feld

Ver “Eric Ries habla en la Universidad de Toronto sobre Lean Startup” en YouTube

Lean Startup. Philosophy
After leaving IMVU, Ries joined venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins as a venture advisor, and six months later, started advising startups independently. Since he had experienced both success and failure with high-tech startups, Ries began to develop a methodology based on select management principles to help startups succeed.

The Lean Startup philosophy originates from the Japanese concept of lean manufacturing, which seeks to increase value-creating practices and eliminate wasteful practices.

Since production costs and speeds are markedly reduced when producing and distributing digital goods as compared with their physical counterparts, Ries applied the lean manufacturing methodology to web-based technology.

Ries states, “Lean isn’t about being cheap [but is about] being less wasteful and still doing things that are big.”.Ultimately, the aim of the Lean Startup philosophy is to build capital-efficient companies by making them more responsive to consumer demand and subsequently reducing time and resources wasted.

Startup Lessons Learned blog.

In 2008, Ries began receiving requests to sit on advisory boards to share his experiences.At the suggestion of his mentors, Ries began to document his philosophy on his blog with a post titled “The lean startup.”


The Lean Startup book

In 2011, Ries collected his Lean Startup philosophy into a book, titled The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses, which was published in 2011 by Crown Business Publishing.On October 2011, The Lean Startup debuted at #2 on the New York Times Best Seller list, with CNBC stating that it had, “already [become] a must-read for any entrepreneur. Amazon listed the book as one of their Best Business Books of 2011, and as of June 2012, the book has sold 90,000 copies.

The Lean Startup Book:

Lean Startup implementations

Some high-tech companies employ the Lean Startup philosophy, including Intuit, DropBox, Wealthfront, Votizen, Aardvark, and Grockit.

The Lean Startup principles are also taught in classes at Harvard Business School and are implemented in municipal governments through Code for America.

Más info:

Fuente:Wikipedia y Youtube

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