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ABN AMRO launches new initiative for SMEs looking for a loan entirely online

AMSTERDAM, 21-Sep-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Starting today, SMEs looking for a loan online can go to New10, an initiative of ABN AMRO. New10 lets them know within 15 minutes whether they qualify for a loan and under what terms and conditions. … Read the full press release

New edition of the Premios EmprendedorXXI (EnterpriseXXI Awards) to be held in Portugal for the first time

The event is now in its eleventh incarnation in Spain. Widely viewed as Spain’s most prominent event for start-ups, the competition is now to be staged in Portugal for the first time. The entry period runs from 4 September through … Read the full press release

Deutsche Bundesbank: low-interest-rate environment continues to weigh heavily on SME credit institutions in Germany

FRANKFURT, 31-Aug-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The low-interest-rate environment continues to weigh heavily on small and medium-sized credit institutions in Germany. This was established by the latest survey on the profitability and resilience of German financial institutions in a low-interest-rate environment, which … Read the full press release

KfW Group: Providing junior employees with vocational training is vital to the survival of SMEs

SMEs provide training for 1.2 million apprentices and trainees – 90% of total Training intensity varies across states – Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland are leaders Microenterprises have few trainees or apprentices Frankfurt am Main, 31-Aug-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The number of trainees … Read the full press release

WEF report: Fintech startups have fallen short of their ambitions to upend the competitive landscape in finance

Fintech start-ups have fallen short of their ambitions to upend the competitive landscape in finance, driving innovation but failing to capture large market share, a new World Economic Forum report finds The competitive landscape in banking and insurance is being … Read the full press release

Heathrow funds UK SMEs to encourage them to export their goods or services to new international markets

Heathrow to fund 20 SMEs’ trade missions, trade shows and foreign market research in partnership with the Department for International Trade’s ‘Exporting is GREAT’ Campaign Products SMEs are looking to export include beauty products, organic beets, puncture-proof tyres and ice cream … Read the full press release

Agro Innovation Lab GmbH nominated ten start-ups for this year’s acceleration programme

MUNICH, 16-Aug-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Agro Innovation Lab GmbH (AIL), a joint innovation platform spearheaded by BayWa AG and RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG, has nominated ten start-ups for this year’s acceleration programme. The best start-ups out of a total of 265 entries … Read the full press release

University of Nottingham Summer Internship scheme grown to support 75 businesses with more than 105 students

NOTTINGHAM, 08-Aug-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — From testing cricket bats to counting nocturnal mammals of the same name, more than 100 Nottingham students are making their mark on businesses in the region as part of a University scheme. Now in its fourth … Read the full press release

KfW-Research: High-growth enterprises in Germany employ graduates, target international markets early, and have R&D based business model

Fast-growing enterprises are crucial for economic growth and job creation Employment of graduates, international orientation and R&D activities are the main drivers of fast growth Frankfurt am Main, 02-Aug-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Successful, fast-growing enterprises are very important for economic development. … Read the full press release

Six innovative mobility teams begin new Volkswagen start-up incubator programme

200 days: from innovative idea to market readiness Teams for parking space navigation, charging columns, vehicle data, car sharing and environmentally friendly local logistics Support from the state capital of Dresden New programme will start in Spring 2018 DRESDEN, 01-Aug-2017 … Read the full press release

The ESTACA team won this year’s Dassault UAV Challenge

The 2016-2017 edition of the Dassault UAV Challenge came to a close with the final on April 22 and 23, on the Supelec campus in Gif-Sur-Yvette. PARIS, 14-Jul-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The 2016-2017 edition of the Dassault UAV Challenge came to … Read the full press release

This year’s KfW Entrepreneurs’ Award accepts applications until 1 August 2017

Prize for start-ups formed in or after 2012 EUR 35,000 in total prize money Awards to be presented to 16 regional winners and one national winner Winners to be chosen for one special award and one “people’s choice” award Frankfurt … Read the full press release

SGS, International Labour Organization (ILO) to deliver Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) Training to SMEs

GENEVA, 10-Jul-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — SGS has entered into a Public Private Partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to deliver Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) Training to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). SCORE is a practical training and in-factory … Read the full press release

Active start-ups can apply for the spin-off label of the University of St.Gallen at the CfE-HSG

St. Gallen, Switzerland, 05-Jul-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — New business ideas for products and services, as well as the start-ups emerging through them, are essential for our national economy. Now firms which have started out of the HSG can apply for the … Read the full press release

Telefonica: Data Transparency Lab (DTL) announces the projects that will receive €50,000 in grants

Grantees will present their projects during the 4th edition of Data Transparency Lab which will take place at Telefónica Barcelona in November BARCELONA, 30-Jun-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Data Transparency Lab (DTL) announces the projects that have been awarded with €50,000 each to … Read the full press release

Six startups presented their ideas to Volkswagen and Siemens at the Group Digital Factory Conference

Six international startups devise practical solutions for digital factory planning Volkswagen Group and Siemens PLM Software joint project Winners implement ideas and results together with Volkswagen and Siemens BRUNSWICK, 29-Jun-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Six startups from six countries spent 24 hours … Read the full press release

Forms-2-Go – Complete Set of Business Forms for Smartphones, Tablets and PCs

Forms-2-Go app puts business forms (invoices, work orders, time sheets, HVAC, etc.) right into customers’ hands and works on iPad, iPhone Android, PCs. Dublin, OH, USA, 27-Jun-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — MaximumSoft Corp. announced release of Forms-2-Go app new version. This … Read the full press release

Capgemini’s InnovatorsRace50 winner start-ups announced

Winners secure equity free funding and opportunity to become a Capgemini partner. Each also receive the Serge Kampf Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award PARIS, 20-Jun-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Capgemini, a global leader in consulting, technology and outsourcing services, today announced the … Read the full press release

New Roland Berger study: German consumer goods industry is still failing to exploit the potential of all the new technologies

New Roland Berger study: Potential of digitization lying untapped in marketing and sales organizations Fully 83 percent of survey participants consider rival firms’ strategies superior to their own 54 percent of respondent companies think their sales team will not meet … Read the full press release

Intesa Sanpaolo’s acceleration platform the StartUp Initiative lands in Hong Kong

For the first time since its launch in 2009, the Innovation Center lands in the Group’s Asian Hub Branch Having surpassed 100 editions, five “made in Italy” start-ups, selected as part of the Start.it.Asia programme promoted by the Consulate General … Read the full press release

German SMEs in May: Taking a breather after the all-time high

SME business confidence was down slightly in May but remained on a very high level Large enterprises are more optimistic German economy continues to run smoothly Frankfurt am Main, 13-Jun-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — In May sentiment among Germany’s small and medium-sized … Read the full press release

Deutsche Post DHL Group To Support Development of Technology Startups Through Partnership with Plug and Play

Global logistics leader to provide mentoring and product development support to high potential technology startups Plug and Play offers accelerator programs for innovative new businesses in 11 verticals, including mobility and supply chain and logistics BONN, 12-Jun-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — … Read the full press release

Airbus, SGInnovate held first aerospace start-up event in Singapore

Focus on innovative aerospace concepts for a “Smart Nation” SINGAPORE, 09-Jun-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Airbus’ first start-up event held over the weekend of 2-4 June in Singapore, attracted around 80 participants from the region, competing on aerospace concepts that could lead … Read the full press release

Consumers Demand Benevolent Capitalism

Live online seminar tackles topic of capitalism and the new consumer Houston, USA, 26-May-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Business innovator, Gary Douglas warns, “You cannot afford to ignore the demand for benevolent business.” International speaker and vocal advocate of Benevolent Capitalism, … Read the full press release

WEF Middle East and North Africa: amazing potential of young people and young companies

Economic and political reforms are needed to give young people hope and to allow them to thrive as entrepreneurs New careers are emerging, and education is key to creating the talent required for start-ups A diverse group of clerics called … Read the full press release

Cambridge alumni startup became UK’s latest $1billion tech startup

Improbable, founded by Cambridge alumni Herman Narula (Girton 2007) and Rob Whitehead (Robinson 2009), became the UK’s latest $1billion tech startup this week. CAMBRIDGE, 15-May-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The company, which helps companies build complex simulations and virtual worlds, has been … Read the full press release

Airbus BizLab accelerators startups pitched their projects at the “Airbus BizLab Summit” in Toulouse

Nearly 1,000 start-ups have interacted with the BizLab over the last two years TOULOUSE, 12-May-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Thirty start-ups – from the three global BizLab accelerators in Toulouse, Hamburg and Bangalore – have pitched their projects at the “Airbus BizLab … Read the full press release

Cisco VP Jose Van Dijk keynote speaker at the Entrepreneurial Day of the University of Twente on 13 June 2017

ENSCHEDE, 10-May-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Jose Van Dijk, Vice President, Planning, Operations and Program Management Cloud Services, Platforms and Office of the CTO at Cisco, will make a special appearance at the University on 13 June 2017. Van Dijk will take … Read the full press release

Twenty food and agri start-ups to pitch at Rabobank’s pitch competition-meets-networking event FoodBytes!

UTRECHT, 08-May-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Twenty start-ups from across the global food and agriculture industries are gearing up to pitch at Rabobank’s pitch competition-meets-networking event FoodBytes! “F&A Next’s previous winners have gone on to enjoy success, like Phenospex, which is … Read the full press release

KfW-ifo SME Barometer: the business climate in Germany during April at the record level of 24.9 balance points

Improved business situation and expectations drive SME business climate to record level Large enterprises are much more satisfied with their present business situation but less optimistic Economic outlook for Germany continues to brighten Frankfurt am Main, 05-May-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — … Read the full press release