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May 2018 -  Data Pitch: latest updates

Our first Data Pitch cohort is already over halfway through the six-month accelerator programme, and we would like to congratulate the startups from across Europe on passing their first milestones.  It has been an exciting time with our companies making great progress - developing products and services, securing new contracts, speaking at events and attracting new funding and investment, and we are looking forward to sharing more information on their progress over the coming weeks.

Data Pitch Demonstration Day - 18 May

Our 18 startups will be presenting at a Demonstration Day in Lisbon on Friday 18 May at an open pitch session which forms part of Lisbon Entrepreneurship Week, explaining their ideas and updating us on progress so far.  Data providers, companies and investors are all welcome. Places are limited but if you are interested in attending contact goncalo.faria@beta-i.com for more information.  For those that cannot make it there will be a live webcast of the event and recordings of the pitches will also be available.

Find out more about Demonstration Day

What inspires us to work with data? 

As we could not wait for Demonstration Day to hear more from our startups, we asked them to share their motivations with us by revealing what they find most exciting about working with data.  We will be sharing their views on our Twitter and Facebook pages and we have published a selection in an article on our website. We particularly like this quote from Dr Guenther Hoffmann, CEO of Lexa Texer, who sums up the excitement of working with data with the help of a famous American inventor.  He says, “We love to discover new things and we love this quote from Charles Kettering: ‘My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.’” He adds, “With the right data, we can attempt to predict some aspects of the future.”

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Opportunities for digital scaleups with EIT 

The Data Pitch team enjoyed visiting the EU-Startup Summit in Barcelona last month and meeting a selection of Europe’s best startups and entrepreneurs. While we were there we learned about the 5th EIT Digital Challenge which is looking for digital tech scaleups to take part.  This is a great opportunity to received up to €50,000 equity free funding from the EU commission.   Scaleups in five categories will be selected to pitch their product or service in front of international investors and the best two in each category will gain 12 months in the EIT Digital Accelerator worth €50,000.  In addition the first place winner in each category will receive a cash prize of €50,000.  Companies should be based in EU28 and the categories are Digital Industry, Digital Cities, Digital Wellbeing, Digital Infrastructure and Digital Finance. Applications close on Monday 14 June 2018. To find out more about eligibility and how to apply visit www.challenge.eitdigital.eu

Apply here

SCIFI Consultation - your views needed 

Data Pitch partner The University of Southampton currently has a consultation open for its SCIFI (Smart Cities Innovation Framework Implementation) project which aims to identify issues facing medium-sized cities in Southern England, North West France, Belgium and The Netherlands in order to procure the best innovative solutions.   

We’re calling on you to help us to identify the most important challenges that can be addressed with data in the sectors of mobility, energy and the environment.

This is your chance to influence the challenges that SCIFI focuses on and to highlight areas which are directly affecting your city or the wider society.  This consultation runs until Thursday 17 May and can be accessed here.  We look forward to hearing your views.  For more information about SCIFI, please visit www.smartcityinnovation.eu.

Have your say
 

It's not too late...

If you missed the boat this time, we will be announcing our second open call in July 2018, with a new set of challenges and data providers.  More details will be announced soon, so keep reading the newsletters and checking our website.
 

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