Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 255

Top European Scaleups Come to Silicon Valley

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 settembre 2015

san franciscoSAN FRANCISCO. They are the new potential EU Unicorns and they are going to Silicon Valley. Fifteen scaleups representing Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the UK have been selected to present at the SEC2SV European Innovation Day (EID) in Mountain View on September 21st. EID is the opening day of SEC2SV Week, Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley, Sept 21-25, a week of activities that brings together EU member state representatives under one EU flag to meet with Silicon Valley stakeholders.Cumulatively, the 15 scaleups represent approximately $60 million in revenue and 1,000 employees, and they range from SaaS/Paas to nanotechnology, e-commerce, digital advertising, online recruitment, IT software, maritime industries, advanced materials, online productivity and renewable energy.Each company will present their business at the European Innovation Day (#MTBEID) to an international audience of more than 500 attendees, and to showcase their product or service in a dedicated demo area of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.
From Sep 22-25 they will also be invited to the Scaleup Track. This includes roundtable discussions with established corporates, tables with industry experts, mentor sessions, and open small-group discussions focused on specific topics. Additionally, the scaleups will have the opportunity to meet Andreessen Horowitz, Tim Draper (DFJ), Google Ventures and other corporate VCs. They may also benefit from a direct dialogue with the SEC2SV delegation, including the EU Commissioner of Digital policy, President of Estonia, the CTO of UK, the UK Minister of Digital matters and other policy makers.
How the 15 scaleups were selected An open call was announced with the goal to build a high-quality and geographically diverse delegation of scaleups that meet the following criteria. They must: Have an average annualized growth in employees or turnover greater than 20% per annum over a three-year period (with more than 10 employees at the beginning of the observation period)
Want to expand to the U.S. market or already have a subsidiary here.
The selection was curated by Silicon Valley-based partner organizations, each focused on a different EU country or region (see for full list). The final selection was made by a group of investors composed of SEP Investors Forum members and U.S. investors.


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