STARTED Project Kickoff Meeting in Brussels

Submitted by Gabe Mullarkey on 11-02-2018

This week in Brussels, we had the kick-off meeting of the STARTED Project. In the event, there was representation from IESE Business School, European Young Innovators Forum, National University of Ireland, Galway, Università degli Studi di Roma, Venture Hub and Translated.

STARTED Project Steering Committee Meeting #1 in Barcelona

Submitted by Gabe Mullarkey on 10-05-2018

The first Progress Meeting of the Project was hosted by IESE Business school at their beautiful campus in Barcelona on the 9th of May. We discussed our upcoming project milestones such as:

  • concrete steps in creating the R&D network database.
  • preparing to set up the software dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship skills for researchers
  • conclude the final specifications for the project web platform.
Additionally, we have also discussed issues related to the smooth functioning of the project such as Interim Financial Reporting, Project Quality and Risk Management or the Dissemination Plan

STARTED Project Steering Committee Meeting #2 in Rome

Submitted by Gabe Mullarkey on 12-10-2018

The STARTED Project Steering Committee gathered at the PI campus in Rome this week with representation from all STARTED Partners - IESE Business School, European Young Innovators Forum, National University of Ireland, Galway, Università degli Studi di Roma, Venture Hub and Translated in attendance. Discussions focused on general work package progress and the execution of the Shared Web Platform & e-Tools specifically:

  • Progress on the Research Innovation Database including data agreements
  • E-learning platform development and content creation
  • Romatre presented demos versions of the Research Innovation Database and the E- Learning Platform for feedback

The Hosts

The Pi Campus is unique space founded by Marco Trombetti that is both a startup district and a venture fund. Located in a series of luxury villas (electric scooters is the prefered mode of transport between hubs) it provides supports and hosts frequent events for the startup community in Rome.Many thanks Valerio Lanni, Marco Trombetti and Sébastien Bratières of the Pi Campus for their hospitality.

Parallell activities

The meeting date coincided with the Dock3 Demo day, run by STARTED partners Romatre, where 60 students pitch their presentations and demos to stakeholders with a chance to enter an acceleration program. The overall winer was Monugram Monugram who will enter an acceleration program and will also tour the New York City Startup ecosystem. Congratulations Monugram !

STARTED Project General Assembly Meeting in Galway, Ireland

Submitted by Gabe Mullarkey on 01-02-2019

The STARTED Project General assembly gathered in Galway at the end of January with representation from all STARTED Partners - IESE Business School, European Young Innovators Forum, National University of Ireland, Galway, Università degli Studi di Roma, Venture Hub and Translated in attendance. Discussions focused on assessing the overall program progress including:

  • Project milestones
  • Dissemination activities for year two
  • Quality plan for the project
  • Risk Assessment

The Hosts

We endeavour to host our physical committee meetings in innovative spaces in the spirit of open innovation so the Portershed in the hear of Galway city was an obvious choice for our General Assembly meeting. The Portershed is a city centre innovation hub for Galway city that facilitates startups and accelerator programs. It’s the first step in what is termed the Galway City Innovation District - an innovation cluster for Galway’s inner city region.

Parallel Activities

The Started team organised parallel sessions to align with the general assembly meeting. Director of Research at IESE Business School and STARTED partner Josemaria Siota presented on the topic venture capital at the Portershed with the talk ‘Increasing Your Corporate Venturing Speed While Reducing the Cost’. Based on 120+ interviews with firms’ chief innovation officers (and those in related roles), the talk will covered questions such as how to innovate faster at a lower cost, while maximizing the adoption of business value and what are the major challenges, opportunities and trends in corporate venturing?

Director of AI at Translated and STARTED partner Sébastien Bratières generously shared his insights in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) with the Galway tech community. Firstly with one-and-one sessions via an ‘AI Clinic’ at the Portershed, then with a fireside chat with the Galway AI community facilitated by STARTED coordinator John Breslin at the Galway Chamber of Commerce. Finally Sébastien gave a talk titled ‘AI in business - from the trenches’ to the data sccience community at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics