The contest is on! Apply now to get a chance to win one of the three prizes!
With the EU Prize for Women Innovators, the European Commission wants to give public recognition to outstanding women entrepreneurs who brought their innovative ideas to the market. The aim is to inspire other women to follow in their footsteps.
After two successful editions in 2011 and 2014, the European Commission has launched the third edition of the prize.
Three prizes will be awarded in Spring 2016:
Contestants will be able to submit their entries until 20 October 2015 (12:00 – Brussels time).
An independent panel of judges from business and academia will select the three winners who will be announced in 2016.
The contest is open to all women who have founded or co-founded their company and who have at some point of their careers benefitted from the EU's research framework programmes, the EURATOM Framework Programme, the Competitiveness and Innovation framework programme (CIP) or actions relating to research and innovation under the European Structural and Investment Funds (known as the Structural Funds prior to 2014).
The contestant must reside in an EU Member State or a country associated to Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme.
The company must have been registered before 1 January 2013 and have had an annual turnover of at least EUR 100 000 in 2013 or 2014.
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You can apply in 6 easy steps via our web-based submission system.
Read the Application Guide for more details.
Prof. Alberto Alemanno MOOC on Coursera: www.coursera.org/course/europe
1. Better access for consumers and businesses to digital goods and services
2. Shaping the environment for digital networks and services to flourish
3. Creating a European Digital Economy and Society with long-term growth potential
84% of UK CEOs cited the shortage of skills as a key business threat
( 1,322 CEOs interviewed in 77 countries www.pwc.com/gx/en/ceo-survey/2015/assets/pwc-18th-annual-global-ceo-survey-jan-2015.pdf)
UK business leaders across industries identify a clear challenge in the lack of access to the right talent and skills. UK CEOs are the most concerned compared with their global counterparts about the impact on growth of a scarcity of the right skills and the lack of access to talent which, at 84%, registers at 20 percentage points higher than the results last year.
Compared with many of their European counterparts, CEOs in the UK are very obviously concerned about the negative impact that the skills shortage may have, with 84% citing it as a key business threat. But in Germany, for example, only just over half (54%) of CEOs are concerned, and in France levels of anxiety about this issue are even lower, with only 37% expressing concern about the availability of the key skills they need.
UK CEOs recognise that they cannot bridge the talent gap alone. Two thirds (67%) believe that a priority of government should be to create a skilled and adaptable workforce, up from 60% last year. Our survey highlights the need for the government, business and education sectors to work together to enable the UK to prosper in the long-term.
In the absence of more rapid progress through education and training (necessarily a development that can only take place over the relatively long term) UK CEOs will need to explore other sources and strategies to secure the talent they need...
www3.imperial.ac.uk - "Tech entrepreneur ‘brain-drain’ to US is a source of concern, say researchers"
Europe is undergoing a significant technology entrepreneur brain-drain to the United States because it is not doing enough to retain information and communication technology (ICT) start-up companies.
A report by researchers from Imperial College Business School, initiated by the EIT ICT Labs and published today, found that ICT is a major economic driver for Europe. Between 2005 and 2010, investment in the sector accounted for one-third of all economic growth in the region, while ICT innovations bring positive, knock-on benefits for other industries.
The report – ‘ICT innovation in Europe: Productivity gains, start-up growth and retention’ – found that European countries are leading the way in nurturing talent, but do hardly enough to retain it. In fact, 43 percent of successful EU start-ups end up being acquired by US companies.
A study prepared by P. KOUTROUMPIS(1), A. LEIPONEN(2 ) and L.D.W. THOMAS(3)
We acknowledge financial support from the EIT ICT Labs. We also wish to thank Achim Luhn for guidance and support and Kumush Abduraimova for research assistance.
(1) Imperial College Business School, (2)Cornell University and Imperial College Business School, (3)Imperial College Business School
Tech entrepreneur brain-drain to US is a source of concern http://t.co/sUZKqfzxGj— Aija Leiponen (@AijaLeiponen) March 12, 2015
Imperial College & EIT ICT Labs report on the impact of ICT on European economy: http://t.co/rIhVRjzUf5— Aija Leiponen (@AijaLeiponen) March 12, 2015
16 February 2015
(Reuters) – European Union climate and energy bosses launched two projects on Monday designed to unleash more than a billion euros ($1.1 billion) of spending on measures to save energy and adapt to climate change.
Nearly a third of the overall spending under the Juncker plan is meant to be related to energy.
One of the pilot projects presented on Monday that will run until 2017 is the Private Finance for Energy Efficiency scheme.
It will take 80 million euros of Commission money to try and elicit more than 550 million euros in spending on ways to save energy, such as better insulated buildings.
While EU officials declined to go into details, they said the 80 million would be used to protect against credit risk on energy efficiency loan portfolios and said the Commission would also provide technical expertise.
The other project is the Natural Capital Financing Facility. It will draw on up to 125 million euros of EIB funds to attract investment in projects such as forestry management...
The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, which represents investors responsible for nearly 9 trillion euros in assets, says EU financing instruments can attract private capital if there are strong policies to support them.
Carlos Manuel Félix Moedas (born 10 August 1970) is a Portugues banker and politician, who studied engineering at university.
On 10 September 2014, Juncker accepted the Portuguese Government's nomination of Moedas as European Commissioner, and appointed him to the portfolio of Research, Innovation and Science, taking office on 1 November.
Besides his mother tongue, Spanish, he is fluent in English, German and French and follows the development of Internet in those countries that speak these languages.
Tapa blanda: 208 páginas
Editor: Gestión 2000; Edición: 1 (14 de febrero de 2013)
Interactive table European business school ranking 2014
"London Business School tops 2014 FT business schools ranking", November 30, 2014
LBS tops the ranking of the best 81 business schools in Europe based on the schools’ performance in four of the rankings published by the FT each year: MBA, executive MBA (EMBA), masters in management (MiM) and executive education. (Two schools tied for 80th position with identical scores.)
May 2014: In a rare move, a group of young public servants and diplomats based in the European Union's headquarters in Brussels has launched a passionate plea for a more constructive and far-reaching debate about the fate of Europe. Members of the group, called Euro2030, want to remain anonymous to avoid embarrassing the institutions its members work for. But with under two weeks to go before European elections, this new generation of officials at the very heart of the EU has become frustrated both by the tone of the current debate on Europe and by the failures of the EU itself...
Four livestreams: highway.slush.org
Dr. Lauri Järvilehto Author and researcher, Philosophy Academy, Helsinki, Finland, will be at www.Slush.org
This philosopher and author is going to tell about his research on fun learning and how he is building a fun learning research center in Finland.
IE Venture Day (last week) judges (two of them) will be at Slush
Taking an unfashionable standpoint in the light of rising anti-European sentiment in Britain and some other countries, Kurt Deketelaere, secretary general of the League of European Research Universities, told a conference that EU-wide legislation may be required to enable the truly free movement of students and researchers.
Speaking at the Reinventing Higher Education conference at IE University in Madrid last week, Deketelaere warned that “we are not going to survive” if Europe continues with 28 separate sets of research systems and funding arrangements...
"Mary Robinson: Why Europe needs to set the pace on climate change", Irish Times, October 20, 2014
Opinion: The importance of acting now cannot be overstated: every euro spent on fossil fuels today condemns parts of the world to hurricanes, drought and infectious diseases
The meeting of the European Council – the gathering of the EU member states – in Brussels on Thursday and Friday will lead to a decision that will have far-reaching consequences. The summit is expected to see the adoption of a new framework for Europe’s climate and energy policy, including a set of targets for 2030 to cut our greenhouse gas emissions, boost renewable energy use and reduce overall energy use. These pledges matter, for Europe and the international community.
Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, is the United Nations secretary-general’s special envoy on climate change and a member of the European Climate Foundation’s advisory board
"The future is green for business schools", FT Soapbox, October 5, 2014
Business education needs to be more integrated, more interdisciplinary and more oriented towards thinking about the bigger “system-level” picture. A second order level of thinking is required. Moving beyond the direct relationship between action and value, business schools must offer education that addresses the complex systemic challenges we are all facing.
New organisational forms have evolved in Europe. My own organisation, Climate-KIC, is Europe’s largest public-private partnership with more than 230 partners drawn from prestigious universities, research institutions, blue-chips and SMEs. The EU created the KICs to address the innovation challenge of Europe and make existing models obsolete. These organisations are creating new knowledge and will be a stimulus for business schools to evolve and change.
The European Commission’s Enterprise and Industry Directorate General is pleased to announce that the 5th edition of the Cluster Manager Award is now open and the Award will be presented during the European Cluster Conference 2014 to be held in Brussels on the 20-21 October.
This award is a great opportunity for all cluster managers from across Europe to showcase their activities and demonstrate the excellence of the services they provide to their members and notably their SMEs.
To apply for the award please complete the application formmsw8 and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submitting applications is the 8th October 2014 (midnight).
October 1, 2014
All German Universities will be free of charge as of this year...
Andrei's background is in geophysics, and he published his first scientific paper when he was still an undergrad; now, his main focus is on how geology and geophysics can be applied to understand and protect the environment. Feeling that there is a gap between scientists and the general audience, he started ZME Science - and the results are what you see today.
Associate Professor of #Innovation & #Entrepreneurship at @UniSouthDenmark - PhD from @EPFL - Top Professor on #Twitter http://bit.ly/16xgcPC - #OpenInnovation
Erasmus Impact Study confirms EU student exchange scheme boosts employability and job mobility http://t.co/Od3FBVmoXp— Marcel Bogers (@bogers) September 22, 2014
Erasmus Impact Study confirms EU student exchange scheme boosts employability and job mobility
Young people who study or train abroad not only gain knowledge in specific disciplines, but also strengthen key transversal skills which are highly valued by employers. A new study (PDF, 229 pages) on the impact of the European Union's Erasmus student exchange programme shows that graduates with international experience fare much better on the job market. They are half as likely to experience long-term unemployment compared with those who have not studied or trained abroad and, five years after graduation, their unemployment rate is 23% lower. The study, compiled by independent experts, is the largest of its kind and received feedback from nearly 80 000 respondents including students and businesses.
Below, Google's Eric Schmidt sets out his views on how to lower Europe's high levels of unemployment with disruptive innovation...
First anti-corruption report published 03/02/2014
Corruption continues to be a big challenge for Europe - a phenomenon that costs the EU economy around 120 billion euros per year. Europeans are deeply worried about corruption - 76% of them believe that corruption is widespread according to a recent Eurobarometer survey.
Published online: 09 April 2014
School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham
The financial cost of corruption has recently been estimated at more than 5 per cent of global GDP. Yet, despite the widespread agreement that corruption is one of the most pressing policy challenges facing world leaders, it remains as widespread today, possibly even more so, as it was when concerted international attention began being devoted to the issue following the end of the Cold War. In reality, we still have a relatively weak understanding of how best to measure corruption and how to develop effective guides to action from such measurement. This paper provides a detailed review of existing approaches to measuring corruption, focusing in particular on perception-based and non-perceptual approaches. We highlight a gap between the conceptualisation of corruption and its measurement, and argue that there is a tension between the demands of policy-makers and anti-corruption activists on the one hand, and the motivations of academic researchers on the other. The search for actionable answers on the part of the former sits uncomfortably with the latter’s focus on the inherent complexity of corruption.
Chuka Umunna is UK Shadow Business Secretary and Member of Parliament for Streatham.
Just some of
THE EDITOR AND CONTRIBUTORS
Antonio Andreoni is a researcher in industrial economics and policy at the Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge University and coordinator of the Babbage Industrial Policy Network.
Ha Joon Chang teaches economics at Cambridge University.
Dr David Cleevely CBE is founding chairman of the Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge (CSaP) and co-founder and chairman of Cambridge Angels
Sherry Coutu CBE is an angel investor, entrepreneur and tech-investor, recently appointed to the board of the London Stock Exchange.
Mariana Mazzucato is RM Phillips professor in the economics of innovation at Sussex University.
Lord David Sainsbury is a former UK minister of science and innovation and chancellor of the University of Cambridge.
Carlotta Perez is professor of technology and development, Department of International Development, London School of Economics (LSE).
For the last two months, German startup accelerator Rocket Internet has been working toward an initial public offering, holding meetings with potential investors before making any formal announcements of its intentions. Going public was to be a sign of validation for Rocket and the three Samwer brothers, who cofounded the Berlin company in 2007 with the original intent of mimicking established U.S. technology companies in overseas markets.
In spite of its IPO plans, Rocket surprised everyone on Thursday by announcing a $445 million investment from the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company PHI +6.07% (PLDT ) for a 10% stake. That investment values Rocket at $4.45 billion
Young, promising and unemployed. It might be International Youth Day on 12 August, but for the more than 5.3 million Europeans under 25 without a job, there will be little to celebrate. All the more reason for the EU to make tackling unemployment a priority. Read on to discover what is being done to help young people.
Erasmus: one of the most popular EU programmes
The Erasmus programme offers young people the opportunity to improve their CV by training or studying aborad. More than three million people have taken part in the popular programme since it was launched in 1987. Last academic year alone, 270,000 students received an EU grant to study or train abroad. A new and improved Erasmus+ programme kicks off in September.
EYE2014: fresh ideas for the future of Europe
Last May, the European Parliament welcomed thousands of young people in Strasbourg at the European Youth Event (EYE) to share and discuss their ideas for the future of Europe. The final report containing all their conclusions and recommendations has been handed over to MEPs.
25 September 2013
"Understanding Europe: Why It Matters and What It Can Offer You", (www.coursera.org/course/europe), started May 9th, 2014, (sign up!, second running of course)
(Voting on now 22 May)
The election campaign must finally take on Europe-relevant issues: European problems, for which there are European solutions. In the German Bundestag campaign, we had the minimum wage, the car toll and veggie-day. Those topics allowed for splendid arguments. We need something like that for Europe as well. Instead, we talk – if at all – about youth unemployment or poverty migration. While those are European issues, the instruments and competences for these are mostly at the national level.
Voted. Felt good. Now work pic.twitter.com/1SEU7nYxwU— Katie Jacobs (@katie_jacobs) May 22, 2014
ERT is a forum bringing together around 50 Chief Executives and Chairmen of major multinational companies of European parentage covering a wide range of industrial and technological sectors. Companies of ERT Members are widely situated across Europe, with a combined turnover exceeding € 1,300 billion, sustaining around 6.8 million jobs in the region. They invest more than €51 billion annually in R&D, largely in Europe; which is equivalent to 18% of total EU R&D expenditure.
Want to know more about Europe? Today, Europe's Day, you can register to our MOOC https://t.co/2RTzA7NYOE— Alberto Alemanno (@alemannoEU) May 9, 2014
Brigitte Zypries, Minsitry for Economic Affairs on stage at #NEXT14 in Berlin speaking of startups as the "dream" for the German economy— Rude Baguette (@RudeBaguette) May 5, 2014
No blocking research data, please http://t.co/WvuCuxM7vI— Susana Borras (@SusanaBorras) March 11, 2014
Final non paper The European Parliament and the European Council are currently debating a new legislation about data protection. In the aftermath of Snowden’s affair and in the dawn of the big data era, there is currently a tendency in the political debate towards maximizing personal protection. This is indeed an important matter, and a necessary debate. Individual persons’ data protection is crucial, and the legislation must protect individual citizens. However the debate needs to be rebalanced a bit, because an obsessive and excessive individual data protection might end up harming the individuals and societies in unexpected ways.
This is the case of research data that is linked to civil register data. This type of data is mostly used for medical research. The Scandinavian countries have traditionally had a very comprehensive civil register data about their citizens. This data is combined with quite extensive medical data on these citizens, which comes typically from biobanks (tissue, blood, cancer tumor, etc). The scientific benefits of this data are undeniable. Several examples can be seen in a recent Danish non-paper.
The massive amount of individual citizens used in this type of research data makes virtually impossible to ask for individual consent to each of these persons. The size of the data is precisely what makes this data scientifically relevant and valuable. For that reason, the Scandinavian countries current legal framework does not request individual consent, but secures personal data protection through other legal mechanisms. These mechanisms are: a strict regulatory framework about the conditions under which the data can be used, an authorization and monitoring system that controls effectively this use, and a high level of law enforcement in these countries with an effective judicial system.
Members of the European Council and of the European Parliament must acknowledge the risk of enforcing a “one-size-fits-all” requirement of individual consent throughout Europe and throughout all types of data. The risk is actually killing an indispensable source of large-scale data for medical research that has put Europe at the forefront of medical scientific successes worldwide.
There are many types of data. And there are many ways and purposes for using data. Do not block research data, please.
In the wake of the crisis in Ukraine, CEPS fellow Julian Wieczorkiewicz was interviewed by the Wall Street... http://t.co/F6ouZQ2IOl— CEPS (@CEPS_thinktank) March 17, 2014
2013 Colorado Startup Report: Over $1B Generated through Exits [infographic] | Built In Colorado http://t.co/zxzFz9jKVW— David Cohen (@davidcohen) March 9, 2014
Worldwide Lean Startup Challenge — FounderSensei http://t.co/IfUqOM5RiW— David Cohen (@davidcohen) March 14, 2014