Tech2Market : partenaire de Startup Weekend Lyon Open Labs

A 25 jours de la prochaine édition du Startup Weekend Open Labs de Lyon, il est temps de vous présenter l’un de nos sponsors partenaires et membre organisateur, la société Tech2Market spécialisée dans le conseil en stratégie de l’innovation. Les collaborateurs de Tech2Market sont spécialisés dans l’accompagnement des acteurs de l’innovation : startups, PME, centres techniques, laboratoires de recherches et grandes agences du gouvernement.
Cette édition étant consacrée à la valorisation de la recherche scientifique, les équipes de Tech2Market apportent leur soutien en participant en tant que membre du jury et coach pour les projets, et surtout au niveau de l’organisation.

Dans la continuité de la première édition d’Open Labs, co-organisée avec Créalys et Sydo, et dans la logique du sponsoring déjà établi entre Tech2Market et BeyondLab afin de renouer le lien entre la recherche et l’entrepreneuriat, l’évènement vise à promouvoir la création d’entreprises innovantes auprès de chercheurs et des participants d’origines très variés.
“Nous espérons que cette édition motivera à nouveau beaucoup de personnes à se lancer dans l’aventure entrepreneuriale en exploitant les ressources de nos laboratoires de recherches” précise Benoit Rivollet, dirigeant de de Tech2Market.








FINNOSUMMIT: Evento Fintech de referencia reúne al mejor talento emergente de toda América Latina.

¿Cómo afectará la nueva realidad digital a los servicios financieros? ¿De qué manera se integrarán las startups y los ecosistemas digitales a la concepción tradicional de la banca?

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¿Qué nuevos cambios aparecerán como resultado del debate para la redefinición de la industria? Integrantes de la comunidad Fintech tratarán de resolver éstos y otros interrogantes en el evento FINNOSUMMIT, una cita imprescindible para los profesionales y expertos de este sector en todo el mundo.

El próximo 10 de septiembre 2015 México DF acogerá FINNOSUMMIT en el Centro Cultural Roberto Cantoral. Se trata de una conferencia participativa, abierta e inspiradora, pensada para conectar a los innovadores y emprendedores Fintech en México DF y en toda Latinoamérica.

Desde Techstars, somos colaboradores de esta conferencia que se ha posicionado como evento de referencia para los profesionales y expertos del sector Fintech de todo el mundo.

Anímate y consulta la agenda. Ya puedes conseguir tu boleto con un 20% de descuento por pertenecer a nuestra comunidad y ser uno de los 300 asistentes que formen parte de la transformación de la industria financiera. Para más información, escribe a lucia.trochez@techstars.com para conseguir el código.

Los más prestigiosos expertos en innovación, emprendimiento y servicios financieros de todo el mundo como Startupbootcamp o Conekta compartirán escenario con entidades financieras líderes en innovación como BBVA, Grupo Santander, Banregio, SWIFT y Gentera, entre otros para explorar las oportunidades y los retos de la disrupción Fintech en el mercado Latinoamericano.

El mundo de las finanzas y los bancos está sufriendo una transformación liderada por las startups y las nuevas tecnologías de modo que los bancos deben sumergirse en esta gran ola de innovación que viene golpeando a la industria financiera desde hace tiempo, incluso en América Latina.

Un claro ejemplo del gran talento emergente y de la gran competitividad de este tipo de iniciativas lo comprobaremos gracias a las startups Fintech finalistas de la región latinoamericana de BBVA Open Talent 2015 ­la competición de startups que busca a las empresas Fintech más disruptivas del momento alrededor del mundo y en la que Finnovista colabora en la organización­ que presentarán sus proyectos en el marco de FINNOSUMMIT.








Innovadores35 – MIT Technology Review

 

 

 

 

 

Nomina

Y además… ¡Forma parte de la mayor comunidad global de jóvenes innovadores!

Innovadores Menores de 35 es el reconocimiento para innovadores de MIT Technology Review, la publicación más respetada en tecnologías emergentes del Instituto Tecnológico número uno del mundo, MIT.

Con el apoyo del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, los premios Innovadores menores de 35 buscan en Chile a la segunda generación de jóvenes innovadores que, a través de sus proyectos, trabajan en soluciones tecnológicas de gran impacto en la sociedad.

¿Quieres ser uno de ellos?

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Para más información, ingresa en: www.innovatorsunder35.com







Campus Party México 6 – Innovación, emprendimiento y tecnología

Durante 5 días de Julio, la Expo Guadalajara, en Jalisco, fue sede de Campus Party México 2015; el evento de tecnología más grande del país, y con la asistencia de 15 mil participantes, de los cuales el 80 por ciento asistieron becados por más de 200 universidades del país, la CPMX6 superó a otras ediciones realizadas en países como España, Brasil, Colombia y Ecuador.

Durante este evento, se vivieron conferencias, exposiciones, talleres y momentos inolvidables que para algunos campuseros cambian su perspectiva de ver la tecnología, la innovación e incluso el emprendimiento.

Dentro de las conferencias magistrales más destacadas, por parte de celebridades del mundo tecnológico y emprendedor, estuvieron Zach King, rey de los vines, quién explicó como entró en el mundo de los videos de 6 segundos e incluso hizo un ejemplo con la audiencia presente.

Zach King at Campus Party. Foto por David Sandoval. @davidzendoval
Zach King at Campus Party. Foto por David Sandoval. @davidzendoval

Las comunidades de emprendimiento, innovación y tecnología también se dieron a conocer y entregaron contenido. Hackers and Founders Guadalajara, PossibleMX, y el Instituto Nacional del Emprendedor, entre otras, tuvieron talleres y pláticas dentro de los escenarios del evento en las que los participantes aprendieron de diferentes temas, como UX, el arte de emprender y retos de la innovación.

La conferencia de cierre a cargo de Gary WhiteHill, fundador de Entrepreneur Week, habló de los secretos de las compañías con mayor crecimiento del mundo. Empezó compartiendo el video ‘A Hero’s Journey’ de Mathew Winkler, y luego compartió los principios de la cultura de innovación que deben existir para que el emprendimiento sea natural.

  1. Sin el ‘por qué’ de lo que estás haciendo, pierdes la motivación intrínseca de tu proyecto.
  2. Cuando te faltan los principios principales de las operaciones de tu compañía, pierdes el propósito.
  3. Si no tienes una visión establecida, no podrás tener una dirección clara.
  4. Sin la misión de tu empresa, vas a perder momentum y acción.
  5. Cuando no tienes una estrategia clara, no podrás mantener tu enfoque y fallarás en el futuro.
  6. Con ausencia de táctica pierdes la eficiencia de tus operaciones.
  7. Si no tienes incentivos alineados dentro de tu compañía y con tus empleados, pierdes el equipo con el que estás trabajando.

Para ver el contenido general de Campus Party México 2015, haz click aquí. 








Trinidad and Tobago dazzled us with their innovative potential

By Alejandra Luzardo

A panel of judges selected the best projects from those presented during the weekend.

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An app to facilitate donating online (Mobile Donate) and a system to take advantage of spoiled foods (Nourish TT), were the winners of the Startup Weekend to Improve Lives. The event was carried out June 12-14 at Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago) and was organized by local entrepreneurs. We here at Interamerican Development Bank support such important initiative that reinforce our goal to Demand Solutions to improve lives.

During 3 intensive days, I had the opportunity to observe and collaborate, as a mentor, for the young entrepreneurs that were organized into 11 teams to develop their innovative entrepreneurial projects. It was just wonderful to feel the passion, enthusiasm and energy that was in the air!

When I said the participants were young, I should have added “at heart”, because among the participants (who were for the most part between 21 and 50) there was one grandma that even made a pitch and put together a team.

The event began with an inspiring  discourse given by Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Sustainable Planning and Development, Bhoendradatt Tewarie, who told participants and collaborators: “Imagination is a human being’s most valuable resource and with it there are no limits as to what may be accomplished. We need all ideas, even crazy ideas, to change our country.”

His reflection is that the dynamics of these Startup Weekends help us grasp new ideas that are so relevant in order to find different solutions for Trinidad and Tobago’s challenges. He commented on how the economy has increased by just 5% in the past 100 years and surprised us by adding: “so we don’t have to wait another 100 years, we need all your crazy ideas.”

During this first shift half of the entrepreneurs pitched their ideas and 11 teams were formed:

  • Untouched Tobago
  • SureFuture
  • Premier Society
  • Studee Monkey
  • Go Up
  • What Next
  • Community Sou Sou Fund
  • HydroGen
  • Nourish TT
  • Mobile Donate

 

I felt so privileged to be able to spend time with other mentors from World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Compete Caribbean, The University of West Indies (UWI), Young Americas Business Trust (YABT), the IDB and a group of the island’s distinguished public figures.

The panel of judges was comprised of Tomás Bermúdez, our representative in the country, Ignacio L. De León (from IDB’s Competition and Innovation Division), Kasper Birkeholk Munk (Teknologisk Institut’s Team Leader), Derrick Lewis (Managing Director of ISLANDpeople) and Debora Cumberbatch (CEO and founder of Tower Industries). After 54 hours of exploring innovations,the event came to an end and the judges selected the winning projects.

The Mobile Donate and Nourish TT teams received the prize: the opportunity to form part of the REACH Caribbean Innovation Competition (CIC), a contest and regional startup accelerator for young entrepreneurs. With financing from IDB, the REACH program is carried out by the The University of West Indies with collaboration from World Intellectual Property Organization and Young Americas Business Trust. The winning teams of this event will receive coaching and support to accelerate their business ideas.

Each of the 11 ideas presented focused on solutions to improve people’s lives. The proposals included initiatives such as electric generators powered by water vapor and a communication system for people living in remote areas.

“Sharing the energy and creativity of these entrepreneurs has been a very enriching experience for the BID. For many of the participants it was their first time going through the process of thinking of a project, convincing their partners, developing it, and defending it before a panel of judges. It was a phenomenal experience for them and this is the aspect of these gatherings that we cherish the most, and of course the possibility of generating proposals to improve lives in Trinidad and Tobago and the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean,” indicated Tomás Bermúdez, IDB representative. Other important supporters included: Google for Entrepreneurs, .CO, Amazon and Coca Cola.

This year, BID will organize 6 open Startup Weekends throughout the region, that will allow us to continue transmitting the spirit of innovation in Mexico, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Brazil. Here you can find more information on all our activities for this year.

Our alliance with UpGlobal and Techstarts has allowed us to use the Startup Weekend method with the theme: “Improving Lives” and incorporate it in Demand Solutions, an open innovation model through which IDB aims to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, to help make the Bank a key partner in providing innovative solutions, working alongside governments, the private sector, learned society, the community and the youths in the region.

As part of the IDB, it is a great responsibility and a great honor to be part of these conferences that are full of innovation and entrepreneurship and that aim to support the creation of new ideas that can change and improve our world. Who wouldn’t like a better world?








#SWDub takes a full swing with these 12 ideas

The votes are in and the top 12 ideas selected to be worked on over the weekend. In no particular order here the ideas to be turned into startups.

1. The Alpha Project – An ethnic minority youth empowerment initiative

 
2. FitMyBits.com – Online retail to help you get the best ‘bra’ fit

 
3. CliqCAD – Build Computer-aided drafting  (CAD) in seconds

 
4. SeeMyBuild – Go into the virtual reality world of architecture and construction

 
5. Comrade – Connecting people with similar outdoor interests. 

 
6. The Adventure Pack – Build groups to have amazing travel experiences

 
7. LunchBox – Pre-book your meal and pick them up. No queues.

 
8. FoodPlus – Discover restaurants closest to you with great deals

 
9. Freelancer – Connecting freelancers to clients

 
10. Appetizing – Book restaurants closest to you with meals you want

 
11. MingleConnect – Fixing the networking problem at conferences

 
12. Style Mix – Get customized fashion items result based on machine learning

There you have it. The teams will be going through the process of drain dump, and refining their ideas with help from mentors and coaches tomorrow, all to come up with an MVP to be pitched to the judges in the 54th hour.








BBVA Open Talent 2015 Competition

The BBVA Open Talent, is a startup competition inspired on the open innovation model of BBVA, with the main objective to identify the most innovative projects, support them, look for sinergy and implement them in the organization. The three concepts that best define the essence of BBVA Open Talent are entrepreneurs, startups and open innovation.

The competition is thought for entrepreneurs and startups with technological, innovative and centered on the fintech topic projects. This is the seventh edition of an international contest aimed for entrepreneurs and startups. We want to foster innovation in the financial ecosystem, in these topics:

  • Mobile banking
  • Payments and money transfer
  • Consumer Loans
  • Cryptonetworks
  • Alternative loans
  • Risk analysis
  • Investment managementes
  • Financial inclusion and education
  • Fraud management

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BBVA Open Talent takes twenty finalists per region and provides them an opportunity to present to reputable judges. All finalists will spend the day before the competition interacting with key global BBVA executives and decision makers. Even if you don’t walk away a winner, you’ll walk away having gained new experience and insight that can’t be found elsewhere.

During the immersion course, winners will spend a week in Mexico gaining first hand experience with the LATAM market and international scaling. This is paired with a week spent in London, spending more time with venture capitalists, embracing the local startup ecosystem.  It’s access to powerful thought leaders like none other.

Winners will also have the opportunity to enjoy a unique experience in El Celler de Can Roca, appointed as the best restaurant of the world in 2015, with the Roca brothers in the heart of their restaurant and in La Masía, their innovation center.

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Also, the Special Award for Financial Inclusion of BBVA Open Talent 2015 looks for startups with digital financial solutions for low income customers or small business. The winner will travel to Maputo, Mozambique, to pitch his project in the Global Policy Forum in September 2015 and will also participate in the Immersion and interaction program.

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How to apply?
To apply, just follow these simple instructions:
2. Fill your application, and in question number 43, select Techstars.
3. Done!
Good luck!
For more information, go to: http://bit.ly/OpenTalent15
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Hopeful future, diverse Inclusion and uber-cool helmets at #InspireFest2015

Dublin was home for 3 days to all that love technology, innovation, and belong to the diversity and inclusion school of thought. As a community leader I had the opportunity to secure tickets to the #InspireFest2015 and after all said and done I am most excited to have had the chance to sit in that audience and engage with other participants and speakers.

Although my total time spent at the Bord Gais Theatre, venue for this year’s Inspire Fest, was 10 hours it was a really packed conference and here are 5 main takeaways:

 

1. We’ve got a hopeful future in the next generation

With people like Lauren Boyle, Emer Hickey, Ciara Judge, and Laura Browne with initiatives like Cool Steam Kids, Germinaid Innovations, and PowerScout, one can confidently hope for a better future. These young people are not build apps to become the next Facebook but are looking to solve big problems from education (STE[A]M orientation), to ending world hunger, and energy management.

It was also great to see today’s people providing the environment for these young chaps to thrive. From university programs in DCU and Trinity to Anne-Marie Imafidon’s Stemettes, we can begin to hope again because we’re in good hands.

 

2. There are business gains for a diverse inclusion agenda

Perhaps the most profound quote from #InspireFest2015 for me was one from Steve Neff, CTO Fidelity when he said:

Steve showed how inclusion and diversity brings about knowledge and value that a business may have never bargained for. Age, wealth distribution, customers, competitors are also some changes driving need for diversity-driven innovation, not to mention opportunities for entrepreneurs when trying to solve the issue of inclusion e.g. Child carers on demand for working women.

 

3. Fashion and Technology loving up in today’s world

As you’d see in the very short clip below, fashion and technology seem to have a thing going. Intel labs showcased one of its work with duo Turkish designers at the #InspireFest. I got discussing this with a friend after the conference when I said – wouldn’t it be cool for your dress to link up with your watch or phone and tell you as you’re about to leave the house whether your clothes go with the weather.

 

4. The future of work is an interesting one

This is a statement DAQRI‘s co-founder Gaia proved with the showcase of the smart uber-cool helmet known as the 4D. She touched on the current outlook of work today – repetitive, laborious and monotonous. With technology such as 4D, work becomes purposeful, connected, and empowering. DAQRI just opened its European HQ in Dublin with a first hackathon to get the developer community in on the future of work. No doubt things are about to get interesting in this space one can agree things are about to get interesting.

Discussions on the future workplace also took place on the first day at #InspireFest2015. While it’s easy to sense some form of consensus among the panelist that work is to be flexible and virtual, that’s a very interesting debate as Yahoo’s Marisser Mayer is currently pushing the agenda to get everyone back to the office building.

 

5. You should be at #InspireFest2016 because Cindy Gallop said so








White Paper 2.0: ¿Cómo se ve el emprendimiento en Latinoamérica?

En septiembre de 2014, UP Global en conjunto con Google for Entrepreneurs, lanzó el White Paper, anunciando 5 ingredientes que ayudan al fomento de un ecosistema de innovación y startups. En este documento, se ofrece un esquema de trabajo y lenguaje común para las comunidades de emprendimiento alrededor del mundo. La publicación resalta cinco ingredientes críticos que soportan a los ecosistemas prósperos de emprendimiento: talento, densidad, cultura, capital y ambiente regulatorio.

En Latinoamérica buscamos lanzar la versión 2.0 de este proyecto a finales de 2015; teniendo en cuenta las ciudades principales de Latinoamérica e incluyendo diferentes tipos de mercado en la región, hemos estado trabajando en conjunto con Google Latinoamérica para el análisis de problemas y soluciones en la región dentro de los cinco pilares.

La semana pasada, se llevó a cabo el primer workshop de la Ciudad de México en WRK, espacio de co-working anfitrión de la oficina regional de UP Global. Dentro de este taller, tuvimos la participación de representantes de la comunidad de emprendimiento, instituciones universitarias y de apoyo al emprendimiento, inversionistas, aceleradoras, gobierno, y más.

La dinámica, liderada por Leticia Gasca, de Fuckup Nights, tuvo un gran resultado; se obtuvieron los principales problemas de cada pilar en la primera parte del taller y durante la segunda se crearon grupos de trabajo para generar soluciones a esos problemas específicos.

Este proyecto, que ha llevado a cabo sesiones en otras 5 ciudades latinas, incluyendo Bogotá, Buenos Aires, San José de Costa Rica, Lima y Guatemala, se realizará además en Guayaquil, Guadalajara, Medellín, Viña del Mar y Santo Domingo; y continuará con una serie de Hangouts y Mesas Redondas en las que se discutirán las soluciones para así crear un segundo documento enfocado en la región.

Para más información acerca del White Paper 2.0, sigue a UP Latam en redes sociales. Twitter, Facebook y LinkedIn.








Montreal-based MakerBloks Hits Crowdfunding Goal in Two Days! Wants to Rethink How Kids Learn Electronics

MakerBloks A Montreal startup that wants to teach children about electronics is seeing strong success on Kickstarter, reaching its $25,000 goal on the second day of its crowdfunding campaign. MakerBloks are colourful blocks that allow children to create real electric circuits. A Kickstarter campaign to fund their creation launched on Tuesday morning, raising over $20,000 within 24-hours and reaching its goal on Wednesday afternoon. Francois Poirier, the CEO and creator of MakerBloks says he got the idea while working as a product designer. Clients would come to him with little more than a circuit board and his job was to make the products look good and be easy to use, but he says, “I actually had no idea what they had in their hand, the [printed circuit board] itself was a mystery to me.” Poirier says his then-seven-year-old niece was developing a strong interest in science and technology at the same time so he thought it would be fun for the two of them to learn about electronics together.

“I looked at all the different ways to do it, software, books, DVDs and toys,” he says, but nothing fit. When it comes to toys, he says, “they are all bad, they are all using outdated technology.” He says the toys on the market might make sense to engineers but they don’t make sense to a six-year-old. Having worked as a consultant for Mega Brands, he thought about creating an educational tool that involved bright plastic blocks.

One of the MakerBloks kits being launched as part of the Kickstarter campaign also includes a augmented reality feature – a mirror that attaches to an iPad’s camera and allows children to solve puzzles in a virtual game using their real-world blocks. It’s another thing that Poirier says sets MakerBloks apart from other electronics kits on the market. “They don’t use what the kids are using,” he says. “I thought it was important to adapt to the kids of today.” Still, Poirier says MakerBloks won’t be going entirely virtual. “For me it’s really important to always have the hardware piece, the blocks,” he says. “Because if they are more interested in electronics when they are 10, 12-years-old and they actually want to pick up a soldering iron and build real circuits, it’s always going to be a physical world.” As part of the Kickstarter campaign, MakerBloks is offering several different kits as individual perks, that will help guide future developments from the company. “I think the Kickstarter campaign will actually give us a really good idea of what our audience wants,” Poirier says. That’s a big part of why he decided to launch his product through a crowdfunding campaign. “Gaining visibility and validating the product is the major reason we’re doing the Kickstarter, for sure the funding will help but it’s not the main goal,” he says. “Dollars are the best feedback you can get.” While delivering the MakerBloks on time and living up to the promises made in the Kickstarter campaign is Poirier’s main goal right now, he’s also got his eye on the future. He wants MakerBloks to be the flagship product of a company that’s focused on science, technology, engineering and math learning for kids.

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Originally posted in TechVibes Canada