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Stay tuned for the announcement of the launch of our network, launch of the start-up help desk, tech scouting and university commercialization information. Regular updates will follow pertaining to each of the three activities.

News

Webinars on the ‘Green Deal’ call and assistance to researchers

In the context of the EU-SLIP project two Webinars have been organized to present the ‘Green Deal’ call for research proposals to researchers in Sri Lanka.

The ‘Green deal’ call was part of the (ending) ‘Horizon 2020’ Framework Programme of the European Union for Research and Innovation. It covered a wide spectrum of research disciplines with clear focus on applied research and innovation projects.

The Webinars “The European Green Deal call for research proposals - tips for participation” have been organized for the following Universities:

  • University of Peradeniya (9 October 2020);
  • Open University of Sri Lanka (29 October 2020).

As a follow-up of these Webinars, the project provided personalized assistance to researchers in their efforts to network with researchers in EU for applying to the Green Deal call.

It should be noted that in Spring 2021 the new 7-years long Framework Programme for Research and Innovation ‘Horizon Europe’ will be launched by the European Commission. Researchers and innovators from Sri Lanka will be fully eligible for participation in joint research projects with European researchers and/or in mobility actions under ‘Horizon Europe’.

For further information please contact Dr. George Bonas (George.bonas@ceriss.eu)

Working with UBL Cells for strengthening the commercialization of research results

Working with Sri Lankan Universities and assisting their efforts towards commercialization of their research results is among the primary objectives of the EU-SLIP project.

In that context, a series of web meetings have been organized in January 2021 among Experts working for the project and the management of University – Business Linkage Cells (UBL Cells) of the following Universities:

  • Sabaragamuwa University;
  • University of Colombo;
  • University of Jaffna;
  • University of Moratuwa;
  • Uva Wellassa University.

During the meetings the policies and activities in place for promoting commercialization of research results have been discussed, achievements have been highlighted and challenges have been identified especially towards internationalization of the UBL Cells’ activities with emphasis on cooperation with the European Union.

The challenges and needs that have been identified will orient future activities to be implemented under the EU-SLIP project in cooperation with the respective UBL Cells for the strengthening and consolidation of the commercialization efforts of the Universities.

For further information please contact Dr. George Bonas (George.bonas@ceriss.eu)

Events

17 DEC 2020

Partnering and networking for international startup development

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Webinar

Relevant third party events

sTARTUp Day

sTARTUp Day

January 27 - 29 2021

Europe - Tartu, Estonia

sTARTUp Day is the best startup conference in the Baltics, bringing together more than 4000 founders, CEO, and tech enthusiasts. The 3-day event consists of keynote speeches, practical workshops, valuable connections, and lots of opportunities to help startups grow and innovate.

Mobility Pioneer

Mobility Pioneer

February 9 2021

International - Virtual Event

Mobility Pioneer will showcase the greatest innovations in mobility for 2021, bringing together local and international governments, automotive companies, investors, and startups through panel discussions, live demos, presentations, and 1-1 meetings. The event will offer all sides of the mobility ecosystem a unique format to exchange ideas, discuss trends and future breakthroughs, and network for real business and investment opportunities.

EBE

EBE

February 18 2021

Europe - Berlin, Germany

EBE is one of the biggest e-commerce conferences in Europe, with nearly 10.000 visitors and 200 exhibitors. While the event is mainly focused on everything related to digital commerce, it is also very useful for B2B startup founders who are looking for fresh ideas to attract and retain customers for their product(s).

Startup Grind

Startup Grind

February 22 - 25 2021

Virtual Event

Presented by Startup Grind, the 2021 Global Conference will bring together startups from around the world. The new virtual and choose-what-you-pay model makes this year’s event more accessible for startups globally than ever before. Join 15,000 others for conversation and collaboration around tech, startups, and the future of innovation.

Pause Fest 2021

Pause Fest 2021

March 1 - 12 2021

Virtual Event

Pause Fest 2021 is the world’s leading festival for business and creativity and brings diverse intelligence together to fuel the next generation forward. Hear from the world’s leading minds in a high definition transmission of the future. The event creates a culture for creators and innovators to come together and share their projects, knowledge, passions, and insights openly, freely, and generously for the benefit of the entire community.

ETail

ETail

March 9 - 11 2021

Europe - Berlin, Germany

ETail is one of the best startup conferences for retail startups and e-commerce enthusiasts. The event mainly focuses on customer experience & expectations in 2021 and how business owners can leverage trends to get ahead and grow their companies.

Farmaforum 2021

Farmaforum 2021

March 18 2021

Europe - Madrid, Spain

The Farmaforum 2021 Brokerage offers business contacts to industry, science and nanotechnology professionals who are looking for potential partners within the field: Pharma, Biopharma, Cosmetic, Biotech, Lab technology and research to ensure sustainable business development and growth

STEP 2021

STEP 2021

March 19 - 20 2021

Sri Lanka - Colombo, Sri Lanka

STEP 2021 offers 4 conferences, and brings together more than 100 global startups, global investors and 500+ global attendees

Wolves Summit

Wolves Summit

March 24 - 26 2021

Europe - Hybrid event: Virtual & in Warsaw, Poland

Founded in 2015 in Warsaw, Poland, the conference grew to become the largest tech event in Central and Eastern Europe. Today, Wolves Summit is best known for its matchmaking platform helping its attendees move the needle through meaningful connections. Wolves Summit connects angel investors, VC funds, tech talent, and corporations with the most promising startups in the CEE region to help ambitious founders scale and foster international economic growth.

TechCrunch Early Stage

TechCrunch Early Stage

April 1 - 2 2021

Virtual Event

TechCrunch Early Stage is returning to offer founders an unrivaled opportunity to learn from top experts how best to move ahead in the startup game. During this virtual event, take part in highly interactive, small group sessions with top investors and ecosystem experts, in fields ranging from fundraising and law, to growth and recruiting —plus get inspiration from TechCrunch interviews with top founders and investors telling their stories of success (and failure).

Hannover Messe

Hannover Messe

April 12 - 16 2021

Europe - Hybrid event: Virtual & in Hannover, Germany

Hannover Messe is the worlds leading fair for promoting industrial technologies worldwide. The event involves all core technologies and core areas in industries ranging from Research and Development to the mobility of technologies. The event involves a wide variety of synergies offered by the professionals and experts. The event is considered as the industries global hotspot.

Laval Virtual

Laval Virtual

April 14 - 16 2021

Europe - Laval, France

Laval Virtual is the major European event dedicated to VR/ AR and immersive technologies. The mission of this event is to serve, inform and animate the community of users of VR/AR and immersive techniques in its BtoB uses through meeting and discussion platforms and information services. Attending the Laval Virtual event will really allow companies to monitor the latest technologies and innovations in the VR / AR field and their uses.

MedCity INVEST

MedCity INVEST

April 19 - 23 2021

Virtual event

MedCity INVEST unites active investors with corporate business development executives to facilitate investment opportunities with the most promising healthcare startups. For more than a decade, biopharma, diagnostics, health IT, medical devices and beyond have presented here to investors.

ViennaUP

ViennaUP

April 27 - May 12 2021

Europe - Hybrid event: Virtual & in Vienna, Austria

ViennaUP is an international festival with a series of hybrid events organized from the community for the community of startups, investors and talents. The event aims to bring together the people who are shaping the future of business and technology.

EU-Startups Summit

EU-Startups Summit

April 29 - 30 2021

Europe - Barcelona, Spain

The Summit showcases a selection of Europe’s hottest startups and come together to learn from some of the most successful European entrepreneurs of our time. The two-day event is a great opportunity for networking, and a meeting point for aspiring entrepreneurs and investors who are aiming to build international tech companies.

TechChill

TechChill

May 7 - 21 2021

Europe - Riga, Latvia

TechChill celebrates the best of the Baltic startup community by annually bringing together 2000+ attendees, including the fastest-growing startups, most innovative corporations, investors active in the region and talented tech enthusiasts. TechChill 2021 will take place for 3 weeks, each week is dedicated to a different topic (content, networking, partners) including a dedicated day for activities in each week.

TDC

TDC

May 12 - 13 2021

Europe - Gateshead, UK

TDC is a tech-oriented event that brings together business leaders and innovators from all over the globe. Those who visit the 2-day event will be exposed to a diverse range of interesting topics that aim to support tech-startup founders in 2021 and beyond. Topics include robotics, big data, AI, and future-tech.

Digital Marketing Solutions Summit

Digital Marketing Solutions Summit

May 13 2021

Europe - London, United Kingdom

Digital Marketing Solutions Summit is a practical event that is more focused on getting hands-on experience through workshops and seminars. Additionally, attendees are prompted to network to create opportunities for business growth and startup success. In contrast to most events’ “passive” approach, DMSS is action-oriented and thus one of the best startup conferences to attend in 2021.

Digital Enterprise Show

Digital Enterprise Show

May 18 - 20 2021

Europe - Madrid, Spain

The world's leading event on digital transformation. Digital Enterprise Show is a place, where the synergy between knowledge and experience is achieved, where the new ways of making business, implementing new solutions and ideas arise. The global expo with over 300 world’s top tech companies, Congress with 500 world’s best digital experts, and 26,000 visitors, who gather every year in Madrid to discuss how the digital changes the business, to acquire the crucial knowledge, skills and solutions to shape their industries’ future.

Innovate4Climate

Innovate4Climate

May 25 - 27 2021

Europe - Barcelona, Spain

Innovate4Climate is a platform that promotes dialogue among the public and private sector on innovative ways to mobilize finance towards climate action. It is the preeminent global conference where leaders from government, industry, business, finance, and technology, gather to envision the next generation of climate-smart solutions with the potential to transform the global economy.

Latitude59

Latitude59

May 27 - 28 2021

Europe - Tallinn, Estonia

Latitude59 is a startup and tech event hosted by e-Estonia – Estonia’s digital society initiative. Companies and investors from all over the world come to this event to connect with the Baltic, CEE and Nordic tech ecosystems and take part in the event’s platform of entrepreneurs, investors and leaders to learn, connect and network.

ChangeNOW

ChangeNOW

May 27 - 29 2021

Europe - Hybrid event: Virtual & in Paris, France

ChangeNOW is all about concrete actions and innovations: climate change, end of plastic pollution, new forms of agriculture, new models of education, solutions to the refugee crisis, clean energy, sustainable cities, ... and other solutions to our most urgent global issues. The 3-day event contains inspiring sessions with the pioneers of change in each field, pitch sessions of the most promising startups, dedicated exhibition areas and thematic networking meet-ups to connect with the players of the industry.

Rise of AI

Rise of AI

May 2021

Europe - Berlin, Germany

The Rise of AI conference has been around for about five years, and continues to be one of the premier AI events out there. With more than 800 AI experts, decision makers and thought leaders in one place, it’s a great place to discuss AI and its impact on society, politics and the economy. There is a pre-event day on May 13 followed by the conference itself on May 14.

Arctic 15

Arctic 15

May 2021

Europe - Helsinki, Finland

Arctic 15 is described as “the most effective matchmaking startup event in the Nordics and Baltics.” The event revolves heavily revolves around making deals and creating an environment for quality networking. The program includes 15 tracks across tech and offers one-on-one meetings in Deal Room, plus side events and workshops.

London Tech Week

London Tech Week

June 7 - 11 2021

Europe - London, United Kingdom

It is a week of uniting tech and talent in a world-class hub of innovation. Bringing together over 58,000 attendees from 95 + countries to enjoy hundreds of crowd-sourced events across the city.

VivaTech

VivaTech

June 17 - 19 2021

Europe - Paris, France

VivaTech is the world’s rendezvous for startups and leaders to celebrate innovation. It’s a gathering of the world’s brightest minds, talents, and products taking place in Paris.

Dublin Tech Summit

Dublin Tech Summit

June 17 2021

Europe - Virtual Event

Dublin Tech Summit Virtual will draw the most influential tech and business leaders from across the world. For one day, experts from over 70 countries will come together to share knowledge, debate the latest trends, and network, all from the live virtual event space.

4YFN

4YFN

June 28 - July 1 2021

Europe - Barcelona, Spain

4YFN, also known as 4 Years From Now, brings together startups, investors, corporations and public institutions to create new ventures and build a startup ecosystem together in the mobile industry. It’s their biggest startup event held during the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry, GSMA MWC.

MWC Barcelona

MWC Barcelona

June 28 - July 1 2021

Europe - Barcelona, Spain

Formerly called Mobile World Congress, MWC Barcelona is the largest mobile event in the world, bringing together the latest innovations and leading-edge technology from more than 2,400 companies. This event also brings together thought leaders and innovators to explore and discuss hot topics in the industry. Basically, it’s huge: they’re anticipating more than 107K attendees in total.

Webit

Webit

June 2021

Europe - Valencia, Spain

Webit is a huge tech conference series with more than 10,000 attendees from all over the world. This event offers great networking opportunities as well as heavy-hitting speakers such as Mark Cuban.

Tech Open Air

Tech Open Air

June 2021

Europe - Berlin, Germany

Tech Open Air is a leading European tech festival. Its mission is to help people future-proof their businesses and their lives. As technology continues to transform the way we work, live and relate, it becomes more and more important to take advantage of the opportunities it’s creating.

SaaS Growth

SaaS Growth

July 2021

Europe - London, United Kingdom

SaaS Growth is a UK-based event that brings together SaaS founders from all over the world to learn more about Sales practices and how these are applicable in the modern business world. The event is heavily B2B oriented and is thus more interesting for startups that operate in a business-to-business fashion.

SHIFT

SHIFT

August 25 - 26 2021

Europe - Turku, Finland

SHIFT is a relatively new conference that offers a healthy mix of attendees from the business and tech worlds. They want tech and business to be beneficial, responsible and sustainable. Plus, the event tries to avoid being too big or too small, so that you can talk to everyone you’d like to without getting lost in the mix of things.

Startup OLE

Startup OLE

September 2021

Europe - Salamanca, Spain

This conference is one of the biggest tech-entrepreneurial events in Europe. It’s supported by the European Commission-Startup Europe, the Central American Integration System (SICA), the University of Salamanca and Salamanca City Council, and it’s free. It’s a great event to learn more about what’s currently happening in the international tech-entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Techsylvania

Techsylvania

September 2021

Europe - Cluj-Napoca, Romania

This conference is dedicated to putting the future of tech, business and the knowledge of global leaders under the spotlight. More than 2,200 founders, investors and CEOs of IT and digital companies meet at this event in Romania for a program that includes more than 70 keynotes, panels, workshops and more.

Growth Marketing Summit

Growth Marketing Summit

September 2 2021

Europe - Frankfurt, Germany

This is Europe's biggest conference for digital growth and optimization. It unites like-minded optimizers from all around the world to exchange on topics moving the digital world and to learn from world-class talks. The growth marketing SUMMIT is less about Conversion Uplifts. Rather, it is about a data-driven, customer-oriented and agile approach to scale sustainably.

SaaStock

SaaStock

Autumn 2021

Europe - Virtual Event

Conference for B2B SaaS founders, executives, and investors in online format.

SLUSH

SLUSH

November 2021

Europe - Helsinki, Finland

The conference has a unique energy and enthusiasm and offers a place to facilitate founder and investor meetings and to build a worldwide startup community. It will be a gathering of 25,000 curious minds, including 3,500 startups and 2,000 investors.

B2B Rocks

B2B Rocks

September 2021

Europe - Paris, France

B2B Rocks, based in Paris, proclaims itself as ‘the leading European conference for B2B & SaaS startups’. It’s limited to 800 founders, which allows for great networking and valuable insights from peers in B2B SaaS. The keynote speeches are capped at 30 minutes and are known for their actionable advice.

Funding opportunities

More details to be announced soon