Startup Europe Village

On April 20th and 21st of April, Net Futures 2016 will be hosting a matchmaking event in the Startup Europe Village at Net Futures 2016, in Brussels, Belgium.

The matchmaking event will be organised by Startup Europe Partnership (SEP), with the support of FIWARE and the Microsoft BizsPark ecosystem. During the event, selected startups will have a chance to meet and network one-on-one with corporates.

On the first day of the event, 25 startups selected from across Europe –including the most promising companies from FIWARE– will get the chance to have one-on-one closed door meetings with renowned corporates that are part of the SEP open innovation platform, like Microsoft, Enel, Telefonica, Telecom Italia, Unipol, BBVA, SKY, Cisco, Virgin and Daimler.

Day two will consist of an open panel discussion, which will be moderated by Mind the Bridge Chairman, Alberto Onetti. It will also involve senior execs and provide insights about opportunities and issues, giving startups a unique chance to interact and collaborate with large corporations. Following the panel, SEP will be presenting some recent data regarding the status of the European startup and scale-up ecosystem.

The Startup Europe Partnership is a platform where the best startups meet the best corporates, with a goal: to make things happen, whether that means procurement (corporates buy products and services from startups), strategic investments and, eventually, acquisition/acqui-hires.


April 20 2016

09:30-10:15 Welcome to Startup Europe Partnership
10:15-10:45 Corporate Session: Presentation of selected startups
10:15-10:45 Startup Session: How to deal with Corporates

11:15-12:45 SEP Matching: Startup-Corporates 1:1 meetings
11:15-12:45 SEP Peer Sharing

14:30-16:30 SEP Matching: Startup-Corporates 1:1 meetings
14:30-16:30 SEP Peer Sharing

April 21 2016

9:30–10:30 Panel: Startup-Corporate interaction: opportunities and issues
Anastasios Stilianidis, Program Manager for Product Development and Start-up Coordinator, Daimler
Tom Yoritaka, Global Managing Director, Cisco EIR
Jonathon Spanos, Virgin StartUp
Pierluigi Fasano, Director, Head Enterprise Architect Reinsurance, Swiss Re
Tom Braekeleirs, Director Microsoft Innovation Center Flanders

Moderated by Alberto Onetti, Chairman Mind the Bridge and Startup Europe Partnership Coordinator (presentation)

10:30–11:00 Evidence-driven startup policy
Alberto Onetti, Chairman Mind the Bridge and Startup Europe Partnership Coordinator (presentation)
Sidd Bannerjee, Researcher, Digital Startups, Nesta

11:00–11:30 Break

11:30–13:00 Net Futures Closing Plenary, including Startup Europe Village Award Ceremony


Startup Europe Partnership (SEP) is an open innovation platform launched by the European Commission. It is is managed by Mind the Bridge and its goal is to initiate qualified connections between top European scale-ups and medium and large corporations, in order to foster commercial and strategic partnerships.

FIWARE is an open source platform easing the development of smart applications in multiple sectors. It lays the foundation of a whole ecosystem where entrepreneurs, industry, developers and cities can join in to capture the opportunities that are emerging with the new wave of digitalization. This ecosystem is growing, and has recently welcomed the creation of the FIWARE Foundation.
FIWARE open APIs are getting adopted as de-facto standards in several markets fostering a new generation of smarter applications and services, at a lower cost. The Foundation will ensure the long-term evolution of FIWARE and its availability for users, for free and forever.

Startup Europe (SE) is an initiative supported by the European Commission that aims to strengthen the business environment for web and ICT entrepreneurs, so that their ideas and business can start and keep growing in the EU. SE works towards getting entrepreneurs more connected within the European ecosystem, where talent, investment and learning can be easily captured. SE believes that the growth of Europe will be determined by savvy startups, and wants to encourage this development.

Microsoft BizSpark empowers start-ups by providing them with software development tools and cloud services free of charge. Through BizSpark, Microsoft also helps start-ups build connections with key industry players and investors, supporting entrepreneurs to kick-start and scale-up their business.

The Korea Startup Challenge (or K-Startup Challenge) 2016 is a double-faceted global acceleration programme conducted and sponsored by NIPA (the National IT Industry Promotion Agency of South Korea) and taking place in Korea’s new Silicon Valley, Pangyo Techno Valley – just a few kilometres south of Seoul. The driving idea behind this project is to endorse the inflow of promising foreign startups/scaleups interested in the Korean or the broader Asian market through a global startup acceleration programme from August to November 2016 and then through a 6-month settlement programme from November 2016 to May 2017. Amongst many other things, this programme offers startups/scaleups collaboration opportunities with large Korean conglomerates (e.g. Samsung, Hyundai, LG, SK, Naver, …), free office space in Korea’s new Silicon Valley, an interesting financial support and many networking activities.


Alberto Onetti
Alberto OnettiMind the Bridge / Chairman
Alberto Onetti is a seasoned serial entrepreneur with core competences in corporate strategy and finance. Among the others, he founded, together with Fabrizio Capobianco, Funambol, Inc., a mobile personal cloud company based in Silicon Valley with R&D in Europe.
Alberto is Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at University of Insubria. In 2009 he has been appointed as Chairman of the Californian Mind the Bridge , its mission is to inspire, educate and stimulate a new generation of young entrepreneurs and create startups inspired by the methods and successes achieved in the Silicon Valley.
Since 2014 Alberto has been selected by European Commission to help drive the Startup Europe Partnership (SEP), the first integrated platform to support growth and sustainability of European companies.
Tom Yoritaka
Tom YoritakaCisco Systems, Managing Director, Corporate Venturing
Tom Yoritaka is the Global Managing Director of Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence (Cisco EIR) – the company’s corporate venturing program aimed at early-stage startups. As the global head of Cisco EIR, he works with startups innovating in the Internet of Everything/Things, AI/Deep Learning/Big Data, Cloud, Enterprise Mobility, Security & Blockchain. Cisco EIR provides startups with opportunities to build strategic relationships with Cisco Business Units & executives, co-working space, software, financial support & potential strategic funding from Cisco. He was previously a Senior Director & General Manager of Social Solutions & Platforms, building & managing Cisco’s Web software products that advanced social interactions, knowledge management & collaboration for Cisco customers & partners.

Prior to joining Cisco, Tom held various executive & leadership positions at Yahoo! & Microsoft. He also worked as a strategy consultant at The Boston Consulting Group & McKenna Group. He holds a master’s degree from Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, an MBA with honors from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business & an undergraduate degree in applied mathematics, statistics & economics with honors from Northwestern University.

Pierluigi Fasano
Pierluigi FasanoSwiss Re, Head of Reinsurance Enterprise Architecture
Passioned innovator using Architecture as a change driver for business models as well as operating models. More than 20 years of experience in using technology to improve business outcomes. Currently living and breathing Internet of Things to transform Insurance
Tom Braekeleirs
Tom Braekeleirs Microsoft Innovation Center / Director
Tom Braekeleirs is a corporate guy turned entrepreneur. After working for 17 years in companies like EDS, Navision and Microsoft, he switched careers to run the Microsoft Innovation Center in Flanders with a specific focus on Healthcare innovation. MIC Flanders is a not-for-profit in a public-private partnership that sets out to support the healthcare ecosystem make the digital transformation. Besides coaching startups, he and his team are activating students to consider an entrepreneurial career as well as helping healthcare players to make the leap forward. Besides this role he’s also a sought after speaker on topics such as marketing, employee engagement and entrepreneurship.
He holds a master in Trade Sciences and in Industrial Corporate Management. He’s married and has 2 children.
His personal motto: “Change the world, or go home!”
Carlos Callejero
Carlos CallejeroDirector
Carlos Callejero is CEO and Co-funder of Sensowave, a startup whose main objective is providing innovative solutions based on IoT, and the FIWARE platform, in other sectors, such as Precision Farming, assisted Living and Care and Hazardous Infrastructures
He has more than 15 years of experience in R&D, and knowledge of a broad spectrum of technologies, most specifically in the field of optics, radar, and IT. This includes about 10 years managing R&I programmes, both in industry and in National and European funding public Entities, for a total budget of about 10M.
He has expertise identifying new uses and applications that lead to optimize the use of resources. He can detect good business opportunities expanding the use of innovations and current technologies to new sectors and industries where they were not previously used.