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We hope you had a relaxing break, and the New Year is off to a good start!
#METAThoughts, for our monthly insights on the start-up, entrepreneurial and investment world... We start the first month of the year loaded with activities. Read on for more!
Equity/based financial instruments
Our CEO Luigi Amati is featured in the latest edition of the European Commission's Panorama magazine, speaking about how public-private co-investment funds can support high-risk companies during the early seed stages, and why managing authorities should embrace them. 
Read the latest edition of Panorama Magazine here!! (Luigi´s article on page 27) 
IP Coffee Session  

IP&Coffee morning is an event organized in collaboration with IP Helpdesk. In this event, you will attend a live presentation of IP Helpdesk's webinars on technology transfer learning to manage your IP effectively, which can help you to promote your business or maximize the impact of your research & innovation projects.  

Furthermore, you will get information about IPBooster services and how our experts can examine your case and guide you towards the best intellectual property strategy. 

If you are a public research organization, the #IP Booster service could be what you need. It provides expert analysis and IP services tailored to your needs.

Read more here

Drive knowledge to market 
If you are a public research organization or university looking to realise value from your research results Apply Now for IP Booster! This is a specialised professional IP service formed by experts who will examine your case and guide you towards the best intellectual property strategy. The next deadline is planned for the 8 March but applications 10 days after will be considering. 
Click here to see the animation video.

💡STAY TUNED to register on the website because the first webinar is upcoming the next 12th February at 3 pm. The webinar will inform you about IPBooster, it will describe the individual services and also will explain the application process. 

Supported by the European Commission!
ESIL Final Event 
We want to do a special mention of the Final ESIL event which took place the Last Wednesday, December 11  in Brussels. Over the last 2 years, ESIL developed 31 local plans covering 36 countries, tailor-made programmes to boost the local investment capacity of each country. Participants gained access to a pan-European online community, a digital academy and webinars focused on angel investing. 

Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter to hear about what our #ESILangels are up to and to learn about future ESIL activities

Read more here

The third round for applications is open! The accelerator programme has the aim to support founders, CEOs and staff of selected SMEs to access finance and scale-up their companies.
Moreover, entrepreneurs and investors would exchange their experiences.

Don't miss the chance, apply before 31 st of January, 2020.

🤏More info:
✍️Apply now:

Stay tuned to upcoming webinars free of charge!

The participants will be given an insight into improving their skills at each maturity stage and elaborate entrepreneurial mindset.

Furthermore, the 3rd  Workshop of AAL Lean Startup Academy will take place the next 29th January in Vienna featuring Andra di Anselmo, Dario Mazella and Marco Franchin as trainers. 

🤏Follow the link to get more info about the different topics:
Have a look here, this is interesting!

As selected by Dario and  Andrea 

Europe has everything it takes to lead the technology race
Article by Thierry Breton, European Commission

What Work Disappears? 
Article by European Commission - DG EMPL, LSE Consulting

Three Venture Capital prediction for 2020
Article from Bessemer Venture Partners 

Tech Startups Face New Investor Mandate: Profits Over Discounts 
Article from The Wall Street Journal 

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