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Welcome to the #METAThoughts newsletter for our monthly insights on the start-up, entrepreneurial and investment world... In the wake of this coronavirus crisis, we hope that you and your families can stay at home and keep safe. We are making efforts to continue our work remotely from home as best we can. 
 
Invest Horizon Accelerator programme

Invest Horizon is looking for 500 ambitious deep tech startups to help them through coaching, mentoring and pitching events to scale their business and raise funding. Next deadline for applications is the 20th of May.

Are you Investment Ready? Invest Horizon experts will provide in-depth assessment of your potential and give valuable recommendations.
 
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Blood Donor App Wins 50k In European Health Funding

MOODìka Srl has been awarded €50k worth of EU funding under the EIT Health HeadStart scheme for their smartDONOR® mobile application. In short, the app’s goal is to digitalise all communications around blood donation.  

This Italian company received their first dose of funding through the Social Challenges Innovation Platform initiative, which was coordinated by META Group

'Social Challenges gave MOODìka the training and mentorship needed to launch the app not only in Sicily, but throughout Italy as a whole. This was pretty challenging,' said Marco Cannemi, founder of MOODìka. 
 
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Bulgarian CEO Angels club launched in the UK

On 3rd of March 2020, Bulgaria’s national day, CEO Angels Club from Bulgaria launched its new branch in London. This connection will give club investors the chance to meet the many Bulgarian start-ups based in London; as well as giving the diaspora the possibility to invest in Bulgaria. 

The Director of the CEO Angels Chapter in London, Kiril Minchev, admitted that the ESIL Study Visit to the UK was "a source of inspiration for this idea." 
 
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Venture financing at the time of COVID-19, by Anna Amati

An inspiring article by our VP Anna Amati for Startupbusiness - Digital360 readers on the importance of supporting and financing research.

The pandemic that the world is facing leads everyone to reflect deeply on the value of their work and so does it Anna as EUREKA! Venture SGR Partner. 
 
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Three new tools for researchers & entrepreneurs launched within the BOSS platform - Try them now!

We just launched three new tools within our Business Opportunity Support System platform.
  • Business Opportunity self-assessment tool in a form of questionnaire.
  • Business Opportunity Development planning tool - Formed as a canvas.
  • Business Opportunity Disclosure Form
Register now, try these new tools and check out all the educational material available in there!

 


META signed a contract with ENEA to support exploitation activities under the EoCoe project

At the cross-road of the energy and digital revolutions, EoCoE develops and applies cutting-edge computational methods in its mission to accelerate the transition to the production, storage and management of clean, decarbonized energy.
 
META, as an impact service provider, will take care of supporting the exploitation activities in this H2020 project. Read on to find out how we can help with your exploitation activities.
Download: Flyer / Read more
What we are reading:

As selected by Alessia and Pablo

Fundraising during coronavirus: Are startups screwed?
Analysis by Amy Lewin, Deputy Editor at Sifted

20 things you can do to conserve energy
From Ecomall Book

What is impact?
Report by Simon Hearn and Anne L. Buffardi (Methods Lab)




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