ACE Final Event at #EBNCongress 2015

#ACEAward: selected finalists will be awarded a cash prize and special support measures at #EBNCongress 2015

With over 100 companies supported to date the ACE project is striving to provide long standing and sustainable support to its companies. The ACE Award, recognising excellence in early-stage internationalisation of our ICT SMEs is currently open for nominations. 

The prize for most impressive international growth is to be awarded at the 2015 Annual EBN Congress, to take place on 28-30 October in Brussels, so don't miss out on your chance to come and meet these talented entrepreneurs!

Interested? Come meet our most impressive start-ups and learn about their internationalisation successes in Brussels, while discussing the future of innovation and entrepreneurship with many thought-leaders and policy makers.

More info about the #EBNCongress and how to register available here. Don't forget to announce your presence using #ACEAward and #EBNCongress and come cheer for our entrepreneurs next month!

 

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ACE Award

With over 100 companies supported to date and many still in the pipeline, ACE is striving to provide long standing and sustainable support to its companies. The ACE Award, recognising excellence in early-stage internationalisation of our ICT SMEs will soon open for nominations.

The prize for most impressive international growth is to be awarded at the 2015 Annual EBN Congress, to take place on 28-30 October in Brussels.

Watch out!

Several ACE partners remain available to provide internationalisation support until the end of the summer 2015. If your company is interested in participating please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact your nearest ACE partner.

Stay tuned to hear more about our companies’ progress. Read some of our start-up stories here and stay up to date on our partners’ and companies’ activities through our Twitter feed.

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ACE: six months left!

18 months well into the Programme, ACE has many stories to tell. 2015 has brought a new open call for candidates, a second edition of the ACE Summit and roughly 70 more enterprises supported by our international mentors. ACE’s success has also been highly endorsed: 92% of supported companies recommend ACE to another fellow start-up and half of them rated our impact on internationalisation as high or excellent.


Second ACE Summit opening in Milan with Jim Ward from DublinBIC

ACE is Selecting, Again!

The second ACE call for candidates was opened in December 2014 with the first cut off at 25 January 2015 through the F6S platform. This first round gathered 100+ applications from start-ups and SMEs across Europe, 70 of which are advancing through their tailor-made ACE Programme. This second call for companies focused mainly (but not only) in providing support to enterprises in countries outside of the ACE consortium and where cross border investment opportunities could be identified.

In March 2015, newly selected companies were assigned an experienced mentor in their nearest ACE partner country ahead of the ACE Summit 2.0 in Milan, where they had the chance to meet for their first mentorship sessions. This ‘local’ mentor had the task to analyse their internationalisation strengths and weaknesses and developed an individual internationalisation action plan to be put in place with the help of the ACE support network.

ACE Summit 2.0

On 18 March 2015, newly selected ACE companies, mentors, investors and other potential partners converged at the second ACE Summit in Milan, in the framework of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress. Attended by over 100 participants, the Summit was the first occasion for the new ACE companies, mentors and investors to meet each other and discuss how to work together to take their businesses global.

At the Summit, the companies had the opportunity to participate in investor readiness training with GoBeyond, and 30 companies pitched directly to a panel of cross border investors.  Some 40 mentorship and coaching meetings were pre-organised and several companies had the opportunity to exhibit in the networking area of the Congress.  

Customised Support Plans and Cross border investment

Following the meetings in Milan, the mentors worked closely with the companies to elaborate their Internationalisation Action Plans. The measures implemented will be customised for each participating company to address their specific internationalisation goals and challenges, as identified by the participants with the support of their local mentors.

In the last 6 months ACE as always concentrated large efforts in providing its companies with more international pitching opportunities, including e-pitching organised with GoBeyond and the sister project European Investor Gate.

Final stretch – ACE Award

In the months coming, ACE approaches the end of its official funding period. With over 100 companies supported to date and many still in the pipeline, ACE is striving to provide long standing and sustainable support to its companies. The ACE Award, recognising excellence in early-stage internationalisation of our ICT SMEs will soon open for nominations. The prize for most impressive international growth is to be awarded at the 2015 Annual EBN Congress, to take place on 28-30 October in Brussels.

Contact us:

Several ACE partners remain available to provide internationalisation support until the end of the summer 2015. If your company is interested in participating please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact your nearest ACE partner.

Stay tuned to hear more about our companies’ progress. Read some of our start-up stories here and stay up to date on our partners’ and companies’ activities through our Twitter feed.

 

 

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ACE goes Creative!

#ACECreative is the next generation of ACE, targeted only at companies mixing ICT and Creativity. 

We are proud to announce the #ACECreative accelerator launching its first ever call for companies to select 2015’s TOP 50 ICT driven Creative start-ups in Europe. Companies are encouraged to apply for their chance to win (as always!) a customised support package to grow their business internationally, and to benefit from targeted coaching and tailored advice with a specially assigned experienced mentor.

Coordinated by EBN and building on the ACE Acceleration Programme for innovative ICT SMEs, #ACECreative is designed specifically for creative start-ups and SMEs developing and working with the latest technologies (e.g. 3D printing) and ICT SMEs innovating in the creative sector. ACE Creative will support Europe’s most innovative SMEs through its European network of expertise in training, investment and business coaching, ensuring these companies rapidly gain entry and grow into international markets.

Robert Sanders, Head of International Projects at EBN, stated “This project will support the development of high tech creative industries in Europe. By leveraging the strengths of our European partners’ working with the local creative economy, we aim to directly engage and support these companies to grow in Europe and beyond.

During the next two years, this Horizon2020 funded initiative will select 100 companies in Europe, connect them with each other and set them up with a pan-European support team. An international team will then help identify and introduce them to the clients, investors and contacts they need to grow their business in new markets. Parallel to this, the project will provide an online resource centre via www.acecreative.eu to help 1000 creative entrepreneurs’ access training programmes and support to develop their venture.  

 

Contact info: For more information about ACE Creative please visit www.acecreative.eu or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Note to business support organisations:  ACE Creative is aiming at creating a pan-European support network for innovative creative businesses. If you are interested in joining the ACE Creative support network please contact Margaret Mulligan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


 

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