The Secret Sauce to Securing EU Start-up Funding



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    Ever heard of Horizon 2020? That’s the EU’s € 80 billion Research and Innovation program for 2014-2020.

    Yes, you heard right: €80 billion.

    In other words, a figure vastly superior to the entire VC industry here in the Valley.

    Horizon 2020 aims to help boost Europe’s competitiveness and innovation and thus create growth and jobs on the old continent. Needless to say, tech entrepreneurship is one of the program’s focus areas. If you’re an ‘advanced’ European startup established in one of the 28 Members States of the European Union or one of the associated countries of the program*, you might be eligible for EU funding.

    Join EU expert Caroline Bergaud to find out what EU funding opportunities are available for start-ups, whether your start-up is eligible and how to apply and maximize your chances of success.

    Book early as seats are limited. Please note that priority will be given to startups from Europe and Horizon 2020’s associated countries.

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    6.30-7.00pm: Registration / Networking / Refreshments
    7.00-7.15pm : Announcements and introductions
    7.15-8.15pm : Presentation and Q&A
    8.15-9pm: Networking cocktail

    Parking and Check-In Info:
    There is a parking garage at the back of he building on Minna St; minimal street parking is also available.
    Guests will need to present a photo I.D. when they check in with the lobby security. 

    About Our Speaker:
    Caroline Bergaud is an independent consultant with nearly 10 years’ experience in the EU funding scene and a solid track record of securing and successfully managing EU-funded projects. With over a dozen years’ experience of working at the crossroads of public, private and international organizations, including as a former Director with the US Gallup Organization and at high-tech Finland’s Parliament, Caroline has a unique understanding of the potentialities and sensitivities of public-private sector interactions, especially in the field of research and innovation funding.

    Caroline is currently one of the youngest external experts-evaluators selected by the European Commission for Horizon 2020, which gives her a unique edge in helping her clients secure and make the most cost-efficient use of EU funding.
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    Moderator: Adiba Barney
    Adiba Barney is the CEO of SVForum - Silicon Valley´s largest and oldest non-profit organization, dedicated to educating and creating relationships within the technology and startup community. She was prior to that the Executive Director of Silicon Vikings, a non-profit business networking organization connecting the Nordic´s innovation and startup ecosystem to Silicon Valley. Prior to Silicon Vikings, Adiba initiated, developed, and launched Innovative Sweden, a world tour exhibition promoting Sweden as an innovative country by showcasing a new generation of Swedish innovations. That is what brought her from Sweden to Silicon Valley in early 2011. Prior to the Innovative Sweden project, Adiba worked for 13 years within the Swedish innovation ecosystem (science parks, incubators, regional and government development agencies) where she focused on creating sustainable networking platforms, developing/executing high-profile PR projects, and coaching hundreds of startup entrepreneurs in international marketing, business development, market entry, communication, PR and branding. Adiba holds a BA in International Marketing and Business from Mälardalen University in Västerås, Sweden as well as studies in Branding, PR, Media and Communication from Berghs School of Communication in Stockholm, Sweden.
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    *Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Israel, Moldova Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Turkey.