The Balkan Venture Forum (BkVF) is providing the opportunity for the most promising entrepreneurs from Life sciences, Clean technology and Information Technology to present their activities and meet with an audience of Balkan and international strategic partners, venture capitalists and corporate investors.
This time the investment forum will take place in Bosnia and Herzegovina and will be showcasing businesses from all over the Balkans.
The main attraction of the Forum will be the Top 40 companies from the Balkan Region that have been selected to pitch their businesses to a pool of local, regional and international investors.
Investors can get free access to the Forum and startup profiles, they also get the possibility to take part in the Expert Jury, one2one meetings and the selection committee prior to the Forum.
The forum’s top 25% presenters will automatically qualify for the European Venture Summit 2014:
Balkan Venture Forum is one of the main objectives of the SEE Programme project VIBE (Venture Initiative in Balkan Europe) and is being co-financed by European Union.
The project is funded by the EU IPA funds of 2.4 million Euro and is aimed at creating a network of young innovators of sustainable ideas in the agro-food sector.
The conference aroused great interest in the scientific community.
More information about the conference can be found here.
The conference program is available here.
Hungarian festival of innovation “NO- BLE Ideas” is the fourth of the seven festivals of innovation within the “NO- BLE Ideas” project . The “NO- BLE Ideas” network of young innovators of sustainable ideas in the agro – food sector is being implemented in collaboration of 13 partners in the region, 11 partner member states and two IPA partners, Serbia and Albania. The project is coo-financed by the EU through the fourth call Transnational Programme South East Europe. The total project cost is U.S. $ 2,458,271 and the value of the project for Chamber of Commerce is 212 782 Eur .
The festival will be held from 10 up to 12 March of 2014 in the fair HUNGEKPO, in Budapest, Hungary, organized by the Regional Agency for Innovation Central Hungary INOREG . During the 2013th were completed three festival of innovation, Italy, Romania and Bulgaria. After the festival in Hungary, followed by the festival in Albania, Serbia and Slovenia. Serbian Chamber of Commerce will organize a festival of innovation NO- BLE Ideas, at 21 and 22 May of 2014, within the 81 International Agricultural Fair in Novi Sad Fair, which takes place from 20th to 26 May of 2014 Throughout the festival , the public can represent innovation potential partner countries in the field of agriculture. Organizing the festival of innovation in all partner countries is implemented in accordance with the Operational Plan and includes maintenance of 4 events: “Coffee with the scientist” , “Session for the exchange of ideas”, “Eureka: try funding your idea” and “Promotion two success stories”.
For more information about the fair open here.
The project meeting covered several administrative and practical issues focusing particularly on the implementation and progress of SAT which is carried out under WP3.
9-11 April 2014, Athens International Conference Centre Megaron
The Industrial Technologies 2014 conference integrates nanotechnology, biotechnology, advanced materials and new production technologies. The event offers opportunities for developing valuable research and industry collaborations, and showcases cutting-edge research, latest innovations and rising companies from all around Europe.
The main topics include:
The event takes place during the Greek Presidency of the European Council and has received funding from European Union Seventh Framework Programme.
More info: http://www.industrialtechnologies2014.eu
“The support which the EU provides through the financing programs is of great value as it directly influences the efforts made by the Ministry of Education, Sciences and Technological Development to strengthen Serbian companies by supporting knowledge based development”, stated Tomislav Jovanovic, PhD, Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development.
“We are very pleased with the impact that EU donation has on building entrepreneurial sector in Serbia.” said Michael Davenport, Head of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Serbia, and added: “Our support of the innovation sector is already showing tangible results which encourages the EU to continue to support the Innovation Fund as well as the innovative sector through future projects, providing the essential financial support. “
“Innovation is important for Serbia, because Serbia has to be competitive with countries that are already in the EU. The role of the World Bank in this project is to provide international experience and expertise, which among other things is reflected in the integrity of the decision-making process, which is modeled after similar institutions in the world”, said Tony Verheijen, Country Director, The World Bank.
“The role of the Investment Committee is to recognize innovative projects of highest quality. Projects selected for financing have capable entrepreneurs and clear development plans that have potential to compete on globally”, stated Vladeta Marjanović, Chair of the Independent Investment Committee.
About the Innovation Fund Investment Committee:
Vladeta Marjanovic, Senior Director, Go To Market Business Development, Cisco Services Cisco Systems, USA
Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, the Director of Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering, Columbia University, USA
Lex de Lange, CEO of Zernike Group Holding B.V., The Netherlands
Alexander Ziegler-Jöns, Chief Representative of Science & Technology Transfer Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany
Risto Kalske, Former Director of the Pre-Seed Finance at the Finnish Innovation Fund (SITRA), Finland
Projects Financed under the Mini Grants Program
Company: Projektinženjering Tim
Project: “Seismo-Safe 2G3-GOSEB Building System“- The project is a validation of a patented method and device to protect buildings against earthquakes.
Project: “RAVIP – Radar for Visually Impaired Persons“- Company is developing innovative solution for helping people with visual impairments by using the integrated radar sensor detecting the distance and the speed of the objects in front of the user.
Company: Unitehna Alati
Project: “Vine/Fruit Green Pruning Device“- Company is developing a new device for green pruning, controlled by an innovative pneumatic system.
Company: COFA Games
Project: “Awakening of Heroes“ – The project is developing a new multiplayer action Real Time Strategy video game deployed to various operating systems and different devices.
Company: Euro Cal
Project: “Innovative Ultrasonic Heat Meters“- The company will develop a new ultrasonic heat meter for chemical, processing, food and pharmaceutical industry.
Project: „Brides2Bride“- The project will develop a platform that will help future brides in wedding organization.
Company: Eipix Entertainment
Project: “Creating Worlds“ – Company is developing a fresh, free to play (F2P) video game which combines hidden object puzzle adventure style with rich interactive content, set in a story driven environment.
Project: “21st Century Food“- The company will develop a new technology for growing mushrooms with high nutritional value, for food and medical use.
Company: NS Web Development
Project: “Clinic in Cloud“- The project’s goal is to develop a patient and appointment management software system for clinics that will be offered as Software as a Service.
Company: Coprix Media
Project: “Interactive the World Around Us“- Company is developing a new game-based interactive learning tool for preschool and primary school children.
Projects Financed under the Matching Grants Program
Company: Techno Naiss
Project: “X-Ray Collimator With Automatic Filter Replacement” - The company will develop an advanced collimator with improved focusing capability and automatic filter replacement mechanism.
Company: Stan Technologies
Project: “High Speed Compact Size System for Filling and Sealing Yogurt in Preformed Cups” - The company will develop a compact, high-speed machine for filling and sealing yoghurt cups.
InterActive Mathematics is an ultimate mathematics learning system that combines game-like application with real-world physics simulation and touch-sensitive devices to make the abstract mathematical concepts comprehensive and interesting to children.
The largest publishing house in the Republic of Serbia recognizes their quality and innovation of the company COPRIX Media. This Memorandum establishes and defines the framework of future business cooperation on developing digital educational content, the distribution of COPRIX Media products, as well to the implementation of COPRIX Media products in schools on the territory of the Republic of Serbia. Goal of this cooperation is to set new boundaries in the field of education of the youngest, through the synergy of fun and formal education, with a tendency not only to reach, but also setting new global standards.
COPRIX Media is creating innovative and fun systems for learning. What looks like a simple game, at the back-end is actually data-driven, scientifically based, expert-developed, tested and approved certified learning system. COPRIX Media is creator of, “InterActive Spelling Book” an award-winning language learning system, developed with a full cooperation of Faculty for Serbian Language and Teachers’ Faculty. It combines game-like application and touch-sensitive devices to make alphabet letters familiar and memorable to children.
The 14th International Conference on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition (ICFHR-2014) will take place on September 1-4, 2014 in the island of Crete, Greece.
The ICFHR provides a forum for researchers in the areas of on-line and off-line handwriting recognition, pen-based interface systems, form processing, handwritten-based digital libraries, and web document access and retrieval.
More Info: www.icfhr2014.org