June 1, 2018
The first joint EBAN/SME Instrument Scaleup of the Month Webinar Sets 2 Lucky Winners on a Path to EBAN Sofia and EBAN Luxembourg
The first joint EBAN/SME Instrument Scaleup of the Month webinar took place this Thursday, 31 May, with 5 international companies from The Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, and Italy pitching live to vie for the favor of an expert EBAN member jury and audience.
EBAN’s Scaleup of the Month is an initiative for the best early-stage companies looking for follow-on rounds of investment to scale up their businesses. EBAN gives selected companies a chance to pitch their startup in a monthly webinar broadcast to the European early-stage investment community. Companies that receive the highest scores each month win the title of “Scaleup of the Month”, which comes with increased visibility within the EBAN network, as well as complimentary passes and a pitching slot to one of EBAN’s flagship events. The upcoming EBAN Sofia Annual Congress, taking place on 25-26 June will include several past winners of the Scaleup of the Month initiative.
With EBAN’s focus on connecting and supporting business angels, early-stage investors, entrepreneurs, and corporates throughout the world, it was a natural fit to collaborate with the SME Instrument and open up new opportunities for companies benefitting from SME Instrument grants.
The SME Instrument is a part of the European Innovation Council pilot that supports top-class innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and scientists with funding opportunities and acceleration services. The recently published 2018 edition of the SME Instrument report reveals the ins and outs of the initiative and presents you with its best successes. With 8 companies floating on the stock market, 18 acquisitions and a total of €1.3 billion of extra private investment leveraged, the SME Instrument has become an essential player on the European innovation scene.
Learn more about the 2018 SME Instrument Report here.
EBAN’s and SME Instrument’s collaboration commenced with the May Scaleup of the Month webinar, featuring 6-minute pitches from each of the participating companies followed by feedback from the jury and the audience. After a hard battle and a 1-point difference in jury scores, a tied audience vote put 2 lucky companies at the top as the winners of the May Scaleup of the Month title:
- Sensius, represented by CEO Paul Van den Biggelaar and investor Duko Drijfhout, Investment Manager at UNIIQ, offers a new approach to thermotherapy for the treatment of cancer.
- INVOLI, represented by Co-Founder Mélanie Guittet and Investor Mario Moiso, CEO of Moschini S.p.A, aims at safely integrating drones into the air traffic by providing unique low-altitude air traffic data.
Find more information on all 5 of the participating companies here.
The recording of the joint EBAN/SME Instrument is now available on the EBAN Vimeo channel:
EBAN would like to congratulate the two winning SME Instrument companies and is looking forward to welcoming them at its upcoming flagship events – the EBAN Sofia Annual Congress and the EBAN Luxembourg Winter Summit. The May Scaleup of the Month webinar marks the first successful collaboration with SME Instrument, which is set to continue further with a live Scaleup of the Month competition at the EIC Innovators’ Summit 2018 taking place on 10-11 September in Berlin, Germany.