The European Maker Week is an initiative promoted by European Commission and implemented by Maker Faire Rome in collaboration with Startup Europe, that aim at drawing European citizens to the “maker world” and the fablabs, makerspaces, hackersapce and hardware startups environment.
The aim of European Maker Week is two folds:
_ To increase awareness about the importance of the maker culture to promote creativity and innovation across Europe
_ To build bridges between local authorities, media and the main players of their local makers ecosystems.
The #maker culture has significantly spread throughout Europe over the last few years, thanks to the increasing number of innovative projects, workshops and stories made by people who have built their own vision of the future through ingenuity and creativity. Europe is the continent with the highest number of lablabs and makerspaces, and it was the birthplace of revolutionary projects like Arduino, Rapberry Pi, MICROBIT and RepRap.
Across Europe, the business world is increasingly investing in makers’ projects. The European Commission believes that makers could dramatic impact on both society and the economy, especially by enabling the creation of innovative startups based on hardware products.
The Commission wants to boost this movement by combining forces so as to encourage relations between makers and society/ citizens/ investors/institutions.
By organizing an event under the #EMWeek16 umbrella, or by attend one, or by simply joining the movement that feels best-suited to them, makers also get closer to the opportunities offered by the EU and, maybe, even join one of the many programmes which could benefit from their eventual development into startups. Here follows
a short list of resources to investigate:
1. ENTEPRENEURSHIP LEARNING
Class Central is a directory of free online courses and MOOCs in various disciplines. The website lists courses in a variety of areas, including Computer Science, Engineering, Humanities, Mathematics, Medicine, Biology, Social Sciences, Business, Management, and many others, from major universities and other prestigious education
institutions. As of January 2016, Class Central tracks around 4500 free online courses from more than 550 universities worldwide.
2. ENTEPRENEURSHIP DOING
_ CREA is a European network of Summer Academies focusing on entrepreneurship driven by ICT and creativity. The academy and business prospects converge in CREA giving participants the opportunity, as a Summer Academy student, to benefit from knowledge and experience gathered from all over Europe.
_ STARTIFY7 is an Horizon 2020 project from the European Commission aimed at training young future ICT entrepreneurs in Europe. It organizes 7 thematically-focused Summer Academies in 7 European cities that follow a lean-training structure with emphasise on strong teambuilding as well as “learning-by-doing” processes.
_ EUXCEL is a Horizon 2020 and Startup Europe initiative which supports aspiring young tech entrepreneurs interested in co-founding new international information, communication and technology (ICT) startups through a new startup scrum training and mentored virtual accelerator initiative.
Ultimately, the EUXCEL European Virtual Accelerator seeks to identify and empower aspiring young tech entrepreneurs to become ‘incubator ready’ with real products of promise in the areas of:
_ Internet of Things
_ Health Informatics
_ Big Data
_ Predictive Analytics
EUXCEL has created an intensive, speciallydesigned entrepreneurship programme which includes:
_ One week of FREE intensive training and mentoring in one of its start-up scrums across Europe this summer (including FREE flights and accommodation) where EU-successful EU-XCEL applicants will participate alongside some of the most promising and talented aspiring tech entrepreneurs and begin the process of cofounding
new startup ideas;
_ Access to online technical and business development supports through the EU-XCEL virtual accelerator where teams further develop their startup ideas over a 12 week period, passing milestones and submitting key deliverables en route;
_ The opportunity to pitch for investment and win a prize in the EU-XCEL Challenge Final in October 2016 in Munich, Germany.
3. ENTEPRENEURSHIP FUNDING – A summary of the funding opportunities for various types of stakeholders is available. For information: http://ow.ly/101Sps
4. HELP PROJECTS TO GROW ACROSS BORDER
The Startup Europe projects are offering a wide range of activities to perspective founders and existing venture builders, including matchmaking events, networks of youngsters, roadshows, international missions and acceleration programmes. For information: