ACE Wins Best Project Award at the EBN Congress 2014


ACE Wins Best Project Award at the EBN Congress 2014

On June 27th Joe Greaney, WestBIC was presented with the "Best Project Award" on behalf of ACE at the EBN Congress that took place in Lleida, Spain 25-27 June.

This year's Congress theme was Youth Entrepreneurship, and there were several projects competing on the same category. In the end, ACE was awarded Best Project accounting for the most votes of the public and the expert judges. 

Learn more about the other Projects and follow the news on the EBN Congress here. 


Left to right: Robert Sanders, Head of International Projects at EBN; Joe Greaney, WestBIC and ACE Coordinator at the awarding ceremony.


Cross Border Investment Forum by ACE & EIG in Paris

On 12 June 2014 the ACE-EIG Cross-Border Investment Forum will take place in Paris as part of the Futur en Seine Festival. 

Join us at the CNAM museum and take part in our coaching workshops - we will make you investor-ready!

 11 ACE companies from 5 European countries have already been selected for the pitching session, but it is still possible for early stage start-ups, founders or researchers to join the training! Meet the companies here. 

Cross-border venturing is a core part of the ACE and EIG initiatives, which work to support the international growth of Europe’s most innovative and promising ICT start-ups and SMEs. At this Investment Forum, both start-ups/founders and investors will gain new insights into the most innovative business ideas out there and new cross-border-investment opportunities.

Early-stage entrepreneurs may register now for our investor readiness sessions! 

There will be 3 workshops: 

1. Financing Strategies for ICT Start-ups and Founders 
2. Deal Flows and Exit Opportunities from a Business Angel Perspective 
3. Business Modelling 

Amphithéâtre Jean-Baptiste Say 
292 Rue-Saint-Martin 
Paris, France 
The ACE-EIG Investment Forum is powered by Startup Europe Hub.

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Living Labs

What are Living Labs?

The Living Lab is a real-life test and experimentation environment where users and producers co-create innovation in a trusted open ecosystem that enables business and societal innovation. Within ACE we focus on service oriented Living Labs.

What kind of services do Living Labs offer?

The following listed services are indicative. Living Lab services are not standardised at the moment thus varying on a case by case basis:

  • Providing experimental (entrepreneurial) environment
  • Facilitating the development of new products and services
  • Developing application prototypes using open innovation
  • Showcasing newly developed products and services
  • Gathering early feedback from potential end users
  • Identification of target groups
  • Incubation services providing infrastructure and tools to develop ideas
  • Organising workshops to design new business models
  • Collecting data and analysing it
  • Consulting services for business development and commercialization

Why is it good for you to apply a Living Lab methodology?

These may depend on the services or products your company operates:

  • You receive reliable feedback based on user experience
  • Prototypes are tested at an early stage and in daily environments
  • You have granted access to the infrastructure, test users and sets of support services
  • You can test & develop a broad range of applications and services directed towards lead users

Who are our Living Lab partners within ACE?

ENoLL, Coventry University Enterprises, Technoport and Forum Virium Helsinki. Read more about them in our Partners page. 

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