ENRICH in the USA Announces Winners of Virtual Pitch Competition for European Tech Entrepreneurs
A series of three consecutive events, held in July and August, featured innovative European startups presenting game-changing solutions to panels of judges from 10 U.S. regions across three industries. The 10 winning companies received €500 ($529 US), along with facilitated access to U.S. accelerators.
Each U.S. ecosystem (Boston, MA; San Francisco and Silicon Valley, CA; Washington D.C.; Fairfax, VA; Philadelphia, PA; New York State; Austin, TX; St Louis, MO; and Atlanta, GA) was represented by university partners, industry experts, seed investors, and city/state representatives, who gave an overview of the market potential, their infrastructure, and the investment funds available for European deep-tech, high-growth startups and scale-ups. Selected entrepreneurs (by each U.S. ecosystem) also had the opportunity for one-on-one meetings to pitch and receive feedback from the ecosystem experts and investors.
The featured pitch categories included Tech4Good, which brings tech and social impact sectors together; Smart City, including public safety, transportation, and utilities management sectors; and AgTech and FoodTech, covering technologies that target food production, supply chains, and retail.
The winners for each category include:
"We are excited to recognize and celebrate this new virtual pitch series' winners as they continue to evoke positive change through their technologies amid COVID-19," said Sebastien Torre, president of San Francisco-based European American Enterprise Council. "Europe's top researchers and innovators have a lot to show and to share with their counterparts in the United States."
About ENRICH in the USA
Launched in April 2017, the mission of ENRICH (European Network of Research Innovation Centres and Hubs) in the USA (ENRICH in the USA) is to provide collaboration and commercialization support services to European researchers and innovators, and facilitate their access to university centric soft landing ecosystems, to maximize their chances of success in the United States.
Promoted by the European Commission through Horizon 2020, the ENRICH network currently offers services to connect European research, technology, and business organizations with three global frontrunner innovation markets: Brazil, China and the USA.
ENRICH in the USA is represented in the USA by the European American Enterprise Council (EAEC).
The European American Enterprise Council (EAEC) is a private member-driven social enterprise and network (eight US and EU chapters). EAEC is part of the European Commission's Enterprise Europe Network (600+ organizations in Europe, and a worldwide presence), and aims at promoting transatlantic collaboration, trade and investment between European and North American companies, institutions and economic regions while fostering global innovation and entrepreneurship.
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