The Startup Europe Partnership is launching their first  Matching Event in Naples!

The Startup Europe Partnership (SEP) is the first pan-European open platform dedicated to supporting the growth and sustainability of European startups able to compete and raise funds at international and global level.
This platform will help startups break through the glass ceiling into maturity. Founding partners include Telefonica, Orange, BBVA, European Investment Fund which is part of the European Investment Bank Group, Cambridge University, IE Business School, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. Startup Europe Partnership is led by Mind the Bridge together with Nesta UK and Factory Berlin.

The SEP project is under the umbrella of the EU Startup Europe initiative launched by the “Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan” and aims at bringing Europe back to innovation and economic growth.]

Go-Global as a taste for EU

– Learning the logic of startup-scouting
– Exposure to grass root innovations (bottom up approach)
– Cross-industry fertilization

What is S.E.P: Alberto Onetti


  • Isidro Laso Ballestreros
    Head of Startup Europe Sector
  • Stefano Firpo
    Italian Government: Ministry for Economic Development
  • Alberto Onetti
    Chairman Mind the Bridge Foundation
  • Simon Schaefer
    Founder Factory Berlin
  • Javier Placer
    Director Open Future Telefónica
  • Gustavo Vinacua
    Director of BBVA Innovation Centers & Open Innovation
  • Telmo Perez
    Vice President of France Telecom Group
  • Carlo Papa
    Chief Innovation Officer, Enel Green Power
  • Alexia Froudkine
    Director Developer Marketing & Alliances – Orange Partner
  • Clara Gutierrez Sanz
    BBVA Venture


May 13, 2014
  • 09:00 - 09:30Welcome and Opening (S.E.P.: @ Hotel Royal Continental)– Luigi De Magistris (The Mayor of Naples)
    – Enrico Panini (City of Naples: Councillor for Productive Activities)
    - Marco Marinucci (CEO, Mind the Bridge Fundation)
  • 09:30 - 10:00Startup Europe Presentation Isidro Laso Ballestreros, Head of Startup Europe, European Commission
  • 10:00 - 10:20 Introduction to Startup Europe PartnershipAlberto Onetti, Chairman, Mind the Bridge Foundation
    Simon Schaefer, Founder, Factory Berlin
  • 10:20 - 10:30How does the Italian Government plans to support SEPStefano Firpo, Italian Government, Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico
  • 10:30 - 11:15Panel: Bridging Large Corporates and Startups: Sharing Best Practices - Gustavo Vinacua, Director of BBVA Innovation Centers & Open Innovation
    - Javier Placer, Director, Open Future Telefónica
    - Telmo Perez, Vice President of France Telecom Group, TBD, Telefonica
    - Alexia Froudkine, Director Developer Marketing & Alliances, Orange
    - Axel Menneking, Head of hub:raum International, Deutsche Telekom - Salvo Mizzi, Telecom Italia
    - Carlo Papa, Chief Innovation Officer, Enel Green Power
  • 11:15 - 11:30Panel: Corporate Venture Capital. Sharing Best Practices - Jacky Abitbol, Investment Director Orange Capital
    - Javier Placer, Director, Open Future Telefónica
    - Clara Gutierrez Sanz, BBVA Venture)
    - Luca Casaburra, Strategic Finance at Telecom Italia
    - Alberto De Paoli, Head of Strategic Planning & Enel Lab Managing Director, Enel
  • 11:30 - 12:00Discussion and Wrap-up
  • 12:00 - 14:00Lunch & Networking @ Castel dell'OvoLunch kindly sponsored by Banca Credito Cooperativo - BCC Napoli
  • 13:59 - 18:00STARTUP EXPO @ Castel dell'Ovo (Parallel session)20 Startups will pitch their innovative business idea to Mind the Bridge Fundation mentors and to international investors.
  • 14:00 - 14:30Matching Session(reserved to SEP Corporate Members + invited SEP startups))
  • 14:30 - 14:45Opening
  • 14:45 - 15:00Intro of SEP Corporate Members (BBVA, Orange, Telefonica)
  • 15:00 - 15:45Intro of SEP Selected Startups
  • 15:45 - 16:45Matching: Startup & Corporates 1:1 meetings
  • 16:45 - 17:30Matching Feedback & Outcomes
  • 16:45 - 18:00Discussion, Action Items and Wrap-up