In April, iUZ was selected as one of the 100 European SMEs for the ACE Project, an Accelerate Cross-Border Engagement programme that aims to:
“(…) develop a new tailor-made acceleration programme delivering targeted cross-border services to highly innovative ICT entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs with the potential to rapidly grow their businesses in international markets” by European ACE
ACE programme and mentors
ACE programme is organised by EBN – a network and community that supports the evolution of innovative and creative entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs -, and supported by the European Commission, under the FP7 Programme – Digital Agenda (DG CONNECT).
iUZ is experiencing a chapter extremely dedicated to cross-border markets, so this kind of programmes are a support for us to find other companies with the same purpose, providing extra impulse and encouragement to find customers, partners and investors in international markets. In this selection, there were a higher interest from Ireland and Belgium markets. Our local mentor, IPN – Instituto Pedro Nunes, has been helping and guiding us through the different stages of the programme and it has been amazing.
According to ACE website, there are 15 leading incubators, clusters and living labs from across Europe, such as, Portugal, Ireland, Belgium, UK, France, Italy, Finland, Sweden and Czech Republic.
iUZ was also present at ACE Cooperation Summit in the 29th April in Brussels, where our CEO Isabel Cruz had the opportunity to meet investors, mentors and the selected companies. Isabel also had the opportunity to pitch directly to a panel of investors.
You can see the selected companies at EBN website.
What do you think about this type of events? Are you a co-worker from one of the 100 European companies selected?
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(Images from ACE and EBN websites)