The Digital Citizenship Conference launches the #CICD STARTUP COMPETITION, an initiative for supporting and fostering entrepreneurship. This international competition aims to promote entrepreneurship, raise the profile of business ideas with a high growth potential and offer opportunities for investing in high-tech companies.
The #CICD STARTUP COMPETITION therefore aims to establish connections between business ideas and funding - an essential step to ensuring that projects with potential find the financial resources they need to get up and running, in order to generate growth and wealth. The initiative’s technical advisor is Javier Martín, an entrepreneur in Internet-based businesses and editor of the website logic.com, a must-read blog focusing on startups.
Participants and conditions
The #CICD STARTUP COMPETITION is aimed at individuals or legal entities whose projects are less than 24 months old and who offer products or services based on the use of new technologies. Projects must fall into one of the following categories: mobile applications, cloud computing, e-commerce, energy efficiency, finance and payment, videogames, multimedia, technology platform, social media, society, health and employment, smart cities and travel and tourism.
Only one entry is allowed per startup, and participants must complete the form provided to this end at the following address: http://startup.congresociudadaniadigital.com.
A highly-qualified team will assess the entries and select 10 finalists. On 9 May, these finalists will have the opportunity of presenting their project to a jury made up of investors, entrepreneurs and teachers from prestigious business schools. Moreover, they will also be offered the chance of attending a talk given by an internationally successful entrepreneur and participating in a variety of different activities aimed at entrepreneurs and investors.
Prizes for the winners
The winning projects (winner and two runner-ups) will receive an in-kind prize, consisting of high-value services for entrepreneurs and startups, including legal advice, help with public funding and hosting services.
Timetable for participants
• Receipt of entries: from 19 March to 10 April
• Assessment of entries: from 11 to 22 April
• Announcement of the 10 finalists: 23 April
• Defence of the project before the Jury: 9 May
For further information, see: http://startup.congresociudadaniadigital.com
The initiative forms part of the III International Digital Citizenship Conference. After two years of excellent reviews by sponsors, delegates and experts in the network society, this event will be returning once again to the Kursaal Conference Centre in San Sebastián, on 8 and 9 May, with the firm intention of continuing to be a date with knowledge not to be missed. To this end, the #CICD will be offering top-level international speakers and a comprehensive programme which includes parallel events and a wide range of leisure and networking activities.
‘Learning to unlearn’
Under the general title ‘Learning to unlearn’, which refers to the need to change our mindset in order to adapt to a world subject to constant change, the International Digital Citizenship Conference proposes four principal fields of debate, to be discussed by international experts: ‘The social media’, ‘Business and Competitiveness’, ‘Education 2.0’ and ‘Governance and Citizenship’.
The conference is sponsored by the Basque Government, the Gipuzkoa Provincial Council, the Deusto Foundation, the Institute of Democratic Governance, Euskaltel, the Gipuzkoa Employers’ Association - Adegi and Fomento de San Sebastián (the San Sebastián Development Agency).
The conference website: http://www.congresociudadaniadigital.com