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META’s Innovation Platform cultivates green innovation ecosystems

18 November 2020, Anita Tregner-Mlinaric

The journey towards a more sustainable Europe in line with the vision of the European Green Deal is a challenging one. In terms of innovation development, there are some concepts that are well-accepted – new technologies must be brought to the market, collaborative decision-making with citizens’ input is highly recommended, and the need for smart infrastructure that will support real-time collaboration is well-recognised. But this is not enough! A city needs more to attract and retain innovative talents. How can a city truly entice young entrepreneurs to stay there?... Read more

The time is now for clean energy solutions 

20 July 2020, Alessia Melasecche Germini

How entrepreneurs could unlock clean energy innovations of the future – even during COVID_19
Thanks to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, it’s no longer business as usual, even for very relevant sectors like Clean Energy. Unfortunately, if you’re an innovator, you’ve likely calculated your runway to last until you raise your next round of funding, assuming there was going to be a next round, and that may no longer be true... Read more

Steering research towards strong societal impact, concretising the value of R&I activity for societal challenges 

12 May 2020, Alessia Melasecche Germini

Yes, we’ve done it. 
We are delighted to announce that META, with its “Impact Booster” consortium, was selected by the European Commission to guide Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe researchers towards maximising the impact of R&I investment for the benefit of society as a whole and the EC economy... Read more

​A case of serendipity...

29 July 2019, Andrea di Anselmo

As I flicked through the programme sent to me by the conference organisers, I realized that I would be sharing the stage with Marcin Warzocha, the CEO of Coolomat, a company that META Ventures has invested in through our Ingenium funds in Poland... Read more

It’s not only better salaries that prevent researchers from newer member states returning home

01 April 2019, Anita Tregner-Mlinaric

As newer EU member states complain about brain drain, innovation expert Anita Tregner Mlinaric says increasing salaries is just one part of the answer to luring them home. As an expert in R&D and innovation ecosystems across Europe with specific experience in newer member states, and vice chair of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA),

Tearing down barriers to cross-border angel investment and crowdfunding in Europe

30 November 2018, Manuela Mtanis

Investment experts from 44 different countries across Europe arrived in Brussels - their goal? To discuss how to stimulate angel, VC and crowdfunding investment and how to raise awareness about equity-based alternative finance at large.


Put your City on the Startup Map with META Innovation Platform

11 October 2018, Andrea di Anselmo

We just launched the META Innovation Platform, a ‘white label’ product allowing any city, region or even company to launch a challenge-based innovation programme.

Sparking Startup Creativity to meet Social Challenges

9 October 2018, Dario Mazzella 

The Social Challenges and Innovation Platform showed that cities and regions can use challenge-based innovation to both meet social challenges and stimulate SME growth. So we’re preparing a new platform to offer challenge-based innovation “off the shelf”.

Turning ambitions into reality under Horizon Europe

10 September 2018, Alessia Melasecche Germini 

Last July I was in Toulouse for the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) to moderate a workshop on Communicating, Disseminating and Exploiting the results of the EU research programmes.

META's 25th: a quarter century of growing innovation

27 August 2018, Luigi Amati

I suddenly realised, as I was returning home from holiday yesterday, that it was the 25th anniversary of META. What does the last 25 years say about the next?

Get some energy into your pitch!

25 July 2018, Francesco Giovanni Rocciola

What happened when five EU-funded research projects trained by META pitched their results at the EU Sustainable Energy Week?  

Proud to see researchers acting entrepreneurially

18 July 2018, Alessia Melasecche Germini

Earlier this month I was in Luxembourg for EBN Congress 2018, where I moderated the Pitch Event with five participants from our FET2RIN training course. While all five made great pitches, the real impact was demonstrating that researchers can pitch their research to wider audiences, given the training.

Follow the White Rabbit: a startup spins out of the EC's Future & Emerging Technologies programme

20 March 2018, Mathew Lowry

It's not often that startups emerge from EC-funded "blue sky research", so we made a video to celebrate. Then it won the EC's video competition.

META's 2018 Challenge: become a Platform-based company

15 January 2018, Luigi Amati

2018 will see us accelerate our evolution as we implement an ambitious digital transformation strategy.

2017: a productive year for investor groups

19 December 2018, Luigi Amati

2017 was generally a productive year for investor groups, as I explained to “Reteconomy”, a business programme on Italy’s SKY Channel.

How to treat your European research project like a startup

23 November 2017, Andrea Di Anselmo

Since early 2016 we’ve helped hundreds of European SMEs, universities and other researchers apply startup techniques to their EC-funded research projects. Here's a first look at what we found.

InMotion, one of our Polish startups, is kicking it on Kickstarter!

23 November 2017, Alessia Melasecche Germini

Remember my post last February about Poland’s startup scene? At META, we put our money where our mouth is.

Talking city innovation strategies at the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Congress

14 November 2017, Anna Amati

As the 2017 City Challenge gets ready to launch, some thoughts from last March, when I took last year’s winners to the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Johannesburg.

Three tips to boost the exploitation of EC Research

9 November 2017, Alessia Melasecche Germini

One of the most challenging and satisfying projects I helped run this year piloted new ways to help EC research projects get research results to market.

My six recommendations on Sustainable Innovation for the Italian Parliament

3 August 2017, Andrea Di Anselmo

Just before the summer break I had the honour of presenting six key policy recommendations on Sustainable Innovation to the Italian Parliament, distilled from CASI, an EC-funded project I’m managing on behalf of META.

Discovering Bucharest's thriving startup scene at ICEE Fest 2017

3 July 2017, Dario Mazzella

Earlier last month I found myself in Bucharest for the Interactive Central Eastern Europe Fest (ICEE Fest 2017), hosting a two-day Lean Startup Academy with META Vice-President Andrea Di Anselmo.

Poland’s startup scene rocks!

27 February 2017, Alessia Melasecche Germini

Over the past couple of months I seem to be tripping over innovative Polish startups every time I walk out the office door.

Greece's untapped potential: Europe

14 February 2017, Francesco Giovanni Rocciola

Only 500 Greek SMEs applied for the EU's SME Instrument research program in its first three years. Worse: only 19 succeeded. Is Greek entrepreneurialism dead?