Ideas from Europe will for the second time highlight 12 inspiring innovative European entrepreneurs, who will present their ideas to solve some of our most pressing global challenges.
The live audience, as well as those joining via livestream, will be able to participate in the joint development and acceleration of those solutions. At the end of the event, the audience in the room will be consulted as to which of these 12 solutions they feel could have the most social impact. Ideas from Europe will also launch an online campaign to ask the general public the same question. The chosen solution will receive assistance from Ideas from Europe in order to scale up and develop.
Ideas from Europe is an initiative of the European Commission and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy that facilitates joint development of innovations with societal impact.
“We continuously search for and validate innovative solutions to global challenges, connect innovators to stakeholders and create transparency in order to free-up the road for scaling-up process,”
- Sonja van Meerbeek, director of Ideas from Europe
This year’s innovative ideas were found through a series of searches across European Member states, with the semi-finals held during the SME Assembly 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia. 28 speakers took the stage in Tallinn, where 11 were selected by a jury to go through to the finals. The final idea was selected via a public wildcard vote, bringing the total number of finalists to 12.