🥊 re:compass #50: Contact Sport

Navigator for events during 03–09 May 2021

Aiste Lehmann
Apr 30 · 5 min read

Since EU is pushing deeptech to the top of their policy and funding priority list, I have been listening to more and more chatters in this area. Deeptech is quite foggy and not-well-defined area where events tend to be smaller — not comparable with general startup conferences and consumer-first approaches.

Not surprisingly, the key question deeptech ecosystem currently tackling is how to get scientists to do business. There is wealth of discoveries, technologies and patents catching dust in various drawers around labs that could have a huge potential to impact future society yet so few of them get to see the light. As one speaker kindly put it, scientists are interested in knowledge while businessmen are seeking answers.

Of course, spark can cross over these two approaches, and then a deeptech startups is born. It is just very difficult to make these sparks fly, not least because it is really complicated to access knowledge for anyone outside of labs.

Jes Broeng described this process as “contact sport”. It is incredibly beautiful metaphor to tell that entrepreneur (or investor!) needs to be continuously in touch with research community to be able to commercialise scientific discoveries.

But it is well worth it be in “contact”. Sparks will fly.

📢 The Global Boardroom

When: 04–06 May 2021
Access: $0 — $149
Format: online conference

The Global Boardroom returns for its third edition to discuss the practical steps governments, business and finance can take to build a resilient, sustainable recovery, more than a year into a crisis that has crippled the global economy and fundamentally changed the way we live, work and communicate. Join the FT’s top journalists in a series of live online conversations with leading policy-makers, CEOs and investors — across three days and multiple time zones from Asia through to Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas — to debate and design the most effective post-pandemic strategies.

🌉 Bridge funding: What is agile funding and how does it work?

When: 04 May 2021, 14:00 BST
Access: free
Format: online session

SeedLegals’ funding round & investment experts, Lily Siddiqi will present why the ‘raise-or-die’ fundraising methodology is a thing of the past and agile/bridge fundraising may just be the best route for your startup. Lily will explain the differences between SeedFASTs vs starting a full Seed round with a set valuation, and discuss how to keep your close rolling with ongoing top-ups using Instant Investments.

⚕️ Health Technology Assessment

When: 05 May 2021, 08:00 BST
Access: free
Format: online session

Health Talks series brings online sessions about health, life sciences and entrepreneurship organized by Aalto University, Health Design, Health Hub Tampere, HealthTurku, HiLIFE, Kuopio Health, OuluHealth, Terkko Health Hub, Upgraded — Health Startup Association of Finland, Laurea Entrepreneurship Society, Metropolia Entrepreneurship Society and Xes Helsinki. This specific event is hosted by OuluHealth and will teach about health technology assessment (HTA) and the new standard for health & wellness apps.

💃 the limitless conference by the female factor

When: 05 May 2021
Access: €0 — €449
Format: online conference

The global limitless conference, supported by the Vienna Business Agency, will gather 1.500+ curated participants and 50+ international speakers on 5 global stages (in Vienna, Singapore, Dubai, NYC and Bermudas), streamed across 3.000+ locations worldwide, on the 5th of May, for a day full of insights and inspiration, all about equipping the next generation of female leaders with the confidence, competencies & connections needed to get their seat at the table. Apply to participate for free in the limitless conference at https://bit.ly/tff_limitlessconf.

💭 TOA On Air: Why Do We Fear Innovation?

When: 05 May 2021, 17:00 CET
Access: free
Format: online session

TOA On Air brings a conversation featuring actress, author, and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik and historian, philosopher, and bestselling author Yuval Noah Harari, moderated by Tech Open Air founder Niko Woischnik. Presented by Leaps by Bayer. P.S. If you’re located in Germany and join the live talk — you’re in for a chance at winning one of 5 signed copies of Sapiens: A Graphic History!

🏙️ A growth market for tech startups

When: 06 May 2021, 11:00 CEST
Access: free
Format: online session

Startup Sweden and GITEX Future Stars are hosting this online session to tackle the hard questions about expanding in the Middle East North Africa or MENA region. Emerging markets are often overlooked by startups in the West because it’s not always easy to understand the dynamics nor see the potential. Most GDP growth today comes from emerging markets so we would argue that the future of market capitalisation grown for tech companies globally is within these markets. Scaling in MENA is not impossible, our guest startups will share their strategies on how to make expansion in MENA a success.

👾 ExpertTechTalk — AI and Robotic with Digimatronics

When: 06 May 2021, 16:00 CET
Access: free
Format: online session

FactoryHub talks with Maurizio Viviani from Digimatronics about the challenges of startups in the deeptech area. Maurizio Viviani is an expert in the field of applied AI, robotic and smart cities. He was a student of Sebastian Thrun and was present at the first self-driving concepts of Google. He is also the founder of a few startups and is a regular visitor to Silicon Valley.

❄️ TechChill

When: 07–21 May 2021
Access: €49 — €89
Format: online festival

The main focus for TechChill 2021 season is Point of No Return where two weeks are dedication to exploring the current course of action in Green New World, Knowledge for Growth and Digital Transformation, how provoked adaptation transforms into unforeseen opportunities, and how avoiding the change is the most dangerous path.

🦄 Reminder: ViennaUP festival is hosting A LOT of startup community events for variety of interests until 12 May — check their website and get involved with their super active ecosystem of startups, investors, and talents.

💥 Also, CogX festival, the spearhead for AI and other transformational technologies, is giving away free virtual passes — grab one as long they are available!

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