@diversity European Competition

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SMartART is one of the winners of the @Diversity European Idea Competition Awards 2013! The @Diversity Awards were launched by the European Parliament and organised by the Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture for the first time in 2013 in order to recognise outstanding examples of ICT innovation to promote culture in Europe.

An ensemble of 263 ideas were submitted to the Competition, a hight level jury of international experts nominated 50 projects and chose 12 winning ideas that could potentially shape the future of the cultural and creative sectors. The project is receiving tailored professional coaching on developing a business plan, legal issues, access to finance, marketing and networking.

The winners were announced on the 4th of November 2013 at the European Culture Forum in Brussels by Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Martina Michels, Vice-Chair European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education. The Forum, which gathers 1 200 culture practitioners and policymakers, was opened by European Commission President José Manuel Barroso.

A press release by the European Commission about the awards has been published and it is available here.

All winning ideas had the opportunity to receive tailor-made professional coaching on legal issues, business modeling, technology, access to finance, marketing and networking. The aim is to attract financing and customers for the idea and transform it into a sustainable project, product or service that enriches Europe‘s cultural landscape and strengthens its cultural and creative sectors for the future.

@diversity launched its online training platform that matches the coaching/consulting requests of ideas with a broad network of experts and offers an integrated communication tool for video calls, file sharing and webinars. All winning ideas will have the opportunity to get about 100 hours of individual coaching from experts in various fields.

@diversity covered the cost for  pitching events for each idea team to present their idea to investors or stakeholders.

The Consortium is supported by a high-level Advisory Board consisting of leading experts in their cultural sector. The Advisory Board members assist the Consortium with their expertise and ensure that field intelligence is sourced to the benefit of the @Diversity Idea Competition.


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