New European platform, Startup Europe Mediterranean (SEMED) launched today in Matera, the 2019 European Capital of Culture. Part of the European Commission’s Startup Europe initiative, the SEMED platform is the brainchild of Italy’s highest valued start-up, FacilityLive.
SEMED will connect people, businesses and innovation ecosystems across the Mediterranean basin, including: startups, investors, companies, incubators, universities, research centres and representatives of institutions and politicians. Users will be able to easily organise meetings, exchanging information, ideas and creating partnerships.
The launch of SEMED follows a series of presentations at prestigious events across Europe and the Mediterranean, the final phase of the pre-launching tour was held on February 6th at the European Parliament during an event organised in collaboration with the European Internet Forum (official video of the event).
Matera’s geographical position and strong Mediterranean cultural identity, that will be celebrated throughout 2019 as a symbol of European Culture, is perfectly placed to be the home of the digital bridge between the Europe and Mediterranean ecosystems.
Following a year of preparatory work in collaboration with the European Commission, the project marks the first time an Italian company has been partnered with for a project of this scale and importance. FacilityLive’s ground-breaking, patented technology will be central to the operation and sustainability of the SEMED platform.
Gianpiero Lotito, CEO and founder of FacilityLive comments: “A project like Startup Europe Mediterranean is an important innovation in the creation of ecosystems in Europe, because it is based on a digital platform that will evolve the classic exchange programs that have always characterised the previous ecosystems. We are proud that the choice fell on our platform that wants to be strongly European and Italian.”
The platform, www.startupeuromed.eu, represents an important step forward. It provides a unique opportunity to foster relations among tech businesses in the Mediterranean area, create business opportunities, share best practices and discover talent by connecting regions.