54 European projects, 15 of which Portuguese, were presented to investors and municipalities.

The event fi@Coimbra took place on 2- 3 February at the Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN, Coimbra*Portugal). fi1This initiative, aimed to present to investors and municipalities, had more than 50 European start-ups – 15 of which Portuguese, that came to share their innovative projects in the domain of intelligent cities and using FIWARE technology.

The first day (2.Feb) was dedicated to training and coaching of the start-ups. The second day (3.Feb) was directed to the municipalities and investors. The welcome to all guests was made by Teresa Mendes – President of IPN, Manuel Machado – mayor of the Coimbra Municipality, Carlos Bento – SOULFI coordinator and Jesus Villasante – head of unit Net Innovation from Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG Connect) at the European Commission.

In his speech, Jesus Villasante talked about the FIWARE SMEs community- there are already about 1000 start-upsfi12 developing applications and services using FIWARE technology and, of these, 150 are developing technologyin the area of smart cities. Villasante added that FIWARE is an open platform that everyone in Europe can use, boosting cooperation.

In the afternoon, investors and municipalities had the opportunity to meet the start-ups and their innovative projects in the domains of transport, energy, and environment, among others. More than 100 “face-to-face meetings” put the companies into direct contact with potential clients and investors.

Among the private investors, were present: 2bpartner, Invicta Angels, Faber Ventures, Portugal Ventures, Novabase, Vega Ventures, Beta Capital, Busy Angels and RedAngels. At the event there were also representatives of the municipalities of Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra, Penela, Águeda, Vila Real, Valladolid, Leon and the Intercity Community of Coimbra.

The event was promoted by the SOUL-FI (Start-ups Optimizing Urban Life with Future Internet), an European project led by Instituto Pedro Nunes and funded by the European Commission. SOUL-FI aims to support the business development of innovative projects in the domain of smart cities and applying FIWARE technology. 120 European companies have already benefited from the SOUL-FI Acceleration Programme, 23 of which are Portuguese companies, making a total of financing raised in Portugal more than 1.2 million euros.

The fi@Coimbra was integrated in the Start-up Europe Week initiative, promoted by the European Commission. This initiative brings together more than 200 cities and 40 countries.