On the 28th of April, 2020, Jim Clarke from the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group at Waterford Institute of Technology participated as a panellist in the webinar #StartupsKillTheVirus, an online event to support tech innovators in the time of the COV19 crisis with European funding and support services.
Over the four sessions, over 1,000 European start-ups and entrepreneurs participated to learn about the resources available achieve funding opportunities and services, helping to battle this crisis with innovative solutions. Representatives of the European Innovation Council, DG Connect of the European Commission, Start-up Europe, Big Data Value Association, and the Next Generation Internet initiative (NGI), in which Mr. Clarke coordinates the NGIatlantic.eu project, were called upon to offer their expertise and knowledge on available resources.
Mr. Clarke was a panellist in the second session, which was devoted to SMEs and start-ups contributing to a more human-centric internet under the Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative. The second session, chaired by Alberto Sierra Bañón of Zabala Innovation Consulting in Spain, was opened by Stefano Foglietta, Project Officer of the NGI Unit (European Commission, DG Connect), who presented the details of the NGI initiative and how start-ups can take advantage of the resources of this initiative. The panellists included coordinators of a number of the NGI projects with calls that are currently open, including Sara Mateo (NGI DAPSI), Jim Clarke (NGIatlantic.eu), Mirko Presser (NGI Pointer), Joost Agterhoek (NGI Zero), and David Seoane Vilariño (NGI eSSIF-Lab).