DMS and EBDVF – Towards a strong European data ecosystem with the startups

Published in Nov 30, 2020

The first week of November, from 3 to 5, the fourth edition of the EBDVF took place. The European Big Data Value Forum (EBDVF) is the flagship event of the European Big Data and Data-Driven AI Research and Innovation community organized by the Big Data Value Association (BDVA) and the European Commission (DG CNECT). The 2020 edition of the EBDVF has been organized in collaboration with DFKI, Plattform Industrie 4.0, Plattform Lernende Systeme and Berlin Partner.

With a central theme “Towards a strong European Data and AI Ecosystem”, this edition brought together AI and Data communities; aiming to contribute to the discussions on the European Data and AI Strategy, specifically addressing key topics for Europe such as the development of European Data Spaces, the importance of Technology Platforms and Trust, the opportunities for market uptake and the new challenges ahead for Data and AI within the society.

The event was also focused on how Data and AI can help to tackle emerging societal challenges, like those brought by the Covid19 pandemic. For this edition, cross-sectorial tracks were combined with sectorial tracks on Manufacturing, Autonomous Systems, Transport, Mobility and Logistics, Health and Smart Society. Furthermore, the programme included multiple research and innovation sessions and startups pitches, showcasing Europe’s R&I excellence in Data and AI.

This has been the second year for DMS and our startups. We had the opportunity to participate again in different tracks.

First Edition – EBDVF Startup Pitch Contest

On November 4, the 1st edition of the EBDVF Startup Pitch Contest sponsored by DMS Accelerator and EDI was held online. The session was very well received with more than 80 registrations.

On this session, the selected startups from the EDI (5) and DMS (5) programmes had the opportunity to pitch their solutions for 5’ during the live pitch battle in front of a jury of top members from the BDVA and investors community.

The jury was formed by Mr. Giuseppe Oppedisano (Head of EIT Digital Challenge), Artur Romão (Director, Innovation and Development at DECSIS) and Todor Khristov (Associate at Jolt Capital, a Growth Private Equity firm based in Paris). And the session was moderated by María Anguiano (DMS Accelerator Coordinator) and Diego López de Ipiña (European Data Incubator).

Selected startups were (running order):

Company Project Representative name
Advanced Infrastructure DMS Christopher Jackson
FeelingStream EDI Terje Ennomäe
Infinite Foundry DMS André Godinho Luz
BIGDA Solutions EDI Ibon B. Salbidegoitia Garcia
Cardo AI DMS Altin Kadareja
AINDO EDI Daniele Panfilo
Onalytics DMS Cristina Raposo
Amigo Climate EDI Marcello Petitta
Agro Flow System DMS Viktoriia Gnap
Leapcraft EDI Vinay Venkatraman

The startups were evaluated based on their solution, marketing potential, pitching skills, and operational capacity.

We are really happy and proud of our startups, and especially the results: two of our startups were on the top-3:

  • 2nd Runner Up: Onalytics (DMS)
  • 1st Runner Up: AINDO (EDI)
  • Winner: Cardo AI (DMS)

PPP BDV Best Success Story Summary

BDVe project and BDVA organized this year the second edition of the Best Success Story (BSS) contest on November 5. The objective of this activity was threefold: 1) to promote and give visibility to the results produced by PPP projects or BDVA SMEs, 2) to present them in a way that could be better understood by a wider audience, and 3) to support them in how to present those results in in an entertaining, fun and constructive way. This year, 18 stories from 9 projects and 5 SMEs were received, and results were recently announced. During this session, BDVA presented the winners and runners up on the different categories, allowing them to share with the audience their respective success stories. This year, Laura Martin from Zabala Innovation Consulting, part of the coordinating team of the DMS Accelerator presented the key highlights of the programme as runner up during the BSS ceremony.

The ceremony was welcomed with more than 200 registrations.

If you want to watch DMS contribution go to min 30:52.

Parallel Session on connecting data incubators – Leveraging synergies and sharing experiences

The goal of this session was to bring together European Data incubators to find complementarities, synergies and to identify ways of collaboration towards the future. This session brought together all the past, ongoing and new data incubators part of the Big Data Value PPP and other related partnerships and initiatives. With the company of more than 90 registrations, the session was organised by the BDVe project and EUHubs4Data project and counted with the participation of European Data Incubator, Data Market Services, MediaHub, REACH, and i4TRUST partnership projects.

María Anguiano (DMS Accelerator Coordinator) participated to present the key activities of the accelerator.


Once again, EBDVF has been an excellent meeting point between the European ecosystem and our startups. Despite the situation we are experiencing, we have been able to meet again with great experts and get our startups to create new links and open other paths in their growth in Europe.