The New ‘Startup Europe Mediterranean’ Platform Aims to Build a Digital Bridge in a Divided Continent

The New 'Startup Europe Mediterranean' Platform Aims to Build a Digital Bridge in a Divided Continent
The New ‘Startup Europe Mediterranean’ Platform Aims to Build a Digital Bridge in a Divided Continent

New European platform, Startup Europe Mediterranean (SEMED) has been launched 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.

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.

The company focuses on developing a search driven next generation software platform for the organisation and management of information, with patents granted in 45 countries worldwide. It is considered the European Search Platforms of the Future, with a total value of $225 million.

To develop such a search software platform, the Italian startup makes good use of AI and other disruptive technologies to find exactly what the user is looking for, thinking and treating information in the same way humans do. This allows people and organisations to have a compelling user experience in information search.

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, startupeuromed, 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.

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Hernaldo Turrillo is a writer and author specialised in innovation, AI, DLT, SMEs, trading, investing and new trends in technology and business. He has been working for ztudium group since 2017. He is the editor of,,, and writes regularly for, Hernaldo was born in Spain and finally settled in London, United Kingdom, after a few years of personal growth. Hernaldo finished his Journalism bachelor degree in the University of Seville, Spain, and began working as reporter in the newspaper, Europa Sur, writing about Politics and Society. He also worked as community manager and marketing advisor in Los Barrios, Spain. Innovation, technology, politics and economy are his main interests, with special focus on new trends and ethical projects. He enjoys finding himself getting lost in words, explaining what he understands from the world and helping others. Besides a journalist, he is also a thinker and proactive in digital transformation strategies. Knowledge and ideas have no limits.