UK Funding and STEM Research

By Maya Plentz Watch Dr. Rachel Oliver, Professor of Material Science, University of Cambridge, at the UK Parliament, speaking to the Science and Technology Commission, where she makes a request for a review of the funding mechanisms to uncover biases that prevent women and minorities to access funds. UK House of Commons to review funding…

Venture Capital Funding

Geneva, 10thApril 2019 Follow me on Twitter @MayaPlentz  By Maya Plentz We have seen businesses all over the globe reckon with issues of accountability in the year 2018. It is great that so many in the tech sector are owning-up their share of responsibility on making our societies just and inclusive. We are only getting started. We, as…

Business Insider UK Tech 100

London, January 2016 By Maya Plentz Business Insider UK celebrated London’s tech with a list of its 100 top influencers.   This is the second year that the American business, celebrity,  and tech news website publishes the list.  Last year there were only 50 on the list.  2016 brings that number to 100. And while there…

Women and Venture Capital

Geneva, 2018 By Maya Plentz In 2016, only 7% of the partners in venture capital firms in the US were women, and just 1.9% of venture capital funding went to female founders. How can we change this landscape? There was a little bit of progress in 2017, reported an article by Fortune magazine: “all-women teams…

Research and Innovation

Geneva, March 2018 By Maya Plentz  How to make sure more women receive public funds for research? We must make sure that more than simply voicing our outrage on social media platforms we hold governments, corporations, and venture capital firms accountable in the sense of sponsoring, funding, and granting the necessary financial means to women…

Carlos Moedas on Horizon Europe

“Horizon 2020 was around €77 billion. If you subtract the United Kingdom, because the United Kingdom was a big part of the programme, that would be €67 billion. And today the programme we are putting forward is €100 billion. €100 billion for 27 countries compared with €67 billion for 27 countries. You are talking about the biggest increase in absolute amounts ever.”

UN Agencies Join Forces

By Maya Plentz   Twitter @MayaPlentz United Nations, November 12, 2018 —  Three UN agencies have launched a digital platform to streamline the application process and evaluation of partner NGOs. The United Nations Partnership Portal (UNPP), draws on the expertise of its multiple stakeholders, the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Agency for Refugees (UNHCR),…

Horizon 2020

In October of 2016 Ms. Plentz Fagundes was appointed by the European Commission to the High Level Group of Experts to review the impact of Horizon 2020, the £80 Billion Framework Programme to fund Research and Innovation in the EU from 2014 to 2020.

Sustainable Development

“Acho que hoje o mercado, os consumidores, não querem apenas comprar uma coisa, um objeto. Eles querem comprar um valor, um valor que seja intangível.  Que naquela blusa, naquele sapato, ele possa identificar mais que um objeto. Isso tem embutido um valor social porque paga pessoas de forma correta, oferece um salário, uma oportunidade de…

ONU: Direitos da Mulher

“Eu disse já em vários discursos, em várias declarações, que os direitos da mulher não são um capítulo na agenda dos direitos humanos, eles são um tema central. Porque? Em primeiro lugar porque a mulher representa mais de cinquenta por cento da população mundial. Mas em segundo lugar também porque, via de regra, esses direitos…

UNESCO: Ministro da Cultura Gilberto Gil

As iniciativas da UNESCO nesse campo, em termos internacionais, no sentido de incentivar programas nacionais de catalogação, de mapeamento, de registros, de tombamentos e etc. é uma iniciativa muito forte.

Horizon 2020: European Commission

In September 2016 the European Commission set up a High Level Group of experts, following a call for expression of interest to which over 350 candidates responded.  Ms. Plentz  was appointed by Commissioner Moedas to contribute her communications and innovation ecosystems’ expertise to the mid-term evaluation of H2020 and make recommendations for the new funding cycle, Horizon Europe.

In the context of the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the Group’s mandate was to provide recommendations on how to maximise the impact of the EU’s investment in research and innovation.  The group was chaired by Pascal Lamy, former World Trade Organization Director-General, former EU Trade Commissioner, and President Emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute.

Tech Tastes Wine: The Year in Review

London, September 2016 By Maya Plentz As we approach Fall of 2016 I want to take a moment to reflect on what we have accomplished. It would not have been possible without the generosity of our partners in the wine sector, angel investors, and London-based founders. So, to all of you (you know who you are),…

Meet the Investors

London, May 3rd 2015 “We are very proud to host another Tech Tastes Wine. We partnered with founder Maya Plentz a few months ago, impressed by the quality of the events and in particular the inspirational entrepreneurs she draws in. Plus, with all the start-up networking events happening in London, one that chose to focus on the…

Policy and the Internet of Things

By Maya Plentz Paris, December 2014 Day one at LeWeb, the digital conference founded by Loïc Le Meur, was about the increased adoption of wearables to track workers’ health stats, IoT generated data and its attendant issues of privacy and data ownership, and how 2015 will see the collaborative economy take off for good. At the “Crowd…

The Future of Retail

London, April 2015 By Maya Plentz In our increasingly connected world every layer of an organization, from press relations to marketing and customer service, has become digital.  The Chief Digital Officer (CDO) is the connective tissue binding the IT and the marketing communications spheres of a company, startup, or institution. Why do we need this new…

Information Economy Report 2011 

By Maya Plentz How to leverage information and communication technologies (ICTs) to create real economic impact in developing countries? By bridging the digital gap between small and large enterprises. In order to accelerate private sector development governments must make the inclusion of ICTs a priority through investment in broadband infrastructure and building trust among entrepreneurs…