Previous projects by Newsquare
Bayer Healthcare and Zeiss
EyeFocus Accelerator was developed to build an ecosystem of innovators in eye-care in order to connect Bayer and Zeiss with startups, and more broadly with innovators in this sector. EyeFocus built and ran two accelerator programs, the first being a conventional 3 month program, the second an evolution of this into a virtual program, with activities running around the world. Combined these programs built a network around the corporates that included world leading institutions like Moorfields Eye Hospital, RNIB, leading universities, and over 120 startups in eye-care.
Clinical Entrepreneurs Program, NHS England
Advising the Clinical Director of Innovation at NHS England on developing a program that would identify and support entrepreneur medics to receive mentoring and support to develop ventures. The program brought together features of an accelerator, with a competitive application process, cohorts, and fixed terms, as well as mentoring. However, it was unique in sitting within the NHS, and working only with junior doctors.
Estonian Government e-Residency Program
The e-Residency program is a world leading initiative offering non-Estonian residents access to some of Estonia’s advanced e-Government services. The program allows non-residents to become ‘e-residents’ in order to open and run companies in Estonia from abroad. Newsquare set up a program that ran ‘idea-hacks’ around the world to gather together thought leaders in fields such as e-Government, Identity, and Blockchain. These events promoted e-Residency, and also provided feedback from a diverse global network of experts on the development of the program. The first phase of work, running activities around the world, led to forming an Advisory Group of global experts to support the e-Residency team in its first years of development.
NATO CCD COE
The NATO Collaborative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Estonia is a world leading cluster of knowledge and activity relating to cyber defence. Made up mainly of military and cyber experts, the Centre seeks to reach out of its own networks in order to promote cyber safety in other areas. This project involves connecting the Centre to the startup sector in NATO regions to explore how engagement with accelerators and other clusters of early stage tech companies can lead to cyber safety being incorporated into technology from the outset, rather than as an after-thought.
Newsquare contributed to the original design and strategy that led to Tech North, focussing on how to build a regional tech ecosystem across the North of England, and then advised the first Head of the program on implementing that original strategy. Tech North came out of the Northern Futures project developed by Deputy Prime Minister’s office and launched by Tech City.
PhD Research on Innovation
The founder of Newsquare, Tobias Stone, completed a PhD exploring the underlying social networks of startup accelerators, analysing how best to structure innovation programs. The research used his own accelerator, EyeFocus, as a case study, and makes wide ranging recommendations on how corporates should best engage with startups.
Clients and Program Sponsors
About Tobias Stone
Tobias Stone founded Newsquare to bring together expertise relating to innovation, entrepreneurship, accelerators, and ecosystems. The company has worked for large corporates, government agencies, and startups. Tobias completed a PhD in Innovation at the University of Huddersfield, winner of the Times Higher Education University of the Year, and Entrepreneurial University of the Year. He worked as an independent policy advisor for the UK Government’s Cabinet Office advising on government support for technology companies. He was a Special Advisor to the Estonian Government’s e-Residency Program. He set up EyeFocus Accelerator, based in Berlin, and has made angel investments into a number of startups. As a Director of BBFA, he is involved in the adoption of Blockchain by UK Government and industry.
Previous Innovation Programs
Newsquare has pioneered approaches to accelerators and ecosystem building
Sponsored by Bayer and Zeiss, EyeFocus was the world's first accelerator and innovation program for companies in the eye-care sector. Newsquare built a unique, global ecosystem of innovators, corporates, hospitals, NGOs, and thought leaders in eye-care, culminating in a conference on eye-care innovation. The program has supported 47 early stage and growth companies over 2 years.
Supporting Estonia's e-Residency program, the Newsquare team devised and ran the Identit.ee program, consisting of Idea Hack events around the world over a year, and a conference in Estonia on The Future of Identity. This built a global ecosystem of experts to support and promote e-Residency.