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Each year Europe’s 500, together with its partner IESE Business School, publishes the list of the European high growth private companies, and organizes the “European Growth Summit” for European growth entrepreneurs.

We celebrate these entrepreneurs and their innovative achievements at our annual Europe 500 awards ceremony held at the European Parliament in Brussel. As Europe’s most successful listing of high growth private companies, Europe’s 500 has become the standard for recognition for entrepreneurial success.

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Corporate Virtual Reality Training – The Future of HR

road to VR headset

Virtual reality has and continues to be a much discussed concept by event professionals. However, for the best part of a decade, it has been deemed more aspirational rather than an actionable item. Despite previous discussions, there are emerging signs that point to virtual reality deployments actually coming to fruition in 2016 and beyond.

What is Virtual Reality and How Does Corporate VR Work?

Virtual reality (VR) is a term that is used to describe a computer-generated environment that allows participants to interact and move with images in a manner that simulates the real world. It entails the use of hardware- gloves, helmets, goggles etc. – that trick the user’s brain to believe that they are actually flying through space or walking on the surface of the moon.

Virtual reality experiences are meant to be highly immersive i.e. extremely effective VR technologies can place users in alternative states where they are able to absorb information or experience situations in a manner that is either physically impossible or too difficult to experience in non-VR environments. This kind of disbelief or suspension can prove invaluable in certain circumstances.

A Quick Breakdown of Corporate VR

According to Phil Carey of one of Sydney’s leading media and film production companies, to create virtual landscapes requires 3 components: a computer (laptop, PC, smartphone, or game console) to operate applications, a display or headset placed in front of one’s eyes, and devices (trackpads, microphones, and controllers) to deliver instructions or input from the user to the app. Videos are sent from the PC to either one of the displays in the headset (one for each eye). Thereafter, lenses placed inside the goggles reshape and refocus images so as to make them appear three-dimensional while further reality is added by the app plotting movements of a user’s voice, hands, or head into virtual landscapes.

Why Virtual Reality is likely to take root this year

There are various reasons why VR could actually penetrate events planning and corporate training in 2016 and beyond. To begin with, Google, Samsung, Sony, and Facebook are all involved. And while these entities are not major players in the events industry, their participation should, nonetheless, validate the technology thus bringing down the cost of applicable devices.

Secondly, experience- the hallmark of VR- is becoming a fundamental building block, not to mention buzzword, at events. This means that in future, organizers will be constantly challenged to deliver exciting and new experiences such as VR in order to keep events lively and fresh. Lastly, with attendees to events getting younger, it is likely to be more difficult in future to capture the attention of young, smartphone-clutching, video-game playing audiences with staid cocktail parties, boring lectures, and square stands. Event organizers will be left with no option but to embrace virtual reality in order to maintain their client bases.

As Ben Kin described in a recent Forbes article,

“We are at this stage with virtual reality. Seemingly every major electronic company is pumping out its own headset, and while it’s a very  cool glimpse into the future, the reality is the tech isn’t quite there. Resolution just isn’t high enough to offer true immersion (at least not like the way we envisioned VR in sci-fi movies and novels), and they’re either too expensive and require too many resources (a high-end computer, lots of space, etc) or cheap quick fixes.”

How VR can be used by Events Planners, Meeting Professionals, and Corporate Trainers

While it may not presently seem safe or feasible to imagine event attendees walking through events wearing VR headsets, there are several viable event use cases for this technology. Some of these include:

Product demonstrations

With product demonstrations being a mainstay of trade shows, it is conceivable that an exhibitor would prefer the impact of a vivid and immersive virtual reality-type demonstration rather than a video presentation or people on stage. One can easily conjure up images of visitors with VR headsets on trying products or pieces of equipment that may be too large for a booth. In addition, VR is an ideal fit for event organizers showcasing video games as they could use the reality experience to make games appear even more vivid.

Company events

With sponsorships and sponsors evolving, many companies are no longer willing to just enjoy the simplicity that is synonymous with signage and graphics but are instead keen on taking advantage of available opportunities to interact with attendees in different and new ways. Since many events deliver training and education, virtual reality simulations can be highly effective in helping individuals remember and learn new skills.

Keynote addresses

New technologies- from Telepresence to holograms- have been slowly finding their way in events as alternatives for actual keynote speakers. One fascinating twist regarding this would be to substitute a live speaker for a VR experience.

This much discussed but often discounted technology is finally making its way to mass consumers with VR developers exploring new ways of moving it beyond the entertainment industry and on to other fields. For event organizers and corporate trainers, the good news is that costs for creating and viewing content are constantly coming down as use cases come into view. If the corporate sector is truly focused on creating new experiences, then virtual reality is, undoubtedly, a splendid option.

Emerging Tyvek Material Industry Spearheaded by Local UK Businesses

medical tyvekWhen most people think strong durable material the first thing that comes to mind is kevlar.  Kevlar and many other protective fabrics involve thousands of closely knit strings or “pieces” of cloth of fabric that when condensed form a protective shield that wouldn’t otherwise not be attainable by just using one material source.  So in other words the aggregate total of all the pieces of fabric together provide it with the strength needed to facilitate industrial applications.

Dupont, one of the leading Tyvek manufacturers described Tyvek material as, “Tyvek brand protective material is a family of tough, durable spunbonded olefin sheet products that are stronger than paper and more cost-effective and versatile than fabrics. It has a higher strength-to-weight ratio than paper, and absorbs little or no moisture” — which is true, it’s never all sweaty when I pull it out of my pocket. The site adds that Tyvek is strong and rip-resistant, as you can see when I try to rip this wallet. And believe me, I’ve really tried). It’s also made of environmentally responsible material.”

While Tyvek has been traditionally used for military and medical applications it has also become increasingly popular in commercial applications. Even clothing manufacturers have started using Tyvek technology to create clothing and protective materials that have everyday applications.  A local manufacturer in the UK started printing wallets on Tyvek material.

“Wallets printed using a laser printer are much more durable than ink-jet prints because laser printouts are essentially waterproof. Laser toner isn’t ink! It’s plastic that has been melted onto the page using heat. You can make your laser-printed wallets even more durable by sealing them in bags, laminating them, or by printing on a synthetic waterproof paper paper such as Revlar.

Ink-jet prints can be extremely delicate. The ink will fade over time, especially when subjected to bright light. Even minuscule amounts of water can cause ink to bleed so much that the printout is destroyed altogether.”

medical tyvekWhile wallets may be the first step in casual Tyvek printing the industry still has a long way to go as Doranix’s Chris Lange explains, “Tyvek applications have been traditionally limited due to the size and complexity of the printers.  The industry hasn’t adapted Tyvek printers for civilian use because up to now we have only needed to use them for medical technology and other devices. In the future we hope that we can adapt Tyvek technology for a wide assortment of civilian products providing superior products and better protection.”

From the video below you can see that Tyvek printers still need to adapt a more compact design in order to make it onto the mainstream European market.

Spotlight – Miami Based Tours and Boat Cruises

boat cruise in miami

Miami is, undoubtedly, one of America’s most unique cities, more Latin and Caribbean in its nature and culture than the rest of the country. From partying to sun-worshipping, there is so much to do in Miami.

Recently our staff at Europes500.com enjoyed a week in Miami with the highlight being an extended stay on a yacht. For more information please visit – Ankar Charters

How about enjoying the outdoors while on a relaxing cruise along Biscayne Bay and the Miami River? We have undertaken the research for you and here is our roundup of 4 affordable yacht and boat cruise tours in Miami as follows:

  • Island Queen Cruises

If you wish to see Miami’s breathtaking downtown skyline, Fisher Island, PortMiami, and the homes of the rich and famous on ‘Millionaire’s Row’, then Island Queen Cruises is the sort of daytime fun you do not want to miss. Enjoy a memorable and relaxing day on the water as you sail by Star and Hibiscus Island and take in stories from boat captains as they share tabloid-worthy secrets about local celebrity residents, including Julio Iglesias and Gloria Estefan.

Docked in Downtown Miami at Bayside Marketplace, the 150-passenger air-conditioned, double-decker boat fills its two-hour narrated tour with anecdotes, fun facts, and tidbits of history. The first tour begins at 11 am, with the last cruise departing at 7 pm.


Regular prices for sightseeing cruises are $19 for children and $27 for adults but when you have more than 20 passengers, the price drops down to $14 for children and $22 for adults.

  • Miami Aqua Tours

Renowned for its Miami Party Boat and sightseeing cruises, Miami Aqua Tours entertains people of all ages. Here, you can dance the night away to the tunes of today and yesterday while cruising down Biscayne Bay atop their signature Miami Party Boat. Departing Friday and Saturday at 10 pm and 11.30 pm, this 75-minute tour is narrated by professional guides in Spanish and English. In addition, adults each receive a complimentary beer with reservation that can also be redeemed at the cash bar.


The rates for the Miami Party Boat are $12 for kids between 4 and 11 years and $22 for adults aged 21 and over. The departure location for this boat cruise is the Bayside Marketplace on the right side of the main stage.

  • Miami Pirate Duck Tours

With daily departures from SoundsScape Park in Miami Beach, this highly-rated amphibian duck tour takes visitors along Star Island, Monument Island, Ocean Drive’s Art Deco District, and the Mac Arthur Causeway. The Miami Pirate Duck Tour is an eye-opening adventure that transitions seamlessly from the land to the water as the mermaid and pirate guides share little-known facts of the area. You are guaranteed to experience the rich history of the area in a creative and fun way as you float down the Biscayne Bay.


The Miami Pirate Duck Tour should set you back $20 for kids and $30 for adults.

  • Play Time Water Sports

Experience Miami’s incredible beauty at dusk on a 2-hour White catamaran cruise courtesy of Play Time Water Sports. Here, you will cruise aboard a 50-foot catamaran to Key Biscayne with picturesque views of the Miami skyline, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and Stiltsville.

Along the way, spot the bay’s amazing wildlife including pelicans, egrets, manatees, and dolphins and if you want to watch spectacular sunsets, check out the Sunset Twilight Sail Cruise. The tour departs from Marbella Marina (Brickell Avenue) in Downtown Miami and also includes an open bar with soft drinks, wine, beer, and light snacks such as crackers and cheese, fresh fruit and veggies.


The pricing for yacht rentals where a crew and captain are provided is usually an approximation pegged on availability and seasonality. Potential clients are advised to call in beforehand in order to get the best possible offers.

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