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Why Berlin’s Silicon Allee is Europe’s new Silicon Valley [infographic]

As the UK prepares to “brexit,” Berlin’s Silicon Allee is poised to take its place as the EU’s new Silicon Valley. Various entrepreneurs think Berlin will take London’s place as the EU’s capital for business after the departure. In fact, Inc. reports results from a recent Inc. 5000 survey that indicate 26 percent of EU entrepreneurs believe Berlin will emerge as the EU’s new business center. Others surveyed think Frankfurt will take the crown—but only two respondents said London will remain on top.

As Arne Schepker, CMO of online language learning system Babbel explains: “Berlin is here to stay. In Europe, only London can compete right now and the impending Brexit is not going to make the UK any more attractive. I personally think Berlin needs more breakthrough showcases like Zalando to build confidence globally and raise valuations.”

There are several favorable conditions that give Berlin an edge in this race. The city boasts a low cost of living compared to tech competitors like London, San Francisco and New York City. There is also a steady stream of skilled labor in Berlin, not to mention easy access to the rest of the EU.

Furthermore, there is already an American tech presence in Berlin. Several big companies like Airbnb and Facebook already have offices there, and incubator programs are readily fostering German startups such as EyeEm and N26 in Berlin. In fact, according to Ernst & Young, Berlin is now home to around 2,500 active startups, which have attracted about $2.7 billion* in venture capital in total. This means Berlin is attracting more money than startups anywhere else in the EU—but not nearly as much as Silicon Valley.

So, what’s the downside? Entrepreneurs still face barriers to entry in Berlin that don’t exist in Silicon Valley or London. Although it is growing fast, Berlin’s talent pool is significantly smaller than London’s. (This may be changing even more rapidly as Brexit causes a talent drain in the UK.) This problem is heightened by the lack of an alumni network that is dependent on a minimum volume in exits. To get to a better place in this regard, entrepreneurs in Berlin will need to either sell their startups or take them public, triggering more local investment.

All things considered, though, Berlin’s Silicon Allee is EU’s new Silicon Valley. This is especially true since the cost of living is pricing out many tech companies as it prices out their workers. We crunched the data to show you how and why that’s going to happen—and why more and more startups, originating in both the EU and the US, are going to be sprouting in Berlin.

You can read the full article at 99 designs.

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The debut of ‘Startup Europe China Network’ at Startup Ole

The third edition of Startup Olé on 26-27 April of this year was a major success. More than 400 startups, 200 international speakers, as well as a variety of corporates, investors, accelerators, universities and media from across Europe came together for two days in Salamanca to exchange ideas and brainstorm on entrepreneurship. Startup Olé was created in 2015 to provide a unique networking and pitching opportunity for the key players and their projects in the European tech startup ecosystem.

Oneof the main new initiatives presented this year was‘Startup Europe China Network’, which will link the European startup community with one of the EU key strategic partners: China. The initiative was discussed by enthusiast participants to Startup Olé during a dedicated workshop organised by the Brussels-based digital business association ChinaEU on 26th April.

More than 20 startups, investors, corporates, incubators and accelerators from all over Europe intervened in the workshop, which was moderated by Isidro Laso, Head of Startup Europe at DG Connect of the European Commission.

In the lively discussion, consensus wasreached that building partnerships with China is a highly-needed exercise, since China can offer a great deal of opportunities for European startups to scale-up their businesses. This is not only on the ground of a highly dynamic market with many active investors, corporates, angel ventures, but also given the fact that China is becoming a world leader in innovation that can offer European companies inspiring models to learn from and upgrade themselves. However, such partnership requires special considerations, in order to avoid one-way acquisitions of startups by Chinese partners.

The importance of establishing a balanced two-way relationship was also the message of ChinaEU Director Claudia Vernotti in the preceding panel discussion ‘Partnering with Europe: Beyond the EU’, which provided an exchange of experiences among different international partnerships activated between Europe and the Silicon ValleyIndia, Africa, Lebanon and Eastern Europe. ‘Startup Europe China Network’ will make use of the good practices developed under these partnerships.

Thanks to the precious support of over a dozen European players who wish to drive together this new China adventure, I have no doubts that ‘Startup Europe China Network’ can make an impactful contribution in supporting European startups to scale up everywhere in the world” said Claudia.

‘Startup Europe China Network’ will be an open platform to create long-lasting connections between European and Chinese entrepreneurs, corporates and investors, with the aim of creating a channel for innovation exchange, investment and high-tech cooperation between Europe and China.

‘Startup Europe China Network’ is now seeking to consolidate its community by getting further stakeholders to join the enthusiast initiators. To enquire about the network, please do not hesitate to contact claudia.vernotti@chinaeu.eu.

Do not miss out on the opportunity to connect with the ever-growing dynamic Chinese innovation ecosystem!

 

 

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Why Becoming a partner of Maker Faire Rome – The EU Edition- V

It’s an event created to cater to curious participants, wishing to experience – first-hand – what’s next in every field.

Maker Faire Rome provides a platform to creatives, makers, fablab, SMEs, to display their art or projects and hold solid collaboration with renowned organizations.

Considering that visitors of Maker Faire Rome last year exceeded 100K, it is an apt event to promote any innovation & thus contributing both to our goal as an organization to foster the culture of innovation and to launch any Brand New Product.

Being the watchwords of the Maker Faire Rome: meeting, exchange, training, entertainment and interaction, building and strengthening our partners ‘s company brand through effective visibility is one of the key essentials in our business strategy.

For this reason, MFR partnership proposals are all “Taylor Made”.

To be effective, the partnership with MFR must serve the interest of four constituent groups:

1.        It must serve the business interest of the sponsoring company:

  •  We might offer a slot for your CEO at the Opening Conference or organise a masterclass targeting your preferred audience;

2.        It must serve the best interests of the event and its participants:

  • We might develop a co-branded “whatever” for all the exhibitors in target; organising a thematic show case or even a game;

3.        It must have a positive impact upon the sponsor’s direct consumers or prospects:

  • We might run a contest tbd together

4.        It must benefit the sponsoring company on innovation topics:

  • We might launch a specific Challenge within “The Big Hack”, the hackathon that we run, yearly, 15 days before Maker Faire Rome.

 

See how to become a partner here 

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Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley

SEC2SV 2016 kicked off with the flagship pan-European event in Silicon Valley, European Innovation Day on Sep 12th, with Tim Draper addressing 500 entrepreneurs, professionals, and EU policy makers – and closed with an intimate invite only ceremony, on Sep 20th, led by Elżbieta Bieńkowska, EU commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.

Past participants included: The best 15 EU scaleups expanding to the US; Betsy Masiello, Head of public Policy @ Uber; Günther H. Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources; Julie Hanna, US Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship; Francisco de la Torre Prados, Mayor of Malaga, Spain; and Henry Chesbrough, the Father of Open Innovation.

SEC2SV 2017 maintains the above trend, and goes a step further by taking an intricate look at the EU corporate innovation outpost environment in Silicon Valley. Where are they from? When were they established? How can you partner with them and let them help you succeed?

 

Other notable inclusions in 2017:

  • An invitation to EU Commissioner for Research Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas

 

A dive into EU’s dominance on hot topics:

  • Industry 4.0 – From manufacturing  to automation
  • Augmented Reality, AR / Virtual Reality, VR
  • Artificial Intelligence, AI
  • Privacy and Data storage/transfer

Find more info on: SEC2SV 2017

 

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Pilot project: Start This Up!

The European Commission is launching a Call for proposals for a pilot project to leverage the Startup Europe networks and hubs for the benefit of the West Pomerania province for a maximum amount of 750.000€

The aim of the pilot project ‘Start This Up’ is to create links between ecosystems, focusing on connecting people, local ecosystems, international outreach and providing information for the West Pomerania province and neighbouring regions. The Pilot will reinforce matchmaking between investors, corporates, higher education institutions and entrepreneurs as well as networking of regional decision-makers.

The pilot project will on the one hand, help established startups and prospective tech entrepreneurs to achieve market success and, on the other, raise broader awareness of high potential innovators in Europe with specific targeted actions for maturing innovation excellence in EU-funded ICT projects.

Take a look at all the related documents here

 

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Green Summer School 2017

Till the 13th August 2017 young talents and entrepreneurs with a focus on sustainable business models have the possibility to apply for the Green Summer School at Lake Constance in Germany. If you have already accomplished the first steps in finding a solution to a given problem and you are motivated to improve your sustainable product or service in order to go to market, then apply!
 
During the five-day workshop in September 2017 participants will be working intensively on the validation of their business model. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to receive professional feedback from coaches and experts within the sector of green and eco innovation. They will focus on topics like revenue model, finance, marketing and sales as well as intellectual property rights. At the end of the Green Summer School, every participant will have a clear understanding of how revenues can be generated successfully, which promotion channels are the most important for the target group and how they can protect their property rights.
 
On the last days, participants will pitch their ideas to a jury of experts. The best teams will be awarded with the participation to the Green Innovation and Investment Forum in Stuttgart!
 
The Green Summer School takes place from 11 to 15 September 2017 on the campus of the University of Applied Sciences Constance. The event is part of the EcoInn Project implemented within the Danube Transnational Programme and co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF and IPA contribution)! Applications of startup teams and individual entrepreneurs or talents from all over Europe are appreciated and may be submitted here until 13th August 2017.
 
PROGAM OVERVIEW

  • Eco-Innovation & Eco-Design Principles
  • Lego Serious Play
  • Digital Marketing Strategy & Growth Hacking
  • Intellectual Property Right
  • Funding Strategies & Sales Workshop
  • Green Business Model Validation

For possible inquiries please contact Simona Pede from bwcon, pede@bwcon.de.

 
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Date: 11th September 2017 – 15th September 2017
Duration: Five days
Time: 09:00 – 17:00
Place: University of Applied Sciences Constance (HTWG)
Fee: free admission

 

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BECOME A LOCAL ORGANIZER OF THE SEN SOIRÉE

 

The Startup Europe initiative is coordinating a large series of SEN SOIRÉES EXPO GALLERIES throughout Europe every season, via local-organizer short meetups that will bring together startup ecosystem, professional organizations & investors.

We are looking for Local Co-Organizers to organize a 2-hour, free event in their city, and introduce the new showcase where 28 local startups abroad Europe exposed  through an artistic photo to reach direct connection with investors and local innovators at the EU level, through the Startup Europe initiative, and at the local level, via the local structure.

You can find more details about this call for action at the Startup Europe Club and Startup Europe News website.

 

A typical meetup within SEN SOIRÉE will be:

We are selecting the best startups in different European regions to be presented around the world In Artistic Photography.

A contemporary Art Innovative Networking that focuses on showcasing entrepreneurs and emerging artists from Europe. Photography created in accordance with the vision of the artist and the startup idea description from our 17 categories.

  • Focused on the regional/local level: Connecting entrepreneurs with projects and startups from the European regions ecosystem.
  • Based on a hands-on approach: the format and the 28 Artistic Photographs should be accessible as possible;
  • A great occasion to network and find innovative and advanced solutions from entrepreneurs around Europe.
  • Participants should be at least 20-30, including a high number of entrepreneurs and a some local authorities.

One of the best ways for entrepreneurs to socialize with colleagues, customers and potential clients is attending SEN SOIRÉES EXPO GALERIE.

The first 28 participants can take home one of the pictures exposed in the art gallery.

 

If you want to become the SEN SOIRÉE co-organizer of your city, please apply at the official web site: http://startupeuropenews.com

 

Do also follow us on Facebook!

 

We hope to welcome you aboard this exciting initiative and please contact us for any further information.

 

The SEN SOIRÉES Team

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StartUp Europe Awards recognizes the best European startups in 10 categories

  • The President of the European Parliament has opened the final ceremony of StartUp Europe Awards 2016 at the European Parliament.
  • This initiative is organized by the StartUp Europe Accelerator by Finnova Foundation
  • Robocamp, Tespack, INZMO, Windcity, NeuronGuard, VyzVoice, CityCrop, TempBuddy, Waynabox and APSU have been awarded as the best startups in Europe in the 10 different categories.
  • The “Best Public Administration for startups Award” has gone to the Lisbon City Council, the Consorcio Zona Franca de Vigo and the Central Denmark Region; they have beenrecognized fortheir effort in supporting entrepreneurship in their respective territories.

Brussels, 8th of June, 2017. The StartUp Europe Awards initiative, promoted by the European Commission, supported by the President of the Committee of the Regions and implemented by the StartUp Europe Accelerator by Finnova Foundation, have recognised for the first time in a collaborative and inter-European way the best startups in Europe in 10 categories, in the so-called “Eurovision for startups”. The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, opened the final ceremony of StartUp Europe Awards 2016. “We should cultivate good ideas and help them to grow. We need to invest more in digital technologies and create a genuine European single market where our young companies can develop”, assured Tajani.

StartUp Europe Awards presents a prize methodology for startups at local, regional and national level, fostering the open innovation and the collaboration between the different actors of the European ecosystems, through the private-public partnership to support entrepreneurs. “Besides, it creates a network of contacts that will allow to inspire and give visibility to all the local startups so that, by using this network, they can scale their services and products at a global level”, has stated JuanmaRevuelta, the Director of Finnova’sStartup Europe Accelerator.

The European winners of StartUp Europe Awards 2016 according to the 10 categories are:Robocamp (Creative Category), Tespack (Energy), INZMO(Fintech), Windcity (Green), NeuronGuard (Health), VyzVoice (ICT), CityCrop (Smart Cities), TempBuddy (Social), Waynabox (Tourism) and APSU(Water). Ekuore (Health), Human Surge (Social) and APATEQ (Water) have received the Extraordinary Awards, a special prize created to recognise the effort of those startups whose score was very high and got very close to the final recognition.

The startupAudified Reality from Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) won the “Best European Neighbour StartUp Europe Award”.

Waynabox received a European acceleration ticket of 10,000 € from Amadeus Company, to continue their internationalization in 2018, delivered by Elizabeth Aston, Senior Adviser, Industry Affairs.  “Amadeus continually invests in innovation with a total bugdet of over 4 billion during the last 10 years. Innovation is about doing things differently – having a different business model, a different approach to customer service and this is what Waynabox does” stated Aston.

The startup APSU also received a European acceleration ticket of 10.000 € for presenting their project to different European calls as LIFE or EUROSTARS. The award has been delivered by Rafael Páez Santana, Counsellor of innovation and Employment from the Cabildo de Fuerteventura.

The Commissioner of Investigation, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, delivered the award of ICT Category to VyzVoice. “I want to create the kind of environment where the entrepreneurial spirit can flourish […] Entrepreneurs are the stars, we’re there to help and support them”, said Moedas in his motivational speech.

The Vice-President for Communication of the European Economic and Social Committee, Gonçalo Lobo Xavier, who handedin the award for Fintech and Tourism categories, considers “StartUp Europe Awards a very interesting way to promote entrepreneurship and the quality of the work developed in Europe. We have very good examples of solutions that can change peoples’ lives for the better and this is a huge achievement when we talk about innovation, science and entrepreneurship: to address the citizens!”

StartUp Europe Awards delivered the recognition to the “Best Public Administration for the Startups”, a pioneering prize which aims to recognise the best programmes or public services supporting entrepreneurs and innovation in municipality, province and region categories. The winner in Municipality category is Lisbon City Council; in the province category is Consorcio Zona Franca de Vigo and in the Region category is Central Denmark Region.

These awards were delivered by the first Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions, Karl-Heinz Lambertzwho stated “the European Committee of the Regions encourages cities and regions to implement entrepreneurship-friendly policies through our European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) initiative. We actively promote and support efforts to create smarter EU cities and regions”.

The president of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani,delivered the award “Best Media Partner” to the TV Program Emprende of Spanish Television (RTVE)for their commitment to the dissemination of the entrepreneurship and the startups.

Finally, the Ambassador of Spain in Belgium, Cecilia Yuste, handed in the award to Jesús Brotons “Brainiac Beats”, winner of the Music Contest Award, for creating the music for StartUp Europe Awards, representing the values of union, community and entrepreneurship.

The winners of StartUp Europe Awards will obtain great visibility all around Europe thanks to the Media Partner Alliance of StartUp Europe Awards formed by 21 media members. The startups will also have access to a programme of mentoring (information in internationalization, European funds like SMEs Instrument of 50.000 € to 2, 5 million € of non-refundable subsidy, international communication, legal barriers to innovation, etc.), through the StartUp Europe Accelerator of Finnova Foundation, which will allow them to boost their projects and to make them more viable worldwide.

StartUp Europe Accelerator is the unique accelerator specialized in European opportunities funding, which helps the entrepreneurs to internationalize their business through European projects.

Thanks to the initiative StartUp Europe Awards, the winningstartups will be able to participate in business missions focused in internationalization in India, Africa, LATAM and Silicon Valley.

To close the ceremony, the president of the organisation “Mind the Bridge”, Alberto Onetti, presented the last report of “Scaleup Europe” by Startup Europe Partnership (SEP).  This report includes new data about Scaleups and capital raised in Europe, plus a comparison among regions, countries and sectors. The maturity of the EU scene, the potential impact of Brexit, and recent growth ends the report, along with a survey of the largest verticals present in Scale-up Europe, and which countries these verticals are most represented in.

About StartUp Europe Awards

StartUp Europe Awards is an initiative that seeks to identify and recognise local models of success which become an example to other entrepreneurs, to the public administrations for developing custom-made programmes to stimulate its growth and to the investors for approaching local ecosystems.

“From the Commission, we want that entrepreneurship generating growth and employment is not only present in a few cities or regions. Thus, more people can benefit from the impact” assures Isidro Laso, Head of StartUp Europe’s Sector – European Commission.

More than 20 local events and 14 national awards have been celebrated under StartUp Europe Awards´ frame in 2016, with 91 startups winners and 84 that made it to the final. 21 media partners of the whole Europe, as The Independent in Ireland or Emprende TVE in Spain, they have helped to give visibility to this initiative. 9 members of the European Parliament have come together in the StartUp Europe Awards as ambassadors, supporting the local events with their presence and following closely the progress of the startups.

StartUp Europe Awards is an initiative promoted by the European Commission and it is supported by the President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of the European Parliament as Ambassadors and implemented by the Finnova Foundation in collaboration with Startup Europe.

Press Contact:
Catalina Valencia
Tel: (+34) 636889177
eustartup@finnova.eu

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European Commission daily news mention: Startup Europe Awards announced today

Startup Europe Awards will be announced today in 10 categories: Creative, Energy, Fintech, Green, Health, ICT’s, Smart Cities, Social, Tourism and Water. The event is supported and promoted by the European Commission to improve the ecosystem for startups and scaleups in Europe.

The best startups from Europe will be announced after having been recognised in 14 national competitions that took place in 2016 across Europe. The ceremony will take place at the European Parliament. The awards will be handed over by Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner in charge of Research, Science and Innovation and Gonçalo Lobo Xavier, First Vice-President of the Committee of Regions.

The Startup Europe Awards final will also announce the Best Public Administration for Startups, recognising the best public services supporting entrepreneurs, and the Best Media Partner, to the most committed media with the dissemination of information about entrepreneurship.

Additionally, the Scale Up Europe Report will be presented during the ceremony in the afternoon. The study gives an overview on how many scaleups are in Europe, which are the top sectors among the scaleups, how much money has been raised, as well as highlight the best examples.

Further details can be found here. Extracts from the award ceremony will be transmitted by EbS on Thursday.

(For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 2 296 70 83; Inga Höglund – Tel: +32 2 295 06 98)

 

 

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StartUp Europe Awards will recognize the best European startups in 10 categories

  • The StartUp Europe Awards ceremony will count on the honorific presence of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani.

  • In total, 84 startups coming from 14 countries have competed to be appointed best startup in Europe in any of the 10 categories of the prize.

  • The initiative will also recognise the “Best Public Administration for startups”, a pioneering award addressed to the best public programme which supports startups and their entrepreneurship values

Brussels, 31th of May 2017. The StartUp Europe Awards initiative, promoted by the European Commission and implemented by Finnova Foundation, in collaboration with StartUp Europe, will recognise for the first time the best startups in Europe in 10 categories, in the so-called “Eurovision for startups”. This recognition will take place in Brussels next Wednesday, 7th of June, in a ceremony that will count on the honorific presence of the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani.

84 finalist startups coming from Croatia, Greece, Poland, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Italy, Ireland, Macedonia and Montenegro will opt for the recognition of best startup in the categories of Creative, Energy, Fintech, Green, Health, ICT, Smart Cities, Social, Tourism and Water.

The awards will be delivered by the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani; the Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Mr. Carlos Moedas; the Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions, Karl-Heinz Lambert; the Vice-President for Communication of the European Economic and Social Committee, Gonçalo Lobo Xavier andthe DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Mr. Michel Servoz.

In addition to distinguishing the best startups from Europe in 10 categories, the StartUp Europe Awards final will also recognise the best Public Administration for the Startups, a pioneering prize which aims to recognise the best programmes or public services supporting entrepreneurs and innovation inmunicipality, province, region and international organism category. The initiative also recognises the Best Media Partner, a prize that will be given to the media partner most committed to the dissemination of the entrepreneurship and the startups.

Finally, the president of the organisation “Mind the Bridge”, Alberto Onetti, will present in the ceremony the last report of “Scaleup Europe” by Startup Europe Partnership (SEP). This report includes new data about Scaleups and capital raised in Europe, plus a comparison among regions, countries and sectors. The maturity of the EU scene, the potential impact of Brexit, and recent growth ends the report, along with a survey of the largest verticals present in Scaleup Europe, and which countries these verticals are most represented in.

All the winners of StartUp Europe Awards will obtain great visibility all around Europe thanks to the Media Partner Alliance of StartUp Europe Awards formed by 21 media members. The startups will alsohave access to a programme of mentoring (in internationalization, European funds like SMEs Instrument of 50.000 € to 2,5 million € of non-refundable subsidy, international communication, etc.), through the StartUp Europe Accelerator of Finnova Foundation, which will allow them to boost their projects and to make them more viable worldwide.

About StartUp Europe Awards

StartUp Europe Awards is an initiative that seeks to identify and recognise local models of success which become an example to other entrepreneurs, to the public administrations for developing custom-made programmes to stimulate its growth and to the investors for approaching local ecosystems.

“From the Commission, we want that entrepreneurship generating growth and employment is not only present in a few cities or regions. Thus, more people can benefit from the impact” assures Isidro Laso, Head of StartUp Europe’s Sector – European Commission.

StartUp Europe Awards also proposes a methodology of open innovation through the public – private partnership, “that works for the public entities to find a solution for its local challenges and for the startups to try its innovations in pilots supported with European funding”, declares Juan Manuel Revuelta, Director of StartUp Europe Accelerator by Finnova Foundation.

More than 20 local events and 14 national awards have been celebrated under StartUp Europe Awards´ frame in 2016, with 91 startups winners and 84 that made it to the final. 21 media Partners of the whole Europe, as The Independent in Ireland or Emprende TVE in Spain, they have helped to give visibility to this initiative. 9 members of the European Parliament have come together in the StartUp Europe Awards as ambassadors, supporting the local events with their presence and following closely the progress of the startups.
StartUp Europe Awards is an initiative promoted by the European Commission and it is supported by the President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of the European Parliament as Ambassadors and implemented by the Finnova Foundation in collaboration with Startup Europe.

Press Contact:

Catalina Valencia
Tel: (+34) 636889177
eustartup@finnova.eu

 

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