MY-GATEWAY


What is MY-GATEWAY?

MY-GATEWAY is a Startup Europe initiative which helps tech startups and innovative SMEs in the Central and Eastern European region (Romania, Slovenia and the Czech Republic) to become better connected, gain higher market exposure and have improved access to funding and talent. MY-GATEWAY also provides opportunities to three organisations from Western Balkan startup ecosystems (Seavus Accelerator in North Macedonia, SPARK Business Park in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia Startup in Serbia) to learn from their peers and build connections with more developed ecosystems.

MY-GATEWAY's main activities

  • Ecosystem assessment: Comprehensive analysis of MY-GATEWAY’s focus ecosystems: Slovenia, Romania and the Czech Republic
  • International startup events: MY-GATEWAY has taken startups to major tech events such as Web Summit, Slush, Startup Olé and Podim.
  • Access2Funding workshops: Two-day workshops which take place in MY-GATEWAY’s three focus ecosystems. Attending startups were able to learn from ecosystem builders in their region about the private, public and national funding.
  • Startup Funding Training Courses: One-day curated courses aimed at addressing startups’ questions on private and public funding.
  • Online educational materials: A selection of online courses which bring together the skills needed to become an entrepreneur.

MY-GATEWAY's in numbers

100+

100+ startups involved

10+

10+ startup events attended

100+

100+ meetings with investors and potential clients

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3 Access2Funding courses (involving 60+ startups)

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6 Startup Funding Training courses (involving 120+ startups)

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3 Knowledge Transfer Workshops in the Western Balkans (60+ ecosystem builders)

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13 startup ecosystems from Central and Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans connected through the Startup Europe Networks initiative

MY-GATEWAY highlights

A lot has happened over the past two years, but here are a few of MY-GATEWAY’s key achievements:

November 2018

a Joint Declaration is signed between the Startup Europe Central and Eastern Europe Network (SECEEN) and the Startup Europe Western Balkans Network (SEWBN) that aims to reinforce the tech entrepreneurship ecosystems in the regions.

March 2019

MY-GATEWAY takes 15 Central and Eastern European startups to Startup Olé in Spain, where they’re given a stand to present their products.

April 2019

The Startup Europe Western Balkans Network presents its policy recommendations, reflecting the main challenges to be overcome in the region in order to further connect with the European entrepreneurial ecosystem.

April 2019

MY-GATEWAY holds the first Access2Finance Conference during the Startup World Cup Summit in Prague.

November 2019

MY-GATEWAY takes 11 CEE startups to Slush in Helsinki.

Startup testimonials

Chipolo (a Bluetooth device that you can attach to items to be able to find them)

“I attended Startup Olé in Salamanca where I […] made strong connections which could help me expand my business in the Iberian market.”

Smart Optometry (a company providing software solutions for eye care)

“I attended Web Summit with MY-GATEWAY and really enjoyed it. It was my second time there and managed to make the most of it. […] At the conference we met potential business partners and we made a deal with a large company in the eye care industry.”

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