From Helsinki to Barcelona start-ups have stimulated the European economy with fresh and brilliant ideas in the past years. However, entering the market and growing business in Europe still remains challenging for start-ups. The European project Scale-EUp2 responds to this challenge with the launch of a business accelerator programme, tailored specifically to start-ups seeking to gain greater visibility and expand their business in the field of Internet of Things (IoT).
Scale-EUp2’svision is to promote “deeptech for good” by helping start-ups to capture the market in the sectors “Smart Cities”, “Smart Mobility”, “Industry 4.0” and “Smart Health”. To this end, Scale-EUp2 will establish 4 inter-connected European accelerator hubs in the regions of the Scale-EUp2 partners. The aim is to identify a minimum of 200 high-potential start-ups active in different IoT sectors, connect them to relevant European stakeholders and help them to join innovation projects. The hubs will also deliver hands-on advice on financing and funding opportunities and recruiting. An overarching goal being the connection of the European start-up community, Scale-Eup2 moreover will carry out entrepreneurship contests during six selected start-up-events.Eight partners from four European countries participate in Scale-Eup2.
Startup Europe is an initiative of the European Commission, which falls under its priority of the ‘Digital Single Market’. The four main objectives of Startup Europe are to:
Provide a network: Connect people such as startups, investors, accelerators, female entrepreneurs, corporate networks, universities and #EUTechWriters through our array of networks. The Startup Europe Map, a map which connects all startup players in the European ecosystems, is part of this.
Help enter new markets: Help startups soft-land in other markets such as Silicon Valley (for example SEC2SV: Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley initiative), India (for example the Startup Europe India Summit), Africa (Startup Europe Comes to Africa initiative, coming soon) and The United Arab Emirates (coming soon).
Supporting local initiatives: Connect local startup ecosystems by supporting regional initiatives such as Startup Europe Week or Startup Europe Regions Network.
On the home page, go to ‘ARE YOU A STARTUP?’ to connect to others across Europe, as well as find out about EU funding and legislation. You can find out about events across Europe in our Events Calendar, as well as read about opportunities in the News section. If you have a few minutes, read our interviews with successful startups and see pictures from previous events in the Blog.
Accelerators, incubators, investors, female entrepreneurs, Universities, technology writers or any other ecosystem builders, go to ‘ARE YOU AN ECOSYSTEM BUILDER?’. And for EVERYBODY, don’t forget to register on the Startup Europe Map to gain visibility all over Europe!
What makes us eligible?
Throughout the years, Startup Europe (SE) has been a collective effort of hundreds of stakeholders, movers and doers in tech and startup field. The impact of this initiative could not have been possible without the immense support provided by this community. The community that is currently taking part in the growth of Startup Europe as a bottom-up movement have been invited to be Startup Europe Ambassadors. Startup Europe Ambassadors will represent a group of key influencers in the European startup ecosystems who are actively supporting our activities or who will be joining our adventure in the future. With this movement we will democratise the access to Startup Europe, by making it open to our partners with the goal of offering them the power of improving the initiative. Firstly, the ambassadors will be those organisations who have been selected through the evaluation of proposals of European Commission’s Horizon 2020 ICT 32 call, as well as partners of Pilot project: Start This Up! and OpenMaker.
What do Ambassadors do?