About Startup Europe
Started in 2011 Startup Europe has become a reckoned reference in the European startup related field. The mission is to build a Startup Continent by increasing the connectedness among all players of the European startup ecosystems.
The initiative is primarily focused on two main pillars that create a visible, interconnected, dedicated space where startups can obtain advice, partners and grow locally or internationally:
- access to funding opportunities for startup ecosystem builders who design projects to improve startups’ capabilities to scale up, raise capital or enter new markets.
- support of cross-border stakeholder networks and grassroot initiatives
As a result, 715 Startups have been directly supported raising over 200 Million Euro in capital from the market; 900 pitching sessions with investors, over 500 cross-border meetings and networking events, 350 matchmaking sessions between startups, investors and corporates have been organised.
Startup Europe Week organised 411 events during the first week of February 2017 across the 28 Member States, and Startup Europe Awards followed the Eurovision model to get national champions in 18 Member States. 110 activities to internationalise startups and more than 180 startups participated in the activities in India, Africa and Silicon Valley. Furthermore, the one-stop-shop for Startups (www.startupeuropeclub.eu) provides information and support notably for startups to grow internationally.