Throughout the years, European Commission’s Startup Europe initiative has become a top reference in the European startup related field, by supporting directly around 60 local ecosystems and over 750 startups to grow beyond borders. The mission of Startup Europe is to build a Startup Continent by connecting pools of talent. The initiative encourages entrepreneurship, startup creation and growth; and connects startups, investors, accelerators, corporates, universities and the media through an array of grassroots initiatives or networks.
Europa Media, Czech Invest, Spherik Accelerator, Startups Slovenia, European Young Innovators Forum, Startups.be, Startup Ole Accelerator, Universidade Nova Lisboa, Hugin and Munin, NACUE, Bar Ilan University, SPARK Business Park, Start-up Serbia and Seavus Incubator are part of the new Startup Europe Horizon 2020 funded project MY-GATEWAY which was publicly launched during the Startup Europe Campfire in Paris on 19th March 2018.
MY-GATEWAY is one of the 7 Startup Europe projects. It aims to strenghten the capacities of high-tech startups and innovative SMEs in the Central and Eastern European region ot become bettwe connected, gain higher market exposure and have improved, streamlined access to funding opportunities and talent.
In an ever-changing European startup ecosystem the Startup Europe initiative has designed the group of its Ambassadors to democratise the startup phenomenon so that every citizen has a fair chance to become a successful entrepreneurs wherever they are located in Europe. The role of the ambassadors is to provide information and advice about the European Commission's Startup Europe initiative. In addition, the ambassadors will also help startups in their growth phase to have access to all the opportunities offered at European level.
The Startup Europe Ambassadors will actively contribute to the visibility of Startup Europe activities at the local level by acting as a key information point in their countries and also as connector for the local ecosystem with the other startups ecosystems across Europe. The first members of this group are the organisations who have been selected through the evaluation of proposals of European Commission’s Horizon 2020 ICT 32 call, as well as partners of European funded projects WeP-UP or OpenMaker.
The complete list of Startup Europe Ambassadors is published here: http://startupeuropeclub.eu/startup-europe-ambassadors/ and you can meet us during future Startup Europe events organised in 2018: STARTUP OLÉ 2018 (17- 19 April, Salamanca, 2000 startup stakeholders, free registration), EUROPEAN MAKER WEEK 2018 (18-27 May, 300 maker events in 28 countries), Startup Europe Summit 2018 (European Commission's foremost technology policy conference for startups. 15 October, Sofia, BG) and WEB SUMMIT 2018 (5-8 November, Lisbon).