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Startup Europe: Building the ecosystem

Startup Europe coordinates EU work to connect clusters and ecosystems across Europe. It links up national and regional ministries, innovation agencies and other stakeholders.

Learn how Startup Europe is creating a connected Europe

Startup Europe H2020 projects

14 projects have been funded to build bridges between startup players in European ecosystems over the last 2 years. These projects worked directly with more than 700 startups, bringing them together with investors, accelerators, entrepreneurs, corporate networks, universities and the media. The consolidated networks and ecosystems provide the right ground for structured and effective growth of European startups and entrepreneurs.

Activities to connect ecosystems

It was necessary to create events where local action and policy-making could be showcased in order to keep ecosystems connected across European regions.

The local ecosystems are key to step up networks and enhance proximity between stakeholders. In addition, to foster open innovation and collaboration, a prize methodology is endorsed at five different levels – local, county, regional, national and European.

Some examples of activities are listed below:

To learn about what is happening in your ecosystem, visit the following websites:

  • EDCI – European Digital City Index.
  • Startup Hubs – dynamic mapping of tech startups: 20 startup ecosystems analysed dynamically using APIs, maps, and official company data.
  • Startup Europe Map – map of ecosystem builders: accelerators, investors, corporates programs, public programs, co-working spaces.

Other European Commission activities connecting people

The European Commission develops other activities and programs to connect Europeans and promote innovation in different fields connected to innovation and startups. Some examples are listed below:


Digital Day 2021: EU countries commit to key digital initiatives for Europe's Digital Decade

Today, at the online Digital Day 2021, Ministers representing EU Member States signed three Declarations to pool efforts and resources to promote international connectivity, incentivise the rollout of clean digital technologies and improve the regulatory environment for start-ups and scale-ups. These tangible commitments will help accelerate Europe’s green and digital transformation and will contribute to the vision and goals of Europe's Digital Decade.

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