Startup Europe Week - February 1st - 6th

Startup Europe Week is an initiative of Startup Europe / European Commission. 

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Many global initiatives have been created to celebrate entrepreneurship. Typically, such events follow the Silicon Valley format (keynote motivational speeches, networking sessions etc).

But Europe is different and requires something more when it comes to starting a business. Regional diversity and local policy making play a big role in shaping European startups. European regions are key players, from helping entrepreneurs to incorporate a company, to providing grants or taxes breaks. That is why we think it is critical to include the regions in this conversation. And that is exactly why we created the Startup Europe Week.

From 1st to 5th February 2016, SEW partners all over Europe will present the projects sponsored by Startup Europe and all other relevant initiatives being developed in regional ecosystems. Entrepreneurs will have the chance to meet Startup Europe project leaders as well as some of the most relevant people supporting entrepreneurs in your region.

During one week, the Startup Europe Week will unite all european regions to help entrepreneurs make a difference and turn Europe in a better place to start and grow a business.


The SEW will be an awesome opportunity for you to learn about resources already available for you in your region and at the European Level.

We are still working on the SEW agendas in each city but here is a snapshot of what will be there for you!

– Information sessions on local specific actions currently developed by your local authority to support entrepreneurs (i.e. grants, tax breaks, office space, funding etc.).

– Regional authorities will come to speak with you and make sure which current initiatives can benefit you and your startup.

– Information sessions about Startup Europe projects and European Commission funds available for startups.

– Office hours and workshops with regional representatives to guide entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs on topics in which they can help (i.e. how to incorporate a company, how to apply for a cohesion grant etc.).

– Great talks with local entrepreneurs and investors on how they smartly used the resources provided by the local authority to create or improve their businesses.

And regarding the format, all SEW events will:

– Focus on regions: what local / regional authorities or “ecosystem players” can do for entrepreneurs locally.

– Have local support / hands-on approach: every event, talk will be pragmatic. For example, offering “insider” tips to access a local grants, local support, office space etc.

– Meetup format and network-driven: events with a total duration of 1h30-2h focusing on putting local ecosystem players in contact with local entrepreneurs.

– Showcase Startup Europe initiatives: as an additional aspect, the events will inform entrepreneurs about the various opportunities for entrepreneurs to get additional funding / sponsorship or endorsement by Startup Europe / European Commission.