Start up Europe Week 2017

Startup Europe Week is an initiative promoted by the European Commission and Startup Europe.

Over the last decade, 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 celebrating entrepreneurship to meet its peculiarities. Regional diversity and local policy making still play a big role in shaping European startups. From helping entrepreneurs to incorporate a company, to providing grants or taxes breaks, European regions are key players.

The previous year we had the first edition of Startup Europe Week, from 1st to 5th February 2016, with a kick off event at the Committee of the Regions. During Startup Europe Week events we spoke about everything the regions are doing (and can do) to support European entrepreneurs.

The 2017 edition will be held in Brussels from 6th until the 10th February 2017. These are some of the SEW goals:

– Showcase best initiatives promoted by regions to support entrepreneurs.
– Inform the local ecosystem about what already exists to help them now.
– Provide live consulting sessions on how to open a company, apply for a grant etc.
– Share among regional officers what other regions in Europe are doing and what can be leveraged locally.
– Connect regional officers, investors and corporates to create stronger local ecosystems.

….and this is what you can find during SEW:

– 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


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