How crucial is networking to helping tech and web entrepreneurs to grow and develop their business? Does it work better when services, skills, ideas, and competition are concentrated in hubs?
As pointed out by the Commission Staff Working Document on “Strengthening the environment for Web entrepreneurs in the EU”, there are many hubs across Europe, but only few of them are primary (i.e. major EU startup clusters from a global perspective) or secondary hubs (i.e. notable according to the maturity and development of the ecosystem). Moreover, these hubs are concentrated in a handful of selected cities (mainly in the UK, Ireland, Germany, the Northern Member States).
In these hubs, the combination of different initiatives and services, both private and governmental, brings together a critical mass of different economic actors in one location and provides companies, entrepreneurs and talented people with the opportunity to access services and funding, exchange ideas and cooperate.
In your opinion, to what extent are these experiences vital for the creation and growth of tech and web enterprises? Which are the best practices? How to strengthen and disseminate them across Europe?