The unit is responsible for the development and implementation of the Startup Europe Initiative, and key innovation-related instruments, such as promoting access to finance, boosting entrepreneurship, promoting pre-commercial/innovation procurement, innovation radar). The unit is also responsible for the coordination of DG CNECT's standardisation policy, cooperation with DG GROW in the context of the Multistakeholder Platform (as part of the Standardisation Regulation) and relations with the European Technology Standards Institute (ETSI) and other relevant standardisation organisations. On startups, it will liaise closely with relevant organisations such as the Startup Leaders group and the European Digital Forum to devise policies, promote benchmarking and facilitate the sharing of best practices. On innovation and access to finance, the unit coordinates the Open and Disruptive Innovation part of the H2020 SME instrument, the Business Angel pilot with the EIB/EIF, the activities preparing the roll-out of a Fund-of-Funds for small businesses, and policies regarding crowd-funding.

Responsible Person

Head of Unit
PÄ“teris Zilgalvis


+32-2-29 50935