Startup Europe Week, promoted by the European Commission and Startup Europe, aims to showcase the support available to entrepreneurs on a city and regional level. 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. For this reason, taking a local perspective is crucial to supporting entrepreneurs in Europe.
In 2017, Startup Europe Week, #SEW17, saw 280+ co-organisers organize hundreds of events in 40+ countries. The week of events reached over 100000 entrepreneurs across Europe, and as a grassroots movement achieved 18 million+ impressions on social media.
In 2018, #SEW18 will be held between 5th-9th March. The Startup Europe Week now has 50+ countries involved, expanding beyond Europe to include global events in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.
This year, #SEW18 will kick off with a joint launch event between two local ecosystems: Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain and Brasov, Romania. In the spirit of regional connection, Startup Europe Week aims to shine a spotlight on these two cities, as well as showcase the resources of support available for entrepreneurs in less prominent towns in Europe.
This exciting event will be attended by startup players from across Europe (entrepreneurs, policy makers, accelerators, incubators, corporates, media and universities), and will connect by live video to other events opening across the world.
Join the official 'thunderclap' camapign on social media to show your support for Startup Europe Week, as well as make sure to follow @startupeuw in twitter and use the official hashtag #SEW18.