Startup Europe is an initiative of the European Commission designed to connect startups, investors, accelerators, entrepreneurs, corporate networks, universities and the media through an array of networks. Startup Europe is advised by a group of high level recognised Tech leaders at the Startup Europe high level group of advisors. Furthermore, it intends to connect local startup ecosystems around Europe and enhance their capacity to invest in other markets such as Silicon Valley or India.
Not less important, it celebrates the European entrepreneurs' success, making it visible and rewarding (e.g. Startup Europe Awards).
Startup Scaleup initiative
The Startup Scaleup initiative is based on a communication from the European Commission (Europe’s next leaders: the Startup and Scaleup Initiative), released in 2016, which two main objectives are:
- to remove barriers to scaling up in the single market with ecosystem building projects;
- to develop networking opportunities, enhancing the startup ecosystem - by connecting clusters, people, and local ecosystems across Europe.
The initiative also includes activities to help startups finding international outreach. Through the One Stop Shop, startups and ecosystem builders have easy access to all the funding services and other support offered at EU level.
Along the Startup Scaleup initiative, the Commission further explores measures to;
- facilitate uptake of new technologies;
- create better opportunities for access to finance and skills;
- maximise the effectiveness of Europe's ecosystems.
Startup Europe and the European Commission cooperate to increase the impact of its initiatives and accelerate the growth of the European startup scene.
Digital Innovation and Scale-up Initiative (DISC)
Launched at 2019 Digital Assembly, this joint initiative of the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, the European Investment Fund, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the World Bank and the International Financial Corporation, addresses the underinvestment in the Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe (CESEE)’s digital economy and is setting up the first regional investment facility that specifically targets digital innovations and the scale-up of digital startups in the region.