Startup Europe is an initiative of the European Commission, creating links between ecosystems, focusing on connecting people, local ecosystems, international outreach and providing information through the One Stop Shop for start-ups. Originally focused on ICT and web start-ups it has recently broaden its scope to all startups.
Startup Europe promoted the creation of Startup Europe Regions Network (SERN) at a major event held on 1 October 2015 at the Committee of Regions, with the presence of Vice-President of the Commission Andreas Ansip and President of the Committee of Regions, Markku Markkula.
SERN is a network of regions dedicated to scaling up startup support.
The purpose of the SERN is to reinforce the links between regional authorities, development agencies, universities and associations who build and scale up the startup ecosystems at regional level in Europe, promoting a culture of startup friendly regions.
This will be done by:
- Promoting support activities across Europe to Start-ups and Entrepreneurship
- Collecting of best practices across Europe, highlighting the best Regional Practices
- Facilitating networking of regional decision makers
- Mobilizing regional resources to address relevant barriers to startups’ growth
Membership of SERN is open to any legal representative of European Regions, development agencies, universities or any other legal entities that contribute to the development and implementation of regional policies toward startups and entrepreneurship in Europe
SERN will offer a first virtual interconnected space for EU startups to scale up, aiming to leverage private investments with European and regional ones so as to create critical mass.