High-level conference: Financing sustainable growth

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High-level conference Financing sustainable growth“High-level conference Financing sustainable growth”, will take place on the 22nd of March at 9:00 am Brussels time. This conference will present the EU strategy on the basis of the Commission Action Plan but also to agree on concrete follow-up for further development of sustainable finance. Furthermore, it will provide the momentum and a shared vision on sustainable finance to feed the European Council debate and conclusions of 22-23 March 2018.

Action Plan on sustainable finance is part of the Capital Markets Union’s (CMU) efforts to connect finance with the specific needs of the European economy to the benefit of the planet and our society. It is also one of the key steps towards implementing the historic Paris Agreement and the EU’s agenda for sustainable development. The EU needs a strategy to unlock the full potential of sustainable finance and investment in the low-carbon, circular and resource-efficient economy.

The conference will be webstreamed. The link for web streaming will be available soon. You can also register here. Further information about the conference and the agenda here.

Startup Europe Week 2018 'European Regions as key players'

Startup Europe Week 2018 – ‘European Regions as Key Players’

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Startup Europe Week 2018 is an initiative launched in 2016 and promoted by the European Commission and Startup Europe. 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, European regions are key players. Taking a local perspective is crucial to supporting entrepreneurs and startups in Europe.

Startup Europe Week has several aims:

  • Showcase best initiatives promoted by regions to support entrepreneurs.
  • Inform the local ecosystem about what already exists to help them now.
  • Provide live consulting sessions on how to open a company, apply for a grant etc.
  • Share among regional officers what other regions in Europe are doing and what can be leveraged locally.
  • Connect regional officers, investors and corporates to create stronger local ecosystems.

Why participate in Startup Europe Week 2018?

This is an awesome opportunity for you to learn and get the regional resources already available at an European level. This event is perfect for entrepreneurs, studentspolicy makers, journalists and anyone who works in the startup world. You can also find several events:

  • Information sessions on local specific actions to support entrepreneurs.
  • Regional authorities’ meetings.
  • Information sessions about Startup Europe projects and European Commission funds Office hours and workshops with regional representatives.
  • Great talks with local entrepreneurs and investors.

You can find the closest Startup Europe Week events here. You are also invited to join the official launch of Startup Europe Week 2018 (5th- 9th March) in Brussels. Further information and how to participate here.

Jury of StartUp Europe Awards 2016

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Jury of StartUp Europe Awards 2016

On the occasion of the celebration of the StartUp Europe Awards 2016 European Final, the StartUp Europe Awards organization formally invited SERN to be part of the jury board that will appoint the “Best Public Administration for startups”.

 StartUp Europe Awards is an initiative promoted by the European Commission and supported by the President of the Committee of Regions, several members of the European Parliament as ambassadors and it is implemented by the Finnova Foundation in collaboration with StartUp Europe.

This initiative recognises the effort of the European startups at five different levels: local, municipal, regional, national and European, in ten categories for 2016: Creative, Energy, Fintech, Environment, Health, ICT’s, Smart Cities, Social, Tourism and Water.

This Public Administration will be publicly recognised in the StartUp Europe Award ceremony that will be honorifically presided over by the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, Wednesday, 7th June at 17.00h in the European Parliament.


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SERN presented at Agorada Matchmaking event on Internet of Things – 2017, Brussels

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SERN presented at Agorada Matchmaking event on Internet of Things – 2017, Brussels

The Watify initiative is an awareness-raising campaign, funded by the European Commission, to stimulate the technological transformation of Europe’s industry. Watify is organising an inter-regional matchmaking event on Internet of Things in Brussels, in cooperation with EURADA, SEIMED, Impulse.Brussels and Emilia Romagna – Brussels representation office and the Enterprise Europe Network.

The objective of the matchmaking event is to facilitate inter-regional / cross-border cooperation between regional public and private sector actors in the development of joint initiatives /partnerships or joint demonstration projects in Internet of Things – matching S3 priorities and exploiting identified synergies and complementary resources and strengths.

SERN, the European Network of Regions committed to support startups was presented at this event. SERN main activities will focus on mapping initiatives taken at regional level for supporting startups, promoting best practices, putting forward regional and facilitating interconnection among regions to learn from each other.


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Startup Europe Regions Network workshop at Salamanca Startup Olé event

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Startup Europe Regions Network workshop at Salamanca Startup Olé event


An attractive agenda, many different interactive sessions, pitching competitions and much more: Startup Olé event in Salamanca was also hosting a workshop organized by the Startup Europe Regions Network (SERN) presenting the main results of the past year activities and the new members.

The workshop organized by SERN, a Brussels based international association, counted with the participation of several SERN members and representatives of European Regions as well as members of the European Commission and of the Committee of Regions.

The session was chaired by the EC representative Isidro Laso, Head of Unit of Startup Europe Initiative, DG Growth, who introduced the importance of the Startup Regions Network within the context of the Startup Europe initiative.

Among the workshop speakers, Eurico Neves, one of the SERN founders, gave a presentation about the SERN structure & mission and foreseen challenges for 2017 and 2018. Overall, SERN seems very well positioned in the European entrepreneurship context, providing local support to regions, with a European perspective: “Think European, Act Regionally – activities should focus on promoting a culture of ‘startup-friendly’ regions”, stressed Mr Neves in his speech.

Finally, Mr Neves proudly presented the new 15 SERN members and the upcoming activities of the association: among other, the annual SERN conference, planned for 14th june 2017 in Brussels, and a survey to develop a regional startup support mapping.


For more information (how become a member, participate in the survey, register for the event), visit www.startupregions.eu and follow us on Twitter @Startupregions