Startup Europe - 2 Years After - Impact, Data, Program, Future

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Permanent Representation of Spain

Boulevard du Régent, 52 1000 Bruxelles


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Startup Europe – Discover it's impact and learn about the future initiatives


  • Learn more about the European startup ecosystems
  • Discover the achievements of Startup Europe projects
  • Understand the progress on startup and scaleup policies
  • Engage with future projects and plans
  • Connect with the Startup Europe network


Morning: Startup Europe Data + Policy

8:30 – 09:00 Registration

9:00 – 09:10 Welcome message from the European Commission

Gerard de Graaf, Director DG Connect, European Commission

09:10 – 09:50 Thunder talks on startup data:
Dynamic Mapping – Discoveries from mapping 20 European Startups Hubs Charles Armstrong, Trampoline []
Startup Acquisition Scene – EU & US Comparison Alberto Onetti, Startup Europe Partnership
EDCi, European Digital City Index – How well different cities across Europe support digital entrepreneurs?
Siddharth Bannerjee & Christopher Haley, Nesta
360° view on the technology landscape in Europe and beyond with DealRoom. Yoram Wijngaarde, Dealroom

09:50 – 10:30 Panel: European Landscape, competing at international scale
Charles Armstrong, Trampoline
Alberto Onetti, SEP
Christopher Haley, Nesta
Yoram Wijngaarde, Dealroom
Moderator Mike Butcher, Techcrunch

10:30 – 10:45 Inspiring talk: Robin Wauters,

10:45 – 11:40 Panel: Startup Nations - Best policy practices to support startup ecosystems across European countries
Constantijn van Oranje - Special Envoy Startup Delta
Simon Schaefer - CEO of Startup Portugal, Founder Factory
Jeanett Sandro - Head of strategy Entrepreneur and Startups, Innovation Norway
Mikk Vainik - Start-Up Policy at Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
Moderator: Gianluca Dettori - Chairman, Dpixel

11:40 - 11:50 Startup Europe Award to the best Public Administration programme
Juan Manuel Revuelta - CEO, Finnova

11:50 - 12:05 Inspring talk: 2020 technological revolution: AI, Robotics
Filip Maertens, Faction XYZ

12:05 – 12:30 Panel: Startup Europe - driving the startup and scaleup initiative forward
Maximilian Strottman, Member VP Ansip Cabinet
Moderator: Alex Barera,

12:30 – 13:15 Startup Europe Advisors perspective
Bindi Karia, formerly Silicon Valley Bank
Kaidi Rusalepp, Funderbeam
Dmitri Sarle, Arcticstartup
Moderator: Mike Butcher, TechCrunch

13:15 – 14:15 Networking lunch break

Afternoon: Future: Horizon 2020 Projects, Funding opportunities & Networking

14:15 – 14:45 Panel: 2 Years of Startup Europe: Big Achievements
Bogdan Ceobanu, European Commission - Hall of Fame
Charlotte Tucker, Startup Europe One Stop
Francesca Monaco, Startup Europe Map
Isidro Laso, European Commission - Startup Europe Week
Moderator: Alex Barrera,

14:45 - 15:00 Inspirational Talk: Younes Rharbaoui, DealManager - TheFamily

15:00 – 16:45 Results from the 15 Startup Europe projects - See Annex 1
5' pitch each, one slide presentation – impact oriented
Results will be published on
Moderator: Cristian Olimid, DG CONNECT, European Commission

16:45 – 17:45 Info day Horizon 2020
ICT 32 Startup Europe for Growth and Innovation radar (€12M)
Isidro Laso, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Eoghan O'Neil, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Digital Innovation Hubs
Anne - Marie Sassen, DG CONNECT, European Commission
European Innovation Council
Christopher North, DG RTD, European Commission

17:45 Farewell

18:00 End

Annex 1 Results from the 15 Startup Europe projects

Connecting people and European ecosystems

SEP Startup – Corporate partnerships, Alberto Onetti
Pan European startup platform across Berlin, Madrid, Dublin, Milano and Salamanca, Matevz Gantar

TWIST DIGITAL Connecting startups in Stockholm, Rome, Warsaw and Lille, Michela Michilli

STARTUP - SCALEUP IoT Accelerator in Dublin, Zoetermeer, Vilnius and Murcia/Madrid, Tanya Suarez

ePlus Connecting Startups in Lisbon, Nice, Heidelberg, Eurico Neves

DIGISTART Connecting Startups in Lisbon and Malmo, Antonio Grilo

OPENAXEL Connecting ecosystems and connecting start-up hubs in Europe, Gabor Vicze

ACE European acceleration program, Margaret Mulligan

Entrepreneurship culture

WeHubs Network of female entrepreneurs, Margaret Mulligan

MY-WAY Network of young adults, Krisztina Toth

eHealth Hub Delivering growth to the eHealth business, Jorge Gonzalez

LIFE Learning from Failure in a collaborative entrepreneurship network, Karen Boers

FACE entrepreneurship Break the barriers generated by fear of failure, Blanca Rabena

Summer academies

CREA Creativity & ICT for new entrepreneurship, Arianna Vignati

EU-XCEL Brings talented tech entrepreneurs together to found new European start ups, Brian Flaherty

Startify7 IT-Driven Social Entrepreneurship, Nikos Zaharis

Supporting startup and scaleup policy

European Digital Forum, Kasia Jakimowicz & David Osimo, Open Evidence

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